As an author, and one who has many writer friends, I wanted to offer you some of my top recommendations for the reader and writer on your Christmas list. I have carefully curated this list of 50 perfect gifts and hope you find that perfect gift for those who may be hard to buy for!
May I just share a little secret? The absolute best gift for an author is an honest review on Amazon, Goodreads, or any other book retailer. That’s what I’d love for Christmas—to know what readers have thought of my books, and how the words God has given me have impacted them, but also as a way for others who are searching for that perfect book to have the opportunity through your reviews to decide if my books are right for them.
I’ve also created some other fabulous Christmas gift posts that you may find helpful. My family loves stockings almost more than the gifts under the Christmas tree, so in a previous post, I gave you some of my best stocking stuffer suggestions (50 Best Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Teens, Adults & In-Laws). Next week, I’ll share suggestions for the book lover on your list from my list of most recent favorite books. And, a list I created last year of Christmas gift favorites is still popular (61 Great Christmas Gifts for 2021 that You Can Find on Amazon.)
Because so many have asked about some of my favorite gifts for writers, I’ve given you some of my top recommendations below.
(When you use the links included here to purchase any of these items, as an affiliate, I will receive a small bonus without any additional cost to you. Win-Win!)
1. The Elements of Style, Fourth Edition
Strunk and White’s The Elements of Style is a classic writer’s manual. Now in its fourth edition, it’s as valuable today as it was when it first came off the printing press. Buy on Amazon
2. You Are a Writer (So Start Acting Like One)
Most writers I know have at some time struggled with the imposter syndrome. Am I a writer? Do I have what it takes? In his bestselling book, You Are a Writer, Jeff Goins suggests you are a writer; you just need to start acting like one. He shares his own story of self-doubt and how he dealt with it, in order to encourage you on your journey. Buy on Amazon
3. Give the Gift of a Good Day
What we focus on grows. So, when our feelings or our circumstances take us down the negativity rabbit hole, our perception of our whole day becomes darkened. Yet, when we train our brains to focus on the truth of God’s character and His promises, our perspective of our day changes and any day can be a good day. This book was birthed out of an extremely painful time in my life when I needed a reason to go on, and I needed something to cling to. One by one, I clung on to God’s promises, I began to rise above my devastating circumstances, and you can too. Today is Going to be a Good Day: 90 Promises From God to Start Your Day Off Right helps start your day on a positive note to carry you through the rest of the day. On sale for great price at Baker Publishing or Buy on Amazon
4. OttLite LED Soft Touch Desk Lamp
Is your favorite reader or writer struggling with eye fatigue? It may be their lighting. Consider gifting them this OttLight with a touch-sensitive switch that allows them to easily switch between three different brightness levels to continue their literary pursuits with less fatigue. Buy on Amazon
5. Cold Brew Mason Jar Iced Coffee Maker
I have yet to meet a reader or writer who doesn’t love their coffee. Cold Brew is still fairly new on the scene but this mason jar iced coffee maker makes cold brew easy at home. The handle makes pouring easy. Buy on Amazon
6. French Press Coffee and Tea Maker
For the writer or reader who prefers hot coffee, consider getting them this stainless steel heat resistant glass French press coffee and tea maker. While my husband isn’t a writer, he is a reader and he loves his dark coffee. This was one of his favorite gifts this years. Buy on Amazon
7. Happy Holidays Skinny Gourmet Coffee Syrups
If you’re a coffee lover like me, and yet you’re trying to watch your sugar intake, enter Jordan’s Skinny Syrups to the rescue. All the flavor but NONE of the sugar or calories. This holiday set with peppermint bark, Christmas cookie, and salted caramel mocha is my favorite collection. Put one in each stocking you’re gifting for, or treat yourself! Buy on Amazon
8. Sweet Leaf Sweet Drops Liquid Stevia Coffee Variety Pack
For anyone who loves their morning java but likes to add a little sweet flavoring, I’ve got just the thing. Can’t decide whether to add vanilla, chocolate, or caramel? Then give this variety pack a try. Add all three to one stocking or divide them among three stockings! Buy on Amazon
9. 2023 8.5X11 Tabbed Appointment Book and Planner
This has become my favorite annual planner because it’s not only pretty but functional as a daily, hourly, weekly planner with 15-minute time slots for recording all business and personal appointments. Buy on Amazon
10. 12-pack Flourescent Yellow Sharpie Accent Gel Highlighter
These are my favorite highlighters because they don’t bleed through thin paper, like Bibles. These go in my guys’ stockings every year, and I buy a box for myself while I’m at it! Buy on Amazon
11. Christian Writers Market Guide
This is a perfect gift for any writer, as a comprehensive resource for getting published, whether your goal is article writing or book publishing, or any kind of writing in between. Buy on Amazon
