Every holiday season I like to poke around the internet and dig up terrific gifts for writers, and this year, I’ve come up with some amazing finds. Here’s my top pics, numbered so all you have to do is email the link and the # number to someone who has asked you for Christmas gift ideas. Easy, right?
Many writers have
soul-sucking er, other day jobs that stifle creativity. So stick it to the man by secretly wearing a pair of fun socks that embraces the writer’s crazy and creative personality! Alien socks, zombie socks, shark socks, cats-surfing-on-a-slice-of-pizza socks…get some of these beauties for your stocking!
#2 Cool bookends, because you’re cool, your books are definitely cool…and your bookshelf should be, too.
The hard part here is deciding which ones, am I right? Last year, Becca got me the zombie ones and I LOVE them. Ask your family for bookends and give your bookshelf some serious love this Christmas.
It is a sad reality that while we all wish we had a secret bookcase passageway that led to a hidden writing library, most of us don’t have the bank to make it a reality. An antique book lock box is the next best thing AND you can keep your chocolate, candy, and booze stash inside. #win-win
Coffee, tea, tequila (hey, I don’t judge)…we writers need our go juice if we want to pound out the words. I like this one because it’s all about getting into the right mindset, and creating a daily routine that tells the brain that it’s time to write.
#5 A piece of Soundwave art, because writing a book is a magnificent accomplishment that deserves a keepsake.
Hold onto your pants, people, because this is sort of mind-blowing: you can turn a digital file into artwork. Imagine sorcery that turns your voice into ART. Now imagine you reading a passage of your novel and having it turned into a picture or a piece of jewelry. Pricey, but hey, you worked your butt off for that story. What a one-of-a-kind way to celebrate that effort!
These handmade bookmarks are unlike anything else. Crazy for Harry Potter, Wizard of Oz, Lord of The Rings, Star Wars, or just into dragons or some other animal? BOOM, get yourself a pair of bookmark legs to show the world…Hobbit legs, C3PO legs, Skeleton legs, or even a Mermaid fin or two.
#7 A Dream Essentials note pad, because while our muse may like to work at night, usually our memory does not.
Raise your hand if you’ve ever solved the biggest story problem in the history of writer-kind only to not remember a single detail in the morning? Yeah, me too. (Thanks for having my back on that one, brain.) Well, drink this in, folks–a light up notepad. The question now becomes: how can you NOT ask for this gift for Christmas?
#8 A set of unique reference books, because it’s all about creating amazing fiction.
Now I hear these particular books are pretty good. Sure, it’s sort of weird to see a bunch of books titled “thesaurus” and all, but maybe these description resources will change your life. Or maybe they just contain a really great waffle recipe. Why not join almost 200,000 other writers and find out?
We basically want to ball up in a corner and weep each time a critique or editorial letter comes in, right? All those red slashes and notes to cut, rewrite, reword, redo…total knife to the chest. But man, doing that before computers? Seriously, our typewriter-wielding ancestors deserve total respect. Having this on your desk will give you strength when the going gets tough. (Plus, it would make a great container for Skittles or M & Ms, just saying.)
#10 A coloring book just for writers, because sometimes our lizard brain solves problems better when it’s allowed to drift.
Who hasn’t had a tough writing knot to unravel at one point or another? Well, instead of grinding our teeth into sand or binge-eating jelly beans (oh…that’s just me?), doing something fun and creative can allow ideas to float to the surface. This coloring book might just be the ticket to get your creative juices flowing.
#11 A gift certificate for One Stop For Writers because you want your next book to be your best one yet.
I bet you spend a lot of time surfing the web and digging through books to find the best sources of writing help, tools, and resources. Only, what if you didn’t have to? What if, say, everything you needed existed in one place? I bet you’d get a lot more words down each day with all that extra writing time you’d have. This site must be seen to be believed, so stop by sometime and give the free trial a spin.
What’s on your Christmas Wish List? Let us know in the comments!
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Angela is a writing coach, international speaker, and bestselling author who loves to travel, teach, empower writers, and pay-it-forward. She also is a founder of One Stop For Writers, a portal to powerful, innovative tools to help writers elevate their storytelling.