Wednesday, November 30, 2016

10 Gifts for the Writer in Your Life

I was inspired to write this post when I saw that Donna at GIRL WHO READS included The Hitwoman Under Pressure in her fabulous list of 10 BOOKS TO BUY THE BOOK LOVER IN YOUR LIFE.

So here's my list of 10 gifts for writers:

1)  Coffee (or whatever their liquid fuel of choice is). If they like to write outside of their home, a cafe gift card is always welcome.

2) A massage (or a gift certificate for one). It's not easy to be hunched over a keyboard for hours at a time.

3) Your attention and support. Look, I get it, most of what a writer does take place in his/her head, but that doesn't mean it's not real for him/her. Find out what your writers is excited about, or worried about. Ask if there's anything you can do to help.

4) Books -- Writers love to read. Again a gift card will be most appreciated.

5) Headphones -- So they can shut out the real world. So they can rock out while pounding the keyboard. So they can listen to audio books.

6) An artist date. -- Help your writer refill their creative well. Museums, concerts, plays, botanical gardens, a trip to the sea, a hike in the woods, a short class in an artistic discipline other than writing.

7)  Something for the writer's workspace. A candle, a chair, a lamp, a timer, a piece of art, office supplies (can't go wrong with a gift card for this either!), a planner. (I used the Your Best Year in 2016 and will use it again in 2017. Just be warned that it's designed for Creative Entrepreneurs so if you're writer isn't at that point yet, it won't help them as much. )

8) Technology -- Hardware, Software, Apps -- Oh my!

9) Write a review of their book (if they're published).  Trust me, we love them!

10) A fun and frivolous writer's gift. Just look at the choices you get when you search for "writer gift"
at Etsy. Soooo much fun stuff!

Tell me Killer Friends: What are your favorite writer gifts?


Karyn Good said...

Fantastic list, JB! Something for everyone's budget! I would add markers and stickers and washi tape to the list of things I would love since I'm obsessed with planning and bullet journalling.

B.E. Sanderson said...

Excellent ideas, JB!

Sandy Parks said...

I think you hit a home run with your list.