12. Adult Coloring Book
Sometimes the stress of writing, crafting the perfect phrases on the page, can stall our creative process. Research has found that doing something creative, like coloring, can reduce stress, help one relax, and resume other creative pursuits. Add in some beautiful colored pencils and your writer or reader friend will thank you. Buy on Amazon
13. Colored Pencils Set with Canvas Wrap
There’s something so satisfying about writing or doodling on the page in color, that every creative needs a good set of colored pencils at the ready. This particular set includes 50 colored pencils, a canvas wrap, a pencil sharpener, and a pencil extender. Buy on Amazon
14. Stylus Pen for tablets, phones, or other digital devices
This stylus pen has a 2 in 1 design with an open-end disc for handwriting on one end, and a durable fiber tip on the other end for scrolling. Buy on Amazon
15. Travel Tea Set Teapot with Ceramic Infuser and 2 Teacups
Coupled with a nice, flavorful tea, this travel tea set is perfect for any tea lover on your list who likes to hole up in a cozy spot and read or write the latest best-selling work! Buy on Amazon
16. TUL Limited Edition Metallic Retractable Gel Pens
An author friend introduced me to the TUL brand pens. I love this limited edition set. Not only is the ink pretty and metallic for that extra flair, but the outer barrel if each is gorgeous! These add a little happy into any writing session. Buy on Amazon
17. Metal Stencil Bookmark
Many of my author friends tell me that once they began bullet journaling, they never went back to a traditional journal. When I bought my first bullet journal, I also got this great stencil bookmark specifically made for bullet journaling, but have found many other uses! Buy on Amazon
18. Rimless Round Unisex Readers
Every writer needs to be able to read and see the words they put on the page. As I’ve aged, I’ve needed more assistance in that regard. I absolutely love these rimless unisex readers. They come in lots of colors and magnification strengths. Buy on Amazon
19. Out of Print Literary and Book-Themed Socks
These out of print literary and book-themes socks are great for all writers, book lovers, readers, and bibliophiles on your Christmas list! There are many varieties to choose from, ranging from banned books to The Great Gatsby. You’re sure to find the perfect pair for that special someone on your list. Buy on Amazon
20. Self Defense Siren Keychain
This self-defense siren keychain is perfect for all the writers on your shopping list who like to stay late at the library or coffee shop. What could be better than giving the gift of safety? This lightweight device attaches to your keychain, has an alarm and strobe light, and runs on the two batteries included in the package. Nine colors to choose from. Buy on Amazon
21. Carbon ScreenKlean Tablet Screen Cleaner
This durable carbon microfiber technology helps keep phones, tablets, and computer screens clean without harsh, damaging solvents. One swipe not only leaves screens crystal clear, but also germ-free! Buy on Amazon
22. TheraICE Headache Relief Hat
Know a reader or writer on your list who struggles with tension, sinus, stress, or migraine headaches? Then this form-fitting, cold compression headache relief cap may be the best gift you gift them to allow them to continue reading or writing, only pain-free. Buy on Amazon
23. Soul Care for Writers
In her book, Soul Care for Writers, Edie Melson offers solutions using devotions, prayers, and opportunities for creative expression to tend to your soul when you’re weary from the craft. And maybe you’ll experience the joy of seeing God’s power flow through your creativity! Buy on Amazon
24. Travel Foam Neck Pillow
This makes a great gift for the reader or writer on your list who like to continue their reading or writing pursuits while traveling but need to minimize the neck strain. This lightweight foam neck pillow offers comfortable support for resting when traveling by car or airplane, or even within the home for additional neck support. Buy on Amazon
25. Microwavable Neck and Shoulder Wrap
This heat therapy is a wonderful way to deliver moist heat to your neck and shoulders helps relieve pain and stress. Buy on Amazon
26. Waterproof Wireless Speaker
This was one of my favorite gifts from a couple years ago, and since I continue to use it absolutely every single day, I had to share it with you this year. This portable wireless waterproof speaker is perfect for taking your tunes or favorite podcast with you while you get ready in the shower or bathroom every morning, or for using while working at your desk. Also perfect for camping trips or on the boat or kayak. Buy on Amazon
27. Apple Airpods
These were given to me over a year ago, and not a single day has gone by when I didn’t use them! They are perfect for exercising, or just listening in a crowded place. I use mine whether I’m outside walking or writing in a noisy coffee shop. Buy on Amazon
28. Aqua Notes Waterproof Notepad
Do you ever find that you get the best ideas when you aren’t concentrating on getting creative ideas? Like when you’re in the shower? That’s when Aqua Notes Waterproof Notepad comes in handy, so you never forget those great ideas again! Buy on Amazon
29. Noise Cancelling Headphones
Noise can disrupt even the most focused reader or writer. These active noise cancelling headphones are wireless over the ear Bluetooth headphones that are comfortable on the ear, and perfect for home or travel to minimize the distraction from noises around you. Buy on Amazon
