Buying Christmas gifts for writers can be a rather daunting task, so in this post I want to help ease the burden by providing holiday gift suggestions for all budget levels. Whether you are looking for a jaw-dropping Christmas present that the writer in your life will never forget, or a simple stocking filler which shows that you have put some thought into the task, the following ideas should prove useful, or at least get you thinking along the right lines.
The Apple MacBook, as I have stated in my MacBook for Writers post, is widely considered to be one of the best notebook computers around for those who write words for a living. Of course, not every writer is an Apple enthusiast by any means, so you should consider whether or not the writer in your life is ‘anti-Mac’ before investing in a high-end gift such as a MacBook. If the writer in question already uses other Apple products, such as an iPad, iPhone or iWatch (all of which would make great gifts in themselves), the chances are that a MacBook would be very welcome.
Explore the Apple MacBook range at Amazon.
As I have discussed elsewhere, the Amazon Kindle E-reader is fast becoming an essential piece of kit for writers, and those who are involved in any kind of digital publishing, or aspire to be, will find a Kindle to be just as useful as a proofing tool as it is for reading eBooks. There are several different models currently available, from a straightforward but beautifully functional Kindle up to the top-of-the range Kindle Oasis. Also take a look at the special bundles offered by Amazon, which usually give you a cover and power adapter for the chosen device, but at a lower total price than would be paid if ordering the exact same items individually.
Explore the Amazon Kindle range at Amazon.
Amazon Kindle Fire
Not to be confused with the Amazon Kindle E-reader devices, the Amazon Kindle Fire devices are designed to serve as general tablet computers. They will, of course, still allow the user to read eBooks, but they will also make it possible to watch videos, play music, browse the web and do thousands of other things via apps. With prices starting at just $50, the Kindle Fire might be a good tablet for someone who wants to do more than read books, but isn’t in need of the processing power boasted by something like the Apple iPad.
Explore the Kindle Fire range at Amazon.
If the writer in your life likes to work away from the desk from time to time (and many of us do), then gifting a portable keyboard might be a good idea. These often connect via Bluetooth, and are therefore compatible with a wide range of smartphone and tablet devices. Once connected, the portable keyboard will allow the writer to type straight into their chosen word processor or note-taking app, and there are many different models to choose from. My favourite by far at this time is the iClever Folding Keyboard with Sensitive Touch Pad, which folds small enough to fit into a jacket pocket and provides an impressive 60 hours of working time from a single charge.
Explore the Portable Keyboard range at Amazon.
Not all gadgets for writers need a power source, and the Moleskine collection of notebooks will allow the writer in your life to put pen or pencil to paper the old-fashioned way. I suggest Moleskine notebooks specifically because of their exceptional quality and popularity amongst writers, and because they come in dozens of different styles. Whether your writer would benefit from a 12 Month Weekly Planner, a Passion Journal or a Classic Notebook, you are sure to find one to please.
Explore the Moleskine Notebook range at Amazon.
Finally, for those of you who wish to give your writer a novelty gift, there are plenty to choose from, including coffee mugs, t-shirts, pens, desk toys and so on. Whilst the appeal of these items will vary from writer to writer, they can make great stocking fillers, so explore the wide range which is currently available on Amazon and see which might be suited to the person you are buying for.
Explore the Novelty Gifts range at Amazon.
As you can see, buying Christmas gifts for writers needn’t be the daunting task that many believe. On the contrary, if you know the recipient fairly well, it can be quite easy to find something that will be appreciated, not just over the holidays, but for years to come.