Best Gifts for Writers | Gift Guide

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 | Gift Guide

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

With a bunch of sections to go through, I thought a table of contents would be handy.

Click on the links below to jump to the gift category you’re most interested in.


Esty finds

OK, there is SO much amazing handmade or vintage gifts for writers on Etsy. It’s overwhelming really. The last time I checked there were 18,254 results.

But don’t worry, I’ve dug up a few of my personal favourites to cut your shopping down from eons to mere minutes. You’re welcome.

Best Gifts for Writers | Etsy Finds
  • Typewriter Bangle—a personalized typewriter charm? Um…yes. Please
  • Writer’s Block…Block—I have no words, this is gift perfection
  • Handmade Wood Pen—I can just imagine holding this wooden, ballpoint twist pen in my hand and allowing the creative thoughts to flow freely!
  • Quotation Mark Earrings—aren’t these adorable? Punctuation as jewelry is always a good gift, in my humble opinion. The only thing better would be an interrobang‽
  • This is What a Badass Journalist Looks Like—you can get this phrase printed on a ceramic mug, on a T-shirt or on a coaster
  • The Writing Manifesto Print—this isn’t pictured but imagine a busy (yet calming!) inspirational poster with phrases like “You are a writer,” “caffeine and headphones,” “embrase the muse,” etc.
  • Luxury Notebook—WOW. The black faux leather is embossed with a bronze feather and “Creative Ideas.” It would make a most excellent gift for a writer

Writer-themed coffee 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. There Their They’re Coffee Cup

Don’t worry, your writer will get it.

3. Please Do Not Annoy The Writer Mug

I think the multiple fonts takes the edge off the murdery stuff.

4. Novel In Progress Keep Writing Mug

Short and to the point. It gives a real “leave me alone, I’m writing” vibe.

5. Stay Up Late Writers Mug

I love the typewriter. And the meta writing about writing.

6. Writer’s Block is a Figment of Your…Uh… Mug

I can’t think of anything to say about this mug.

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

Writer-themed pendants

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

1. Outlander Sassenach Pendant Necklace

A couple years ago 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, Lewis Carroll Quote Pendant, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Jewelry

I’m watching Through the Looking Glass as I write this…there may have been some influence.

4. Library Book Necklace, Book Pendant

So many books, so little time.

Gifts for writers. 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.

Writing notebooks | 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. Passion Planner

I have several friends who swear by this planner.

3. Refillable Travel Journal

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’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

2. Fire 7 Tablet with Alexa

3. Nook HD

4. Kobo Forma

Gifts for writers. 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!

Craft books

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

1. Writer’s Market 2020: The Most Trusted Guide to Getting Published. This is the standard gift for writers!

2. On Writing: 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 & Literary Agents, 28th edition: 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 spent the past year writing my book proposal and pitching it so you can see where my head’s at. Book! Book! Write your book! (Actually, PLAN your non-fiction book!)


Writing T-shirts | Gifts for writers

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

1. To Quote Hamlet

This is quite silly, but I like it! (And I think your writer will too.)

2. 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.

3. This is My Writing Shirt

A bit on the nose but accurate nonetheless.

4. 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.


Writing prompts

Looking for writing prompts and writing journals? This is your official one-stop shop!

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 (Write On!)

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 & actions to fill your journal with memories, self-reflection, creativity & direction

Follow the undated daily journal writing prompts and weekly actions to fill your journal to the point of bursting.

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.

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Oh no! You drew THE WRITER for your gift exchange and you have no clue what to get. Help! What are the best gifts for writers anyway? Is there a GIFT GUIDE?

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!

Other Fun THings For Writers

Gifts for writers are fairly straightforward. Literary-themed beverage containers and office wear as well as the obvious notebooks should keep them happy.

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Home Made Lovely [Book Review] | Simple Design Tips

Home Made Lovely, written by Toronto interior designer Shannon Acheson, makes creating a beautiful home accessible for even the most design-inept.

Image is a styled, minimalist photograph of a white table with a teal coffee cup, a small cactus, and a white picture frame on it. Overlaid is an image of the book cover for Home Made Lovely by Shannon Acheson.

Design-inept people like me!

Decorating and styling are things I try to stay away from if I can, mostly because I’m so insecure about my taste. As in, do I have any?

Although to be honest, interior design is something I have an urge to figure out. Because I love how colour and decor and placement can make such a huge and special impact on the way people feel.

Interior surroundings have the ability to evoke either a negative or positive emotional response. Everything from colors, to natural elements, to ceiling height and lighting affects how we feel when we walk into a room.

Home Made Lovely, 17

Seems like magic. I want to do magic.

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Home Made Lovely: Creating the Home You’ve Always Wanted Review

The book’s beautiful cover, the blurb and the subtitle’s promise I could create the home I’ve always dreamed of were the trifecta. I needed to read this book.

