26 Inspirational and Essential Gifts For Writers

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If you have a special writer in your life, or you want to surprise a writer with a thoughtful and useful gift, here are 26 must-see gifts all writers will love.

So, whether you know somebody who’s a professional writer or just someone who loves to write, you’ll find something for them here.

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1. Bookbinding Kits

Our rating: 9 / 10

Bookbinding Kits

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Pros:

  • Bind your own book, notebooks, photo album and more
  • Easy to understand and with detailed manual
  • Solid crafted bone folder

Cons:

  • After purchased, as the pictures show, every pocket has a thing that you need to finish
  • You have to use yor hands more than machine (which mean it takes much more time than machine
  • It will be better if it can learn how to built a 5 books at least

Here you will learn to bind your own book, photo album, notebook, photo album and other personal things. The kit includes: some binding tools, a glue brush, a pencil, an awl, an exposed needle, some cotton threads, the bracket and other necessary tools.

2. Graphics and More Do Not Disturb Writer at Work Plastic Door Knob Hanger Sign

Our rating: 9 / 10

Graphics and More Do Not Disturb Writer at Work Plastic Door Knob Hanger Sign

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Pros:

  • Good quality
  • Easy to use
  • Fits in most doors
  • Reasonably priced
  • Well packaged

If you’re a writer or just a book lover, you’ll probably like this Do Not Disturb at Work Door Hanger Sign. It’s a simple yet powerful sign that helps anyone let friends, family and other people know that you’re busy creating.

It’s a clear and straightforward piece that’s easily adjustable according to the hole on your door knob. A Velcro hanging loop at the back lets you stick it almost anywhere you want.

As the title implies, it’s made of plastic to prevent unwanted scratches on your door. A friend of ours was dumbfounded when he saw this at a hotel.

3. Parker IM Fountain Pen Kit

Our rating: 9 / 10

Parker IM Fountain Pen Kit

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Pros:

  • The pen is solidly made, balanced, and comfortable in the hand
  • The cap screws on tight and holds on through several dips multiple times
  • This writing unit is water resistant
  • The ink is dark when you write and matches the point to preventing blurring
  • This is an ideal gift for a writer
  • The ink cartridge can be replaced with other available Parker cartridges
  • The ink bottle that comes with the pen is useful in refilling ink cartridge and is used to help to keep the ink clean

Cons:

  • After a couple of months of daily writing, the sleeve is worn out
  • The ink cartridge is hard to find

Ink Vial Set, 4 Black Ballpoint Refills, 3 Colored Ballpoint Refills, 3 Consealable Vials by Paul Lamond.

The Parker IM fountain pen is a retro-looking pen, because of its sleek, gold trim and dark body. This is an ideal gift for your boyfriend, if he’s a college student and enjoys writing at school.

4. Personalized Leather Journal

Our rating: 9 / 10

Personalized Leather Journal

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Pros:

  • Well-built
  • Comfortable
  • Affordable
  • Hand-made
  • Lovely colors available
  • Great customer service
  • High-quality leather
  • Perfect for gifts

Cons:

  • Some say the 15-year warranty isn’t real
  • Some found the pages to be thin and wears quickly
  • Pages are not reparable
  • Some don’t like the emblem placement on the journal cover

We love your leather journal, and we’re not just saying it! The Bookadelic brand offers a wide range of super-quality journals as well as other leather goods like passport holders, waist packs, and more. All of their products are handmade in the USA using quality materials and genuine leather.

Besides the gorgeous design, which is elegant and simply stunning, this leather journal is nice and thick.

The thick pages and durable cover make this journal perfect for travelers and for carrying around with you all the time. We love the brown leather and blue lined pages!

5. Bellaa 21817 Bookends Elephant Head Bookshelf Decor 7 inch

Our rating: 9 / 10

Bellaa 21817 Bookends Elephant Head Bookshelf Decor 7 inch

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Pros:

  • Very cute and detailed elephant head animal shaped book end
  • Hand painted to look like the genuine animal
  • Made of ceramic
  • Very detailed
  • High close to the ceiling

Cons:

  • Arms and legs are too slender to hold smaller books up
  • The head does display stress cracks at the seams when up against the heavier books

High|11.81x4x4.9 inch|White/Grey

These bookend animal shaped end is very detailed and holds books up high as in reaching the ceiling. The elephant is hand painted to look like the genuine animal. It is made of ceramic.

