As I type this, the holidays are right around the corner and approaching fast. As much as I love the holidays, I always struggle when it comes to picking gifts for my loved ones. I'm also the worst procrastinator when it comes to buying gifts (oops!).
I'll start brainstorming a few months in advance but I don't actually get around to purchasing anything until a week or two before. Then when I do actually find a gift, I get so excited about it that I can almost spill the beans! I'm terrible at keeping secrets!
If you're anything like me, you might be having trouble thinking of the perfect gifts for your loved ones. To make it a little easier on you, I've compiled a list of 30+ gift ideas for writers. Though I made this gift guide for the upcoming holiday season, these gifts are perfect for any occasion!
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So, without further ado, here are 30+ gift ideas for writers that will be sure to win you brownie points!
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30 Awesome Gift Ideas for Writer
For convenience, I broke up this gift guide into different categories.
- Books + Memberships
- Around the House
- For the Office + Business Resources
Gift Ideas for Writers: Electronics
1. A Tablet
A tablet would make a great gift for a writer always on the go. They're much easier to travel with than lugging around a clunky laptop, especially when the chances are good there are a few notebooks and novels in that bag! I recently purchased the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 and I'm in love.
It was super affordable, which is awesome. I got mine on sale for $199 but full retail is $249 which is pretty decent for the quality. Not only is it super easy to travel with, but it's the perfect size for work. I can pull up a Google Doc and work just as efficiently as I can with my laptop, which is exactly what I was looking for.
Below are some links to the tablet as well as some of the accessories I got for mine.
Sometimes noisy distractions are inevitable. Noise-canceling headphones are an easy solution to ensuring a writer stays on track and distraction-free. My absolute favorite noise-canceling headphones are from Skullcandy. They're a little more affordable than headphones from Bose and Sony, though both are great options.
3. A Bluetooth Speaker
Bluetooth speakers are perfect for playing music, audiobooks, or podcasts. For maximum effect, why not bundle a Bluetooth speaker with a membership like Spotify or Audible?
4. A Kindle
A Kindle would make the perfect gift for a writer who loves to read (especially with a Kindle Unlimited membership). Having access to thousands of books at your fingertips is magical! Plus, having a Kindle gives you access to free library eBooks too!
Gift Ideas for Writers: Books + Memberships
5. A Book of the Month Membership
Writers generally have a love of books, so a Book of the Month membership will win major points! Each month, BOTM curates a collection of 5 hardcover books in different genres for their subscribers. A monthly membership costs $14.99 (almost half as much as a normally priced hardcover book) and members can add up to two more books to their box each month for just $9.99.
To give you an idea of what the books are like, here are some of my favorite BOTM selections from 2019:
6. An Audible Membership
When it comes to gift ideas for writers, an Audible membership is perfect for those who like to multitask! With an audible membership, they can listen to their favorite audiobooks while still being able to accomplish their daily tasks.
7. Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
8. A Spotify Membership
Some writers prefer to work in silence. Others like a little background noise. A membership to a music provider like Spotify (my personal fav) is one of the best gift ideas for writers. Music memberships are also great for those that love to listen to podcasts while doing boring tasks or daily chores.
9. A Wine Subscription
Writers may love their coffee, but wine is usually a close second! Sign them up for a wine subscription like the one from Winc and they'll get a special selection of wine delivered to their door each month.
10. The You Are a Badass Books by Jen Sincero
Both books are super uplifting and perfect for anyone looking for a mindset shift, especially when it comes to telling that annoying little voice in the back of your mind to just shut up, already. You Are a Badass at Making Money is also really great if you have a negative relationship with money.
11. A Kindle Unlimited Membership
Let's be honest; being a bookworm can be an expensive habit. Books definitely aren't cheap! With that in mind, a Kindle Unlimited membership is wonderful option when it comes to gift ideas for writers. Whether it's in conjunction with a Kindle or a gift all its own, Kindle Unlimited is a convenient way to book lovers to get their fix without breaking the bank. Members of Kindle Unlimited get access to over 1 million ebooks and audiobooks for just $9.99/month.
