Finding the right gifts for writers in your life can be challenging. After all, what do you get people who spend so much time living in their own heads and imaginations.
It's even worse if you're the writer! What do you tell people to get you for Christmas gifts, birthday presents, and other holidays?
But don't worry friends. We've got you covered with over 100 of the best gifts for writers ever. We've got writing software gifts, writing apparel gifts, writing book gifts, and even the best book writing planner money can buy.
Let's get gifting, shall we?
One last thing to note before we begin. A few of the products below are affiliate links, meaning we earn a bit of money for each purchase, which goes to help keep us supplied with our own books and gifts for the writers in our lives. This didn't affect our review or inclusion on our list, but we wanted to let you know!
Gifts for Writers Table of Contents
- The Best Gifts for Writers: Books!
- Writing Courses
- Writing Journals and Planners
- Writing Tools and Software
- Tech Gifts for Writers
- Writing Stimulants (e.g. Caffeine!)
- Writer's Block Busting Gifts
- Writer’s Clothes and Apparel
- Writing Decor
- Other Gifts for Writers
The Best Gifts for Writers: Books!
Writers are always readers, and almost always, the best gift you can get the writer in your life is a great book.
Some of the best gifts arrive over time! These are our favorite book subscriptions so you can give the gift of regular reading.
Audible Subscription. This is one of my favorites. With an Audible subscription, you can get an annual or even 3-month subscription so your writer can pick out one audiobook a month! Choose your gift threshold at $15 for one month, $45 for 3-months, $90 for six-months, and $150 for a full year.
Book of the Month Subscription. BOTM is the perfect subscription box for book lovers, allowing you to choose one book per month from their shortlist of new and exciting books with $59, $99, and $199 gifting thresholds.
Kindle Unlimited. Unlimited reading in Amazon's Kindle Unlimited program, which has over 4 million books! Not bad! You can give 6 months for $59.94, 12 months for $119.88, and even two years at $172.66.
Parnassus First Edition Book Club: Parnassus Booksstore in Nashville, TN will send a signed first edition each month. Amazing right?! Starts at $35.50 per month with shipping.
There are hundreds of great books written on the writing craft, and these can be a great help to writers who want to get better and accomplish their writing goals. Here are some of our favorites:
- Refuse to Be Done: How to Write and Rewrite a Novel in Three Drafts by Matt Bell. Guides writers through writing a novel, focusing on rewriting and refining.
- Let's Write a Short Story! by Joe Bunting. A practical guide to jumpstarting a career in writing through the craft of short stories.
- 14 Prompts by Joe Bunting. Offers creative and engaging writing prompts to inspire writers.
- You Are a Writer by Jeff Goins. Empowers aspiring writers to embrace their identity as writers.
- Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert. Discusses the nature of inspiration and creativity, encouraging readers to embrace curiosity.
- The Art of Memoir by Mary Karr. Shares wisdom on writing memoirs, blending personal experiences with practical advice.
- On Writing: a Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King. A revealing and practical view of the writer's craft, part memoir, part master class.
- The First Five Pages: A Writer's Guide to Staying Out of The Rejection Pile by Noah Lukeman
- The Emotional Craft of Fiction by Donald Maass: Discusses how to write with emotional authenticity and depth.
- Elements of Fiction by Walter Mosley
- Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg. A guide to writing practice and a philosophy of life.
- The Memoir Project by Marion Roach Smith. A guide on how to write a memoir that people will want to read.
- The Modern Library Writer's Workshop: A Guide to the Craft of Fiction by Stephen Koch. A comprehensive guide offering wisdom and practical advice on the art of fiction from a seasoned author and teacher.
- Bird By Bird by Anne Lamott. Lamott's book offers her own insights into the writing process, blending humor with practical advice.
- The Write Fast System by J. Danforth. A guide to creating your own writing productivity system, one that will help you write faster, create a sustainable writing habit, and accomplish your writing goals.
- The Way of the Writer: Reflections on the Art and Craft of Storytelling by Charles Johnson. Johnson shares his personal journey and experiences in the world of writing, offering valuable insights into the craft of storytelling.
