To Buy or Not To Buy? 24 Gifts for Writers That They Will Be Writing Home About
Writers are a rare breed. With an eye for the unique, the insightful and the artful, a writer is not likely to be impressed with just any mainstream gift from Walmart. Gifts for writers should excite the senses and start the mind racing; Imagery and connotation are of vital importance to the writer. If you are struggling to discover a truly inspired gift for your favorite writer, never fear – the gifts listed here are ideal for appealing to the creative, sometimes pretentious soul of the author.
Gifts for Writers
Minimalist Aluminum Rollerball Pen
When searching for the perfect gift for an author, the pen really is mightier than the sword. Any author can tell you that not all pens are created equal though, and that bland Bic is not going to cut it. Instead, try the Minimalist Rollerball Pen by Verge. With it’s one of a kind form and beautiful, studious design, a writer can get carried drafting the opening pages of their next work of art.
Typewriter Coaster Set
Though typewriters are mostly a technology of the past, a writer understands the value of a well-written prologue. Writers embrace the past and love honoring the origins of their favorite art. The Typewriter Coaster from The Lakeside Collection is the ultimate homage to this outdated tech – the vintage aesthetic of the entire set is a testament to the long history of writing, and still the gift manages to remain useful in the modern-day home.
Knight Pen Holder
A sword is a powerful weapon, but one should never underestimate the damage that a well-written text can inflict. There is a sense of strength that rushes through a writer’s veins when they pick up a pen to write a piece bound to provoke controversy; at that moment, it can feel as though you are actually a knight preparing to slay the dragon. Writers will, therefore, appreciate the clever metaphor of the knight passing them their weapon when they open this incredible gift, courtesy of TBWHL (and of course, you, their ever-faithful squire!).
Feather Quill Pen
Remember what we said about writers embracing the past? The retro quill pen from AIVN takes this concept to the next level entirely. Whether you’re buying a gift for a serious, traditional author or a more modern writer with a love for Harry Potter, all can agree that there is something inherently romantic about the thought of scribbling away with a vintage quill. AIVN has mad this thought a reality, and with a few updates to the original, the feather quill is now a valid writing instrument for authors everywhere.
The Writer's Toolbox
Writer’s block is a demon that all authors will face at some point in their careers. There is nothing more frustrating for an aspiring writer than sitting down before a blank page, pumped up and eager to begin, only to face a crippling bout of the common ailment. Sometimes, “page fright” gets the better of you; other times, the creative process simply won’t flow. Either way, The Writer’s Toolbox by Jamie Cat Callan is just the gift to get words flowing onto the page once again.
Rite In The Rain Trekker Pen
The typical image of the writer is the passionate, erratic artist huddled over a notebook or a laptop in the local cafe. For many authors though, their work takes on a very different form. In particular, journalists or bloggers can find themselves subject to less than ideal conditions in pursuit of their next story. The All-Weather Pen ensures that, come rain, sleet or snow, a writer is able to capture their thoughts without concern for smudged ink and illegible scribbles.
Ideas can be as fleeting as a feather on the wind: here one moment, gone forever the next. Magnetic Feathers will keep your writer’s notes and ideas secure in one place, preventing any rogue winds from interfering with their writing process again. The feathers themselves are a subtle but notable reference to the feather quills of yore and are sure to brighten up the writing studio of any young author with something to prove.
Livescribe 2GB Echo Smartpen
The number of times a writer will forget an incredible idea because they couldn’t jot down their notes quickly enough is absolutely absurd. Writer’s block is a pain, but is it worse to have no inspiration or to have a perfect idea only to lose it as you finish the previous sentence? Our brains work faster than pens sometimes; that’s why the writer in your life needs the Echo Smartpen, the pen that will allow them to record audio as they work. Record your ideas as you write and they will never be lost to the unknown again!
Retro Green Glass Desk Light
Every night, Gatsby would look across the lake for that familiar green light. All writers are a little like Mr. Gatsby, old sport, looking into the distance for the potential of something great. Unfortunately, you can’t give your loved one a kiss with Leonardo DiCaprio, so the least you can do is bring that little green light to them with the Torchstar Retro Lamp. A classic staple of the writer’s office, this lamp is a great gift to bring to light their next masterpiece.
Vintage Leather Journal Writing Notebook
Inspiration can strike at the strangest of moments. For that reason, most writers take to carrying a simple journal wherever they go, a place where they can jot down ideas, quotes and whatever else might inspire their next work of genius. This Vintage Notebook is not just a useful space for writing ideas; it’s an inspirational relic in itself, reminiscent of the journal’s carried about by authors of decades past. This gift is the perfect complement to the vintage quill, and will instantly make your author excited to begin writing once more.
Original Writer Patent Prints
One reliable source of inspiration for a writer is observing the creativity of those who have come before. Any guide to becoming a writer or artist will tell you to consume the works of others – this is because discovering what inspires professionals in your field is one of the best ways to uncover what inspires you personally. The Patent Prints make for lovely wall decorations, yes, but what writers will appreciate about this gift is the detailed thought behind each of these classic writing inventions.
