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Best Valentine's Gifts for Writers

Updated on January 23, 2014

Writers Bring us Romance -- So Romance Your Writer this Valentine's Day

There's something special about a writer. Whether he writes for a newspaper or jots down poetry on scraps of paper when the lines come to him, writers are amazing and romantic people with the ability to change the world in which we live. Romance is important to most writers in general, even if they aren't romance authors. If you have a special writer in you life, a spouse, a sibling, a child, why not do something special for him this Valentine's Day by offering something that speaks to his soul as a writer? Forgo the standard Valentine's gifts of jewelry and wine and try something different.

Remember that this is about making sure that your Valentine's Day for your honey is romantic, special and unique. Treat your loved ones as individuals and you'll get much better results from your gifts. Valentine's Day is a particularly enchanting holiday for people who craft stories, and you can have a lot of fun working out a gift for someone who enjoys writing!

Writers often easily succumb to frustration.
Writers often easily succumb to frustration. | Source

Writers Need a Break: Valentine's Day is a Great Day for a Break!

Being a writer is often frustrating. You struggle with writer's block, fight with lack of confidence, and want to throw editors are far as they'll go. Even in the days of self-publication, writing is a difficult job, and writers never get a chance to take a break and have some down-time. Their minds are constantly working in overdrive looking for the next bit hit that they're going to write. Everybody needs a break, and a Valentine's Date might be a good way to get your romantic writer a break this year.

Before you do anything else, plan a stress-free date for your partner. Make sure that whatever you do, you've paved the way to prevent anything from distracting you from one another. Your goal is to provide a relaxing environment in which you can focus on your partner and she can focus on you. No worries about the book that she's writing or the article she's just written for the local newspaper. Provide her with a relaxing space in which you can cherish her, and then set about working on doing just that.

The Greatest Valentine's Gift You Can Give a Writer

The greatest gift that you can give any writer for Valentine's Day is the space to relax in peacefully. Remember that her mind is constantly running at a million miles a minute and constantly erupting with new ideas. We'll be using this to help you to establish what you'd like to give her for Valentine's Day this year. In other words, your date is the greatest gift she'll get this year, especially if you pull it off well.

You may wish to experiment with other potential date ideas. If you don't like the idea of dating at home (and neither does she), you might want to branch out and try to do something that's unlike anything she's ever done before. Encourage her to relax while exploring new things, and keep in mind that undoubtedly, writers always enjoy new experiences because new experiences translate into better writing.

In other words, the most important thing you'll give her as a woman this year is your time. The most important thing you'll give her as a writer is experience. (This works for men as well, of course! In fact, men probably value the time element more than most women do!)

Serving food and wine she's never had is sure to be a hit with any writer!
Serving food and wine she's never had is sure to be a hit with any writer! | Source

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If Your Date is Your Valentine's Gift, Make it Special!

Bearing in mind that writers enjoy new experiences, plan your dinner accordingly. The goal here is to serve foods that she's never had before. Try something different and unique, and make it count. Oysters are always a good, romantic option for those who enjoy seafood, as they are also considered an aphrodisiac, and many people haven't tried them. You could try serving spiced hot cocoa (which is gaining popularity but which certainly qualifies as an experience! Just don't overdue the cayenne). Red wine is always a romantic choice if you and your honey are of age to drink it as well.

Whatever you do, don't do something especially typical. Make Valentine's Day stand out for your honey, if she's a writer. She'll want something that's unusual, and she won't want to do the same thing every year, year after year. Even taking a trip to a restaurant you've never been to qualifies as a new experience to her. Remember to cater to her day!

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Buy a Gift that Speaks Romance to Your Writer

The trick to getting a good Valentine's Day gift for the writers in your life is to make sure that you're finding something that's romantic. Thankfully, writers are a romantic lot in general and that makes it easier for you to find something that will suit their sentimentality. Remember (as always) to work with what you know about the writer you love and try to make your gift suit her personally.

If you've first given your time by planning an amazing new experience for your writer for Valentine's Date night, then the next thing you should be thinking about is a gift that will speak to her heart. This is actually quite easy with writers: A journal and/or fountain pen make perfect romantic gifts for someone who needs somewhere to jot down their ideas or to transcribe their poetry.

Paper
Size
Cover
Unlined or Lined
Small or Medium or Large
Leather
Sturdy or Thin
Tall and Narrow or Short and Squat
Fabric
Recycled or New
Number of Pages
Vinyl
You have a lot of journals to choose from.
You have a lot of journals to choose from. | Source

Variations of the Romantic Journal

  • Lined or unlined paper
  • Hard cover or notebook-style
  • Small, medium or large
  • Number of pages
  • Fabric, vinyl or leather cover

Choosing a Journal as a Romantic Valentine's Gift

While it may be tempting to go for the first pretty cover that you see, there are more important things than what a journal looks like, and this is where the gift becomes incredibly personal. A journal is a fairly obvious gift for a writer, and one which you can assume she'll enjoy, but if you want to get this bump this gift from "nice" to "incredible" you're going to have to do a lot more than simply purchase a journal with a pretty cover.

The cover doesn't matter if the journal itself is wrong. In fact, the cover is probably the last thing that you should be looking at when choosing a journal to give to your partner as a romantic gift. This is your chance to show her how well you know her: Is her handwriting messy, difficult to read, scrawled on the paper? Try unlined paper, and she'll probably prefer a paperback journal because she can carry it with her everywhere. In this case, smaller might be better as well. If her handwriting is neat and tidy and she's very precise about the way that she writes, then an unlined diary is a good choice.

Cater to her preferences and make sure that the journal is useful to her before choosing a cover, and remember, you can always decorate the cover yourself if you choose fabric or vinyl! Just be aware of the different textures of the various covers.

Don't forget the ink! Make sure that you purchase a high-quality black ink to go with the fountain pen. You might also include a blotter.

Add in a Nice Fountain Pen

A fountain pen is the dream gift for a writer who enjoys writing by hand. It takes extra skill to use right, but these pens are beautiful and produce beautiful results when you use them.

There is something truly alluring about writing by hand, particularly for those writers who wish to return -- mentally at least -- to a bygone era. This gift is romantic on many levels, and your literary valentine is sure to appreciate them!

© 2014 Becki Rizzuti

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      loveofnight 3 years ago from Baltimore, Maryland

      I love the whole idea of a journal and pen set as a gift. For a writer it would suit any occasion.

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      Becki Rizzuti 3 years ago from Indianapolis, Indiana

      It definitely would! I like it for Valentine's Day though because it's so intimate.

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      Gabby C 3 years ago from Sunny California!

      Great article with great tips!

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      Becki Rizzuti 3 years ago from Indianapolis, Indiana

      Thank you so much!

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      Jenna Inouye 3 years ago from Norman, OK

      As a writer, I would adore all these things! Spot on! :)

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      Becki Rizzuti 3 years ago from Indianapolis, Indiana

      Glad to hear it, Jenna!

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