Mother’s Day Gifts for Writers

by Mira

By Mira at Wizzley. Some gift ideas for your writer mother on Mother’s Day, including some less common custom-made gifts, wrapping paper, and various quote coffee mugs.

If your mother is writing as a hobby or makes a living out of it, and you don’t know what presents to get her on Mother’s Day to celebrate her passion, I have a few gift suggestions. They include more common items such as books, jewelry, perfume, photo cameras etc. (flowers, writing instruments . . .) and, of course, greeting cards, as well as some custom-made gifts that you may not have considered, and which are geared towards the writer in your life. Zazzle, one of the largest print-on-demand companies, has a whole range of such custom products, all sporting statements about writers and writing. They include usual suspects such as mugs, T-shirts, and mousepads, as well as some less familiar types of print-on-demand gifts which make for some more or less unique ideas for Mother’s Day: custom teapots, pillows, tiles, stickers – little things writers usually enjoy so much. To make your gift super special, you can complete it by thoughtfully wrapping it up in unique wrapping paper sporting designs by great artists or design studios.

Greeting Cards for Mother's Day

First things first. We’ll start with greeting cards, as no gift is complete without them. I picked a collage design and a watercolor. There are many more designs to choose from on Zazzle: whimsical, vintage, collage-style, and so on.

Say It with Flowers
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Happy Mother's Day Collage Cards
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The Gift of a Writer’s Custom Coffee Mug

There are many designs on Zazzle aimed at writers. One of my favorites is “Don’t forget to write.” If your Mom is a busy person and making a living using the computer for work that takes her away from her passion, you can use this mug to encourage her to spend more time writing, particularly if you feel she’s really good at it. She will appreciate the message. It’s also a nice statement if you know she feels you’re not calling her often enough: you’re returning the message in a way, reinterpreting it. She’ll enjoy it.

Another design I really like has the statement “To write or not to write. Is that a trick question?” If your mother feels compelled to write and is always typing away at her computer, then she will appreciate your mug and the fact that you understand that for her writing is a way of life – the only way of life she can be happy with.

To Write or Not to Write Mug
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Don't Forget to Write Mug
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Custom T-Shirts for Writers

If for your writer Mom writing is a badge of honor, she might appreciate a writer's T-shirt.

Writers give shape to questions so you can find some (other) answers.

Here's a less conspicuous design with a quote about writers: “Writers give shape to questions so you can find some (other) answers.” It celebrates writers and artists, both of whom enrich our lives in such an important way. Books and films throw not so much answers as questions at us, making us reflect on many things that would otherwise stay off our radar. It also makes us appreciate the many good things we have in our lives, see them for what they are when we’re taking them for granted.

Eat, Sleep, Write

Writers Give Shape to Questions T-Shirt

A New Mousepad

I have always appreciated fun mousepad designs, and always felt that too few of them were readily available in stores -- so I'm glad we now have Zazzle. There are almost a million mousepads on that website, and if that's not enough, you can make your own.

The one I'm showing to the right is quite popular on Zazzle. Remember you, too, can become a designer there, making and selling custom-made products.

Writer's Mousepads

Mousepad with cat sleeping in library
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Writer at Work / Writish Delights Mousepad

Kindle Paperwhite

If you know your mother would like an ereader but hasn’t bought one yet, you could get it for her as a gift for Mother’s Day. My favorite one is the Kindle Paperwhite (note that there are now more recent Kindle versions), which was once the #1 Best Seller in all Electronics on Amazon. It has superb features. It has built-in light, great resolution and contrast, and no glare in bright sunlight. Everyone, from ereader enthusiasts to die-hard fans of ebooks will be very excited to receive and play with such a gift! So if you have the money, now is the moment to make your mother happy.

Paperwhite Display, High Resolution, High Contrast, Built-in Light, Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi + Free 3G

The Gift of Books

If you want to give her a book, she might enjoy reading something by one of the greatest female novelists writing today. Of course, she might also enjoy something written by a man. Your pick. I just feel that Mother’s Day should be a day to honor women. Your mother surely has certain favorite writers writing in certain genres. If you know who they are, get her the latest book by several of them. If you don’t know who they are, think of the kind of writing she writes and try getting her a book in that genre. If you’re still at a loss, I recommend a great book I discovered this spring, by a wonderful American female novelist, Siri Hustvedt, called The Summer Without Men.

If she likes writing as well as art, then you can't go wrong with a book like Seek My Face, by John Updike.

Jewelry and Perfume

Jewelry and perfume are even trickier than books, and that extends not only to the choice of perfume, but also to the choice of buying it in a department store or online. Several people are complaining on Amazon that what they bought online from this company is not the real thing in that it won’t last. So maybe it’s wiser to go to an actual shop, although I expect the merchandise you buy there and the perfumes you get on Amazon come from the same distributors.

Same thing for jewelry. You could get it online, but, unless you find some great deals on Amazon (and you will find a number of those), it might be a good idea to buy jewelry at a local jewelry store.

