Gifts For the Writer in Your Life
by Susan J. Letham
can you give the writer in your life this holiday? or,
if you're on the receiving end, what can you ask your
ones to give you?
are twelve ideas for gifts to give or be given this
holiday, all of them linked to writing!
Rainbow of Post-It Notepads
tend to pop into a writers head at most unusual times.
Buy yourself a selection of Post-It notepads you can
around the house or carry in your purse for those moments
when inspiration strikes. Toss in a dozen pens as well,
you'll be ready for all eventualities.
is a standard writing technique most writers
find helpful. But watching the clock while you're supposed
to be writing can get in the way of your creativity.
yourself a kitchen timer and set it before you start
write. Find a timer that ticks quietly but rings clearly.
Framed Motivational Quote
a picture frame and a postcard that appeal to you. Then
print your favorite (writing) inspirational quote on
quality paper, leaving room to stick the postcard onto
printout page, as well. Frame the illustrated quote
it up with a huge ribbon. Voila!
underestimate the unspoken invitation of blank note
cards or the joy they give others when adorned with
poems and a handwritten note. Well-stocked hobby stores
carry blank notecards in many shades and paper grades.
Tip: try a combination of hand-embossing and your writing.
Hand-Decorated Blank Journal
journals or photo albums are often inexpensive. If you
like the paper but aren't too keen on the coverwork,
despair! Browse a handcraft store and pick up materials
you think would appeal to the recipient. With a little
time and imagination you can create a unique journal
Bookstore Gift Certificate
me, booktokens and bookstore gift certificates are
never boring. Most writers are also voracious readers,
that's how it should be. If you prefer to give a book,
out if the recipient would welcome books like a rhyming
dictionary, a thesaurus, or the latest writers' yearbook.
Writing Magazine Subscription
a selection of monthly writing magazines. Roll them
individually and tie them with ribbon. But that's not
add a handmade gift certificate. Tell your writer you're
going to give her a one-year subscription to the magazine
that appeals to her most. stand by and wait for the
Special "Writing" Mug
brain is a thirsty organ. It needs 2-3 liters of water
(or herbal tea) per day to stay in perfect working order
keep ideas flowing. Make it easy for your writer to
topped up--give her a special mug and a selection of
teabags from a health food store. If your budget allows,
a stainless steel thermos and a pretty tray.
Basket Filled With Writing Supplies
is nothing as annoying as having to stop what you're
doing and go to the store for writing supplies. Put
a basket that contains a pack of printer paper and a
ink/toner cartridge plus notecards, envelopes, CD-ROM,
floppy disks, stamps, staples, pens, markers and so
writer deserves a reward at the end of a long writing
session. A relaxing soak works wonders when it comes
regenerating body and soul. If you want to give that
worth it" feeling, give your writer a gift of luxurious
oil, bath bombs, or body scrub plus a natural sponge.
are, of course, those pear-shaped days on which life
will insist on getting in the way. When all else fails
no work is possible, there is only one sensible remedy:
chocolate. Buy your writer a small emergency ration
quality chocolate. Choose local and handmade if possible.
there you have it--a list of suggestions that are bound
to please the writers in your life. Most of the suggestions
can be adapted to suit your budget and your available
Try one of these gift suggestions and watch your writer's
face light up this holiday when you get it right!