Ahh…the elusive writer. A temperamental creature seen in various forms—curious, distracted, giddy, maniacal, exhausted, joyous, feral—depending on where in the creative process they reside at any given moment. A strange, often reclusive, being that only others of its ilk understand.
So what do you get that special writer in your life for a holiday gift? No worries, my friends. I have some ideas that are beyond the usual journals, writing implements, and retail bookstore gift cards. Though chocolate, coffee and alcohol (my favs are spiced rums, flavored vodkas, and blush champagnes *hint, hint*) are always appreciated, think outside the writer’s block, er, I mean box.
Here are 15 ideas sure to please writer friends and loved ones and won’t break the bank, because, let’s face it, writers are starving artists.
1. Writing gloves—because hands get cold!
Available at Storiarts. (click image)
2. Caroline Myss Archetype Cards—for character building
Available online and in bookstores everywhere.
3. Rolling cart or suitcase—handy for carrying books to signings
Much better than shlepping a heavy shipping box.
4. Tickets to a museum/play/tour/cinema/dinner theater—all great for inspiration!
One ticket to inspiration, please.
5. Sealing wax—because it’s grandly ceremonious, my good man.
Hubs got this for me last year. So cool!
6. Home decor matching the writer’s brand or series theme.
I write pirates and so I love my skull clock and replica padlock.
Blood Bath Mat for the thriller writer.
7. Quirky t-shirt or loungewear with cute sayings from online stores like Zazzle, Cafepress, or Vistaprint. Some fun examples:
“Romance Novelists Do it Between the Sheets”
“I’m a Writer. What’s Your Superpower?”
“Based on a True Story”
“Careful, or You’ll End Up in My Novel”
“Writer. Because Freakin’ Awesome Isn’t an Official Job Title”
“Prose Before Bros (or Hoes)”
“I’m Plotting Against You”
8. Christmas ornament with the writer’s book cover
Shameless promo alert
9. iTunes gift cards—for mood music
Great for soundtracks!
10. Novelty timer—for writing sprints or limiting Facebook procrastination
11. Lessons or classes for ballroom dancing, sword fighting, cooking, gunsmithing, private investigating, speech dialect, painting or anything that might be contributed as research
It’s never too late to learn something new.
12. Coupon for uninterrupted writing time—great for moms/dads with young ones
I give you the amazing gift of time.
13. A massage—oh, yes!
14. Weekend’s stay in a hotel alone with room service for nothing but writing
Go Away! Genius at work!
15. One last GREAT and cheap gift…buy the author’s book and give it a REVIEW!