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25 Gift Ideas for the Writer in Your Life

‘Tis the season, and sometimes it’s also super hard to figure out what to get the people you love—especially if she’s a workaholic writer who spends most of her time chained to her laptop. Though I don’t know anyone like that—cough, cough—I do have some awesome gift suggestions that will make the writer you love light up like a Christmas tree. In fact, I thought of so many, I had to break it into two posts!

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Office

  • IMAK ergoBeads: I bought both the keyboard-wrist and mouse-wrist cushions a few years back, and I love them. While I don’t use a mouse anymore, the keyboard cushion is never far from my laptop.
  • Ergonomic chair: If you would like to give a larger gift, you can never go wrong with a comfortable chair that is good for your residential writer’s body. There are all kinds, ranging from $50 to $500 or more, but this one from Sam’s Club reminds me of the one I used to have—plus it has a gorgeous natural wood finish.
  • Copy holder: These might look weird, but they really come in handy! They range from a simple clip to a fancy, almost robotic looking clipboard. If she does a lot of data entry, or editing from hard copies, or just likes to keep books open on her desk while working, this will be her new best friend.
  • Fancy pens: I know. Bear with me. A fancy pen doesn’t have to be an expensive pen. Some of my favorite pens ever were only a few dollars. These are pretty good, and so are these.
  • Notebooks: A writer can never have too many notebooks—trust me. At any given moment, I have at least three: one for my daily To Do list, another for a current writing project, a third for Christmas cards and gifts. My absolute favorite notebooks are these Project Planner notebooks by Ampad®. They are a bit pricey for a notebook, but they are amazing for organization and—you guessed it—project planning.

Books

  • Write. Publish. Repeat. by Sean Platt and Johnny B. Truant: Finally, a book on self-publishing that is for fiction authors! I’ve been looking for a book like this since I started on my own self-publishing journey in October 2011. You can get it on Amazon in Kindle and paperback formats.
  • APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur, by Guy Kawasaki: This book mostly focuses on non-fiction, but it does have some good marketing lessons. APE is also available in ebook and paperback formats.
  • Elements of Fiction Writing – Conflict & Suspense, by James Scott Bell: I love, love, love this book. I cannot recommend it enough! This book changed the way I write, and made me a better storyteller. You can get it on Amazon.
  • The New Rules of Marketing & PR, by David Meerman Scott: I used to have a copy of the first edition of this book, and have no idea what happened to it. It’s a must-read for author entrepreneurs. Though the book isn’t specifically written for writers, Scott is a writer himself, and cheered me on in my early days. Pick up a copy here.
  • Gift card to a book store: You can never, ever go wrong with a book store gift card. Every writer loves to read; it’s how we were introduced to the craft. Even a $10 card will get her a couple of ebooks. You’ll be her hero forever.

Food

  • Coffee: I think this one is self-explanatory, but I still had to add it. Coffee is one of my favorite things, and spurs me on when the words just aren’t coming. If you know her favorite brand, put a bow on a bag of it and stick it in a cute mug.
  • Tea: Hey, maybe he’s not a coffee drinker. You can gift wrap his favorite tea—or a sampler box—with a new mug. My favorite tea is Lemon Zinger by Celestial Seasonings. They have a four-tea sampler, but I couldn’t find it on their website.
  • Coffee shop gift card: Every author has their favorite coffee shop. Most—even the small ones—have gift cards available. Give her the gift of a hot beverage on the go.
  • Crock-Pot: Or, as my goddaughter says, “Crock-a-Pot.” If you want to give a larger gift, a Crock-Pot is the writer’s dream. She can throw everything in, let it simmer while she works, and then have a fresh, hot meal every night. There are all different kinds, at all different price points. For the football fan, they even have collegiate and NFL Crock-Pots!
  • Crock-Pot recipe book: Someone got us a Crock-Pot and this recipe book for our wedding, officially making my life easier.

Clothing and Accessories

  • Sweats and yoga pants: I know there is that glamorous vision of authors working in their pajamas, but I prefer some soft sweats or leggings. My absolute favorites are from the Victoria’s Secret PINK line. Don’t know her size? Get her a gift card.
  • Dress clothes: Most writers do a few public appearances throughout the year. Because these events always involve pictures, a writer can never have enough clothes. A gift card to Macy’s, Windsor, or another department store can help her look fresh and professional, without breaking her budget.
  • Shoes: I know buying shoes for someone else is like impossible, but not when you give them a Zappos gift card! I adore Zappos. Not only do they have great quality and prices, but their delivery time is super fast and easy. Every writer needs a comfy pair of slippers or a nice pair of dress shoes.
  • Leather laptop bag: If the author in your life does a lot of traveling or writes outside of his home, chances are he could use a new laptop bag. Overstock.com has a huge variety, from a rolling luggage laptop bag to a cute laptop.
  • Inspirational jewelry: I love, love, love Alex and Ani’s (+) Energy bracelets. They will infuse her with positivity and love.

