Friday Favourites: Holiday Gift Ideas for Readers & Writers

Wondering what to buy the bookworm and author in your life? Here are my favourite holiday gift ideas for readers and writers that aren’t books.

 

Hello December?

Yes, I did say that with some hesitation.

I’m going to be honest with y’all. For some time now, I’ve viewed this month with dread because it’s usually a crazy period. The traffic on the street is maddening, several of my expenses are due around this time, and the workload increases instead of easing up. It makes me wish that I was a child again, when life was simpler and easier.

Nevertheless, I decided not to let the busyness of the season and its demands steal those things about it that bring me joy. Like my favourite Christmas songs, the Carol of the Bells and the hilarious Frank Kelly’s Christmas Countdown. Fairy lights. Christmas breakfast. Sorrel juice. And rich Jamaican Christmas cake.

Some traditions will never fade.

Like Christmas gifts. Which begs the question, ‘Have you finished your shopping yet?’

I know a couple of persons who already have. But if you’re not one of them and you’re scratching your head about what to buy, for instance, the book lover or writer in your life, I have some holiday gift ideas for you to consider. And guess what? They aren’t books! Sure, they have a bookish bent, but let’s face it, as much as we bookworms adore books, we do like other things. So surprise us sometimes. Here are some ways you can do so.

Friday Favourites: Holiday Gift Ideas for Readers & Writers

1. Creative Bookends

Bookends don’t have to be boring. Buy a pair that speaks to something that is dear to the heart of the person for whom you’re shopping. Is he or she a dog lover? Are they crazy about dinosaurs? Or are they a Harry Potter fan? Knowing what will get them excited will make your job that much easier.

Wondering what to buy the bookworm and author in your life? Here are my favourite holiday gift ideas for readers and writers that aren't books.

2. Quote Mugs

Quote mugs are pretty much a familiar sight nowadays. Like the bookends, you just need to know which words are a great fit for the person’s tastes. If he or she is minimalist, the simplicity of the mug below would be apt, especially for a writer. One simple word of motivation is all that’s needed to perform the task at hand.

3. Journals

The number of journals and notebooks available are enough to make your head spin. So, it’s easier if you know how your writer normally journals. Does he or she use it for recording, planning and organising, drawing, or all of the above? Is he or she new to journaling or a veteran? Whatever you choose, make it eye-catching and durable. Also, choose a journal with bleed-proof paper and one that lies flat when it’s open. And a soft cover, like leather or leatherette, is a tactile joy. Trust me, these features make a difference.

Wondering what to buy the bookworm and author in your life? Here are my favourite holiday gift ideas for readers and writers that aren't books.

Photo by Mona Eendra

4. Vintage Typewriter

I still have fond memories of banging out a story on an old typewriter that my mother had given me when I was a teenager. There’s nothing like the sound of those clacking keys. They make you feel like you’re creating a masterpiece.

Some writers have an obsession with vintage typewriters, so if the author in your life is one of them, hunt for one at an antique shop or even on eBay. Consider buying one in his or her favourite colour, if it’s possible.

5. Literary Jewellery

The literary fandom offers a variety of accessories, such as necklaces, bracelets, rings, and earrings. Take your pick of charm bracelets, writers’ necklaces, lockets with quotesbook-shaped necklaces, and so much more for him and her.

6. Board Games

Board games have evolved over the years and filtered into the fandom. So don’t hold back on the geekiness. What does your bookish family member or friend like? Is he or she a Game of Thrones fan? Harry Potter? Would they like Monopoly or chess? Not sure? Buy both? Yes.

7. Art

If the avid reader or writer in your life loves art, buy him or her a print with a favourite quote and frame it for their wall or desk. Even better, if you’re artistic, create one yourself. Now wouldn’t that be priceless?

 

*This post isn’t sponsored.*

 

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