Are you looking for the best gifts for writers?
Many people struggle to know what to buy a creative person.
Or are you a writer, coming up blank when asked what gift you would like?
As a writer, I understand. With so many gift options, choosing just one can be overwhelming.
To help people buy the perfect gift for writers, I’ve created a list of my top literary gifts.
Writer Joseph Epstein wrote, “Eighty-one percent of Americans feel that they have a book in them – and should write it.” That’s about 265 million people in the US alone who would like to be writers.
Check out my top gifts for writers that will encourage the creative person in your life and give them more incentive to write.
From obvious gifts to more unique selections, this gift guide offers something for all types of writers and budgets.
- 1. Masterclass Opens Up New Worlds Of Learning
- 2. CreativeLive Helps Develop Writing Flair
- 3. Udemy Offers Inexpensive Online Learning
- 4. Explore The Desired Travel Writing Course From Nomadic Matt
- 5. Create Your Roadmap To Success With Become A Writer Today
- 6. Receive Classic Writing Advice From Stephen King
- 7. Become A More Productive Writer With Rachel Aaron
- 8. ProWritingAid Enables Better Writing
- 9. Install The Writing Assistant: Grammarly
- 10. Energize Their Writing With Scrivener
- 11. Get Them Writing With Uni-Ball Jetstream
- #12. Encourage Their Creativity with Uni-Ball Signo
- 13. Let Them Enjoy The Classic Writers Notebook
- #14. Fountain Pen Users Will Love This Notebook
- 15. Satisfy a Shower Thinker with Aqua Notes
- 16. Everybody Has A Story
- 17. Enthuse the Modern Writer With This Mechanical Keyboard
- 18. Inspire Them With Their Own Writing Space
- 19. This Lamp Says You’re a Writer
- 20. Prove You Support Them By Purchasing A Domain Name
- 21. Give a Writer Peace and Quiet
- 22. Listen To The Gift Of Music With Spotify
- 23. Audiobooks Make Fantastic Writer’s Gifts
- 24. For Writers Who Love To Drink Coffee
- 25. Writers with a Taste for Tea
- 26. Start A Writers Morning With This Banned Book Novelty
- 27. Keep A Writer Going
- 28. Fuel a Writer with the Classics
- 29. For Wine and Book Lovers
- 30. A Candle To Help Them Create Their Masterpiece
- 31. Uplift a Writer’s Spirit
- 32. Bring A Writer Good Luck
- 33. Wise Guides To Expand A Writer’s Personal Reflection
- 34. Top Creative Writing Prompts
- 35. A Kindle
- 36. Bookmarks
- 37. A Thesaurus
- 38. Offer The Gift of Freedom
- The Final Word on Buying Gifts for Authors
1. Masterclass Opens Up New Worlds Of Learning
Encourage an aspiring writer by investing in their writing development with a Masterclass that lets them learn from the best in their field.
An annual pass is the best option. For individual courses, consider R.L. Stein, who explains his thought process and shares his genius for writing, or actor Samuel L. Jackson who discusses his process behind character development on screen.
If you want to write a best-seller, taking the writing courses in Masterclass is a good first step.
Want to know more? Read my Masterclass review here.
2. CreativeLive Helps Develop Writing Flair
CreativeLive will excite any writer who wants to learn and improve their skills online with classes from skilled writers like Jeff Goins, Lisa Cron, and Jennie Nash.
You can purchase individual classes like “Wired for Story: How to Become a Story Genius,” or “Overcome Writers’ Block,” among many more.
Even better, give your writer The Creator Pass for the whole year!
3. Udemy Offers Inexpensive Online Learning
If your budget is tight, Udemy is a great option for the perfect writer’s gift who those who want to unlock their inner Hemmingway.
Consider quality writing classes from Shani Raja, former editor for the Wall Street Journal, writing tutor Clare Lynch from Cambridge University or best-selling author Dave Fox.
4. Explore The Desired Travel Writing Course From Nomadic Matt
Support adventure-loving writers so they can publish their exciting travel stories. Get them the How To Become a Travel Writer course with Nomadic Matt and acclaimed award-winning travel writer David Farley.