The Thinking Egg
As stated before, writers appreciate sensational gifts – that is, gifts that appeal to the 5 senses. Many of us consider the value of a gift based on its appearance alone; certainly, none of the gifts in this list have appealed to the sensation of touch. The Thinking Egg is unique, though: with its smooth brass shape, there is something quite soothing about handling this miniature egg. The writer seeking inspiration will find great value in closing their eyes and considering their ideas with this tiny trinket in hand.
Typewriter Inspired Retro Mechanical Keyboard
Qwerky by name and quirky by nature, this is a cutting edge wired and wireless keyboard with a tablet stand, designed in a gorgeous vintage style. Made from sleek scratch-resistant aluminum, this keyboard looks like a retro typewriter you might find on the set of Mad Men, but don’t be fooled: it’s state of the art. Any writer would be lucky to have this little beauty on their desk.
Waterproof Note Pad
Being a writer can be a blessing and a curse- you just never know when an idea is going to strike. This waterproof notepad means you don’t need to stop scribbling even if it’s raining or you’re taking a shower. Ideal for memos or doodles, it also has suction cups mounted on the back, so it can be used entirely hands-free. Just hang it from a wall or a shower door and you’re ready to go!
Jane Austen Bag
Petite but practical, much like one of Jane Austen’s formidable heroines, this bag is ideal for stationary, make-up or whatever it is you might need to carry. It’s also crafted with love and care, just like one of her novels. The material is highly durable and the design is tasteful and refined, with a portrait of Jane herself surrounded by a few of her choicer quotes. A wonderful gift for any writer or reader.
Hemingway Pencil Cup
Ernest Hemingway was a famous minimalist, so it’s unlikely he kept his pencils in a cup. His loss! This cute little faux-typewriter has been made with real attention to detail and is a perfect way for a writer to keep their workspace tidy. It’s also elegant to look at and brings a nice retro feel to a room. A solid, stylish gift.
Penlight for Nighttime Writing
Don’t let a pesky power cut stop the flow of your writing! With this powerful LED light pen, you can keep on working through the dead of night. An essential piece of writer’s kit, perfect for emergencies. It can also be used as a flashlight if need be; it’s sleek and elegant and fits neatly in a pocket or purse.
Freewrite Distraction-Free Writing Tool
Jack Kerouac wrote On the Road on a seemingly never-ending roll of tracing paper. But if this distraction-free writing tool had existed in 1951 I bet he would have had one. It’s designed for the writer with a lot to say. When you just need to get all your ideas written down before you forget them, this is the product for you. You can hammer out the words on this full-size keyboard, then read them back on the E-Ink screen. Designed to be read inside or outside, by day or night, this is portable and practical. What’s more, anything you write is perfectly secure: it is all automatically backed up via the cloud. A truly invaluable gift- any writer would be over the moon to have this in their creative arsenal.
Smart Reusable Notebook
You might call this The Gift That Does Everything. It has 42 pages in seven different styles, but those pages can be used and reused as many times as you like. All you need to do is wipe it clean and you’re all set. But that’s not all! You can digitally store any of your work, email it, or do whatever you like with it! The Rocketbook Fusion makes it easy to search through your notes and makes sure no vital information gets lost ever again.
Ergonomic Ballpoint Pen
This refillable ballpoint pen is designed for maximum comfort and ease of use. For those who suffer from arthritis, joint pain or any similar complaints it might be a lifesaver. It’s streamlined, ergonomically designed and just plain amazing!
Hand Therapy Massage Balls
Like the ergonomic pen, it has been created with writer wellbeing and cares in mind. If you are working with papers all day long, it can take a toll on your joints and lead to issues such as arthritis or repetitive strain injury. That’s where the finger massager comes into play. User testimony indicates that it can dramatically reduce symptoms such as numbness and increase tactile sensation.
Unique Writer's Clock
It’s very easy for writers to lose track of deadlines, but that won’t be a problem with this clock specifically designed for the literary-minded. The 9.5-inch face is durable and readable. It also happens to be printed with polite hourly reminders to keep you on track. Is it a gag gift or is it a household essential? That’s up to you!
Vintage Writer Tee
Just in case you have problems picking your writer out of a crowd… But seriously folks, this shirt is a stylish little number that comes in all sizes. It is lightweight and comfortable, not to mention the bold coloring. And that design certainly makes a statement! It’s also machine washable and very reasonably priced. In short, it’s a steal.
Mark Twain Quote Whiskey Cocktail Glass
Writers are famous for their love of liquor- just think about William Faulkner, Dylan Thomas or F. Scott Fitzgerald. And let’s not forget Mark Twain, whose famous quote is engraved on this beautiful 10 oz, square bottomed whiskey glass. We all know somebody for whom this would be an ideal gift, don’t we? It will allow the writer in your life to enjoy a tipple in style.
We all have somebody creative or artistic in our lives, but it can be difficult to know just what kind of gift they would like. How do you buy gifts for writers who have everything? You need something playful but practical. Something that shows you care but doesn’t break the bank. Hopefully, this rundown has opened your eyes to all the options out there when looking for writer themed gifts. So the next time the author in your life has a birthday coming up, you’ll know just what to look for. Happy Hunting!