Are you looking for the best gifts for writers, poets, and bloggers? Find cool gifts for authors as well as fun and unique creative writing presents. I’m not going to lie, this gift guide includes wine.
This creative writing gifts guide originally published in 2018 and has been updated for 2019.
My Personal Writing Journey (And Why Gifts Are Needed)
Once upon a time, there lived a Mouse named Moe with his wife, Alyssa… And pretty much from there, they lived the great capitalistic American dream as far as my 5-year-old self could imagine: Moe and Alyssa bought a house, had children, and drove to work every day.
Rewriting this story for modern times, Moe and Alyssa would decide their corporate jobs sucked a*s, kids were not for them, and they’d find themselves drinking wine all over the world, blogging about it. Moe would tirelessly shoot pictures for Alyssa’s failing Instagram while Alyssa furiously tweeted her next #SundaySunset… Sound familiar?
REGARDLESS, from the moment I COULD write, I WANTED to write. Unfortunately, writing is not always easy or fun, whether a book or a blog. Other times, writing is like spewing rainbows and unicorn dust.
So what do you give the writer in your life to cheer them up, motivate, and reward them?
The Best Gifts For Writers:
- Word Board Games
- Writers’ Magazines
- Inspirational Books
- Grammar Books
- Noise Canceling Headphones
- Adult Coloring Books
- Bookish Gear Like Mugs, Socks & Writing Gloves
- Notebooks, Journals & Planners
- Pencils And Pens
- Gift Cards
- A Messenger Bag
- Magnetic poetry
Below, find the coolest gifts for writers, authors, poets, and young and new writers (readers, too!) to brighten their day, inspire, or at least give you…I mean them…some crap to scroll through until you start writing again.
Fun And Unique Gifts For Writers
Too soon? Should I have saved alcohol for say…number three? Oops.
Guys, I have a reputation to maintain, and I think we should start with the rewards from writing all day first: WINE!
I love an oaky glass of wine, and who doesn’t want a glass paired perfectly with your dinner? Plus, isn’t there some study that red wine is fantastic for your heart? Disclosure: I am not a doctor SO back off haters.
I also love Manhattans on the rocks. This is what happens when you land in your mid-30’s: You get old and so does your taste in booze. Or more refined. I am so damn refined.
We recently started taking our cocktail making to another level too: we bought square ice cube trays so that we wouldn’t ruin our booze with lame, melty (boring and normal) ice cubes.
A few drinky drink cool gift ideas for authors and boozy accessories from Amazon:
P.S. If you love this wine gift idea, you might also want to check out my boozy and bubbly lovers’ gift guide here.
Ok, ok. I get it. Not everyone drinks the harsh stuff. We don’t want to end up like those turmoiled writers.
Try out these Novel Teas to relax, inspire, and soothe.
Plus, you can make your teas in a creative writing mug…
Jewelry, Totes, And Paper Weights (AKA Writing SCHWAG)
Looking for over 100+ non-bookish gifts for book lovers? Start here with TUL’s favorite literary gifts. Who doesn’t love literary schwag to wear around the house, drink from, and just stare at as we write and type away?
Here are a few other bookish gifts for writers that you may enjoy:
Looking for fun gifts for authors? You cannot go wrong with bookends. I have tons of unique bookshelves that need a little organization, bling, and help.
I am a huge fan of collecting t-shirts for my yoga practice. Plus, I spend a lot of my days writing in leggings and fun clothes that I don’t normally wear out in public…sometimes.
Cool Gifts For Young and Aspiring Writers
Grammar and Writing Books
Going back to my English and history double major days as well as my recent MLIS grad experiences, you know about the MUST writing and grammar books.
As a librarian, that Writer’s Market BEAST is always publishing gold…or a Manhattan in solid form.
Did you ever wonder what books inspire authors to write? Below are a few that some of my favorite indie authors recommend:
A few more of my own inspirational writing recommendations to make you think:
Best Creative Writing Gifts
Word Board Games
We are a huge board game family when friends are in town. Board games pair nicely with booze.
