Best Gifts for Writers
As someone who hasn’t been published yet, my hobby is, at best, ignored and, at worst, scoffed at by my loved ones. When you spend thousands of hours doing something that hasn’t made you any money, no one takes you seriously. If someone were to gift me one of the below presents, I would be ecstatic, not just because they’re awesome gifts, but because that would mean someone supports me. Someone believes in me. Someone is taking me seriously.
Here are eleven awesome gifts for the writer in your life. You could buy them a cool pen or notepad, sure, but I guarantee you they already have those.
Let’s take a more interesting direction.
1. Best Gifts for Writers:
First on my list is SCRIVENER.
Here’s a link to Scrivener for windows:
Here’s a link to the Mac version, it’s the second from the top.
I have Scrivener myself, and in my opinion, for writing it’s better than Word, OpenOffice, or any other word processing program. I recently read an old writer’s help book that said something like, “At the end of your manuscript, type out notes about things you want to change or remember.” At the end?
You don’t need to do that with Scrivener. You can make notes inside the manuscript, off to the side, highlight parts that show your notes, put notes at the end of chapters and scenes, put notes on virtual notecards – the possibilities are endless. I can split my work up by chapter and simply click on the chapter I want to work on for the day. No more endless scrolling. It’s awesome. It was made specifically for authors, and I’m a huge fan.
Unfortunately, and I will be the first to admit this, Scrivener is complex because it has a lot of useful features. You can use as many or as few of the features as you want. Most of the writers I know don’t use every aspect of it, but I’m one of those who wants to know everything a program can do. So I studied it extensively before I started using it.
If the writer in your life is also interested in knowing everything about Scrivener, here are some additional options to help them get going with Scrivener.
Or your writer could buy the Learn Scrivener Fast program.
Whether you want to buy the extra learning stuff is up to you, but the point is Scrivener is one-of-a-kind. I highly recommend it for every writer.
2. Best Gifts for Writers:
A lot of writers come up with their best ideas while doing something mundane like the dishes or while taking a shower. Unfortunately, if we don’t jump on the thought and write it down, we’re likely to forget it, and there’s nothing worse than forgetting a great idea.That’s why Aqua Notes makes the perfect gift. You can actually stick them in your shower and jot down all your ideas. It’s a waterproof pad of paper and a suction cup that attaches the pencil to the shower wall.
Being the creative person I am, I can see a lot of other possibilities for this paper than just the shower. Put it by the sink for when your soapy hands need to jot down an idea. Put it on the side of the pool! Strangely enough, I have awesome ideas while swimming around in circles in my little pool. Stick it on the outside of your house, just anywhere that a waterproof note is needed. And they’re not just good for ideas. If you put them in the shower, you and your significant other can leave each other notes. It’ll get more notice than a note on the fridge.
3. Best Gifts for Authors:
Let’s think big for a minute. What is the one tool that all writers need in this day and age? Computer. I like the Lenovo ThinkPad T460 Laptop.
It’s very high quality. But if you’re looking for something cheaper, I’ve also had good luck with HP Pavilion and Toshiba laptops. But really any computer works. Your writer will appreciate it no matter what. And I know what you’re thinking: But he/she already has a laptop. I’ll tell you right now, there’s nothing wrong with having two.
As long as we’re buying laptops …
4. Best Gifts for Authors:
Let’s talk desks and chairs.
I’ve heard putting a laptop on your lap is bad for your health due to laptop radiation coming from the bottom of the computer. Now you do the research on your own because different sources will tell you different things, and it’s hard to know who to trust. Some say it’s harmless, others say it’s very, very bad for you, but personally, I no longer sit my computer on my lap. It was a hard habit to break initially, but I didn’t want to take any unnecessary risk.
Desks are not only better for your writer’s posture, and possibly their overall health, but writing at a desk is a good habit to have for their writing. It’s like when someone goes to the office, they’re suddenly in office mode. Well, writers often write at home, so having a designated writing space can mentally put them into writing mode. It’s Pavlov’s conditioning. You know how the dogs salivate when they hear the bell? The cat comes when she hears the can opener? It’s that kind of thing.
Once your associate a certain place, smell, sound, or whatever with a certain activity, your body and mind will know what to do. So if you sit down in the same place every day to write, your mind will know what’s up. It’s writing time! But if you use your bed as your writing space or the couch or the lazy boy, your mind’s not going to instantly jump into writing mode because it uses those things for other activities too, like TV and sleep. A designated writing area is paramount, and a desk is the perfect place to write, and boy, do writer’s have options when it comes to desks.
If your writer already has a desk, there’s the VARIDESK – Height-Adjustable Standing Desk. Your writer now has the option of standing while he/she writes. (Hemingway always wrote standing up.) It sits on top of a desk or table and can be raised into different positions, and it comes fully assembled which is a big plus. (And if you’re buying the Varidesk I’d recommend the VARIDESK-Standing Desk Anti-Fatigue Comfort Floor Mat as well.)
Or there’s the FlexiSpot Standing Desk Riser. Both the Varidesk and the FlexiSpot look cool and professional. Read through their various aspects and consider the prices and decide which one sounds better to you.
The Gaiam Balance Ball chair is another good option for writers who must sit for long periods of time. It looks fun and they say it’s good for your core and back muscles.
5. Best Presents for Writers:
Typewriter laptop sleeves
Just make sure that the case you buy is the right size for their laptop.
6. Best Presents for Writers:
Virtual keyboards for tablets and phones
7. Best Gifts for Writers:
I write. What’s your superpower?
Being a writer is easy. (This one’s my favorite.)
Word of caution: Do not get the writer in your life something writing related that also makes fun of them. Anything that says book nerd or portrays readers and writers as people who don’t live in reality, is fine when I buy it for myself, but could be taken the wrong way if someone else buys it for me. I want to know that my loved ones support me, not that they’re making fun of me.
8. Best Gifts for Journalists, Authors, or Writers in General:
You can’t back your work up too much! People have gone back into their burning houses to save their manuscripts. We need as many back ups as possible.
9. Best Gifts for Writers and Readers:
For the drinkin’ thinker: Great Drinkers – 6 Piece Shot Glass Set of Famous Literary Lushes Comes in a Colorful Gift Box.
10. Best Gifts for Writers:
Alphasmart Alpha Smart 3000 Word Processing Computer Mac PC is a good option for the distracted writer. All they can do is write. No internet or other distractions. It’s smaller than a laptop, easier to carry around, and more durable. If I was hiking up a mountain, I’d definitely take this little thing over my laptop.
11. Best Gifts for Writers:
Nite Note Nightime Notepad. They’re like aqua notes, only they’re for night notes.
A lot of writers have their best ideas in that sleepy state right before they fall asleep or wake up. It’s because the subconscious can break through more at those times. Unfortunately, unless you keep a tape recorder by your bed, it’s hard to remember all those ideas. Having a notepad that lights up when you take out the pen would be a big help.
Well, that’s it folks. Those are, in my opinion, the best gifts for writers. I hope you found something you like and happy holidays!
Don’t forget to check out my other gift list, Top Gifts for Readers.
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