Buying a gift for a writer is pretty simple on a budget – you can never go wrong with a nice pen or notebook. But what if you want to get them something a bit more special? I’m here to help. Here are dozens of gift ideas for writers on every budget.
The pen is indeed mightier than the sword and The Literary Gift Company has a wonderful array of pens attesting to this very fact. If the person you’re shopping for is a lover of big brand names, you can also pick up one from Emma Bridgewater or Cath Kidston. Or even a pencil case or pen pot to hold those powerful tools. Notebooks are by far the easiest option and you can reflect yours or the recipient’s personality in the type of notebook you pick – here’s the plan, personalised typewriter, expletives, Ted Baker green brogue, hey girl, take this down, alphabet. And make sure they don’t miss any bursts of genius with this Little Miss Scatterbrain memo block or writer’s block. If it’s inspiration they’re looking for, there’s always Ready Set Novel, a must-have for any creative writer (I have a copy to help with my screenplay) or Inspiration for Writers. And lastly, we all know that writers are procrastinators, and the ultimate go-to method of procrastination is putting the kettle on! Encourage them to get their creative juices flowing with this mug.
If you can push the £10 price barrier, there’s a great selection of pencils available. These literary criticism pencils from The School of Life are both fun and educational, as is this Shakespeare set. You can also get them this cute Ted Baker pencil case to keep them all together. You could also push your budget for notebooks, with offerings from Paul Smith, Liberty and Bread & Jam. Or why not get them a monthly stationery subscription from The Green Gables? I kept one going for a few months and love it! If organisation is key, there’s always this pocket planner or wall planner. And if they’re looking for creative writing ideas, this book is bound to do the trick. The hard core writers will be big fans of the Moleskine range. Why not treat them to this writing gift set or a 2014 diary? And lastly, if they’re a writer by day, they’ll be needing the 2014 edition of the Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook.
I actually struggled to find something in the £50-100 range but that’s ok – just treat them to a selection of the items above! More presents = more smiles!
Every writer needs a good, solid desk and this one from Heal’s is amazing. I love the colourful compartments!