29 awesome gifts for authors


gifts for authors

Wondering what to buy the author in your life (or yourself) this holiday season?

I asked author friends in the Build Book Buzz Facebook Group for their thoughts on gifts for authors; they recommended everything from a review of the author’s book to alcohol to printing services for bookmarks and postcards to a gym membership for a healthy escape from the keyboard.

Several suggested specific products, as well. I’ve incorporated some of them here along with those I uncovered through research. It’s worth noting, too, that a few of these came from a retailer I discovered when its Instagram account followed the Build Book Buzz account on that social network. Until then, I had never heard of the company. Social media can make a difference!

Here are a few fun and special ideas that are sure to generate a heartfelt “Thank you!” from any author you know.

Click on each product name to get more information.

Under $20

1. Let’s Eat Grandma, Commas Saves Lives T-shirt

This one’s for the grammarian in your life.


gifts for authors 1

2. Internet Grammar is Ruining Everything Mug

I happen to agree with this.


gifts for authors 2

3. Old Books Fragrance Soy Candle

The scent of an old book can rekindle many memories.

$14.98gifts for authors 3

4. Olde Book Pillow Classics

Choose Alice in Wonderland, Sherlock Holmes, or Treasure Island and enjoy sweet dreams.


$17.99-24.99gifts for writers 45. Library Card Socks

Remember library cards stuck in the front of books? They’re gone, but not forgotten, when you wear these socks.

$10.00gifts for authors 5

6. Banned Books Socks

For each pair purchased, a book is donated to a community in need.

$10.00gifts for authors 6

7. Library Card Phone Case

I love this case! Make sure you get the right size for the phone.

$9.99gifts for writers 7

8. Poe-Ka-Dot Tote

Don’t you love a good play on words?

$17.95gifts for authors 8

9. Real Writers Refrigerator Magnet

What a fun stocking stuffer!

$4.99gifts for writers 9

10. Stories Yet to be Written Journal

Some authors might need more than one.

$9.99gifts for authors 10

11. Writer Mug

There’s no mystery here.

$9.95gifts for authors 11

12. Write Here, Write Now Mousepad

For those who need the reminder.

$9.99Gifts for authors 12

13. Your Fingers Tap Dance Print

This lovely framed poem print makes the process seem almost magical.

$18Gifts for authors 13

14. Writer’s Block

For the writer with a sense of humor.

$15gifts for authors 1415. “Ask Me About My Book” T-shirts

These conversation-starters were designed by my author friend Flora Brown.

$19.95gifts for authors 15

16. Do Not Annoy the Writer Mug

Want to be a character in a book? Annoy the writer.

$12.95gifts for authors 16

17. Romance Novelists Do It Between the Sheets Tote Bag

Of course they do.

$13.95Gifts for authors 17

18. Library and Books Pendant Necklace

This is so pretty!

$16.00gifts for authors 18

19. Ask Me About My Books Keychain

It’s the perfect stocking stuffer.

$10gifts for authors 19

More than $20

20. Folded Paper Tea Cup

Act quickly if you like this book folded into the shape of a teacup because there’s only one of them.

$25.00gifts for authors 20

21. T-shirts Created From the Text of Your Favorite Books

Choose from books in 13 categories.

$34.00gifts for authors 21

22. I Read Past My Bedtime Framed Print

I do this. Do you?

$31.00gifts for authors 22

23. Book iPhone Case

This classy iPhone case doubles as a wallet that can hold credit cards, a driver’s license, and cash.

$59.99gifts for authors 23

24. Professional Bookworm Hoodie

Pair this with pajama bottoms and you’ve got a writing uniform.

$42.00gifts for authors 24

25. Just One More Chapter Laptop Sleeve

Perfect for those marathon coffee shop sessions.

$36.00 gifts for authors 25

26. Wake Me When I’m Published Pajamas

For women only; check out the pattern options for the bottoms, too.

$34.95gifts for authors 26


27. Build Book Buzz Training Programs

Whether the author in your life needs to learn how to rock it on Amazon, snag cover endorsements, or learn book marketing from start to finish, there’s a thorough and helpful training program for it in our online store.

