Are you still looking for a Christmas present for the Writer in your life? Are you a writer fed up with only getting pens and notebooks?
Here are ten gift ideas that should really go down a treat this Christmas!
Show of hands: Who has had their most brilliant plot twist come to them in the shower? And promptly forgot it again by the time you grabbed a towel? Well, no more! Aqua Notes have specially coated paper. You can attach them to the tiles and write with the provided pencil while you’re in the shower! One reviewer claims it even works underwater!
Forget Scrabble! Bananagrams is word fun without having to wait your turn! The pouch makes it very easy to transport and play anywhere you like. And a writer might not even need a partner to play this – maybe it’ll help with writer’s block, putting words together as fast as possible.
The Writer’s Toolbox
A great piece of kit in a writer’s arsenal is The Writer’s Toolbox. It features a booklet, 4 plot twist spinners, 60 wooden exercise sticks and 60 creative cards that should help a writer move the plot along.
Fisher Bullet Space Pen
OK, I said pens might be boring, but the Fisher Bullet Space Pen is out of this world! It was designed to be used in space and versions of it are on the International Space Station. Big deal? This pen writes at any angle. It writes in temperatures from -45°C to 120°C. It writes underwater and on grease. The ink doesn’t smudge, leak or evaporate. As far as pens go, this is pretty much it.
No plot? Maybe Story Cubes can help! 9 dice, 54 images and more than 10 million possible combinations can be used as the basis for a story, either by yourself or during story-time under the Christmas tree. There are also add-on packs with further dice, including Enchanted, Prehistoria, Clues, Actions and Voyages.
Zipped Pouch – Library Card
This 22cm x 15cm zippered canvas pouch looks like a Library Card. Useful and versatile, it can hold anything from pens to toiletries. And with this print there’ll be no doubt just who the pouch belongs to!
The Storymatic is a writing prompt, a teaching tool, a parlor game, and a toy – all in one little box. With 540 cards to pick in order to move your plot along, the possibilities are endless! There is also a Kids Storymatic available!
Coffee or Tea Gift Basket
Let’s face it, every writer lives on oxygen, caffeine and pure imagination. A Coffee Gift Box like Little Latte Love might be just the thing, especially, if they like to experiment with different strengths and flavours. And for Tea-Lovers who also love shows and movies like BBC Sherlock, Doctor Who, Firefly, Harry Potter and Teen Wolf, Adagio Teas does Fandom Blend Tea Samplers which include loose tea blends inspired by the different characters or potions.
Sometimes writers simply have to talk out loud, hear their ideas, try out sentences or dialogue before committing them to paper. A dictaphone like the Kinps SPY could be a worthwhile investment. Descriptions can be recorded while you’re out and about and that plot twist won’t be forgotten. It fits into any pocket, so it is always available, even when pen and paper aren’t.
Thermos Travel Mug
Those early mornings and late nights writing wouldn’t be possible without hot tea / coffee / cocoa (delete as appropriate). A leak/spill proof bottle that keeps the chosen beverage hot (or cold for that matter) is essential. The Contigo Autoseal West Loop holds 20 ounces/600ml which makes it perfect for those all-nighters during which the coffee just needs to keep coming.
(Little tip: when you order at coffee shop chains, you can ask them to fill your beverage into your travel mug instead and enjoy it hotter for longer!)
What sort of gifts for writers are on your wishlist?