Home

  • Candles: There’s nothing like aromatherapy! Yankee Candle has something for everyone. Not sure if an open flame is a good idea? Scentsy had adorable plug-in warmers and relaxing fragrances.
  • Hand sanitizer: This might sound weird, but throughout my writing time, my hands sometimes get sweaty and gritty feeling. Bath & Body Works has sanitizer in every scent and size—including fragrances that guys like! Their PocketBac hand sanitizers are the perfect size for any writer’s desk.
  • Lotion: In the dead of winter, everyone’s hands get dry, but if you’re a writer and handle lots of paper, your hands are even more flaky. I highly recommend Bath & Body Works hand lotion, a big bottle of Olay or, for the guys, a bottle of Vaseline for men.
  • Lamps: After a long day of staring at the computer screen, writers need soft lighting to rest their eyes. A desk lamp or table lamp for his living room will let him kick back for the evening.
  • Storage cubes: These things are lifesavers for those of us who are constantly working. They make it easy to keep things organized—whether in the office, living room, or bathroom. Target has tons of affordable options.

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Win Books in the #HollyJollyBlogHop!

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Win an Exclusive ESX Short Story!

Holly Jolly Blog HopOn the First Day of Christmas,
Koty Jackson Gave to Me…

“Merry Christmas!” the guys of ESX sang out. They held a large wrapped box, topped with a huge bow—probably Dev’s work.

I put a hand to my chest, batting my lashes melodramatically. “For me? Why, you shouldn’t have!”

Koty stepped forward and placed the box on the floor at my feet. “We’d like to thank you,” he said.

“Yeah,” Benny echoed, adjusting his sunglasses. “You’re so good to us. Because of you, we’re rich, famous—”

“And we get all the ladies,” Johnny Z said, leaning on Benny’s shoulder.

Dev blushed. “Go ahead. Open it.”

I lifted the top of the box off and peered inside. Nestled among red and green tissue paper was, well, nothing. The guys exchanged nervous glances.

“I thought you were getting something,” Koty said through his teeth. He smiled at me.

“Me?” Johnny Z said. “No way. Dev wrapped it.”

The room erupted into male voices arguing. I closed the box. “It’s okay, guys. Really—”

Koty shook his head. “No, it’s not.” He crossed the room and picked up a guitar case I hadn’t noticed.

The guys rolled their eyes. “Koty’s gonna play guitar, again,” Benny said, but they all fell silent.

Koty strummed a few notes, then launched into “Winter Wonderland.” His voice was smooth and silky, with a grungy edge. The others joined in, harmonizing with him and each other. Someone dimmed the lights. Outside, snow began to fall.

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“An Electric Christmas”

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About the Author

Photo © 2013 Sandra Cox

Photo © 2013 Sandra Cox

Elizabeth Barone writes New Adult drama with grit. She is the author of the soap opera serial Sandpaper Fidelity. Her debut novel, Sade on the Wall, was a quarterfinalist in the 2012 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest, and won the 2013 Blogger Book Fair Reader’s Choice Award in the literary category. Elizabeth lives in Connecticut with her husband and cat.

About ESX

ESX, by Elizabeth Barone“My name is Koty Jackson. By day, I am a pop star heartthrob. But at night, I shred.”

Koty Jackson is the wildly popular lead singer of the boy band ESX. Despite all of his fame, he desperately wants to be a rock star, playing arenas and partying at hotels. His agent says pop stars can’t cross over, though, and that Koty should be grateful for what he has. But when Koty meets Jett Costa, female lead singer of the indie garage rock band Perpetual Smile, everything changes.

ESX is a series of six novelettes, coming 2014. Learn more »

“An Electric Christmas” is an exclusive ESX short story, never before released!

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December 2013 Goals and Releases

“Winter is coming.”
-The Starks of Winterfell

Sorry. I had to.

This month marks the beginning of my campaign to release something new every month for twelve months. (Technically, though, November counts, because I released “The Santa Pact,” which you should totally check out because it’s Christmas-y and a little romantic, but also a little sad because it’s about a broken family led by an eighteen-year-old girl who has no idea what she’s doing. Poor Quinn.)

Crazy Comes in Threes will be out later this month, on the 17th. I’m super excited about this release, and also nervous. It’s my second full-length novel and it’s not even remotely related to my debut (though there is a little treat in it for fans of Sade on the Wall). I poured so much of myself and things that fire me up into “Crazy” that it feels even more personal than “Sade” in some ways. Mental illness is pretty much my world. It runs in my family and many of my friends struggle with it. Writing “Crazy” was cathartic in a totally different way than “Sade,” because I will always struggle with the feelings Quinn deals with.

(And yes, “The Santa Pact” is set in the Comes in Threes series!)

December 2013 Goals

  • Write 250+ words a day. I kind of bombed on this in November. I wrote 11,750 words, but didn’t write every day. I’m okay with this, since I had a good reason, but there will be no excuses in December!
  • Learn how to make ornaments with polymer clay. I started last week, but haven’t gotten back at it yet. I like working with the Sculpey, but it’s a lot harder than I thought it would be. I really enjoyed it, though. Check out a snapshot of what I’ve made so far.
  • Release another Christmas short. I have one written, but I’d like to add to it. No promises, but I will do my best!

December 2013 Releases

  • Crazy Comes in Threes, December 17th. Quinn inherits her little sister after their mother loses her mind. New Adult / Drama / Literary.

Happy holidays!