With the holidays fast approaching and retailers gearing up with big sales, now’s the best time to find unique gifts for the writers, bookworms, and literature lovers in your life! While the easiest (and most common) gift is a writing journal, the elves here at Writer’s Relief have a few more “novel” ideas!
Unique Gift Ideas For Writers And Book Lovers
Subscription To A Literary Journal Of The Month
You know those subscription box services that have been popping up everywhere? Well, this one is for print literary journals!
Subscriptions to literary journals are always a good gift, but if you’re not sure which one is best for your recipient, check out Journal of the Month. Journal of the Month sends a new print issue from a different journal every month, so it’s a fantastic way to explore a variety of literary publications.
Kindle And/Or Amazon Kindle Unlimited Subscription
A Kindle is a great gift for your bookworm on the go! You might also consider a Kindle Unlimited subscription, which offers unlimited access to the entire Kindle library!
Warm And Cozy Things
Anyone who loves to curl up with a good book or spend hours writing will no doubt appreciate anything that makes the experience a little more snuggly.
Warm slippers, scented candles , delicious coffee and tea flavors, or a soft throw blanket are all comforting ways to inspire your favorite writer or reader.
A great way to shut out the world and focus on reading or writing, noise-cancelling headphones are sure to be a hit with your bookworm. (What did you say? I can’t hear you, I’m writing.)
Airbnb Gift Certificate
Give the gift of a getaway! An Airbnb gift certificate lets your giftee devote a night (or a weekend) to reading, writing, or just relaxing! For bonus points: Choose a place tied to a famous author.
It doesn’t have to be an out-of-town vacation rental—a staycation rental can be a welcome break too! There are amazing hotels that are author/book themed: The Sylvia Beach Hotel, the Library Hotel, and Le Pavillon Des Lettres are just a few. Be sure to make your reservation open-ended so it’s more flexible with the recipient’s schedule!
Make A Donation
You can make a donation to the local library, a literary nonprofit, or any other organization that your writer/bookworm supports. Your efforts will be appreciated by both!
You can check out a few literary nonprofits here.
If you want to get your literature lover a special mug for their coffee or tea, we’re not discouraging you! But we think you should also get them a mug warmer so that hot beverages don’t cool off when the reading or writing heats up.
Prepaid Bank Gift Card
For writers, submitting to journals and contests can get expensive. Those fees add up!
Give your favorite writer a prepaid bank gift card so they can submit their work to journals and contests that they might have skipped because of the fees involved.
These pencils are double-ended—blue on one side and red on the other, making them perfect for editing! Your grammar-geek will love them!
Spotify Premium Subscription
Spotify is a music streaming service where you can build your own library and playlists, as well as check out thousands of other lists.
It’s a great gift for writers and readers—Spotify has countless premade playlists created specifically for relaxing, reading, unwinding, etc.
Cute potted plants can liven up a reading or writing area—and clean the air too!
Just be sure to pick plants that won’t aggravate allergies and are fairly easy to care for (unless you know the recipient has a green thumb)!
The reMarkable paper tablet is perfect for writers! It mimics the sensation (and even sound) of writing on real paper, while letting you organize and digitize all of your writing. It can turn handwritten notes into typed text at the drop of a hat—which is great for writers who like to handwrite their first drafts.
And no more piles of crumpled, wasted paper! Score one for trees!
We’d be remiss if we didn’t include books on our list—they’re the obvious gift choice!
Preorder a book you know your giftee would buy when it’s released.
Or, you can give someone your favorite book—so you can discuss plot twists and character motivation. And hopefully you will both agree how wonderful the book is!
Gift cards to major booksellers are also a good choice, but don’t forget to check out independent bookstores located near the person you’re buying the gift for—they may have gift certificates available. We love to support indie bookstores whenever possible!
Snack Or Meal Subscription Box
A snack or meal subscription box is a great gift for a busy writer (or reader!).
Everyone enjoys a snack while writing or reading, and having a meal subscription service means no need to stop typing or to put down that book in order to run to the grocery store. Delicious dinners can be created with minimal effort and time!
SnackCrate sends monthly snacks from around the world, and Hello Fresh is a popular meal kit subscription service.
Your bookworms may not always wear their hearts on their sleeves, but they certainly would wear a banned books scarf or socks that look like library cards!
Check out the Writer’s Relief online shop or the Literary Gift Company for lots of wearable ideas for writers and readers.
Help Getting Published
And of course: Our service makes a great gift for your favorite writer!
Making submissions takes a lot of time, research, and effort, and can easily become overwhelming. The many hours a writer spends researching and making submissions could instead be spent happily writing! Give your favorite writers the gift of more time with a Writer’s Relief gift certificate—and boost their odds of getting what they really want—more publication credits!
Question: Do you have any other unique or thoughtful gift ideas for readers and writers? Share them below!
Great list! Many things here I’d love, as a writer.