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Gift Ideas for Writers (whether you’re on the giving end or the receiving end)

Before we start, I just wanted to say that this will be my last post of 2018 <3 Thanks to everyone who’s read my little blog and has learned more about writing and self-publishing with me!

I’ll be back in January with more, including how to get organised in 2019 and what you need to quit your job and go self-employed, but until then, have a magical break whether you celebrate Christmas or not <3

NOW. Let’s talk about presents 🙂

December is my favourite month of the year. Everything looks and feels magical, doesn’t it? I even love buying presents!

But for some, figuring out what gifts to get is a struggle, whether it’s for Christmas, a birthday, or another occasion. So, if you’re struggling to find gift ideas for writers–or if you’re a writer with loved ones not knowing what to get you–this post is for you!

I’d like to I think I’m incredibly easy to buy for. I’m a bookworm and a stationery addict, so that makes it easy, right?

Yes–for another bookworm and stationery addict. But not everyone I know shares my loves, so it’s harder for them simply because they aren’t as familiar with these things.

We assume our loved ones know us well enough to, well, know, but I bet you struggle with their hobbies you’ve no experience with, too. For example, one of our family friends loves gardening. Me? Plants die when they see me. Because I know nothing about his hobby, I really appreciate some pointers.

I’ve put together a list of gift ideas for writers, which I hope you’ll find it useful whether you’re on the giving end or the receiving end 🙂 If you’d like even more ideas, feel free to also check out my Tools for Writers page.

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Gift Ideas for Writers (whether you're on the giving end or the receiving end)


This is my go-to response when friends aren’t sure what to get me. It’s like I’ve prepared a list in advance!

Since most writers are bookworms anyway, this is a super easy way to find presents for them.

Chances are, your writer has a Want-to-Read list on Goodreads. Ask them for the link and BAM–there’s a (probably quite long) list of books your writer wants to read. It’s easy, it’s hassle-free, and you can’t go wrong with books your writer has marked as future reads.

If you’re the writer, you can make it even easier by creating another list for priority buys. Mine is called ‘Next Book Haul’, and I put all the books I’d rather read sooner than later on there. There’s less on there too, so friends and family don’t need to go through as many choices 😉

Bookish Swag

If you can get hold of your writer’s cover files, you can surprise them with some very special gifts.

Book covers make great posters, which in turn make fantastic gifts. I was overjoyed to unwrap three of mine for my birthday because it was so unexpected.

They’ll look great in your writer’s writing space and will be fantastic motivators–I can tell you that from personal experience 😉

If you’d rather do something other than posters, perhaps mugs, tote bags or pens would work better? I can tell you from personal experience again that a pen with your writer’s name followed by Author makes a pretty good gift.

For all swag, I recommend Vistaprint.

Gift Ideas for Writers (whether you're on the giving end or the receiving end) | Bookish swag example


It shouldn’t surprise anyone that this is on a list I wrote 😛

To be a writer, it helps massively to be organised. And to be organised, you can’t go wrong with stationery!

My favourites are:

The Leuchtturm 1917 because it’s the original bullet journal, so it’ll do well for all your organisational needs. If you prefer thicker paper–say, if your writer also loves painting with water colours–I recommend…

any notebook by Paperchase. In my rather extensive, slightly obsessive, experience the paper quality is excellent and they look good. They are my go-to place for any stationery in general, so feel free to have a browse for anything else your writer might like.


Scrivener is a writing program that was developed for writers by writers, so it has some neat features other programs don’t have.

For example, new projects include screenplays or novels, there are templates for characters and settings, and it can even convert your manuscript into eBook formats!

I love Scrivener and have been using it for years. I write all my books with it and wouldn’t have it any other way.

At less than £40, it’s cheaper than other writing programs. It’s also not a yearly subscription, so you only pay once.

You can get Scrivener for Windows or you can get Scrivener for Mac.

But these are just some of my favourites. What kind of gift do you love receiving as a writer? Or perhaps you’ve given your writer a gift they absolutely adored? Make a tea, get some gingerbread, and let’s talk about presents!

Want more ideas? Here’s the link to my Tools for Writers page again.

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