Best Gifts for Writers | Gift Guide

Note: I’ll be adding to this gift guide in coming days/weeks. There are so many great gifts for writers out there! If you have suggestions or items on your wish list please send them over and I’ll add them to the guide.

Best Gifts for Writers

What do you get the writer who has everything? Or, perhaps this is more accurate: Oh no! You drew THE WRITER for your secret Santa gift exchange and you have no clue what would make a good gift! Help! What are the best gifts for writers anyway? Is there a GIFT GUIDE?

Yes, yes there is.

Best Gifts for Writers


Writer-themed coffee mugs

Have a writer on your list? Start here! These are the best gifts for writers, starting with writer-themed mugs!

Writing mugs need no introduction. They’re silly, they’re funny (to writers), and they hold coffee. AKA the perfect gift.

  1. I am a writer. That means I live in a crazy fantasy world with unrealistic expectations. Thank you for understanding mug. It’s accurate, it’s pretty, it’s practical. It’s perfect.
  2. Stay up late and write mug. I love the typewriter. And the meta writing about writing.
  3. There Their They’re mug. Don’t worry, your writer will get it.
  4. Please do not annoy the writer, she may put you in a book and kill you mug. I think the two-tone mug takes the edge off the murdery stuff.
  5. Novel in progress mug. Short and to the point. It gives a real “leave me alone, I’m writing” vibe.
  6. Writer’s Block is a Figment of Your…Uh…mug. I can’t think of anything to say about this mug.

  7. Writer-themed pendants

    Writers don't just love craft-related items, they love writing-related jewelry too! What do you get the writer who has everything? Or, perhaps this is more accurate: Oh no! You drew THE WRITER for your secret Santa gift exchange and you have no clue what would make a good gift! Help! What are the best gifts for writers anyway? Is there a GIFT GUIDE? Why yes, yes there is.

    Writers aren’t all about writing. They appreciate writing-themed jewelry too!

  8. Outlander Sassenach pendant necklace. In October I attended a writing conference and it was all Outlander all the time. So I know this one’s a winner.
  9. Keep Calm and Write On pendant necklace. A cliche, a mantra, a push to keep going.
  10. Why is a raven like a writing desk? Alice in Wonderland necklace. I’m watching Through the Looking Glass as I write this…there may have been some influence.
  11. Book pendant necklace. So many books, so little time.

  12. Writing notebooks

    Yes, this is super practical. But I’ve pulled some of the cooler writing notebooks from the Internet. Although everyone uses computers, many writers prefer pen and paper for staying organized. I even know writers who write their novels by hand!

    Writing notebooks are such great gifts for writers. Yes, this is super practical. But I've pulled some of the cooler writing notebooks from the Internet. Although everyone uses computers, many writers prefer pen and paper for staying organized. I even know writers who write their novels by hand!

  13. Field Notes Kraft Ruled 3-Pack. These 48-page mini logs are masterpieces.
  14. Prettysweeeet Planner. Text reads “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” Pretty sweeeeet huh?
  15. Wanderings Pocket Leather notebook. It’s pretty, it’s refillable, and it’s perfect for writing in.
  16. Productivity Planner. Get focused, beat procrastination, write things in a pretty notebook. Win win win.

  17. E-readers

    Writers love real life books but they also are realists. Where do they put all those books they read? Which is why you should get the writer on your list an e-reader. What do you get the writer who has everything? Or, perhaps this is more accurate: Oh no! You drew THE WRITER for your secret Santa gift exchange and you have no clue what would make a good gift! Help! What are the best gifts for writers anyway? Is there a GIFT GUIDE? Yes, yes there is.

    Writers love real life books but they’re also realists. Where do they put all those books they read? Which is why you should get the writer on your list an e-reader. Here are a few options!

  18. Kindle Paperwhite E-reader
  19. Fire 7 Tablet with Alexa
  20. Fintie NOOK GlowLight Plus Case
  21. Sony PRS-600 Touch Edition Digital E-Book Reader

  22. Craft books

    Books on the craft of writing. These are perfect gifts for writers! What do you get the writer who has everything? Or, perhaps this is more accurate: Oh no! You drew THE WRITER for your secret Santa gift exchange and you have no clue what would make a good gift! Help! What are the best gifts for writers anyway? Is there a GIFT GUIDE? Yes, yes there is.

