Are you having a hard time trying to figure out what your favorite writer wants for Christmas? Are you looking for something practical and yet personal? Something that encourages him to write more and says you believe in him? Take a look at these suggestions and chances are, you’re going to find just the perfect gift.
Every writer goes through tons of paper and ink. Take a look at the printer they use and jot the information down so that when you hit the office supply store you know exactly what you need. A case or even a few reams of paper would be a welcome addition as well.
Is the area where they write well lighted? Perhaps it’s time for a new lamp. There are so many different models to choose from that it’s a good idea before heading to the furniture section you know at what level it needs to be. Will it be tall enough? Too tall? Is a desk lamp best or a floor lamp?
Does your writer have a good, well-cushioned computer case? Are the straps still secure or could it stand to be replaced by an updated version? Computer cases have greatly improved in comfort and ease of carrying that it is well worth your time to check them out if your writer is carrying around an older one.
Are you website savvy? Do you have a knack for building great sites? Why not set up your author with a great looking home page/web site. Writers want to spend their free time writing, not necessarily fiddling with how to write HTML. Give them a gift of your computer knowledge and build them an awesome site.
Everyone who writes needs back-up copies of their work, which means CDs and/or DVDs. These are a welcome gift. Along the same lines, a flash drive is also a great gift for your writer.
Writers love writer’s conferences. Why not consider helping sponsor them to one? This is a gift of encouragement, indeed!
A gift subscription to a writing magazine is a great gift. Writer’s Digest offers bi-monthly advice and opportunities for writers to get involved in different areas or to take classes. You can check them out online at www.writersdigest.com.
Is your writer just about done with her book? She’s going to need business cards when she meets all the available agents and eager publishers. Give her a gift card with the amount she’ll need to complete the job. When getting the card, ask about the price to assure you’ve given enough to cover the expense.
If you’re feeling generous, a new laptop or printer may be a welcome relief to a much needed gift. Apple boasts one of the most popular lines for laptops nowadays, but there are still some other pretty good brands and models that aren’t as expensive and also do a great job.
Other gift ideas:
Randy Ingermanson’s Fiction 101 and Fiction 201 CD sets. These are great tools for understanding story structure and are great for writers just starting out.
Plot and Structure by James Scott Bell is invaluable.
Stein on Writing by Sol Stein
Writing the Breakout Novel by Donald Maass
Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott
*Post-its – a big package – one for each room
*Small notebook to carry around to jot notes in
*Hand-held tape recorder for recording quick ideas so they don’t forget
*Giftcard to Starbucks or their favorite coffee/drink shop
*Nice gift pen for book signings
Camy Tang of Story Sensei and author of “Sushi for One” says, a set of thank you cards is a good idea. “One thing I think writers don’t do enough is SEND THANK YOU CARDS. To editors and agents even when they reject you, because you’re developing a relationship with them and you don’t want to come across as a disgruntled Prima Dona writer. Also, send thank you notes to contest judges-a very under-recognized breed-who give their time to judge your entry.”
Well, there you have it. That should give you some ideas to get you started on the path of making your favorite writer want to write even more!