Great Gifts for Writers

Christmas, Hanukkah, birthdays . . . what do you give the writer in your life?  Speaking as one of those writers, I have a few gift ideas.  (Are you reading, Hubby o’Mine?)

A Kindle or Nook e-reader.  I’m not an iPad wanna-have – that’s what I got my fancy phone for.  But boy, do I want a Kindle.  So many books, so little time, and if I have an e-reader, I can tuck it in my purse and always have something to read, not to mention lighter luggage when I travel.  And the frugal Scot in me loves the fact that I can borrow e-books from the library for free!

Computer Stuff.  At the top of this list would be a new computer, of course.  But there are all kinds of other things that we writers need/want:  a laser printer that’s cheaper to run than the ink jet the family shares; a new mouse; a USB hub; a laptop cooling pad; a mouse pad with your picture on it (or the cover of his/her forthcoming book!); and if your writer doesn’t have an external hard drive for back-up, put that first on the list!

Books.  Discover what your writer has on his/her reading list and head for your local bookstore.  If you can’t find out discretely, browse her bookshelf.  Then look for genre-specific books (romance, sci-fi, etc.) or a writing craft book she doesn’t already have (Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird and Stephen King’s On Writing are classics).

Subscriptions.  What magazines does your writer crave?  Writer’s Digest? Poets & Writers?  Don’t forget online versions and subscriptions to paid sites such as Writer’s Market or favorite research sites (historic newspapers, anyone?).

Writing Supplies. Writers go through supplies faster than my kids go through cinnamon rolls.  Sticky notes, index cards, a case of printer paper (and the ink to go with!), pens, pencils, notebooks (especially a luxurious Moleskine notebook) would all be welcome.

Software.  Most of us have a word processing program of some sort, but if it’s a 2001 copy, the current version would be nice.  And what about a novel writing/organizing program like Scrivener?  Or an upgrade for our WordPress blog theme, so we can use all kinds of fun fonts and put things exactly where we want them?

Writing Time.  Possibly more precious and more appreciated than any of the above, how about giving your writing sweetie a whole day to write?  Or several hours several times a week for a month?  You take the kids, the cooking duties, clean-up, shopping or whatever, and let your writer write!

Personally, I already have a laser printer, a nicely-running MacBook, Scrivener software, the Weaver Theme upgrade for my blog, and time to write during the day.  (We won’t mention the fact that I have too many things to write before I get back to my novel.)  So my wish list includes a Kindle Touch, The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron, a Kindle Touch, Hooked by Les Edgerton, a USB hub, a Kindle Touch . . . well, you get the idea.

What’s the best writerly gift you’ve received?  What fun gifts have you given to writers?  What’s on your wish list right now?  (Put it in the comments, and then send your significant other here to read it!)

PS:  If you’d like to make a specific wish list on Amazon, click here.  If a purchase is made, I’ll get a smidge of commission and maybe have enough for something (*cough* Kindle *cough*) on my list if Hubby o’Mine doesn’t come through!

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5 Responses to Great Gifts for Writers

  1. Lynn Kelley says:

    I sure hope you get a Kindle for Christmas. I love mine. It’s one of the best purchases I ever made. And thanks for the reminder about the external hard drive for back-up. I need to get one of those pronto! Nice post!

    • Jennifer says:

      Thanks for stopping by, Lynn. My son-in-law convinced me to get an external drive when we came back from Ireland a year ago. It does automatic backups, but I don’t keep it plugged in all the time. I like to whip the cord off the laptop and change rooms, and “ejecting” the drive takes more seconds than I like! I do it often enough to keep the worry down, tho. And when I had to take it in to the shop, it was so easy to backup. Repair guy and I were really glad – it let him reformat the hard drive and get rid of the problems the easy way!

  2. My kindle arrived this weekend and so far it’s awesome–hope you get yours too!!

    • Jennifer says:

      I’m jealous! But that’s what I get for putting it on my Christmas list instead of buying it for myself.

  3. Megan Morris says:

    I love this post primarily because I can just imagine the look on Hubby o’Yours’ face…