    Books on the craft of writing are great gifts for writers! These are a few of my favourites.

  23. Writer’s Market Deluxe Edition 2018: The Most Trusted Guide to Getting Published. This is the standard gift for writers!
  24. On Writing: 10th Anniversary Edition: A Memoir of the Craft. This book is incredible. The advice and writing tips took my writing to the next level. It also banished adverbs. Yay.
  25. Jeff Herman’s Guide to Book Publishers, Editors and Literary Agents 2017: Who They Are, What They Want, How to Win Them Over. This is similar to the Writer’s Market but can there be too much of a good thing? When it comes to writing books, I say no!
  26. The Weekend Book Proposal: How to Write a Winning Proposal in 48 Hours and Sell Your Book. I’m building my book proposal right now so you can see where my head’s at. Book! Book! Write your book!

  27. Writing T-Shirts

    Writing T-shirts. These are perfect gifts for writers! What do you get the writer who has everything? Or, perhaps this is more accurate: Oh no! You drew THE WRITER for your secret Santa gift exchange and you have no clue what would make a good gift! Help! What are the best gifts for writers anyway? Is there a GIFT GUIDE? Yes, yes there is.

    Every writer needs a writing T-shirt. And these ones are funny. Trust me on this.

  28. Write on. T-shirt. Funny, right?
  29. To Quote Hamlet T-shirt. This is quite silly, but I like it! (And I think your writer will too.)
  30. I put the lit in literature T-shirt. I’m not 100 per cent sure what “lit” means in today’s slang but my gut says it’s pretty cool. So this saying is probably cool too.
  31. This Is My Writing Shirt. Pretty. To the point. Accurate.
  32. Grammar Police T-shirt. This is for those special writers or editors in your life who are proud of their grammar grasp and want the world to know they’re paying attention to misplaced modifiers and pronoun usage.
  33. This weekend is going to be LITerary T-shirt. Another “lit” joke! But I like to think of it as a nod to How I Met Your Mother, “It’s going to be legend…wait for it…dairy!”

  34. Looking for writing prompts and writing journals? This is your official one-stop shop! What do you get the writer who has everything? Or, perhaps this is more accurate: Oh no! You drew THE WRITER for your secret Santa gift exchange and you have no clue what would make a good gift! Help! What are the best gifts for writers anyway? Is there a GIFT GUIDE? Yes, yes there is.

  35. 1200 Creative Writing Prompts (Adventures in Writing). If you’re looking for writing ideas, you’ve come to the right place.
  36. 1,000 Awesome Writing Prompts. Prompt sections include beginners writing prompts, constrained writing, flash fiction, ripper prompts, and general writing prompts.
  37. A Year of Creative Writing Prompts. Kick your imagination into gear with this collection of hand-picked, hand-crafted, explosively creative writing prompts!
  38. 365 Journal Writing Ideas: A year of daily journal writing prompts, questions and actions to fill your journal with memories, self-reflection, creativity and direction. Follow the undated daily journal writing prompts and weekly actions to fill your journal to the point of bursting.

What do you get the writer who has everything? Or, perhaps this is more accurate: Oh no! You drew THE WRITER for your secret Santa gift exchange and you have no clue what would make a good gift! Help! What are the best gifts for writers anyway? Is there a GIFT GUIDE FOR WRITERS? Yes, yes there is.

Stay tuned, more to come. I’ve got ideas for writing prompts, writing-themed jewelry, writing BOOKS, writing inspiration, and writing clothing (obviously) in the queue. And whatever else I can dig up!

Deep Thoughts About Travel Mugs and Social Pressure

So I’ve worked in an office for just over three years now. Well, three years in a row. I have worked in office’s before.

Anyway, something you non-office types maybe don’t know is to stay productive in an office environment you pretty much need to be fuelled by coffee. There is coffee provided at my office but I got into the habit of bringing two travel mugs with me to work each day as I preferred my coffee.

But this proved to be a bit problematic. Because people in my building constantly looked at me like I was weird.

And would let me know.

“Wow! It’s a two-coffee kind of day huh?”