There is a nice weight to the elephant and the arms and legs are too slender to hold smaller books up, which is why only larger books would work with this end. It can hold a max of 10 lbs. Books that are 3 inches thick or less won’t fit and are way too thick to fit on the elephant’s legs.

6. ROYAL CRAFT WOOD Luxury Bamboo Bathtub Caddy Tray

Our rating: 9 / 10

ROYAL CRAFT WOOD Luxury Bamboo Bathtub Caddy Tray

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Pros:

  • Brilliant design
  • Easy to assemble
  • Sturdy build
  • Looks classy

Cons:

  • The wood is fragile
  • Not so soft on hot surfaces

This is a great bath and bedtime tray for your bathroom or bedroom. It is made of bamboo, so it's sturdy. You can store your books, drinks, toiletries, and even food.

It also has extendable sides so you can make it fit either a single or especially a double-sized bed. It's ideal for taking a book and drink while in the bathroom or for watching a movie. It has a sturdy build that will last for a long time.

7. Dixit

Our rating: 9 / 10

Dixit

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Pros:

  • Great for parties and family fun nights
  • App is available on both iphone and android
  • Nice carry case

Cons:

  • Cannot have original pictures
  • A little more pricey than some other games

The Dixit game provides you with an interactive experience. Each card has an illustration and a caption that describes that illustration. The cards are placed on the table, face down. A card placed on the table matches at least one other card on the table. The players then take turns asking questions or making statements. The players then vote on which card they think best matches the illustration on the table.

After the vote, the cards are revealed. If an artist correctly guesses which image their card makes it on the table, then everyone pays a round of drinks. With 120 cards, this game is able to provide hours of expansion.

Dixit can be played by any number of people as long as there is at least one player to pick a card and make a statement. It really tests your creativity and is one of the best games out there today. This game is one of the best board games to pass the time, and provides a great family experience for you and your family. It’s the perfect gift for anyone who’s looking for a fun fast-paced game to pass the time.

8. 3dRose Please Do Not Annoy The Writer Black Mug

Our rating: 9 / 10

3dRose Please Do Not Annoy The Writer Black Mug

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Pros:

  • Eye-catching design
  • Sturdy ceramic
  • Dishwasher and microwave safe
  • Great gift for writers

3DRose presents this unique mug that contains a coffee mug and a coaster in one. It is made of high quality ceramic and allows you to take your coffee breaks, or spend time working on your next masterpiece in style.

We particularly love the witty saying, Please Do Not Annoy The Writer. It will undoubtedly catch your attention, and even give you a great laugh. The mug will help you gain inspiration and motivate you further.

This ceramic mug is dishwasher and microwave safe, so you can easily take it to work, school, college, or the gym. It is also a great gift for writers, so if you know a writer who’d like a coffee cup, this one is highly recommended. The only drawback is that it has rough edges and is a bit difficult to handle.

9. Paddywax Library Collection Louisa May Alcott Scented Soy Wax Candle

Our rating: 9 / 10

Paddywax Library Collection Louisa May Alcott Scented Soy Wax Candle

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Pros:

  • Smells so good, you’ll want to eat it
  • Perfect for long winters
  • Has a long-lasting burn

Cons:

  • May not be good for those allergic to soy
  • May not last as long as other candles

Aged Brass.

This little soy candle makes you feel like you’re truly at home in the late 1800s. It is genuinely beautiful. The scent is a perfect blend of cherry blossoms and ivy. I can easily see why it’s been made into a perfume.

When you take it out of its box, dust, ash, and soot fall into its waiting glass jar. And it burns clean.

10. Bean Box

Our rating: 8 / 10

Bean Box

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Pros:

  • Choose from 3, 6 or 12-month plans.
  • Choose your own- highly customizable.
  • Beans are high quality.
  • You can choose your own blends.
  • They have a great mobile app.
  • Can be shipped anywhere in the US.

Cons:

  • Can get expensive.
  • Shipping is random from the roasters.
  • Non-returnable.

We've tried several different subscription boxes for coffee lovers and this is the best value by far. We've tried other monthly coffee club services, but Bean Box is the best. It's low cost compared to some, it's super customizable compared to others and the quality of beans and gift box received is hands-down the best.

If you're a coffee lover, Bean Box is an excellent gift option!

If you know a coffee lover who likes a different type of bean every month, Bean Box is perfect.

11. Benjamin Franklin

Our rating: 8 / 10

Benjamin Franklin

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Ever since mankind found the first means of writing down words, humans have been working to improve the means of recording messages.