12. The Freelancer's Bible by Sarah Horowitz
As you know, the world is full of different types of writers: freelance writers like me, novelists, playwrights, etc. For that reason, I wanted to include gift ideas for writers with specific interests as well as general gift ideas. If the writer in your life makes a living (or even dabbles in) freelance writing, The Freelancer's Bible is a must.
It's the perfect gift to help your freelancing friend navigate the confusing landscape that comes with freelancing. It covers topics like setting up a freelance business, finding clients, paying taxes, etc. It definitely lives up to its name!
Gift Ideas for Writers: Around the House
13. Cute Coffee Mugs
I am not ashamed to say I'm a coffee mug hoarder. (Don't believe me? My Instagram has plenty of mug pics!) If you can't find me in Target, check the coffee mug isle. There's a good chance you'll find me.
Not everyone is as obsessed with coffee mugs as I am but they still make great a great gift for writers.
Check out these cute mugs from Blogging Mode:
14. A Throw Blanket
Gift the writer in your life a cozy throw blanket to keep in their office. It makes it easy to keep warm when they're on a roll and don't want to stop to grab a sweatshirt. The fuzzier, the better!
15. A Coffee Maker
A quality coffee maker is a must for any writer working from home! I rely on my trusty Keurig for my daily coffee infusion but there are other options like a cappuccino maker or a cold brew coffee maker.
My personal favorite is the Takeya Cold Brew maker. When I started working from home full-time I knew I needed to cut down on my fancy coffee habit, so I bought this guy for under $20. Let me tell you, it's paid for itself 10x over! I even bought one for my mom!
Find out what their favorite way to drink coffee is and select a coffee maker based on that.
Let's be honest, when a writer gets up in the morning she's probably heading straight to her work zone to with bright new ideas. Before she knows it, it's 4 o'clock in the afternoon and she's still hasn't showered.
Help her feel a little more put together with some cute PJ's!
17. Yoga Pants
When you're sitting at a chair all day long, comfort is key. Yoga pants are just as comfortable as pajamas but are way less embarrassing to wear to the grocery store or coffee shop!
A go-to favorite? Yoga pants, an oversized sweater, and some fuzzy socks. When it comes time to run out of the house, just pull on a pair of boots!
18. Fingerless Gloves
Have you ever tried to type when you're hands are cold? I don't recommend it!
I do recommend fingerless gloves as a gift for a writer, though!
19. A Bathrobe
One of the absolute best things about working from home is getting to wear comfy clothes all day. There's nothing better than feeling cozy and a bathrobe does just that!
This goes back to being cozy. It's hard to write when you're cold so why not give the gift of slippers?
Fuzzy socks work too!
If you're looking for truly unique gift ideas for writers, then you might want to consider bookends. Whether they're being used for the books they've written or their favorite mystery novels, bookends can be a fun display item!
Gift Ideas for Writers: For the Office + Business Resources
22. Online Courses or eBooks
Online courses like Megan Johnson's eBook Ninja or Jorden Roper's Killer Cold Emailing make a great gift for a writer because of the variety and the opportunity to grow as a writer. If they have a goal to write an eBook, another course that would make a great gift for a writer is The She Approach's eBook Bestseller Bootcamp. In the course, Ana teaches writers how to create a bestselling eBook from start to finish just like she did. The best part? You can get $5 off using the code TSA5OFF. Click here to get the deal.
Not sure what course your writer would like? Purchase a monthly membership on SkillShare for just $8.95 and they'll have instant access to over 24,000 classes.
23. The Freedom Journal
The Freedom Journal is the perfect gift for a writer with ambitious goals. It helps you set SMART goals and achieve them within 100 days by keeping users accountable through the use of daily to-do lists, 10-day sprints, and quarterly reviews.
This journal is beautifully designed with its vegan leather hardcover and gold foiled pages. Plus, it's a gift that keeps on giving. When you purchase a Freedom Journal, you get a discount on all future orders and access to free PDF downloads of the pages.