This won’t empty your wallet, but it might change the course of their life.
5. Create Your Roadmap To Success With Become A Writer Today
As a gift, these books provide honest, helpful tips and processes, no matter where someone is in their writing journey.
6. Receive Classic Writing Advice From Stephen King
Featured on many “best books for writers” lists is On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King.
King’s introspective book focuses on the writing life, the craft of storytelling and the mindset necessary to write. His approach makes his points easy to understand. This is just what writers need to take their writing to the next level.
- writing advice from horror-meistro Stephen King, a fine softcover
- King, Stephen (Author)
- English (Publication Language)
- 288 Pages - 07/06/2010 (Publication Date) - Scribner (Publisher)
7. Become A More Productive Writer With Rachel Aaron
For the up-and-coming or discouraged writer, 2k to 10k: Writing Faster, Writing Better, and Writing More of What You Love is entertaining and inspiring. It will give writers a push in the right direction.
This book covers more than just how to increase word counts. Aaron goes into plot structure, character development, outlining, problem-solving and effective editing methods.
- Amazon Kindle Edition
- Aaron, Rachel (Author)
- English (Publication Language)
- 110 Pages - 10/07/2012 (Publication Date) - Aaron/Bach (Publisher)
8. ProWritingAid Enables Better Writing
Many writers enjoy tools that make editing easier.
To get this helpful tool at a discount, you can use my coupon.
9. Install The Writing Assistant: Grammarly
Help a writer get their book published sooner with a subscription to Grammarly.
Many writers have this high on their dream gift list because it’s an amazing editing and proofreading tool that can enhance and improve their writing.
10. Energize Their Writing With Scrivener
Writers regularly put Scrivener at the top of their lists. This powerhouse writing tool was created for writers by writers. Scrivener is perfect for those working on complex or multiple writing tasks at the same time.
If you know a writer who needs help keeping their writing organised, this gift is the best choice.
11. Get Them Writing With Uni-Ball Jetstream
Writers are always looking for pens. Give them the Uni-Ball Jetstream Retractable Ball Point Pen, a pen capable of keeping up with their imagination.
With its sturdy body, this ballpoint pen should last until they finish their next novel.
- Delivers fast, clean writing that keeps up with your thoughts
- Quick drying ink helps minimize smudging ideal for left handers
- Embossed grip and stainless steel accents make a stylish statement
- Features uni Super Ink that protects against water, fading, and fraud
- Includes: 3 black ballpoint pens; 0.7 millimeter fine point
#12. Encourage Their Creativity with Uni-Ball Signo
For quirky writers, consider the Uni-ball Signo Dx Um-151 Gel Ink Pen.
This pen is the picture-perfect gift to get creative juices flowing with a range of ink colors including metallic and pastel.
- Color: Black
- 0.38mm tip
- 10 pens
13. Let Them Enjoy The Classic Writers Notebook
Nothing says you’re a writer more than owning a Moleskine Classic Notebook. Many writers, travelers, and journalists enthusiastically discuss how fabulous these are.
This is an ideal writer’s gift for those who take their notebooks everywhere.
- CLASSIC MOLESKINE NOTEBOOK: Moleskine classic notebooks are perfect notebooks for writing journals, a daily diary, or note taking in college classes or meetings. Moleskine notebooks are beloved by travelers & bullet journalists for their slim design.
- DURABLE COVER & ELASTIC CLOSURE: Hold writing projects & notes in your Moleskine notebook with an elastic closure band & inner storage folders. Leather-like classic Moleskine cover & thick, ivory paper pages are perfect for writing with fountain pens.
- GIFT QUALITY NOTEBOOKS: Moleskine planners, journals and notebooks come in hardcover or softcover and colors like black, red, blue, green and brown. The binding and cover have a durable finish, designed for daily journaling, writing and sketching.
- DELUXE QUALITY PAGES: Moleskine's thick, ivory paper pages in a hardcover Moleskine notebook, softcover Moleskine notebook, cahier or volant journal, or Moleskine planner are perfectly textured for writing with a ballpoint pen, fountain pen, or pencil.
