60 Gifts for Writers That Your Creative Friends Will Love
Finding gifts for writers sounds easy — a good fountain pen or a nice leather-bound notebook surely can’t go wrong. But while they’ll appreciate your classic writerly gifts, it doesn’t hurt to surprise them a little with something more fun yet still is a celebration of their craft. To help you out on this exciting endeavor, we’ve put together a list of 60 gifts at multiple price points for you to browse and find the perfect presents for your writer friends, or even for yourself!
Budget-friendly options ($5-$15)
1. MUJI gel pens ($2)
Known for their smooth gliding on the page, these Japanese gel pens are favorites among bullet journalers and notebook enthusiasts — and they make for an affordable gift that directly adds to a writer’s craft supplies. Choose a few different colors you think your friend will find useful (red pen for proofreading marks, anyone?), and you’ll have a great stocking filler or Secret Santa gift. Your environmentally-minded friends will love the fact that MUJI also sells refills, helping save plastic when you run out of ink!
2. Writerly stickers ($3-4)
- Writer at Work $3
- Master of worlds $3.25
- Progress, not perfection $3.50
- The Writer tarot card $3.50
- This Barbie is a writer $4
If you’re looking for an inexpensive but fun gift that shows your loved one you believe in their writing abilities, writerly stickers are a great choice. Our sticker selection above can help the writers in your life publicly claim their writer identity, even if it’s in a small way. There are as many sticker types as there are human personalities, so choose what you think is best suited to your friend — if you don’t love the options here, there’s plenty more to browse on Redbubble and Etsy.
3. Leuchtturm Pen Loop ($6)
Know a writer who always carries a notebook? Perhaps you can help them upgrade it a little with this handy attachable pen(cil) loop.
4. Lady Macbeth's guest soap ($6)
Out, damned spot! An affordable (yet rather amusing) trinket, this pretty-yet-practical soap bar will take care of all your filth-eradicating needs — morally and otherwise.
5. The Emotion Thesaurus and others ($7 per ebook)
There are only so many times people can read, “Larry was sad,” without getting sick of Larry and whatever he’s sad about. Luckily, The Emotion Thesaurus can help: it contains pages and pages of detailed body signals, facial expressions, and mental responses to use in description — all for $7 (if you buy it on Kindle). Might as well pick up its sequels while you’re at it!
6. ‘Writer at work’ door sign ($9)
Know a writer who can’t get a moment’s peace? It’s a well-established fact that having a room of one’s own to work in is crucial to a writer’s productivity and sense of welfare — and you can help your friend draw a boundary with this door sign. Like an “on air” sign for TV studios, it tells your friend’s beloved family members to be quiet, or at the very least, avoid that room for a little while.
7. Out of Print’s Book Socks ($12)
As Albus Dumbledore said, “One can never have enough socks.” We’re right there with him! You can find plenty of bookish socks at Out of Print — for writer friends who need a motivational boost, this pair quoting Margaret Atwood is perfect.
8. A writing motivation poster ($12)
Many writers, especially those at the start of their careers, suffer from low self-esteem or a lack of faith in their own abilities. A poster that sits in front of their desk and reminds them that they can do this can give them a much-needed boost for those times when they get stuck and stare at the wall. As a gift from a friend, this poster is a vote of confidence saying you believe in them.
9. Stress balls ($14)
When the mental anguish of writing gets to be too much — or when one’s tired fingers could use a break — there’s nothing like a stress ball to take the edge off. This colorful three-pack is just $14, so your writer friend can keep them in multiple locations for creative stress-mergencies.
10. Tequila Mockingbird ($14)
You know what they say: write drunk, edit sober. The drinks in this book include “The Pitcher of Dorian Grey Goose,” “Romeo and Julep,” “A Rum of One’s Own,” and “The Last of the Mojitos.” A guaranteed party success that will get everyone gone with the gin in no time.
11. Books about writing ($10-$15)
The only thing better than moaning about writing is reading other authors moan about it instead. Here are a few of our favorite essay collections about the writing craft: Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott, The Writing Life by Annie Dillard, and On Writing by Stephen King.
