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Holiday Gift Ideas For Writers, Editors & Bibliophiles (Part 3)


Continued from Holiday Gift Ideas For Writers, Editors & Bibliophiles (Part 1). Part 4 and prize draw winners announced tomorrow!
Thanks to all those filled out my survey. Also see:
Part 1: Holiday gift ideas for writers, editors & bibliophiles
Part 2: Holiday gift ideas for writers, editors & bibliophiles
Archives: Gifts For Writers posts
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“Montblanc fountain pen (I’ll send you my address)
Healthy snacks (nuts are good, though problematic – would that be cannibalism?)
Paper. Reams and reams of dead trees.
A laptop or netbook.
A soft, comfy robe. (Writing naked is SO last year.)
A lap desk.” – Suggested by Holly Jahangiri.

“I support sites that feature handmade or recycled products. On etsy, my favorite find for writers or readers are these little terrariums that you can put a miniature copy of your favorite book in. The maker will create a mini-copy of whatever book you want and you can send a great gift for under $15.
For a Harry Potter fans: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=34503076
Jane Austen: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=34081351
Twilight: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=34457490
or a novel of your choice: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=35344281
Plus, there will be free shipping starting black friday until Dec. 11th! Who doesn’t like a bit of green in their lives?” — Suggested by ThatWeMightFly.

“One of the best (and affordable) things I’ve come across for writers this Christmas is this ‘I Love You, Blogs and Coffee’ print from online store NotOnTheHighStreet which I pointed out on my blog not long ago. It costs £20 (about $32) and the website ships internationally. I’m not sure if the frame is included. I just love it because I think it’s the perfect gift for all us on Twitter (99% of whom also have blogs), it’s not that expensive, it’s something different and it’s the perfect accessory for the Wall Behind the Computer! ” – Suggestion from Catherine Ryan Howard.


“This idea is not original to me, but it’s a terrific gift–either to give or to receive, and I think writers would especially enjoy doing this. Several years ago, I came up with 52 questions to ask my mother. The plan was that each week for one year she and I would answer the questions and email them to one another. It was a way for us to get to know one another better and to encourage us to correspond weekly. Some of the questions I asked were (1) when and where was your first kiss and what is the story behind it? (2) What is your favorite part of your body? Your least favorite? (3) What is one of your happiest memories from childhood? Your unhappiest? (4) What person do you most admire and why? Now that she is gone, I am especially happy to have done this. Her answers are something I will always treasure.” - Suggestion from Susan.

Soap crayons for those ideas/plot twists that hit you in the shower. A jar or box of encouraging notes for moments of frustration. Care package of healthy snacks (and good chocolate). Suggestion from Ruth Stuart.

“~Hard- cover notebooks. (Usually decorative colors) These can be found places like Target or Wal- Mart– perhaps other places, but I don’t know where else.
~Music! It always inspires me. Instrumental things seem to work best for me.
~Index cards– for plotting, keeping track of who has what where at what time, writing notes, making lists of potential names. Colored ones are good for plotting. Cheap to buy at office stores.
~Flash drives– useful when writing in multiple locations or on multiple computers. Usually pretty cheap.
~A package of chocolate or their favorite soda/snack, for increased inspiration in a slump.” Suggestion from Ira Tailor.

“Gift ideas for writers:
Chocolate (what else? ;D)
Writer’s Market 2010 – $29.99
Punctuation Page Markers – $8
Keyboard Wrist Rest – $7.49
Anything from the NaNoWriMo store
Altered book purses – $24.95 to $44.95
Gifts from Barnes & Noble (the desk organizers are especially neat).

Personal library kits – $16.95
Making Kindle and iPod cases is a good idea if you like to sew.
Also, here are instructions on how to make a “vision book” – it is a really neat gift for an aspiring writer.
Hope you like these ideas!” — Contributor name not given.

“Book Purses made from damaged and discarded library books. Paperback Wallets made from recycled paperback books, great for men or women! The Naughty Bits, little brooches made from the lines of trashy romance novels. www.rebound-designs.com and www.rebounddesigns.etsy.com” — No contributor name given.
“Blank journals, colored pens, fancy pens.” — Suggested by Shelly Burns.
“Writers Block: a book in the shape of a block filled with ideas that can be found at Barnes & Noble, or at Borders.” – Suggested by Sunstar.

“1.A calligraphy pen(barnes and noble, aaron bros.)[11.95]
2.Novel Writing Kit(barnes and noble)[19.95]
3.The Authors Bible
4.A published version of their book
5.A hand knit sweater with the words “author” on it [10.00 or less]
6.Check the ‘Signals’ cataloguefor really cool ideas(GREAT STUFF!!!)[depends on what you chose from the catalogue[
7.A book YOU wrote [price of ink and paper varies on length]
8.think geek caffinated shampoo, soap, candy, coffee, and other strange things. (www.thinkgeek.com)
9.A hand drawn cover for the book they are currently writing
10.pillow with words sewed on that says *no giving up!* or *write or the zombies will come*
11.A clay sculpture of you scoldong them that hangs from the celing, mocking their every moment of giving up thoughts.
12.A signed harry potter book(heaven on earth for most lit. geeks)
13.A new puppy/kitten/rat/bird/bunny/*turtle*/snake/lizard with the name of their main charecter.
14.A paperweight with quotes from their fav author engraved upon it.
15.A cure for writers cramp/writers block.” - Suggestion from Tarrah.

