Are you looking for gift ideas for your favorite writer? Whether you need a unique gift for Christmas, a birthday, or something else, you’ve come to the right place. As a community of writers, we can tell you the best gifts for writers. Below we’ve listed our favorite ideas for gifts for writers.
We have specific guides for different types of writers, so check out these sections below:
While we have tried to provide gift options that will work for most people, we recommend that you only use the following list as a way to get ideas for the best gifts for writers. You will want to buy a gift that you know will delight your writer.
Best Gifts for Writers
Below are some of our favorite gifts for writers of all kinds. We hope that these spark inspiration for your next gift-giving event.
Everyone knows that the best brainstorming happens in the shower. In fact, 72% of people get creative ideas in the shower. The worst thing is when you have a great idea in the shower and then you forget it by the time you dry off. Not anymore! Get your favorite writer a waterproof notepad for the shower. It even comes with a pencil attached to a suction cup.
A Block of Ideas
Most writers will encounter writer’s block occasionally if not on a daily basis. Why not get them a gift that will cure their writer’s block? This literal block features over 780 ideas to help your writer overcome their momentary inability to write. They can simply open this block anytime they are stuck and they will instantly get ideas for writing. This 3″x3″x3″ is so portable and small that it can easily be placed on any writing desk without taking up much space.
If the writer’s block aides fail to spark creativity for your favorite writer, they may need to resort to physical violence. We’re not talking about hurting anyway, but throwing a dammit doll across the room might just get their creative juices flowing. These are better than a stress ball.
Board games are one of the best gifts for writers. Whether to take a break, socialize with friends, or simply to spark new ideas board games are a great gift.
Most likely your favorite writer is also a word nerd so they’re sure to enjoy Travel Scrabble. It’s the take-anywhere version of the classic board game. The tiles click in so you don’t have to worry about tiles falling off of the board. Perfect when you are traveling in vehicles or simply at a hotel. If your friend is not already fed-up with Words with Friends, they’re sure to enjoy Travel Scrabble and might even ask whether you want to join in!
Dixit is the storyteller’s favorite game. In order to win, you have to convince everyone else that your story card is the best. What better way to be creative on a Friday night with friends?
It also won the prestigious Spiel de Jahres award for board game design in 2010, and it remains one of the board games best loved by writers.
Creative people love whiteboards. Whether used to jot down quick notes, map out a plotline, or just convey ideas to others, a whiteboard is a must for any writer’s workspace. Even if they already have one, writers can always use more space. This whiteboard magnetic, so you can still pin pages or other bits of inspiration to it.
Notebooks / Literary Journals – A Great Gift for Writers
Notebooks are the foundation of any writer’s toolbox and allow them to write as their mind wanders capturing new ideas or expressing their thoughts. You’ll want a notebook that is small enough to fit in their bags or backpack. The other thing you’ll want to make sure of is whether your favorite writer prefers lined or unlined notebooks. Below you’ll see our top recommended notebooks that can be gifts for writers.
As one of the de facto best gifts for writers, the classic moleskine notebook is a must. Moleskine notebooks generally fit the bill pretty well as a great gift for writers. You’ll want to make sure that the notebook is small enough that it can easily be carried around. Moleskines come in both lined and unlined.
Bullet journaling has become a recent trend and many writers have adopted this method of journaling to quickly capture their thoughts throughout the day and plan their weeks. Get your favorite writer a nice bullet journal as a gift and they’ll thank you when their days are finally organized!
No writer’s job these days would be complete without the best writing software to make their lives easier. Besides for reviewng our list of best distraction-free writing tools, see if they’d be interested in any of these other software tools.
CoSchedule is a great website for content planning. They give teams and writers incredible flexibility to schedule content creation and publishing on blogs, social media, and more. If your favorite writer owns a blog or website that regularly publishes content, CoSchedule might just be the tool they need.
It’s a cliche that writers frequent coffee shops, but if your favorite writer is a coffee or tea drinker, they will love this gift. Not only will they be able to caffeinate themselves for daily writing sessions, they can also show off their personalities with great writer sayings. Just be wary of any passive-aggressive messages they may send you. You never know how true they could be!
A New Laptop
If you are willing to spend a little bit for, a new laptop can make all the difference for your writer. If they’ve been using the same laptop for years, they will certainly appreciate a quicker laptop with a longer battery so they focus more on the writing and less on the tech. Head over to our guide on the best laptops for writers for details on what to look for in a new laptop. You’ll want to make sure the laptop you buy has the right specs and battery life so that your favorite writer will love their gift. Macs are great laptops for writers due to their anti-glare screens which allow for writing outdoors.
