Looking for the perfect gift for the writers in your life?
Maybe you’ve already bought a writing notebook and some pens, but you’re looking for something to add to it to make the gift extra special.
So, where do you find good gifts for writers — particularly the ones you know?
The best we can do here is provide a long list of gift ideas; you’re the one who has some idea of what the writers you have in mind would actually like.
But since we’re all writers, here, we weren’t just guessing when we made this list.
We didn’t just do a random search of gift ideas for writers.
We know what we like, and we hope you find something on this list — if not several things — that make you smile and think, “That would be perfect!”
So, enjoy browsing. We bet you’ll find something good. And nothing says you can’t buy an extra for yourself.
51 Of The Best Gifts For Writers
We found 51 unique gifts for writers to give you a fair and varied sampling to look through.
Some of them have definitely made it onto someone’s Christmas list, though we won’t reveal any personal biases in the descriptions.
For those writerly trips to the coffee shop, your writer friend will need a laptop bag with enough pockets to hold their other essentials (a notebook, pens, tissues, snacks, etc.).
This one has a vintage look with plenty of storage.
Just make sure it’s big enough to hold a goodly amount of your writer friend’s favorite thinking juice.
If you’re buying for a writer who wants to become a published author, this is a gift that keeps on giving — with step-by-step instruction on writing, polishing, self-publishing, and book marketing, extras to help you take your writing business to the next level, and access to a supportive author community.
This is the best tool for helping you optimize your book’s set up, sales page, and book ads, so it’s among the best gifts for authors.
Make sure your writer friend doesn’t already have a copy (it’s pretty well-known in the indie publishing community).
If you love Scrabble but don’t really have time to sit down to a game, why not turn your fridge into a Scrabble board and invite players to create words (one at a time) while they’re passing through.
If your writer friend likes to type from the couch or propped up in bed, this lap desk will be their new favorite piece of furniture (after said couch or bed).
This one comes equipped with a memory foam lap cushion, wrist rest, and USB light
Who wouldn’t love a membership that gives them a free audiobook of their choice every month?
Audible has the largest selection of audiobooks and membership also provides two free “Audible Originals” every month, as well as other perks.
This keyboard is the stuff of steampunk dreams and belongs on the desk of someone who loves all things retro.
Considering the price, though, make double sure this fits your writer friend’s personal tastes.
9. Writer’s Digest Magazine Subscription (printed or digital)
Writers around the world love this magazine — and for good reason. Among gifts for aspiring writers, this should be high on the list.
10. A Taotronics Laptop Desk
This one has legs, with five elevation levels and a surface that can tilt to four different angles.
The surface also has plenty of space for a large laptop, a mouse and other items, and retractable blockers keep items from sliding off. It also doubles as a folding table for kids or picnics.
If your writer friend has a flair for the artistic, consider this fountain pen set, with a medium nib calligraphy and scribe tool, 6 ink cartridges, an ink refill converter, and a luxury gift case. It comes in different colors and trims.
If you know a writer who doesn’t get enough alone time for writing, hanging this sign on the door to their office or bedroom might help.
You could even include a gift card to their favorite coffee place if they still don’t get enough uninterrupted writing time at home.
If you’re in a hurry to find a thoughtful gift for the writer in your life, you can’t go wrong with a gift card — which they can use to buy more books, office supplies, or other helpers.
If you know a writer in need of more uninterrupted quiet time, these headphones can help, whether they’re working at home or in a public place.
Nothing says, “I’m here to work, not to socialize” like a pair of headphones.
Novelty bookends are a fun and artful way to help your writer friends organize their books. And there are so many eye-catching choices. Keep your writer friend’s personal tastes in mind while shopping for these.
16. Scrivener 3.0
You don’t have to look hard to find writers who swear by this writing software – especially for writing books. The newest version is now available for macOS and will soon be available for Windows.
Red on one end and blue on the other, these pencils allow your writer friend to use one tool for making editing marks in red and editorial notes in blue.