This need for better pens, paper, and inks has led to improvements in the design and manufacture of most writing utensils.

In our list of essential and inspirational gifts for writers, we cover a wide spectrum of pens, including ballpoint pens, rollerball pens, gel pens, glitter pens, and fountain pens.

12. Book Worm Wrap Ring

Our rating: 8 / 10

Book Worm Wrap Ring

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Pros:

  • Great gift for book lovers
  • Beautiful and interesting

This Book Worm Wrap Ring contains the DNA code of Ms Killigrew, the main character from the novel written by Petra Durst-Benning. The ring is handmade from sterling silver and oxidized, containing a wonderful patina that makes it stand apart from the rest.

There’s a twist design which makes this ring unique, while the oxidized surface is a reflection of the story’s theme.

The ring itself is great design and adds personality to the wearer. It’s also great for those who love books and the stories that they contain.

13. Writer Emergency Pack

Our rating: 8 / 10

Writer Emergency Pack

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If you're the friend or relative of a writer and you’re looking for a unique gift to get him or her, then consider getting the Emergency Writer’s Kit.

It’s a gift that your favorite writer will thank you for all year round. The kit includes:

  • A Pilot G2 pen
  • A pack of Pilot B2P Blue Ballpoint pens (which are his/her favorite)
  • A Sharpie Fine Point Pen
  • A pack of Pilot Dr. Grip Black pens
  • A pack of 12 Staedtler Triplus Fineliner Pens
  • A pack of 12 Uni-Ball Signo Whiteboard Highlighters
  • A pack of 12 Sharpie Accent Fluorescent Highlighters
  • A pack of 12 Sharpie Accent Highlighters
  • A pack of 24+ Pilot G2 pens (black or blue)
  • A pack of 24+ Pilot B2P pens (blue or black)
  • A pack of 24+ Uni-Ball Signo UM-151 Gel Pens
  • A pack of 24+ Uni-Ball Signo DX-LG5 Gel Pens
  • A pack of 24+ Pilot Dr. Grip pens
  • A pack of 24+ Sharpie Accent Neon highlighters

14. Azio Retro Classic USB

Our rating: 8 / 10

Azio Retro Classic USB

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Pros:

  • Stylish
  • Backlit keys
  • USB-compatible
  • Extra keycaps

Elwood is a classic mechanical keyboard made by Azio. The retro style is functional and stylish, yet simple enough for home and office use. It comes with a full-size USB interface, 6 multimedia buttons, and a skid resistant rubber feet that keep it from sliding on creative desk’s.

15. The Unemployed Philosophers Guild Kurt Vonnegut Little Thinker

Our rating: 7 / 10

The Unemployed Philosophers Guild Kurt Vonnegut Little Thinker

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Pros:

  • Practical gift
  • Reasonably priced

Cons:

  • Doll might not withstand long-term child abuse.

What do you get the writer who has everything? For the writer who always has a story, snack food or a big cup of java. For the one who makes you laugh. For the one who makes you cry. You want to give them something practical. Something unique. Something they will use.

The Unemployed Philosopher’s Guild is now offering the iconic Kurt Vonnegut Little Thinker – 11” plush doll for a limited time at a pop-culture price.

16. The Writer's Toolbox: Creative Games and Exercises

Our rating: 7 / 10

The Writer's Toolbox: Creative Games and Exercises

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This book is aimed at anyone who feels stuck creatively, or wants to be more creative. While the idea of creative writing prompts might sound simple, they are surprisingly useful as well as being a lot of fun.

The book is both a fun and serious writing resource. It is full of clear, thorough instructions, and each exercise is enjoyable and rewarding.

Perhaps one of the biggest perks associated with this book is the fact that it has so many different exercises that are all designed to help you be more creative.

17. Banned Book Coffee Mug

Our rating: 6 / 10

Banned Book Coffee Mug

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Pros:

  • You get two coffee mugs!
  • Printed in the USA
  • Really unique gift idea
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Holds 12 oz of coffee
  • Makes a great gift

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18. The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer's Guide to Character Expression

Our rating: 6 / 10

The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer's Guide to Character Expression

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Pros:

  • Quick and easy to use
  • Valuable for every writer, including screenwriters
  • Helps build strong characters with specific emotions
  • Tons of emotion archetypes
  • Gives great tips to channel emotion
  • Exercise jump-starts story ideas
  • Can be used for all genres

Cons:

  • Some people may find it simple
  • The index and table of contents are a bit confusing
  • The storytelling aspect is mixed in with the emotion aspects
  • The interactive website is seems cheesy to some but is helpful for creating characters

Authors spin incredible stories that move us, and we often find ourselves mesmerized by their characters. Whether it’s a teen rebellion storyline in The Hunger Games, a journey of self-discovery in A Monster Calls, or a love story like The Fault in Our Stars, we become emotionally attached to the characters on these pages. It’s because there’s a certain magic in the stories: an emotional undercurrent that connects the reader to the characters and creates a deep, long-lasting emotional experience.