Elevated casual gifts ($15-$30)
12. AquaNotes ($15)
If you loved Singin' In the Rain, get ready for its even-better sequel: Writin' In The Rain! The AquaNotes waterproof pad allows you to capture those elusive #showerthoughts right away. Just don’t blame us when you (or your friend) end up tripling the water bill.
13. ‘This shit writes itself’ mug ($16)
This hilarious mug will make your friend laugh when they receive it, but it will also sit alongside them as they write as a funny reminder to have a little more confidence. For fans of memes, the absurd pairing of the quote with Shakespeare’s portrait will remain endlessly entertaining.
14. Literary jigsaw puzzle ($16)
Another excellent way to break from writing (while keeping the creative side of your brain engaged) is to piece together puzzles. As such, this 1,000-piece puzzle featuring the covers of must-read classic books should be the perfect gift for writers.
15. The 3 A.M. Epiphany ($18)
If 1 a.m. is for writer’s block and 2 a.m. is for pure panic, 3 a.m. is when this book comes to the rescue. With 200 carefully crafted exercises, this is a saving grace for writers everywhere. (If you want to make it a double whammy, pair it with its sequel, The 4 A.M. Breakthrough.)
16. Shakespearean insults mug ($20)
This “insults mug” is perfect for Shakespeare nerds and anyone craving a steaming hot cup of joe with a side of slander.
17. Writing dice ($20)
This set of writing dice functions much like a plot generator — by rolling the dice, your friend will get a random combination of elements that can jumpstart a new story idea. Alternatively, for anyone stuck with their draft and looking for divine intervention, the dice can suggest a new event, character, or idea to help progress the writing. Fun, right?
18. NovelTea Tins ($20)
Nothing beats a warm beverage to keep writers cozy in the cold season — and NovelTea’s range offers just that, along with some literary puns and bookmarks. From Pippi Oolongstocking to Sense and Senchability, you can feast your eyes on the intricate tins or buy the tea blend only.
19. Writer’s Market 100th Edition ($21 for ebook)
Publishing is a grand undertaking, and this massive guide is a testament to that: at over 900 pages, it contains over 7,500 entries for book publishers, magazines, contests, and agents. It could be the missing link in your friend’s publishing resource repertoire, which means that you’d be giving them the best thing of all: the gift of getting published.
20. Papercuts ($22)
This super fun card game for writers and readers is created by our friends over at Electric Literature, a nonprofit dedicated to championing exciting and diverse writing. If you’ve ever played Cards Against Humanity or Apples to Apples, you already pretty much know how it works: it’s about making the strangest, funniest, rudest, or most ridiculous pairing of questions and answers possible — except it’s all got a literary twist.
21. Strand Books NY beanie ($22)
Writers and indie bookshops are each other's biggest supporters — so why not gift your writer friend a piece of bookish headgear that supports NYC’s largest indie bookstore? Besides, according to the New York Times, literary hats are the new tote bags.
22. Typewriter coasters ($23)
Given all the tea and mugs we've suggested, it’s only fair that we recommend a nice set of coasters to go with everything — and these might just be the right “type”!
23. Personal library kit ($24)
For friends who often loan out their books to others, this fun personal library kit will allow them to keep track of what’s loaned where. Bonus points for the utterly enjoyable vintage look of this kit — and you can buy it for your friend from the online shop of the New York Public Library (linked above), to support a library while you’re at it!
24. Zebra Sarasa color pens ($25)
Every self-respecting writer needs a decent pen, and these Zebra Sarasa ones are the crème de la crème (pen de la pen?). Smooth and crisp in their strokes, they also come in a pack of 12 colors and make for a fun treat for authors who enjoy color-coding when they're outlining their novel on paper.
25. “100 Essential Novels” scratch-off chart ($25)
This chart features 100 of the most famous English-language novels, from Don Quixote to Tree of Smoke. Not only is it a fun wall decoration, it’s also as addictive as real lottery scratchers — only this way, you'll be gaining knowledge, not losing cash.
26. Dragon fidget ring ($27)
Do you have a fantasy-writing friend? They’ll likely know all about powerful rings and their lords, and will appreciate slipping on this ornate dragon ring when it’s time to conjure some magic and make some progress with their writing. This cool ring is also spinnable, so fidgeters can spin it while thinking about the turn their story will take next.
