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!

Easy DIY Garden Signs for the Non-Artistic [tutorial]

DIY Garden Signs

DIY Garden Signs

Here’s a quick and dirty tutorial for easy DIY garden signs even when you have zero artistic skills. I know because I did it.

What you need

  • Reclaimed wood (pallet, bed frame, etc.) upcycled into a sign-like form
  • Sandpaper
  • Sponge/paint brushes (various sizes)
  • Acrylic craft paint
  • Containers for water/paint (Solo cups will do)
  • Stencils or craft letters
  • Mod Podge or glue that dries clear
  • Sealer/finish spray/wax

Please Grow

What you do

  • Using staples, nails, etc. create sign-like shapes from old pallets or bed frames
  • Once you’re happy with your sign shapes, sand, sand, sand. Serious here—if there’s any kind of finish on the wood the paint won’t absorb. If you’re going for the distressed/weathered look (pre-actual weathering) sand extra! In fact, sand extra anyway. You’re welcome
  • Paint your pallet sign however you want. If you’re going for the washed-out look mix paint with a bit of water in a separate container and wash over wood with a sponge brush. This is an easy process and dries fast. Allow paint to dry before adding layers
  • Once your undercoat is dry, stencil letters/images with a pencil and paint in as desired. If you have zero artistic skill like me then glue craft letters to your sign using a clear-drying glue. Allow to dry again
  • Add any further embellishments and allow to dry
  • Seal using finish spray or clear wax and allow to dry

It’s a straightforward craft but adds so much character to your garden. In my case, future garden. I don’t have a lot of experience with vegetables so I thought I should go the route of encouraging my seeds along plus reminders (#pleasegrow #intaflowers #lettuceeat #wtf (water the flowers)). That said I’m also planning a sign saying “I didn’t plant this” because I’m quite certain I will grow many mystery plants. It’s just how things go for me.

DIY Garden Signs tutorial

I still have some finishing touches to put on my signs but this is the general idea if you’re looking for a fun project on a cold winter’s night. Watch my Instagram for the finished products in all their glory. Or however they turn out.

My Birthday Gift to Me

honeycomb-scarf

For the past couple weeks I’ve been thinking about how I wanted to spend my birthday.

I thought and thought and thought about it.

And then I decided I would rather be knitting so I sat on the couch and haven’t done anything since.

OK, that was a slight exaggeration, but I certainly didn’t think of anything I wanted to do for my birthday.

Birthdays for me have become just like all the other holidays you’re supposed to do something big for. It’s too much pressure.

But now I know what to do. Because it’s been on my lap the whole time: I want to knit for my birthday. That’s all. I want a nice evening of knitting.

Does that make me officially old?

The Perfect Birthday Present

For a while now I’ve been keeping a list of possible gift ideas for my husband’s birthday. And they’re all dumb.

For example:

  • Cuff links
  • Storage tower for Xbox
  • Wine tour

I mean, sure they’re all fine but they’re missing that something something. You know?

So imagine my joy when, whilst cleaning out my grandmother’s condo, I stumbled across the Rowing Exerciser.

Wowee!

The perfect birthday present

Knowing my husband’s penchant for fitness I just knew this was the perfect gift.

Here’s what the box says: “A new simple way to Improve [capital “I” intentional] cardiovascular circulation. All-purpose body conditioner that help trim and tone stomach, chest, arm, leg and upper back muscles.”

See what I mean? Perfect!

And the best part is, you can store it anywhere! Great for small spaces.

Now, up until this post I was giggling all the way to the wrapping paper stash. But now my tune is changed. Because despite my Rowing Exerciser (excuse me, my husband’s Rowing Exerciser) being straight from the 80s (70s?), a quick Internet search tells me they’re still a hot ticket exerciser today.

Crazy.

Anyway, all I need now is the perfect one-piece leotard to go with the Rowing Exerciser and The Perfect Birthday Present will be complete!

My New Notebook (Gilt-Edged Edition)

Like I mentioned last week, my birthday was recently and I was paid some attention for which I was/am grateful.

Now I would like to talk about one of my gifts—a notebook. And not just any notebook, a “gilt-edged” notebook.

I know that means the edges are a gold colour, but I don’t know why it’s so special. The dictionary just says it means the paper is high quality.

OK, so I got a nice notebook for my birthday.

I don’t particularly care for the cover though…I mean flowers are nice and stuff but…

Maybe I’ll use Mandy’s tutorial again and just cover the notebook with scrapbooking expertise, which I picked up thanks to the 30 Day Challenge (thank you 30 Day Challenge).

But the reason I’m talking about this gift today is because I didn’t even know I was longing for a notebook. Didn’t even realize it. The last time I had a notebook I used it for wedding planning. We had all our notes in there, our hopes and dreams and plans and guest list and to-do lists and on and on. It was great. We made all sorts of computerized lists and appointments and notes and such but the old notebook came in more handy and useful than all the modern technology combined.

And I haven’t had a notebook since.

That’s, like, a while!

When I was more of a journaller I would carry a notebook with me everywhere. I actually looked forward to times of waiting so I could jot down blog or article ideas, book ideas, musings, goals, or whatever else. I loved travelling by bus or train so I would have extra time to sit and think. For some reason there’s always something to do at home but in those moments of travelling…well they’re special. I’ve worked out a lot of stuff sitting on the bus. And I have a box of notebooks to prove it.

Now that I drive myself around most of the time I don’t jot notes down so much, which is probably why I haven’t noticed my lack of notebook. But I have some travel time with work coming up in the next bit so this is excellent timing to get back into it.

I have the distinct impression using my new notebook will quick start my creativity in a way typing items into my smartphone never can.

Weird right? It has got to be something psychological in my brain…respect for the act of writing and knowing how to use a pen or something.

What do you call a writer who only knows how to type?

Oh, and I’m OK with the blank page thing (lack of lines). I feel it allows me to be a bit more “out of the box.” Yet still constrained to the page.

Limits people.