Whether your writer friend only edits their own work or does some freelance editing on the side, these pencils will earn their place.
Writers need playtime, too, and these storytelling games take advantage of the writer’s love for making up new stories. It’s also a great way to beat writer’s block.
This alarm clock glows with increasing brightness to simulate a sunrise and help get your writer friend out of bed on time. It also blends nicely with modern home and office decor.
20. Bananagrams Game
If your writer friend loves Scrabble but doesn’t like to bother with a board, this game comes in a banana-shaped case, and the rules are roughly the same: make words with the letters you have at your disposal.
21. Aqua Notes
For those times when your writer friend gets great ideas in the shower (or bathtub), this aqua pad will become a lifesaving tool.
No more stumbling over slippery floors to get to a notepad before the idea vanishes like smoke.
This space-age pen lets you write at any angle, including upside down.
This comes in handy when you’re lying down, and you want to record a brilliant idea without getting out of bed.
If you know a writer who suffers from writer’s block, consider this gift. It provides idea cards, helpful suggestions, and specific tips to try for “creativity rejuvenation.”
24. Weighted Silk Eye Pillow with Organic Lavender and Flax Seeds — or the Alaska Bear Natural Silk Sleep Mask
Writers need a good night’s sleep like anyone else, but it doesn’t take much light to get their brain thinking it’s wakey-time.
So, help them out with a sleep mask that shuts out light and is comfortable to wear. Some even have lavender to make them extra soothing.
25. Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King, or Strunk and White’s The Elements of Style.
If you’re sure these books aren’t already on your writer friends’ bookshelves, pick up a copy of one or more of them and wrap them up with a gift card to a favorite coffee place or bookstore.
If your writer friend would rather publish a book the traditional way or would like to write articles or stories for magazines and journals, this book is indispensable.
If your writer friend needs more healthy snacks on hand, these keto-friendly snacks are good options to consider — unless your writer friend has a nut allergy.
There’s nothing wrong, though, with just buying a snack you know your writer friend enjoys, whether it’s super-healthy or not.
If your writer friend needs to get out of the chair every now and then for some exercise but doesn’t want to commit the time and expense for a gym membership, why not help them out by signing them up for an online class?
This gives them to option of staying right in the comfort of home and returning quickly to their work after they work out.
These are great little notebooks for journaling, making lists, or just jotting down ideas as they come.
They’re small enough to take with you but big enough to comfortably write in. They also come with an attached ribbon bookmark and an elastic band.
Rent an overnight stay (on the night that works with your writer friend’s schedule) at a nice Airbnb — one with free wifi and a nice desk — and maybe a fireplace and a great view. There are so many to choose from in every state.
If your writer friend could use a distraction-free reading tool, this one comes with a light for nighttime reading. The E-ink screen is glare-free and easy on the eyes, and the battery lasts for weeks on one charge. It can also play audiobooks purchased through Amazon/Audible.
Could one or more of your writer friends use an all-in-one accounting program to run their writing businesses?
Freshbooks is one of the more popular options out there, for good reason.
33. Clever Fox Planner or a Panda Planner Pro
Who couldn’t use a user-friendly planner with space for goal setting, list-making, and brainstorming? Either one of these makes a great gift for the busy writer in your life.
If you know a writer who enjoys adult coloring books, this one combines brainstorming techniques with the act of coloring to take their creative energy and insight to the next level.
Who doesn’t sometimes need to get their thoughts down without turning the light on?
This pen is made for moments like that, with an LED light that illuminates the page as you write. Plus, how cool is it that it’s called a “Night Writer”?
If you don’t know what your writer friends like to do for exercise, give them a ClassPass membership so they can try any workout at any gym, using the ClassPass app.
So, whether they’re into yoga, spin class, or working out with weights, they can try a variety of classes within a comfortable radius of their home.
If you know a writer who desperately needs a cooler domain name for their website (and we all know someone who started out with something like “totalwritingnoob.com” or “hungryafwriter.com”).
