Every November, National Novel Writing Month gives writers a chance to put aside their day-to-day writing tasks and tackle one heck of a creative project -- writing an entire 50,000 word manuscript in 30 days. The organizers of the National Novel Writing Month project (aka NaNoWriMo) also hold practice events to help writers tackle big projects during other months of the year. Support your writer this November or any month of the year with these 6 gift ideas. If you're not sure if they will like the suggested gift, you can always send a gift card to any of the retailers listed in this guide. Start saving on gifts for all your family members and friends when you get cash back on your gift card purchase on Gift Card Granny.
Vendor: Barnes & Noble
What writer doesn’t enjoy diving in and out of the Harry Potter universe from time to time? If you ask a writer about their inspiration, J.K. Rowling’s legendary, wizard-filled series in Hogwarts is sure to be high on the list. The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook by Dinah Bucholz, is a compilation of 150 of the most magical recipes from the series, including meat pies and pumpkin pasties.
For writers on and off the move, this Patagonia Atom Sling would makes a wonderful gift. This 8 liter, water resistant bag comes in handy for carrying journals, tablets, pens, and more. It comes with multiple compartments for any and all items a writer may want to lug with them.
Vendor: Best Buy
Kindles are nothing new. As one of the first e-readers to hit the market in the early 2000s, millions of people around the world have taken advantage of this convenient, hand-held device to read and store their favorite stories. If your favorite writer has been wanting to hop on the e-reading train, a Kindle E-reader is a reliable one. Retailers like Best Buy offer 4GB Kindles that come with an adjustable, built-in reading light, on-page translation capabilities and adjustable text size.
Most writers are always thinking about something — in class, at work, out with friends — they easily get lost on a thought train. And of course, what better place to think than the shower? Writers and non-writers alike have some of their most profound thoughts in the shower, and most of those thoughts wash right down the drain. With the Aqua Notes waterproof notepad, writers will never lose their Pulitzer Prize winning ideas. This notepad, which comes with a waterproof pencil, sticks right onto shower tile and is there to record any and all story ideas, topics for a book or future paper, funny tweets/Instagram captions, and anything that comes to mind.
Few things inspire creative work like music. Artists and writers are constantly using music to help conjure up new ideas for projects and keep their mind on track while working. And the experience of listening to music is only enhanced by a nice, loud pair of headphones. Companies like Bose offer some of the best headphones and earbuds on the market, like these QuietComfort Earbuds. They’re wirefree, Bluetooth capable, sweat and water resistant, and come with a one-year warranty. Young writers who are just getting on their feet would greatly appreciate a pair of earbuds to help them crank out their next project.
Vendor: Bed Bath & Beyond
While it may not be the most healthy habit, it’s not uncommon for writers to accomplish their best work during late hours. Some writers have a horrible procrastination problem, while others are simply more inspired at night than during the day. Whatever the reason, one thing’s for certain — when the sun goes down, the laptops come out. A book light would benefit any writer awake at 3 a.m. frantically cranking out a chapter of a book or articles for deadline. The Multiflex Gooseneck Book Light from Bed Bath & Beyond is the quintessential, affordable book light for late night reading/writing. This energy efficient and versatile book light fits perfectly on desks and can be easily adjusted.
Writing isn’t an easy job. Show your support of your writer’s work and passion projects by getting them one of these gifts. Have other gift ideas for writers in your life? Let us know about your favorite finds in the comments!