Holiday Gifts for Writers and Readers

While my Christmas wish list includes things very pandemic—sweat pants and self-help books about anxiety—and things very me—roller skates, an old-fashioned bike, and about 600 cookbooks—it also includes plenty of things in the writerly and readerly vein. I thought, this year, I would make a list of great gifts for writers and for readers. Perhaps you have a writer or reader in your life, or perhaps you are a writer or reader looking for some things to add to your wish list. Obviously, you need to know a little about the person in order to pick out a gift, even from this list, but it’s a start. And some of the gifts are pretty universal, assuming they don’t already have it. Then again, there are a handful of these gifts that could be given over and over again.

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  • A new laptop
  • Laptop sleeve and/or stylus and/or drawing pad and/or stickers and/or keyboard cover meant for their laptop
  • I Wrote a Book About You, M.H. Clark or The Book About Me, Peter Pauper Press
  • An antique typewriter
  • A car magnet that says, “You are dangerously close to being killed off in my novel”
  • A neck and back massager that fits in their chair
  • A subscription to Writers Digest or Poets & Writers
  • A book from this list HERE
  • The Business of Being a Writer, Jane Friedman
  • Write the Story and Complete the Story, Picadilly or 642 Things to Write About
  • Journals: One Line a Day, or Keri Smith (Wreck This Journal, etc.)
  • Thou Spleeny Swag-Bellied Miscreant, Sarah Royal
  • Vex, Hex, Smash, Smooch, Constance Hale or Save the Cat!
  • Desk and/or Chair
  • Blue Light Reducing Glasses
  • Writing gloves
  • Writing-themed cookbooks
  • Writer’s Clock
  • The Writer’s Toolbox/Writer Emergency Pack
  • A subscription to Journal of the Month
  • A fountain pen and ink
  • Sketchbook and drawing implements of choice, if they do that too
  • “Being a Writer Is Easy” mug
  • Scrabble or Bananagrams
  • Fliptionary
  • Writer’s Block wine
  • Scrabble or poetry refrigerator magnets
  • Literary Insults Chart
  • Adjustable footrest and/or Bouncy Band
  • Fidgets
  • Lumbar support
  • Rocketbook
  • Ergonomic wrist rest
  • Lecone charger with desk organizer
  • Password Book
  • Calendar for next year
  • Aqua Notes waterproof paper pad and pencil
  • Adult coloring book
  • EVISTR or Sony Digital Voice Recorder
  • The Emotion Thesaurus
  • Coffee mug warmer
  • Becoming, Michelle Obama
  • YETI bottle
  • Quotation mark stud earrings
  • “Meta Phors Be with You” t-shirt
  • Vintage typewriter inspired keyboard
  • My Coffee and Book Club with a writing book theme
  • Scribbler Gift Subscription
  • Wordsmith Deck
  • Magnetic notebook
  • Music or music player of choice in format of choice
  • Dictionary of the Strange, Curious & Lovely, Robin Devoe
  • Margaret Atwood’s Creative Writing class
  • Writer’s Tears Whiskey
  • Literary journals
  • Literary Wonderlands
  • A Candle for Writer’s Block
  • Writer at Work door hanger
  • Post it notes
  • A red pen/marker
  • Freewrite Traveler
  • Pep Talks for Writers
  • Lenovo Yoga Book
  • Writer’s Block/Ultimate Writer’s Block
  • Virtual keyboard
  • The Emotional Wound Thesaurus
  • Typewriter coaster gift set
  • Portable glass tea infuser
  • Lap desk
  • Travel journal
  • Art markers
  • “Please do not annoy the writer. She may put you in a book and kill you” mug
  • Creative Block
  • Commas save lives mug
  • Bullet journal
  • Canvases, paints (or whatever they use) and tools, if they swing that way
  • Large totes or a rolling work bag, if they don’t already have too many
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FOR READERS (which can also be useful for writers, too)

  • Out of Print scarves, like the one that looks like a library check-out card
  • Out of Print tee shirts, like the one that looks like check out stamps
  • Out of Print sweatshirts, like the one with Matilda that says “Bookworm”
  • Out of Print socks
  • Out of Print bags
  • Books Bucket List/100 Books scratch-off poster
  • Kindle/Book Bub/Audible subscription
  • Gift card to their local bookstore
  • Poe-pourri
  • Drink with the Great Drinkers shotglass set
  • Key to 221 Baker Street necklace
  • Literature/writing-themed coasters
  • Book cover postcards
  • Reading is Sexy swag
  • “I Put Down My Book to Be Here” t-shirt
  • Book art
  • Library Set Candles
  • Library of Fragrance’s Paperback Cologne
  • Book lover pillow
  • Bookish jewelry
  • Book club/subscription box membership
  • Books from this list HERE or maybe HERE
  • Literary Notes
  • Bookmark sets
  • Name stamp
  • Book plates
  • First Lines Literature mug
  • Shakespeare, Not Stirred¸ Caroline Bicks
  • The Literature Book or The Shakespeare Book, James Canton/DK
  • Novel Teas
  • A book nook kit
  • Litograph t-shirt
  • Literary action figures
  • Bookends
  • Card catalogue notecards
  • Shakespeare mug
  • Bibliophile and/or Diverse Bibliophile, Jane Mount
  • Bibliophile Reader’s Journal, Jane Mount
  • Bibliophile:Diverse Spines (Jane Mount) wall calendar

One thought on “Holiday Gifts for Writers and Readers

  1. Love this list! I plan to print it off and go on an Amazon journey looking things up just for fun…many of your suggestions look interesting and definitely trigger my curiosity!!!

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