Notebooks with quotes and bookmarks that glitters
Post-its and cute coffee mugs that inspires
These are a few of my favorite things….
At the risk of sounding like a cliché, ‘tis indeed the season of giving. And this year, perhaps more than any that came before, is exceptional when it comes to holiday gift giving. Not only are most of us stuck at home, but online shopping means that we have access to almost anything we want at our fingertips. Which presents a problem for loved ones who have a writer on their nice list.
What do they get the writer who has access to everything?
I have received many gifts from my parents, sisters, friends, and other relatives who sought to give me something both unique and useful to my craft. I cherish each one – the mound of notebooks with their motivational quotes, the sparkling quill pens, fluffy blankets, etc. But I admit that there are some holiday gifts that set my writer’s heart aglow.
What are they I hear you ask? Well, below I’ve compiled a list of my favorite holiday gift ideas for writers in 2020. Before we get started, I urge you to shop local and show your support for small businesses.
1- Personalized Anchor Bookmark: CA$39.97
This personalized bookmark by LilliMoGifts Etsy shop has been popping up on my Instagram feed and stories for the past few months, and each time I find myself taking a screengrab of it. I finally added it to my holiday wish list, and fingers crossed, I’ll get to use it for my hot cocoa, blanket, and reading sessions. What I love about the anchor is that you can add a personalized message to it, which makes it so much more special.
Get the Personalized Anchor Bookmark on Etsy. Estimated date of arrival is between December 7-17th, so order it soon if you want it in time for Christmas.
2-Book Bags: CA$72-78
“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a loved one in search of a perfect holiday gift, must think outside the box. “
At first glance these wonderful little creations from BAGatelle Studio look like books. But on closer observation you’ll find that no, you’re not looking at Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice or Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. These are in fact clutches – and what a perfect gift idea for writers, bibliophiles or just about anyone who will appreciate their handcrafted elegance. They’re bit on the pricier side, but well worth the look of absolute awe that will light up your writer’s face come Christmas morning, wouldn’t you agree?
3-Magnetic Notebook: CA$12.82 – CA$42.98
If your writer is anything like me, then chances are their notetaking can sometimes get messy. One thing that I absolutely hate is tearing paper out of my notebooks (shudders at thought of the little shreds of paper left behind). But, I admit that sometimes it’s necessary to remove a page when reorganizing notes. That’s why I adore these Magnetic Notebooks by Uncommon Goods, and think they will make fantastic holiday gifts for any writer.
4- A MasterClass Membership – CA$240
Writers are always looking to improve their craft. Gifting them a MasterClass membership that allows them to consume courses taught by award-winning writers on their own time is a big win. Giving someone a writing course also sends a strong message that you care and believe in them and are willing to support their dream. Some of the MasterClass courses I have taken or plan to take include:
- Joyce Carol Oates Teaches the Art of the Short Story
- Neil Gaiman Teaches the Art of Storytelling
- James Patterson Teaches Writing
- Margaret Atwood Teaches Creative Writing
MasterClass is currently offering a 2-for-1 discount for the holiday season.
5-Help Your Writer Afford an Editor
Editing is a crucial phase in the writing process. A writer should not only edit their manuscript, but they should also get a professional editor to have a look at it. A fresh-eyed editor will see things that your writer might miss and help identify any plot holes that can compromise the chance of getting the story published. With that said, editors are not cheap, and their rates do varies.
My advice? Make sure to discuss it with the writer first. Maybe just put an “I owe you an editor” note in a card and then let them choose the editor they want.
In my opinion, most books about writing are not very helpful and difficult to get through. With that said, there are a few that have helped me improve and finetune my writing over the years.
7-Writing Software Tools
The right piece of writing software is a practical resource that any writer will be glad to have in their toolkit. Writing software can make all the difference when it comes to organizing your notes, structuring scenes, character building, and just about anything you might need as you venture on your writing journey. Here are a few popular writing software that have helped me.
- Evernote (word processor and organizational tool) — free
- Grammarly (spelling and grammar checker) – free to CA$139.95 annually (Premium)
- Scrivener (word processor, story planning, organizer) – CA$67
8-Aqua Notes: CA$22
Some of my very best ideas occur at the most inconvenient times – when my hands are wet. And by the time I get them dry, I’ve forgotten what I wanted to jot down, or it just doesn’t read the same as when it first occurred to me. That’s why this waterproof notepad definitely makes it on to my unique gift for writers list.
You can also find a similar product on Etsy called the Stone Paper Notebook for CA$26.24. Not only is it waterproof, but it’s also made from recycled stone – which means it saves trees.
People are constantly surprised to find that I will choose writing by pen over typing any day. Writing with a pen appeals to my senses, and is a different experience entirely. I am more closely tapped into my thoughts and emotions as they flow on to the page. And in order to have a smooth and uninterrupted creative process, I need a good pen.
While I really believe a pen is a personal choice (rollerball, ballpoint, gel, fountain, mechanical pencil, oh my!), I highly recommend the Lacquer Rollerball Pen from Scriveiner. I received this pen as a gift, and simply love it.
10-Personalized Notebook – CA$38.95
As a writer, the ultimate dream is to see my name in print. What better way to help the writer in your life visualize that dream than with a personalized notebook. And yes – notebooks can be viewed as an overdone gift but believe me when I say that writers cannot have enough notebooks. I have a notebook for just about everything.
Here’s a great Personalized Notebook on Etsy that comes with free shipping (in Canada) and is ready to dispatch in 3–5 business days – so just in time for Christmas.