30. Writers Mug
“I Write. What’s your superpower?” mug is a great gift for any writer friend. It’s cute, funny, and reminds them on the days that they most doubt themselves that they are, in fact, a writer! Buy on Amazon
31. Write On T-Shirt
Writing days are those when I don’t worry about hair and makeup. Comfort is key. This t-shirt is both comfortable and fun, perfect for a day at the computer. Buy on Amazon
32. Metal Feather Bookmark
Every book needs its own bookmark to keep your place. This metal feather bookmark makes a beautiful gift for teachers, librarians, readers and writers on your list! Perfect size for a stocking stuffer too! Buy on Amazon
33. The Perfect Way to Overcome Writer’s Block
We’ve all been there…we had the perfect way to express ourselves when we were in the shower or driving around town, but sitting in front of the keyboard writer’s block hits. The Writer’s Block: 786 Ideas to Jumpstart Your Imagination is the answer to help get those creative juices flowing again! Buy on Amazon
34. Creative Writer/Author Keychain
This is the perfect keychain for every writer/author/novelist on your list. Comes in two different styles but both share the same encouraging sentiment. Buy on Amazon
35. Do Not Disturb Writer at Work Door Knob Sign
When we get accustomed to working from home, it can become easy to walk in and converse on the spot. But that just might disrupt the flow of your favorite writer. That’s when this handy Do Not Disturb Writer at Work door knob hanger sign will come in handy. Buy on Amazon
36. Antique Quill Pen Set with Wax Seal Stamp
This antique quill pen set with six nibs, one bottle of ink, one wax seal stamp, one sealing wax, and a pen holder will be sure to please any writer on your list. Buy on Amazon
37. Bookshelf Heart Tumbler Cup with Lid
Every reader and writer on your list will fall in love with this bookshelf heart tumbler cup with lid that’s perfect for keeping their hot coffee hot and their iced coffee cold. Buy on Amazon
38. Vintage Typewriter Pendant Necklace
I absolutely love this necklace and may have to put it on my own list this year. This vintage typewriter pendant necklace makes a special gift for the female readers and writers on your gift list! Buy on Amazon
39. Novel Teas
This set of novel teas contains 25 individually tagged teabags made from English Breakfast tea with literary quotes from around the world. Great for any reader or writer on your list who enjoys a good cuppa tea! Buy on Amazon
40. Bamboo Lap Desk
This bamboo lap desk with mouse pad tray is a lovely gift for the readers and writers on your list who love to work from home on the sofa or bed. It has folding and adjustable legs and spots for a laptop, tablet, or phone. It offers ergonomic positioning for comfortable use. Buy on Amazon
41. Library Due Date Coaster Set
This four-piece vintage library due date coaster set brings a great sense of nostalgia to any room. Paired with a great mug, they make a thoughtful gift for book lovers and writers! Buy on Amazon
42. Future Author Christmas Ornament
These great Christmas ornaments are perfect for the writer/author on your list. Custom name and year provided to personalize for that special someone. Buy on Amazon
43. Book Stack Earrings
These earrings are the perfect amount of whimsy for the reader, writer, librarian on your list. Buy on Amazon
44. Reading/Writing Sticker Pack
Stickers are all the rage now. On laptops, water bottles, notebooks and more. This set of 20 waterproof vinyl stickers is great for anyone who loves to read or write and spice up their accessories with a cute sticker or two. Buy on Amazon
45. 5,000 Writing Prompts
Sometimes getting started is the hardest part of writing. But with these 5,000 writing prompts, this must-have resource will be of great use for novelists, short story writers, screenwriters, bloggers, memoir writers, actors, and other creatives! Buy on Amazon
46. Bookshelf Infinity Scarf
This bookshelf infinity scarf is not only beautiful but functional and great for keeping the draft off your neck while reading or writing. It comes in a beautiful gray or more traditional colorful pastel colors. Buy on Amazon
47. Whimsical Library Due Date Blank Notecard Set
This blank notecard set will bring the nostalgia of days spent wandering the aisles of the library. Your personalized note inside will be sure to bring a smile to anyone you send these to. Buy on Amazon
48. Retro Brown Laptop Messenger Bag
This is a beautiful retro messenger crossbody travel bag for men or women. It’s roomy enough for a laptop, notebooks, a book or two, and your noise cancelling headphones. Buy on Amazon
49. Makeup Bag for Writers
I love this canvas waterproof zippered pouch that reminds all writers of the fairly normal stages of writing any next great work! Buy on Amazon
50. Bullet Dotted Journal
Bullet journaling seems to be all the rage now, especially amongst my author friends. While I am slow to the party (I’m usually the last one to most new fads), I bought a dotted bullet journal and love it. This one is the perfect size with 251 numbered pages of dotted paper, an index, bookmarks, and an inner pocket. Comes in a wide variety of colors. Buy on Amazon
I’d love to hear any other ideas you have, or maybe special gifts you have received, in the comments below!
