Next week is Christmas. Where has the time gone? At this point, you’re either in two camps: completely finished with your Christmas shopping, or still trying to finish up before you run out of time. Which brings me to this blog post. If you’re feeling stumped on what to get a writer for Christmas during this holiday crunch time, here are five gift ideas. All of them are either Amazon Prime eligible or digital, so you’ll have them in time for Christmas. And hey, maybe you’ll even find something for yourself here.
1.) Writing Resources
Writing isn’t as easy as it looks. There are so many things that a writer has to know for their stories. Locations, characters, descriptions, etc. It can get a little overwhelming. Which makes writing resources so handy. These books can give tips and advice to make things a little bit easier for writers. They show us different ways to go about writing, how to improve, what traits we can give our characters, and descriptions we can use to liven things up.
If you want to buy writing resources, here are some of my personal recommendations:
Your Personal Fiction-Writing Coach by Stephanie Bond
Body Beats to Build On: A Fiction Writer’s Resource by April W. Gardner
The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression by Becca Puglisi and Angela Ackerman
The Positive Trait Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Attributes by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi
The Negative Trait Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Flaws by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi
2.) Writing Games
Writing isn’t all fun and games… Except when it is. Writing games are great ways for writers to try their hand at different ideas. When you’re in a creative slump or just don’t know what to write, the games are a good way to get those creative juices flowing and make you think outside the box. They make writing fun again.
There are different options for games on Amazon, but here’s one that I would recommend:
The Writers Toolbox: Creative Games and Exercises for Inspiring the ‘Write’ Side of Your Brain by Jamie Cat Callan
Taking a step away from gifts you can buy on Amazon, my next idea is MasterClass. MasterClass is a website of online classes taught by, well, masters. You can find everything on here from music, photography, cooking, and, as it’s on this list, writing. Writers such as Neil Gaiman, R.L. Stine, Judy Blume, James Paterson, and more give you their personal tips and advice for writing. These classes are told through video lessons, and give you assignments to work on if you want to. Don’t worry, there’s no time limit and you won’t get graded. You pay for the class you want to take, or you can buy an all-access pass that lets you explore everything on the website. I’ve been working my way through Neil Gaiman’s MasterClass, and I’ve found it super informative.
If you’re interested in checking out MasterClass, here’s the link to the website: https://www.masterclass.com/
4.) Novelty Items
Now, back to Amazon. If you’re wanting to give something a little more whimsical as a gift, there are plenty of novelty items to be found for writers. From coffee mugs, jewelry, shirts, and teas, there are endless possibilities that are sure to put a smile on a writer’s face.
Here are just a few items that you can find:
Writer Facts Shirt
First Lines Literature Coffee Mug
Still not sure what to buy? Then there’s always the handy option of notebooks. A writer can never have enough notebooks. Okay, maybe they can, but that doesn’t mean that they’re not great gifts. You never know when inspiration might strike, and notebooks are great ways to keep your ideas straight. I personally like to try to give each story it’s own notebook, so I can make sure I remember which ideas and characters go with each story. So if you have a lot of story ideas, you’re going to need a lot of notebooks. Plus, you can find notebooks in a lot of places, so you don’t even have to order them online.
Bonus Idea: Amazon Gift Card
If all else fails, there’s always the option of a gift card. Everything on this list, aside from MasterClass, can be found on Amazon. So with a gift card, your writer pal can buy the stuff on this list themselves, or buy some books that they’ve been eyeing.