I’m one of those people who’s happiest while browsing the stationery aisle at an office supply store. Maybe it’s the smell or something, but all those pens and notebooks so neatly organized, just feels right. Even so, there are many great gift ideas out there for writers besides pens and notebooks. As a writer, I’m always on the lookout for the latest and greatest gadgets and knickknacks made for those of us who wield the pen (or keyboard). And anyone who’s written anything substantial knows that just the right pen, or notebook, or keyboard, or e-ink tablet can make all the difference.
But you’ll find a lot more than that on this list as well. In our search, we found everything from literary socks to literal book bags to melting wax stamp kits, and that’s just scratching the surface. There are tools out there that address not only the way you write, but also the space in which you write, and the way that you advertise it for your friends and strangers alike. We also found some ideas that are savvier than anything else, resources to help you successfully market yourself and finally get your work into the hands of a publisher.
Whether you’re looking for something more quirky, something more useful, or a nice fusion of both, you’ll find it on this list of the best gifts for writers.
- Here Are the Best Gifts for Writers
- 1. The End Dramatic Bookend
- 2. Encouraging Coffee Mug
- 3. Expandable Wooden Bookshelf
- 4. Freewrite
- 5. Typewriter Keyboard
- 6. Library Book Pencil Holder
- 7. On Writing by Stephen King
- 8. Nuance Dragon Naturally Speaking Software
- 9. Aqua Notes
- 10. Literary Socks
- 11. Noise-Cancelling Headphones
- 12. Literary Jewelry
- 13. Novel Tea
- 14. Dead Writers’ Perfume
- 15. Desk Lamp Organizer
- 16. Book Candles
- 17. Literary Action Figures
- 18. Library of Congress Card Catalog
- 19. Literary Cookbook
- 20. Bookshelf Shower Curtain
- 21. Kindle Unlimited Subscription
- 22. Kindle
- 23. The Writer’s Toolbox
- 24. Scrivener Writing Software
- 25. Livescribe Pen
- 26. LED Pen
- 27. Bathtub Book Caddy
- 28. Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails with a Literary Twist
- 29. Refrigerator Scrabble Tiles
- 30. Book-Nerd Apparel
- 31. Mountainsmith Adventure Office Messenger Bag
- 32. Domain Name
- 33. E-Ink Monitor
- 34. Litographs T-Shirt
- 35. Laptop Lap Desk
- 36. Writer’s Market
- 37. Typewriter Coaster Set
- 38. Once Upon a Time Storytelling Game
- 39. The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook
- 40. The 3 A.M. Epiphany: Uncommon Writing Exercises that Transform Your Fiction
- 41. A Writer’s Block
- 42. Elegy for a Dead World
- 43. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking
- 44. The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide To Character Expression
- 45. Writer Emergency Pack
- 46. People of Walmart Adult Coloring Book
- 47. Zen Garden
- 48. Blue Light-Blocking Booklight
- 49. The Storymatic
- 50. Smythson Notebooks
- 51. Typewriter
- 52. KINESIS Freestyle Edge Mechanical Keyboard
- 53. Scribedelivery Goodie Box
- 54. Novelist at Work Warning Sign
- 55. I’m Silently Correcting Your Grammar Shirt
- 56. Magnetic Poetry Kit
- 57. The Self-Publisher’s Ultimate Resource Guide
- 58. The Well-Fed Writer
- 59. Vintage Sealing Wax Stamp Maker Kit
- 57. Antique Feather Writing Quill
- 58. Ergonomic Desk Chair
- 59. Winsome Wood Writing Desk
- 60. BAGatelle Studio Book Bags
- 61. The Elements of Style, Illustrated
- 62. Writer’s Retreat
- 63. Write Drunk, Edit Sober Flask
- 64. Wooden Folding Book Light
- 65. reMarkable Paper Tablet
- 66. Muk Luks
- 68. Bluetooth Speaker
- 70. Writer’s Digest Literary Calendar
Here Are the Best Gifts for Writers
I’ve included many creative and unique gifts for writers on this list. Simply scroll through this list and pick out your favorite gift or gifts!
1. The End Dramatic Bookend
Buy or Read More on Amazon Here ($19.79 at the time of publication)
There are about a thousand of these dramatic bookends floating around the Internet. You can find bookends that make it look like you’ve skewered your fiction section with a katana, for example. I like the simplicity of this particular bookend. The base has a little guy on it and the books lean at an angle, making it look like they’re about to fall on top of the little guy. It’s the simple things like this that give one’s library or reading space just a little more character. Like the typewriter coasters, I love to have things like this around, if for no other reason than to give house guests something to compliment.
2. Encouraging Coffee Mug
Buy or Read More on Amazon Here ($9.26 at the time of publication)
Most writers would probably hook up a caffeine IV drip directly to their arm if they could, but the majority will settle for a good old, standard coffee mug. They’ll be even happier to settle if the mug has something clever or encouraging written on the side like, “Please do not disturb the writer, she may put you in a book and kill you.” That’s what this particular mug reads, anyway, but you can find a lot of different mugs with a lot of different phrases on the side. Some are more encouraging, such as, “I write. What’s your superpower?” Or, “Write epic shit.” You know your writer best, but whatever route you want to go she’s sure to be pleased.
3. Expandable Wooden Bookshelf
Buy or Read More on Amazon Here ($31.99 at the time of publication)
The name of the Expandable Wooden Bookshelf is pretty self-explanatory, so I won’t go too much into it. I will say that it is the perfect size for your desk or any small end table. And the fact that it’s expandable means you can adjust it to be whatever size you need. It’s another one of those charming-but-functional ideas I’m so fond of. It’s a really quaint way to upgrade your bookshelf real estate. And let’s face it, what writer isn’t in need of more book space?
Buy or Read More on Freewrite Here ($549.00 at the time of publication)
If you’re feeling extra generous and you want to get the writer in your life a gift that will make them love you forever, consider the Freewrite Smart Typewriter. It combines the simplicity of a typewriter with the convenience of modern technology. Basically, it’s a small laptop in the shape of a typewriter, with a few key differences. Firstly, the Freewrite is meant solely for writing. You can’t browse the internet, download games, applications, or access any other of the numerous avenues of distraction that are so accessible on a standard laptop. The Freewrite is simply a screen and a keyboard. While it does have WiFi capability, this is for the sole purpose of backing up your files to the Cloud.