27. Dramatic bookends ($29)
What happens when bookshelves get jealous of the books for stealing the spotlight? Why do books get all the glory, anyway? Add ✨drama✨ to any shelf with these bookends that are sure to stop guests in their tracks.
28. Cards Against Humanity ($29)
This one might seem like a wildcard (no pun intended) in our list of otherwise very literary gifts. But when you think about it, what is CAH other than a game of spinning stories? Gift this to your most mischievous writer friends — if nothing else, it’s a great way to blow off some steam!
Solid mid-range options ($30-$50)
29. Donation to a writing organization ($30 or custom)
For activist-minded friends, minimalists, or those who insist they have everything they need, you can make a donation to a writing organization. We’re listing this at the $30 mark to get your attention, but the truth is that most organizations allow you to donate as little or as much as you like. Some of our faves include the Lambda Literary Review, which champions LGBTQ+ writers, and of course PEN America, which defends writers’ rights to free expression and ceaselessly fights against book bans. There are also Room to Read, which supports literacy among low-income communities and young girls, or the National Book Foundation, which celebrates literature published in the United States.
30. Literary tote bags ($31)
Well Read has all-around fantastic fare for book nerds, but their literary tote bags might take the cake — after all, they allow the owner to take their favorite story with them wherever they go. Not to mention how useful these bags are for everything from grocery shopping to bookstore hauls!
31. The Story Engine ($33)
Another game aimed to help writers defeat writer’s block, The Story Engine is a deck of cards that function as creative writing prompts. In isolation or combined, these cards can help your writer friends overcome creative paralysis or revive a story they were struggling with. Plus, if they also happen to play Dungeons and Dragons, the deck can be used to take the game to the next level.
32. Paddywax Library Candles ($30)
Nothing sets the mood of a room better than a scent, and Paddywax has just the candles to inspire writers. Their Library collection pays homage to literary giants while setting the tone for your writing sessions — a popular one is the Edgar Allan Poe candle, which gives off a mysterious air.
33. Mini zen garden ($30)
Writers don’t tend to be the most “zen” people in the world; they’re often either stressed about writing, or not having enough time to write. Luckily, this zen garden is just the thing to bring them a bit of inner peace — for their sake as well as yours.
34. Art print of an epic poetry classic ($30)
What do you know of your writer friend’s writing space? If they’ve got room for an inspirational poster, you could gift them a beautiful, illustrated art print of an ancient epic to add some color to their space. Needless to say this will be extra fun for classicists, or those writing fantasy or stories influenced by mythology. Check out British illustrator Flaroh’s 12 x 17 inch art prints of The Iliad, The Odyssey, and The Aeneid.
35. Storymatic ($30)
This box has six trillion (yes, you read that right) story ideas on cards that you can mix and match. Where else would you be able to find a prompt about a hypochondriac at a class reunion talking about broken promises while looking at unflattering portraits of themselves in their yearbooks? Perfect for long road trips, or an inspiring game night for creatives.
Writers are some of the most ardent believers in libraries — so buying them merch from their favorite library is a) cool, and b) a gift that supports their library of choice. Win-win-win for your friend, their library, and your status as a gift-giver.
The example above is a vintage-inspired tee from the New York Public Library’s online store. Cool, no?
37. MOFT laptop stand ($30)
MOFT’s origami-inspired laptop stand might not be the world’s most fun gift, but it’ll certainly appeal to those who like functional presents — or those obstinate writers still hunching over a laptop screen and suffering from neck pain. Ideally paired with an external keyboard for good writing posture, this lightweight stand is a small gift that can make a great impact on your friend’s writing sessions.
38. Paris Review t-shirt ($35)
As with the library merch, literary magazine merch works on two levels, getting your friend some literary swag and supporting the magazine in question. Here, we have a tee that says “I have impeccable literary taste” — for your well-read friends who might be hoping to place their writing in the famed Paris Review. Bonus points if they already have!
39. Immersive desk mat ($37)
The dark academia trend is here to stay, but even before that was a thing, gothic literature thrived. For your writer friends who write about dark libraries, vampires, or academic cities with spires, an immersive desk mat can contribute to the immersive experience of their writing space.