- The Write Structure by Joe Bunting. My book that shares the story structure framework we use at The Write Practice, a system designed to help people write great stories using timeless structural techniques faster. You can learn more about The Write Structure plot framework here.
- Story: Substance, Structure, Style, and the Principles of Screenwriting by Robert McKee. Much of what the world knows about story structure comes from Robert McKee, a screenwriting and storytelling guru who has been teaching live workshops to writers and screenwriters for decades. This is a foundational text.
- The Story Grid: What Good Editors Know by Shawn Coyne. Shawn Coyne took Robert McKee and other's ideas and created a practical, objective plot framework that has helped thousands of writers and editors craft better stories. This book was transformational to me and so many.
- Save The Cat! The Last Book on Screenwriting You'll Ever Need by Blake Snyder. Snyder's influential book presents a structured method for screenwriting, laying out basic plots, fifteen core scenes, and other structural techniques to structure your writing process.
- Save the Cat Writes a Novel by Jessica Brody. Brody translates Blake Snyder's book for novelists, giving a systematic approach to brainstorm, outline, and write a novel using the Save the Cat method.
- The Hero With a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell. This book lays out the origin of the “hero's journey” monomyth that inspired George Lucas and so many others.
Revision and Style
- Revision and Self-Editing by James Scott Bell
- Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen by Mary Norris
- The Describer’s Dictionary by David Grambs
- The Emotion Thesaurus by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi
- The Chicago Manual of Style: The Essential Guide for Writers, Editors, and Publishers
- The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language edited by William Morris
- Elements of Style by Strunk and White
- Self-Editing for Fiction Writers by Renni Browne and Dave King
Publishing and Beyond
- Before and After the Book Deal by Courtney Maum
- The Business of Being a Writer by Jane Friedman
- Your First 1,000 Copies by Tim Grahl
- APE: How to Publish a Book by Guy Kawaski and Shawn Welch
- Scrivener Superpowers by M.G. Herron
Non-Craft Books That Are Still Great
- Atomic Habits by James Clear
- You Are a Badass: How To Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero
- The Art of Noticing by Rob Walker
Inspiring Poetry Books
One of the most inspiring kinds of books for writers, though, is poetry. Reading masters of language play with images and emotions takes my breath away. Here are a few of our favorites:
- The Carrying by current U.S. Poet Laureate Ada Limón
- Good Bones by Maggie Smith
- The Bell and the Blackbird by David Whyte
- Counting Descent by Clint Smith
- Devotions by Mary Oliver
- Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss
The Writer's Starter Pack. This one is special because it's from us! In The Writer's Starter pack, you'll get seven of our best writing classes at The Write Practice normally $743, all for $299, more than 60 percent off. This is a limited time deal for Black Friday so make sure to get it quickly if you want it.
Writing Classes from The Write Practice. Alternatively, you give your writer a $49 per month membership to all of our classes and our workshopping community. This is a great deal for writers who want to learn the craft in a supportive environment.
100 Day Book. You can also give your writer friend the gift of a finished book through our class 100 Day Book. Over the course of 100 Days, they will be guided through the process of writing a new draft of their book. It's an amazing program that has helped thousands of writers finish their books.
Masterclass. Through Masterclass, you can learn from some of the best living writers in the world, like Malcolm Gladwell, Margaret Atwood, James Patterson, Neil Gaiman, and more. See our full Masterclass review or sign up here.
Writing Journals and Planners
Moleskine. The writer's notebook of choice over the last 100 years, this hardcover journal is perfect for the writer who wants to keep their words safe. Alternatively, check out Leuchtturm1917‘s similarly beautiful journals.
The Write Plan Planner. Finally, if your writer is looking for a planner that will specifically help them write a book, check out The Write Plan Planner, a premium, hardcover book writing planner we designed that combines everything we've learned about how to finish writing a book! Get it here.
You can also see our full list of planners for writers here.
Writing Software and Apps
Writing is hard, and having the right tools and software can make the process easier. You can find all of our favorite pieces of book writing software here, but here's a couple of the most giftable.
Dabble. Dabble has quickly become our favorite book writing software, combining some of Scrivener's best features (drag-and-drop chapter editor, notecard view, and manuscript target and productivity tracking) plus write-anywhere cloud syncing all in a more user-friendly, easy-to-use package. You can even gift Dabble Premium to your favorite writer here.
