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2020 Creative Gift Ideas for Writers

Searching for something special for that special someone who loves to write? Check out our 2020 creative gift ideas for writers with a range of fun gifts for the wordsmiths in your life.

This time of year is excellent for counting our blessings, thinking of others, and planning for the future. My children also remind me it's a great time for giving gifts, and they're right. If you're looking for some great gift ideas for a writer (and want to be more creative than cash-in-a-card), then we have some fun options below.

[As a quick side note, these gifts for writers are things we at WD actually enjoy, use, or have on our own wish lists. A few items do use affiliate links, but we are not paid to recommend any of these.]

Gifts for Writers: Essential Tools

Noise Canceling Headphones

Have you ever tried reading or writing (or thinking) while there's a lot of loud background noise? It can make it incredibly difficult to write and edit for writers. So what more impressive gift to give a writer than noise canceling headphones that enable writers to hone in on their writing.



The Raven Writing Gloves

Want to take your gift giving up a notch at a lower price point? Well, here's an excellent idea: The Raven writing gloves! As we head into the colder months, many writers may have cold hands, but these gloves warm up the hands while allowing fingers free reign to type away.

The Raven Writing Gloves


Amazon also offers a few other versions of writing gloves if The Raven is too spooky (or your writer wants variety):

Moleskine Notebooks

I received my first Moleskine notebook nearly 20 years ago, and I still use it today. Of course, I've also started many other Moleskine notebooks. My personal favorite is this smaller hardcover version that's tough and easy to transport, but there are many sizes available.


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Gifts for Writers: Books and Magazines

Merriam-Webster's Everyday Language Reference Set

I know there are online dictionaries and word finders, but most writers love to browse. This language reference set with dictionary and thesaurus are perfect for writers who love to browse and happen upon new words (or just make sure they have the correct spelling and meaning). It's a classic.


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Book of the Month Club Subscription

From Editor-in-Chief Amy Jones last year: "I joined the Book of the Month Club this time last year and let me tell you, I have not been disappointed. I really wondered how they survive on their business model ($14.99 for one hardcover book per month with free shipping) but after a few months, I solved the riddle. The options each month are so interesting I almost always add an extra book or two to my box at $9.99 a pop. And this year, I'm giving a subscription to my cousin. As my favorite writing advice goes, 'To be a better writer, be a good reader,' and there's no easier way than BOTM."

Find out about gift subscriptions here.

Writer’s Digest Magazine Subscription

We just celebrated our 100th anniversary at Writer's Digest, and we're excited to get the next 100 years started right with some amazing interviews, articles, and nuts-and-bolts advice that will keep writers inspired and armed with the knowledge that will help them find success with their writing, no matter their goals. And you can share that excitement throughout the year by gifting a subscription to the special writer in your life.


If you order by January 1, 2021, you can give a gift subscription for only $10! Click to continue.

Smash Poetry Journal, by Robert Lee Brewer (Writer's Digest Books)

Encourage the poet in your life with Robert Lee Brewer's Smash Poetry Journal. This fun poetic guide is loaded with 125 poetry prompts, plenty of space to write their poems, and a lot of fun poetic asides.

smash poetry journal robert lee brewer

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Gifts for Writers: Fun Stuff

Leather Laptop Messenger Bags

Writers have to write, and many prefer doing it on their laptop. If you're writer is so inclined, then a super fashionable leather laptop messenger bag may be the gift they never knew they wanted!



Iconic Writer's Digest Magazine Covers

As mentioned above, Writer's Digest is celebrating its 100th Anniversary to close out this year. We've had a lot of cool magazine covers over the years, and now you can get cool writing gifts with those covers on them. T-shirts, face masks, baby onesies, coffee mugs, throw pillows, prints, and more! Click to continue.


Novel Teas - Modern American Classics

What's better than some delicious tea? Delicious tea with literary quotes from Modern American Classics like The Invisible Man, The Catcher in the Rye, The Bell Jar, To Kill a Mockingbird, and more! Each sip and quip will remind your writer how much you care.



Gifts for Writers: Education and Writing Aids

Writer’s Digest University

Until November 30, 2020, use coupon code BF2020 to save 10% on all WDU courses. We highly recommend Fundamentals of Fiction and Getting Started in Writing but you'll find plenty more on different topics and at various levels of advancement.

Scrivener Writing Software

When it comes to writing a manuscript, many writers swear by the organizing and reorganizing capabilities of Scrivener software. Give that gift to the writer in your life.

Writer’s Digest Shop

Save 50% on OnDemand webinars in the WD Shop using the coupon code BF2020 through November 30, 2020.

Mark Anthony: On Destigmatizing Paranormal Communication

Mark Anthony: On Destigmatizing Paranormal Communication

Author Mark Anthony hopes to educate and normalize paranormal communication with his new spirituality book, The Afterlife Frequency.

Ways Animals Have Interacted With Writers Through the Centuries

Ways Animals Have Interacted With Writers Through the Centuries

Across the globe and spanning lifetimes, animals have always operated as more than simply animals within the stories they reside. Author Richard Girling discusses how animals have interacted with writers throughout the centuries.

Margaret Verble: On Combining Facts and Imagination in Historical Fiction.

Margaret Verble: On Combining Facts and Imagination in Historical Fiction.

Pulitzer Prize-finalist Margaret Verble discusses the process of writing her new historical fiction novel, When Two Feathers Fell from the Sky.

Poetry Prompt

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 586

Every Wednesday, Robert Lee Brewer shares a prompt and an example poem to get things started on the Poetic Asides blog. This week, write a scary poem.

Creating Space to Ponder Your Bliss and Relying on Your Inner Compass to Guide Your Writing

Creating Space to Ponder Your Bliss and Relying on Your Inner Compass to Guide Your Writing

What do you do in a world perpetually in fast forward? You create spaces for contemplation. Author Terry Helwig offers advice on creating spaces to ponder your bliss and how to find your inner compass.


Small Comforts

Every writer needs a little inspiration once in a while. For today's prompt, write about a small comfort.

Gayle Forman: On Challenging Your Gut

Gayle Forman: On Challenging Your Gut

Award-winning author and journalist Gayle Forman discusses the start-and-stop process of writing her new middle grade novel, Frankie & Bug.

One Story: Market Spotlight

One Story: Market Spotlight

For this week's market spotlight, we look at One Story, a literary publication that showcases one story in each issue.

Peer vs. Pier (Grammar Rules)

Peer vs. Pier (Grammar Rules)

Let's look at the differences between peer vs. pier with Grammar Rules from the Writer's Digest editors, including a few examples of correct usages.