The Freewrite also comes with a full-size keyboard for maximum typing comfort and speed. But my favorite thing about the Smart Typewriter is the e-ink display. Instead of a bright LCD screen, the Freewrite monitor looks like a piece of paper. It’s easier on the eyes and doesn’t glare, even in direct sunlight.
Astrohaus has now come out with a new version of Freewrite called the Freewrite Traveler. It looks much more like a laptop, only smaller and thinner. All in all, it has the same features and functionality of the first generation Freewrite, built into a more compact design. The Traveler is perfect for anyone who travels a lot or just likes to write away from home.
5. Typewriter Keyboard
Buy or Read More on Amazon Here ($499.00 at the time of publication)
“The Qwerkywriter S is the original typewriter-inspired mechanical keyboard.” Some writers like a more tactile experience when it comes to their keyboard, and maybe you’re one of those writers. For me, it’s the clicking of the keys that sets the mood, gets the vibe going, and makes me feel like I’m really gettin’ things done. The Qwerkywriter comes with USB and wireless capabilities, so you can hook it up to any device you desire, including your tablet. Not only that, but the typewriter keyboard looks pretty darn authentic, and produces that great feel and clack you were looking for.
6. Library Book Pencil Holder
Buy or Read More on Amazon Here ($17.99 at the time of publication)
I think it’s really important to add as much character to your writing space as you possibly can. The space in which you work can have a huge impact on your creative output. That’s why I love gizmos like this library book pencil holder. It’s the perfect combination of functional and quaint, and brings exactly the type of character that I’m talking about. Just like your computer or your pen, your space is another tool in your writer’s toolbox, so it’s always a smart idea to outfit it for optimal performance.
7. On Writing by Stephen King
Buy or Read More on Amazon Here ($15.14 at the time of publication)
A book on writing may seem like a fairly standard choice for a writer’s gift, and there’s no doubt that it’s a safe route, but I do not kid when I say that Stephen King’s On Writing changed my writing life. It gave me permission to write the way I’d always wanted to, rather than the way all my classes always told me I had to. King breaks his process down and walks you through his development as an author, step by step. He never minces words, but he never tells you what to do, either. His approach is one of, “This is the way I work, and the way I work works for me, and maybe it’ll work for you, too.” And so far, it has.
8. Nuance Dragon Naturally Speaking Software
Buy or Read More on Amazon Here ($63.99 at the time of publication)
There are some writers out there who like to dispense with the pen, paper, and keyboard entirely, and instead, like to transfer their thoughts directly to the computer screen. If that sounds like you, you might want to consider purchasing the Dragon Naturally Speaking dictation software, made by Nuance. Computers have their own built-in dictation software these days, but they really can’t hold a candle to a professional provider. Dragon Naturally Speaking Software learns as it goes, so it starts to recognize the words and names you use the most. It’s the perfect way to eliminate as many obstacles between your thoughts and the page as you possibly can.
9. Aqua Notes
Buy or Read More on Amazon Here ($9.50 at the time of publication)
Every writer has had the feeling of frustration that comes with thinking of a good idea at the absolute worst of times. To that, there’s nothing more annoying than when you have a great idea right in the middle of a hot shower. But with these Aqua Notes, the writer in your life won’t have to worry about all his genius ideas ever again. It’s a waterproof notepad that suctions to the wall of their shower. It comes complete with a waterproof pencil, so they can record all those moments of shower-induced brilliance.
10. Literary Socks
Buy or Read More on Amazon Here ($8.00 at the time of publication)
If there are two things all writers love, it’s books and socks. So with these literary socks, you’re practically giving them two gifts in one! The Literary Socks are perfect for curling up by the fireplace, notebook in hand, preferably on a rainy Sunday with a mug of hot chocolate close by. The link above will take you to a nice pair of lavender Jane Austen socks, but you can find themes for many other literary figures, such as Shakespeare, and the same company even has a “Banned Book” line.
11. Noise-Cancelling Headphones
Buy or Read More on Amazon Here ($349.00 at the time of publication)
Maintaining focus is absolutely crucial to a writer’s process, and nothing puts you in the zone quite like a good pair of noise-canceling headphones. I’m someone who gets very easily distracted by even the tiniest noise, and I have roommates to top it off. Very few writers have the luxury of working in total solitude, so noise-canceling headphones are a great gift idea.
This pair of headphones is made by Bose, so you know they’re going to be pricier than some alternatives. However, Bose hasn’t let me down yet, and when it comes to investing in the writing process, the price is definitely worth it.
12. Literary Jewelry
Buy or Read More on ETSY Here ($34.07 at the time of publication)
This is a great gift for the more fashionable writers out there. This bracelet comes emblazoned with the line, “She is too fond of books and it has turned her brain,” a quotation attributed to Louisa May Alcott, the writer of Little Women. It’s a great way to let someone show off their love for writing in style.
But don’t restrict yourself to bracelets. You can find many other types of literary Jewelry, including Jane Austen necklaces and Oscar Wilde cufflinks.
13. Novel Tea
Buy or Read More on Amazon Here ($13.50 at the time of publication)
I gave up drinking coffee after it started giving me the shakes (in a bad way). Nevertheless, I like to have something to drink while I write, even if it’s just because I like to keep my hands busy while I think. Tea was the next logical step, and I’ve become rather fond of it. So, if you know of any dabblers in the authorial arts who also happen to be tea drinkers, this Novel Tea is a great gift idea. It’s Victorian-themed, and each tea bag comes with a literary quote printed on it from the likes of Austen, Dickens, and other literary titans. Now the burgeoning author in your life can get their caffeine fix and feel inspired at the same time. As the packaging says, “Read ‘em and steep!”
