Creative Gift Ideas for Writers (and normal people too)

Do you have a writer friend or relative and you’re having trouble finding a gift for a special occasion? We know that authors are notoriously difficult to find an original gift for, so we have compiled a list of creative items that are worth consideration.

We are continuously developing this list. If you have an idea for an item to add to the list, please do not hesitate to get in touch and let us know.

We hope this helps you find something suitable for the next birthday or special holiday. Happy shopping!

Mountainsmith Adventure Office Messenger Bag

A compact messenger bag, the Adventure Office offers an outdoor aesthetic with a deceivingly large amount of pocket space. Leave your briefcase, satchel or tote at home and pack the everyday essentials into this comfortable, over-the-shoulder messenger bag. Hidden compartments, D-Ring attachments, and expandable pockets provide enough room for your tablet or laptop (fits most 15.4″ laptops), phone, wallet, charger, notebook, water bottle, and more. Though it can carry a heavy load, the haul handle and adjustable shoulder strap make for comfortable travel around town, school, or work while the back panel sleeve accommodates a luggage cart handle. The CORDURA fabric offers unmatched durability, a must-have for a bag that you’ll want by your side for every adventure.

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Messenger Bag for Writer

Dixit Board Game

Dixit is probably the most popular writing board game out there. Players have to convince other players that their story card is the best way to tell the story.

One player is the storyteller for the turn and looks at the images on the 6 cards in her hand. From one of these, she makes up a sentence and says it out loud (without showing the card to the other players). Each other player selects the card in their hands which best matches the sentence and gives the selected card to the storyteller, without showing it to the others. The storyteller shuffles her card with all the received cards. All pictures are shown face up and every player has to bet upon which picture was the storyteller’s. If nobody or everybody finds the correct card, the storyteller scores 0, and each of the other players scores 2. Otherwise the storyteller and whoever found the correct answer score 3. Players score 1 point for every vote for their own card. The game ends when the deck is empty or if a player scores 30 points. In either case, the player with the most points wins the game. The base game and all expansions have 84 cards each.

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Board game for writers

Novel-Teas

Novel Teas Pouches contain 25 teabags individually tagged with literary quotes from the world over, made with English Breakfast tea. The perfect gift for the book lover.There is no better company than a steaming cup of tea as you open the cover of a favorite classic or turn the page of the latest thriller. Whether traveling to distant times and far off lands or discovering new characters in a nearby locale, a soothing cup of tea makes the journey more pleasurable and the memory lasting. Novel Teas ~ natures story unfolded in every leaf. Read ’em and steep!

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Novel tea gift for writer

Typewriter Keyboard

Enjoy the tactile touch of a typewriter with this keyboard with wireless options and an integrated tablet stand. Use it with your computer, tablet or phone for an authentic, high-quality writing experience.

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Typewriter keywboard gift for writer

Jane Austen socks

As Albus Dumbledore said, “One can never possess enough socks. Another Christmas came and went and I didn’t get a single pair. People will insist on giving me books.” If you believe the greatest wizard of all time, then trust us on this, too: writerly socks don’t get any better than these pretty Jane Austen-themed ones.

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Literary Socks Jane Austen

The Writer’s Block: 786 Ideas to Jump-Start Your Imagination

Anxious to write that Great American Novel but don’t know where to begin? Help is on the way with our Writer’s Block ! This guide to beating writer’s block comes packaged in the shape of an actual block: 3″ x 3″ x 3″, with 672 pages and more than 200 photographs throughout. Next time you’re stuck, just flip open The Writer’s Block to any page to find an idea or exercise that will jump-start your imagination. Many of these assignments come straight from the creative writing classes of celebrated novelists like Ethan Canin, Richard Price, Toni Morrison, and Kurt Vonnegut: Joyce Carol Oates explains how she uses running to destroy writer’s block. Elmore Leonard describes how he often finds ideas just by reading the newspaper. E. Annie Proulx discusses finding inspiration at garage sales. Isabel Allende tells why she always begins a new novel on January 8th. John Irving explains why he prefers to write the last sentence first. Fresh, fun, and irreverent, The Writer’s Block also features advice from contemporary editors and literary agents, lessons from the awful novels of Joan Collins and Robert James Waller, a filmography of movies concerning writer’s block (e.g., The Shining, Barton Fink ), and countless other surprises. With this chunky little book at your side, you may never experience writer’s block again!

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Writer's block gift for writers

Kindle Paperwhite (Waterproof)

The thinnest, lightest Kindle Paperwhite yet, with a sleek, modern design so you can read comfortably for hours. Features our signature 300 ppi, glare-free Paperwhite display, printed-quality text and twice the storage of the previous generation. Plus a single battery charge lasts weeks, not hours.

