Gifts for authors and writers: 25 perfect, hand-picked ideas

Our third annual “best gifts for authors and writers” list is certain to help you find just the right writer gift this holiday season.

From jewelry designed especially for authors to gift cards and courses, you’ll find something here that your author or writer will love.

You’ll also find 32 more ideas from last year, and another 29 from the year before.

Start shopping now!

Click on each product name to get more information. Full disclosure: Many of the selections include affiliate links, which means we receive a small commission on sales. To keep it simple, presume they all have affiliate links. Also, prices are subject to change (I’ve seen changes in 48 hours!). 

I’m a tea drinker, so this one resonates with me. Select from 24 author options, from the C.S. Lewis Vanilla Chai to the Mark Twain Caramel Dream Rooibos.
$10.34

2. Website URL and hosting

Authors and writers must have a website. Make sure your gift recipient can get the “write” URL at a 30 percent discount. I use GoDaddy for URLs (they offer site hosting, too), and use HostGator for my website hosting. Get a 25 percent discount with coupon code CJSAVE25.

Prices vary

3. Writing is My Superpower T-shirt

People who aren’t writers are impressed with people who are. You might as well reinforce that impression with this honest gift.

$15.99

4. Handmade Leather Journal (and it’s refillable!)

This beautiful leather journal cover (plus the actual journal) is the perfect gift for a successful or aspiring writer.

$24.995. Book Marketing Coaching

Let me guide your author with an hour of telephone coaching time focused on his or her specific book.

$150 for one hour

6. Moo.com gift cards 

Use a Moo.com gift card to pay for business cards, postcards, and other custom-designed and printed book marketing materials. 

Price = how much you want to spend

7. Writer in Residence Door Hanger

Nothing says “I’m a writer” like a door hanger! These are hand-decorated using pages from classic literature and strung with biodegradable jute twine.

$13.72

8. Typewriter Pillow Cover (pillow not included)

Can’t you picture this in any writer’s home office? Note that it’s available in three sizes and doesn’t include the pillow. (You can get a pillow insert at a craft or fabric store or at Target.)

$38+

9. 365 Daily Book Marketing Tips

Let me give your author a book marketing tip every day for a year via email — for just 99 cents for the entire year! It’s the gift that keeps giving.

$.99 (yes, 99 cents for all 365 tips)

10. Typewriter Coasters

Beverages not included.

$13.40

11. Keep Clam and Proofread Mug

Get it?  🙂   🙂   🙂

$12.96

12. Author Marketing Club Membership

Authors need reader reviews and an Author Marketing Club membership includes access to the very cool “Reviewer Grabber Tool” that helps them find and reach Amazon reviewers. Membership also includes access to other essential tools, free training, and a wonderful author community.

$24.95 per month or save 50 percent with the $149 annual plan

This suitable-as-a-stocking-stuffer gift is a very, very important reminder for every author and writer.

$4.99

14. Typewriter Key Charm Bracelet

I love this! Colors are neutral, so women can wear it with anything.

$48.95

Every author needs the inspiration of this laser-engraved oak clock hanging over the desk.

$59

16. The Artists’ and Writers’ Cookbook: A Collection of Stories with Recipes

You don’t have to be a cookbook author to love this.

$20.40

 17. Book of the Month Club

Both of my daughters are members of this subscription service and love it. Members can tailor the selections they receive according to what they enjoy reading. (Buying for yourself? Get a free book with code FREEBIE when you join.)

3 months $44.99

I write all day and don’t know what I’d do without something like this. Save your writer’s mousing arm with this gift.

$12.99

Try out a standing desk without a big investment. This adjustable device that sets on top of an existing desk is an affordable alternative to a full-on standing desk.

$54.99 

20. Scrivener Software

Authors swear by this software that helps them organize their throughts and makes the book-writing process easier. (I bought it, but haven’t tried it yet. )

Improve your storytelling skills and have fun at the same time with this game.

$27.99

 

22. Steampunk Bookends

Every writer and author I know is also a serious reader. You have to hold those books in place with something, right?

$89

23. Typewriter Birthstone Earrings

It’s not enough that this is a clever idea and they’re pretty. They’re also handmade!

$17.85

24. Book Club Wine Glasses

You don’t need to be in a book club to appreciate these glasses . . . but wouldn’t they make the perfect gift for your book club Secret Santa name draw?

$23.14

25. Udemy Book Marketing Courses

There are a number of book marketing courses that will help your author learn how to do everything from leverage Amazon to improve author branding. This link will take you to a list of relevant courses — it’s several pages long.

Course fees vary

Now it’s your turn! What author-related gift do you want to receive? What gift would you recommend to our readers?


Tip of the Month

I like to share a “Tip of the Month,” a free resource or tool for authors, on the last Wednesday of the month.

This month, let’s look ahead to 2018 with these fun calendars to color from SarahTitus.com.

Coloring can be therapeutic.  So can planning for success in the coming year by scheduling your book marketing activities on a calendar. But first, download Sarah’s printable calendar pages to color, and block out a little time to color with pencils, markers, or crayons in the most mindless way possible! You deserve it.


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8 Responses to Gifts for authors and writers: 25 perfect, hand-picked ideas
  1. Terry Palmer
    November 29, 2017 | 10:57 am

    Thank you for this collection. So kind of you. Have a Merry Christmas. Do you have a favorite little toddler within a close family? If / when you do, then I have a new generation Christmas children’ book. GET IT HERE >>> https://goo.gl/7JkxMK

  2. Wanda Luthman
    November 29, 2017 | 12:01 pm

    I love the teas and the game (although I haven’t heard of it before, I’m sure it’s fun!). Oh and the wine glasses, they are beautiful! Is the AM Marketing Club with you?

    • Sandra Beckwith
      November 29, 2017 | 4:41 pm

      The Author Marketing Club/AMC isn’t mine, Wanda, but I’m a member and love it.

      Sandy

  3. Tina Gilbertson
    November 29, 2017 | 6:17 pm

    Thank you for your time and effort with this post, Sandy. I want somebody to get me everything on this list.

    … Except for Scrivener, which I already have. It’s wonderful; good call.

    Happy holidays!

    • Sandra Beckwith
      November 29, 2017 | 6:24 pm

      And I hope you get them, Tina! Happy holidays to you, as well!

      Sandy

  4. Richard Lowe
    December 3, 2017 | 1:50 pm

    I like the leather journal. That’s a cool writing present.

    • Sandra Beckwith
      December 3, 2017 | 10:47 pm

      So many choices!

      Sandy

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