45 Genius Gifts For Writers That They’ll Adore!

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If you’re on the hunt for the perfect gift for writers (those scribbling, typing, and coffee-sipping friends), you’ve just stumbled onto the right blog post. Whether it’s your ink-slinging buddy, your favorite novelist, or the person you know who always has their head in a book (or, more accurately, a notebook), we’ve got your back. With 45 gifts for authors and writers, you’ll find something for every wordsmith!

From whimsical to practical, from inspiring to just plain fun, these writers gifts have been carefully curated to put a smile on any writer’s face.

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#1 Smartpen

Smartpen
Photo courtesy of Amazon

This is one of the best 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.


#2 Typewriter bookends

Typewriter bookends
Photo courtesy of Amazon

This is one of the coolest gift ideas for aspiring 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.


#3 Writers’ tears whiskey

Whiskey bottle called writers tears
Photo courtesy of Total Wine

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.


#4 Their favorite book on a shirt

T-shirt with text of a book
Photo courtesy of Litographs

This is definitely one of the most unique gifts for writers; 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.


#5 Online master classes by their favorite authors

Women reading a book
Photo by Umid Akbarov on Unsplash

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.


#6 Unique writing location

House by a lake
Photo by Luca Bravo on Unsplash

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.


#7 Writer’s retreats

People reading and writing
Photo by Alexis Brown on Unsplash

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 into 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 for the coming year and gift a writer the opportunity to grow.


#8 Noise-canceling headphones

Bose headphones
Photo courtesy of Amazon

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 aspiring writers who’ve used the above phrase more than once, this is the gift you need.


#9 Portable music speaker

JBL speaker
Photo courtesy of Amazon

Are you looking for writers gifts for music lovers? 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.


#10 Writing-themed phone case

Phone case with text: be bold or italic, never regular
Photo courtesy of Zazzle

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.


#11 E-reader

Kindle
Photo courtesy of Amazon

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 readers and writers. They can simply store all their books on this one tiny device!


#12 Laptop cover and bag

Floral laptop cover
Photo courtesy of Amazon

A laptop is probably a writer’s most important device, so any gift that protects their laptop is a good writer 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.  


#13 Portable charger

Portable charger
Photo courtesy of Anker

Imagine this.

A writer is sitting outside and rapidly typing on his laptop, the words just seem to flow out of his mind. And then.

BAM.

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.


#14 International coffee

Collection of coffee bean bags
Photo courtesy of Bean Box

Do you need gifts for writers who love coffee?

Then this set of different international coffee beans is great. It includes beans from Africa and Central and South America. The different brews will be a great treat for a writer and it will keep them going for hours, plus the international flavors might even be a source of new inspiration.


#15 International tea

Teas of the world gift box
Photo courtesy of Amazon

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.


#16 Foldable laptop stand

A black laptop stand
My laptop stand

Anything that will help writers work ergonomically is a great gift for authors. 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 the next gift and the wrist rest (#29).

And what’s even better about this particular laptop stand, is that it is foldable. Which makes it a great gift for writers who travel. (I actually use this stand in combination with the keyboard below during my travels, and it has been my best buy ever).


#17 Portable keyboard

Wireless white keyboard
My keyboard

Typing from a laptop stand is quite uncomfortable. And that’s why this superlight keyboard from Apple is another great ergonomic gift for writers who travel a lot. (Trust me, as a digital nomad who works just about anywhere in the world, my neck and back have never been happier than when I finally decided to buy the laptop stand and keyboard!

It only weighs about 8.4 ounces (240 grams) and measures 11.7 x 5 inches (29,7 x 12,7 cm). Plus it’s compatible with all laptops (not just Macbooks) and phones.


Mid-budget gifts for authors

#18 Writer’s insults poster

Poster with insults from writers
Photo courtesy of Uncommon Goods

Are you looking for fun gifts for readers and 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.


#19 Creative games for writers

The writer's toolbox
Photo courtesy of Amazon

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.


#20 Book with interviews of authors

Book titled: Beautiful writers
Photo courtesy of Amazon

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.


#21 Writing-themed coffee mug

Travel mug wit text about being a writer
Photo courtesy of Zazzle

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!


#22 The Emotion Thesaurus book

Book titled: The emotion thesaurus
Photo courtesy of Amazon

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.


