These creative gifts for writers, authors, and poets do not include writing books (except for one reluctant one at the end)! These gifts for writers range from wooden signs to writers’ conferences…
Before the tips, a quip:
“There’s not much to be said about the period,” wrote William Zinsser, “except that most writers don’t reach it soon enough.”
Gifts that help writers improve their writing skills might work…depending on the writer. That wouldn’t be one of the best gifts for me because I have so many books about writing, blogging, and getting published — it’d be well nigh impossible to figure out which writing book is the best! So a gift of a writing book isn’t high on my list.
The best, most creative gift I ever received was from my husband — a wooden sign that says “Believe” for my office. I love it.
Here are some more gift ideas for writers and authors…
Creative Gifts for Writers
Tickets to see a published author
Last year, Elizabeth Gilbert (who wrote Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia) spoke at a theatre in North Vancouver, BC – and it was sold out months in advance! Something like this – tickets to see a writer in action – would be one of the best gifts for writers, poets, and published authors.
Increased writing motivation – the gift all writers need
In 73 Ways to Fire Up (or Just Fire!) the Muse, there are quips, tips, and inspiration for all types of writers, authors, and poets. A creative gift idea would be to email the writer a new quip or tip from the book every day or week. Intead of buying a book about writing and hoping he or she reads it, you can take an active role in encouraging the writer in your life — and perhaps motivating yourself to achieve your own dreams at the same time!
An invitation to a writer’s conference
Boy, if you can swing a complete gift package to a writer’s conference for three or four nights, you’ll be in your writer’s best books for life! This is probably the best gift my hubby could ever give me: a writing conference in Mexico, Hawaii, Costa Rica, California, the Bahamas to help me improve my writing skills…
A subscription to a writing magazine
There aren’t that many to choose from, but Writer’s Digest, The Writer, and Writing Magazine are popular. If the writer you know already subscribes to a writing magazine, then you can simply extend the subscription. Or, subscribe to something different (The New Yorker, for instance) to take your writer out of her comfort zone.
Gift cards to Chapters, Indigo, Amazon, etc
Even a $20 Amazon Gift Card can buy several items at these stores – and the writer isn’t limited to books! Gift cards are versatile and easy, and can easily be one of the best gifts (though I admit it’s not exactly the most creative gift idea for writers, authors, or poets!).
New writing tools and software
Okay, I’m not up on the cool new writing gadgets on the market, but I know stuff is out there. I’m thinking about writing software programs, such as Scrivener (Macs only) or something similar for PC’s. Software writing tools can be one of the best gifts for writers, poets, and published authors — depending on their genre and interests.
Gorgeous writing journals and notebooks
A writer can never have too many journals, diaries, or notebooks for jotting ideas, writing quips and tips, or fleshing out random thoughts. A hand-tooled leather journal is a great gift for writers; it’s almost as versatile as a gift card.
Unique gifts for artists
Google “unique gifts for artists”, and websites like “Gifts for Artists” will bubble to the surface. They have a great page called “Gift Ideas for Writers” – and feature stuff like a way cool motivational clock for writers (it says “keep writing”!).
Spa days, pedicures, manicures – give your writer the gift of pampering!
I get regular full body massages, so a massage isn’t the best gift for me. But, last year Bruce gave me a pedicure/manicure/facial at a day spa. It was relaxing and pampering – and almost as good as a massage! A great holiday gift for writers is something that pampers and relaxes them.
The gift of writing time
If the writer in your life has kids or other responsibilities that take time and energy (like housecleaning, cleaning the car, gardening, etc), then the best gift is time! Offer to take care of the kids, or hire a cleaner for a couple cleaning sessions. Garden, mow the lawn, or clean the car. You don’t have to live with the writer to free up some time for him or her.
Books about writing
If you’re really stuck about what the best gift for the writer in your life is, then fine — buy a book! Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life is a wonderful, entertaining resource for writers. But make sure you take a look through your writer’s bookshelf, to avoid doubling up.
DVDs about the writing process, inspiration, etc
If you a book about writing isn’t the best gift, consider getting a DVD about a favorite published author. The one pictured, for instance, contains Anne Lamott’s interviews, public lectures, readings, and other footage. It’s a great gift idea for writers, poets, and published authors — especially if they’re fans of Anne Lamott.
For more gift ideas, read Gifts for Bloggers.
If you have any questions or thoughts on these creative gift ideas for writers, authors, and poets, I welcome your comments below…
I'm glad you're here! My name is Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen; my husband Bruce and I live in Vancouver, BC with our critters. We can't have kids, and are learning to accept whatever life brings - both good and bad. I have an MSW (Master of Social Work) from UBC, and degrees in Education and Psychology. I hope you say hello and share your thoughts below. If not, go well....and don't forget to come back! :-)