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Holiday Gift Guide 2016: What to Get a Writer

Holiday Gift Guide 2016

Use our 2016 Holiday Gift Guide to pin down a present for the wordsmith in your life. The following is a smattering of our favorite literary miscellanea these days.


1. Literary-Themed Scarves
Let words bring you warmth—literally. These infinity scarves from Storiarts wrap you in passages from classics such as Jane Eyre, Les Miserables and The Secret Garden, making them the perfect present for any fashion-forward book aficionado.

literary scarf


2. Rogue Ales Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout
’Tis the season for holiday parties and festive group gatherings. Forgo the mulled wine or spiked cider and go Rogue: Surprise your host with a Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout. Adorned with an image of the Bard brandishing a beer, this thick, chocolaty ale shall put you in the perfect mood to deck the halls.

Rogue Shakespeare Stout


3. Some Writer! The Story of E.B. White book
Stuff your favorite kid’s stocking with a touch of writerly inspiration this year. In the illustrated, authorized biography Some Writer! The Story of E.B. White, two-time Caldecott honoree Melissa Sweet combines White’s personal letters, photos and family ephemera with her own drawings to tell the Charlotte’s Web author’s story—a treat that’s sure to delight itsy-bitsy bookworms.

E.B. White biography for children


4. 100 Essential Novels Scratch-Off Wall Chart
Why hide your reading list on a notepad or app when you can show off your lit savvy right on your wall? Decorated with the covers of 100 contemporary favorites and literary classics, from Blood Meridian to Middlemarch and Mrs. Dalloway, simply scratch off the gold-flaked veneer to indicate which novels you’ve read—and to remind you which ones are still collecting dust on your shelf.

Scratch-Off Reading List


5. Bourbon-Barrel Pen
Ernest Hemingway once said, “When you work hard all day with your head and know you must work again the next day, what else can change your ideas and make them run on a different plane like whiskey?” Drinking while writing may not be for everyone, but these pens fashioned from used bourbon barrels are your next best bet. With a wide range of designs to choose from, add your favorite to your holiday wish list so you can channel Papa—or have one custom engraved for your own granddad.

Pen made from Bourbon Barrels

The items above were featured in the November/December 2016 Writer’s Digest, but in this online exclusive expanded list, we’ve included some additional items with testimonials from our editors:

Book of bookstores illustrations

6. Footnotes From the World’s Greatest Bookstores book
“When New Yorker-cartoonist Bob Eckstein approached me with an irreverent 5-Minute Memoir for WD, he mentioned in his bio line that he’d recently published a book—Footnotes From the World’s Greatest Bookstores. Over the course of a year Eckstein visited 75 bookstores across the globe, painting a single picture of each one. Not until I had a copy of the bestseller in my hands did I realize just how stunning these paintings were. From The Strand in New York to Powell’s City of Books in Portland, this thoughtful gift is sure to stir the heart of the bibliophile in your life.” —Tyler Moss, WD Managing Editor


7. Adorable Greeting Cards
“When I was little, my grandma and I had game where she’d mail me cards with little messages in them—written backward, so I’d have to run to a mirror in order to read them—and my job was to suss out errors of spelling or grammar. Whether I had a genuine predilection for editing or it was foisted upon me, I can’t say. Either way, I’ll never forget how much l loved (love!) getting a handwritten note in the mail—and these greeting cards from Rifle Paper Co. are the perfect vessel for making someone else’s day, too.” —Baihley Grandison, WD Assistant Editor

Cute Greeting Card
Rhodia Notebook

8.The Perfect Penand Notebook
"I prefer to write my rough drafts by hand, and I've tested dozens of notebooks and pens in search of the perfect combo. I believe I’ve finally found it. The Rhodia Webnotebook is durable and portable, and its Clairefontaine paper is butter-smooth yet sturdy. Pair it with a set of Staedtler Triplus Fineliners for a writing experience akin to penning words on clouds.” —Rachel Randall, WD Content Strategist

Author in Progress book

9. Author in Progress: A No-Holds-Barred Guide to What It Really Takes to Get Published book
“This recently released writing resource guidebook from the brilliant folks at Writer Unboxed covers all the topics that many of us writers struggle with as we’re pushing our way through our manuscripts—conducting research, plotting, revising and getting published, to name a few. What makes this book unique is that the advice is delivered from many different published authors with many different voices who each offer their own perspective. This really allows any writer to find avenues in this book to help achieve his or her goal, which is why this is the perfect gift for the writer in your life (especially if that’s you).” — Brian A. Klems, WD Senior Online Editor & Social Media Manager

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