19. Caffeinated Writer

Our rating: 6 / 10

Caffeinated Writer

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Pros:

  • Great gift for writers, cooks and bakers
  • Made from pure grade, high-quality stainless steel. It won’t rust, which is perfect for writers since they often write outdoors or on the beach
  • There is a huge variety of designs to pick from
  • It is one of the cheapest gifts for writers

The motto of the Caffeinated Writer is quality over quantity. This adorable writing utensil is excellent quality and is beautiful. It will make a writer smile and feel happy about their gift for a long time.

20. Writer's Market 2019: The Most Trusted Guide to Getting Published

Our rating: 6 / 10

Writer's Market 2019: The Most Trusted Guide to Getting Published

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There’s no denying the fact that writers need to be in control of their own destinies. The reality is that publishing is a business and writers are expected to finish tasks on time, produce high-quality work, come with qualified and dependable sources and be available to support the publishing team. Writers need to sell books and if they are an indie writer, then they need to ensure that they know how to market their own book.

This book is a great source that will help future authors to succeed in their self-publishing journey.

It is the bestselling writer's guide to landing the agents, editors, and publishers. Written by the experts and published in print for well over 20 years now, this book is also considered a must-have for those who are serious about writing for a living.

21. Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

Our rating: 6 / 10

Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

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We highly recommend this book if you are looking for writing help. The book gives tips to help new writers and seasoned writers improve their craft, overcome obstacles, and learn to look at changing situations with a sense of humor. Anne Lamott is whip-smart and it shows in this book.

22. Gift Republic 100 Books Bucket List Poster

Our rating: 5 / 10

Gift Republic 100 Books Bucket List Poster

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Pros:

  • Has a fun and creative design
  • Comes with a hook
  • Makes a nice gift for bookworms

The Gift Republic 100 Books Bucket List Poster is a nice gift idea for bookworms. It has a fun and creative design featuring a bookstore at the bottom as well as 100 different books to read.

The poster itself is colorful, and it comes with a hook to hang up anywhere in your home. The book titles are written in a bold font, and the poster comes in both a black and a white version.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is the best gift for a writer?

A new writing desk, a cozy writing chair, or a nice big monitor? No. Writers need only one thing to make them happy: more time. Writers need writers to write their books. Give them the time they need to work on their books, and you will be giving a gift they will never forget and that will make them love you for life.

What every writer needs?

Every writer needs at least one notebook and pen to get started. You can splurge on a special notebook or just use a standard spiral bound notebook. You can also just use the laptop or desktop computer you use to write on.

If you are planning to really get serious about writing, it’s handy to have a regular word processor on hand. You can also use your tablet (which may be another writing tool already) to write. Make sure the tablet or computer has the ability to save documents and can run Microsoft Word.

You’ll probably find you need extra storage space for all your computer or laptop files and other writing tools you’ll need. Look for a filing cabinet or bookshelf to help organize your supplies.

What do you give a writer for Christmas?

If you are trying to figure out what to buy a writer for Christmas, please keep reading. Probably the most important thing writers need is time.

What do you write in inspiration?

When we paint a picture with words writing guides is an inspiration. While you can write without it, but it can be an effective tool in your writing journey. So if you want to write like a pro and have it a piece of cake for you, then you should envy these writing guides.

Conclusion

A writer is different from most people. For one thing, writers have a very good imagination.

We are amazed at the imaginative stories we come across and the possibilities that these creative writers display.

However, not all writers have the luxury to become rich and famous, and unfortunately, some get lost in the shuffle.

Don’t you think that their writing talent deserves to be shared?

That’s why we’ve created this list of 26 gifts that are perfect for any writer who is looking to get paid for his or her writing.

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Bookbinding KitsBest OverallBookbinding Kits
Writer's Market 2019: The Most Trusted Guide to Getting PublishedBudget PickWriter's Market 2019: The Most Trusted Guide to Getting Published
Azio Retro Classic USBUpgrade PickAzio Retro Classic USB