27 Inspirational and Essential Gifts For Writers

By Laura Fiebert | Updated: April 23, 2024

    So, you have to buy a gift for a writer? Well, put back the latest New York Times Best Seller because we have found some fun, inspirational, and essential gifts for the wordsmiths in your life.

    Any writer will tell you writing is hard. They spend a ridiculous amount of time at their desks staring at screens, editing, and reading drafts repeatedly. But writing is much easier when you have the right tools and headspace for creativity and productivity. 

    Finding gifts for writers may sound easy. Of course, you can’t go wrong with a nice pen or journal. Though they will enjoy those gifts, why not surprise them with a little more fun yet still a celebration of their craft?

    If you are looking for great gift ideas for an aspiring writer or published novelist, our gift guide has the best gifts for writers in your life.

  1. Writers Toolbox
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    Designed by a longtime creative writing teacher, the creative writer’s toolbox is an innovative kit that includes a 64-page booklet filled with exercises and instructions focusing on a “right-brain” approach to writing. Sixty exercises to get stories off the ground, 60 cards fuel creative descriptions, and four spinner palettes will ignite unexpected plot twists. This kit is the perfect first step to literary greatness for any aspiring writer!

  3. Literary Insults Chart
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    This snark-filled chart compiles unforgettable insults in an interconnected map. They run the gamut, from sassy to sophisticated, including Hedda Hopper’s playful hyperbole (You had to stand in line to hate him), Madame Roland’s canine analogy (The more I see of men, the more I like dogs), and Jonathan Swift’s understated wordplay (Some folks are wise, and some otherwise). And, of course, a smattering of colorful insults from Shakespeare, the playwright who practically invented the art of the poetic put-down. It makes an excellent gift for any bibliophile or friend who enjoys acerbic wit. You might note that the gift is made in good fun.

  5. Typewriter Keyboard
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    Inspired by vintage typewriters and crafted with ultramodern features, the AZIO Retro Classic is the perfect amalgam of past, present, and future. It features a backlit mechanical keyboard with round keycaps that evoke the nostalgia of yesteryear, complemented by a durable Zinc alloy frame and a luxurious genuine leather surface. 

  7. Fountain Pen Set
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    A stylishly reliable writing partner, Parker IM Fountain Pens pairs brilliant, polished designs with a sleek, tapered shape. Crafted with various innovative finishes, these Parker fountain pens deliver a timeless appeal. The executive pens combine a comfortable form with a durable stainless steel nib that provides the perfect writing angle. As a bonus, it’s packaged with a collection of ink refills, a converter, and a cleaning cloth.

  9. The Emotion Thesaurus
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    One of the writers’ most significant problem areas is compellingly conveying emotion to the reader. When showing our characters’ feelings, we often grab onto the first idea that comes to mind, and our characters end up smiling, shrugging, nodding, and frowning far too much. Need some inspiration to get you beyond the basics? Inside The Emotion Thesaurus, you’ll find 75 emotion entries listing each body language, thoughts, and visceral responses.

  11. Writers Emergency Pack
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    Some of the best writers need to get unstuck sometimes. When your story gets stuck, Writer Emergency Pack has the tools you need for writer’s block. Fix plot holes and spice up stock characters. Rethink your themes. Writer Emergency Pack contains 26 illustrated cards, each featuring a different idea for getting unstuck. The notion of using cards to help you write isn’t new. Writers have long used tarot cards, looking for meaning in the illustrations, or decks like Oblique Strategies, with its koan-like prompts (“Repetition is a form of change”). The ideas in the Writer Emergency Pack are designed to be less abstract and more immediately applicable. 

  13. Benjamin Franklin Wall Art
  14. This floating transparent frame has an inspiring quote from Benjamin Franklin – “Either write things worth reading or do things worth the writing.” All Floating Quotes are expertly printed on transparency film, encased between two pieces of glass, and framed in an elegant 8×10 or 11×14 black frame. The black of the artwork is visible, and the rest is see-through. This creates a neat shadow when hung on the wall. A sawtooth hanger was installed for easy hanging.

  15. Charles Dickens Library Candle


    For all the bibliophiles in your lives, we present the Library Collection. Pairing favorite quotes with exquisite fragrances, we pay tribute to well-loved authors. Impeccably packaged in a gift box adorned with an author photo, bio, and stamped labels, this is ideal for lovers of fine literature. Every candle fragrance is a blend of custom notes designed to evoke the author’s spirit for which it is named.

  17. Personalized Journal
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    This personalized classic leather journal-style notebook is excellent for on-the-fly ideas, creative writing, and everyday note-taking. Its durable covers and varying sizes make it easy to throw in your bag and take anywhere. In addition, the vibrant colors and beautiful designs make it a thoughtful and personal gift for a friend or loved one or even for you!

  19. Do Not Annoy The Writer Coffee Mug
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    They might look innocent, but some writers might plot to kill you in one of their stories. So this funny white ceramic mug with a black interior is a humorous gift for your writer friend. The image is printed on both sides to get the message across. 

  21. Book Worm Ring
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    This bookworm wrap twist ring makes an excellent gift for a reading lover! Each ring is handcrafted from aluminum and says “Book Worm” on the outside, and our book design stamp is on the inside. Even though this is an adjustable ring, we can size it when we make it. So please choose your approximate size at checkout.

  23. Do Not Disturb Sign
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    Sometimes, you need to be left alone to write. Your room is your sanctuary. So mark your territory with one of these handy door hangers. The design is impossible to overlook and will deliver your message clearly to passersby. Made of 3.5″ x 9.5″ durable thick plastic printed on one side with UV—and water-resistant inks, these hangers will hold up well for indoor or outdoor use. The hole is universal and large enough for use with all standard doorknobs.

