Hello, hello! It’s December. That means everyone who didn’t put up their decorations right after Thanksgiving (or even before it) will soon be scrambling to catch up with their holiday check-lists (unless you’re like me and don’t really celebrate anything, then you have nothing to worry about!). Those check-lists will undoubtedly include doing some gift shopping. So, I thought I would take a minute to give you a few gift ideas for the writers in your life.
1. Journals. Yes, your writer probably has a bunch of empty or half-empty journals and spirals scattered around their writing room. Don’t be fooled. It’s never enough. They are always on the lookout for a new place to jot down ideas and notes. And it’s easy enough to see what kind they prefer by taking a quick peek in their writing room (if you’re allowed in there). Some writers prefer simple spirals, some prefer eye catching covers, and others prefer leather-bound journals. If you know your writer well enough, you’ll find one that speaks to them.
2. A good pair of headphones or earbuds. Preferably noise cancelling. Because, even though your writer loves you, sometimes it’s just easier to write when they can drown out the rest of the world. Plus, if they’re the type who listens to the same playlist on repeat while writing, headphones will give you a break from having to listen to the same song for the hundredth time through the wall. It’s a twofer!
3. For your writers who drink, there’s always Writers’ Tears from Walsh Whiskey Distillery. It’s an Irish whiskey and comes in three varieties. You can also find the cute little book version pictured above. I’ve never tried it and I’ve heard varying reviews of the stuff, so I can’t vouch for the taste. But even if your writer isn’t a whiskey drinker, who wouldn’t want a bottle of this stuff to sit on their desk? We all need the reminder that our writerly tears are not the only ones being shed. Because writing is hard. Plus, we’re always told to write drunk and edit sober!
4. Fancy pens. Like the journals, your writer probably has a few of these sitting around their workspace unused, but don’t let that deter you. Writers tend to love pens and quills and all the fancy writing equipment from days of old. Granted, they probably won’t use them because there’s nothing that writes quite like a cheap BiC, but they sure are pretty to look at. And those pretty pens help keep the impostor syndrome at bay. That’s always a plus.
5. Soap or candles from Whiskey River Soap Co. Aside from the writer’s block soap, there’s also grammar police soap and soap for introverts. With such a wide variety sold in a number of places, you’re bound to find the perfect match for your writer. Also, sometimes your writer needs a reminder to take a break and shower. After the shower, give them food before they wander back into their own little world.
So, there are a few ideas of gifts for your writers. Feel free to add your own list here or on my social media pages!