The brilliant Robin Rivera over at the always-entertaining writeonsisters.com just did a post on 5 Unique and Practical Gifts for Writers. I urge my fellow writers to print it out and casually leave it lying around places where those in charge of your gift buying are most likely to stumble across it—say, glued to their wallet, car keys, computer screen, forehead, or that stash of Ben & Jerry’s Joy to the Swirled that they think you don’t know is hidden under that old box of breaded okra cutlets.
But what gifts should writers give to other writers? Practical gifts are out, of course, because if writers were practical…well, they certainly wouldn’t be writers. [see:It’s (still) not personal… It’s the (writing) business.] Luckily, there are a lot of absolutely senseless gifts to gladden the heart of any writer.
Still stuck? Maybe you should try the Literary Gift Company, where I hit the mother lode of senseless but somehow irresistibly charming writer presents. You can browse by author, genre, or item. What writer could resist a stocking filled with any of the following necessities of life?
Under Jane Austen there is—as is only right!—a plethora of choices. (See, I’m a writer. So I get to toss out words like plethora. Hopefully, that will convince someone who knows me to get me some of this writer stuff.) My favorites include the following:
Not sold on Jane Austen? (Are you sure you’re a writer? Really?) Okay, how about one of these other gifts by genre?
Of course, there is a fabulous gift that every writer dreams of but may be too shy to ask for themselves. It’s the one thing that every single person they know could do for them. It’s easy, and (in these days of below-subsistence-level book pricing) it’s even cheap. You can buy their book, read it, and then—here comes the gift part—write a review. Just tick off some stars, say a few words about almost anything at all (but the book is a good place to start) and you’re done. You don’t have to write a gift tag or wrap anything. Believe me, your writer will think it’s the best present you could ever give. (Unless you happen to be on the nominating committee for the Booker prize, of course. In that case, you might want to go with the Writer’s Block plunger and toilet set.)
What’s the best gift for writers you’ve ever given or received?