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Great Holiday Gift Ideas for Writers

Shalu Bhatti Mar 22, 2020
A holiday is more than a medium of relaxation for a writer, it is, in fact, a journey that leads him to the much-needed source of inspiration, creativity, and motivation. We give you some great gift ideas to give writers during their holiday-cum-inspirational journey.
A holiday, for others, might be the time to forget the things that keep them busy; for writers, it is the time to research and remember, remember the things that keep them going.
Writing―there is a lot more to it than one can merely perceive. Whenever we connect the two words, traveling and writer, we can't help but think of the author from the fictional world―Bilbo Baggins from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit series. There is a reason why 'adventure travel' or 'journey to unknown lands' has such vital emphasis in epic stories.
'Holidays' have had their own share of adventurous and mysterious stories, be it '... What You Did Last Summer' or 'How the Grinch Stole Christmas'. There is something magical in the air during the holidays, especially for gifted observers―the writers―for whom the roots of the trees and the vicinity of the sky are beyond the known.
They can create an unknown world among the differently-shaped clouds, or perhaps a new species of creatures within the hollow of the trees. Any sight, situation, or just the newness of the place can stir up the creative thinking, which at times, tends to subside when surrounded by the everyday monotony.
The following section will give you some great gift ideas for these artists to help them research and recollect the missing zest they need, to pen down their extraordinary versions of the 'ordinary' experiences.

Useful Gifts for Writers

The best gift you could give to a writer would be the ability to get the right word at the right time! Well, while I wish that was possible, there certainly are other gift options that would prove to be really helpful for those, to whom a holiday is a source to 'unlock the writer's block'.

A Digital Voice Recorder

"One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple." ― Jack Kerouac, The Dharma Bums
The worse thing about great ideas is that they come and go faster than the blink of an eye! Imagine witnessing a scenic beauty, and beautiful words entering the mind describing its picturesqueness. However, before one is able to pen down these words, they just vanish from the mind. For writers, the occurrence of such instances is fairly common.
Therefore, a digital voice recorder is a gift that will definitely be used during an outdoor vacation. Though many smartphones have the option of recording voice notes as well, we think that a voice recorder helps the writer get the feel of recording something over the ordinary.

A Nice Book to Read

"If you don't have time to read, you don't have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that." ― Stephen King
Reading not only helps the mind unwind, but also enables one to enter a zone of much-needed solitude. Reading, we believe, programs the mind to understand what is required to create an impact on the readers through the right words. Gifting a much-coveted book of a favorite author would be great.
Thoughtful options such as the Writer's Market, which is a reference book that republishes every year, and is widely acknowledged as a helpful guide to freelance writers; a dictionary, a subscription along with the current issue of avid writer's magazines such as the Writer's Digest and The Writer, would be highly appreciated.

The Inspirational Journal

"We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect." ― Anaïs Nin
We think every writer should have a journal of 'unedited thoughts'. Thoughts, that are written in their most original form. This gift would be The Book for the writer, when it comes to emptying words that clutter and run across the mind.
The inspirational journal records the random thoughts and moments, and later on, becomes a source of motivation, by allowing the writer to retrospect what's already written, and change the randomness into refined words, ready to be shared with the world.

A Quill Pen

"You can make anything by writing." ― C.S. Lewis
Writing is undoubtedly the most powerful form of expression, and a pen is a writer's greatest weapon. A quill pen has a very writer-ish feel to it, don't you think? It feels as if one has gone back to an ancient era.
It would certainly be the most cherished gift ever, received by a writer, especially those who still wander among the classic writings of Shakespeare, Walt Whitman, D.H. Lawrence, and other eminent authors of that time.

Holiday Tees

"So what? All writers are lunatics!" ― Cornelia Funke
How about getting a custom-made T-shirt with a cool quote by a famous author? There are many sites online that give you the freedom to design your own T-shirts at quite a reasonable price. You can also get a book cover printed on the tee, and perhaps make this gift the most cherished clothing item of the receiver's wardrobe, ever.

Meaningful or Inspirational Jewelry

"A word after a word after a word is power." ― Margaret Atwood
Writers have the tendency to connect each and everything around. Everything seems to have a source, a meaning, and a story. Getting a meaningful piece of jewelry that has a unique inspirational look to it would be an appreciated option.
From pendants to earrings to rings to bracelets to anklets, there are many varieties to choose from. In fact, if you are aware of their favorite character who wears this exotic piece of jewelry, then you can try to get a replica of the very piece.
From the 'Ring' in The Lord of the Rings to the 'Deathly Hollows' in Harry Potter, many online stores have jewelry based on famous books and their characters. eBay has the Harry Potter Charm Bracelet, jewelry based on the Chronicles of Narnia, and the like. If you know what design will do the trick, you can get it custom-made online.

Customized Bags

"You are what you write." ― Helvy Tiana Rosa, Risalah Cinta
The things that you carry, be it the style of your writing, speaking, dressing, or accessories, speak about the kind of person you are. A holiday needs a good bag that carries the necessities. Why not gift a personalized bag with an appealing design? Be it any type of bag―laptop, tote, pouch―customize it with a unique design and make it a writer's pick.

Upgraded Laptop Battery

"This is how you do it: you sit down at the keyboard and you put one word after another until it's done. It's that easy, and that hard." ― Neil Gaiman
For writers who would prefer laptops over pen and paper, how about getting a battery upgrade for their laptop? This would be a highly thoughtful gift for those who want to type out in the open, without any wires, sockets, and walls.
The one drawback of this gift option is that it wouldn't be a surprise, you'll probably have to inform the person beforehand, to be able to get his laptop away to change the battery. Nonetheless, the gesture will surely be appreciated.

Must-have Writer's Apps

"I love being a writer. What I can't stand is the paperwork." ― Peter De Vries
The Merriam-Webster Dictionary app can save you from the trouble of flipping through the pages of the thick traditional dictionary, while Evernote can make activities like idea compiling, notes, images, and things-to-do, at your fingertips.
Another interesting app is known as The Brainstormer, that helps writers to get access to unlimited writing prompts, enabling them to keep their pencil sharpened. Dragon Dictation, Write or Die, WriteChain, and Inspiron are a few names among the must-have apps for writers. A useful and cost-effective gift option indeed!
Creativity is appreciated by any artist. Any gift option that you choose should bring forth the motif successfully. Whether it is the upgraded laptop battery to help the writer go wireless for a longer time, or the subscription to the inspiring writer's magazine; for a writer, it is the thought that counts more than anything else.