40. Back cushion pillow ($40)
What’s worse than writing-induced carpal tunnel? Writing-induced back aches that wreck your whole body. Help a writer avoid this fate with a memory foam back cushion — perfect for the many hours spent hashing out that manuscript!
41. ‘The Writer’ tarot card sweatshirt ($40)
Tarot cards hold a sense of mystique for many writers, but even for those who don’t necessarily believe in their power, they’re a fun way to signal your identity as a writer. This cozy sweatshirt can be your friend’s writer’s uniform when they sit down to do some writing. This is especially powerful for those with low self-esteem, since just seeing yourself labeled as a writer can give you that extra self-belief to give your draft another go.
42. Dixit ($40)
Wordsmiths, here’s the game to practice your writing craft with! In Dixit, each player gets a set of illustrations, from which they have to choose one to describe when it comes their turn to be the “storyteller”. Other players then put down a card from their own deck that best matches this description, and then they have to guess which image the “storyteller” actually played. You can watch a demonstration of the gane here and see for yourself: once you start, it’s hard to stop.
43. Luxury bath caddy ($43)
Reading and relaxing in a bath sounds like just what writers need to untangle from their own thoughts sometimes — but nobody wants their book to get soaked. Enter this luxury bamboo caddy, which features not just a precisely positioned stand for your book, but also slots for your wine glass and phone so that you never have to cut your at-home spa day short.
44. Personalized sundial compass ($49)
If you were writing about an epic hero’s journey or an adventure across a fantastical world, wouldn’t you love to have an ornate compass on your desk? Fans of Philip Pullman’s The Northern Lights trilogy will especially appreciate this sundial compass’ mystique, as they’ll be reminded of the famous aletheiometer from the novels. For writers who need to remember not to lose their way in the challenging lands of a first draft, a compass can help point them back to shelter.
45. Gingko’s Smart Book Light ($49)
Leather-bound on the outside, glowing magic on the inside, this “book” is as enjoyable as any tome out there. Gingko’s creative and chargeable lamp will make a cozy addition to any author’s desk space, keeping them going through writing nights.
“Splurge” items ($50-$100)
46. George Saunders’ Story Club ($50)
Celebrated short story writer, novelist, and writing tutor George Saunders has run this newsletter and reading/writing online community since December 2021. A gift subscription can give your friend a year’s access to a master’s insights for just $50. The club reads through classic short stories, breaking down how they do what they do, extracting craft insights, and discussing the life of writers through weekly Q&As with one of America’s most successful writers.
47. Lochby Field Journal ($59)
If your friend tends to carry their writing around with them to cafés, parks, writing retreats, or the great outdoors, the Lochby field journal will make a fantastic gift for them. This is a refillable waxed canvas case containing an infill of Lochby’s signature (fountain-pen-friendly) Tomoe River 68 gsm white paper, meaning that once these pages have been used, your friend can continue to use the case by swapping in a new booklet. There’s room for loose notes, writing tools, and the look of the field journal makes you want to write from a mountaintop. Besides, it is a truth universally acknowledged that writers can never have enough journals.
48. Banker’s lamp ($77)
For those searching for a traditional library feel, perhaps while writing a dark academia novel, this lamp might just be the perfect present. We have suggested a fair share of lamps here (they are crucial to the eyes, after all), but this one stands out for the way it blends a timeless look with timely features like USB portals to charge mobile devices.
49. Vintage book laptop cover ($80)
If the wordsmith in your life is a Mac user, consider treating them to this stylish, retro laptop case from BookBook. They’ll feel like an old-school literary luminary, but with modern tech right at their fingertips!
50. Leather journal ($90)
Know someone who’s working on a huge fantasy epic? This 600-page leather-bound journal will be right up their street. It literally looks like a prop from a fantasy movie, and holds a rose quartz on the front cover — if this isn’t a journal to conjure a new world into, we don’t know what is.
Deluxe gifts ($100+)
51. Nuphy Air75 Mechanical keyboard ($129)
In the tech community, mechanical keyboards are all the rage, renowned for an extremely satisfying tactile experience for typists. Well, joke’s on them, because writers do more typing than anybody else, with the average novel being 70,000-100,000 words long, not including deleted chapters, revisions, or rewrites. With that in mind, we’ve picked out a retro-inspired keyboard that will look great on your friend’s writing desk and make the typing a lot more enjoyable. You’ll be scoring some serious points.
