Top Four Gifts for Writers

If you’re thinking about buying a special gift for the writer in your life, you’ve probably realized just how difficult shopping for a writer can actually be. Writers love to be nitpicky about things like generic gifts, so it’s important to choose something thoughtful that shows you put time and effort into choosing the perfect present. Fortunately, even if you aren’t sure exactly what to get, there are a few things that any writer is sure to love.

1. An autographed book

Want to impress a writer? Hunt down a book by her favourite author that happens to be autographed. You can find rare and autographed books online, at used bookstores, and sometimes even on the author’s official website. Sometimes if you email an author and request an autographed copy of his book, he’ll be willing to send you something personalized just for your friend. You can also check for local signings at bookstores if you want to get something autographed in person.

2. A typewriter

While most writers choose to create their works using a computer, the typewriter is a universal symbol of authorship. Find out your friend’s favourite colour and get her a typewriter in that colour. You can find new models of typewriters at many stores, but if you want something older and vintage, check your local thrift shops or online auction sites to find something unique and one-of-a-kind your friend is sure to love.

3. A book cover bag

Most writers love to read, so why not get your friend a bag to carry her books in? Out of Print Clothing and Cafe Press both offer unique book bags that actually feature book covers on the bag. If your friend loves Nancy Drew novels, classic stories, or even an unusual book most people have never heard of, consider ordering her a book cover bag she can use and show off every day.

4. Tickets to a writer’s conference

Every writer wants to improve their craft, which is why tickets to a writer’s conference are a sure “win” for any writer. Find out what local conferences are going to be held in your area and purchase a ticket for your friend. Most conferences run at least one to two days and will give your writer friend a chance to speak with editors about her stories, meet publishers and literary agents, and even participate in writing workshops. It will be a memory she’ll never forget.

Remember that whatever top gift you get your friend, the gift ought to be something that fits her personality. While many people tend to give generic, random presents, choosing something specifically for your friend will make her smile and feel appreciated. Not only will a writer-specific gift demonstrate that you care, but it will show that you appreciate the work she does as a writer.

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