Below are our two favorite laptops for writers.
A New Pen
Writers always need new pens. Whether their current ones have run out of ink or they’ve lost them, a new pen will always be a welcome gift. We have written previous articles about the best pens for writing and best fountain pens which you can find below.
If book scents aren’t the best option for your favorite writer, then a bookmark is always welcome.
If your writer loves to write on the computer, they might even like to handwrite. The Wacom Bamboo Slate Smartpad allows you to take handwritten notes and then digitize the notes automatically with the touch of a button. No more excuses for partially filled notebooks lying around.
Kindle Gift Card
There’s a great chance that your favorite writer also loves to read, so why not get them a Kindle gift card? With a Kindle gift card, they can purchase any book from Amazon’s wide selection to read instantly on their Kindle. Get one here.
There is no better way to get started writing for aspiring writers than getting away from the hustle and bustle of life. Why not treat your favorite writer to a writing getaway? Doing a simple Google search will return hundreds of available writing retreats. We wrote a whole guide on how to find a great writing retreat.
Messenger Bag for Laptop
If your writer often carries around their laptop in a backpack, this fashionable messenger will be a great upgrade. Made from high-density washed canvas, genuine crazy horse leather, bronze hardware and high-density cotton straps, this laptop bag is sure to last for years and always be in fashion. It easily fits a 14-inch laptop and any additional accessories or notebooks.
Laptop Wrist Rests
Writer’s wrists get tired after typing all day on their laptops, so why not get them comfortable wrist rests? You can get rests just for the wrists or ones that come with comfy mouse pads as well to support both wrists. Your writer friend will thank you!
Sony ICDUX560BLK Digital Voice Recorder
Writers love recording things, whether for inspiration later on or to remember ideas for later. This digital voice recorder features a quick-charge option where you can record for up to an hour after three minutes of charging so even very busy writers can always be sure that it’s ready.
Gifts Ideas for Poets
Coined, “The most trusted guide for publishing poetry,” this guide to getting published will certainly make your favorite poet happy. There is nothing better than seeing your poetry in a book or magazine alongside other famous poets.
A Notebook or Journal
A blank notebook or journal is the perfect gift for a poet who wants to always write down ideas. Try getting a Moleskin or Composition notebook.
A Fountain Pen
Writing with a fountain pen will certainly make your favorite poet feel like William Shakespeare. These pens typically range from $10 to several hundred so you can find one in your budget.
A Book on Writing Poetry
Even the best poets can take advice from famous poets throughout history. There are a number of poetry books in the world, but we recommend the following:
- Broken Lines: The Art and Craft of Poetry by Judith Skillman
- A Poetry Handbook by Mary Oliver
- Poemcrazy: Freeing Your Life With Words by Susan Woolridge (my favorite title for new poets)
- The Poet’s Companion: A Guide to the Pleasures of Writing Poetry by Kim Addonizio and Dorianne Laux
- A Poetry Handbook by Mary Oliver
Poetry Refrigerator Magnets
We all love playing with refrigerator magnets and poets are no different. This fun gift will inspire creativity and joy for your favorite poet and everyone in the household can take part to become poets themselves.
Gifts for Screenwriters
Screenwriters love to read so why not get them a book that will make them a better screenwriter. Here are some of our favorites.
The Coffee Break Screenwriter
The Nutshell Technique: Crack the Secret of Successful Screenwriting
Screenwriters love watching old films and there’s something nostalgic about watching a character on-screen typing away frenetically at their typewriter. Give your favorite screenwriter a taste of the olden days with this typewriter keyboard.
Any moviegoer will appreciate this gift. Configure this lightbox with any message you want. It includes 100 letters and LED lighting so you can show off your favorite movie lines, movie titles, or anything else in style.
Great Gifts for Young Writers
If you’re looking for gifts for an aspiring young writer, then we’ve got you covered. All of the gifts below can be given to writers of all ages, but are particularly meant for those younger than 18.
In a Pickle Game
Can a giraffe fit in a phone booth? Does a sofa fit in a shopping cart? It all depends on how you size it up in this game of creative thinking and outrageous scenarios. Try to win a set of cards by fitting smaller things into bigger things. There’s some juice in a pickle, in a supermarket, in a parking lot.
Create and Tell Me A Story Cards
For ages 3 and up, these 36 illustrated storytelling cards can be played individually or in a group. Kids can rearrange the cards to create new stories. Storytellers will find plenty of images to develop a mystery and solve it, too.
Learning calligraphy can be fun. While kids are learning handwriting and cursive in school, they can also learn calligraphy at home.