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Gift Ideas for Authors and Aspiring Writers

Updated on November 28, 2020

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


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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