Got any writers on your holiday list? Here are some last-minute gift ideas.
- Books. Reference books are sure to be a hit with your writer friends. The Synonym Finder by J.I. Rodale is my favorite thesaurus. It’s a great place to find those strong verbs and action words. Another great pick is On Writing by Stephen King — both a memoir of a first-rate writer and a great craft book. A gift card to your favorite independent bookstore is also a no-fail selection.
- Time. One thing every writer could use more of is time to write. Why not give a gift certificate for babysitting, housekeeping, or other chores? Or make your favorite writer a delicious homemade dinner so he or she can spend their time on their novel instead of in front of the stove.
- Technology. If you want to splurge, a Kindle, Nook, or other e-reader is cheaper than ever. Kindles now start at $79, Nooks at $99. If they already have one, a gift card for e-books is sure to be appreciated.
- Supplies. Every writer I know could use more notebooks, pens, pencils, sticky notes, paper clips, and other office supplies. This is an area where you can get really creative — like with these typewriter key paper clips or an endangered species eraser.
- Journals. I know I fill up a new writing journal almost every month, between notes, research, and character sketches. Even the most technologically advanced writer appreciates the beauty of a well-crafted journal like the ones from Paperblanks, Moleskine, and local artist Susie Ghahremani.
- Typewriter Key Jewelry. Because it’s pretty darn cool.
- Chocolate. I think this one speaks for itself
What’s on your wish list?