Are you looking for Christmas gifts for writers? Or do you need Birthday gifts for a friend who is an aspiring author? Then you came to the right place! In today’s post, you will find 40 awesome gift ideas for writers that they will surely write home about.
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#1 Online master classes by their favorite authors
A subscription to MasterClass is one of the coolest gifts for writers who want to learn new skills. On MasterClass famous authors provided courses with their insider tips, so aspiring (or even established) authors can follow in their footsteps.
One cool example is the course where Margaret Atwood teaches creative writing. I mean how cool is that? If the recipient is a big fan of “The Handmaid’s Tale”, they will surely love this course.
#2 Unique writing location
Sometimes you just need a different view to find new inspiration. This is especially true for writers!
So there are two ways in which you can gift a writer a change of view.
You can either book them a few nights at a cool location or go for a gift card, so they can choose a date and accommodation themselves.
The two best options for accommodation for writers are, in my opinion, Airbnb and CoolStays.
I think you already know Airbnb, a site where people rent out their own homes. But have you ever heard of CoolStays? It’s a great site to find, well, really cool stays. They have cabins, tree houses, villas, cottages, and basically any type of home that could inspire any author.
#3 Writers’ tears whiskey
Are you looking for gifts for writers who also love whiskey?
Check out this Irish whiskey made from writers’ tears.
Alright, not really of course. But it makes it sound cool.
This is one of the coolest gifts for authors who use written and digital notes.
The smart pen automatically transcribes their handwriting to an app, so they can access it directly on their phone or laptop!
The only downfall is the fact that they will need special dotted paper, called Livescribe notebooks for the smartpen’s camera to work properly.
#5 Writer’s retreats
Writing can be quite a lonely occupation, which is why writers sometimes just need to get outside and interact with other writers. And that’s when writer’s retreats come in place.
Obviously, writers will also learn new things at these retreats, but it’s the interaction with colleagues that makes it extra powerful.
So check out all the writer retreats in 2022 and gift a writer the opportunity to grow.
#6 Noise-canceling headphones
What does a man have to do to work in peace here!?
Well, for one, he could use the Bose noise-canceling headphones and he won’t be disturbed by background noises anymore.
If you are looking for gift ideas for writers who’ve used the above phrase more than once, this is the gift you need.
#7 Portable music speaker
Are you looking for gifts for a writer who loves music? Or for a writer who simply can’t work in silence?
Then this small portable music speaker by JBL is your go-to gift. They can take it wherever and listen to high-quality music while working on their next book.
#8 Writing-themed phone case
The 700+ writing-themed phone cases make awesome gift ideas for writers who love their phones.
My favorite one is this one with the text “Be bold or Italic, never regular”. But there are plenty of different designs to choose from if you prefer something else.
Writers often read other books to find inspiration for their own. Or just for fun. So a Kindle is one of the most practical gifts for a writer who travels a lot. They can simply store all their books on this one tiny device!
#10 Laptop cover and bag
A laptop is probably a writer’s most important device, so any gift that protects their laptop is a good gift idea.
And this cover comes with a hard shell case, a laptop sleeve with a handle carrying bag, and two keyboard covers.
Keep in mind that it’s a cover for the MacBook Pro 13-inch model. For other models or brands, check out Amazon to find a matching cover.
#11 Portable charger
A writer is sitting outside and rapidly typing on his laptop, the words just seem to flow out of his mind. And then.
His laptop is out of battery and he needs to move back inside to charge it.
Gone is his moment of flow.
Well, that could have easily been prevented had the author had a portable charger.
So if you are looking for practical gift ideas for writers, I would say a portable charger is a great idea. (Oh and it’s also available in black if the pink color is putting you off).
#12 International cold brew coffee
Do you need gifts for writers who love coffee and travel?
Then this set of three different international cold brew coffees is great. It includes beans from Africa and Central and South America. The cold brews will be a great treat for a writer and it will keep them going for hours.
#13 International tea
Is the recipient more of a tea drinker?
Then this set of ten different teas from around the world is a better alternative.
Writers can treat themselves to a different tea during each break.
#14 Their favorite book on a shirt
This is definitely one of the most unique gifts for a writer; a t-shirt with the text from their favorite book! For example, this shirt with the text and image of Wuthering Heights, a classic novel by Emily Bronte.
#15 Typewriter bookends
This is one of the coolest gift ideas for writers who have a lot of books. So that’s basically any writer. They can keep their books in place with these bookends shaped like an old-fashioned typewriter.
Mid-budget gifts for authors
#16 Writing-themed coffee mug
Is the recipient a coffee lover who often goes for a takeaway coffee?
Then you just found the perfect gift; one of the 900+ writing-themed travel mugs from Zazzle!
#17 Typewriter necklace
Would you like to find cute jewelry gifts for writers?
Then I’ve got three options for you today. The first one is this cute necklace in the shape of a typewriter and with the motivational quote “live the story you want to tell”.
For the other two options, check out #23 and #27.
#18 Books to improve writing
The artist’s way: A spiritual path to higher creativity
This is probably one of the best gifts for a writer who feels stuck. A guide to help them find their creative genius again. This book has helped many artists during their darkest days to find their passion and light again.
Published: The proven path from blank page to 10,000 copies sold
If you are looking for gifts for aspiring authors, this book is a great starting point to help them publish and sell their first book.
The emotion thesaurus: A writer’s guide to character expression
The emotion thesaurus is a great book for both established and beginning authors who could do with some new and fresh ways to express their characters’ emotions.
