You know how our tagline is ‘For the Storytellers’? Well, we’re taking it literally this December and sharing our ideas for the most thoughtful gifts for writers this festive season. Whether you’re looking for ideas for your own gift list, or want to share a little love with the writer in your life, these are our top picks for writer’s this Christmas.
These are meaningful gifts that will make a difference to a writer’s life by encouraging, supporting and accepting their dedication to the writing craft.
(Some of these are affiliate links, which means we earn a small commission for referral at no cost to you. But you know what’s great? It lets us support our writers.)
Has any writer ever walked by a typewriter without a longing furtive glance? If they have, I’ve not found them. There’s a fantastic selection of refurbished vintage typewriters to be found on Etsy where you can explore beautiful Smith-Coronas, Olivettis and Welco typewriters from sellers all over the world.
If space or modernity is an issue, then the iStar Modern Retro Wireless Keyboard will add a little nostalgic fun to any writing session by updating any desktop computer.
White Noise Machine
If you – or the writer in your life – is easily distracted then a White Noise Machine may just be their saving grace. This nifty little gadget will block out any unwanted background noise leaving them free to craft their masterpiece. With this handy piece of kit, you will help them to get a new manuscript written in record time.
Tools of the Trade
You didn’t think we’d get through a gift guide for writers without mentioning stationery, did you? Stop this staple gift from being obvious with luxurious choices such as this Parker Mechanical Pen (£11.09)or a beautiful but practical notebook. Leuchtturm (£20.99) is ever popular, with deliciously smooth paper but if you really want to show that you believe in their work, why not opt for a Mont Blanc (£55, John Lewis) or Smythson notebook (prices start at £25 for a wee notebook)?
Writers like to think of ideas but they don’t just appear from nowhere. We’ve talked about how writers mustn’t ignore real life before so get them out while still appealing to their writer’s spirit with a ticket to something fabulous. Check local museums, look to English Heritage or the National Trust for a season ticket, explore upcoming events, or look for an interest specific exhibition, such as the fabulous Spellbound at the Ashmolean in Oxford.
Reusable Coffee Cup
It’s a cliche but you only have to take a look at a writer hashtag on Instagram to find caffeine makes a regular appearance. But how easy is it to let your hot drink become at best lukewarm when you’re busy tap tap tapping away? A reusable takeaway cup allows a drink to last longer, which means more uninterrupted writing time! We love this Keep Cup Cork Edition
This is top of our editor’s wishlist. Whether you find them a workshop style retreat, like those available through the Arvon Foundation, or just book them a killer Air Bnb or picture perfect hotel room, any writer is going to feel the thought behind this extra special gift.
Filled with talks, meet and greets and workshopping opportunities, there’s sure to be a Literature Festival nearer to you than you think. Tickets for the whole event or a few carefully picked tickets for a writing loved one would be a wonderful, unexpected surprise. For UK festivals check here and for the US here.
While you can’t gift a guaranteed publishing deal, if you’re loved one has reached the finale point with a project, you could treat them to the next step with a professional critique such as this one from Writing Magazine or look out for events with Pitch Session with literary agents. So, this one is a little more of the wall and might require a little prep work but the intention behind it is lovely.
If you think that’s a little too heavy-handed, there are also a variety of online courses on offer that many writers would appreciate. We love these from the National Writing Centre who work on their courses with the world famous University of East Anglia, who were the first UK university to offer degrees in Creative Writing.
From magazine subscriptions such as Mslexia, Writing Magazine, Granta or Blogosphere, there are magazines for every writer. These are packed with industry news, think pieces and opportunities that inspire and educate even the most learned of writers. With subscriptions usually available as quarterly, half-yearly or annual, you don’t have to break the bank with this thoughtful writer’s gift.
No writer’s bookshelf can ever have too many books on the craft. From classics like The Hero with a Thousand Faces (£18.99) a full how-to like this year’s bestselling Save the Cat! Writes a Novel: The Last Book on Novel Writing You’ll Ever Need (£11.99) or a practical writing book such as Beyond Habit (£4.99), these are books that writers will return to again and again on their writing journey.
What do you think? Will you be putting any of these on your lists or under the tree, or do you have something different in mind? We’d love to know what else is on writer gift lists this year!