Ok, nobody panic, but the holidays are upon us.
There are twelve days until Christmas.
If you’re anything like me that means, not only have you done .003% of the required shopping for gifts, you also haven’t let the people who love you know what you want/need. Sorry, Mom and Dad.
In my family, the holidays are a big deal. We all go a little crazy with the gift giving, and we have enough Christmas spirit to make you think we’ve been hired by Santa to spread cheer. I look forward to this time of year, starting somewhere in February. But I’m always underprepared because… well, I’m a procrastinator. If you’re like me, I thought I’d kick off my 12 days of Blogmas with a little list you can send to your aunts and cousins and coworkers, letting them know that you
want need these nifty gifts designed for writers.
Subscription boxes make for awesome gifts, and they make them for writers, too! I don’t know about you, but getting a box of unknown goodies every month that inspire me to write sounds like a dream. Also, it’s the gift that keeps on giving! Two notable ones are Scribbler and ScribeDelivery which you can find on CrateJoy.com
The life of the writer, when he’s not sitting at home, crying over his keyboard, is an adventurous one… to coffee shops and bookstores where he can crack open his computer or notebook and write his character’s demise from there. Because of this, writers need sturdy and spacious bags like the one above that make us look serious about our craft but still artsy and tortured enough that people recognize our brand. Major bonus: this Lifewit bag comes in below $40 on Amazon.
While it’s true that we don’t all have the luxury of a “writing room,” that doesn’t mean that we don’t have spaces that we like to make our own in which to write. For those writers who have carved out specific spaces for writing, writing themed decor adds a special touch (and helps to remind them why they’re sat there in the first place)! Candles, wall art, or some helpful hints to other members of the house to keep quiet, like this door hanger, are perfect.
Shower thoughts are the best thoughts, right? Well… Maybe. What I mean is writers have lightbulb moments about their characters and plot whilst washing their hair, and this notepad is made from plasticized paper, which makes writing in the shower possible! The pencil and notepad itself can be attached to the wall at perfect writing height. All for the low, low price of $27.99 (for a 5 pack). Disclaimer: Aquanotes cannot be held responsible if your shower thoughts are actually bad story ideas. Aquanotes are not guaranteed to close plot holes. Prolonged use may cause death to characters. That is the end of this infomercial.
Great news! There are TONS of books on writing to choose from. I tend to lean toward the ones that give me prompts ( like Bonnie Neubauer’s The Write-Brain Workbook or Jeff VanderMeer’s Wonderbook) but you can also go for books from famous writers about the craft (like Stephen King’s On Writing), or helpful guide books that teach writers about character, setting, and/or plots (like 20 Master Plots by Ronald B. Tobias). You’re spoiled for choice here because books about writing books are an important part of any writer’s toolkit.
Some people like tea, some people like coffee… some people like covfefe, but we don’t talk about them. These literary inspired teas are adorable! You can also purchase tea tins to store them in that are equally as punny. For coffee lovers, there’s no equivalent to their tea drinking companion’s literature themed tea leaves, I did find a cool coffee sampler set by Bones Coffee Company. The artwork on these makes them feel gift-worthy, and the caffeine addicted writer in your life will appreciate your thoughtfulness.
There are a few “games” that are designed to help writers come up with new ideas. The Writer Emergency Pack comes with 26 cards meant to jump start stalled writing through various suggestions. Great for those on the go moments I spoke of earlier. Or you could go with the much larger Storymatic deck, which is a deck of 540 cards with unique phrases on them to inspire dynamic plots and characters. For something a little different (i.e dice instead of cards), Rory’s Story Cubes are an interactive way to brainstorm.
Pen and paper might be a writer’s bread and butter (when we’re not glued to our laptops), but the tech world has the cure for that pesky habit. If you want a device that promises a pen and paper feel and you also have $600 to drop on cool gadgetry, look no further than the ReMarkable tablet. I would love to get my hands on one of these to experience a paper-like texture from an e-ink screen, but my wallet might pull out a gun and shoot me. So it’s going on the list of Things I Want When I Publish My First Book and Win a Pulitzer.