10 Gifts for Aspiring Writers

Your writer friend loves pens, trust me, she does! But, like any musician who has five piano ties in the closet, writers appreciate a variety of writing-themed gifts. Here are ten ideas sure to delight and inspire.

Subscription to a Literary Magazine. Just type “Literary Magazine” into Google for a list of 50 prominent options from perennial faves like The Atlantic to West Coast rising star, ZYZZYVA. You’ll be sure to find something to tickle your beloved writer’s brain.

Games like Bananagrams or Snatch-It. A writer’s love of words doesn’t stop at the end of the work day. From making anagrams out of license plates to wilting your salad with bad puns, writers love to play with language. Give them a chance to shine after you beat them at chess with these fun, portable word games.

Banned Books Trading Cards. This annual project for Banned Books Week run by the public libraries of Lawrence, KS, and Chapel Hill, NC, solicits designs honoring banned books. These stunning and inexpensive cards make unique stocking stuffers for your literary-minded friends.

A Cloak of Words. The clever designs of these t-shirts are constructed from the words of your favorite literary giants. All your favorite genres are available, from the classics to young adult.

Books about Writing. Aspiring and seasoned writers alike thrive on inspiration. Consider Bird by Bird, by Ann Lamot, On Writing Well, by William Zinsser, Zen in the Art of Writing, by Ray Bradbury, The Artist’s Way, by Julia Cameron, and Fearless Creativity, by yours truly.

Great Books, in general. The best way to write well is to read and absorb good writing. We all get in reading ruts, so share your favorites.

Gift Cards. This probably goes without saying, but it’s never impersonal to give a writer a gift certificate to Amazon or a subscription to Audible. Chances are their wish list is longer than their pockets are deep!

A Handwritten Letter. What better gift for a writer than your heartfelt words? And, if your recipient is under 25, it may be a brand-new experience.

Expert Assistance. Every writer can use help to up their game. Consider a gift certificate to Write Directions, applicable toward workshops or private coaching.

A date! Better yet, a standing date. Writing can be a lonely avocation. A weekly coffee date or a trip to the theater can help keep your favorite writer’s spirits up and social skills humming.

How about you? What are your favorite gifts to give writers? What writing-inspired gifts have been your favorites to receive? Let us know at beth@writedirections.com. 

—Jaci Pierce, Managing Editor

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