24. Custom Stationery
Not to state the obvious, but writers love to write. With that in mind, custom stationery is one of the best gifts for writers. My go-to place to find customizable print collateral like stationery, holiday cards, and business cards is Zazzle. A friend just informed me that Amazon has a print shop and judging by how cute her holiday card was this year, it's a great option too.
Here are some options from Amazon:
25. A Coffee Gift Card
While working from home is great, there are some days writers crave interaction with other people. A gift card to their favorite coffee place makes the perfect gift for a writer and gives them an excuse to put on real clothes for once.
If picking out custom stationery isn't quite your speed or you aren't sure what they'd like, have no fear. Writers are suckers for cute notebooks, so naturally, they make an exceptional gift for writers. Full disclosure, I have stacks of notebooks I haven't used yet because I can't help but buy a new one if it's cute. While some may view this as a problem, writers totally get the obsession of buying notebooks you don't need—yet!
Here's some inspiration:
27. Fun Pens
My favorite pens are the EnerGel pens from Pentel and the Sharpie pens. Another option? Gelly Roll pens! I know I'm not the only one that remembers these pens! They were a staple growing up and they definitely instilled a love for pens and stationery into me. Seriously, I love a good pen!
The same can be said for writers everywhere so it makes sense they're a fun addition to whatever gift you get for a writer.
28. A Planner
Having a place dedicated to daily tasks, appointments, and to-do lists are great so a planner makes an excellent gift for a writer. My favorite is the daily At-A-Glance planner.
Finding the perfect planner was a huge struggle but I've been using this one since 2018 and it's kept me so organized.
I love it because each day has its own page which includes a spot for appointments, top 3 tasks for the day, and a to-do list section. Every month has its own tab and calendar, plus a place to plan your goals and tasks for the month. Each daily page also has spots dedicated for extra notes (this is where I keep a gratitude list), a “win of the day,” and a tracker. It's seriously the best planner ever!
My other favorite is the Panda Planner. Like the Daily At-A-Glance planner, the Panda Planner has both monthly and daily pages. In addition, it has a “week in review” page where you can look back at your wins from the previous week and plan out the next week. My favorite part is the daily pages, which includes spots for:
- 3 things you're grateful for
- 3 things you're excited about
- 1 daily affirmation
- Daily exercise goal
- Top focus for the day
- 5 tasks to complete
- A to-do list and notes section
- Appointment section
- 3 wins of the day
- 1 way to improve
Typing that all out made me realize how impressive this little planner really is; It definitely packs a lot into each day!
29. Web Hosting
Sometimes you have to think outside of the box when brainstorming gift ideas for writers. That's why a web hosting plan could make a really great gift for a writer! If they already have a web host, consider renewing it for them or purchase a new plan so they can pursue an all-new adventure. Either way, web hosting makes a great gift because it allows them to get creative whether they start a blog or create a brand-new writing portfolio.
I highly recommend SiteGround for web hosting—you can get a new plan for as little as $3.95 a month. All of my websites are currently hosted through SiteGround. I even transferred one of them from a different host to SiteGround and the process was so simple.
30. A Domain Name
Domain names and web hosting go hand in hand, so they're the total package when thinking of gift ideas for writers. Most web hosting services offer domain names with their services, so be sure to check it out!
More Gift Ideas for Writers
- External Hard Driveto keep their work secure and in once place
- Laptop case to keep their computer safe while traveling
- Wall art for their office
- Tickets to a conference for writers
- Writing themed clothing such as a sweatshirt or t-shirt
Want even more ideas? Check out my gift guide for bloggers.
I hope this gift guide gives you some inspiration when thinking of gift ideas for writers! PS…You can also check out some of the products/services I swear by in my Resource Vault.
Katie Jenison is a freelance writer offering copywriting, blogging, and ghostwriting services. She works closely with home builders, remodelers, interior designers, real estate and property management professionals to help them create content marketing strategies, improve their digital presence, generate leads, and engage with their target audience. Katie also helps freelance writers and creative entrepreneurs pursue their dreams of working from home by providing tips and advice, business strategies, and writing tips on her blog, The Quiet Type. Download her free workbook, A Freelancer’s Guide to Setting Rates, here.