You might think it easy to find gifts for your writer friends. Colored pens, new notebook, Post-Its. Don’t get me wrong, I love office supplies, but there are a few other options that are often overlooked. Like health and sanity. Mostly sanity. So, here are a few ideas to fill in the gaps for you.
Regular Sweatpants & Coffee contributor and published author Jen Violi is offering a splendid alternative to traditional writing retreats. For just $17 you will get: audio recording for meditation, a simple schedule, and PDFs of all the materials you will need. All to be enjoyed from the comfort of your own home. At this price, it’s a steal.
These easy to follow, detailed guides by Jordan Rosenfeld are exactly what a writer needs to push through a creative slump or to deepen an existing work. There are four titles to choose from and you can get any two for $20. Plus, you can get them personalized.
Gift Certificate for Spa or Massage (Varies by business)
Writing is not an easy occupation. There are the long nights, weird seating positions, stress, tension, and, in my case, a lot of hunching over the laptop. I know there are fancy tables and lap cushions, but I’m not terribly fond of them. It’s crucial to unwind and relax, working out some of those knots from tense muscles. This is a gift that keeps on giving. Check out Yelp reviews and find a good local place that offers some much needed serenity.
This goes hand-in-hand with relaxation. Sometimes, the best thing you can give is comfort. Fluffy, warm blankets bring happiness to everyone. This awesome blanket by Biddeford is only $42 at Target. It comes in five different styles with velour on one side and sherpa on the other. Perfect to curl up on the couch with.
“I Write About You” Tee $20
This is basically a public service announcement. Just so people think twice before mumbling that insult under their breath. You can get it in several colors in both men’s and women’s sizing and styles. For prices ranging $20-$49, this design is available in a hoodie, kid’s sizes, tanks, or a phone case. You can pick your poison here.
Spiral or Leather?
This could be a controversial issue. I prefer the spiral bound. I hate having to fight the seam of a notebook or journal. I love leather journals, though. The smell, the feeling of them in your hands as you compile your thoughts. They’re just gorgeous. To solve this dilemma, I chose one of each.
I love the green color. It’s also a “green” product with really thick, high density paper. 300 pages, people! You can find them at Barnes & Noble.
Made with genuine leather and sewn binding. It comes in three colors and can be personalized. It has 224 journal pages with a few extra features for things like travel distance and weather. Graphic Image has an array of beautiful leather diaries, portfolios, and datebooks.
Sticky Weekly Calendar $10
I kind of love that you can stick this anywhere. Maybe this way I’ll stop double-booking and stay on task. It’s all about priorities. There are all sorts of other cool products over at Brit + Co, ready to fill your stockings.
Apparently, this is the pen dreams are made of. This pen has 331 reviews on Amazon but was tested and voted best pen across the board by several different companies and blogs. That’s pretty amazing. It has smooth, even ink that quickly dries for zero smudging. It comes in a variety of sizes and tip diameters. I’m going to put this one to the test, but how can so many people be wrong? And I can get it the next day with Amazon Prime? Yes, please.
At the end of the day I think your writer pals will thank you for the thought and love. But these gifts will help you show, not tell, how much you care.