14. Dead Writers’ Perfume
Buy or Read More Here ($5.00 at the time of publication)
From the company Immortal Perfumes comes a line of Dead Writers’ Perfumes that will make you smell as though you’ve walked right out of a Victorian novel. The webpage describes the scents as being suitable for either sex, and that they evoke the “feeling of paging through yellowed copies of Hemingway, Shakespeare, Fitzgerald, Poe, and more.” The perfume combines notes of black tea, vetiver, clove, musk, vanilla, heliotrope, and tobacco, making for a rather rustic aroma.
The company also offers free samples, so there’s no need to leap before you look. You simply select the perfume you’d like to try on the website, and they’ll process it within 3-5 business days.
15. Desk Lamp Organizer
Buy or Read More on Amazon Here ($26.41 at the time of publication)
Every writer could stand to be a little more organized, and this desk lamp/organizer is a great way to help them get a leg up on their desk clutter. It features two slots and three small bins, great for storing notebooks, tablets, or your phone, as well as keeping all those little knickknacks (paperclips, rubber bands, etc.) in check. The base of the lamp also includes a two-prong outlet so that you don’t have to keep reaching under your desk every time to plug in your phone, or your laptop, or your Freewrite.
16. Book Candles
Buy or Read More on Amazon Here ($24.99 at the time of publication)
I know I just talked about how important your writing space is, but I’m going to talk about it again. Another way you can optimize your space is by manipulating the ambiance. And the best way to manipulate the ambiance, by far, is with a scented candle. These Book Candles give off the most literary scents of all. Some of them smell like antique books, exuding an aroma of worn leather and dried parchment. Another candle advertises that “new book” smell that you can only find at a Barnes and Noble. But my personal favorite is the Ancient Scrolls candle, which smells like whatever ancient scrolls smell like.
Scented candles can be a great way to hone your focus and help transport your mind to another world.
17. Literary Action Figures
Buy or Read More on Amazon Here ($29.97 at the time of publication)
Writing is a solitary endeavor, and if you’ve ever felt yourself getting a bit lonely, or perhaps confiding in a person whom you later realize exists entirely in your own head, you’re not alone. We could all use a little company at times, and these literary action figures are the perfect solution to your problem of solitude. Now you can write in the presence of literary titans like Poe, Austen, Dickens, and Wilde. The vinyl action figures are finely detailed, down to the very specific expressions on each author’s face. The Poe action figure even comes with a little raven on his shoulder.
18. Library of Congress Card Catalog
Buy or Read More at Barns and Nobel Here ($19.95 at the time of publication)
This is a great gift for any writing or literature nerd. These notecards are perfect replicas of the original cards used to catalog famous works in the library of congress. The set comes with thirty cards, each cataloging a different culturally significant work of literature. Think of it as a little box of inspiration. The cards come inside a wooden replica card catalog box for safekeeping. The box also includes tabbed dividers for maximum organization. This is the perfect gift for writers and literary geeks of all persuasions.
19. Literary Cookbook
Buy or Read More on Amazon Here ($19.69 at the time of publication)
Good prose can help you step into another world, see the things the characters see, touch what they touch, but at the end of the day, a description can only get you so far. A literary cookbook is a perfect tool to help you bring just a little slice of fantasy to your dinner table. You can try this cookbook, called A Feast of Ice and Fire, if you’re a fan of George R. R. Martin’s Ice and Fire Series. Alternatively, there are many other literary cookbooks out there. You can try your hand at some pioneer dishes out of The Little House Cookbook, a collection of recipes inspired by Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House on the Prairie series. Or, if you want to bring a little Victorian flair to your next meal, you could pick up Dinner With Mr. Darcy, of course inspired by Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.
20. Bookshelf Shower Curtain
Buy or Read More on Amazon Here ($29.95 at the time of publication)
Why not share a little literary love and bring your fondness for the library into the bathroom with this Bookshelf Shower Curtain. It’s made by CafePress, a company that’s produced some pretty great products. The Bookshelf Shower Curtain is professionally printed and actually looks super real, down to the titles printed on the spines of the books. If you’re not careful, you’ll think you’re in a real library, rather than the bathroom of a literary geek.
21. Kindle Unlimited Subscription
Buy or Read More on Amazon (price varies)
If you know a reader who loves their Kindle, a Kindle Unlimited Subscription might be the perfect gift. Subscribers to Kindle Unlimited have access to over 1 million titles, as well as thousands of audiobooks, all for 10 bucks a month. You can find everything from famous classics to current bestsellers to brand new authors publishing their first e-book. The subscriber can cancel anytime, and the first 30 days come free, so they can explore all the available shelves to their heart’s content.
Buy or Read More on Amazon Here ($89.99 at the time of publication)
A Kindle Unlimited Subscription won’t do you any good without a Kindle, so we figured we’d make that the next list item. I, for one, adore my Kindle Oasis, and I only read a physical book if there isn’t an e-version available. I know there’s a lot of people out there who are skeptical of e-books, as they prefer the “tactile feel” of a physical book. But aren’t the words on the page the only thing that matters in the end? Anyway, I’d be willing to bet that a lot of those physical book advocates have never actually used a Kindle, and I’d bet even more that they’d be instant converts if they did.
The screen of the Kindle is designed with e-ink technology, so it looks just like the pages of a book. But the advantages don’t stop there. The Oasis also comes with a backlight, as well as a “light-warmth” meter, which essentially matches the shade of light on your screen to that of your surroundings. The light-warmth meter is by far the best feature Kindle has released recently. Not only that, but the battery lasts for days at a time, it’s a great size, it’s super convenient to look up words as you go without having to reach for your phone, and I could honestly go on forever, but I won’t.
23. The Writer’s Toolbox
Buy or Read More on Amazon Here ($21.72 at the time of publication)
The Writer’s Toolbox was designed by a veteran creative writing teacher, and it’s a great gift for developing writers. The kit comes with a 64-page booklet filled with exercises and guidance that emphasizes a “right-brain” approach to writing. The kit also comes with creative writing and story prompts designed to get the creative juices flowing. Lastly, the Writer’s Toolbox includes a spinner that will decide the fate of your story so that you don’t have to and forces you into creativity by throwing out random nonsequiturs and plot twists.
The Writer’s Toolbox is definitely geared toward writers still in the developmental stage, but it could make a great gift for a more seasoned penman looking for a little throwaway practice.
