10 Fun and Inspiring Gifts For Writers And Bloggers

10 Fun and Inspiring Gifts For Writers And Bloggers

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Once upon a time, there lived a Mouse named Moe with his wife, Alyssa… And pretty much from there they lived the great capitalistic American dream as far as my 5-year-old self could imagine: Moe and Alyssa bought a house, had children, and drove to work every day. Rewriting this story for modern times, Moe and Alyssa would decide their corporate jobs sucked ass, kids were not for them, and they’d find themselves drinking wine all over the world, blogging about it. Moe would tirelessly shoot pictures for Alyssa’s failing Instagram while Alyssa furiously tweeted her next #SundaySunset…

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REGARDLESS, from the moment I COULD write, I WANTED to write. Unfortunately, writing is not always easy or fun, whether a book or a blog.  Other times, writing is like spewing rainbows and unicorn dust. So what do you give the writer in your life to cheer them up, motivate, and reward him/her/them? Here are 10 gifts for writers and bloggers (and readers) to brighten their day, inspire, or at least give you…I mean them…some crap to scroll through until you start writing again.

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1. Booze

Too soon? Should I have saved alcohol for say…number three?  Oops.  Guys, I have a reputation to maintain, and I think we should start with the rewards from writing all day first: WINE!  I love an oaky glass of wine, and who doesn’t want a glass paired perfectly with dinner? Plus, isn’t there some study that red wine is fantastic for your heart?  Disclosure: I am not a doctor SO back off haters.

I also love Manhattans on the rocks.  This is what happens when you turn 30.  You get old and so does your taste in booze.  Or more refined.  I am so damn refined.  We recently started taking our cocktail making to another level too: we bought square ice cube trays so that we wouldn’t ruin our booze with lame, melty normal ice cubes.

A few drinky drink gift ideas and accessories:

Personally, I’d buy the cat flipping you off…

         

Coffee MugCat Wine Glasses

 

2. More Booze.  Just Kidding. Grammar and Editing Books

Going back to my English and History double major days as well as my recent MLIS grad experiences, there are some grammar and writing books that are staples.  As a librarian, that Writer’s Market BEAST is always publishing gold…or a Manhattan in solid form.

               

3. Notepads

I cannot even begin to count how many notebooks I have laying around in every corner of my house.  I use them to jot down blog ideas, record book review notes, and outline my blog posts.  Some notebooks keep 1.2 gazillion passwords that will somehow get hacked anyway and others have lists of dreams and goals, sketches for merch, and Instagram captions.  There might be a grocery list mixed in and a ton of freaking cat hair. But cats aren’t allowed on the tables, right? Never.

French Bulldog notebook
Just slaying notebook
Rainbow notebook
Black Notebook
Pearl Pink Moleskin Notebook
French Bulldog notebook
Just slaying notebook
Rainbow notebook
Black Notebook
Pearl Pink Moleskin Notebook
French Bulldog notebook
Just slaying notebook
Rainbow notebook
Black Notebook
Pearl Pink Moleskin Notebook

4. Literary Board Games

We are a huge board game family when friends are in town.  Note how I said when people are in town.  Florida can be lame like that…   Yes, of course we love Cards Against Humanity and Apples to Apples, BUT we also enjoy traditional wordy-nerdy board games.  When writers’ block hits…or procrastination with wine block/thirst distracts…why not crack out a game?

5. Inspirational Books

Did you ever wonder what books inspire authors to write?  The Uncorked Librarian asked 8 indie authors what fiction and nonfiction titles inspire and motivate them.  Below are a few of the titles. See the full list here.

 

6. A Planner/Scheduling Gear

I could not work, write, or function without a planner.  I need to see each week laid out with tasks that I can check off as well as content ideas for the month paired with short and long-term goals.  For 2018-2019, I have been using the Clever Fox Planner because it lets me write in my own dates, weeks, and months.  The planner looks like a bullet journal with space for me to map out my business plans and to make tasks pretty before they die.

 

In case foxes aren’t your jam:

Customized PlannerWrite In 2 Week Planner

 

7. Not Your Ordinary Pencils And Pens

I truly believe that colorful or inspiring tools will rub off on your writing.  You are what you write with.  No wait, you write what you write with.

Llama Pen
Rainbow Pencils
Grammer Correction Pencil
Literary Pencils
Shakespeare Pencils
Llama Pen
Rainbow Pencils
Grammer Correction Pencil
Literary Pencils
Shakespeare Pencils
Llama Pen
Rainbow Pencils
Grammer Correction Pencil
Literary Pencils
Shakespeare Pencils

8. Subscriptions 

Did you ever notice that the more you read, the better you write?  Growing up, I always learned that the best writers are readers first.  Stories inspire us, teach us how to write, and let us travel to multiple worlds and through many perspectives without even moving.

