Shopping for a writer this holiday?
We’re not that hard to please, really.
I asked several of my writer friends what they most wanted for Christmas and then compiled their suggestions.
You will not go wrong shopping at an office supply/school supply/stationary shop. Among the most requested gifts were Notebooks, Journals, Pens, pencils, and post it notes. If in doubt, pick up a nice journal and a good pen. Score!
- Pens and Pencils
- Notebooks and Journals – if you want to really please your writer, go for a Moleskin journal, known as Hemingway’s favorite journals.
- Sticky Pads in every shape, size, and color
- Huge clamps to hold manuscripts
- Brass manuscript tabs
- An enormous, stylish notice board to spread out notes.
There are a ton of helpful programs for writers and a couple of them are nearly indispensable. Here are some of the most requested programs for writers
- Aeon Timeling
- Dragon Naturally Speaking
- Subscription services
- Grammarly Premium – grammar checker
- Scribophile – online writer’s community
- Duotrope – for a writer who is getting serious about submitting
- Writer’s Digest Tutorials
Stephen King once said, “If you don’t have the time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.” And not just instructional books, fun books.
- Books for fun
- Books in their preferred genre
- Books by their favorite authors
- Classic literature
- Fun books they haven’t discovered yet
- Quirky books to serve as inspiration
- Books for the craft
- The Emotional Thesaurus
- Story Structure Archetect
- On Writing by Stephen King
- A good Grammar Guide
- A subscription to Writer’s Digest
Many of my surveyed writers reqested computers and accessories. And flash drives. Flash drives came in close second behind stationary! “A flash drive,” they said. “And a backup flash drive. A backup flash drive for the backup flash drive. And Multiple flash drives, preferably ones that go on key rings or necklaces so they’re hard to lose.”
- A notebook computer or laptop
- A tablet
- An extended warranty for the above
- Flash drives!
- A USB Drive or external backup harddrive
- A faster Internet connection!
- A Bluetooth virtual keyboard – makes writing even on a phone possible!
- Printer ink
- Paper. Lots and lots of paper
- Some writers just cut right to it. Gift Cards. Just give us a card and let us go where we want.
- Favorite coffee Shop
- One writer suggested three cards:
- A book store
- A stationary/office supply store
- An Art Supply store
Here is a collection of things that didn’t fit so well into other groups. Coffee is high on the list, as is booze, and comfort.
- One of those coffee-for-one coffee makers like Keurig or Tassimo
- A tea infuser
- Clever novely mugs
- A really comfy chair
- And cushions!
- Chocolate – for when the writing is not going so well.
- A desktop Zen Garden
- Collections of old photos, curiosities, novelties to spark the imagination.
This are things you can do for your writer that will be appreciated forever
- A quiet room
- Support, support, support
- Baby sitting coupons!
- If you’ve the skills, offer to format and upload their work to their chosen service.
- Offer to write a good blurb, or a do a review
- Offer to beta read or proofread (this offer is fraught with relationship hazards, however. Be sure your relationship can handle it.)
- An offer of an hour or two to discuss their story.
- Offer to help find beta readers, reviewers.
A couple websites were mentioned frequently as “Anything from here!”
And, finally, very few writers will turn down a gift of…