24. Scrivener Writing Software
Buy or Read More Here ($41.65 at the time of publication)
There are a lot of options out there when it comes to writing software. But there is one application that in my opinion stands far above the competition. That application is called Scrivener, and it is by far the best writing software I’ve come across. Not only does Scrivener perform all the basic functions of standard writing software like Word or Pages, but it comes with a whole range of unique functions that are eminently useful for any writer.
Among my favorite Scrivener features are the “Corkboard” and the “Composition Mode.” The Corkboard is essentially a digital bulletin board. You can type up each of your individual story beats on a notecard, then see all your notecards displayed at once in the Corkboard. This is an amazing way to help you visualize the literal progression of your story.
Composition Mode removes everything else from the screen except the words on the page. I’ve found it invaluable for helping me focus and shutting out distractions. Composition Mode also has a focus feature that dims all the other words on the page except the paragraph or sentence you are currently typing. Again, this is an incredible feature that helps immensely with focus.
These are just a few of Scrivener’s endless list of features. The software also includes tools for organizing your plot, settings, and characters. It even includes a feature that will compile your documents into a professional manuscript, so you can be ready to send it directly to publishers. You might think that with all these benefits that Scrivener would be pretty expensive, but at just $49, it’s actually super affordable.
25. Livescribe Pen
Buy or Read More on Amazon Here ($142.61 at the time of publication)
If you’re a writer who likes to be prepared, this Livescribe Pen might be just the gadget you’re looking for. It’s a pen and an audio recorder all at once. Just hit the power switch and the pen starts recording everything you hear, so whether you’re sitting in on a writing seminar, conducting an interview, or just talking to yourself, the Livescribe Pen will make sure you never miss a word.
The Livescribe Pen also comes with its own Livescribe software, compatible with both Mac and Windows computers. The software allows you to plug the pen into your computer and upload all your notes and audio recordings for instant reference. Now you never have to let a good idea slip away again.
26. LED Pen
Buy or Read More on Amazon Here ($7.95 at the time of publication)
This LED Pen is the same gadget that film critics use to take notes in dark movie theaters. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve woken up in the middle of the night with an amazing idea for a story, only to let it go because I was too lazy to turn on the lamp (or I just couldn’t bear the thought of doing that to my eyeballs). If I’d had an LED Pen, I could have jotted a quick note in my notebook, no lamp or eyeball trauma required.
This is also a great pen to have if you just like to write in the dark.
27. Bathtub Book Caddy
Buy or Read More on Amazon Here ($29.98 at the time of publication)
Yes, this bathtub book caddy is probably one of the most amazing inventions ever created. And yes, it is the perfect way to enjoy a book in the tub. But it is also so, so much more than just a book caddy. The bathtub book caddy comes not only with a metal rack to prop up your book, but also with a slot for your phone, a hook for your loofah, AND a wine glass holder. They don’t lie when they call this the Ultimate Bath Accessory.
Fair warning: users may find themselves never wanting to step out of the bath again.
28. Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails with a Literary Twist
Buy or Read More on Amazon Here ($11.99 at the time of publication)
This literary mixology book goes hand-in-hand with the literary cookbook we listed earlier. The book features 65 delicious cocktail recipes, each paired with wry commentary on some of history’s most famous novels. Here are a few examples of the drinks you can make with the help of the Tequila Mockingbird: The Pitcher of Dorian Grey Goose, The Last of the Mojitos, Romeo and Julep, Vermouth the Bell Tolls, and approximately 60 others that I don’t have room to name here.
The Tequila Mockingbird also includes recipes for bar bites, as well as ideas for drinking games. With this book on hand, you’ll never be caught unprepared for book club again.
29. Refrigerator Scrabble Tiles
Buy or Read More on Amazon Here ($9.93 at the time of publication)
There’s nothing quite as entertaining as fridge poetry, or in this case, as a game of fridge scrabble. The Refrigerator Scrabble Tiles are manufactured by the official makers of Scrabble, and include a full set of letter tiles, plus triple-letter, triple-word, and double-word tiles, for a total of 112 pieces. They’re great for playing an actual game of scrabble (you know, your roommate makes a move when she goes to the kitchen to get the wine, you make a move when you come to get the cheese, and so on), but they’re even better for leaving helpful messages for your housemates like, “Clean up your dang dishes!” for example. And the best part is that the more creative you are with your messages, the more points you get!
30. Book-Nerd Apparel
Buy or Read More on Out of Print Here ($25.00 at the time of publication)
Nerds can be fashionable too! Said no one ever, until Out of Print came along and started crushing it in the literary-geek fashion arena. At the end of the day, Out of Print is a geek-apparel (specifically book-geek apparel) company, but they’re honestly killing the game with an amazing selection of t-shirts, hoodies, hats, tote bags–you name it, they’ve got it. The designs look really cool, allowing you to show off your love of reading and look good doing it. And once you’ve got your Out of Print apparel, you can throw it up on your Instagram with #BooksWornWell and possibly get featured on the Out of Print Instagram page!
31. Mountainsmith Adventure Office Messenger Bag
Buy or Read More on Amazon Here ($64.70 at the time of publication)
Now if you’re a writer who prefers to write away from home, or who likes to write away from home some of the time, or who has an inclination for travel, this messenger bag is perfect for you. The bag comes with a padded sleeve compartment that can fit tablets and laptops up to 15.4 inches. The main compartment also includes interior pockets for extended organization, a sleeve on the side for your water bottle, and it looks slick to boot. As Bilbo said, “It’s a dangerous business, going out your door.” We couldn’t agree more, and if you do decide to take that dangerous first step, you’ll need to be prepared. Whatever you consider crucial to your survival, there’s sure to be room for it in the Mountainsmith Messenger Bag.
32. Domain Name
Buy or Read More on Bluehost Here ($12.99 and up at the time of publication)
If you’re looking for an out-of-the-box idea for a writer’s gift, consider getting them a domain name for their own website. Most experts would agree that a strong web presence is essential in this day and age for building an audience. However, many writers might not have the time or the savviness to start a website on their own. Gifting them a domain name is a great way to help them kick-start their career.
