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Gift Ideas for Authors and Aspiring Writers

Updated on November 22, 2016
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What to Buy for the Writers, Authors & Bloggers in Your Life?

So you need to buy a gift for a writer in your life? Is it their birthday? Mother’s or Father’s Day? Christmas? Are they the host of an upcoming party, and you would like to show up with a hostess gift? Are they a teacher? Do you need a graduation gift?

Maybe the writer in your life has had a huge accomplishment with their writing and you’d like to let them know how proud you are of their success. Showing support of their profession is extremely thoughtful.

The gift ideas below will help you get started.

Coffee Maker

Many writers work from home and one thing they depend on to keep them going is a good cup of coffee. Now, many coffee makers will do, but what about a Keurig Single Serve K-Cup Coffee Machine. This way, they can make a great cup any time of day, quickly and with no waste.

Check out Kelleyward's article K-Cup Coffee Reviews: Best Tasting Organic for Keurig

If the writer in your life is not a coffee drinker but loves tea, a tea maker would make a wonderful gift too.

Additional gift ideas to go with a coffee (or tea) maker:

  • K-Cups
  • Coffee or tea mug
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Creamers

Bulletin Board

A writer needs to be organized and one way to do that is to have a visible bulletin board near their work space. A calendar, notes and “inspiration” can be pinned to the board for reference. If the board has a dry erase section, quick notes can be jotted down as well.

Additional gift ideas to go with the bulletin board:

  • Calendar
  • Magnets
  • Dry Erase Markers
  • Push pins

Unique Book Ends

Most writers like to read and have many books, possibly including their own published books, on their shelves. A unique pair of book ends may be the perfect gift.

Books for Writers

Writers love books for writers. A favorite is the Writer’s Market which is revised annually. This book helps writers know where and how to sell their work. There are also other additions such as Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market and Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market.

Writer's Digest Magazine Subscription

Magazine Subscription

There are many literary magazines that an author/aspiring writer would love to have. For example, the popular Writer’s Digest Magazine.

In many cases such as with this magazine, a free Kindle addition is also available.

Amazon Kindle

Amazon Kindle E-Readers are perfect for an exceptional reading experience. There are various devices in the “Kindle family” that range in price from approximately $70 all the way up to $500.

Additional gift ideas to go with a Kindle:

  • Kindle E-Books
  • Kindle covers and cases
  • Screen protector
  • Skins and decals

Camera / Camcorder / Video Recorder

Many writers like to, or in many cases must, include their own original photographs with their writing. An easy to use camera that takes quality photos would make a perfect gift.

A camcorder or a video camera/recorder is a great gift for those online writers or bloggers who like to include videos with their work to enhance the quality of their posts.

Additional gift ideas to go with a camera or video recorder:

  • Carrying case
  • Batteries
  • Memory card

Desk Lamp

Proper lighting is extremely important for the work of a writer. A simple desk lamp would make a greatly appreciated gift.

Desk Chair

Writers sit for extended periods of time when working. Having an ergonomically correct chair will help eliminate back pain, carpel tunnel or other ailments that occur when we sit too long.

Additional gift ideas to go along with a desk chair:

  • Chair cushion
  • Foot elevator
  • Portable back massager
  • Keyboard wrist rest pad

Computer and Printer

Every writer needs a decent computer to get their work done. Most would prefer a laptop that can be easily moved and transported for easy access any time.

In addition, a quality printer can be extremely important. A wireless all-in-one printer would be perfect to print from anywhere in the home and also be able to scan, copy, fax and email as well.

Additional gift ideas to go with a computer or printer:

  • Laptop carrying case
  • Laptop cooling pad
  • Computer flash drive
  • Software
  • Mouse
  • Printer ink
  • Printer paper

Desk

Every writer needs a comfortable desk to hone their craft. It does not necessarily have to be a large or fancy space. Yet it needs to be the writer's own space. A place where they can call their own, leave their work sit out and not be concerned that anything will be moved.

Digital Voice Recorder

Writers always have a lot on their minds. Many times, they may get a writing idea and not be near a computer or unable to easily write something down. A digital voice recorder will allow them to record their thoughts and ideas without losing them.

Gift Card or Entertainment Tickets

Everyone enjoys receiving gift cards or tickets for a special event. The writer in your life may enjoy a gift card that would help with things they need for their career. They also might really appreciate gift cards or event tickets that take them away from their work for awhile. Here are some ideas:

  • Office supply store gift card
  • Electronics store gift card
  • Tickets to a sporting event
  • Gift card to their favorite restaurant
  • Book store gift card
  • Tickets to a concert
  • Gift card for a spa treatment
  • Tickets to a movie
  • Tickets to an amusement park
  • Pre-paid bed and breakfast stay
  • Tickets to a writer's retreat

If you are a writer . . .

what would be your favorite gift from this list of ideas?