Prices range from $9 to $79gifts for authors 27

28. Scrivener

Scrivener software puts everything you need for structuring, writing, and editing long documents at your fingertips.

$40-45gifts for authors 27

29. Amazon Gift Cards

Oh, the books your friend can buy with a gift card!

Prices vary gifts for authors 29


You won’t go wrong with any of these.

What gift would you recommend (other than your own book, of course)? Add to the list in a comment. 

Tip of the Month

Writing a headline for your book’s sales page on your website — or any other type of headline? Give the “Headline Generator” tool a try.

You might have to play around with it to get the results you need. And, even if you don’t get just the right headline, what the software churns out might be a good starting point, giving you something to tweak until it’s just right.

I’ve used this, and the experience has reminded me of the book cover design process: I can’t do it myself, but I know what I like when I see it.

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Sandra Beckwith is an award-winning former publicist who now teaches authors how to market their books. Three groups have recognized her BuildBookBuzz.com site as an outstanding resource for authors, so you know her advice is author-tested.

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14 Responses to 29 awesome gifts for authors
  1. Takara Shelor
    November 25, 2015 | 10:50 am

    Great list! So many of them made me laugh and I know several people who would love to have a few of these!

    • Sandra Beckwith
      November 25, 2015 | 10:55 am

      Aren’t they fun, Takara? I’m so glad you like them!


  2. Flora Morris Brown
    November 25, 2015 | 1:17 pm

    Love this list Sandra. You uncovered some clever ones. Thanks for featuring my shirt as one of them.

    I’m going to HAVE to get a few pairs of those library socks, for myself and gifts.

    You’ve inspired me to finish and publish my list of gift ideas for writers/authors as well.

    • Sandra Beckwith
      November 25, 2015 | 2:24 pm

      Flora, those library card socks are on my list, too! I love your t-shirts — I hope they sell well!


  3. Kayleen
    November 25, 2015 | 2:18 pm

    I like the library socks as well and many others. Thanks for this. I’m sharing on social media.

    • Sandra Beckwith
      November 30, 2015 | 11:44 am

      I LOVE those library socks, Kayleen! Thanks for sharing the link.


  4. Lynette M. Smith
    November 25, 2015 | 7:35 pm

    I love all your selections, especially the library pendant and Flora’s “Ask Me About My Book” T-shirts (I’d already ordered two for myself)! Here’s a practical tool to give work-focused do-it-yourself authors: the 48-page reference I recently published (the one with the title that’ll either excite you or put you to sleep, depending on its relevance), “80 Common Layout Errors to Flag When Proofreading PDF Layouts,” available on Amazon. I recommend ordering the softcover version, chopping off 1/4″ of the bound edge, and getting it wire-coil bound at your local copy center so the pages will lie flat for easy reference.

    • Sandra Beckwith
      November 30, 2015 | 11:46 am

      I thought the pendant was pretty, too, Lynette.


  5. Donna Vaal
    November 30, 2015 | 11:35 am

    Perfect. I especially love the mug about killing someone in a book. I pull some of my characters from my daughters friends, their looks, or characteristics. One of them, I used her hair style in my book, so I tell her the heroine is her -but, I killed her. She loves to joke around about how I killed her in a book.

    • Sandra Beckwith
      November 30, 2015 | 11:46 am

      Donna, don’t you think your daughter’s friend should buy you that mug?

      ; )


  6. Joni M Fisher
    November 30, 2015 | 10:31 pm

    check out Storiarts.com they have scarves, gloves, pillow cases and other items covered in print from famous literary works.

    • Sandra Beckwith
      November 30, 2015 | 10:42 pm

      Thank for the tip, Joni!


  7. Joan Price
    December 1, 2015 | 1:15 pm

    Great list! Sharing your article widely!

    • Sandra Beckwith
      December 1, 2015 | 1:39 pm

      Glad you like it, Joan! And thanks for sharing. I hope lots of writers get the gift they want from it.


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