If you do decide to get someone a domain name, you might have to forgo the surprise element and run it by them first.
There are a number of web hosting sites to choose from, but Bluehost is a good one to look into. They have some great deals for people starting their first website, and affordable pricing plans starting at less than $3/month.
33. E-Ink Monitor
Buy or Read More on Amazon Here ($1199.00 at the time of publication)
Though it might seem counterintuitive, sitting in front of a computer all day can be really hard on your body. You have to contend with back pain, your legs cramping, all that fun stuff. But something else you have to deal with is staring at a bright LCD screen for hours on end. This can actually be really hard on your eyes, not to mention the exposure to all that blue light can affect your sleeping patterns. A lot of browsers and operating systems these days are coming out with Dark or Night Modes to help alleviate this issue, but even these modes still emit blue light and can put strain on the eyes. For writers with sensitive eyes, or who just don’t care for staring at a bright screen all day, you might want to look into getting an e-ink monitor. These types of monitors are made with the same e-ink technology as Kindles. In other words, the screen looks like the pages of a book. The advantage to these screens is that they don’t emit the same harsh backlight that normal LCD monitors do. This means they are much easier on the eyes, and don’t have the same blue-light sleep-hindering effect that plague traditional monitors.
34. Litographs T-Shirt
Buy or Read More on Litographs Here ($34.00 at the time of publication)
From a distance, the Litographs t-shirt looks like any other. But get up close, and you realize that what you thought was a pattern is actually the entire first chapter of Moby Dick imprinted on the fabric. This is one of the best t-shirt ideas I’ve come across while making this list. You’ve always wanted to step inside your favorite book, well, now Litographs has made that possible. What more could a literature geek want? And don’t worry, you aren’t restricted to Moby Dick, and you certainly aren’t restricted to t-shirts. Litographs carries a lot of other great products including pillows, blankets, and infinity scarves.
35. Laptop Lap Desk
Buy or Read More on Amazon Here ($39.99 at the time of publication)
There is nothing on this earth better than writing in bed. It’s my favorite way to work in the morning because I like to put as few obstacles between myself and the page as possible. Anyone who feels the same way will appreciate a laptop desk like this one. The desk is wide enough to fit a laptop up to 17 inches wide. The stand has five adjustable heights, and it tilts up to 35 degrees. But the best thing about this desk is the versatility. You can use it in bed, on the couch, on your desk to make a standing station, or you can use it in bed…you get the idea.
36. Writer’s Market
Buy or Read More on Amazon Here ($21.39 at the time of publication)
Writer’s Digest publishes a new Writer’s Market book every year, and they are hands-down the best resources available to new and aspiring writers. Writer’s Market is a massive overview of publishing opportunities, book publishers, consumer and trade magazines, contests and awards, and literary agents. The most recent editions now include a playwriting and screenwriting section as well. You’ll also find helpful articles about the process of getting published, and the business of writing in general. This is an all-around amazing resource, and no matter what kind of writing you do, you can find a market for it with the help of this book.
37. Typewriter Coaster Set
Buy or Read More on Amazon Here ($23.99 at the time of publication)
Why restrict ambiance to your writing space alone? Why not spruce up the rest of the house (namely, the coffee table) with the help of these typewriter coasters? This is one of many quaint and charming coaster sets to be found, but what sets this one apart is that it comes with a typewriter-shaped holder for the coasters when they’re not in use. Which is amazing, because there’s nothing more annoying than a rogue coaster. I love filling my house with little knickknacks like the typewriter coasters. They make great conversation starts, and your book club is sure to get a kick out of them.
38. Once Upon a Time Storytelling Game
Buy or Read More on Amazon Here ($19.07 at the time of publication)
Once Upon a Time is a storytelling card game in which one player is the Storyteller, and the other players are the characters. Throughout the course of the game, the Storyteller attempts to guide the plot toward her Ending Card by using the Story cards at her disposal. The other players have the opportunity to interrupt her and become the new Storyteller. Basically, the object of the game is to control the narrative by guiding the story toward your Ending card. This is a great collaborative card game for both book-lovers and non-book lovers alike. The only prerequisite is that you enjoy a good story.
39. The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook
Buy or Read More on Amazon Here ($10.95 at the time of publication)
This Harry Potter cookbook is perfect for anyone who calls themself a fan of the series. It comes with over 150 magical recipes that are great for “wizards and non-wizards alike.” You can learn to make Treacle Tart (Harry’s favorite dessert), Molly’s Meat Pies (Molly Weasley’s specialty), or even Pumpkin Pasties, which I’ve always thought sounded delicious. This cookbook combines cooking and creativity and imagination in a way that is sure to get kids excited about cooking for themselves. But it’s also great in general for anyone looking to bring a little magical flair to their cooking adventures.
40. The 3 A.M. Epiphany: Uncommon Writing Exercises that Transform Your Fiction
Buy or Read More on Amazon Here ($6.60 at the time of publication)
Brian Kiteley, author and director of the University of Denver’s creative writing program, puts 15 years of experience to work in this book of writing exercises. The 3 A.M. Epiphany contains over 200 exercises designed to help you get your creative juices flowing. Each exercise is a different creative experiment meant to help you break out of the slump of routine and revitalize your stale writing patterns. Not only are the exercises themselves helpful, but the author brings his own wisdom and experience to the table in the form of useful side notes and descriptions. This is an essential resource for any writer, whether you’re just starting out or you’ve been putting pen to paper for some time now.
41. A Writer’s Block
Buy or Read More at Writers Block Here ($13.98 at the time of publication)
You’ve heard of writer’s block, and more than likely experienced it if you’re reading this list. Well, here’s a literal Writer’s Block for your consideration. It’s a solid cube of walnut, small enough to fit on your desk, with the words “Writer’s Block” carved into the side. So what is the Writer’s Block actually for, you ask? Well, how you use the Writer’s Block is up to you. Perhaps you make it a paperweight, use it to trap all those rogue manuscript pages. Or, maybe you just set it in your eye-line as a kind of reverse-psychology motivator. There are any number of ways you could make use of this physical pun. And who said simplicity wasn’t a virtue?