A notepad to scribble down ideas (link is in German, sorry): – Suggestion from Mela Eckenfels. Note from Debbie: I also found one of these on an English website.
“A gift subscription to the Visual Thesaurus. Even if you don’t write, it’s still very cool to watch the words split into their synonyms and antonyms. Visualthesaurus.com. I believe it’s $20 per year.” Suggestion from Michelle Gregory.
“Moleskine notebook from Barnes and Noble. 2. Laptop or netbook case from Staples. 3. Computer mouse 4. Sketchbook” – Suggestion from Brittany.

The Ecosystem Author Journal — Contributor name not given.
An Alphasmart. — Suggested by Galit.

“MP3 player with earbuds. Sign that says “Go away–I’m writing.” Alphasmart Neo (available from the Alphasmart company for $219 plus S&H) an offer to babysit the kids/spouse for a few hours (this one is priceless IMO). A copy of “No Plot, No Problem.” Anything from the NaNoWriMo store.” – Suggested by Molly.
“The best present for any Mac writer who for some crazy reason is still without it is Scrivener: $39.99 I’m not affiliated, just a happy user.” – Suggested by Paolo.

“Kindle Scrivener.” - Suggested by Julia Muldoon.
“Kindle
Livescribe pen
Magazine subscription to The Writer or Writer’s Digest magazines
Gift certificate to writer’s favorite coffeehouse
Remade covers of classics (Amazon.com)
I included this list on my website
http://brandi-annuyemura.com/freelance-writing/a-christmas-wish-list-for-writers/” — Suggested by Brandi-Ann Uyemura.

“Light pens. They have a light that directs at pen tip so that you can see what you are writing in the dark. They are incredibly difficult to find at a good price. You can find some at Amazon.com. Oh, and the desktop edition Write or Die, if it hasn’t yet been mentioned. It is available on Dr. Wicked’s blog, I believe.” — Suggested by Annie.
“Books!
Chocolate
Fancy coffee
Fancy pens
Cozy blanket for chair
Comfy pants
Candles
a funky hat! for wearing only when writing!
– That all sounds like heaven to me!!” — Suggested by Sarah.

“1. Write a poem for the person
2. Make a cartoon/comics on her
3. Write a poem/comics on his/her spouse/family/kids
4. Write fiction with the person as the protagonist
5. Give the Thesis theme [or tell him/her of the easily customizable free Atahualpa theme which has more than 200 options].
6. Give his/her blog a link from your blog which has a PR of 5! Introduce him/her to the world of blogging if she/he does not have a blog.
7. Go empty handed and do not carry any gift! Writers may like surprise more than anything else!
8. Make your blog dofollow [a plugin] which means that all those who comment on your blog will get the google juice! Presently there is a nofollow link added to the blog link of commenters by default. Many bloggers are making their blogs dofollow to reward their followers and increase the number of followers.
9. Buy the person a domain name [great if you can claim her name] and a year of hosting.
10. Make a nice blog header for him/her like your own and/or redesign his/her blog.
11. Frankly ask him/her what gift he/she wants and then do the needful.” — Suggested by Vikas.

“One night a week of uninterrupted writing time. (Priceless for parents of small children!)” — Suggested by Simon Larter.
“These are all on the expensive side, but a writer can dream…
A Livescribe pen (http://www.livescribe.com/)
A Kindle
An ergonomic chair
A day at the spa
A writers’ retreat (e.g. http://www.arvonfoundation.org/)” — Suggested by Derya.
“TIME! This is the one thing that writers who have day jobs and other obligations often lack. A few hours a day, or just one day out of the week to just write would be amazing. COST: ranges anywhere from taking kids off of writer’s hands to doing household chores or errands. I don’t have kids, but I do have errands and chores; it would be nice for someone else to do those once in a while and let me just think and write.” — Suggested by Jen.

“Journals
Monogrammed bookmarks (metal or otherwise)
Books on writing and/or grammar
Bookstore gift cards
Coupons for dinner/cleaning/babysitting/etc. (for use while the writer writes)
Noise canceling headphones” — Suggested by Kathryn.

“The Writer’s Block: 786 Ideas to Jump-Start Your Imagination, by Jason Rekulak. $10 at Amazon.com. Each page of the 3-inch cube holds an unconventional phrase, word, or picture bound to get the juices flowing.
iTunes gift card (in denominations of $15, $25, $50, and $100), available from Apple.com and some department stores. One dollar=one song. Nothing inspires a story or motivates a writer like music.
Time. The one thing writers can’t ever get enough of is just solid time to dream, experiment with, or edit their work. Whether it’s an understanding family member who will do the chores for you, a coworker who constantly checks on your novel’s progress, or just you planning a daily session—time to write is a gift that keeps on giving.” – Suggested by Belinda.

“Journals are always nice especially once that are not too small but not to big to fit in a purse. Red and black pens. Also hilighters are good too.” – Suggested by Kwana.
“Lots of color papers, sparkle pens, pencil, color pens, erasers, rough papers for drafts, file and lot of stationary !! atleast that can make some lazy writer want to write ..” — Suggested by Pratsie.

"I am not the editor of a newspaper and shall always try to do right and be good so that God will not make me one."
Mark Twain

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