CHRISTMAS GIFTS FOR WRITERS
With the price drop frenzy of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, the Christmas shopping season is well and truly upon us. If there’s a writer in your life, you’ve come to the right place. This is our list of gifts for writers. Approved by the Writers Anon team, for what that’s worth.
Quirky Writing Gifts
The Writer’s Toolbox
This cute little box of tricks includes a spin wheel of plot twists, writing prompt sticks, exercises and activities to clear writer’s block and keep the creative juices flowing.
Buy it here at theliterarygiftcompany.com
Once Upon a Time Bookends
Buy it here at Notonthehighstreet.com
Notebooks and Diaries
All writers like a good notebook, just in case inspiration strikes. And all the better, if you’ve got a beautiful pad to scribble in.
A pretty pad with the manuscript of Woolf’s famous essay, A Room of One’s Own, which discussed the rights and opportunities open to women. Buy it here at theliterarygiftcompany.com
The original notebook of artists and writers, Moleskine is one of those items that can make a writer feel like they’re tapping into the great collective, creative unconscious. We covet the precious because just owning it makes us better. If it’s good enough for Hemingway and Picasso. Don’t question, just buy it here.
This year’s writer’s diary from Mslexia, the magazine for women who write, aims to help your writing stay on track. Inside it offers weekly inspiration and reading recommendations from famous writers, plus tips, exercises and tables for tracking progress and submissions. Practical and inspiring. Buy it here.
Books on Writing
There’s nothing writers like better than reading books about writing and getting new books, which might hold the key to getting their work finished, rather than just sitting down and writing the damn thing.
The Pocket Muse
Contains hundreds of thought-provoking prompts, exercises and illustrations. It has a cute, scrapbook style to it and is packed with interesting images, quotes and ideas for those blocked days. It’s small, making it the perfect stocking filler. Buy it here.
Many writers recommend this book. Even if you don’t like Stephen King, he knows how to craft a story and this memoir-come-how-to is easy reading, packed with good advice. Buy it here.
The Hero with a Thousand Faces
Made famous by George Lucas, who said it was pivotal when he was writing Star Wars, Joseph Campbell’s book outlines the mono-myth, which ties almost all myths together from around the world. This is particularly useful for fantasy writers, who want to understand the underlying themes in timeless stories. Buy it here.
Writers often curl up in a corner and the next time they look up it’s getting dark and the fire’s gone out. Keep a writer warm this winter.
Now this can be used over the knees on a cool spring day, in the garden or by the fire. Alternatively, come summer, it’s the perfect writing rug to throw on the lawn, under a shady tree. Buy it here.
Filled with warm liquid, obviously. This then becomes a finger-warmer and drinking vessel in one. This one has a nifty writing slogan. Buy it here.
Once upon a time, the only thing a writer needed was a pencil, some paper and a stiff drink. Now, we want to write on the go, but we want to do it on tablets and a myriad of portable doodahs. Here’s a brief overview.
It’s not for everyone, but this software package is designed specifically for writers. It has a range of cool functions, such as an interactive corkboard to get an overview of your work in progress. At just $40, I think it’s a steal. There’s also a 30-day free trial. Buy it here.
Ultrabooks vs Tablets
Either way, this is a purchase that will take research. Set a budget and do some reading because you could pay as much as £2,000 or as little as £200.
Not really much use for the actual writing bit of being a writer, but we also like to read. From £29.99 for the WH Smiths Kobo Mini, to the Kindle Fire HDX for £199.99 – it all depends on whether you prefer the paper e-ink look or want a bells and whistles media, wifi experience. It also depends on your budget.
Writing chocolate. What do you mean; you’ve never heard of it? Stuff and nonsense.
Chocolate with literary merit from the Chocolate Library (a real place or website). This chocolate bar comes with an iconic wrapper with a quote by Francoise Sagan, the French playwright, novelist, and screenwriter. Buy it here.
It’s warm and chocolate – what’s not to love. Buy some swanky stuff from Hotel Chocolat here.
Fortnum and Mason Box
Seriously luxurious chocolates from Fortnum and Mason. Nuff said. Buy here.
Now you’ve got no excuse for failing to get the writer in your life something awesome. What’s on your writer’s wish-list?