Back in my long commuter days, I barely had time to sit down and read books.  However, those 2+-hour car rides proved perfect for audiobooks.  Along with free library books from Overdrive and Hoopla, I took advantage of audible deals.

Not to mention I live on Amazon Prime.  I love the discounts I find on amazon books and with two-day shipping, I am now happily drowning in my TBR pile.

I also love The New YorkerThe Economist, and Time Magazine.  Magazine subscriptions are pretty cheap these days and support media channels that could use a little extra love.

 

9. Things That Obliterate Distractions Like

The cats

My husband

My Incessant Phone Checking

Just kidding….maybe…

10. Literary Schwag

One of The Uncorked Librarian’s most popular blog posts included this gifts for book lovers that aren’t books list.  Who doesn’t love literary schwag to wear around the house, drink from, and just stare at as we write and type away?

Writing Block
Writing Mug
Don’t annoy the writer mug
Book Club Wine Shirt
Harry Potter Coasters
The Little Prince Necklace
Writing Block
Writing Mug
Don’t annoy the writer mug
Book Club Wine Shirt
Harry Potter Coasters
The Little Prince Necklace
Writing Block
Writing Mug
Don’t annoy the writer mug
Book Club Wine Shirt
Harry Potter Coasters
The Little Prince Necklace

What else would you suggest as great gifts for writers and bloggers?

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16 Comments

  1. December 14, 2018 / 10:19 am

    This is an awesome list. I’d be happy with any of these, but I especially like the idea of the grammar/editing books! And the distractions bit made me chuckle. Thanks for sharing!

    • Christine
      Author
      December 15, 2018 / 8:08 pm

      Thanks! We had to read the grammar books back in AP English in high school. They really help. Even for grad school last year, along with my APA and MLA manuals, I found myself looking back at writing tips. I am probably due for a re-read. As bloggers, we definitely write slightly differently than most–especially for SEO. I break a lot of grammar rules…intentionally, but still.

  2. December 14, 2018 / 1:23 pm

    I LOVE this gift list! You’re so good at this! I am always wracking my brain, unsure what to get people. So thoughtful. Like Ruth, I’m loving the writing and grammar books. Seriously, how do you come up with these lines? “Other times, writing is like spewing rainbows and unicorn dust.” You’re a genius. Please write a book. I will be bothering you to do so until you do. HAH.
    Kathy @ Tasty Itinerary

    • Christine
      Author
      December 15, 2018 / 8:12 pm

      Thank you! I didn’t want to put together just any list, but I know that people value fun and unique gift ideas, especially around the holidays. I’ve seen so many cool gift guides on Pinterest lately that I had to add a few uncorked ones as well. Since I am just getting into the gift guide mindset, I think I will write a few each quarter for the seasons and holidays. It’s so much fun to share what I love and my bookish finds. TUL ‘gifts for book lovers that aren’t books’ post was by far my most frequented article. I hope people are getting and giving awesome literary gifts.

      Haha, you should keep bothering me to write a book. I would love to, and once business gets booming, I hope to have some extra time. Maybe two years from now?! Thanks, as always, for your support!

    • Christine
      Author
      December 15, 2018 / 8:39 pm

      HAHA, glad another writer actually approves of this list.

      My husband and I have been researching and researching noise canceling headphones. He got a special pair for work. I want ones that are pretty (cat ears) but functional.

      I am headed your way because FB has showed me all your great articles that I have been missing.

  3. December 17, 2018 / 1:23 am

    I’ll gladly receive any of these–except for the booze; I’m only 19 haha! As I’m still in college & planning on taking more writing classes, I’d love to receive any one of those books. That last part with the hammer had me laughing out loud a little :’)

    • Christine
      Author
      December 18, 2018 / 8:38 pm

      It is so weird when we are in Europe because the drinking age is 18…it’s crazy to think that you can vote, drive, buy some smokes, and join the military by 18 in the U.S. but still not legally drink.

      I loved my English classes in both undergrad and grad school. I hope you enjoy them! The most valuable courses that I ever took were writing classes in high school. I had the best teachers, and I swear that they taught me all that I know.

  4. December 17, 2018 / 10:35 am

    OMG THERE’S A FOX THEMED LIFE PLANNER? YES, PLEASE!! Was that too much? That was too much. I love foxes. I do have a tattoo of one, after all (his name is Winston because, well, clearly I’m a tad mental).

    Dude, yes, writing is hard work! I love it, but sometimes it is the last thing in the world I want to be doing (‘What do you mean I can’t just binge watch shows on Netflix all day? It’s not like I have a job! Oh… right…’) But like you, I’ve always known it’s what I wanted to do, even if 5 year old me sucked! But this list is perfection.

    I LOVE board games. No, really. We had well over 100 before we left. They’re currently at my former boss’s house (although we may have brought a few of the smaller ones with us…) If you like word based board/card games, you should check out the game ‘Paperback.’ I believe there’s also a ‘sequel’ but I can’t remember what it’s called (and yeah, I’m too lazy to Google it).

