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gift ideas for authors

My Favorite Gift, From My Husband

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.

creative gifts for writersGorgeous 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.
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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.

Help for Writers and Bloggers

In 75 Tips for Making Money Blogging, I share how I've been making money blogging since 2008.

Do you want to be a writer?
73 Tips for Firing Up (or Just Firing!) the Muse.

If you have any questions or thoughts on these creative gift ideas for writers, authors, and poets, I welcome your comments below…

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  13 Responses to “Creative Gifts for Writers, Authors, and Poets”

  1. 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 =-.

  2. dvd’s for writing nice

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

  4. 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 =-.

  5. 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 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 =-.

  6. Thank you,
    very interesting article

  7. 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 =-.

  8. 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 =-.

  9. 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….

  10. Loved this. please write more!

  11. 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

  12. 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!!

  13. 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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