Writing Can Be Murder

November 22, 2006

Top 10 Gifts for Writers

Filed under: Uncategorized — jenniferelbaum @ 12:58 pm

How to give the writer in your life something they’ll like/appreciate/use.

1) Office supplies — I know that “normal” people don’t consider office supplies to be a gift but trust me writers do.  A writer can never have too many pens, notebooks, or reams of paper. Not sure what the writer in your life uses/would like — that’s why gift cards were created!!!!

2) Movie/Theater/Concert tickets — Writers need to refill their creative wells, so give them a gift that will inspire them!

3) A magazine subscription. There are a bunch of magazines out there for all kinds of writers.  Last year, my friend Cyndi gave me a subscription to The Writer and every time it comes in the mail I think of her!

 3) Books! Books! Books! — A writer can never have enough, so give them a gift card for a bookstore or Amazon!

4) Gift card for a cafe. Writers love to go to their local coffee house to write. A gift card allows them to indulge their passion without feeling guilty for spending $4.00 for a cup of coffee.

5) A writer’s uniform — A t-shirt, a hat, a sweatshirt that proclaims to the world (or at least reminds them) that they are a writer. You can find a fun selection at both www.coolstuff4writers.com and Cafe Press.

6) Time — Most writers would appreciate extra time.  Offer to babysit or take over their carpool rotation for a month.  Make them a dinner they can throw in the oven and serve. Get them a gift certificate to a cleaning company. Time is a precious commodity!

 7) Offer to send them to a class or conference. Most writers will jump at the chance to improve their craft and interact with other writers.

8) Writing space — Help them get into their writing head by supplying them with coffee/tea/snacks, a candle, music, a desk chair, lighting, etc.

9) Technology — A writing program, a new printer, a voice recorder, voice recognition software, any of these make a writer’s life easier.

 10) Support — If the writer in your life had a book published, buy their book and give it to someone else as a gift.  If the writer writes magazine/newspaper articles, read them and let the writer know you did. Offer to read a work-in-progress. Ask them how their latest project is going.

That’s it, my top 10.  Do you have any suggestions to add?



  1. Those are some awesome suggestions! And personally I’d take every singe one without an ounce of complaint.

    1. Time
    2, Office Supplies
    3, Money

    …would be my top three.

    My sugg would be:

    1. A fav CD to listen to.
    2. A bucket of snacks 😉
    3. Hugs when I forget to start dinner on time because I’m nose deep in something. 🙂

    Comment by Diana Castilleja — November 22, 2006 @ 2:37 pm

  2. Ooh, I love all those ideas! Might I suggest a few more ideas?
    Battery charger and rechargeable batteries. Between my MP3 Player, my Tape Recorder, and my digital camera, I go through these things like crazy. 🙂

    Ergonomic mouse and key pads. As writers, we are on the computer more than most folks, for longer stretches of time, too. So we need the protection.

    A gift certificate for a Spa Day. Sure, a movie can spark inspiration, but first you need to clear out all the cobwebs! And it relaxes those aching neck and shoulder muscles all writers seem to have. 🙂

    Comment by cassandra curtis — November 22, 2006 @ 3:41 pm

  3. These are all great ideas. I think I’m going to e-mail this list to my husband!

    Comment by Jennifer Colgan — November 22, 2006 @ 4:05 pm

  4. Chocolate, lots of Chocolate. That and a book contract. Okay, the book contract needs to come from a publisher, a real publisher.

    Comment by Sara Thacker — November 22, 2006 @ 4:17 pm

  5. Diana

    I love the “hug” idea!

    Comment by jenniferelbaum — November 22, 2006 @ 5:02 pm

  6. Cassandra

    Spa day is a GREAT idea!

    Comment by jenniferelbaum — November 22, 2006 @ 5:03 pm

  7. Sara

    Maybe we should send this list to our publisher of choice? lol

    Comment by jenniferelbaum — November 22, 2006 @ 5:03 pm

  8. Jennifer

    Email it to my husband too! 🙂

    Comment by jenniferelbaum — November 22, 2006 @ 5:04 pm

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