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Inexpensive Gift Ideas for the Writer in Your Life

Here is a list of gift ideas that are small and less expensive, yet meaningful to writers. They could also be used as stocking stuffers for the holidays:

  • Professional writing pen
  • Business cards
  • Book of stamps
  • Blank notebooks or journals
  • Book markers
  • Post-it notes

Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope this list will help you in choosing the best gift for the writer in your life!

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      Sharon Smith 20 months ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Awww thanks Martie! So glad you stopped by - hope all is well!

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      Martie Coetser 20 months ago from South Africa

      Excellent tips in here, Sharyn! I love those Unique Book Ends :)

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      Sharon Smith 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Joyfulcrown ~ I'm so glad you liked these ideas. Hope you are enjoying this holiday season. Thanks for stopping by!

      Sharyn

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      Sharon Smith 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Thanks Debra! I hope Santa brings you every one of them. Happy Holidays!

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      Debra Allen 2 years ago from West By God

      These are wonderful gifts!

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      Joyfulcrown 2 years ago

      Thanks for all of the amazing gift ideas.

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      Sharon Smith 3 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Dang Kelly, I did forget, ha. I even forgot to get it for your birthday yesterday. Oooops! But I hope you enjoyed your birthday and have a great Christmas!

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      Kelly Umphenour 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Sharyn...I don't think you got me that camera last year...did you forget?

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      Sharon Smith 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Mary ~ thanks!!! I hope Santa has seen this list too, wink! Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a wonderful holiday!

      Sharyn

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      I hope Santa reads your list! Every gift is a perfect fit for a writer. You were very enterprising with this hub.

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      Sharon Smith 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi LadyFiddler ~ I appreciate you stopping by to read and comment. Hope you are enjoying this holiday season.

      Sharyn

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      Sharon Smith 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Tammy ~ I voted for the coffee maker too, ha. But I just bought a new one and love it. It's a Cuisinart with Thermal Carafe. Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing too.

      Sharyn

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      Joanna Chandler 4 years ago from On planet Earth

      These are lovely ideas interesting hub ;)

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Wonderful tips! I voted for the coffee maker but there are many things on this list I would love to have. This is a thoughtful, well organized list! Sharing!

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      Sharon Smith 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi raincitygirl ~ nice to meet you. I want all of these things too. Even if it is stuff that I already have, I'd like NEW items, ha. Thank you so much for stopping by. Happy Holidays!

      Sharyn

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      Sharon Smith 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi vibesites ~ I'm so glad you liked these ideas. Thank you so much for your voting and sharing this article as well. Have a great holiday!

      Sharyn

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      Sharon Smith 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi truthfornow ~ well with you loving blank notebooks and pens, you are certainly easy to buy for :) I like those little things too! Thanks for stopping by to read and comment.

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      Sharon Smith 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Scribenet ~ thanks for stopping by to read and comment. Hope you are enjoying this holiday season.

      Sharyn

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      Siri 4 years ago from Vancouver

      I pretty much want all of these things. Great list!

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      Sharon Smith 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Rebecca ~ I put in a very special request for a Kindle. Let's see if you have really been good this year? I hope all your wishes come true.

      Sharyn

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      Sharon Smith 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Vicki ~ I will see what I can do to get all these gifts to you :) Thanks for checking it out!

      Sharyn

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      Sharon Smith 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi CC ~ Viral, really? Well that would be cool :) I'm so glad you like all these ideas. I will let Santa know your wishes. Thanks for stopping by.

      Sharyn

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      Sharon Smith 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi RTalloni ~ I've never used a balance ball chair but I bet that is great for all the stiffness from sitting at a computer. Thank you so much for your feedback.

      Sharyn

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      vibesites 4 years ago from United States

      Great ideas! I will share them with fellow hubbers in my account. Voted up, useful and shared. :)

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      truthfornow 4 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      I love blank notebooks . . . there is something about filling up all that emptiness, makes me happy. And a nice pen. Mine always get stolen or lost.

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      Scribenet 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Great ideas! I either have each one or want what is on this list....perfect!

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      Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Dear Santa,

      I have been a good girl this year. I would really love a Kindle. And would you be extra nice to Sharyn's Slant this year? Thanks, Santa.

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Great ideas. I want that stuff!!!!!!!