And when Home Made Lovely arrived I dove right in, flipping to find all the exciting and modern inspo I’ve been craving, especially since being stuck at home for the past year.

And…quickly learned this is more of a words-driven book than images-driven book. Like, there are some, but not many.

I don’t know why, but I expected lots of styled images to demonstrate the decorating tips and tricks. I guess because that’s what I’m used to in design books.

So I set the book aside for a bit until I had more time to go through the text-heavy glossy pages with more mindful intention.

Good news though, I came back to it. Because I really do want to figure out this design thing. And what I mean by that: I want a low-maintenence, comfortable and inviting home I want to hang out in and am proud of.

Here’s what I discovered.

Author Shannon Acheson says there are four steps to creating a lovely home.

  1. Decide to love where you live
  2. Declutter and make room for life
  3. Decorate in an uncomplicated way
  4. Embrace lovely, “scruffy” hospitality

I’ve written before about how I’m a nervous host. Like, I do enjoy hosting people (deep, deep down) but I get all in my head about it, stressing about everything ahead of time and then worrying during the visit.

  • Are they having fun?
  • Are they bored?
  • Did I do something wrong/offensive/etc.?

A bit later in this section, Acheson says the right kind of decor can calm even the most anxious heart. I love the idea of creating a safe space that can have this powerful positive effect. (For myself and others.)

Can I do that on my own? Is it possible? Do I have the creative wiles?

Before getting into the actual prescriptive “how to make your home lovely” tips, there’s a chapter on learning how to be grateful for your current home. There’s even space to write down what you DO love about your home.

I love the idea of focusing on abundance rather than lack. Such a good place to start.

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The 3-Step Decorating Process

Part three of Home Made Lovely focuses on these steps.

  • Find Your Decorating Style (Step 1)
  • Create Your Master Plan (Step 2)
  • Decorate One Room at a Time (Step 3)

In Step 1 you learn about the different home styles and design styles, as well as what shapes, colours and decorations help represent that style. There is space to jot down your personal preferences and discover your style.

In Step 2 you learn about colour…and colour theory…and how to create a colour scheme. So helpful!

And in Step 3 it’s decorating time! There are lots of lighting tips as well as some review of wall coverings and art. While there are some sketches and photos, I would have definitely loved more examples here. This is where I really struggle with design insecurity.

Do these items go together? Does this work? Is this cluttered?

The final section of Home Made Lovely focuses on hospitality. There are all sorts of tips for creating a space for entertaining visitors in a way that is comfortable and relaxing for everyone.

I love this section so much. I thought I was looking for design tips (and, well, I am) but I think figuring out how to create some “house rules” and welcoming spaces is going to make more impact that what colour I paint or which lamp shape I end up choosing for my sitting room.

Acheson says a big part of the “lovely home experience” is, in fact, the experience. But many of us (ME) make excuses to avoid inviting people into our spaces because we think our homes and hospitality should look a way we aren’t managing to pull off.

Decorating should be about those who live there, rather than making your home into a magazine-worthy spread.

Instead, what if we focused on creating a welcoming space?

Somewhere people feel like they can relax and be themselves…and where you can too. Isn’t that better than having the most up-to-date styling and Instagrammable wall coverings?

To me? Yes.

Home Made Lovely: Creating the Home You’ve Always Wanted SYnopsis

Everyone wants a home that is beautiful and clutter free. But most of us are unsure how to get there without breaking the bank. Popular interior designer Shannon Acheson takes the guesswork out of creating a lovely home. Home Made Lovely is a mind-set: decorating should be about those who live there, rather than making your home into a magazine-worthy spread. Shannon walks you through how to

  • decorate in a way that suits your family’s real life
  • declutter in seven simple steps
  • perform a house blessing to dedicate your home to God
  • be thankful for your current home and what you already have
  • brush up on hospitality with more than 20 actionable ideas that will make anyone feel welcome and loved in your home

In Home Made Lovely, Shannon meets you right where you are on your home-decorating journey, helping you share the peace of Christ with family members and guests.

About Shannon Acheson

Shannon Acheson is a mostly self-taught designer, decorator, writer, and stylist. Although she has completed her interior design training, she’d much rather teach you how to decorate your own home than do it for you. She is the editor and designer behind the design and lifestyle company and blog HomeMadeLovely.com. Her happy place is in the suburbs of Toronto, where she is a Homebody with a capital H, a Jesus girl, a happy wife to Dean, and a homeschooling mom of three teenagers. Learn more at www.homemadelovely.com.

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Home Made Lovely, written by Toronto interior designer Shannon Acheson, makes creating a beautiful home accessible for even the most design-inept. Design-inept people like me! Decorating and styling are things I try to stay away from if I can, mostly because I'm so insecure about my taste. As in, do I have any?

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Thanks to Graf-Martin Communications for providing a review copy of Home Made Lovely.

My New Notebook (Gilt-Edged Edition)

It was my birthday last week and I received a most excellent gift, a new notebook! And it wasn’t just any old notebook, it was a gilt-edged notebook.