Scrivener. Scrivener has long been a favorite word processor for writers working on longer projects like books, where traditional tools like Microsoft Word tend to struggle. Learn more about Scrivener here or grab it for your favorite writer here for $59.99.
ProWritingAid. Our favorite grammar and style checker! Give the gift of perfect writing (or at least writing with fewer errors!) You can subscribe normally, or gift Lifetime access or a 1 Year Subscription $60 here.
Publisher's Marketplace. The best tool to help you get published. Find literary agents and publishers to submit to, get a stream of the latest deals in the industry, and hear all the latest publishing industry related news. $25 per year here.
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Tech Gifts for Writers
Writers need tech too! From eReading devices to laptops to distraction-free writing devices, these tech gifts will kindle joy in every writer (pun intended, obviously).
Kindle Paperwhite. Read comfortably anywhere (even in low light environments). Download new books instantly wherever you are. Long-battery life (up to 10 weeks!), it's hard to beat the Kindle Paperwhite.
Freewrite Smart Typewriter. This is a distraction-free writing tool designed for writers who want to focus solely on writing without the interruptions of the internet. It features an e-ink screen and a full-size mechanical keyboard, combining the simplicity of a typewriter with modern digital convenience, allowing you to sync your work to the cloud. A very cool (if a little expensive) gift! Check out the Alpha version for a more budget-friendly option.
Digital Voice Recorder. Walking is one of the best ways to tap into your creative flow. What's more, walking and talking out your novel or article can be a great way to get a lot of “writing” done while getting your daily steps. This voice recorder from Sony is a good fit, with good quality, long-battery life, a large amount of storage, and a fairly budget-friendly price. Pair it with the dictating guide for writers, On Being a Dictator by the ultra-prolific Kevin J. Anderson, to give the gift of dictation to the writer in your life.
reMarkable 2 E-ink Note-taking Tablet. Another great distraction-free device for better idea capturing is the reMarkable 2 note-taking tablet. Use it to jot down ideas, map story arcs, handwrite scenes, or just do some world-class doodling. A great companion to the writing process!
Writing Stimulants (AKA Caffeine!)
It's no secret that most writers have a (un)healthy love for caffeinated beverages. Here are some of our favorite coffe and tea-related gifts for writers.
Build Your Own Writer's Block Busting Basket
Combine some or all of these into the perfect gift basket for your favorite writer:
Rory's Story Cubes. A fun dice game to get your story brain moving that you can play by yourself to break writers block or with others.
Timer. Set the timer and get writing! This rotating productivity timer let's you quickly set it for 5, 15, 30, 45, and 60 minute increments. Or just take a look at the clock. Perfect for your writing sprints.
Blackwing pencils. Beautiful, iconic, and lovely to write with.
Green Felt-tip Flair Pens. The perfect pen to mark up your manuscript!
A Cozy Blanket. When you sit in front of a computer or notebook for long periods of time, especially in the early morning or late at night, it's easy to get cold! Thus, a cozy blanket is must. I think this knit fleece from LL Bean, which reminds me of my grandma, is my favorite.
Motivational Stress Balls. For all those hard writing moments!
Your own Zen Garden, but table top sized.
Thinking putty. We all need things to do with our hands while we think. That's why this Thinking Putty is perfect.
A House Plant. Freshen up the air for thinking with a house plant (tip: the easier to take care of the better).
Alternatively, have someone make your gift basket for you with The Scribbler Box, the subscription box for creative writers, combining stickers, apparel, craft books, journals, writing tools, and more. Starting at $19.99 a month here.
Writing Clothes and Apparel
What about gifts for the writer who wants to show off? Below you'll find our favorite apparel and funniest gifts for writers.
Socks for Writers
Every writer loves a pair of thick, cozy socks to wear when snuggled up at their writing desk or preferred writing space. Here are some whimsical options:
- So Many Books, So Little Time Socks
- Poe-ka Dot Socks. Edgard Allen Poe was a weird dude. A genius, sure, but also very strange. And that's exactly why having a mosaic of his face all over your socks just works. I have a pair of these and I love them.