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 4 years ago from Western NC

      I can tell you right now, I think this article is going to viral. It is simply fabulous! I love your gift ideas; I wish Santa would bring me everything on your list. ;) Love it!

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      Neat gift ideas. I love my balance ball chair. Without it, the sitting required for much writing would be out of the question.

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      Sharon Smith 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Brenda ~ Sounds like you at least need a big ole cushion :) Thanks for your feedback. I hope Santa is good to you this year!

      Sharyn

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      Brenda Barnes 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      Such great ideas. I chose a desk chair because this hard little bench at my grandmother's old writing desk hurts my bum. One would think I have enough padding but apparently not. I would never turn down a cup of coffee though.

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      Sharon Smith 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hello Safiq ~ great to meet you. Thanks for your compliment. Don't worry, you can always have tea :)

      Sharyn

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      safiq ali patel 4 years ago from United States Of America

      nice hub. But no coffee for me.

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      Sharon Smith 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Susan Z ~ absolutely. I will mention deskS to Santa. I really need one too. I am really sick of the card table I am using. Thank you for stopping by. May you get all you wish for :)

      Sharyn

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      Sharon Smith 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Dr. BJ ~ I gotta tell ya, I didn't dare use the term "wannabe." :) But I do think maybe I should add Nestle Turtles to the list. Hmmm. Thanks for the idea. Hope all is well with you!

      Sharyn

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      Sharon Smith 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Kelly ~ Sure, I will give you my old camera which will be new to you, okay? I didn't know Starbucks has a coffee maker, I'll have to check it out since I need a new one. But I'll take your Keurig, ha. Would that be fair? Thanks for stopping by you silly girl.

      Sharyn

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      Sharon Smith 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Natasha ~ I put extra stamps on the letter just in case :)

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      Sharon Smith 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Kathy ~ see, now you have a much longer list you can hope that your husband will find! Thanks for your feedback. Have a great holiday!

      Sharyn

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      Sharon Smith 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Shasta ~ I wish I could give you one of each :) I'd love a new computer too. I knock on wood every day thanking my old laptop for still turning on. Thanks for stopping by.

      Sharyn

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      Sharon Smith 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Michelle ~ Oh, gosh, I need a new coffee maker too. I'm checking out the sales and not waiting for Christmas :) Thanks for stopping by and sharing.

      Sharyn

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      Sharon Smith 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Ha ha Susan H ~ are you still on Santa's lap? Now, I'm thinking, if you get your wish for a massage therapist named Sven, you may not need any of those other gifts. Hmmmm . . .

      Thanks for your votes and shares. May all your wishes come true!

      Sharyn

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Great ideas! I could sure use a new desk .... hint hint ... wink wink :) If you happen to talk to Santa maybe you could mention the desk.

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      Great gift ideas for writers and wannabe writers, Sharon. The only necessity you might want to add is a box of Nestle Turtles - the dark chocolate version, of course - to provide added dopamine stimulation. Heh, heh.

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      Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Sweet! Since you're asking Sharon - I voted I'd like a new camera! Thank you!! Lmao

      Sincerely great ideas...I do know for a fact my mother bought me that new Starbucks coffee maker that uses one pod...never mind she bought me the Keuhrig last year and it still works! Lol. I got to have my coffee!

      Now since you're getting me a camera - what would you like?

      Bahahhahaha

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      Hahahah. Yay!

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      Kathy Sima 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Wow Sharyn - this is such a great list of gift ideas for writers! You've included some things that I didn't even know I wanted. I think I'll just print off this list and leave it somewhere my husband can find it.

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      Shasta Matova 4 years ago from USA

      Sharyn, these are all wonderful ideas, and you can go shopping for me anytime. I'll take one of each, but if that sounds too greedy, I could use a new computer.

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      Sharon Smith 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Natasha ~ got it.

      Dear Santa,

      Natasha would really like a Kindle for Christmas this year. Please don't disappoint her.

      Sharyn

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      Sharon Smith 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Paula ~ Yes, yes, definitely send me your address. I'll send you my old camera, ha. I might even wrap it for ya. Thanks for stopping by dear!

      Sharyn

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      Sharon Smith 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Ardie ~ great to see you! So you would like one of each? I really do hope you get your wish! In the meantime, I'll treat for coffee! Hope you had a good Thanksgiving!

      Sharyn

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      Sharon Smith 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Eddy ~ Thanks and yes, I think you should print this out and leave it "accidentally on purpose" laying around. Thanks for your feedback.

      Sharyn

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      Sharon Smith 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Billy ~ I totally understand. I have a camera but I want a new one REALLY bad :) Hope we get our wish! Thanks for stopping by.

