Every year it’s the same thing: You have a sibling, cousin or friend who’s a writer or an author and you end up getting them the same thing: an Amazon gift card. They smile politely and say thanks (Make no mistake, they really are grateful. Everyone loves Amazon gift cards...you know, in case you were wondering what to get us, but we digress...). But this year you want to do something different and cool and creative. There’s really only one problem. You have no idea where to begin. No worries! We’ve got you covered. Jennifer and the Design Dude have scoured the interwebs to find gifts that will make even the most jaded writer in your life squeal with delight and turn you into their new favorite person in the world. You’re welcome.
The Writer's Toolbox: Creative Games and Exercises for Inspiring the 'Write' Side of Your Brain
Every writer approaches the craft in their own way. Designed by a longtime creative writing teacher, this innovative kit includes a 64-page booklet filled with exercises and instructions that focus on a "right-brain" approach to writing. Sixty exercise sticks, First Sentences, Non Sequiturs, and Last Straws will get stories off the ground, 60 cards fuel creative descriptions, and four spinner palettes will ignite unexpected plot twists. If you know a writer or aspiring writer who tends to be process-oriented, this may be the perfect gift.
Stylish and rustic leather messenger bag
This 100% natural distressed leather laptop messenger bag includes an adjustable strap for over the shoulder use but is also long enough to be worn across the body. The interior features two soft canvas fabric-lined zip sections with plenty of room for laptops, tablets or eReaders. The flapover enclosure provides additional protection from the elements. Your laptop is your office. Make sure you protect in style when you’re on the go.
Super versatile portable laptop table stand
Finding a comfortable way to use your laptop while sitting on the couch or in bed or even on your kitchen counter can be tricky. We’ve all hunched over our keyboards as we try to keep our computer from sliding off our lap or getting stuff spilled on it. Well, your worries are over folks. This lightweight, high strength aluminum laptop stand has fully adjustable legs, rotates a full 360 degrees and can even lock in place. Air vented cavities mean you don’t have to worry about your legs being slowly roasted by the heat coming off your laptop. We all love our laptops, this stand will make us love them even more.
Writer's Digest Subscription
Every issue of Writer’s Digest is devoted to helping writers develop their craft and offering expert advice on how to get published. This magazine is full of pertinent tips on writing queries, writers' rights, new markets, submission guidelines and competitions. Writer’s Digest also features practical technique articles, and tips and exercises on fiction, nonfiction, poetry and the business-side of writing and publishing.
Scrivener the ultimate writing software for writers
Let’s face it, we all use Microsoft Word®—mostly because it’s just the default software everyone uses—but we secretly hate it too. Sometimes it just seems to have a mind of it’s own and you end up screaming at your poor computer. Wouldn’t it be great if there were writing software designed for professional writers? Ask and ye shall receive. Scrivener is a powerful content-generation tool for writers that allows you to concentrate on composing and structuring long and difficult documents. While it gives you complete control of the formatting, its focus is on helping you get to the end of that awkward first draft. Wouldn’t it be great to stop the daily hand-to-hand combat with Word? It might just be the best money you ever spent.
Under desk elliptical trainer
One of the biggest downsides to being a writer is that you’re basically chained to a desk for hours at a time as you work on your bestselling novel. It’s super easy to put on some extra weight just from a lack of activity. This compact elliptical trainer will fit neatly under your desk and provide a low-impact workout that’s easy on your back, hips, knees and ankles. Just because you’re forced to sit for extended stretches, doesn’t mean you have to resign yourself to becoming one of those doughy, reclusive writers in a frumpy sweater. Now you can peddle away those pounds while you pound out your novel.