42. Elegy for a Dead World
Buy or Read More Here ($14.99 at the time of publication)
Elegy for a Dead World is one of the coolest concepts for a video game I’ve ever heard of. It’s a game about writing fiction, and the basic premise is this: you’re an explorer flying through outer space. Along the way, you encounter three worlds that were once home to long-dead societies. Your job is to write the story of each of these societies, giving them the elegy they deserve.
The game is heavily inspired by the works of Keats, Byron, and Shelly, so it’s especially great if you’re a fan of that trio. However, this game is amazing for writers everywhere. The missions offer 27 different challenges, pushing you outside your comfort zone with prompts to help you create poetic narratives about dead worlds.
There aren’t many games about writing fiction, so this is a great one to pick up for writers and non-writers alike.
43. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking
Buy or Read More on Amazon Here ($9.99 at the time of publication)
If you’re like me, you’re probably tired of hearing about the marvels and advantages of extroversion. So rarely is introversion given the same positive status, and introverts the same praise. But with Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, author Susan Cain sets out to right that wrong. She begins by pointing out how many of the most famous and influential authors are introverts. These authors include the likes of Rosa Parks, Chopin, and Doctor Suess, and that’s just to name a few. She then goes on to argue for the value of introversion and what society loses by failing to value it at all.
Quiet is a fantastic read for all those introverts who have ever found themselves feeling just a little bit underappreciated. It will help you see the value of turning inward within yourself, which is an amazing confidence booster. Sometimes we just need to hear it from someone who knows what they’re talking about.
44. The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide To Character Expression
Buy or Read More on Amazon Here ($10.49 at the time of publication)
It can be a huge challenge for a writer to convey a character’s emotion to a reader. Or, at least it can be challenging to do it in a way that is unique and compelling. And even if you know what you’re trying to say, it can be a chore in itself to decide which of the gazillion different ways to describe an emotion you want to use. Enter The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression. The book is essentially a comprehensive list of ways to describe 75 different emotions. The Emotion Thesaurus covers everything from the use of body language to a character’s internal thoughts to a character’s impulsive responses. It’s a great resource that adheres to the ever-prevalent “show, don’t tell” philosophy of writing.
45. Writer Emergency Pack
Buy or Read More on Amazon Here ($14.99 at the time of publication)
This Writer Emergency Pack is brought to you by John August, the screenwriter behind such titles as Go, Big Fish, and Frankenweenie. The pack comes with 26 illustrated cards meant to help you “resuscitate” your story. The cards are designed to aid you in such writerly tasks as closing plot holes, spicing up cookie-cutter characters, and considering your themes. The cards appeal specifically to writers of fiction with a focus on character and conflict. They’re an amazing resource for curing writer’s block and helping you see your story in a different way.
August hosts a podcast called Scriptnotes, along with fellow screenwriter Craig Mazin. It’s a great podcast, even for non-screenwriters, that covers all the same story elements the Writer’s Emergency Pack is designed to address.
46. People of Walmart Adult Coloring Book
Buy or Read More on Amazon Here ($10.89 at the time of publication)
Adult coloring books have become very popular, and it’s easy to see why. They’re a great way to have fun on your own and reduce stress. For writers, they can be a great way to take a break from all the words and just enjoy yourself with a more zenful (coining it) activity. There are tons of different adult coloring books featuring tons of different themes ranging from farting animals to cat butts. This particular adult coloring book focuses on people of Walmart, so it includes quite a few human butts (or buttcracks, at least). I cracked up when I saw the title, so I had to include it. If you’re a people watcher, this is definitely the book for you. And who knows, within the People of Walmart Coloring Book, you may just find some unlooked-for inspiration.
47. Zen Garden
Buy or Read More on Amazon Here ($24.99 at the time of publication)
Keeping a lid on your stress level is crucial to the practice of writing. There are a ton of tools out there designed specifically to put your mind at ease, from stress balls to coloring books, you name it. The Zen Garden is a great example of one such stress-relieving tool. I really like the idea of the Zen Garden because it allows you to do something with your hands while your mind continues to mull over whatever story problem you’re working out. It’s almost like it tricks your brain into thinking your body is doing something, leaving your mind free to wander. If you have a brain that works like that, the Zen Garden is a perfect tool.
48. Blue Light-Blocking Booklight
Buy or Read More on Amazon Here ($14.95 at the time of publication)
Lots of people like to read in bed, but there’s that pesky problem of blue light that tends to get in the way of our sleeping patterns. If you don’t know, blue light is the type of light that tells your brain it’s daytime. So, if you expose yourself to it too close to bedtime, it’ll trick your brain into thinking it’s day, and you’ll have a tougher time getting to sleep. This blue-light-blocking book light is designed with amber glass that filters out 99.94% of blue light, allowing you to enjoy your bedtime story while encouraging the production of melatonin in your brain. All this to say, the blue light-blocking booklight prepares you for a good night’s sleep. And I don’t know about you, but I never sleep better than when I drift off in the middle of a good story.
49. The Storymatic
Buy or Read More on TheStorymatic Here ($23.95 at the time of publication)
Unlike some of the other story and prompt generators on this list, the Storymatic is less like a tool and more like a game. It comes with literally trillions of potential story ideas for developing character, conflict, and plot. Storymatic Studios make several Storymatic boxes, each focusing on a different theme of storytelling. The Rememory box focuses on telling stories through memory. The Synapsis box that mixes the power of storytelling with the spontaneity of improv. They even have a box tailored specifically to kids, so you can find a version for any writer, no matter what stage of development they’re in.
50. Smythson Notebooks
Buy or Read More on Amazon Here ($65 at the time of publication)
We had to get to notebooks at some point, but we didn’t want to just put any old notebook on this list. So, we decided to go with these Smythson Notebooks made by Smythson of Bond Street. The company was established in 1887, so they’ve been perfecting their notebook game for quite some time. Every notebook is handbound and made with their signature Featherweight paper. On their website, you can find notebooks in all colors and sizes. They also have a selection of quaint and witty cover titles like, “Novel Ideas” or “Don’t Believe Everything You Read.”
