Gift ideas for writers (that aren't a notebook)

by tealmermaid

Think outside the box when giving a gift to an aspiring writer. Do they truly need yet another notebook?

If you are shopping for the writer in your life, you have probably already realized that buying that person yet another notebook to jot down their brilliant ideas would be a bad gift idea. How many notebooks does one actually need? Are they using all the ones they already have? Say 'no' to notebooks as a gift idea. Instead, why not consider some gift options for a writer that aren't actually a notebook?

Writing tools

Go digital when writing

Why waste paper by filling notebooks with numerous drafts of one's writing? Enter the digital age by using modern technology to store those drafts. A basic tablet with an added USB keyboard can make it easy to write anytime and anywhere that an idea strikes. Choose a tablet with a larger storage capacity than you think should be needed since it is difficult to add memory to these things later on. I prefer a smaller size tablet because it fits easily into a handbag or deep pocket, but sometimes it can be difficult to write on such a small screen. A tablet with a bigger form-factor may be better for someone who prefers a larger screen to work on.

Apple iPad mini 3 MGYE2LL/A 7.9-Inch Retina Display (16GB, Wi-Fi, Apple iOS 8) Gold

This iPad mini features the newest retina display and includes iOS 8 and plenty of storage for all those drafts.

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Logitech Ultrathin Magnetic Clip-On Keyboard Cover for iPad mini 3

Thin, light, and easy to manage while in use.

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In my day, we wrote with pen and ink.
In my day, we wrote with pen and ink.

Luddite writers unite

Many writers -- myself included -- still feel the need to sketch out our ideas using pen and paper. (What can I say, sometimes technology can be daunting.) Why not make their idea brainstorming a treat with an elegant fountain pen? No more cheap ballpoint pens that run out of ink at that critical moment. If one takes the time to keep the fountain pen filled and ink bottle at the ready, a writer is always ready when inspiration strikes. Add a small bottle of good quality ink to this, and your favourite writer is good to start writing their next piece!

Pilot Metropolitan Collection Fountain Pen, Black Barrel, Classic Design, Medium Nib, Black Ink (...

A durable pen that can easily be refilled with your favourite ink.

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Omas Technical Ink Bottle- Black

62ml bottle ink. Very nice quality ink that flows easily while writing.

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Check grammar and spelling twice, write once

Keep one's spelling and grammar errors to a minimum with a handy pocket guide for each. These can be rounded out with a respected writing style guide such as The Chicago Manual of Style to improve one's writing "voice". Books about the writing process itself can also be helpful to those new to the writing field. A bit of fine-tuning can always make a better piece of writing!

Merriam-Webster's Pocket Dictionary

Quick, concise, and portable for on-the-go writing.

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Merriam-Webster's Pocket Guide to English Usage

Sort out your language usage issues from your favourite spot rather than your desk.

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The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th Edition

This new edition even includes guidelines for electronic editing.

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Banish writer's block

Get those creative juices flowing properly

If your favourite writer is prone to writer's block, help them along with a creative thinking game. Word games, refrigerator poetry, and related challenges can be just the thing to get the brain moving in the right direction.

Original Magnetic Poetry Kit

Playing with these words may be just the prompt needed to break that writer's block.

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All the fun of Scrabble in a banana-shaped pouch. Easy to carry along when writing in a coffeeshop.

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Updated: 11/16/2015, tealmermaid
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