  25. Aqua Notes Waterproof Notepad
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    Waterproof, tear-resistant notepads make writing in high surf, rain, or other wet weather conditions a breeze. They are great for jotting down notes about fishing conditions, marine reports, trip logs, tournament notes, or navigational information. Aqua Boat Notes paper is so durable it can even be written underwater.

  27. Bird by Bird Book
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    This book is a masterclass. Learn to write like your favorite writer. Maybe you’ll even write your favorite reader. This book will give you advice on writing and life from an acclaimed bestselling author. “Thirty years ago, my older brother, who was ten years old, was trying to get a report on birds written that he’d had three months to write. It was due the next day. My father sat beside him, put his arm around my brother’s shoulder, and said, ‘Bird by bird, buddy. Just take it bird by bird.'”

  29. 100 Books Scratch Poster
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    This beautiful list compiles 100 best-written novels to be scratched off as you read them. Perfect motivation for any bookworm; underneath each panel is a fantastic image related to the tale. How many have you read? 

  31. Beautiful Book Ends


    Intricately detailed classic books formed into gorgeous bookends make this an ideal gift for a writer or lover of books. Each package includes a complete set of 2. This unique gift is a writer’s desk organizer dream for the minimalist. They are made of wood and are the perfect gift for writers or book lovers.

  33. Winter Willow Handmade Bookmark
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    What book page were you on again? If only you had a gorgeous handmade bookmark! These beautifully intricate bookmarks are made from natural hardwoods, which will remind readers of the smell of the deep adventures of the forest. Each features a heart design, a mark of their love for books because books are their heart! The perfect book gift for an avid reader!

  35. Story Telling Game
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    Every picture tells a story – but what story will your picture tell? Dixit is the lovingly illustrated game of creative guesswork, where your imagination unlocks the tale. In this award-winning board game, players will use the beautiful imagery on their cards to bluff their opponents and guess which image matches the story. But, of course, guessing right is only half the battle – to succeed, you’ll have to get your friends to decide that your card tells the story! 

  37. Book Binding Kit
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    Start your bookbinding studies with projects that don’t require lots of equipment and tools. Made from durable, genuine bone, the smooth surface will not hurt your paper. It is great for beginners or professionals.

  39. Banned Book Coffee Mug
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    If your local coffee shop has a mug like this, it’s the place to be. This mug boldly displays the titles of some of the world’s most famous banned books, from Galileo’s Dialogo to Rushdie’s Satanic Verses, and 22 titles in between. It holds 12oz of your favorite beverage and comes from The Unemployed Philosophers Guild.

  41. Writers Market 100th Addition
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    You must first get published to be the next Jane Austen, Stephen King, or even Hemingway. Let Writer’s Market 100th Addition guide you through the process with thousands of publishing opportunities for writers, including listings for book publishers, consumer and trade magazines, contests and awards, and literary agents–as well as new playwriting and screenwriting sections. In addition, discover the secrets to ten-minute marketing, how to make money covering live events, and seven steps to doubling your writing income.

  43. Bathtub Caddy
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    Relax with a glass of wine and a book in the other. Enjoy a home spa experience with this new bamboo bathtub tray—a thoughtful gift! Glide the sides to your desired length and lay the tray on your bathtub. Now you are all set up for some peaceful tub time! For extra safety, the tray has anti-skid rubber pads that prevent the tray from sliding and protect your tub from possible scratches—everything is at your fingertips.

  46. Bean Coffee Box
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    A handpicked selection of 16 gourmet whole-bean coffees worldwide will delight all coffee lovers. Each bag is 1.8 ounces of freshly roasted coffee, includes tasting notes and brewing tips, and is guaranteed fresh. 

  48. Hamlet Tee Shirt
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    Every super soft Litographs t-shirt is individually hand-pressed to order. We use all-over dye sublimation so that the text covers every inch. Please note that a minor blurring on the seams and collar is unavoidable. You may also notice a few small, white areas under the arms, which are not noticeable when the t-shirt is worn. These are standard features of dye sublimation, and each item is unique. Get this print or other famous stories as a tee, tote bag, blanket, or wall decor print.

  50. Tea Spoon


    Caffeine is fuel for writers! Celebrate the life of a writer with this stamped teaspoon. This stainless steel spoon is a novelty item stamped one letter at a time by hand and made with non-toxic ink. You can safely use this piece as everyday silverware, but daily use can wear the ink over time. Once the ink fades, you’ll be left with clean impressions that are still visible and will last a lifetime.

  52. Enamel Pin Set
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    Essentials for any writer. Accessorize your love of literature with our Typewriter and Coffee enamel pin set! The set of 2 pins is brass with a white nickel finish. Since 2010, Out of Print’s mission has been to spread the joy of reading by transforming literary classics into bookish apparel and accessories. With every purchase, you help us donate books and support literacy programs around the world.

  54. Shakespeare Doll
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    Every writer has suffered from writer’s block at some point. So, who better help them overcome it than the Bard himself? This doll can help them find their voice when lost in words. Each doll is handmade, so they vary slightly. 

  56. Kindle Cover
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    To be a great writer, they need to read many books. So whether they choose audiobooks or paperback books or prefer reading on the Kindle, reading is essential. If they are Kindle readers, they need a cover that fits their personality. This cover automatically wakes or puts your device to sleep when the lid is opened and closed—magnetic closure. The premium PU leather boosts a classy look. The no-scratch microfiber interior adds comfort and an additional layer of protection.

  58. Novel Teas
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    Novel Teas Pouches contain 25 teabags individually tagged with literary quotes from the world over, made with English Breakfast tea. There is no better company than a steaming cup of tea as you open the cover of a favorite classic or turn the page of the latest thriller. Novel Teas ~ nature’s story unfolded in every leaf. Read them and steep! The best gift idea for a tea lover.