Shopping isn’t always easy, especially when it comes to shopping for other people. Choosing the perfect gift, making sure it’s something they don’t already have, trying to be thoughtful — it’s a lot of pressure that can make gift-giving less-than-fun. Whether you’re shopping for a writer or blogger — or that’s you, and you want to subtly encourage your loved ones to buy you something better this year — here are some creative gift ideas for writers that aren’t journals.
Most writers aren’t hitting the old pen and paper anymore. (I wrote my entire first novel by hand, and let me tell you…that was not fun.) Many of us are spending hours upon hours staring at our computer screens every single day. All that strain on your eyes? It’s not great.
A cute pair of blue light glasses can help reduce eye strain *and* help the writer in your life to sleep a little bit better. It’s a win-win!
I’m a candle addict, so I’m a huge fan of these bookish candles from Paddywax. Each scent matches a different famous author, so you can give the gift of literary inspiration and cozy vibes that’s perfect for winter.
Plus, these candles are hand-poured in Nashville (gotta support my local businesses!) and the jars are meant for reusing!
Not gonna lie, Kindles are one of my favorite gifts for…pretty much anyone. The Paperwhite is super cute with a display that *actually* looks like paper — even in the sunlight — and it’s waterproof. (Which is a HUGE win, because I’m definitely terrified of dropping my iPad in the bathtub.)
Plus, the Kindle Paperwhite is rumored to have an amazing battery life — we’re talking weeks here — which means you can help your favorite writer add to their book collection without overloading their bookshelves.
It’s a proven fact that writers and book nerds alike love socks. Okay, it may not be proven, but it’s probably true — because socks are amazing. These literary socks are some of the cutest I’ve seen on the internet. And honestly? You’re going to want to buy a pair in each color.
Book Nerd Pride AND Banned Book Week socks? Sign me up.
An external hard drive doesn’t *scream* sexy holiday or birthday gift, but any writer worth their salt is going to appreciate the sentiment behind this gadget. A hard drive says you care about their work and that you don’t want them to risk losing it.
What could be sexier than not losing months — if not years — of your work?
If you’re looking for something small, nothing could be better than this library card pouch. It’s cute, it’s functional, and it’s perfect for carrying pens, index card outlines, or anything you want.
Bonus? For every purchase of a pouch made, Out of Print will send one book to a community in need.
Not gonna lie, the first time I saw this shiatsu neck massager I hesitated. I’ve never been a fan of gimmicky gadgets, but a friend of mine swore by hers.
As far as gift ideas for writers that aren’t journals, this might be a little non-traditional, but it’s super worth it. After all, we spend a lot of time hunched over our laptops and desks. (Which isn’t super great for our necks and shoulders.) This shiatsu massager is heated *and* versatile enough to use wherever soreness strikes.
Writing game = changed.
Believe it or not, writing can get a little chilly — especially in the winter months. And because it’s awkward to write in gloves, these fingerless arm warmers are a cute *and* functional gift option.
There are a lot of colors to choose from, and I’m not gonna lie…they remind me of Outlander. Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
Writer’s block is inevitable, which is why the Writer Emergency Pack is such a cute little gift for any creative. The deck is stacked with tips and ideas to help you fix plot holes, improve your characters, and more.
Similar to the Writer Emergency Pack, The Writer’s Toolbox is a fun little gift for creatives. Not only does this it include tips for breaking through writing slumps, but it also has activities to help writers explore their creativity.
Writing and publishing can be super stressful. (Have you participated in National Novel Writing Month? Writing 50,000 words in a single month isn’t easy.) These vegan and non-GMO “Relax” supplements are specially formulated to help reduce stress and promote relaxation.
Plus, if your writer friend/family member has a slight caffeine addiction then I can personally attest to the effectiveness of l-theanine (which is one of the many ingredients in this supplement.)
Unique Book Recommendations
If you aren’t feeling brave enough to purchase one of the other items on this list, but you still want to find gift ideas for writers that aren’t journals, you can’t go wrong with a book. Here are some unique books that will make great stocking stuffers (or birthday gifts) for the literary-inclined.
From barflies to book clubs, Tequila Mockingbird is the world’s bestselling cocktail book for the literary obsessed. Featuring 65 delicious drink recipes paired with wry commentary on history’s most beloved novels, Tequila Mockingbird also includes bar bites, drinking games, and whimsical illustrations throughout.
Immensely helpful and illuminating to any aspiring writer, this special edition of Stephen King’s critically lauded, million-copy bestseller shares the experiences, habits, and convictions that have shaped him and his work.
Want to get published and paid for your writing? Let Writer’s Market 2020 guide you through the process with thousands of publishing opportunities for writers, including listings for book publishers, consumer and trade magazines, contests and awards, and literary agents—as well as new playwriting and screenwriting sections. These listings feature contact and submission information to help writers get their work published.
The Business of Being a Writer offers the business education writers need but so rarely receive. It is meant for early-career writers looking to develop a realistic set of expectations about making money from their work or for working writers who want a better understanding of the industry. Writers will gain a comprehensive picture of how the publishing world works—from queries and agents to blogging and advertising—and will learn how they can best position themselves for success over the long term.
The bottom line is that shopping for your favorite writer doesn’t have to be difficult. In fact, it’s really easy! We like fun, creative, and unique gifts just as much as the next person, and if you’re looking for gift ideas for writers that aren’t journals, there are WAY more functional items (um, quirky socks?) out there.
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