Got a writer to shop for this year? I've got you covered.
Quick word of advice first. Fancy journals and notebooks are always cool, but most of us already have a huge pile of them. The same with pretty pens. I will never say no to either of those things, but I have a lot of them already. If you want to go the extra mile, you have to understand the needs of the writer on your list.
What can you offer as a gift to make the writing experience better, easier, or more comfortable?
1. Liquid fuel
You know your writer best. What do they like to drink? Coffee's usually a good bet. Running out of caffeine in the middle of an intense scene is catastrophic. You could gift them with a pound of their favorite beans or even sign them up for a monthly coffee delivery. Some prefer tea, so you could gift them with a special blend, a whimsical steeper, or a beautiful new teapot. I know a few writers who prefer something more potent for after-hours writing. I'm sure a really nice bottle of their favorite would be much appreciated.
Noteboard. I still won't give up my big whiteboards or my index cards, so those are also good bets for a writer who plans things ahead. The related accessories are also nice: magnets, wipe-off pens, whiteboard erasers, colored pens for the index cards, sticky notes. None of those things are good for writers who write by the seat of their pants, though. If you give them too many planning tools, it will likely freeze them up. Know your writers, folks.
4. Peace and Quiet
Somebody's got to do the cooking while your writer becomes one with nature.
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