- MOLESKINE QUALITY: We're dedicated to culture, travel, memory, imagination, & personal identity—both physical & digital. We bring this commitment to our notebooks, bags, apps & smart pens & notebooks.
#14. Fountain Pen Users Will Love This Notebook
If your gift recipient already has a Moleskine or loves writing with fountain pens, consider giving them a Clairefontaine A5 Notebook.
My writer friends and stationary enthusiasts swear these notebooks have the best paper for a writer!
- A5 in size. Notebook is thread-bound
- 192 pages which 184 are numbered and there is a 8 pages of table of contents
- 8 sheets at the back which are detachable and micro-perforated
- Elastic closure, bookmark and 2 storage pockets
- Paper within the notebook is Clairefontaine 90 g Brushed Vellum
15. Satisfy a Shower Thinker with Aqua Notes
Aqua Notes is a unique life-changing gift for the writer who is full of ideas for their next story.
This waterproof shower notepad is perfect for a busy writer who says they come up with their best ideas whilst showering or doing the dishes.
- AquaNotes notepads are uniquely water-proof and designed so you can capture your thoughts anywhere – even in the shower or rain
- Notes on the go; each AquaNotes notepad has 40 perforated sheets for easy removal so you can take it with you
- Eco-friendly; AquaNotes are manufactured using soy-based ink and wind energy, and are even recyclable and non-toxic, making them a great sustainable choice that helps conserve our natural resources and made in the USA
- Convenient access and easy use; AquaNotes waterproof notepads include suction cups for easy mounting of the notepad and included pencil in any shower for convenience and ease of use
- Multi-use; AquaNotes can be used when you need to write while working in the rain, making notes in the shower or bathtub to take with you, drawing and doodling outside by the pool or hot tub, and even leaving notes for family or roommates in the shower
16. Everybody Has A Story
Keeping a journal is following common advice for budding writers. A journal can be a writer’s most sacred space and gets them into the habit of writing daily.
The Q&A a Day: 5-Year Journal is terrific for a writer to track personal development and daily thoughts and could even help start their memoirs.
- Potter Gift (Author)
- English (Publication Language)
- 368 Pages - 11/23/2010 (Publication Date) - Potter Style (Publisher)
17. Enthuse the Modern Writer With This Mechanical Keyboard
For a writer who types instead of using pens to capture their ideas, a mechanical keyboard is worth considering. Due to the switch under each key, there is an audible click with each typed letter, and they are generally more durable than an ordinary keyboard.
Industry experts consider the Das Keyboard 4 Professional Cherry MX Brown Mechanical Keyboard one of the best mechanical keyboards because it requires less banging on the keys for regular typing.
- ✔ Cherry MX Brown mechanical key switches with Gold contacts for a soft Tactile feel and an unmatched typing experience
- ✔ rugged construction to withstand 50+ million keystrokes with aluminum top panel
- ✔ two port USB 3.0 Super speed hub 5 GB/s; 10x the speed of USB 2.0
- ✔ oversized volume knob and dedicated media controls and instant sleep button
- ✔ laser etched key inscriptions with Bumps on the F and J keys.Firmware updatable. Elevated height - 1.2 inches (3.1 cm)
18. Inspire Them With Their Own Writing Space
Show a writer you believe they have what it takes by giving them their own writing desk.
The Sauder Carson Forge Desk offers a motivating space to write, even for the smallest room.
- Three drawers with metal runners and safety stops
- Lower drawer holds letter-size hanging files
- Wrought iron style hardware and accents
- Quick and easy assembly with patented t-slot drawer system.
- Washington Cherry finish
19. This Lamp Says You’re a Writer
Let your gift recipient feel your positivity for their writing abilities by giving them a Traditional Banker’s Desk Lamp.
This lamp is synonymous with the desks of famous novelists and journalists.
