Gifts for Writers

Gift-giving Guide for the Writer in your Life

Book Suggestions:

  • Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott
  • Page by Page by Heather Sellers
  • Chapter by Chapter by Heather Sellers
  • Story by Robert McKee
  • Roget’s International Thesaurus
  • Writer’s Market
  • The Associated Press Stylebook
  • The Elements of Style by Strunk & White
  • Care of the Soul by Thomas Moore
  • The Writing Life by Annie Dillard
  • Making a Literary Life by Carolyn See
  • Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke
  • Breathing In, Breathing Out by Ralph Fletcher
  • The Art and Craft of Storytelling by Nancy Lamb
  • If You Want to Write: A Book About Art, Independence and Spirit by Brenda Ueland
  • i Before e (except after c): Old-School Ways to Remember Stuff by Judy Parkinson
  • How to Become a Famous Writer before you’re Dead by Ariel Gore
  • Common Errors in English Usage by Paul Brians
  • Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg
  • Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing by Mignon Fogarty
  • What If? Writing Exercises for Fiction Writers by Anne Bernays and Pamela Painter
  • Nothing Ever Happens on 90th Street by Roni Schotter
  • WritersInc: A Student Handbook for Writing and Learning
  • On Writng: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King
  • Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative by Austin Kleon
  • Writer for Hire: 101 Secrets to Freelance Writing by Kelly James-Enger
  • Travel Writing 2.0 by Tim Leffel
  • Any Book by a Local Author
  • An Audio Book

Magazine Suggestions (single issue or subscription):

  • Poets & Writers
  • Writers’ Digest
  • The Writer
  • Genre Specific Publication for the Writer

Gift Certificates & Gift Cards to:

  • Bookstores (such as Barnes & Noble or Amazon)
  • eBook Reader Credit (for the Nook or Kindle)
  • Office Supply Store (such as Staples or Office Max)
  • Coffee Shops
  • Day Spa Treatment

Writers’ Accessories:

  • Spiral Journals (large, medium, small)
  • Moleskins (purse or pocket size notebooks, messenger bag, rechargeable book light)
  • Cross Roller Ball Pens
  • Fisher Space Pens (writes at any angle)
  • Titanium Roller Ball Pen by Retro 1951, Inc.
  • Fancy File Folders
  • Flash Drive Memory Stick
  • Business Card Holder
  • Laptop, Notebook, or Tablet Computer
  • External Hard Drive
  • Digital Voice Recorder
  • Software for Writers (such as Scrivener)
  • eBook Reader (such as the Nook or Kindle)
  • Pocket Translator
  • Phone Tap to record phone interviews
  • Solar Charger for Cell Phones and Computers
  • Proofreader or Copy Editing services
  • Magnetic Poetry Kit (magnetic word kit for refrigerator)
  • Story Cubes (dice to toss to randomly create story ideas)

This list is updated every year and is compiled by Michael Dwyer and the Freelancer Marketplace monthly Writers’ Group.