      Sharyn

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Sharyn, this is useful and too true. I would definitely appreciate a new coffee maker right now! :-) Thanks for this, and am sharing here!

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      Sharon Smith 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi SG ~ I really love the basket idea. And there certainly are enough little gifts that a writer would appreciate that would make a great basket. Funny, I thought about adding "munchies" to the list. Thanks so much for your feedback and votes.

      Sharyn

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      Sharon Smith 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi CrisSp ~ I think the Handycam would be great to have. Maybe it's best if the old one cannot be repaired? ha Thanks so much for stopping by!

      Sharyn

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      Sharon Smith 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Maria ~ Great, I'm glad you found this list inspiring :) Thanks so much, hope you had a great Thanksgiving too!

      Sharyn

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      Sharon Smith 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Sunnie ~ Thank you for the compliments. I think making up a gift basket with smaller, not so costly items for writers is an awesome idea. Thank you so much for your feedback. Hope all is well with you and you are enjoying your precious new granddaughter.

      Sharyn

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      Sharon Smith 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Sharkye11 ~ Ha, I think it's a great idea to print this list. And a real desk is something I would love too. I currently am using a card table. So I added it to the list. Thanks so much for your feedback. Hope you get everything you wish for!

      Sharyn

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      Sharon Smith 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Lisa ~ YAY, so glad this helped you decide what to get your wonderful Mom. And that is wonderful that she will be living with you soon. Enjoy every moment! BTW, I think a "pad lock" is still in order :) Thanks for your feedback and share. Sending love and hugs to you and your mom!

      Sharyn

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      Susan Holland 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      (Climbing up on Santa's lap) I want a new WRITER'S MARKET, a renewed subscription of WRITER'S DIGEST, the single serve coffee maker - my daughter-in-law loves hers, a more comfortable chair, and I would like to add one, a massage therapist named Sven. :D

      Sharon, you nailed this one. All those gift ideas are wonderful!

      Votes and shares!! GREAT HUB!!

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      Can I sign up for a Kindle, please?

      These are great gift ideas - I hope some family members of mine read this!

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      Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      These gift "ideas" for writers are positively genius......very great tips, some of which I may not have even thought of......But, I did vote for the camera, Sharyn and will send my address for you a bit later on. Thank you so much! Don't ven bother to wrap it. It' fine. UP+++

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      Sondra 4 years ago from Neverland

      These are ALL great gifts and I would like one of each please =) I will email you my shipping address later. Seriously though, you have a great collection of gifts here for an aspiring writer - now please pass the coffee.

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Briliant Sharyn I think I may print this out and leave it lying around accidentally on purpose. Thanks for sharing.

      Eddy.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Great suggestions Sharon! I want a new camera so badly...I don't need one, but I do want one. :) Great list!

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      So many good ideas! I am thinking of a nice basket, (I love baskets), filled with many of your ideas here! Some good cooffee or tea, a peronalized coffee cup, good pens, etc., and maybe some munchies. You have given me some wonderful ideas! Great hub! Voted up and useful. :)

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Sharyn, these are wonderful ideas. I am now eyeing on the Sony Handycam Camcorder for myself, lol! That is, if what I have now can't be repaired anymore. *sad face*

      Good stuff you have here. Voting up!

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      Maria Jordan 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Dear Sharon,

      This is a wonderful compilation of gifts that are meaningful, practical and even inspiring for us writers. Voted UP and UABI.

      Hope you had a good Thanksgiving. Hugs, Maria

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      Sunnie Day 4 years ago

      Hi Sharon,

      This really was such a wonderful hub filled with great ideas. I could think of a few things that would come in handy for many of my friends. Some items are not so costly and with a little thought I could make a great gift basket. Thank you for sharing this, which takes the struggle out of buying.

      Hugs,

      Sunnie

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      Jayme Kinsey 4 years ago from Oklahoma

      Great ideas! Can I just print this out as my Christmas list? Except for the coffee maker. I don't do coffee, but I can just add in there that I want a real desk to go with the desk chair and lamp!

      I already told everyone this year that I want blank notebooks. i go through two a week! No one thinks to get writers or artists the practical stuff, so these ideas should really help with gift ideas!

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      Elizabeth Rayen 4 years ago from California

      Sharon... this is a great hub with wonderful ideas!.. Mom is coming to live with me in February and we will be celebrating Christmas then! I was just going to get a padlock for her bedroom door.. but now I have some fabulous ideas thanks to you! lol Love you, love this hub.. thumbs up and shared! ♥