Best Gifts for Writers

Thinking of getting a gift for a writer in your life but don’t know what to get?

No worries. We know the struggles of shopping for gifts, especially if you want to give something unique. That’s why we put in the work in creating a list to help you get ideas of what to get for an author.

Here is our list of the best gifts for writers that you can give on birthdays, anniversaries, Christmas, or any other occasion.

We’ve split it according to price points from the lowest to highest, so rest assured you could find something whatever your budget may be.

$10 and below

1. AquaNotes Waterproof Notepad

You might have heard how the best thoughts come up while you’re in the shower. Well, now your writer friend won’t ever have to forget those elusive shower thoughts with the help of AquaNotes.

Each pack comes with 40 perforated sheets and an aqua pencil. You can mount this waterproof notepad on the shower wall to document the greatest of ideas (or grocery lists) or maybe leave notes for whoever showers after you.

2. Pilot FriXion erasable pens

Mistakes are inevitable, and writers are no exception. No need to waste so much paper when you get these fantastic FriXion erasable pens.

These pens come in different colors, making them great not only for writing but also for bullet journaling. If you want to be a lot fancier, you can grab them the entire set of erasable markers, fine liners, highlighters, etc. 

3. “Do Not Disturb Writer” doorknob hanger sign

One thing writers hate is being disturbed, especially in the peak of writing down ideas on paper, or a word document. You can help prevent anyone from busting out into their rooms by gifting them this cool doorknob hanger.

It is made of thick and durable plastic with universal holes that can fit any standard-sized door knob. 

4. Accoutrements Shakespearean Insult Bandages

Even writers can get scrapes that require bandages. If you’re looking for some unique gifts for writers, you can grab one of these Shakespear insult bandages.

This tin can-packed, 3″ x 1″ (7.6 cm x 2.5 cm) bandages are printed with Shakespear’s image and some funny insults from his famous plays. This quirky and unique gift can make a writer’s wounds spit poetic insults in Shakespear style!

5. Vintage Typewriter Pencil Holder

A writer’s table wouldn’t be complete without a useful pen holder. But it would be much better when it has a more “writer” touch to it. Complete a writer’s table with this Vintage Typewriter Pencil Holder.

It features an antique Victorian typewriter, which can hold some pens, business cards, markers, cellphones (up to 3 inches wide), and many more. Its cute and nicely detailed design will indeed complement any desktop.

$11 – $25

1. Novel Teas

Another best, unexpected, and unique gift for writers is this Novel Teas tea bags.

Make a writer feel warm and cozy while writing a masterpiece by gifting them with this literary-inspired tea. Each pack comes with 25 individually tagged teabags with various literary quotes from Victorian books. This tea is a perfect present for a writer who is also a tea-lover.

2. First Lines Literature Coffee Mug

Some say mugs can be a bit boring as a gift. But not if it’s filled with the best opening lines in literature. Wrap a writer’s coffee (or any other drink) in epic words with this First Lines Literature Coffee Mug.

This mug features 24 of the best opening lines of some of the greatest works of literature, from Anna Karenina to Slaughterhouse-Five printed outside of the mug. It is dishwasher and microwave oven safe and could hold 14 oz.

3. The Writer’s Block

No matter how good a writer is, he/she can still run out of ideas or not know how to proceed with writing. We call that a writer’s block.

But you can give them a different kind of writer’s block with this gift. Help spark their ideas through The Writer’s Block, a block that has 672 pages and more than 200 photographs inside. It features various ideas and exercises that will jump-start their imagination. Help fight writer’s block by giving them The Writer’s Block!

4. Fingerless Writing Gloves

Do your writer friend’s hands easily get cold while typing away in their home or office? Help keep their hands warm by gifting them these fingerless writing gloves.

These gloves are made of cotton knit fabric and are fingerless, so typing or writing wouldn’t be too hard. The best part about this is it comes covered with text straight from Edgar Allan Poe’s classic poem!

5. Typewriter Inspired Mechanical Keyboard

Way back in the days, writers used to be the master of typewriters. Let a writer friend relive the experience of using this incredible machine in a more modern way, get them this typewriter inspired mechanical keyboard.

This mechanical keyboard from AZiO has a chrome-plated body & keycaps, water-resistant body, and clicky mechanical switch. Your friend will surely feel like a classic writer with this one.

6. Reading Lamp

Is the writer sleeping with a roommate or a partner who wants the lights off? No problem. Gift them with a handy-dandy night light.

This small but powerful small desk light is equipped with three brightness settings, a 360 degrees bendable neck, and a clamp that easily clips on tables, books, headboards, etc. It can also be powered through USB or battery.

7. Jane Austen Books Coaster Set

This cute item could be one of the best gifts for writers, especially if he or she is a Jane Austen fan. You can grab these Jane Austen Books coasters set, which come in 6 pieces per pack.

Each coaster features a front cover of one of Jane Austen’s books on 4×4 inches squares. The top part is made of fabric, and the bottom part is made of rubber, which absorbs condensation and protects surfaces, respectively.

8. Pen Tie Bar Clip and Cufflinks

Book signing, awards night, wedding, or any formal event that needs some fancy suit on should come with some good looking pair of cufflinks and tie bar clip. Give it a little touch of a writer flair and get them this cool pen tie bar clip and cufflinks.

These come in a set and are packed inside a hard-sided presentation box ready for gift giving. They also come with a microfiber cloth for easy cleaning.

