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The Best Holiday Gifts for Writers

The holidays are upon us, and it’s time to start planning on picking up gifts for our loved ones (or ourselves). If you’re shopping for a fellow writer, it can be difficult to pick up something that they’ll appreciate, better yet something they’ll love. So, we’ve put together a list of the perfect gifts that can inspire the writer in your life.

Some are practical and some are just for fun. However, each gift is sure to put a smile on the face of every wordsmith out there.

Hopefully, these presents can help give tips to writers in 2020, while at the same time making your shopping list a little easier to put together.

1. The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression

 

This gift is great if you’ve developed a character but are having trouble finding the right words to bring them to life. This book can help you construct a fully fleshed persona without having to resort to the basic descriptors normally used.

You’ll get creative ideas that will help you show the emotions of the characters versus telling the reader by emphasizing body language, narrative thoughts, and emotional responses in varying degrees of severity.

When you need to compose an idea, this book won’t give you just synonyms, but rather descriptions on how to project emotions.

2. Dictionary of the Strange, Curious & Lovely

 

Most writers will have a handy dictionary nearby or aren’t too far from one if they use their search bar. However, there may be times that a word would be so perfect, but we don’t even know it exists.

This book is filled with fanciful and odd words that can take your writing in a whole new direction. Filled with 3,500 English words that can evoke thought or instill a sense of nostalgia. It’s filled with words like petrichor, otherwise known as the smell of earth after it rained for the first time after a dry spell.

This is the perfect gift for those who love esoteric words that may need a resurgence in modern language.

This book includes how to use these new words and phrases allowing you to fully explore the complexity of the English language.

3. Retro Typewriter Pencil Holder

 

This little typewriter pencil holder is great for the writer who likes to have an organized desk.

This little organizer is an excellent accent piece to add to any workplace and is the perfect gift for a writer that loves retro or antique styles.

It doesn’t have to go only to your writing friends, as an artist can store their brushes just as easily.

4. Shakespearean Insults Coffee Mug

If you have a friend who is a fan of the Bard of Avon, then the Shakespeare Insult Mug would be a fine addition to their collection.

The mug is laden with some of the quipiest jabs from his plays. Some of the insults are searing, while some are just quizzical. However, all of them are immortal.

So whether you’re interested in a cup of coffee, a spot of tea, or just need access to some quick slander, then this is the perfect mug.

5. BestSelf WordSmith Deck

If you’ve ever suffered from writer’s block you know how debilitating it can be. Well, you can ease the pain for your friends with the handy dandy WordSmith Deck by BestSelf. It’s packed with prompt cards that can alleviate your writer’s block.

It comes with 150 cards that have no rule to them, you just start picking cards from six categories. If you’re stuck on how to set up your love scene, pull a card from the Love and Relationship pile. Just want to kickstart your writing but don’t know where to start, take a card from the Random and World pile.

These cards are designed to keep you on track and make writing a consistent habit. This Christmas, you can help out your friends by giving them tips for writers in 2020.

6. The Writing Manifesto Writer Inspiration Premium Print

Unless the writers in your life are extreme minimalists, they’ll love the Writing Manifesto poster. Just hang it up and it’ll be there to inspire and motivate.

Whether you want to hang it up in a classroom, studio, or home office, this is an excellent addition to any writer’s workspace.

7. Bioworld Harry Potter Map Infinity Fashion Scarf

It’s getting colder and unfortunately, we have to resort to ‘Muggle’ technology to keep warm. Help your writer friends stay toasty with fantastic, Harry Potter themed infinity scarves. The scarf is laden with quotes taken from JK Rowling’s best selling series and sure to make any Harry Potter fan feel warm and stylish.

8. Classic Typewriter

Ok, so this is a pricey item, but if you know someone that loves writing but hate the distractions that come with modern technology, then there isn’t a better gift than a classic typewriter.

We just love that it’s become a novel idea to actually type on paper, and that is what would make this the perfect gift for the writer in your life.

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