My New Notebook

I know “gilt-edged” 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.

While I don’t love the cover I think it’s still usable. However…I mean flowers are nice and stuff but…

Part of me is thinking about using this DIY custom notebook tutorial and making a new cover for my notebook but I haven’t decided if it’s necessary or not just yet.

But this post does have a point. My new notebook made me realize something

The reason I’m talking about my new notebook is because I didn’t even know I was longing for a new notebook. In fact, 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 One since

When I was more of a journal-keeper. I would carry a lined notebook with me everywhere. In fact, 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 notebooks. 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?

It was my birthday last week and I received a most excellent gift, a new notebook! Using my new notebook will launch my creativity in a way typing can't.

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Chocolate Covered Strawberries for Under $5

Chocolate covered strawberries. Now HERE is a gift idea everyone will love. It’s delicious, there’s no baking, and takes very little effort.

DIY Chocolate Covered Strawberries

That is, unless you hate strawberries and chocolate. (Is it possible?)

Not only is it affordable, but it’s easy. All you need are strawberries and chocolate chips. And when strawberries are in season, they’re quite cheap and very delicious.

Chocolate Covered Strawberries instructions

  • Ratio: One cup of chocolate chips to one pound of strawberries
  • Using a double boiler, melt chocolate chips over simmering water
  • Stir until smooth, remove from heat
  • Line a cookie sheet with wax paper
  • Holding the strawberries by the stem, dip into chocolate, lift, and twist over bowl to catch drips
  • Place strawberry on wax paper
  • Let set for at least half an hour—putting them into the fridge will help this process along

And that’s it! What a great gift idea. Thanks to Julia for suggesting it (and for letting me sample some, yum!)

Oh, and if you’d like a far more complicated slash comprehensive chocolate covered strawberries recipe then here’s one from All Recipes.

Here are a couple things I learned from that recipe. First, bigger berries don’t always taste better. Second, high-quality chocolate has more cocoa butter and is smoother and glossier when it melts.

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Chocolate covered strawberries. Now HERE is a gift idea everyone will love. It's delicious, there's no baking, and takes very little effort.

One more thing. You may be interested in my free resource library. This is where I keep my files, downloads, ebooks, worksheets and whatever else I manage to create. I love sharing what I learn and want to keep adding to this library so it becomes a wealth of helpful goodness.

This is a free resource but I do require a password to access the library itself. You can get access by popping your email address into the form below.

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Fabric loaf wrap for under $5 [Gift Idea]

If you’re looking for a great gift idea why not try a fabric loaf wrap?

DIY Fabric loaf wrap

I will admit I kind of sort of took the easy way out on this project. Sort of.

Yes, I did bake bread from scratch. It took an entire Saturday and forced me to buy things like yeast and whole wheat flour, but I’d say it was entirely worth it (even if the bread TOTALLY looks homemade). I’d like to thank my friends at Kinneyland for recommending the bread recipe from Mennonite Girls Can Cook—it really was straightforward and even though I completely botched the amount of yeast I should put in (I always seem to mix up tablespoons and teaspoons) and forgot the hot water until later, thus risking losing my fingerprints because I nearly burned them off…

Stopping rant in order to catch figurative breath. Getting back on fabric loaf wrap track.

Anyway, the bread wasn’t related to the blog at first, but then my mom lent me this amazing book called Company’s Coming: Gifts from the Kitchen. In it are all these amazing gift ideas from, well, the kitchen.

I flipped through it, then fingered through paying closer attention, then I passed it around the room so others could look, then I took it home with me.

And then I remembered the bread and thought, what a great idea!

Anyway, why I say I took the easy way out is because I already had the bread and the towel and the ribbon. But now that I think about it, that’s the point of this book! Presenting this fabric loaf wrap makes a regular thing special without the pressure of going out and purchasing something no one really needs. Genius.

There are loads of ideas in this book and I’ll probably try a few of them.

  • Homemade chips
  • Homemade Kahlua and Amaretto
  • Jar toppers
  • Homemade air freshener
  • DECOUPAGE
  • Grog and coffee mixes
  • …on and on and on

Some of the stuff in this book is too crafty for me, but with nearly 200 pages to work with, I don’t mind leaving those to the more ambitious kitchenistas.

PS Bread is really cheap to make from scratch, and I even added fiber and honey. I think I made four loaves for under $5 and I stock most of the ingredients already

PPS I might end up borrowing this book for a while

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Presenting this fabric loaf wrap makes a regular thing special without the pressure of going out and purchasing something no one really needs. Genius.

One more thing. You may be interested in my free resource library. This is where I keep my files, downloads, ebooks, worksheets and whatever else I manage to create. I love sharing what I learn and want to keep adding to this library so it becomes a wealth of helpful goodness.

This is a free resource but I do require a password to access the library itself. You can get access by popping your email address into the form below.

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