The holidays are here! It may be too late to track down that vintage typewriter or knit a replica Weasley sweater, but you can still give the writer in your life a thoughtful Christmas present. Check out the list below for the best last-minute gifts.
7 Last-Minute Gifts for Writers
Give Year-Long Inspiration
1. Backspace: The Writers Place Membership, $40 for one-year subscription
- I was a member of this online writers organization and I found the forums to be invaluable– there are over 1,800 members, a third of whom are agented and published.
- Truly a great place for inspiration, support, and technical advice.
2. Journal of the Month Club, $36 for 4 quarterly journals; other increments available
- Receive a different reputable literary magazine in each delivery– from the Iowa Review to Ploughshares.
- “Nothing encourages a writer to put pen to paper like the regular influence of award-winning poems, stories, and essays.”
3. Writer’s Digest Magazine, $19.96 one-year subscription (8 issues)
- Chances are, your writer pal already reads some Writer’s Digest articles online– it’s the go-to site for advice on writing and insights into the publishing world. What a joy to hold it in print instead!
- Bonus: a gift subscription lets you send a free gift announcement card.
Give to Charity (tis the season!)
4. Donation to their Local Public Library, $35 for bookplate
- Every writer loves the library and would be honored with a donation in their name to support it.
- Give a $35 donation to The Enoch Pratt Free Library’s Buy a Book Program and they will affix a commemorative bookplate into a library book honoring your friend.
- I linked to my local library, but try to choose a library in their area or at their alma mater.
5. Write Notepads & Co., Letter-Pressed Notebooks, $8 – $16
- You just can’t have enough notebooks. When you buy a notebook from Write Notepads & Co., they’ll donate another notebook to a Baltimore City Public School. There’s a code in each one so you can track which school receives your notebook.
- Premium brass-rule paper, finely letter-pressed rugged board covers, and a durable closure band.
Give Literary Downloads
6. Digitally send a Kindle Book, $5 – $10
- You know your friend loves to read… why not send a book directly to their kindle reader?
- Try A Moveable Feast: Restored Edition by Ernest Hemingway for inspiration, The Successful Novelist by David Morrell for writing and publishing advice, or Merriam-Webster’s Rhyming Dictionary for aiding a poet.
7. Music to Write By, $5 – $10
- Give the gift of music: I swear by this album, Ambient Music Therapy, which has just enough white noise to make the outside world melt away and no distracting melody.
- If you feel more traditional, try Mozart for Meditation. Follow these directions on sending iTunes gifts.
P.S. For a nice presentation, enclose your gift receipt in a card, add a pack of Pilot Precise V5 Pens, and tie it up with a bow . . . you’ll be a hero in any writer’s book.