Yes, of course, we love Cards Against Humanity and Apples to Apples, BUT we also enjoy traditional wordy-nerdy board games. When writers’ block hits…or procrastination with wine block/thirst distracts…why not crack out a game?
Get even more Word Board Games ideas here.
Sometimes when you need a break from writing, coloring is extremely soothing…unless you are obsessed with coloring inside those tiny a*s lines. Play some music, light a candle, and get your creativity on!
Reading And Writing Subscriptions
Did you ever notice that the more you read, the better you write? Growing up, I always learned that the best writers are readers. Stories inspire us, teach us how to write, and let us travel to multiple worlds as well as through many perspectives without even moving.
Back in my long commuter days, I barely had time to sit down and read books. However, those 2-hour car rides proved perfect for audiobooks. Along with free library books from Overdrive and Hoopla, I took advantage of Audible deals.
Not to mention I live on Amazon Prime. I love the discounts I find on amazon books and with two-day shipping, I am now happily drowning in my TBR pile. Plus, as a Prime member, you receive access to movies and music. I’m not going to hide: we place a Prime order or two every week.
I also love The New Yorker, The Economist, and Time Magazine. Magazine subscriptions are pretty cheap these days and support media channels that could use a little extra love.
Specifically, magazines for writers, you might enjoy:
Best Writing Gifts For Productivity And Organization
I cannot even begin to count how many notebooks I have laying around in every corner of my house. I use them to jot down blog ideas, record book review notes, and outline my blog posts.
Some notebooks keep 1.2 gazillion passwords that will somehow get hacked anyway. Or, they are just wrong. Kills me every damn time.
Other pads have lists of dreams and goals, sketches for merch, and Instagram captions.
There might be a grocery list mixed in and a ton of freaking cat hair. But cats aren’t allowed on the tables, right? Never.
I think I need a notebook to catalog the notebooks. If you are going to clutter your home with paper, might as well make it cute:
I could not work, write, or function without a planner. I need to see each week laid out with tasks that I can check off as well as content ideas for the month matched with short and long-term goals.
My favorite planner? I use the Clever Fox Planner because it lets me write in my own dates, weeks, and months. The planner looks like a bullet journal with space for me to map out my business plans and to make tasks pretty before they die.
Fun Pencils and Pens
I truly believe that colorful or inspiring tools will rub off on your writing. You are what you write with. No wait, you write what you write with.
A Messenger Bag
Everyone always wants to know why I carry a huge Vera tote. I usually bring along my laptop, book, umbrella, water bottle, and wallet when I am going on a trip or for an extended visit to the doctor’s office. These are just the BASICS, of course.
The best gift for writers and creative people like me is a GIANT a*s bag:
Best Gifts For Poets
I am not a poet. Believe me, I tried. I really did. But for my poet friends, I hope you’ll appreciate these fun gifts.
I’ve never quite understood writing gloves, but my hands freeze during these North Carolina mountain winters.
Plus, gloves just make me look official and seem totally legit–bad*ss even!
Poets are pretty creative, right? Why not give them a gift card to let them decide what will inspire their dreamy prose?
A Rhyming Dictionary
Did you know that my husband rhymed our wedding vows? Yup…it was super sweet and totally his jam. Sometimes, though, words just don’t rhyme well. I have just the solution:
Books Specifically For Poets
I am going to let these gifts for poets explain themselves…truly.
Funny Gifts For Authors Who Love Peace And Quiet
Aka distractions for…
The cats! I have 4…
A Cat Tree
Noise Canceling Headphones
My incessant phone checking:
What is the best gift you have ever received or given relating to writers? What would you add?
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You May Also Enjoy:
Fun Word Board Games For Everyone
TUL’s Bookish and Boozy Gift Guides
Rachel @ Never Enough Novels
Sunday 10th of November 2019
I saw the title of this post and literally went, Oh that's a fun idea! out loud haha. I'm by no means a writer, but I still love looking through all the neat products you found! I have that first lines of literature mug and use it practically every day. Also, my mother in law is asking for our Christmas lists right now, so this gave me some ideas to give her. And yes, they still ask us for Christmas lists even though we're 30 years old and have a kid haha.
