2020 Holiday Gift Guide

Hannah Comerford Team

The Scribe Source’s holiday gift guide is one of our favorite traditions. Last year’s list included backpacks, lap desks, and of course, books. In 2018, we offered book recommendations for all genres. This year, we’re going to focus on the solitariness of the writer’s life.

Writers are often known for being introverts. Even if your writer is more outgoing than the stereotype, the career is being practiced at home now more than ever. So let’s take a look at some ideas that might make your giftee’s life a little more comfortable and enjoyable.

Commit to Lit Face Mask

How could your writer not wear a face mask when it looks like the handwritten pages of a Jane Austen novel? I personally have owned this mask for a few months, and it’s held up well and proven to be one of the more comfortable options for staying safe during the pandemic. In fact, my husband borrows it often enough that I’m considering buying extra.

Virtual Courses, Conferences, or Readings 

Sure, seeing your favorite author live is great. But what about seeing your favorite author while drinking from your favorite mug by the fireplace with your cat purring on your lap?

Many conferences and events are going virtual this year, and still more are offering online options in addition to in-person tickets. For instance, Seattle Arts & Lectures is offering an online subscription to their fantastic lineup, which includes speakers such as Bill Bryson and Ibram X. Kendi. These opportunities are making the literary world a more accessible culture, which is great news for everyone.

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Do you have a writer who is looking for more ways to build his or her skill set? Perhaps online writing courses might be an even better gift idea. Seattle’s Hugo House offers classes in poetry, creative nonfiction, and fiction. MasterClass gives subscribers the chance to take courses in different fields, and they’re usually taught by big names in different industries (think Malcolm Gladwell and Howard Schultz).

Libro.fm Subscription 

Do you want to support your writer’s audiobook habit and independent bookstores at the same time? Check out Libro.fm, a service that allows subscribers to buy audiobooks through local bookstores for almost the exact same price as the Amazon competitor. Gift memberships can be purchased for one, three, six, or twelve months.

Newspaper, Magazine, or Journal Subscriptions

Everyone hates running into paywalls on news websites. Yet writers know that supporting other writers is important, even if they can’t always afford to. Consider buying a gift subscription to your writer’s favorite news source, literary journal, or magazine.

For great journalism, you might try The Atlantic or The New York Times. For your literary-minded reader, consider The Sun or New England Review. You may even choose Poets & Writers if your loved one is trying to enter the publishing world.

If you’re still not sure which media outlet to fund, watch the links your writer posts on social media. See if a certain title appears over and over again, then check out their subscription options.

Out-of-the-Ordinary Streaming Services

Many writers find inspiration from quality television shows and movies. Studying a well-crafted story can show you how to create one yourself. That’s why the writer in your life might appreciate a subscription to a streaming service to spark creativity during the dark winter months.

Is your loved one already bored with the trifecta of Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime? Think outside the box. For instance, Acorn TV offers shows from the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Spain, and Mexico (including a lot of murder mysteries). PBS Passport allows viewers to binge-watch everything from Downton Abbey to NOVA while supporting public broadcasting.

Show Your Love and Appreciation

Writing can be a very solitary habit, let alone pastime. And as much as writers like to talk about their introversion, they do still want love and support from those they care about. Whether you choose one of the gifts above or simply give a letter of appreciation and love, don’t forget to show your writer how much you care this holiday season.

If your writer is working on a larger work—a novel, nonfiction book, thesis, etc.—consider funding editing services from the Scribe Source. From developmental editing to final proofing, we’re happy to help. Contact us today to discuss options.


About the Author

Hannah is one of the world’s foremost masters of The Chicago Manual of Style (in our humble opinion) and is known for catching even the smallest factual errors in a text. She specializes in copyediting and proofreading for nearly any type of content. She joined Lori in 2011, making the Scribe Source an official team.