$25 – $50

1. Bathtub book caddy

Most of us like to relax in the bath. But a writer would not want his/her transcripts wet. Say goodbye to accidental “dropping in the bath” moments with this nifty bathtub book caddy.

This caddy is lightweight and is made of bamboo and has different slots for various items. It can hold a book or an iPad, cellphone, wine, soap, candles, etc. It also comes with adjustable sides so it can fit with most bathtubs with different widths. Great for writers who love the bath.

2. Vintage Wooden Book Bookends

More books as bookends? Why not? A lot of writers also like reading and collecting books. But instead of giving them regular books, why don’t you try giving them books that could hold more books?

Grab these Vintage Wooden Book Bookends that come in two different sizes. It can be a useful gift as it also doubles as storage boxes. Each one comes with hidden compartments inside where you can store pens, paper clips, or even jewelry.

3. Creative Writer Bracelet

If you’re looking for a piece of creative jewelry to accent your beloved writer’s hands, you can grab them this cute creative writer bracelet. The bracelet is made of hypoallergenic stainless steel metal that is adjustable to fit approximately a 6-inch to 8-inch wrist.

The bracelet has antiqued silver-tone Typewriter, Ink bottle, and Pen/pencil cup pendant charms. A perfect little trinket for an exceptional writer in your life.

4. The Storymatic Classic

This small box of ideas comes with a trillion stories. Yes, a trillion. If you want to get something that could help ignite ideas or use as a game on simple hang-outs, the Storymatic Classic is what you need.

This game contains cards with written ideas which you can mix and match to create a story. It also comes with a booklet filled with prompts, games, and suggestions. It is light and portable, so it’s easy to carry anywhere.

5. Uzi Tactical Bolt Action Pen

Since regular pens and fountain pens seem to be cliche, here’s a different kind of pen you can send as a gift. It’s the Uzi Tactical Bolt Action Pen, a pen made of high-grade aircraft aluminum.

This pen is light-weight, durable, and also has a tactical function. Its strong body can double as a self-defense material in case needed. It also features a unique opening mechanism that is simple but fun to use.

$50 – $100

1. Spotify gift cards

According to Willam Shakespear, “If music be the food of love, play on.” Many writers use music to find inspiration, but it’s hard when the music keeps getting interrupted by unwanted ads. Help a writer friend get premium uninterrupted music by gifting them some Spotify gift cards.

They can also use it to listen to inspiring podcasts like “Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing,” “10 Minute Writer’s Workshop,” and more.

2. Leather Crossbody Messenger Bag

A good writer always needs a trusted bag to carry their stuff. If you want to get a friend, some sturdy and fashionable bag grab one of these Kenneth Cole Leather Crossbody Messenger Bag.

The bag features Columbian leather, magnetic snap, padded and adjustable shoulder straps, and could fit a 15.6-inch laptop. The bag comes in 3 different colors: Black, Dark Brown, and Cognac. A stylish fix that won’t make them feel shabby.

3. Digital Voice Recorder

A recorder is another handy gadget a writer needs. They can use it to record interviews, background noises, or even themselves narrating their thoughts for later use. If your writer friend still doesn’t have one of these, better grab them the Sony ICDUX560BLK Digital Voice Recorder.

This recorder has three recording options: wide/stereo, narrow/focus, and normal. It also comes with a built-in stereo microphone, a voice-operated recording, user-friendly interface, quick charge feature, and FM radio to listen to or record radio broadcasts

Above $100

1. Kindle Paperwhite E-reader

A single person cannot carry thousands of books at once, that’s undoubtedly true. Not when you get them the Kindle Paperwhite E-reader. This device is the ultimate best friend of readers and writers as it can hold thousands of books inside a compact and light body.

Unlike ordinary tablets, the Kindle has no glare, adjustable light-read day and night, and tons of tools to help with your vocabulary, note storage, transfer, and connecting with other book lovers. Gift it to a friend and let them take their favorite books anywhere and anytime.

2. Grammarly Premium

Subscriptions to premium writing tools is a great gift if you want to help your friend with their projects. One of the best tools is Grammarly – an online grammar checker that helps with checking of spelling and grammar. No more typographical errors and grammar errors when you have a helpful tool within your reach.

Grammarly premium subscription costs $29.95 per month. You can avail of the quarterly subscription that costs $19.98 per month, billed as one payment of $59.95. There is also an annual subscription which costs $11.66 per month, billed as one payment of $139.95.

3. Philips Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones

Noise can’t be avoided all the time. And for a writer, an environment with too much noise can be troublesome. For your writer friend who loves to travel or just dimple loves music, you could get them these noise-canceling headphones from Philips.

It has active noise canceling, touch control, google assistant, and a crisp sound giving them that fantastic noise-canceling fix. It’s also compact with its flat-folding, perfect for storing in drawers.

It’s time to shop!

Whether you’re shopping for a budding writer, novelist, journalist, or poet, the items from this list will surely be useful and memorable for them, or you can grab one for yourself (even if you’re not a writer.)

It doesn’t matter if you grab the most expensive or the cheapest one. You know what people say, it’s the thought that counts. The best writer’s gift is always remembering that you honor their craft. 

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Product designer, writer, UX guy, and founder of Nicely Said. Past experience includes Disney, Inside Out Leadership, Tiny Mix Tapes, and Two Hat. With a Master's Degree from the School of Hard Knocks, Chris has been publishing content on the web since the pre-blog days of Diaryland and LiveJournal. He's been playing Romance of the Three Kingdoms II on Super Nintendo since 1992.

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