- Classic banker's style desk lamp
- Metal construction with green glass hade
- Traditional design and antique brass finish
- On/off pull chain located on socket
- 13W Energy-saving CFL bulb included
20. Prove You Support Them By Purchasing A Domain Name
Many serious authors and new bloggers want their own domain name. Siteground is the ultimate unique gift for someone who is just starting a website for the first time.
Siteground is a highly recommended hosting company on the WordPress.org hosting page with quick, helpful and knowledgeable customer support.
21. Give a Writer Peace and Quiet
Got a writer who complains about distractions when they write? The Sony WH-1000XM3 Wireless Noise-canceling Headphones might be their dream gift.
These headphones can help a writer slip into paradise and write with zero distractions or listen to instrumental music or nature sounds to get their creativity flowing.
- Smart Listening by SENSE ENGINE
- Quick Attention Mode for effortless conversations without taking your headphones off
- In the box: WH1000XM3 / Carry Case / Charging Cable USB-C / Audio Cable for Wired Connection
- Industry-leading noise canceling brings Only Music, Nothing Else
22. Listen To The Gift Of Music With Spotify
Many writers use music to produce their best work or to find inspiration.
A Spotify gift card will satisfy many writers.
Spotify offers a wide choice of music and podcasts to inspire writers including “Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing.” Other options include the “10 Minute Writer’s Workshop” and more.
23. Audiobooks Make Fantastic Writer’s Gifts
Writers love to read but finding the time can be a challenge, making Audible a fitting gift.
You can give a membership for one, three, six or twelve months or consider individual titles such as Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg.
24. For Writers Who Love To Drink Coffee
Kicking Horse Coffee, Smart Ass, Medium Roast is an ideal gift for coffee-obsessed writers. This coffee will help them start the day or make it through long stretches of late-night writing.
This sustainably farmed specialty coffee is smooth and very bold in flavour.
- MEDIUM ROAST, WHOLE BEAN: Cheeky, bright, precocious. A bright, chocolaty concoction for the smart thinking, deep drinking, good at their game in the morning crowd
- Tasting notes, brew method: Tart red currant, notes of sugar cane and milk chocolate, with a honeyed berry body. Recommended methods: French press, drip machine, pour over, espresso and cold brew
- Origin Africa, Central & South America: Grown in a socially and environmentally responsible way, by farmers with sustainable businesses they can depend on
- Organic, Fairtrade, Kosher, Shade Grown, Arabica coffee: Coffee that is good and fair for the coffee drinkers, the farmers and the planet. 100 % certified.
- Roasted in the Rocky Mountains: it’s all deep, dark and delicious, roasted right below the towering Canadian Rocky Mountain peaks.
25. Writers with a Taste for Tea
Tea can keep a writer’s thoughts brewing throughout the day.
Bag Ladies Tea offers a unique gift. These bookish individually tagged Novel Tea bags feature quotes from literary masters such as Louisa May Alcott, C. S. Lewis, William Faulkner and more.
- #14 of Oprah's 2019 Holiday List - 50 Gifts the Book Lover will Adore!
- 25 individually tagged teabags with literary quotes from the world over
- The perfect gift for thebook lover
- Stocking stuffers for book lover
- Read ‘em and steep!
26. Start A Writers Morning With This Banned Book Novelty
Give a writer morning inspiration with the Banned Book Coffee Mug.
This cup offers a great conversation starter with 24 famous banned book titles from Lady Chatterley’s Lover to Uncle Tom’s Cabin. This creative gift will be your writer’s new best friend.
- Boldly displays the title of some the world's most famous banned books, from Galileo's Dialogo to Rushdie's Satanic Verses and 22 titles in between.
- 12 oz. mug. Dishwasher and microwave safe.
- From the Unemployed Philosophers Guild. Don't worry. We are employed, just not as philosophers. We're a small, Brooklyn based company specializing in gifts for the sophisticated gift giver. For whatever you need, we have presents of mind.
27. Keep A Writer Going
Like other famous writers, those on your gift list can sip their coffee all day as they write their masterpiece drinking from the slick Leidfor Insulated Tumbler Coffee Travel Mug.