#23 Writer’s Digest Magazine subscription


A subscription to The Writer’s Digest Magazine is a great gift for a writer who wants to keep up with the latest updates in his field. The Writer’s Digest 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.


#24 Cocktail book for writers

Book titled: How to drink like a writer
Photo courtesy of Amazon

Are you looking for fun gift ideas for writers who love a drink (or two)?

And more specifically, cocktails?

Then this cookbook with 100 cocktail recipes paired with an iconic writer is perfect.


#25 Quotation mark earring studs

Quotation mark earring studs
Photo courtesy of Amazon

These super cute earring studs in the shape of quotation marks are a subtle accessory to make a writer’s outfit complete.


#26 Writer’s workbook

Book cover of "the writer's workbook"
Photo courtesy of Amazon

The“Writer’s Workbook” is a fantastic gift for writers because it’s like having a personal writing coach without the awkward small talk.

Inside, they’ll find everything they need to whip their novel into shape, from crafting characters that practically jump off the page to plotting a story so juicy it’ll make Shakespeare jealous. There are checklists to keep them on track and more plot devices than they can shake a thesaurus at.


#27 Novels scratch-off poster

100 Essential Novels scratch-off poster
Photo courtesy of Amazon

Don’t we all love scratch-off posters?

And this is a perfect gift for readers and writers because it contains the 100 most essential novels every author should have read.


#28 Book about famous writers

Book titled: writers
Photo courtesy of Amazon

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


Small budget gifts for authors

#29 Ergonomic wrist rest

Ergonomic wrist rest
Photo courtesy of Amazon

Are you looking for the best gifts for writers that will keep them healthy and flexible?

Then this wrist rest to help them work ergonomically is perfect.


#30 Coloring book for writers

The coloring book for writers
Photo courtesy of Amazon

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.


#31 Bookshop gift card

Bookshop gift card
Photo courtesy of Bookshop

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.


#32 Writing-themed ring

A ring in the shape of a pen
Photo courtesy of Aika Aika

Are you looking for more jewelry gifts for writers?

Then this ring that looks like a pen might be what you are looking for.

I know. Writers don’t usually write on paper (they mostly type), but it’s a cute reminder of their profession or their goal to finish that book.


#33 Book on how to get publish

Book titled: Published
Photo courtesy of Amazon

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.


#34 Keychain

Writer keychain
Photo courtesy of Amazon

For anyone who is looking for small, simple, but thoughtful gift ideas for writers, this keychain is perfect!


#35 UK map of famous fantasy authors

Map of the UK
Photo courtesy of Not on the High Street

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.


#36 Book to enhance creativity

Book titled: the artist's way
Photo courtesy of Amazon

This is probably one of the best gifts for a writer who feels stuc; 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.


#37 Luggage tags for writers

Lugagge tag with text
Photo courtesy of Zazzle

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 😉


#38 Pen with LED light

Pen with LED light
Photo courtesy of Amazon

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.


#39 Cookbook for writers

Book cover of 'The Mystery Writers of America Cookbook: Wickedly Good Meals and Desserts to Die For'
Photo courtesy of Amazon

This is another fun cookbook. This time it includes 100 recipes from America’s greatest mystery authors.


#40 Typewriter necklace

Necklace with a pendant of a typewriter
Photo courtesy of Amazon

Would you like to find cute jewelry gifts for writers?

Then check out this cute necklace in the shape of a typewriter and with the funny quote “carefull or you’ll end up in my novel”.


#41 Stephen King memoir

Book cover of 'On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft (A Memoir of the Craft (Reissue)) '
Photo courtesy of Amazon

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.


#42 Writing-themed socks

Socks with words
Photo courtesy of Amazon

Writers will never have cold feet with these cool writer-themed socks! They are fun and practical writer gifts, so check out Amazon for all the different designs.


#43 Waterproof notebook

waterproof notebook
Photo courtesy of Amazon

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!


#44 Writing-themed tote bags

Tote bag with text: reads, writes, whatevs
Photo courtesy of Zazzle

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.


#45 Fingerless gloves

Fingerless gloves
Photo courtesy of Amazon

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.


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Final note on gifts for writers

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AUTHOR

Hi, I’m Lara, a 30-year-old travel-lover (but who’s not these days?). I love reading, puzzling, world-heritage sites, researching, and making lists, which comes in quite handy when you’re making lists of travel gift ideas!