Are you looking for gift ideas for the writer in your life? Are you worried about getting them something too generic? Too overdone? Well, stop worrying. Actually, some of the most generic gifts for writers remain some of our favorites! Here's a collection of common gift ideas for writers, and why we still love them. Don't be afraid to go with the traditional. But just in case you still want to go above and beyond, I've given a few tips on personalizing these gifts for writers a bit more.
Why we still love them: What can I say? We love the written word. Books are usually a sure bet for gifts for writers. It could be books on writing, the newest edition of the Writer's Market, or simply the latest novel from their favorite author.
Step it up a notch: If the idea of giving the writer in your life a basic book seems too "blah" for you, consider shooting for an autographed copy or a first edition / rare version of one of their favorite books.
Bookstore Gift Cards
Why we still love them: Um, we love books. We love choices. It's pretty hard to go wrong with a bookstore gift card. If your writer tends to prefer online shopping, there's always Amazon.com gift cards. If they prefer a hands-on approach to book-shopping, get them a gift card to a major chain store nearby or their favorite independent bookstore.
Step it up a notch: Gift cards might be a good option still, but any kind of gift card can still be kind of generic because they don't take much thought. So to give it a personal touch, focus more on the delivery. Hint: having Amazon email them a gift card is about as impersonal as you can get. Unless the gift card is for a distant friend or colleague, go with a physical option when possible.
Journals and Notebooks
Why we still love them: We like taking notes. We like doodling. We like brainstorming, whether it's for client projects or that Great American Novel we're working on. You can personalize journals and notebooks to the writer's taste, and maybe give it to them with a nice pen so they can put it to use immediately.
Step it up a notch: If you really want to impress with your gift of a journal or notebook, make it one that will last. A nice leather-bound journal can make for a gorgeous gift for writers for example.
Why we still love them: Okay, so this is a more casual gift, and a budget-friendly one at that. But we love our coffee (well, many of us do at least). On a cold morning there's just something comforting about waking up and getting into our writing with a warm cup of joe. Is the writer in your life more of a tea-drinker? Consider a tea cup and saucer set or even a teapot instead.
Step it up a notch: If giving someone a coffee mug alone doesn't suit you, consider using it as a base for a cute gift compilation -- put a nice pen in there, some of their favorite candy, or if you want to get more elaborate maybe something like a small digital voice recorder they can use for taking notes. Anything that can fit in the cup can work.
Looking for even more basic gift ideas for writers? How about a magazine subscription? Have a writer in your life who has a passion for the past? Consider an old fashioned typewriter (there's something classic about them many of us still love, even if just for decoration). Want to spend a bit more and go a bit more modern? See if they need a new laptop or other office equipment to help them complete their projects more efficiently.
Finding gift ideas for writers doesn't have to be difficult. And remember -- writers are just people. You don't need to feel limited to writing-related gifts at all!