Do you know a writer? If you do, I’m sure you sometimes wonder what exactly is going on in his or her head, right?
It’s okay to admit it. Writers are odd ducks. The best of us embrace it. 😉
But as a writer who runs a blog frequented by non-writers, I thought maybe I’d offer some advice on gift-giving options, especially since Christmas is coming up.
All of these are things I’ve been given that brought me a lot of joy. Granted, not everyone is going to like the same things, but some of these are practical gifts that a writer will love. And what’s even better, they won’t break the bank.
1. Zoo membership
This is the most expensive thing on my list, but it’s also probably the gift I appreciate the most. I love going to the Zoo. Wichita is only 45 minutes away and has one of the top 10 zoos in the whole country. An annual membership gives me access almost every day of the year, and I can bring a guest. It’s perfect for those times when I need to get out of my office and marvel at God’s creation.
2. Coloring books (and colors)
I’m not good at drawing, but I do love to color. There’s something inspiring about being able to sit down with a set of colored pens or pencils and a coloring book and see immediate progress happening. I’m also not good at mixing colors, but what’s great about coloring is that there’s no right or wrong way to do it. It’s a nice break from putting words on the page.
3. Flash drives
I love my flash drives. And you can get a really great one with a high capacity for less than $30 now. What’s nice about writers is that they don’t need a lot of storage space for manuscripts. Granted, if they need to carry around reference images, that can accumulate pretty quickly. But having a flash drive on me to at least back up my story as soon as I’m done working on it is worth my weight in gold.
4. Music (or gift cards for music)
Some people don’t like music when they’re working. It depends on what I’m writing. Most of the time, I like music or audiobooks for when I’m working out or driving. It’s good for my downtime to have something going on that keeps my brain engaged. Getting gift cards for music is really nice because then I can buy the music I like.
5. Books (or gift cards for books)
The same is true of books. Granted, if someone gives me a book, I’m not going to complain. I’ll probably drool over it for a while. I do love books. And if someone gives me a book, I’ll love it, regardless of what it is. But by that same token, it’s nice to have funds available to buy books that interest me specifically. So gift cards are also nice for this!
This is a no brainer, unless your beloved writer only works in digital media. I love to write things by hand. I love to journal what I’m thinking or feeling or struggling with. It helps me to get my words down on a page. I process better. So I love having a notebook or a journal around. I carry one with me all the time.
And you can’t write in a journal if you don’t have a pen or a pencil. You can get all sorts of pens. Sharpie pens. Gel pens. Colored pens. Pencils too. There’s nothing like a reliable pen or pencil with a smooth stroke that helps you translate the chaos in your head to the calm serenity of journal paper.
8. Funky socks
This is very personal, but I love fun socks. I like to mix and match them too. My old house doesn’t have heating upstairs where my office is, so I bundle up in several layers with layers of fluffy fun socks in order to keep warm while I’m working. The crazier the better, because then I can remember who gave them to me!
9. Throw blankets
By that same token, I like throw blankets too. I actually have two TARDIS throws, and I use them both at times. But there’s something about being able to cuddle up under a fluffy blanket with your fluffy socks and read a book. It’s perfect.
10. Coffee mugs (with coffee or tea)
And something warm to drink makes it even more perfect. So throw in a big mug with a funny saying on it or a pretty picture. Get some coffee or bags of tea or packets of cocoa mix. Your writer will thank you! I guarantee it.
So there you have it. My top ten list of best gifts for writers.
Would you add anything to this list? Something I missed? Or something you’ve given to a writer friend before that they really loved?