12 Gifts for Writers

Posted on December 11, 2013

If you’ve been visiting me on Facebook recently, you’ll know that I am currently obsessed with Gifts for Writers.

Often lists of gifts for writers include such useful things as typewriter cufflinks, inspirational art prints, and coffee mugs with ‘hilarious’ writerly advice on them.

If you were to ask a writer what they truly wanted for Christmas, they would probably list things like ‘books’ and ‘books’ and ‘notebooks’ and ‘a week at Varuna’, thanks.

But where’s the fun in that? (Note to Santa: I would really like a week at Varuna. Just saying.)


I thought I’d compile my Facebook updates into an actual proper post and add in a few new choice gifts just for good measure.

You’re welcome.

12 gifts for writers



Who doesn’t need a witty, writerly iPhone case? This one is from Society 6 and there are so many options here that it’s hard to choose just one. Perhaps one for each season?




Interior design for the writer. The look of books without the dust. What’s not to love? From here.





Surely there is not a writer alive who would not be inspired by an Ernest Hemingway doll? Or, if not Ernest, then Margaret Atwood, Dorothy Parker or Shakespeare himself? There are more than 600 dolls to choose from. Just saying.





I have long wanted to put a pencil through my head to block out the world. And now I can. Magic Pencil Earphones. (Yes, I am laughing even as I write this.)





I freely confess to absolutely loving this one. The Original Wicked Witch Bookmark, from here.




It is a truth universally acknowledged that every writer needs a Jane Austen bandaid (with bonus tattoo).






Another one that I love. Look at the pure potential of all those blank lines… and no pressure to actually do anything with them. From here.





The world is full of enticing notebooks (I have an entire Pinterest board devoted them, so I know). I chose this one because it reminds me of the little tree in my header. I love my little tree.





I don’t use pencils to write because, well, I can’t read my own handwriting. But I do love pencils. In an ideal world, these would say ‘Finish the damn book’, but you take what you can get. From here.




I am not a tea drinker. My writing is fueled by coffee. But the tea-drinking writer in your life may enjoy dunking these Novel Teas. Each teabag is individually tagged with literary-themed quote, and contains English Breakfast Tea.





You’d have to be a muggle not to want one of these cushions.





The Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover for iPad is not funny or cute, but is the most singularly useful thing I bought myself this year. It’s a keyboard and cover and it has revolutionised my use of the iPad. Combine it with the Evernote App and you can write, properly and portably, anywhere. I love it.

What are you hoping Santa will bring this year?

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  1. MultipleMum

    I so wish I had you for my KK. As well as a full set of “My Family” stickers, I would drop one of these on you!

    • Allison Tait

      With a full set of family stickers on the horizon, I am glad my KK is someone else. But the rest I love – hmmm, well, maybe not the Hemingway doll.

  2. Gemma Hawdon

    I love those tea bags!!

    • Allison Tait

      I do too, and I don’t even drink tea!

  3. Sam Stone @ A Life on Venus

    Love the bookmark so now I am hoping Santa brings me that!! or maybe the wizard cushion. Decisions, decisions.

    • Allison Tait

      I know! So hard to choose!

  4. JodiGibson (@JFGibsonWriter)

    Love all these Al. Especially the bookmark. I don’t think Santa is bringing me much this year, but I have asked for an apron. So 1950’s of me!


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