May you be blessed as you bless others.
Love this list – sharing with my husband for certain!
So glad to hear it Julia. That was my hope–that my writer friends would find treasures to suggest for their loved ones. If you have others, feel free to share.
Great list. I love the vintage typewriter items too! Thanks so much for sharing!
Excellent! Hope you find some goodies!
Trying to decide how I can get this list in from of my husband without being too obvious 😉 laurensparks.net
I’m all for obvious. Some of these things are too good to miss! 😉 Check back in and let me know if you were blessed to receive any. 🙂
Just fabulous! Will be sharing with my people …
So glad you enjoyed it Linda! I hope your people do too!
What a great list! You’re right, the typewriter coasters are amazing!
Katrina, isn’t it a fun list? Be sure to check out my top book pics and most recommended stocking stuffers too. Lots of good stuff there.
What a great list! I especially like the Writer at Work sign. I just wish I had a doorknob to hang it on – unfortunately, my writing area doesn’t have a door.
I like that one too! Hopefully you found a few more useful items since your favorite doesn’t work in your case.
I love your list. Thank you for sharing with Grace & Truth Christian Link-Up.
so glad you enjoyed it Maree Dee. This was a fun list to research and create! I have several writer friends who I think just might enjoy a few of these treasures.
What a great list. Pinning for future reference!
So very glad you enjoyed this list Donna. There are some real treasures on there. I had fun with this list!
What a great list! I’m pinning this one for sure!
Glad you enjoyed Anita! This was my favorite list out of the three to create.
Fantastic list! I’ll be showing my friends and family some of these ideas.
So glad you enjoyed this list. Hopefully you found a few goodies!
I LOVE this list and can literally see you using some of these items especially the socks, pens, boards, etc. So fun for you to share these. So love my writer friend! I know a few others but it is you I have followed for several years and so love your writing and sharing!! Please keep it up! I know the Lord has MUCH more for you to share for HIM!! Love you Michelle!!
What a great list, Michelle! I am on my second 1-Line-a-Day Journals. I love them. Off to look up some more of your ideas now…
I am getting SO many great gift ideas from all of your various posts. Thanks for being my own “personal shopper”!
Christmas blessings and may you get some gifts on YOUR wish list,
Wow. What a list. Heading to Amazon to get some.
These are awesome! I love that you have such a wide variety too between practical, cute and just plain funny.
What a great list. I especially liked the waterproof paper. Would you believe I dropped an entire book I was reading into the bathtub. They should make book for the tub. Thank you for sharing with Grace & Truth LInk-Up. Maree
These are so fun, Michelle. Thanks for doing all the work so we don’t have to!
My message from last year says it all but this year I will say that you are still my BEST writer friend and one I love to encourage as you write your 4th book! I can hardly wait and you have even more useful and fun gifts this year. I can truly and have truly seen you use a lot of these gifts as you write down what Father gives you to encourage and bless us, your reader friends. Thank you for being faithful, hearing from the Lord and sharing His heart through your books, good day posts and blogs. You are a very deep and special blessing to me. Love you my friend!
I always look forward to your gifts for writers! As always a fun, festive, and outstanding selection! May you have a peace-filled Thanksgiving.
Michelle, you have some great gift ideas here! I am already thinking about which of these I can gift to fellow writers. 🙂
I appreciate you putting together this great gift list for writers.
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