- Shh, I’m Reading Socks
T-Shirts for Writers
Who doesn't want a t-shirt that fully captures the essence of their creative journey. Here are some thoughtfully designed options that blend style with literary flair:
- My story structure “works” T-Shirt
- Book Nerd T-Shirt
- World's Sexiest Writer T-Shirt (shockingly, no one has given me this yet)
- Le Petit Prince Tshirt ($34). Another great book print from Litographs, except this one you can wear. If you have really amazing eyesight or a spare microscope in your tote bag, you can read almost the whole text of Le Petit Prince on this Tshirt. You can get this one, and other classic book Tshirts, from Litograph's website here.
Work in Poe-gress Hoodie. Most writers enjoy a fun pun. We created this hoodie (also available as a t-shirt) to combine literary puns, writerly jargon, and winter warmth. For a gift that will keep your writer friends cozy, motivated, and slightly silly this year, look no further than this hoodie.
Shoes for Writers
Shoes are a fun way to give style a little spunk. Try one of these options for a pair of eye-catching footwear for your writing companion.
Book Lover Jammies
Sometimes nothing is better than a cozy set of pajamas and a great book. These jammies from CafePress are fun and comfortable—and perfect for curling up with a new favorite read in bed, on the couch, or anywhere your friend enjoys lounging.
The Write Hat
The Write Hat. Help your favorite writer express their true identity with this great baseball cap. I have one of these and love it!
Pride & Prejudice Tote Bag ($29).This looks like just another tote bag with some Edwardian English women fanning themselves as they admire an eligible bachelor with a large fortune who is obviously in search of a wife.
All of that is true, but if you whip out your magnifying glass you can also read the first 20,000 words of Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen. That's right, this is a tote with words. You can get this one and totes for other classic books here from Litographs.
Penguin Classics Postcards ($17). We should all be writing more postcards. We really should. But let's be honest, you probably won't. Even so, these awesome postcards of classic books make for great bookmarks. You can also decorate your writing space with them. Or just regift them to your friends. So many great options. Get your Penguin Classic postcards here.
You can also get this set with famous quotes in literature.
Matchbooks that Look Like Actual Books ($8). OK, I don't smoke, and while I do light the occasional fire, I rarely use matches. But I still want these crazy little matchboxes that look like actual books because they're so cool. Someone, please buy these for me.
Les Misérables Scarf ($39). Okay, this is our last book-on-a-garment item, but come on. You can't deny it would be cool to have a scarf printed with 30,000 words of Victor Hugo's masterpiece.
One cool feature of Litograph's scarves is that you can choose from dozens of different books, or even upload your own book (!!!) and choose your own font and color (I like the looks of Petit Formal in blue). Customize your own literary scarf here.
Fingerless Writing Gloves. Fingerless gloves keep a writer’s hands warm and free to type without hinderance. And like the scarves mentioned above, Storiarts offers these gloves covered in text from a variety of classic novels, like Still I Rise to The Night Circus. Get your writing gloves here.
Literary Headbands with Text. Okay, I know I’ve shared a lot from Storiarts already, but I couldn’t help offering one more gift idea from their amazing collection. Nothing shouts “I love books!” or “I love writing!” more than a headband with quotes from a classic novel. Perfect for keeping your hair back when typing, or ears warm when your out for a morning walk—brainstorming ideas for your next story or current WIP. Get a headband with text here.
Next, here's our favorite decor perfect for the writer who likes to set the “write” atmosphere for creativity.
- “Smells Like a Bestseller” Candle
- ”Reading at the Cafe” candle
- Lego Typewriter (I actually do really want this—if only someone would give it to me!)
Other Gifts Every Writer Loves
Spotify Premium Gift Card. Nothing inspires like music. Give your favorite writer Spotify Premium for unlimited, ad-free (i.e. distraction free) music.
Canva Pro. Canva Pro gives writers an opportunity to design images without boundaries. Whether or not they’d like to design a professional looking image for a social media account like Instagram, or their very own book cover, Canva is simple to use—and comes with thousands of images and graphics. Get a friend Canva Pro with this link.
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