- KEEP HOT AND COLD FOR HOURS - double wall vacuum insulated stainless steel coffee mugs for maximum temperature retention, keeps hot / iced beverage for hours (45°C/113°F)
- Cool to the touch with hot liquids, sweat proof with cold
- SPILL PROOF LID : food quality silicone rubber make sure the sealing tightness & leak proof
- 18/8 STAINLESS STEEL INTERIOR & MATTE FINISH: durable food quality interior and easy gripping, shatterproof, and fingerprint proof exterior
- 12 OZ CAPACITY - right size to go coffee mug for keurig mini and fits most car's cup holder, ideal gift for her him
28. Fuel a Writer with the Classics
The bibliophile in your life will love the ability to track what they have read or select their next book from masterpieces by famous authors like Daniel Defoe, Jane Austen, Shakespeare, J. R. R. Tolkien.
- BEST OF THE BEST - our poster is full of life-changing books loved by readers worldwide - from ancient classics to recent bestsellers, award-winning novels and children’s stories. It will help you to challenge yourself and find the next good book to read!
- 100 UNIQUE ICONS - we created 100 illustrations that you will not find anywhere else. When you close the last page, scratch off the gold layer and reveal your favorite hero or a symbol that will remind you of that great book you have finished reading.
- TIMELESS DESIGN - there is already enough visual noise in our lives, so we designed our poster to be as non-distracting as possible. It fits an A2 size frame (16.5" x 23.4") perfectly and will look great hanged near your bookshelf or in the home library.
- SUPREME QUALITY - with more than 50000 posters shipped to satisfied customers worldwide, you can trust us to deliver the best print quality and scratch-off experience.
- PREMIUM PACKAGING - your new poster will come in a premium quality box, carefully hand-wrapped in protective paper. Ready to gift to your book-loving friends!
29. For Wine and Book Lovers
What’s better than giving a writer a book as a gift? The ability to pair a good book with the perfect glass of wine.
There is no better way to combine books and wine than with this lovely Heritage 3 Bottle Wine Rack Bookend. You may like to give this gift alongside your writer’s favorite wine for added delight.
- Beautiful Antique Copper-Plating over durable Steel and hand-embossed with elegant grapevine motif.
- Perfect for a counter top or bookcase
- Provides storage convenience for your favorite bottles of wine. Holds up to 3 standard 750ML bottles of wine.
- This Wine Rack also makes for an elegant display piece even when not in use
30. A Candle To Help Them Create Their Masterpiece
Book and author-inspired candles are all the rage on places like Etsy these days.
To help a writer create the perfect mood and atmosphere, check out A Candle for Writer’s Block by Whiskey River Soap Co. Reviewers say this inspiring gift smells great and helps them write more effectively.
- A Candle for Writer's Block.
- Front Reads: Smells like regurgitated ideas and probably a vampire. Come on. It's a candle, not magic. Try vodka.
- Back Reads: Zaps implausible plots. Eliminates derivative work. Better for your liver.
- Scent: Cheap whiskey
31. Uplift a Writer’s Spirit
The Writing Manifesto Writer Inspiration Premium Print wall art is a special gift idea for the writer in your life.
The positive quotes on this gift can activate their emotions, encourage creative flow and motivate them to keep writing.
- WRITING INSPIRATION ANYWHERE: Home, office or English classroom, this print infuses writing with inspiration & creativity
- UNLOCK YOUR CREATIVE SIDE: Write poetry, lyrics, prose? This motivational poster can hone your writing skill set
- COMBAT WRITER’S BLOCK: Next to your writing desk or writing journals, this print will prompt your best writing yet
- CALL ON THE WRITING MUSE: Let the writing quotes energize your words and declare to the muse you’re ready to write
- EXCELLENT WRITING GIFT: For any author, poet or writer to complement their writing journal, notebook, pen or tablet
32. Bring A Writer Good Luck
The Pewter Talisman for Poets Writers and Actors Pendant draws in energy and can be used to amplify a writer’s powers or their focus.
This medieval-inspired talisman is a unique gift that shows you care about them and their writing.
