Writers tend to be like black sheep. Everyone knows a writer: in the family, a friend, a quirky coworker…we’re everywhere. :)
With the holidays around the corner, here’s a simple guide of various gifts that writers would greatly appreciate, including a few items to avoid.
~ Printer paper - Reams of it. Because most writers go through them like water. Or wine. Or chocolate.
~ Ink - See paper.
~ Coffee, or Starbucks gift cards – Most writers could probably use this best in an IV, but unless you’re a doctor and can write a prescription for the needles, best stick with the gift cards or beans.
~ Pens – Something cool, unique, different. Even a different color than the usual blue or black.
~ Coffee mugs - Just like pens. Be unique (and dishwasher safe!)
~ Books – Duh! Bonus points for knowing their favorite genre. But a safe bet would be a gift card to their favorite bookstore.
~ Comfy Clothes – Bonus points for writing related shirts/sweaters, such as “I’m the PsycHOTic
~ Subscription to Writer’s Digest or Writer’s Journal – precious jewels in the mailbox, that many budget-conscious writers are forced to consider luxuries.
~ Massage or Spa Day gift card – This forces us out of the house to relax our writing muscles.
Don’t Bother With These:
X Thesaurus – Every writer already has one, and every good writer knows not to use it.
X Digital Voice Recorder – Every phone has something already on it that works. My phone came with 3 different apps.
X Journals – Unless specifically requested, stay away from these! Every writer has a billion of these shoved somewhere in drawers. Plus, it’s a cliché. Writers are supposed to hate clichés.
Hopefully, this list gives you some ideas and starts you off in the right direction. Have a fantastic holiday!