Perfection does come with a price, and Smythson Notebooks can be pretty expensive. But when you consider the quality of the product and the care that goes into making them, it’s entirely worth it.
Buy or Read More on Amazon Here ($259.98 at the time of publication)
There are certain types of writers who crave simplicity when it comes to their process. Other types of writers desire a more antiquated vibe to help them get into the appropriate headspace. If you fit the bill on either of those, a typewriter might be just what you need. Kind of like how records have become super popular in recent years, there’s been an uptick in typewriter sales as well. And also like modern record players, you can find typewriters that combine elements of modern technology with that nice analog character and feel. This particular typewriter is about as analog as you can get. It’s completely manual, and there are no electric components included, giving you a truly authentic experience of working on a typewriter.
52. KINESIS Freestyle Edge Mechanical Keyboard
Buy or Read More on Amazon Here ($194.99 at the time of publication)
This ergonomic keyboard is technically designed for gamers, but it’s an amazing tool for anyone who spends a disproportionate amount of time with their hands on the keyboard. The KINESIS Freestyle Keyboard is split down the middle so you can position each of your hands wherever it is most comfortable for you. The keys and switches are 100% mechanical, which is how you get that nice clacking sound. It also has a more tactile feel, relieving you of the sensation of just typing into the void. The bottom of the keyboard extends into padded palm rests for maximum comfort, so give those puppies a break why dontcha?
These are just a few of about a thousand features that make typing on the KINESIS Freestyle Keyboard an absolute delight.
53. Scribedelivery Goodie Box
Buy or Read More on Scribe Delivery Here ($29 per month at the time of publication)
Monthly gift boxes are all the rage these days. You can get everything from preplanned, ready-to-make meals to geek-themed boxes. So it follows that there should be a gift box subscription for writers. Scribedelivery is a service that once a month delivers a box of handpicked pens, notebooks, and other stationery right to your door. The materials they provide are also way more unique than anything you can find at the store. Scribedelivery combines all the practicality of purchasing new writing materials with the satisfying surprise of opening a gift.
54. Novelist at Work Warning Sign
Buy or Read More on Amazon Here ($14.95 at the time of publication)
This Novelist at Work Warning sign is an essential addition to every writer’s working space. I think most people probably have an innate understanding that it’s not a good idea to disturb a writer at work, but this sign will take care of those who are a little slower on the uptake. The sign reads WARNING. NOVELIST AT WORK. BYSTANDERS MAY BE WRITTEN INTO THE STORY. It’s the perfect way to express your need for a little space while bringing some charm to the situation at the same time.
55. I’m Silently Correcting Your Grammar Shirt
Buy or Read More on Amazon Here ($15.00 at the time of publication)
There are tons of different literary t-shirts to choose from, and Crazy Dog T-shirts has some of the best slogans we’ve seen. This shirt reads, “I’m silently correcting your grammar.” It’s simple and doesn’t mince words, just like a good sentence should. It’s a fun and sarcastic way to advertise your literary prowess, and it doubles as a good icebreaker. Crazy Dog has tons of different designs and slogans for male and female writers alike, so you’re sure to find one that suits you.
56. Magnetic Poetry Kit
Buy or Read More on Amazon Here ($19.95 at the time of publication)
Who doesn’t love fridge poetry? This Magnetic Poetry Kit contains over 300 magnetic word tiles for your phrase-making pleasure. You can leave messages for your roommates, and depending on the tile, you can be as funny, thought-provoking, or as esoteric as you like. Alternatively, you can be like me and just string a bunch of random tiles together and watch what happens. All that said, this is actually a super fun way to get your word-brain engaged in a way that doesn’t demand too much of your time and energy.
57. The Self-Publisher’s Ultimate Resource Guide
Buy or Read More on Amazon Here ($12.56 at the time of publication)
With the advent of e-books, and Kindle books in particular, self-publishing your work is easier than ever. It’s certainly something I’ve looked into, and while it requires you to take on the work of several people (since you have to do your own marketing, etc.) it’s definitely better than never getting published at all. Not to mention that there are numerous self-published authors who have attained amazing success. The Self-Publisher’s Ultimate Resource Guide compiles self-publishing wisdom and advice from dozens of the self-publishing industry’s top professionals. You’ll get the perspective of editors, illustrators, marketers, publicists, and of course, authors. And that’s just to name a few of the professions of the contributors; there are many more. As a resource for getting into self-publishing, the Ultimate Resource Guide is a tough one to beat.
58. The Well-Fed Writer
Buy or Read More on Amazon Here ($19.95 at the time of publication)
If you’re considering making a living as a freelance writer, or if you’ve already been freelancing for a while but found it to be an uphill battle, you might want to check out The Well-Fed Writer: Financial Self-Sufficiency as a Commercial Freelancer in Six Months or Less. It’s an essential guide that provides comprehensive guidance for writers in marketing, copywriting, blog writing, newsletter writing, and more. Basically, if you can write it, they can tell you how to capitalize on it. The Well-Fed Writer is an essential resource for any freelance writer.
59. Vintage Sealing Wax Stamp Maker Kit
Buy or Read More on Amazon Here ($13.99 at the time of publication)
This Vintage Sealing Wax Stamp Kit is BEYOND nerdy, which is probably why it might be my favorite gift idea on this list. Now you can seal your letters to your grandmother with your very own medieval wax seal. The kit comes in a cool-looking case that resembles an old tome. The case contains three blocks of wax, each a different color, and a stamp for each letter of the alphabet. The Wax Stamp Kit also comes with helpful instruction to guide you through your first wax stamping experience, and make sure you don’t burn down the house in the process.
57. Antique Feather Writing Quill
Buy or Read More on Amazon Here ($29.99 at the time of publication)
This Feather Quill Writing Kit is perfect for writers who want to go REALLY old school. The Feather Quill Writing Kit really is the full package, coming not only with the quill itself, but also with six different nibs, one bottle of ink, one pen holder, and one block of sealing wax. Not only that, but the quill is 100% handcrafted from luxury rosewood and stainless steel. It looks absolutely gorgeous, and I bet it’s a joy to write with, too.
