And they're definitely not all the ones you've seen before!
Who says gifts should only be purchased around the holidays? No matter the month, there's always something worth celebrating. And no one deserves more celebration than the hard-working authors in your life! (Even if the only author in your life... Is you! Celebrate yourself. We won't tell.)
Whether you're shopping for a birthday, a holiday, a new book deal, or even "just because," you'll find tons of gifts targeted towards wonderful wordsmiths. However, many of these gift ideas have been given over and over again. Maybe the author already has too many mugs and doesn't have room in their cabinets for more. Odds are good that they have hundreds of pretty notebooks but are too afraid to actually write in them. (Guilty!) Your job, then, as a gift-giver, is to find something fun yet functional, and useful yet unique.
Luckily, we already did all the work for you. (You're welcome!) Below are our most inspiring, tech-savvy, everyday must-haves: the top 30 gift ideas for authors. All you have to do now is pick one... Or two... Or maybe a few.
E-readers are everywhere these days, but the Kindle remains one of the most popular. Its newest version, the Scribe, is the FIRST Kindle that you can take notes on! Whether you use it for annotating a novel, or just to make a to-do list, organizing your notes has never been so easy. Notes remain on the page and act as a sticky note when you're finished, and the best part? They can easily be exported via email.
Gone are walks to the microwave to heat up that same cup of coffee you made hours ago. This cup is perfect for any writer who loves a hot beverage. Coffee, tea, warm lemon water--you name it, the Smart Cup heats it. For those late night writers or early mornings, this rechargeable cup keeps your drink of choice warm and ready to support the writing process.
Dragons hoard gold; writers hoard pens. Unfortunately, like socks, hair ties, and important pieces of mail, pens have a tendency to disappear when you need them most. That's what pen holders are for! This sleek typewriter version can finally replace that chipped mug, flower pot, plastic cup, or whatever else you've been using to corral those pesky writing utensils.
Sometimes, water just won't cut it, but coffee is too aggressive. Thankfully, tea provides just the right amount of caffeine--without the jitters. This delicious English Breakfast blend features a famous literary quote on every bag. Perfect to sip while writing, taking a break from writing, or just thinking about writing (but not having the energy to do it).
How cute are these bookends? Any author would be proud to display these on top of their writing desk. Fingers crossed that they'll someday bookend your own bestselling series!
Is this the most useful gift? Okay, maybe not. But does every writer love puns, and would they cackle with glee upon receiving this? Definitely. And who knows? It could probably work as a paperweight, or something...
7. Author Sign
This gorgeous metal sign would look great in any writer's home. Hang it above your bed, in your office, or even on your porch to remind the world of your brilliance. The date and pen name are fully customizable, as are the size and colors, so it can be personalized to any and all authors.
If you've read our blog for a while, you know how much we LOVE book launches! These customizable cookies would absolutely be the sweetest part of any launch. Or, if you want to be the most popular member at book club, bring a dozen of these decorated with the cover of this month's read.
Listen, we couldn't not include some of our own awesome merch! Buy this comfy shirt for yourself to remind you to meet your word count. Buy this for your best friend to show your support for their dream. You could even buy this to congratulate a new author on their book's release--then, when it becomes a bestseller, you can say, "I told you so!"
Everyone deserves to learn, regardless of their financial situation, and we're proud to offer many valuable writing resources for free! However, if someone wants more personalized help, they should consider our individualized coaching sessions. Give someone the gift of insider knowledge with a gift card for one-on-one coaching. They come in amounts from $25 to $500, and they never expire!
11 . Aqua Notes
Sometimes, our best ideas come to us in the most inconvenient places. Why couldn't that amazing plot twist wait until we got out of the shower?! Luckily, some genius came up with this waterproof notepad (complete with suction cups to stick to the shower wall!). Finally, you can jot down those witty one-liners and let that deep conditioner stay in for an extra few minutes. Just be careful with your water bill...
Writing may not seem like a particularly dangerous activity. However, those hours of staring at a screen can really wear on your eyes! Even someone with perfect vision could experience eye fatigue from too much screen time. To protect those peepers, invest in these blue light glasses, which both look great and help block harmful blue light.
Speaking of how much time writers spend at their computer... If you're staring at something for hours a day, why not make it cute? This wireless keyboard puts the "fun" in "functional" and comes in several different colors. Best of all, it works with desktop computers, laptops, tablets, and even TVs!
When the writing gets tough, authors need all the help they can get. This gorgeous crystal bracelet would be a great gift for a writer who needs a little extra motivation. Who could say no to enhanced creativity and focus? Actually, maybe we need two of these bracelets; we do have two wrists, after all...
15. Storymatic Game
It's great to love what you're writing! But if you haven't seen your author friend emerge from their office in two months, it's maybe time to suggest a little break. Give them the hint with this fun storytelling game, playable by one person or a group. It'll get them out of their manuscript while still keeping their creativity flowing.
16. Feather Pen
I guarantee, with 100% certainty, that every modern writer has fantasized about traveling back in time, writing with a gigantic feather pen by candlelight, and publishing an instant classic. Swoon! While we sadly don't have time machines on this list, we at least found these gorgeous feather pen sets. They come with one dip pen, a pot of ink, two replacement nibs, and a pen stand base. Candlelight not included.
Okay, this one's a game-changer. A Rocketbook is a reusable notebook whose pages can be scanned, saved, and sent through a connected app. You write with a special pen, then simply wipe the pages clean when you're done. Eco-friendly and keeps you from buying yet another notebook or journal? Count us in!
If you want to go even higher-tech than the Rocketbook, and more note-heavy than the Kindle Scribe, it's time to invest in a reMarkable. This tablet looks and feels like paper, and is even good for sketching, not just writing. You can even convert your hand-written notes to typed text (aka save your editor from having to decipher your messy handwriting).
Do you know a would-be writer with an amazing idea, but no idea how to turn it into a novel? Give them a copy of this book. It lays out the 15 "beats" that comprise an engaging story, walking a writer through their plot from start to finish. With thousands of five-star reviews on Amazon, this practical guide makes a super helpful gift (and then you can ask to borrow it, too!).
Even already-established authors may freeze when they decide to transition to YA from another genre. This edition uses the same 15-beat structure as the book above, but tailors it for stories that will hook younger readers. This guy won't be released until May of 2023, but it's never too early for a pre-order!