Our team is so excited to present our second annual holiday gift guide. I love this tradition (two years makes it a tradition, right?) because our team pulls inspiration from our collective experience in a variety of writing, editing, and professional backgrounds.
Our take for the gift guide this year is accessories that support and elevate the experience of writers. Whether you are (or are shopping for!) a fiction writer, content creator, social media manager, or curriculum developer, we’ve got something for you.
Journals and Pens
Moleskine journals are widely considered the standard notebook for writers, and for good reason: they are durable, come in great sizes, and are aesthetically pleasing. It should come as no surprise that they come highly recommended by several members of our team. If you’re like me and constantly losing pens, the Moleskine pen is a great idea, as it’s designed to clip firmly to any hardcover notebook or planner. If you are also like me in the “constantly losing notebooks” department . . . well, I don’t have a solution there except to echo our resident humor writer Karly and suggest that you buy “literally just a bunch of fresh Moleskine journals.” (And if you really want to go down that rabbit hole, Moleskine has their own gift guide!)
Our senior editor Hannah had rave reviews for this Modoker backpack, saying, “I adore it. It’s stylish and comfortable. It has a pocket for a battery charger and a cord so I can easily charge my phone, space for a water bottle, and even a pocket that fits paper perfectly so that I can carry stray printouts without bending them.” The classic, unisex style makes it the perfect gift for any writer on the go, and it just might find it’s way onto my own Christmas wishlist.
For writers who work from home, this lapdesk from LapGear is ideal—budget friendly, slender, and with room for a mouse too! Pair the lapdesk with these writing gloves for a warm, stylish, and inspirational gift for the fiction writer. Really, any item from Storiarts is an appropriate gift for both writers and readers of fiction. I’m partial to their tote bags, equally handy for library trips and grocery runs.
Karly also recommended a digital accessory for the novel writer: the word processor Scrivener. She said, “[It] keeps all your stuff—outlines, notes, multiple draft versions and scenes, character sheets, etc.—in one place. They have options for other forms of writing as well, but the novel-writing version has been great for me.” It is well worth looking into to see if Scrivener can support your digital and organizational writing needs.
If the writer on your gift list needs yet another book to add to their collection, here are the titles that caught our eye in 2019.
For those who like a good memoir, Hannah recommends Educated by Tara Westover. Well crafted and engaging, this best seller is a great addition to any writer’s bookshelf. Also consider Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table by Ruth Reichl. In this entertaining memoir, the author and former editor in chief of Gourmet shares how her relationship with food shaped her childhood and young adulthood.
For creative nonfiction writers, Tell It Slant by Brenda Miller and Suzanne Paola is a must-have. First published in 2003, Tell It Slant encourages writers to develop a distinctive voice through the unique “slant” from which they see the world. It is a comprehensive resource that includes inspiration, writing prompts, and examples from it’s award-winning authors.
For those looking into self-publishing in 2020, Self-Publisher’s Legal Handbook by Helen Sedwick is a great resource. This second edition guides self-publishers through the legal world of setting up a business, protecting copyright and infringement, use of lyrics and images, navigating taxes, and more. This is an excellent primer for writers who want to protect their work in a digital age.
Did you have a favorite book or writing accessory that wowed you in 2019? Tweet us your favorite titles and resources and you may see them featured in a future gift guide!
About the Author
Emily spent ten years as a fundraising professional in higher education and public media and began moonlighting as a copywriter for the Scribe Source in 2014. She left the nonprofit world in 2019 to focus on copywriting, editing, and blog management for the Scribe Source.