52. Kindle ($140)
All writers are readers, so what better gift to give than something that makes reading so darn easy? Remember to keep an eye on Amazon — sometimes Kindles go on sale for under $80.
53. Personalized Book Embosser ($141)
For writers growing their personal library, a personalized book embosser can be the perfect custom gift. No more lending books to people who “forget” the books were yours in the first place: just tell them to turn to page 2, it’s got your name on it.
This is a gift that’s gone a little viral on TikTok, and it’s not surprising that the company offers you a deal for a bundle of two — it’s hard to buy one for someone else and not grab one for yourself! They have frequent offers, so do keep an eye out for discounts.
54. Print subscription to The New Yorker ($170/year)
Reading and submitting to literary magazines is a great way for ambitious writers to gain street cred and build up their author platform. But such magazines can be pretty expensive sometimes, which is why a subscription to one makes a great gift! We’d suggest The New Yorker, though do look around and see what sort of publication(s) might interest your friend. If they write in a specific genre, you may consider a more specialist publication.
55. NYPL Hunt-Lenox Globe ($350)
For dark academia decor enthusiasts, dragon lovers, or New York Public Library megafans, we’ve got a brilliant decor gift: a replica of the NYPL’s Hunt-Lenox globe. According to the NYPL website, the original globe, dating back to approximately 1510, “is one of only two known instances of a historical map using the phrase “HC SVNT DRACONES” (‘here be dragons’).” Set on your writer friend’s desk, this is an incredibly cool object to stare at while they plan the next steps of their writing project.
56. Jarvis bamboo standing desk ($938)
If you really want to treat an awesome writer in your life, go all-out with this luxury bamboo standing desk from Jarvis. With smoothly adjustable legs and ample room for laptop, notes, and countless cups of tea, this desk is absolutely worth its price tag — both in terms of utility and health benefits. It may even have your friend dedicating their next book to you out of gratitude.
A writing class is truly the gift that keeps on giving, as the knowledge and experience gained from it can be priceless. This premium online course is taught by Tom Bromley, author, editor, and bestselling ghostwriter. With Tom’s expert guidance and a supportive community around them, students write the first draft of their novel in just 3 months. It's designed for writers of all levels, backgrounds, and genres.
As students work through 101 days of daily lessons, they can use our members’ hub to meet other authors writing in their genre, exchange feedback, and discuss each lesson. Each week of the course brings a live webinar with Tom, writing coaches, and fellow students, as well as interviews with successful authors.
58. Mosby writing desk ($1700)
Know any writers still at the start of their writing careers, or who have just moved house? They'll likely make the perfect recipients for the sleek, modern, and all-round beautiful Mosby writing desk. There's a degree of customizability on the Room&Board website, which is fun to explore: you can choose for a base of walnut or white oak wood, choose among five colors for the insert (here depicted in beige), plus add any additional cupboard or drawer components at an extra cost.
This deluxe gift for a writer will remind them of you every time they sit down to write.
59. International Writers’ Retreat in the Himalayas ($3300)
If money is not a restricting factor, you could go all out and offer the writer in your life an incredible experience: a 10-day writing retreat in the Himalayas. The first couple of days involve some city exploration and a visit to the Taj Mahal, and the group then heads to the mountains, where a number of craft sessions are held and participants have the space and time to write in view of the Himalayas. Talk about a once-in-a-lifetime experience!
60. Paris Writing Workshop ($3495)
For a European residential workshop, Paris is of course a favorite. This intensive week-long program is capped at 10 participants per genre and sees every writer submit two pieces of work, one of which is workshopped from writers of the same genre, and the other critiqued by the workshop’s tutor. If you can afford a gift of this magnitude, you can be sure the recipient will be over the moon.
These items have been chosen independently by the team at Reedsy, but if you buy something through our post, we may get a small share of the sale. We hope you found what you were looking for! If you're still on the hunt for the perfect literary gift, check out this list of the 60 best gifts for book lovers.