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.
~Reviews! – Top of the list, are reviews on their novels on whatever medium you use. Amazon, GoodReads, B&N Nook. If you loved a novel, write a review and let others know! Can’t tell you how much this one is appreciated, more than any other ‘gift!’
~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.
~Coffee mugs – Just like pens. Be unique (and something that is dishwasher safe!)
~Books – Duh! Bonus points for knowing their favorite genre. But s 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 Writer Everyone Warned You About,” or “Grammar Snob,” or “Don’t Piss Me Off, Or I’ll Kill You In My Novel.”
~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! And Merry Christmas!
*This post originally appeared on Smart Girls Read Romance blog on 12/10/15.