58. Ergonomic Desk Chair
Buy or Read More on Amazon Here ($84.88 at the time of publication)
Considering that the majority of a writer’s life is spent in a chair, I can’t believe I didn’t think of this gift sooner. The all-important desk chair is essential to quality writing. It’s no use trying to concentrate when the pain in your lower back is louder than all your characters’ voices combined. This Ergonomic Desk Chair was designed specifically to address lower back and leg pain while improving your posture. Not only that, but it looks darn comfy to boot.
59. Winsome Wood Writing Desk
Buy or Read More on Amazon Here ($112.35 at the time of publication)
I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again, simplicity is a virtue. This Winsome Wood Writing Desk, perfect for either the home or the studio, is both simple and beautiful. It’s not too big, not too small, and the Beachwood surface with a honey finish is very pleasing to the eye. And even though it’s not huge, it has a convenient shelf for all your knickknacks, plus three drawers for additional storage. I’m a big fan of minimalist design, and the Winsome Wood Writing Desk takes the cake.
Fair warning: some assembly required.
60. BAGatelle Studio Book Bags
Buy or Read More on My Modern Met Here ($78.00 at the time of publication)
Here is a very literal interpretation of a “book bag.” Brought to you by BAGatelle Studio, these book bags are bags designed to look like literal books. Maybe that description makes them seem a little clunky, but they’re actually very sleek and modern-looking. Not only that, but the designs are absolutely gorgeous. They have book bags emblazoned with covers from such famous works as The Raven, Pride and Prejudice, and To Kill a Mockingbird.
61. The Elements of Style, Illustrated
Buy or Read More on Amazon Here ($11.49 at the time of publication)
There isn’t a writing teacher in the world who doesn’t adhere to the gospel of Strunk and White’s The Elements of Style. It’s an insanely simple, yet insanely helpful guide to the most common mistakes made in writing. And yet, simple though it may be, it still makes for some pretty dry reading. This edition of The Elements of Style, on the other hand, includes helpful illustrations to better, well, illustrate the point of each grammatical rule that Strunk and White layout. Definitely file The Elements of Style under your list of essential writer tools.
62. Writer’s Retreat
Buy or Read More on Amazon Here (price varies at the time of publication)
I’ve never been on a writer’s retreat myself, but it sounds like a dream. You get to spend a week (or weeks) in a paradisiacal locale doing nothing but perfecting your craft. And your only company besides yourself are other writers. There are a ton of different retreats you can choose from, but the simplest (and most affordable) of them is the Porches Writing Retreat. The Porches Writing Retreat welcomes writers to an old farmhouse built in 1854. The farmhouse is situated along the James River, in the Virginia countryside. Basically, you spend all day writing in any one of the spacious rooms in the house. And when you’re tired or need a break, you can retire to the massive porch with a glass of wine and watch the local wildlife.
63. Write Drunk, Edit Sober Flask
Buy or Read More on Amazon Here ($23.00 at the time of publication)
From LocaDesign on Etsy comes a flash wrapped in a sleeve on which is written Hemingway’s famous quote, “Write Drunk, Edit Sober.” It’s perfect for fans of Hemingway himself, or just for writers who subscribe to the similar notion that “The first draft is always shit” (another Hemingway quote). You can honestly find Write Drunk, Edit Sober written on pretty much everything, from infinity scarves to throw pillows, but a flask seems particularly appropriate.
64. Wooden Folding Book Light
Buy or Read More on Amazon Here ($26.99 at the time of publication)
This is probably the coolest book light I’ve ever seen. From the outside, it looks more or less like a normal book. But open it up, and the glowing “pages” unfurl in your choice of red, blue, green, or yellow light. It’s not so much for reading as it is for aesthetic purposes, but it’s a great pretty aesthetic nonetheless. Better yet, the entire book light is made from all recycled materials, Plus, it’s rechargeable instead of battery-powered, making it not only super cool but also environmentally cool.
65. reMarkable Paper Tablet
Buy or Read More on Amazon Here ($649 at the time of publication)
This reMarkable Paper Tablet is a must-have for any writer who likes to write by hand without the inherent organizational obstacles. The reMarkable Paper Tablet combines the best of the analog and digital worlds. The display is made with e-ink technology, so just the Kindle, the reMarkable Paper Tablet’s screen looks just like the pages of a book. The stylus writes perfectly, and everything you write is backed up to the cloud via the tablet’s WiFi capability. It’s pretty pricey, but if you’ve got the money, this is an absolutely amazing tool for writers of all kinds.
66. Muk Luks
Buy or Read More on Amazon Here ($22.95 at the time of publication)
If you’re like me, you’ve probably never heard of Muk Luks before, which means you’re probably wondering what the heck that even means. But don’t worry, they’re actually one of the greatest inventions on the planet. Basically, Muk Luks are slipper-socks. They combine the best elements of both slippers and socks, fitting snugly over your foot like a sock, but with more padding and insulation, like a slipper. They’re perfect for winter, or for writer’s who have a problem with cold feet.
68. Bluetooth Speaker
Buy or Read More on Amazon Here ($99.95 at the time of publication)
I love to listen to music while I write. Heck, sometimes I feel like I can’t focus if I don’t. I used to have a set of speakers on my desk that plugged into my computer. They were great, but they took up way too much space at the cords got in the way of everything. A bluetooth speaker was the perfect solution. There are a ton of great options out there, but I’m particularly fond of the JBL Bluetooth Speaker. The sound quality is great, and the speaker itself isn’t too big, so it doesn’t take up too much room. Not to mention it’s waterproof, so it’s all great for listening to music in the shower.
70. Writer’s Digest Literary Calendar
Buy or Read More on Amazon Here ($14.99 at the time of publication)
The Writer’s Digest Literary Calendar has everything a writer needs to jumpstart their creativity. Each day comes with its own theme. Mondays are for motivation, Tuesdays are for prompts (I guess Tuesday wasn’t worthy of alliteration), Wednesdays are for wisdom, Thrusdays are for throwbacks, Fridays are for craft advice, and the weekends feature advice from agents about how to properly write a query letter. It’s an amazing resource that brings just a little nugget of value to your life, every single day.
Oh, and it also tells you the month and day of the year.