Creative Gifts for Writers, Authors, and Poets

I’m a writer, and I want every one of the gifts on this list! They’re the best and most creative gifts for writers because they inspire, motivate, and encourage writers to keep writing.

creative gifts for writersAnother creative gift for writers is the coffee mug that says: “Writers Block: When Your Imaginary Friends Stop Talking to You” – because it acknowledges the pain of writers block! All writers know what that feels like, and all writers need a kick in the bummy sometimes.

A coffee mug is a good gift because it’s both practical and inspirational. I love this mug that says “Write Drunk, Edit Sober.” Lenny Mud made it, and sells it on etsy. I think it’s a great gift for writers because it’s both funny and practical.



Creative Gifts for Writers, Authors, and Poets

Writing is hard work. The best gifts for writers are things that make us want to write every day. The best gifts for writers are things that tell us never, ever to give up the hope that one day our writing dreams will come true.

A sign for their writing space

best gifts for writers

Creative Gifts for Writers, Authors, and Poets

When I first started writing six years ago, my husband gave me a sign that says “Believe.” Pictured is a similar one on Amazon: Artissimo Designs “Your Life is Now” Sign – Printed Canvas Art  sign that your writer can hang in the den, office, or writing space.

These signs are creative and inspirational gifts for writers – and definitely the most thoughtful one I ever received from my husband. A simple little wooden sign that says “Believe” for my office, and I love it.

When I feel discouraged or hopeless, I run my fingers over the words: “If you believe, all things are possible.”

High octane coffee, tea, or hot chocolate

If you already decided that the coffee mug is the best gift for the writer on your list, give them something to put in the mug! Kicking Horse Coffee is delicious – or give a coffee or tea gift basket that has a variety of beverages.

But, I believe the best gifts for writers are those that acknowledge what a pain writing is, and that make them feel like writers…

Dragon speaking and writing software

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a serious health risk for writers who write every day. I say one of the best gifts for writers is Dragon Naturally Speaking – it converts your writer’s spoken words to text. This reduces the amount of typing your writer has to do, which relieves the strain on thumbs, wrists, and arm muscles. It’s probably number one on my list of “best gifts for writers” (Bruce, baby, are you reading this?!).

Journals and notebooks

leather journal gift for writersA writer can never have too many journals, diaries, or notebooks for jotting ideas, writing quips and tips, or fleshing out random thoughts. A Antique Dark Brown Leather Journal Diary (Handmade) is one of the best gifts for writers because it’s both beautiful and practical. Writers can write stories in their journal, or use it to keep track of their writing goals.

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 – depending on their genre and interests. For instance, Power Writer (Novel and Fiction Writing Software) is great for fiction writers and novelists.

If your writer, poet, or author has trouble sleeping, read 10 Gifts for Insomniacs and People Who Can’t Sleep.

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 for writers because it gives them a chance to get away. Writers’ conferences often happen in beautiful places like Mexico, Hawaii, Costa Rica, California, and the Bahamas…and they help writers improve their writing and editing skills. My husband actually registered me for a writing conference in New York City a couple years ago, but I couldn’t attend due to family commitments.

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) gave a talk in 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 and anyone who wants to write.

A fired-up muse – the gift all writers need

In my ebook 73 Ways to Fire Up (or Just Fire!) the Muse, I listed quips, tips, and inspiration for all types of writers from professional writers and published authors. A wonderful gift is to buy this ebook and  email your writer a new quip or tip from the book every day or week. Instead 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.

Subscription to a writing magazine

There aren’t that many to choose from, but Writer’s Digest, Writing Magazine, and The Writer 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).

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 for that writer 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

creative gifts for writers

If you’re really stuck on choosing the best gifts for writers, 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. They don’t need two copies of writing books, even if they are the best gifts a writer could get.

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 one of the best gift ideas for writers, poets, and published authors — especially if they’re fans of Anne Lamott.

What do you think of these creative gifts for writers? All thoughts welcome! If your writer is also an artist, read Creative Gifts for Artists – Inspired by Picasso.

May you find the most creative gift for the writer on your list – and may you yourself be inspired to pursue your dreams and passions.

