Top 10 Practical Gifts for Writers

There are dozens of lists from everyone and their brother’s best friend’s cousin’s sister’s dog about the perfect gift for writers. This one is different. This one provides only ideas that are practical! Most of the other lists have some, if not many, useful items, but there are always things that are so gimmicky there’s no way you’d ever buy them for anyone. You won’t find any of that here. I promise the writer in your life will greatly appreciate receiving any of these gifts.

NOTE: I am not an affiliate for any of these items in any way. I just think these are really cool things I’d love to try out or already own.

Waterproof Notepad

It seems that the shower is the place we writers most often come up with ideas. This leaves us scrambling to hurry up and finish before we forget it or trying in vain to write notes in the steam. This waterproof notepad solves that problem. Yes, for real! The Amazon reviews for this are great, and I plan to try this myself soon.

Price: $15

Lumio LED Novelty Book Lamp

This USB-chargeable lamp looks absolutely awesome!! I definitely need one of these on my desk. A truly unique and useful gift, especially for writers who don’t like bright lights on while they work, but need a little more than the glow of their monitor.

Price: $33.95


I’m half-tempted to wallpaper one of my walls in Litograph posters. The art is created with text, and each poster contains the ENTIRE text of the book it represents. I have a large The Last Unicorn poster in my living room and it is truly stunning. The also sell scarves, T-shirts, and totes. Scarves are perfect for writers hunkered down in the cold winter months!

Price: $19-$39


Scarves, T-shirts, gloves, and more! I own a scarf (The Raven) from this shop and am amazed by the quality and warmth! It’s large enough to use as a shawl, and survived an accidental trip through the washer and drier unscathed (though I don’t recommend doing this just to be safe.) I plan to buy a pair of the gloves once I decide if I want Dracula or Alice in Wonderland.

Pro-tip: The fingerless gloves are FANTASTIC for us writers to keep our hands warm during hours pounding away at the keyboard. (Whether that pounding is from our fingers making actual words, or our heads making gibberish that seems, at the moment, better than our actual words, varies.)

Price: $14-$48

Moleskine Notebooks

These are my absolute favorite notebooks! The quality is all around spectacular. They survive being tossed in my purse with a ton of other junk and the paper feels so good to write on. No writer can ever have too many notebooks (no matter how loudly we lament the stack of unused journals piling up on our desks.) Moleskin has so many color, design, and size options to choose – including pocket-sized – from you’re guaranteed to find the perfect one for the writer in your life.

Price: $6-$40

Sharpie Pens

These are my favorite pens with which to write in my Moleskine (or any other notebook for that matter!) The set in the link is a particularly nice set with 20 colors and a hard storage case, though you can buy smaller sets for cheaper. Nice pens are always a great stocking stuffer for writers!



What are the writer in your life’s favorite snacks? Make sure they’re not messy, something we can easily munch on without getting crumbs in our keyboard or chocolate smudged on our mouse – halloween-sized candies are perfect!

Starbucks Gift Card (or the coffeeshop of your writer’s choice)

If you think gift cards are too impersonal, stop! It’s almost a guarantee that the writer in your life runs on coffee, and being able to treat ourselves to a fancy latte once in a while is bliss! This is also a great gift for friends and family who live far away because you can send a virtual gift card!

Price: Whatever you want!

Upright GO

Stick this nifty little device on your back between your shoulder blades and it will help improve your posture by vibrating gently each time you slouch, reminding you to sit up straight. I backed the Kickstarter campaign for this and love the device. I was a little worried how it would feel to have it stuck to my back each day (it uses medical grade 2-sided tape and is very light) but once it’s on I hardly noticed it – unless I slouch! I love it, and definitely recommend it for writers!

Price: $79 (I linked to Apple’s website because, for some reason, it’s cheaper there than on the product website, where it’s $99)

Massage Gift Card

After hours upon hours hunched over the keyboard, there’s no doubt this will be a treasured gift. You can find a spa in your area, but if you aren’t sure where to look, Massage Envy is a great place to start. They have locations all over the country, and I’ve been a member there for years and have always had a fantastic experience and wonderful, muscle-relaxing massage.

Price varies, usually around $60-$75 for an hour-long massage

Professional Coaching

All writers can use some help now and then, especially those just starting out. If you want to really wow your writer, you can give them the gift of Dream. Write. Sell. Author Coaching. This will help with all aspects of writing and self-publishing a book, and will save your writer countless headaches caused by banging their head against the keyboard making gibberish.

Price: $250-$1350, monthly payment plans available


Easton Press Book

Books in general are always a great gift for writers. But Easton Press makes stunning leather bound books with gilded pages. Every writer has that one book that changed their lives, or is deeply important to them in some way, and would love to have a beautiful version like this of it on their shelf.

I debated on including this one because it’s not exactly as “useful” as the other items, but it was too good to leave off the list. That’s why it’s a bonus.

Price: The cheapest book on their site is $35 but most are pricier than that. You can get sets that cost several hundred. They do offer payment plans, and I’ve bought these as gifts in the past. They are absolutely worth the price!

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