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 Ceramic 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.

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!

  1. 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.
  2. Keep Calm and Write On pendant necklace. A cliche, a mantra, a push to keep going.
  3. 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.
  4. Book pendant necklace. So many books, so little time.

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!

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

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!

  1. Kindle Paperwhite E-reader
  2. Fire 7 Tablet with Alexa
  3. Fintie NOOK GlowLight Plus Case
  4. Sony PRS-600 Touch Edition Digital E-Book Reader

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.

  1. Writer’s Market Deluxe Edition 2018: The Most Trusted Guide to Getting Published. This is the standard gift for writers!
  2. 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.
  3. 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!
  4. 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!

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.

  1. Write on. T-shirt. Funny, right?
  2. To Quote Hamlet T-shirt. This is quite silly, but I like it! (And I think your writer will too.)
  3. 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.
  4. This Is My Writing Shirt. Pretty. To the point. Accurate.
  5. 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.
  6. 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!”

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.

  1. 1200 Creative Writing Prompts (Adventures in Writing). If you’re looking for writing ideas, you’ve come to the right place.
  2. 1,000 Awesome Writing Prompts. Prompt sections include beginners writing prompts, constrained writing, flash fiction, ripper prompts, and general writing prompts.
  3. A Year of Creative Writing Prompts. Kick your imagination into gear with this collection of hand-picked, hand-crafted, explosively creative writing prompts!
  4. 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!

Murder Simply Brewed [book review]

Murder Simply Brewed is great. Set in modern times, two amateur sleuths team up to discover if the local barista really did have a heart attack or if he was murdered.

Murder Simply Brewed

Murder Simply Brewed

Just listen to this description of Murder Simply Brewed (An Amish Village Mystery) by Vannetta Chapman.

Spring has arrived in Middlebury, Indiana, and Amber Wright is optimistic about the growing profit from her collection of Amish shops—until she receives a call that Ethan Gray is dead. Hurrying over to A Simple Blend, she finds a solitary hole in the front window and the store manager lying next to the espresso machine, dead from an apparent heart attack. All the money is still in his register. When Amber hires a young Amish woman, Hannah Troyer, to take over the shop’s duties, the two women become fast friends—as well as amateur sleuths.

What now? As soon as I read the synopsis I exclaimed “I have to read this book!”

To which my husband shook his head.

An Amish murder mystery is not in my regular reading repertoire, not even close. But I was intrigued. Nay, hooked. What’s there not to love? Set in modern times this old-school teenager teams up with an Englisher to discover if the grumpy coffee-shop worker really did have a heart attack…or if he was murdered.

Of course he was murdered. It’s in the title.

I don’t know much about Indiana or the Amish culture but it didn’t distract me from enjoying this well-written book. Sure, people fell in love after, like, three days but how is that different from any other romance novel? And there’s a murder mystery! It was entertainment bliss.

It was!

The pacing was good, the characters were interesting enough (although I wish Hannah was the main character instead of Amber, I thought Amber was boring…but maybe Hannah will get to star in the next book), and I really couldn’t guess who the villain was.

Spoiler alert!

Although, if I’m honest I got lost when the culprit was revealed. Where did the snake come from? And what was that whole sugar-swapping thing again? How was that not a problem for anyone else? Oh yeah, and what was the whole Larry thing about? That didn’t even make sense! I mean, I know it was explained but it felt like an afterthought. Oh…and the solve seemed a bit too easy after all the mystery and intrigue and suspense building up to the climax. And, was anyone even punished? Did I miss that part?

But I liked the book enough to let all that stuff go.

I also enjoyed how the Amish facts were weaved into the story line and I didn’t feel like I was in school. Most of the details weren’t random but instead elements to help move the characters towards solving the murrrrrder.

Would I recommend this book? Sure! Have fun, but don’t for a second take any sleuthing tips from Amber and Hannah. Would I read the sequel? Oh yes. Especially if Hannah is the star!

Murder Simply Brewed (An Amish Village Mystery) is available on Amazon, Zondervan, Barnes & Nobel, and Booksamillion in paperback, e-book, or audio book.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review.

Murder Simply Brewed is great. Set in modern times, two amateur sleuths team up to discover if the local barista really did have a heart attack or if he was murdered.

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Tasty Cool Drinks for Hot Summer Days

I’m always looking for great new recipes for tasty cool drinks. Because who isn’t a fan of smoothies these days?

