I thought I would do a post on what to buy a writer when you need to get them a gift. Many of these would also double as presents for readers. In no particular order:
- Notebooks, pens, pencil cases – or just stationery in general. There are plenty of cool shops online such as Typo, kikki.K, and Moleskine to name just a few. A writer can never have enough notebooks or pens!
- Vouchers for online stores such as those above or for Booktopia, Boomerang Books, iTunes/iBooks, or any other book store that offer gift cards.
- Spineless Classics – this is an awesome store that prints an entire story onto a poster. So find out what the favourite story of the person you are buying for is, and see if they offer it. Get it framed, and voila! A very original gift idea.
- Scrivener – a software tool that not only allows for a story to be written, but research can be stored there, ideas can be shuffled with the index cards, character notes are available, and it is possible to go all the way through to compiling your story for self-publication or submission to publishers.
- For those who are new to Scrivener, such as myself, it can seem a little daunting with the endless possibilities. However, there are numerous learning guides to help you with what to do. I have ‘Scrivener for Dummies’, but there are more to choose from.
- External hard drives and USB’s. Because we all like to back-up our work. None of us want to lose our many, many words from different stories that we have pumped out over time or are currently working on. There would be tears, I can assure you…
- Online writing course voucher – there are many writing centres across Australia, each of which offer courses to learn and/or better your writing skills. Why not help your friend along with a voucher so that they can choose a course of their liking. Personally, I have done courses through the Queensland Writers Centre and the Australian Writers’ Centre.
- Writing/reading related jewellery – there are a few shops around; for example, this one is on etsy.
- Scrabble or other word-related games. This is self-explanatory.
So, what do you think? Do you have any to add? There really are endless possibilities, depending on how practical or quirky you feel like being with your gifts!