I would also add that I love reading annotated books. Might be inspirational for writers? A lot of times they explain historical context, facts about the writer, and other interesting tidbits that go into writing a book!
Monday 11th of November 2019
Hehe! I am so glad that you agree ; ) I'm sooooo hoping to get one brand new (not updated) gift guide out this year that's all about my other *boozy* passion. I need more time in my life--which I am sure that you can relate to.
Um, don't you HAVE A BLOG?! That, my friend, makes you a WRITER. YUP.
My mom actually asks for Christmas lists too, which reminds me that I need to write my own. I am 35...sooooo....I won't be judging anyone. I always say that I don't want anything (it's true), but I can always come up with a list. Sadly, my Christmas present list is a little more boring as I get older. Caphalon frying pans always make the cut. Always.
I love the idea of annotated books. That is such a great idea--thank you so much for the suggestion.
Saturday 9th of November 2019
You seriously have an awesome list here!! Good job you! That Best mom ever cat wine glass cracked me up!? I like your bookend ideas too. One day when I actually organize my apartment and can make it pretty, I will get some. I also liked your inspirational book ideas. Cool that you mentioned 1984 and Pride and Prejudice. Speaking of the latter, those writing gloves are awesome!! They are words from pride and prejudice!! I love that! I really think I’m going to get those. My mom got me these fingerless gloves and I was like, “Why mom? They won’t be warm enough.” Then I started wearing them. So much easier to use your phone with them then with the gloves that have those thingamajigs built in that are supposed to help with that. I made it the whole cold NYC winter last year with just those fingerless gloves. Moral of the story. I gotta be nicer to my mom. This is my 2nd comment to you where I’ve demonstrated what a terrible daughter I am.?
Also LOVE banagrams! We got a lot of staff bonding time post Hurricane Sandy with bananagrams. That would probably take too long to explain but good times were had!
Can you please tell me what his rhyming wedding vows were? I’m DYING to know!! Sounds so sweet! Were people in tears or was it cute and funny?
OKAY...Best gift hands down is I Could Pee on This.?? I need that book of poems!!!
Loved your list!?
Monday 11th of November 2019
Thank you so much!
I will have to take a picture of the rhyming wedding vows. We have Tom's framed on one of my bookshelves. Hehe. Don't let me forget.
We always used to play Bananagrams in high school and then again when we were bored to death in Indo (when the power went out). I haven't played in a long time, though, and I miss it!
You are so not a terrible daughter. HAHA. Moms always know best. I actually own a pair of fingerless gloves (not writing) for that very reason. We were traveling, and I constantly needed my phone for directions and social media pics. It made my life so easy, and then you can just tuck your fingers in when you need to warm up. Brilliant. Living in NC, I think that I might actually invest in some writing gloves since it is so chilly lately. My old lady circulation blows.
Some of those book suggestions are from my indie authors--which are great, right? They really get ya thinking. Indie authors, like moms, always know best.
Thursday 7th of November 2019
I love the wine socks and the T Shirts. I read The Power of Habit a few years ago and recommend everyone reads it, even if you aren't a writer. It's an eye opening book.
Monday 11th of November 2019
Yes, and I also think that these gifts are great for anyone and everyone. Most love a play on words or unique, thoughtful gifts. You can never go wrong with books.
Joy E. Rancatore
Sunday 3rd of November 2019
Great list!! I especially love that wine glass. I may have to gift a matching set of those to my sister and me! We speak fluent cursive when we're together. ;)
Monday 4th of November 2019
Thanks so much! I really love that wine glass too. I hope that you left the boozy wine glass up on your computer alllllll night. I'm AMAZING at cursive as well.
Kaleena @ Reader Voracious
Tuesday 18th of December 2018
I am freaking LAUGHING SO HARD at #1 and your "too soon?" Never, never too soon!
This is a great list of ideas for the readers and writers in our lives, thank you!
Wednesday 19th of December 2018
HAHA, a girl has to start somewhere, right?!
Thank you so much, book bestie! You have to tell me all about your holiday plans. I hope they are wonderful.