Admit it, Writers. All you really want for this gift-giving season is time to write. (Well, peace on Earth and goodwill toward men is also on our list, but if we’re talking about a personal gift, TIME is number-one.)
But few people think that TIME is a good gift. Maybe because it’s not tangible and you can’t return it for a refund or exchange it for something in unicorn-silver. I ask for TIME every year, and I never get it.
Hint, hint, Fam.
If you’re a normal person looking for a gift for a writer, seriously give him or her time. Take the kids for the afternoon, or hand over the keys to your lakeside cottage for the weekend, or offer to do the housecleaning for a day. These kinds of offers free up TIME for the writer in your life and you will be the best gift-giver EV-AH.
But say you’re still kind of Scroogy about giving time, for whatever reason, below are some pretty cool second-bests that any writer would be psyched to have:
- USB Voice Recorder and memory stick
- Light-up pens for writing down nighttime inspiration (yes, normal people, this really happens!)
- AquaNotes waterproof notepads (for shower ideas—yes, normal people, this happens too!)
- Snack foods for keeping up energy and keeping writers sane
- Programs like Scrivener for organizing and word processing
- Software for self-publishing (image editing, ebook formatting, etc.)
- Flash drive or external hard drive for backups
- Wireless/ergonomic keyboard or mouse
- New computer/laptop
- eReader or eTablet
- Online storage subscription or upgrade (for keeping all of a writer’s documents backed up and ready to go with a click of an app–suggestion courtesy of Mayumi-H)
Writing Craft and Publishing-Related Books
- Save the Cat by Blake Snyder
- Story Engineering by Larry Brooks
- On Writing by Stephen King
- Bird by Bird by Anne LaMott
- The Magic of Fiction by Beth Hill
- I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention my own books, the Writer . . . Uninterrupted series.
- Heat pads
- Gift basket full of writing-related items (pens, notebooks, special beverage and glass, vouchers for TIME, etc.)
- Gift cards for books (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, local bookstores, etc.) or office supply stores
- Canisters of favorite coffee or hot chocolate or tea
- Bourbon. Wait. Did I seriously write that???
- Registration fee for writing conference or workshop, or coaching services
- Totem for a muse (figurine, stuffed animal, etc.)
- Subscription to music source (Pandora, Spotify, etc.)
- Entry fee for a writing contest
- Massage gift certificates
- Comfort clothes (something like fuzzy socks)
- Writing TIME (anything from babysitting to a writers retreat)
- Housecleaning services (especially during deadlines), which also equates to TIME
- Cover design, editing, or formatting costs for self-published authors
- Books written by writer friends (a great way to show your support for your friends!)
What are you giving the writer in your life? And if you’re a writer, what did you ask for this holiday season?