We’re here to help each other, darn it. So, pony up $9 or so on something that will make your friend’s website sound like the next “it” blog. No pressure.
We all need a personal growth retreat in a book now and then, and these two books will help your writer friends make a habit of expressing their gratitude and practicing mindfulness every day.
Pick one (or both) up for yourself, while you’re at it, and enjoy your 90-day mental and emotional spa treatment.
Who doesn’t love fast, free delivery? And while your writer friends might later blame you for all the great content they can stream for free with Prime membership (Hello, Poldark!), they’ll forgive you (because it’s Poldark!).
Prime membership also gives them free access to thousands of ebooks, magazines, comics, and audiobooks.
If you know a writer whose writing projects are mostly nonfiction books, this is the writing guide to get them. For over 100 years, this has been the definitive guide for those who work with words for a living.
Among gifts for journalists, this stylebook should be in the top three, if your writer friend doesn’t already have one.
The 2019 edition is up to date with world events, common word usage, and AP procedures, making it an indispensable tool for anyone interested in news writing.
42. Essential Oils Diffuser or Diffuser Pendant with a Set of Essential Oils.
Fill the air with scents that revitalize or relax to help your writer friend get in the groove or relax after a hard day’s work. The diffuser comes with an auto shut-off feature for added safety.
What writer doesn’t benefit from having an extra pair of eyes on their work?
The free Grammarly app catches plenty that can slip by the author’s own eyes. Grammarly Premium does even more to help your writer friends avoid the dreaded “Needs editing” book review.
This app doesn’t just catch small mistakes; it lets you know when your sentences are too long or difficult to understand.
It gives your writing a readability rating and adjusts it as you edit your copy to make it more readable. Every writer can benefit from this affordable tool.
Could one of your writer friends use some time away just to work on an all-consuming writing project?
If an overnight hotel stay just isn’t enough, do an internet search on available writing retreats, whether you want something close to home or on the other side of the world.
If your writer friend is a fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, this journal will earn you some serious friend points.
Decorated with six “infinity stones,” this sketchbook/journal comes with a vintage look latch and a high-quality, handmade, embossed leather cover.
47. Real Artists Don’t Starve by Jeff Goins
To inspire and encourage your writer friends to keep creating and keep putting their work out there, give them a copy of this book. Who wants to be a starving artist if they can be a well-paid one?
If you know a writer who likes to record their spoken thoughts and write them down later, good quality dictation software is a must — and Dragon dictation software (by Nuance) is consistently rated as the best overall.
Whether your writer friend would like easy access to microbrews, iced tea, bubbly water, or something else, a mini fridge keeps their favorite cold beverages chilled and close-at-hand. Another option for writer-friendly appliances is a coffee maker that dispenses one cup at a time (but still uses regular coffee grounds in a filter basket).
If you’re looking for gifts for poets, this one is hard to beat. Instead of letter tiles, this set gives you 300-word tiles to arrange into phrases and poems.
Bluetooth and USB compatible, this projector is small enough to keep on a keychain. Use it when you’ve got your phone but not your laptop and you want to type with a full-size keyboard to get your ideas down.
What gift do you want to give the writer in your life?
I hope you found at least one gift idea that made you think of one of your writer friends. Imagine surprising them with one of these gifts for their birthday or on an important writing anniversary (like the publication of their first book or their first paid writing assignment).
I hope you had as much fun looking through this list as I had making it.
There were plenty of items that didn’t make the cut (like the literary temporary tattoos) and some that I removed because the cost outweighed the benefits (like the $500 Freewrite typewriter — because at that price, you might as well buy a new laptop or an iPad).
Some of these are just low-budget fun, and some are more of an investment. The aim was to give you a wide variety of options and let you choose something that really spoke to you. You get it.
You know how it feels when you run across a gift idea that makes all the others fade into the background. And it makes the gift-giving moment all the more exciting.
Enjoy that. And may your thoughtfulness and kind consideration for your friends influence everything you do today.