Tasty Cool Drinks for Hot Summer Days

Tasty Cool Drinks for Hot Summer Days

At first I didn’t think I needed recipes. I assumed it was straightforward—put a bunch of stuff in the blender and bing, bang, boom smoothie. Perfect every time.

However, I am solid proof the smoothie-making process is anything but simple. Sigh.

I think my mistake is assuming everything that can be blended should be blended. So I ended up throwing everything at risk of spoiling into the concoction.

Generally my smoothies ended up tasting alternately like celery or dirt.

So now I follow recipes. (Lesson learned.)

There are a million places to get frozen blended drink recipes but how do you know which ones are tasty? Don’t worry guys, I’m here to help. My husband and I consider ourselves quite the experts in all things tasty and have given these two our top rating. Of “tasty.”

Frozen Fruit Smoothie

It’s so simple. SO simple. And yes, tasty. This recipe includes six ingredients.

  • Frozen raspberries
  • Frozen banana
  • Oranges
  • Plain non-fat yogurt
  • Vanilla extract
  • Mint

You can grab the proportions from the link in the recipe title. I should have had all this on hand but I had to duck out to get…most of the ingredients. But I found the recipe days ago and it just had to be in my belly.

So in my version I used some ice to make up the difference for not freezing the berries and banana.

I thought it was passable but my husband’s friend said it could have been colder. So I will freeze the fruit next time. And then it will be EVEN BETTER!

You may be worried the drink won’t be sweet enough without sugar, honey, or nectar but I can tell you it definitely is. No sugar required.

Quick Iced Coffee

I’ve tried to make iced coffee before, and I’m actually semi-surprised I tried again. It hasn’t gone well.

But it’s too hot for hot coffee! And I need coffee.

So we try again.

This recipe is pretty much the perfect way to use up leftover coffee. All you need to do is chill it and you’re good to go. Here are the other ingredients.

  • Ice cubes
  • Protein Drink
  • Mint

Like…yeah I have that on hand!

This drink is probably better if you have a flavoured protein drink—otherwise it’s a bit bitter. Maybe if you don’t have any of that you can add something to sweeten it up, but the point of this drink is to be low fat so if you add sugar it’s kind of defeating the purpose.

I like the protein idea. Haven’t heard of that one before. Anyway, for more detailed instructions just click on the link in the recipe title.

Result? Tasty!

In fact it was so tasty I only got a sip of this one before my drink got hijacked. But don’t worry, I have the recipe bookmarked.

There are a million places to get frozen blended drink recipes but how do you know which ones are tasty? Here are two awesome tasty cool drinks.

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Homemade Iced Coffee (Win!)

Thanks to Pinterest I get to make my dream of creating homemade iced coffee come true. What a wonderful, creative world we live in.

Homemade Iced Coffee

Homemade Iced Coffee

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.

The most interesting part of this recipe is the coffee is literally frozen

First I froze some leftover coffee as ice cubes. I was a little concerned it would ruin my ice cube trays so I used my most broken ones. Just in case.

So that was step one. Coffee ice cubes. After that, 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.

It never looked as good as the Pinterest inspiration thought. Wait, is this where the term “Nailed it” comes from?

Homemade iced coffee

After several more tries I think I stumbled upon something delicious: coffee syrup. I put a shot of chocolate mint in mine, added more milk, gave it a stir and it tasted AWESOME!

I don’t know what I was expecting this whole time. Perhaps I didn’t just want cold coffee but something more interesting and tasty. So milk and chocolate mint is my secret sauce.

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 exclusive job of icing coffee cubes. Because I can see this becoming a regular treat.

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.

Thanks to Pinterest I get to make my dream of creating homemade iced coffee come true. What a wonderful, creative world we live in.

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Mate or Latte?

Mate or latte, where do you stand? Is this still a debate? I bring this up because my husband is really into maté.

mate or latte

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. OK, here’s an actual definition from Wikipedia.

Maté, also known as chimarrão or cimarrón, is a traditional South American caffeine-rich infused drink, that was first consumed by the Guaraní and also spread by the Tupí people. In the last centuries, it became particularly popular in Argentina and Uruguay, as also in Paraguay, the Bolivian Chaco, Southern Chile and Southern Brazil. It is also consumed in Syria, the largest importer in the world, and in Lebanon.

Oh, also 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.

So what is it, mate or latte?

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.
Mate or latte, where do you stand? Is this still a debate? I bring this up because my husband is really into maté.

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