Whether they’re a published professional or an aspiring author, the best Christmas present you could give any writer is support for their chosen craft. After all, writing can be an isolating pursuit. Unless you’ve written a novel that’s topping the bestseller list, chances are you’re not exactly lavished with praise on a daily basis.
With the right gifts, you can help inspire and motivate your writer friends to keep putting pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard). From practical tools to fun trinkets, here are 16 writer-approved Christmas gifts that are perfect for the wordsmith in your life.
A Lap Desk
Great novels can be penned anywhere, including bed. If your writer loves to be cozy in a non-desk setting, they’ll put a multifunctional lap desk like this one to good use.
A Book of Writing Prompts
Writer’s block is no joke. It can strike at any moment and leave even the most seasoned author feeling stumped. Give the writer in your life all the tools they need to combat this dreaded mental hurdle with a collection of writing prompts. I love “What If?” by Anne Bernays and Pamela Painter, as well as “The Writer’s Idea Book” by Jack Heffron.
A Waterproof Notepad
Brilliant ideas tend to spark in the most inconvenient of places—like the shower. Make sure your writer never loses an important thought again with a waterproof notepad. This one comes with suction cups for both the pad and the pencil.
Help your writer create their own little oasis of concentration with noise-canceling headphones. They’ll thank you when they’re able to tune out distractions and dive into their writing, whether it’s a noisy coffee shop or the kids playing downstairs.
Blue Light-Blocking Glasses
Writers log a lot of screen-staring hours, which can lead to eye strain and headaches. Help them protect their peepers with a pair of blue-light-blocking glasses that filter out the light emitted from electronic devices.
A Desk Plant
Not only do plants add a pop of color and life to any workspace, but they’ve also been shown to boost productivity and reduce stress (something every writer can benefit from). Opt for a low-maintenance plant like a succulent or cactus that looks great and requires minimal care.
A Weekend Retreat
Sometimes, the best gift is a change of scenery. Give your writer friend a weekend retreat to focus solely on their writing in a new environment. You could give them a gift card to a nice nearby hotel or Airbnb or a ticket to an actual writing retreat. If you need ideas, check out this collection of options from Poets & Writers.
A set of magnetic words can be a fun and unique way to spark creativity. Whether they’re used on the fridge or on a small magnetic board, these poetry magnets are a fun tool for any writer to play around with when they need a little inspiration.
Because writing is best done in cozy comfort, every writer needs a pair of warm, puffy socks to keep their feet toasty while they pen their masterpieces. I’m personally a big fan of these Foozie socks.
Electric Mug Warmer
A hot cup of coffee or tea is a writer’s best friend, but it can get cold quickly while they’re lost deep in building a new world or crafting the perfect dialogue. An electric mug warmer will ensure their beverage stays at the perfect temperature throughout their writing session.
Fingerless Arthritis Gloves
Writing may seem like a pretty sedentary activity, but all that time spent typing can take a big toll on the hands. Help your writer stay pain-free with a pair of arthritis gloves that provide compression and support to alleviate any hand or wrist discomfort. Just make sure they’re fingerless, like this pair from IMAK.
When you’re constantly working from your laptop, privacy and security are top priorities. Help your writer friends feel safer with a webcam cover that can easily slide over their camera when not in use. You can even find ones with fun designs on them, like these plant-themed covers.
A Do Not Disturb Sign
Being able to write in peace is a precious commodity that’s hard to come by when writers live in busy households. Give them the gift of uninterrupted time with a do not disturb sign that can be hung on their door or desk. Bonus points if it has a witty phrase on it, like this one from Etsy.
Writing Tool Subscription
There are so many awesome virtual tools and programs available for writers, but they can add up quickly. A subscription to an app that can improve their writing, such as Grammarly, Hemingway Editor, ProWritingAid, or Fictionary, would make a great gift that keeps on giving all year round.
This may seem a little out there, but tarot cards can be a surprisingly useful tool for writers. Not only are they great for sparking new ideas and breaking through writer’s block, but they also add an element of fun and playfulness to the writing process. Trust me, I know so many writers who love to ask the cards for guidance.
A Session With a Book Coach
Book coaches provide valuable feedback, accountability, and customized support for writers who want to take their manuscripts from first draft to final product. If you really want to help the writer in your life see their work come to fruition, we offer a variety of book coaching packages at PDhines that make great gifts for any aspiring author.
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