“Haha it’s going to be one of those days huh?”

Huh?

No, I just don’t like my office coffee.

After a while I grew weary of neighbours commenting on my coffee habits on my morning elevator ride.

I went down to one travel mug but found I wasn’t happy.

And then I remembered a little Thermos I kept in my camping gear—would that solve all my first-world problems?

Yes. Yes it would.

Apparently the people in my building find it perfectly normal to carry a travel mug and a Thermos into the elevator each day, but not two travel mugs.

Seriously! THEY HOLD THE SAME AMOUNT OF COFFEE!

Homemade Iced Coffee (Win!)

Ever since my epic iced coffee kitchen meltdown FAIL I’ve wanted to make up for it.

And thanks to Pinterest, I got my chance.

You see, there’s a picture going around toting amazing-looking iced coffee and so I took the image—recipe unseen—and went for it.

First I froze some leftover coffee as ice cubes (thanks for the suggestion Mike!)…but I made sure to use a dingy half-broken tray just in case the coffee wrecked it or something.

OK that’s a boldfaced lie. I just don’t really have many ice cube trays and the non-junky ones already had ice brewin’ in them.

Anyway, so we had some coffee ice. Then I poured up a couple glasses of milk over top and thought that would be that. However, it wasn’t awesome.

It wasn’t gross either, it just didn’t taste quite right.

So we tried a few things. Chocolate syrup, more coffee, more milk.

Homemade iced coffee

But then I think I stumbled upon the solution: coffee syrup. I put a shot of chocolate mint in mine, added more milk, and AWESOME!

It was tasty.

In the end it was a good thing I didn’t care about my ice cube tray because it is super stained. But that’s OK because it now officially has the job of icing coffee cubes exclusively.

Oh, and I should also let you know I looked up the recipe the pin directed me to (after this whole incident of course) and it suggests pouring almond milk over the coffee cubes. That sounds pretty good too.

Bad Habit #1 Reheating Coffee

I have an admittedly bad habit. I like to microwave my coffee.

Bad Habit #1 Reheating Coffee

Yes, you heard me right. I’m not so busy I forget to drink my coffee and have to heat it up. I just enjoy heating up a cup of coffee in the afternoon.

My husband doesn’t really like this. And our marriage nearly ended the first time he “cleaned up” the kitchen by rinsing out the 1/4 full pot. (Total exaggeration but I was pretty miffed.) Nope. Don’t do that.

There’s something in me that just looks forward to getting home from a long day at work and heating up a welcoming mug of cafe. Despite what people think.

Well, now that it’s getting to summertime temperatures I have to remember to put the leftover coffee in the fridge. Not because it’s going to go bad sitting out at room temperature for a few hours. No, not that. Let’s take a closer look at the image shall we? With a little black and white for effect.

THERE’S A FLY IN MY COFFEE!

I am so thankful said fly was discovered before I set to drinking my “welcome home” beverage.

And boy did my husband laugh when I cried my sad story over the phone to him later. Boy oh boy.

Mate or Latte?

mate or latte

Mate or latte, where do you stand?

My husband is really into maté.

Really into maté. He got into it while travelling in Brazil and Argentina and I see how it bonds him to other people who know what the heck those cup thingies are.

It’s basically steeped tea, but it’s from South America so I suppose that makes it exotic or something.

The cup thingy is kind of neat. Traditionally it’s made from squash or wood and has a bombillia, which is both a straw and a sieve. Convenient.

I’ve learned the maté etiquette is to drink it in a social setting, and pass the cup thingy around to the right with everyone drinking from it. However, the “Canadianization” I see around has people drinking their tea all by themselves, with their own cup thingies.

Except my husband. Oh yes. He’s one of those etiquette people.

Anyway, so I like the idea of creating a little intimacy in a community through hot drinks, but I don’t anticipate people embracing that particular custom up here much. Not only would people be concerned about germs but everyone takes it differently. How do you take your coffee?

See?

But if you want the real deal, there’s all this maté paraphernalia all over our house you’re welcome to try out.

I haven’t tried it yet…I like my black coffee. Or Americano. Maybe you can have the maté and I’ll have a latte. I’ll even let you try mine if you’re nice.