The Gift of a Photo Camera

What you can easily get online without worrying about anything related to the product is a photo camera. I have recently bought a Canon PowerShot S110. It has 12.1 MP and a 5x optical zoom with a 24 mm-120 mm (wide-angle) lens. It has the ability to shoot RAW and you can choose various aspect ratios as well: 16:9, 3:2, 4:3, 1:1, and 4:5. It also shoots Full HD video. All these amazing features are packed into a small body that you can easily carry around in a small women’s purse. With this camera, if your mother is not yet a photo enthusiast, she will soon become one.

Still, there’s a drawback. I’m not very happy with the way this camera renders the whites. Other than that though, it's great, offering so much! But as far as whites go I’m much happier with an older camera, released in 2005, namely Canon 350D or Digital Rebel XT. I’m showing below some photos taken with this camera. It’s a DSLR camera that comes with a 18-55 mm lens. You may want more zoom – then you can get other lenses. Also, it doesn’t shoot video. But as far as the photos go, they are wonderful. I’ve photographed the occasional wedding with this camera and got the wedding dresses in wonderful whites. Same with white flowers. See below some photos of beanstalk leaves and flowers taken last summer with my Canon Digital Rebel XT (well, actually my model says 350D).

Update: In the meantime, Canon has released a much improved version of the Powershot S110 camera: the Powershot SX720 HS model. It comes with 20.3 MP and a 40x optical zoom. Its image sensor and DIGIC 6 image processor may have very well solved the problem discussed above (about the white shades).

Beanstalk Leaves and Flowers with Canon Digital Rebel XT

Beanstalk Laves
Beanstalk Laves
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Beanstalk Flowers
Beanstalk Flowers
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Beanstalk Flowers
Beanstalk Flowers
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Canon PowerShot SX 720 HS. 40x Optical Zoom. 20 MP. $259
Canon Digital Rebel XT

The Gift of a Tea Cup and a Throw Pillow

Finally, another small gift your writer mother might like. If she likes tea and her friends, that is. It’s a tea cup with the quote "Friends and tea make a sweet combination."

Writers enjoy lying down with a good book after they have done their work for the day, so if your mother is a writer, she will enjoy a pillow reading “Oh, for a book and a shady nook,” which I’m reading on Zazzle is a quote from a poem by one of several writers called John Wilson. The longer quote goes like this:

“Oh for a book and a shady nook,
Either indoors or out,
with the green leaves whispering overhead,
or the street cries all about.
Where I may read at all my ease
both of the new and old,
For a jolly good book whereon to look
is better to me than gold”

Friends and tea make a sweet combination Tea Cup
Oh, for a book and a shady nook Throw Pillow
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Writer’s Bumper Sticker

It’s a fact universally acknowledged that writers are bound to use pretty much everything they experience in their writing, in one form or another. In the words on the bumper sticker below, “Careful, or you’ll end up in my novel.” If you don’t want to get your mother a bumper sticker but you like the statement, you can get her a mug with the same words. It would be a nice accessory on her desk as she meets with friends and family at her place.

Careful, or you'll end up in my novel Mug
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Careful, or you'll end up in my novel Bumper Sticker
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Careful, or you'll end up in my novel (with faces showing in the letters)
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Careful, or you'll end up in my novel (with faces showing in the letters)
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And Something Fun for the Environmentally-Conscious

And if your mother is environmentally conscious and a lover of oceans and seas and their marine life, you could get her a fun present with which she could raise awareness of issues important for her. Here's an all-over-print tank top with one of my designs about marine life in coral reefs, complete with photos of organisms such as nudibranch, including Chromodoris nudibranch (sea slugs), crab, parrot fish, yellow tang fish, sea anemone, clownfish, orange-lined and clown triggerfish, lionfish (Pterois), miniatus grouper (coral grouper), jewelled blenny (Salarias Fasciatus), sergeant major fish, copperband and lemon butterflyfish, sea turtles, seahorse, octopus, crab, starfish (sea star), and many varieties of coral. 

Coral Reef Marine Life Photos Tank Top (Version 1)
Coral Reef Marine Life Photos Tank Top (Version 2)
Tiffany Stained Glass Dover Giftwrap Paper

Nice Wrapping Paper

After you decide what to get your mother for her special day and easily order the various gifts online, all you still need to get to make your present is wrapping paper.

Amazon sells some really beautiful giftwrap paper made by Dover. And it’s not even expensive. The one shown below, with Tiffany stained glass designs costs a little over $4.

I hope my gift suggestions have been helpful. Hope your mother has a happy Mother’s Day!

Updated: 05/10/2019, Mira
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Mira on 06/24/2018

Hi Derdriu, I'll have to think about that. It will make for a nice project.

DerdriuMarriner on 06/21/2018

Mira, Mothers invariably end up in the kitchen. What would be nice images and sayings -- to get moms through the cooking and dishes -- for an apron or counter mats or wall calendar?

Mira on 04/26/2014

Yes, that usually happens :-). Thanks for stopping by, Pam, and for pinning!

dustytoes on 04/26/2014

I love the "you'll end up in my novel" bumper sticker! Pinning to my "mom" board.

Mira on 09/09/2013

Thank you, ologsinquito. I enjoyed writing this article :).

ologsinquito on 09/09/2013

These are all great ideas, for Mother's Day or a birthday present or even for Christmas.

Mira on 04/26/2013

I know!! :)

AbbyFitz on 04/26/2013

I really liked this article it gave a lot of good gift ideas, except I'd give them to myself lol

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