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Shalom! I can't give you advice, but please feel free to share your thoughts below. I'm a writer in Vancouver; my degrees are in Psychology, Education, and Social Work. I live with my husband, two dogs, and cat. We can't have children, and we trust in God's love, grace, and wisdom. Jesus said, "Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest." - Matthew 11:28.

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15 Responses

  1. Lorrie says:

    Hi! That’s a picture of my original mug with the Write Drunk. Edit Sober saying. Thank you for linking to my website for the image and mug, in this list of creative gifts for writers.

    My etsy shop is Lenny Mud http://www.lennymud.etsy.com

    Many thanks!

  2. Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen says:

    Thanks for your tip, Jack. I agree — writing DVDs would be a great gift for writers!

    And Alisha, I’m glad you took the time to say hello. Hope to see you around Quips and Tips more often :-)
    .-= Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen´s last blog post ..Making Your Blog Posts Popular – 5 Web Writing Tips =-.

  3. jack says:

    dvd’s for writing nice

  4. Alisha says:

    Hey there – Im a frequent visitor to your blog – finally decided to say hello

  5. Laurie PK says:

    Thanks, Margarita, for your comments — it’s so nice to hear that you like Quips & Tips! I’m glad you’re here, and hope to hear from you again.

    And yes, I agree that my hubby did good…he’s a keeper!
    .-= Laurie PK´s last blog post ..Signs It’s Time to Hire a Webmaster for Your Blog =-.

  6. Awesome post, Laurie! There are tons of great ideas here. I’ll definitely be forwarding this to my loved ones. :) I buy a lot (and often) from amazon.com. Unfortunately, we only have one major bookstore in our small town (it’s officially a city, but still) and it doesn’t have much. So gift cards are great!

    By the way, I’m a longtime fan of your blog. It offers such great resources and inspiration. Thank you!

    Oh, and your husband is so thoughtful. He did good. :)
    .-= Margarita Tartakovsky ´s last blog post ..Eating Disorder Recovery: Q&A with Kate Thieda =-.

  7. ostrov says:

    Thank you,
    very interesting article

  8. Laurie PK says:

    Thanks, Chris — I agree that the first idea (tickets to see a favorite or famous published author) is one of the best gift ideas :)
    .-= Laurie PK´s last blog post ..How to Get Money to Start Your Business – Suze Orman =-.

  9. Chris says:

    I like the first idea of tickets to see their favorite writers. I once had the privilege of seeing Tom Robbins and it was the best “concert” that I have been too. I also like the idea of just buying them books as this ignites their creative process and gives them joy as well!
    .-= Chris´s last blog post ..What Are The Hot Christmas Gifts This Year =-.

  10. Laurie PK says:

    I’m glad you liked this article, aion. Are you asking me to write more about gifts for writers and published authors? If so, I think I can do it….

  11. aion says:

    Loved this. please write more!

  12. Laurie PK says:

    Here’s another great gift for writers, novelists, poets, freelancers — anyone who has bursts of inspiration in the middle of the night: a pen that provides its own light, so you can write in the dark!

    When you click the top of this pen, it shines a soft blue light so you can write down your ideas and creative thoughts without turning on the light, waking your partner, or even waking yourself up fully.

    Laurie PK’s last blog post..A Freelance Writer’s Invoice for Magazines, Plus Invoicing Tips

  13. Laurie PK says:

    My husband gave me two great Christmas gifts: a stamp that says “From the Library of the Adventurous Writer”, for my books and notebooks (and his forehead!).

    And, a sign for my office door, a la the presidents or CEO’s desk or door sign. Mine says, “The Adventurous Writer, Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen, ‘Freelancing Full-Time, Will Write for Food.'” I love these gifts — thanks honey!!

  14. Laurie PK says:

    I just received the best gift I ever from my husband! It’s a wooden sign that says “Believe…when you believe, you can achieve anything.” (or something like that; I’m not in my office right now, so can’t see it).

    But this is a great gift for writers: a small, classy wooden sign that highlights belief, hope, faith, perseverence, discipline, determination – anything motivational.

    I LOVE my believe sign, and think most writers would benefit from seeing that word every single day.

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