The season of giving is definitely upon us — and if you are someone whose got a writer or two (or more!) in your life, that means it’s time to start shopping for the kinds of gifts that writers will totally love. Whether you know it or not, writers are notoriously easy people to shop for. After all, we’ll always be happy to receive a beautifully bound journal, some super swanky writing utensils, or that just-released book we’ve been talking about all season. (As a writer, you can never have enough fancy journals — at least IMO.)
But if you’re looking for a gift that’s a little more outside the box this year, there are plenty of items on this list that go far beyond the page (or the pencil, for that matter.) Festive mugs, bookish candles, literary apparel, memberships galore, and plenty of other products to get those creative juices flowing! You’re guaranteed to find a little something — or, you know, a few somethings — for all the writers on your list this year.
So here they are: 23 gifts that any writer would love to receive this holiday season.
1. Once Upon a Time Notebook
2. Anselm Bookbinding Kit
3. Bibliophile Notebook Collection
4. Long Winter’s Nap Candle
5. Jane Austen Notebook
6. Composition Notebook Mug
If there’s one thing writers need (more than a room of their own) it’s coffee. Lots and lots of coffee. And what better mug to celebrate the spirit of writing than Out of Print’s Composition Notebook mug, styled like those classic notebooks we all remember from our school days.
7. PEN America Membership
PEN America members are directly linked with an international community of authors, journalists, editors, translators, dramatists, screen writers, other established and emerging writing professionals, and their supporters who promote, defend, and celebrate the freedom to write. Other benefits include discounts to PEN America’s yearly programs, festivals, awards, receptions, and more.
8. Words Cubed
9. People Pencils
10. The Book HookUp Membership
A gift that gives all year long — the Strand Book HookUp. Pick from topics like Fiction, Feminist Literature, Young Adult, and Mystery & Suspense, and for $200 your book-loving writer will receive 4 quarterly boxes containing a signed, first edition of a forthcoming book, an additional paperback title, and plenty of literary goodies — snacks, accessories, and more.
11. Desktop Pen Garden
12. Novel Teas
13. Library Card Tote Bag
14. Elizabeth Barrett Browning Art Print
15. Book Cart Socks
16. The Harper Journal with Quote
17. Bamboo Aromatherapy Pen
18. Direct Trade Coffee Sampler
When it comes to writing life essentials, coffee ranks right up there with pens, paper, a laptop, and an idea. This Direct Trade Coffee Sampler from World Market will not only take a writer around the globe in coffee — with Hawaiian, Colombian, Brazilian, and Ethiopian blends — it’ll also provide that jolt of energy needed to continue writing.
19. Bookstore Candle
20. Women Writers Postcard Set
Featuring 24 modern interpretations of classic lines from literature, this postcard set celebrates women writers who have had a major impact on the written word. Authors include: Jane Austen, Agatha Christie, Emily Dickinson, Zora Neale Hurston, Mary Shelley, Charlotte Brontë, Virginia Woolf, Edith Wharton, Harriet Beecher Stowe and more.