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Gifts for People Who Are Hard To Shop For: Writers Edition
There are dozens of different great gifts for people who are writers. First off, most writers like to read, so simply getting a book that you think they would like is not a bad way to go. You can also do something practical - something to learn from or write with. You can get get something decorative for an office of dorm. Or you can get something that says "The person who has this is a writer. Choices abound.
One of my favorite gifts to give a writers is a writing utensil that harkens back to less complicated days. This is especially good for someone who already has a lot of things because these tend to be so individual that someone can have more than one and it is just fine.
One option is glass blown pen that can be dipped in ink and written with. It is beautiful and very elegant. These pens are nice to write with or good just for displaying. You may also want to pick up a matching ink well. You can also get complete writing sets or even make a simple quill pen.
Two Great Books About Writing
- Bird by Bird, by Anne Lamont
All people I've asked to recommend a book about writing recommend this and I agree. "Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor, the enemy of the people. It will keep you cramped and insane your whole life."
- On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
It might surprise you to know that the master of horror writing, Stephen King, is actually a master of writing. This link takes you directly to his sight, where you can see the synopsis, what other people think and more.
How Can I Write? Let Me Count The Ways
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The Associated Press Stylebook
Yes, everyone has heard of the AP as a news distributer, but their stylebook can be an invaluable source of information for writers. Is Grinch always capitalized? How about hallelujah?
- The spiral bound book itself
- an online subscription
- a subscription to their quizzes
If you aren't a writer, that last one sounds like a drag, but some of us really enjoy proving we know where the commas go.
I Am Writer, See Me Roar
The Unemployed Philosophers Guild has tons of these types of things - Lady MacBeth's Guest Soap...a mug with Kurt Vonnegut's sayings...sticky notes in literature-related shapes...etc.
Uncommon Goods is also good for this: literary scarves, socks that list banned books, Pride and Prejudice throw, a prompt journal; even tea bags with literary quotes on them.
Litographs makes clothing and art out of fantastic books. Pick from more than 200 books. I first noticed them when I saw a green t-shirt with red braids that turned out to have the entirety of Anne of Green Gables written out invery verysmall letters. Turns out they also had a tote or a poster instead.
Another Option? Literary Magazines
- Writer's Digest: Write Better, Get Published, Be Creative
They claim to be the No. 1 resource for writers, celebrating the writing life and what it means to be a writer in today's publishing environment.
- Poets & Writers
They are the nation's largest nonprofit literary organization serving poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers.They have six issues a year.
There are too many magazines to mention and it is going to depend on what kind of writing your gift receiver likes and what you think he or she is going to do with the gift (wants to know what is out there in order to publish, etc.). I've listed two that are good general ones. For others, try googling "literary magazine" and one other word that describes your person and you have something to go on.