Struggling with what to get for the writer in your life this holiday season? Here are some creative gift ideas to help inspire, motivate, and comfort. And remember to shop early this year to get ahead of the expected holiday shipping delays!

  • Notebooks and journals

This may seem like a given, but trust me: writers really do love getting notebooks. And no, there’s no such thing as having too many. Whether it has a sleek leather cover or a quirky design, you can’t go wrong. Pair it with a quality pen, and the writer in your life is sure to be grateful.

Most writers are also avid readers. So, this holiday season, give the writer in your life a gift inspired by their favorite books! Out of Print has everything from t-shirts to socks to gift bags and mugs—all printed with designs inspired by books. Whether it’s Edgar Allan Poe, Harry Potter, Jane Austen, or even Star Wars, there’s sure to be something every book lover will appreciate.

  • Candles or scented wax melts

Scents can be soothing and calming and even help us remember things. And who doesn’t want their workspace to smell amazing? Bonus points for candles and wax melts that smell like books!

  • Heating pad for back pain

For a writer, sitting in a chair for hours on end is expected, and that can mean back pain. The writer in your life will appreciate this gift bringing them some relief.

With a gift card from Bookshop, book lovers can have the convenience of shopping online while also supporting local independent bookstores and giving back to the community.


  • Lap desk

For writers who have tiny apartments or who just want the freedom to switch up their workspace once in a while, you can’t go wrong with a lap desk.

MasterClass has learning opportunities in many different categories, and that includes writing. With this membership, writers can hone their skills by learning from the likes of David Sedaris, Margaret Atwood, Neil Gaiman, and many other popular authors and screenwriters.

  • Book- or typewriter-shaped necklace from Etsy

Etsy is a treasure trove for writers and book lovers. There are a myriad of unique, handmade gifts right at your fingertips with just a search. A necklace is a simple, thoughtful gift your writer can wear every day.

  • Coffee, tea, and chocolate

Make sure the writer in your life remembers to treat themselves by getting them a beverage and snack they would enjoy—whether it’s coffee, tea, wine, chocolate, or salty pretzels.

Sometimes the best ideas come when you’re not sitting in front of your computer. With this gift, the writer in your life will even be able to jot down ideas while in the shower.

  • Blankets and cozy socks

These are warm, fluffy gifts to make your writer feel wrapped in comfort even while they’re struggling with their work-in-progress.

  • Books about writing

Books like Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott, On Writing by Stephen King, or Troubleshooting Your Novel by Steven James can be welcome guides for writers in honing their craft.

It seems like there’s a subscription box for everything these days, and Scribbler has a great one for writers! Their website describes it as “a writing conference in a box,” and each one includes teaching tools from bestselling authors, live chats with literary agents & editors, curated writing gifts, and a new release novel. It’s delivered right to your writer’s doorstep, and the subscription even includes an invitation to join Scribbler’s exclusive community: “because writing is tough, but it’s easier with a fam.”

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