Writers like you and me are sadly a dying breed. Print media is on its last legs, and artless action movies are becoming the preferred format of any narrative. Now, more than ever, it’s becoming more important how you promote what you write, rather than your actual words. If you have a close friend or loved one who shares your passion for writing, make sure to hold onto them! Although you’re a wordsmith yourself, you may find it difficult to buy for other writers. Here are a few ideas you might want to consider.
- Clothbound book
I don’t know about you, but I was fascinated with books well before I could read. Even now, when I pass a large bookshelf, I can’t help but smile as I scan the different titles. The writer in your life probably has their own passion for books, so use this to your advantage! Clothbound books are beautiful, and their hard backs mean they’ll last for a long time. These are mainly classics, but be sure to look around.
- Story cubes
I know countless people who have an incredible talent for writing fiction, but always find it difficult to come up with new ideas. Luckily, one clever entrepreneur has come up with a fantastic cure for this kind of block. Rory’s Story Cubes are sets of dice, with different emblems on them designed to inspire narrative ideas. This may be a little more suited to young writers, but I can think of several times I wish I had them!
- Gift USB Drive
This is one more for journalists and bloggers. Still, a lot of fiction writers have to make use of USB memory sticks. There are many companies which offer dynamic gift USB drives. These not only serve a purpose, but look great. Unless the writer in your life is as dedicated as I wish I was, they’ll probably have some other hobby or interest you can draw on to make a decision.
- Writing-themed clothing
It may be a surprise for you to learn that this even exists! As I mentioned before, writers are an endangered species, and finding clothes themed around them can often feel a little tough. Fortunately, a few select companies are offering clothes geared specifically at writers. You might be able to find a shirt with a picture of the favorite author. This will be a subtle little wink to people who share their passion. Alternatively, there a range of accessories which show their love of words.
- Book gift card
I know this seems like a bit of a cop-out. Sometimes it baffles me why people spend money on gift cards which the recipient isn’t going to use. However, if your writer is going through books faster than they can keep up with, this will be much appreciated. E-book vouchers seem to go down particularly well, as it opens the writer’s eyes to emerging new talent. It will also save you from buying a book which they won’t touch!
I bet buying for the writer in your life doesn’t seem nearly as hard now! Check out these suggestions, and soon you’ll have the perfect thing!
This post was contributed by Hannah Morris.