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Kindle paperwhite

Scented Literary Candles

For all of the bibliophiles in our lives Paddywax presents the Library Collection. An ideal gift for lovers of fine literature, every candle fragrance is a blend of custom notes designed to evoke the spirit of author for which it is named. The process of making Paddywax candles is artisan in every sense, closely resembling techniques used to make candles hundreds of years ago. From fragrance throw to burn time, each custom recipe is made to deliver the best experience. Our fragrance blends are developed to distribute the most natural aroma through the use of all natural ingredients. We take pride in never offering a synthetic fragrance; instead we constantly push ourselves to create something natural and unique. It begins when every candle is hand poured and ends when each product is packaged with precision. Each bow and label are applied by hand to give every product that human touch that is worthy of gift giving.

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Rory’s Story Cubes

The pocket-sized, travel-friendly storytelling game. There’s no right or wrong way to play: just roll the cubes, start with “Once upon a time…” and see where your imagination takes you.

With just four lines of instructions and no time or story-length limits, anyone can become a storyteller.

Rory’s Story Cubes are a fun way to inspire creative thinking, encourage social confidence, develop language, improve vocabulary and promote problem solving skills for ages six and above.

Presented in a little magnetic box, Rory’s Story Cubes are suitable for travel, waiting in a restaurant, in the classroom, as an icebreaker, for idea generation or to help in learning a language.

The nine dice, each with an individual image on all sides, hold a total of 54 images – this means that, with every roll, there are over a million combinations to use for storytelling inspiration.

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Game Cubes Game for Writers

Magnetic Poetry – Edgar Allan Poet Kit – Words for Refrigerator

Dave Kapell, founder of Magnetic Poetry, was suffering from writer’s block while trying to compose song lyrics. To overcome this problem, he wrote down interesting words on pieces of paper and rearranged them, looking for inspiration. What he hadn’t figured into this experiment was his allergies. One good sneeze and any progress was sent flying across the room. Dave decided to glue the words to pieces of magnets and stick them to a pizza tin. Then he got hungry and the now magnetized words made their way to the refrigerator door. Before too long, Dave wasn’t the only one rearranging his would-be song lyrics. When friends came over, Dave noticed they started to move the magnets around, amusing themselves by writing the first magnetic poems.

After seeing his friends having fun, Dave thought he might be able to sell his word kits at a local craft fair. He made up 100 kits and set up shop at Calhoun Square, a mall in the Uptown area of Minneapolis. All 100 kits were gone after 3 hours. That night, he recruited as many friends as pizza and beer could draw and made up more kits–all of which sold as rapidly the next day.

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Poetry fridge magnets

The Unemployed Philosophers Guild Great Drinkers Shot Glasses

Celebrates six immortal literary figures who are as famous for their drinking as they are for their work. Each shot glass features an illustration of the author along with a memorable quote about drinking. Featuring Lord Byron, Oscar Wilde, Dorothy Parker, Winston Churchill, W. B. Yeats, and Charles Baudelaire. Includes six dishwasher safe 2 oz. shot glasses packaged in a fun colorful gift box.

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Literary shot glasses

Leather Journal Notebook Gift Set with Luxury Pen

This rustic leather notebook from Moonster is the perfect writing companion for journal lovers and anyone with a taste for things with an antique or vintage feel.

Features include a unique leatherbound cover, a gift box with luxury pen and wonderfully off-white & textured 18 x 13cm sheets without lines. Prevents any ink bleeding through to make writing a joy.

Not only that, with pages made from recycled tree-free & acid-free cotton paper, it’s one of the most sustainable notebooks on the market.

Whether you’re logging your life or jotting everyday things down, you’ll always get lots of compliments on it!

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Notebook

Waterproof Notepad for Shower

Know how you often get your best ideas in the shower?

Aqua Notes helps you capture them. This waterproof notepad, which mounts to the shower wall, allows you to document the greatest of ideas and grocery lists…or leave notes for whoever showers after you.

Each pencil is water resistant and is made with Incense Cedar wood, a responsibly harvested renewable resource meeting stringent environmental requirements.

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Shower nots gift for writer

Light Therapy Lamp for Writers / Mood Lamp

Light therapy lamps are appearing in anything from college dorm rooms to office spaces. While the science behind the mood/lighting dynamic is finite, it is also growing.

Office-dwellers who work under the “wrong” forms of lighting might be wasting some of their performance potential. “If you don’t have access to daylight, studies have also found that working under “blue-enriched” light bulbs that are 17,000K actually increases work performance by supporting mental acuity, vitality and alertness while reducing fatigue and daytime sleepiness.”

Light therapy lamps are a also great option for helping with seasonal affective disorder.

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Lamps for writers

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