#19 The Writer Magazine subscription
A subscription to The Writer Magazine is a cool gift for a writer who wants to keep up with the latest updates in his field. The Writer is a monthly magazine filled with tips and inspiration for authors.
You can either gift a one-year or two-year subscription that automatically stops once the last magazine is delivered.
#20 Foldable laptop stand
Anything that will help the author work ergonomically is a great gift for a writer. For example, this laptop stand. It’s a great tool to prevent authors from developing a neck hernia (or just any neck pain). Especially if it’s paired with gifts #21 and #36.
And what’s even better about this particular laptop stand, is that it is foldable. Which makes it perfect for writers who travel.
#21 Foldable keyboard
Typing from a laptop stand is quite uncomfortable. And that’s why this foldable keyboard is another great ergonomic gift for writers who travel a lot.
It only weighs about 5 ounces (140 grams) and measures 11.5 x 3.9 inches (29 x 10 cm) when unfolded. Plus it comes with a phone stand, so if they want, they could even work on their phones. Though for ergonomic reasons, I would advise against that.
#22 Cookbooks for writers
The mystery writers of America cookbook
This is another fun cookbook. This time it includes 100 recipes from America’s greatest mystery authors.
#23 Writing-themed ring
Are you looking for more jewelry gifts for writers?
Then this ring that looks like a pencil might be what you are looking for.
I know. Writers don’t usually write in pencil (or pen, really they mostly type), but it’s a cute reminder of their profession or their goal to finish that book.
#24 Writer’s insults poster
Are you looking for fun gift ideas for writers?
How about a poster that contains all the insults authors have thrown at each other’s books?
Yeah, that’s right. Authors have been getting at each other for ages and this poster captures the funniest insults rivals have tossed at each other over time.
#25 Fun books for writers
Beautiful writers: A journey of big dreams and messy manuscripts – with tricks of the trade from bestselling authors
Writers can’t write the entire time. They also need a break and get inspiration, something they often do through reading other books. So one fun book for authors is “Beautiful Writers”, a book based on interviews with over 20 best-selling authors.
On writing: A memoir of the craft
This is a cool gift for a writer who writes horror, SF, or thrillers, a memoir by one of the most famous authors in those categories; Stephen King.
Writers: Their lives and works
Who doesn’t love reading about their heroes? And for writers, these heroes are usually other writers. This book covers the lives of some of the most famous authors of all time, such as Shakespeare, Austen, and García Márquez
#26 Creative games for writers
Writer’s block is a thing of the past with this cool toolbox. It includes 64 fun games and exercises to boost writers’ creativity and break through any block.
So if you are looking for practical gifts for authors, this is a fun idea.
#27 Quotation mark earring studs
These super cute earring studs in the shape of quotation marks are the last jewelry gifts for writers on today’s list.
And aren’t they just perfect?
A subtle accessory to make a writer’s outfit complete.
#28 Challenging novels scratch-off poster
Don’t we all love scratch-off posters?
And this is a perfect gift for a writer who has read all the traditional novels already. A poster with the 100 most challenging novels every author should have read.
#29 Writing-themed passport cover
Writing-themed passport covers are awesome gifts for a writer who travels a lot. They can keep their passport protected in style.
I quite liked the cover with pictures of famous poets and writers, but check out Zazzle for more options.
Small budget gifts for authors
#30 Bookshop gift card
If you want to be 100% that you’re giving something the writer can actually use, you can always go for a gift card for a bookshop. Gift cards are the safest gift option if you’re just not sure.
You can find one at a local bookshop or go for an online gift card from Bookshop.
For anyone who is looking for small, simple, but thoughtful gift ideas for writers, this keychain is perfect!
#32 UK map of famous fantasy authors
This is not just a regular map of the UK (which would be good enough for UK lovers). No, it’s a map that’s made out of the names of some of the most famous SF and fantasy authors from the UK.
#33 Luggage tags for writers
The 400+ writing-themed luggage tags on Zazzle are (just like the passport cover) great gift ideas for writers who travel a lot.
No one will dare to steal dare luggage with this tag 😉
#34 Pen with LED light
I know, I know. There is not a single writer out there who still writes a book by hand.
But that doesn’t mean that authors never use pen and paper anymore!
And for the night owl writers who still write notes the good old-fashioned way, this pen with a LED light is perfect.
#35 Writing-themed socks
Writers will never have cold feet with these cool writer-themed socks! They are fun and practical gifts for writers, so check out Amazon for all the different designs.
#36 Ergonomic wrist rest
Are you looking for gifts for writers that will keep them healthy and flexible?
Then this wrist rest to help them work ergonomically is perfect.
#37 Waterproof notebook
Ideas always come when you least expect them. Ask any writer when they had their best idea, and I guarantee it will be a random moment, such as when they were taking a shower.
So to help writers write down all their ideas at any time, this all-weather notebook is perfect. They can take it in the shower or in the hot tub, or even write when they’re hanging by the pool. The paper will not turn to mush!
#38 Writing-themed tote bags
Tote bags are great small and sustainable gifts for authors (or anyone really, since you can find them in any design).
There are nearly 2000 different writing-themed options on Zazzle you can choose from.
#39 Fingerless gloves
Writing a book is pretty damn hard if your hands are freezing off.
So to help authors who live in cold climates, these cotton gloves are an awesome gift idea.
#40 Coloring book for writers
Coloring books for adults are not only great for stress relief, but they can also be great for stimulating creativity. And that is exactly what makes coloring books such great gifts for authors.
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Final note on gifts for writers
Alright, these were all 40 gift ideas for writers today. Which gift did you buy?
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