With Christmas cheer all around and the New Year fast approaching, holiday gift shopping seems to be on everyone’s mind. And while they say, ‘it is the thought that counts’, you surely want to pick a gift that you know the recipient is going to appreciate and enjoy, while still staying within your budget, right?
Thoughtful, Special & Affordable Holiday Gift Ideas for Writers
Shopping for Christmas can easily turn into a daunting and stressful experience for the best of us, but it doesn’t have to, especially if you’re holiday gift shopping for a writer in your life – a writer friend, a family member, a co-worker, or even an acquaintance.
Since writers are largely sentimental folks who have a special appreciation for genuine words, feelings, and emotions, anything you give them with good intention is bound to make them happy. Just remember to personalize your gift with a special handwritten message and watch them smile as they unwrap your gift!
TOP 8 CHRISTMAS & BIRTHDAY GIFTS A WRITER YOU KNOW WILL LOVE
To make your shopping experience a whole lot easier this festive season, here are some memorable and pocket-friendly gift ideas to spark a writer’s creativity and motivate them to write, write, write –
- EVERGREEN CLASSICS Make a Great Read
A writer’s bookcase is incomplete without some of the most popular and all-time-favorite paperback English classics by cherished authors such as –
Jane Austen (Pride & Prejudice, Sense & Sensibility, Emma (Wordsworth Classics), Mansfield Park (Penguin Classics), Persuasion, Northanger Abbey ), William Shakespeare (The Oxford Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet (Oxford World’s Classics)), Harper Lee (To Kill a Mockingbird (Vintage Childrens Classics)), Charlotte Bronte (Jane Eyre (Penguin Classics)), Emily Bronte (Wuthering Heights (Penguin Clothbound Classics)), Louisa M Alcott (Little Women), Charles Dickens (Scholastic Classics: Oliver Twist, Great Expectations (Penguin Classics), A Tale of Two Cities (Penguin Classics)), and Margaret Mitchell (Gone with the Wind), etc.
If the writer in your life is an avid reader, you can never go wrong with gifting them a collection of evergreen Classic Novels to treasure forever.
2. JOURNALS & BRIGHT NOTEBOOKS are Always a Hit
Even though modern-day content writers use laptops and Ipads to get a majority of their writing done, in my opinion, gadgets can never replace the need for a good-old notebook and pen.
In fact, most writers still maintain writing journals and keep a handy ‘idea’ notebook by their bedside where they jot down their random thoughts and half-baked ideas. So don’t hesitate to gift your writer pal a gorgeous notebook and a good pen to contribute to their writing journey.
3. LIGHT-WEIGHT & PORTABLE LAP DESK is Every Writer’s Need
If your writer friend or family member spends hours at a stretch at their writing desk, you might want to gift them a comfortable and attractive lap writing desk to help them take a break from their usual writing space.
Since lap desks are light-weight, they can be easily carried and placed anywhere in the living room or home.
4. STRESS RELIEVERS Like These are Thoughtful Gifts
The life of a freelance content writer can be immensely demanding and busy with tight deadlines and back-to-back writing projects. To handle the rising pressures and to stay on top of things, writers need a way to break the monotony and refresh themselves.
Adult Colouring Books make perfect gifts for a busy writer as they help to de-stress and regain a sense of calm in the midst of a hectic day at work and between writing jobs.
Here are some colouring books you can check out – Creative Doodle Colouring – Patterns and Refreshing Mandala – Colouring Book for Adults Book 1
5. GIFT CARDS are Much-Appreciated
These days, almost all popular brands offer gift cards that make gifting easy and stress-free.
If the writer you’re shopping for loves to hang out at Starbucks, why not send them an e-gift (Starbucks Gift Card) so they can have their fill of coffee or hot chocolate while they write to their heart’s content?
Working all day in front of a laptop can give your writer pal or family member an aching neck and tired shoulders. Book a spa session for the writer in your life and give them a welcome break.
When they return from their spa session, replenished and rested, they’re going to feel ever-so motivated to write, and they’ll surely want to thank you for your love, care, and concern!
6. BOOKS, Books, & More Books
This one seems to be an obvious choice but that doesn’t make it any bit less impressive. Whether your writer friend or acquaintance is a book-worm or not, they’ll surely appreciate a good book as a gift.
Here’s a sneak-peek at my (partial) book collection. I enjoy reading inspirational books, and most of these are gifts.
Sometimes, all that a writer wants to do is unwind with some light reading. Comic books are great for such occasions.
7. INTERESTING KNICK-KNACKS & Items for the Writing Space
A writer’s nook is often the most ignored area of a writer’s office/home office which is such a shame really, considering the number of hours a writer spends there.
Believe it or not, the writing environment has a huge bearing on a writer’s ability to create good content consistently. So if you want to help boost the writer’s writing productivity, why not give them a gift that will make their writing space more pleasant and inspiring?
This Sherlock Holmes Key Chain is one of my favourite gifts which I use all the time
Looking for interesting everyday items to add a breath of fresh air to your friend’s writing corner? Amazon offers a variety of products.
Some of my favorites include –
- Coffee mugs with witty statements
- Work Door Knob Holders
8. DIGITAL VOICE RECORDERS make Useful Gifts –
Whether they’re out shopping, walking, or travelling, a writer’s mind is always at work. Since inspiration can strike at any time of the day or night, writers need an easy tool to jot down or record their ideas before they forget it.
Digital voice recorders make it easy and effortless to record thoughts, ideas, and words on the go. They make especially useful gift items for writers with a journalistic writing style or those who have to frequently interview people.
This Sony ICD-UX560F Digital Voice Recorder with Built-in USB (Silver) has a 4GB built-in storage and PC Connectivity with a built-in microphone.
GIFT SHOPPING FOR WRITERS CAN BE FUN
I hope my list of 8 gift ideas for writers has made your life a little easier this holiday season!
And if you’ve still not found the perfect gift for a writer in your life, do consider giving them a beautifully packed hamper of healthy food items, nuts, seeds, dry fruits or fresh juices to keep them alert, hydrated, and inspired to get their best writing done.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and yours!
Which is the one best gift you’ve received for Christmas? Tell me about it in the comments section below.