We writers live in a fantasy world much of the time, and a large portion of us spend a lot of time inside behind a computer so it can be difficult to find the perfect gift. I thought I’d throw out some suggestions to help in all of your gift giving adventures. (This post is not sponsored and I am not benefitting by the mention of any of the products)
I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the smell of a book. Hand me a new one and I’ll open it up and stick my nose right in. The scent is pure heaven. This Old Books soy candle by Frostbeard Studio looks divine! If I don’t get one, or twelve for Christmas I will be gifting it to myself.
Autocrit. I don’t have it. But I want it. This website allows you to upload your manuscript (or chapters) and it will edit them and give you tons of amazing feedback. The goal, get it ready to send to editors/agents/etc. You want your words to stand out for the right reasons, not because your editing is horrible. I’ve heard amazing things about this service and can’t wait to put it to use… once someone gifts me a subscription. P.S. You can even get a free first pass at your work.
Let’s face it. Writers write. On anything and everything. I have notes on receipts, napkins, a torn up aspirin bottle box… I could go on and on. Give the writer in your life a place to writer down their more casual thoughts or brainstorming. I can’t get enough of Rifle Paper Co. They have so many options that you can’t help but be inspired to scribe.
I don’t have the best posture, so after a long stint of writing, my back and neck are aching. I know I’m not alone. This amazing neck and shoulders heat wrap is perfect for a writer. They can easily wear it while at work, or while relaxing on the sofa. And doesn’t it look comfy?
Every writer has their own process. I’m one who loves to brainstorm on paper and I use many different colors while I do it. The different colors may represent a character, or a location or even scene. Gel pens are so smooth on the pen that they help keep the ideas flowing – just what a writer needs. This is a little gift. Perfect for a stocking stuffer, but it will be greatly appreciated and prove that you get them and all of their writer quirkiness.
When you’re planning complicated and layered characters, or mystical and far-off worlds, the last thing you want to also plan, is dinner. I have been using Plated for several months now and I love it. And when I say love, I mean that I’m obsessed. It’s a life saver and the meals are incredible. A subscription to this amazing service would be the gift of legends.
I hope this list helps give you some simple gift ideas. These are great for Christmas or any time of year that you’d like that writer in your life to know that you’re thinking of them. You never know, they’ll love it so much they may just write a character based on you… and not kill you off at the end. 🙂
And don’t forget, my new novel, Losing Brave (BlinkYA/Harper Collins) releases on January 30th. If you pre-order, you get a great swag pack – and there’s even a great Christmas Swag Pack. Check it out!