    We definitely have a notebook problem in our house. The whole thing is exacerbated further by the fact that whenever we/I go on holiday, I collect bits (like ticket stubs, pamphlets, etc) and then make a keepsake notebook for Jeremy when we’re home. We actually didn’t take ANY notebooks with us and it’s been driving me mad. I’ll be restocking when we’re back for the holidays.

    I, too, need a hammer for my phone addiction. Just kidding. Kind of… Okay, it’s NOT fair, I didn’t even use social media before I became a blogger and now I can’t stop!

    Oh, and I can totally see you wearing those socks. You already own them, don’t you…

    • Christine
      Author
      December 18, 2018 / 9:57 pm

      Partly the only reason that I picked this planner is because it had a fox on the cover. And….foxes are clever… BUT, also because the format worked really well for me. Winston is a great name!

      Right now, I really want to binge watch some Netflix. So off topic but my hubs can’t get into the new Sabrina. I feel like I need to watch it while he is sleeping, but then the 20 blog comments that I haven’t responded to go another day without any love. GAH!!! We have been binge watching DC’s Arrow. What are you not binge watching these days? ; )

      I am board game obsessed but FL has made it SO hard to find people to play against. None of our friends that live nearby play board games…soooo we need to find more two people only games. My parents bought my husband a Bob Ross painting game that we need to play one of these days. It’s just SO COOL that we are afraid to touch it.

      I recently stopped saving pieces of paper and tickets from traveling. I actually make it a point to throw all maps/stubs/etc out that very day that I get it. Overall, I just had TOO much stuff. If I need or want to remember an activity, I take a picture. CUZ that is so much better. NOT. Absolutely NOT. My digital hoarding is a freaking MESS to sort through. Nightmare times infinity, and I refuse to go through, waste time, and delete old pics. I might go back to travel notebook style and pasting items in there. That’s so sweet that you make a special book. I LOVE IT!!! That’s a great idea!

      I’m addicted to my phone because of blogging. Sigh. Can I take a hammer to my computer right now?! That would get me to bed on time….

  5. December 17, 2018 / 6:06 pm

    I just laughed SO HARD at the Writer’s Block. I need that for my office!! 😀

    I also 100% agree with the notebooks and the planners. I have one notebook for at home and one smaller notebook to keep in my purse. Plus several on stand-by should I have a completely-full-notebook emergency. All of them MUST be pretty. 🙂

    And, I could not function without my planners. I have one for “everyday life” and one for “blog life.” Interestingly, the blog life one is all in pencil, while the everydaylife one is written in pen. I have discovered that my blog life plans are far less predictable than my everyday life plans, lol.

    Great list!!

    • Christine
      Author
      December 18, 2018 / 10:31 pm

      I love the Writer’s block too! Right now, mine is in the shape of a giant mutt Maine Coon cat who is literally blocking my writing.

      My notebooks are getting prettier. I have a lot of “official” looking ones for some reason…probably ‘borrowed’ from the 9-5 work back in the day. Once they all fill up, I’m 200% converting everything to foxes, owls, and sparkles… A lot of my friends get me pretty notebooks and journals, which I love. I should take these gifts as an encouraging sign that they see me as a writer too. Dreaming of a novel…

      I love my fox planner and had to finally invest in a good one. Nothing gets accomplished if I don’t have to-do lists and set goals. Without seeing my objectives on paper, I get stressed out and a little forgetful. Plus, I feel great after checking off list items. Blogging requires lists too because, lets face it, we are never done. The list is ever changing, and I could always be doing more for my business. My grocery list is in pencil, but blogging is all colored pens. Blogging is much less predictable; you are so right! …And I never seem to accomplish all that I hope. Time I allot/estimate for tasks rarely ends up being the case.

      Thank you!

  6. December 18, 2018 / 1:36 pm

    This post cracked me up, almost spit my wine out reading the first one (lol joking no wine in my hand tonight.. yet)

    • Christine
      Author
      December 19, 2018 / 11:12 am

      Dagney over at Cultura Obscura said that we should drink, comment on everyone’s blog posts, and make youtube videos about it LOL. Wine makes me a more pleasant writer at night. Or at least a better writer in my wine induced dreams.

      P.S. We will be making Gluhwein with real anise and cinnamon for Christmas. That’s a fab use of the crockpot, right?

  7. December 18, 2018 / 4:46 pm

    I am freaking LAUGHING SO HARD at #1 and your “too soon?” Never, never too soon!

    This is a great list of ideas for the readers and writers in our lives, thank you!

    • Christine
      Author
      December 19, 2018 / 11:02 am

      HAHA, a girl has to start somewhere, right?!

      Thank you so much, book bestie! You have to tell me all about your holiday plans. I hope they are wonderful.

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