- Made of high quality excelsior pewter; nickel free and lead free
- Forged in the USA by American artisans
- Adjustable cord (30 inches/76.2 cm) with laminated ends and pewter accent bead included
- Double sided pendant; different seal on each side
- Measures approximately 1 1/8 inches (2.86 cm) in diameter
33. Wise Guides To Expand A Writer’s Personal Reflection
If you know a writer who loves literature and spiritual insights, then consider The Literary Witches Oracle as a perfect gift for them.
This seventy-card oracle deck and guidebook will introduce writers to magical stories. They’ll gain inspiration and wisdom from 30 female literary powerhouses such as Toni Morrison, Emily Dickinson, and Sylvia Plath.
- Kitaiskaia, Taisia (Author)
- English (Publication Language)
- 70 Pages - 08/27/2019 (Publication Date) - Clarkson Potter (Publisher)
34. Top Creative Writing Prompts
The Very Short Story Starter is perfect for a writer who knows what they want to write but not where to start.
- Gillard, John (Author)
- English (Publication Language)
- 208 Pages - 02/06/2018 (Publication Date) - Harry N. Abrams (Publisher)
35. A Kindle
What type of bibliophile doesn’t enjoy a device that holds hundreds or books, last for hours without a charge and works in the bath? The Kindle is a great writing gift that anyone can use.
If you want to use it in the bath, look for the Oasis model.
- Our best 7", 300ppi flush-front Paperwhite display
- Adjustable warm light to shift screen shade from white to amber
- Waterproof (IPX8) so you can read in the bath or by the pool
- Thin and light ergonomic design with page turn buttons
- Reads like real paper with the latest e-ink technology for fast page turns
If you want to buy a small trinket present for a writer, why not get them a set of inspirational bookmarks?
It won’t cost that much and they keep them on their desk or shelf as reminder about when to read or write.
- Amount of packaging: you can receive 30 pieces encouraging themed magnetic bookmarks in 30 different styles, sufficient quantity and styles for meeting your daily life using and replacement needs, also good to serve as children and student rewards, birthday gift or holiday gift and so on, can express your love easily
- Meaningful and inspirational design: these magnetic bookmarks are printed different inspirational words in various colors and patterns background, attractive and vivid appearance, bright color makes it look beautiful and easily get noticed, boost your motivation and creativity, let you deal with every day with full energy
- Applicable occasions: the encouraging magnetic bookmark can be placed on different places which motivate yourself to be good condition, such as refrigerator, books, computer and so on, help you mark the reading position so that you can continue reading next time, nice tools for readings lovers
- About size information: each motivational bookmark measures approx. 12 x 2 cm/ 4.7 x 0.8 inches, portable and lightweight, easy to carry and store, put it on the page that you want to mark and fold the magnets together, not fall off from the book easily, give you good using experience
- Sturdy to use: these inspirational bookmarks are made of paper and magnet material which is durable and safe, clear pattern is not easy to fade, bring different colors to your life, will provide you long time of usages
37. A Thesaurus
Writers spend a lot of time looking for or thinking about the right words to use in their work. Sure a computer has an inbuilt thesaurus, but a hardback one is more fun to skim through and often contains many more word variations
- Reference Books
- Merriam-Webster (Author)
- English (Publication Language)
- 1260 Pages - 04/01/2014 (Publication Date) - Merriam-Webster Mass Market (Publisher)
38. Offer The Gift of Freedom
Still not sure what to buy? Then consider an Amazon eGift Card so you can guarantee that they’ll end up with some fun gifs they love.
Take time to personalize your present by writing a heartfelt message on the card.
The Final Word on Buying Gifts for Authors
Whether you are buying for a novelist, poet, bookworm, journalist or budding writer, they will enjoy a writer’s gift from this list. If you’re a writer, maybe you could even treat yourself!
Your writing life deserves it.
Keep in mind that this list contains affiliate links, meaning I earn a small commission if you purchase one of these gifts for writers. However, all the gifts were selected independently as my favourite writing gifts or those I would love to receive.
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