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Gift ideas for the writer in your life

If you still need holiday gift ideas for the writer in your life, below are a few of my favorites:

Writing Journals

Whether we type our masterpieces directly on the computer or by hand, we writers need notebooks and journals to keep track of our thoughts. My favorites are the moleskine notebooks (there are many different colors and sizes so buy your writer more than one!).

I also love the Spirit of Flight Journals. Type “writing journals” or “writing notebooks” in your search engine and you’ll have plenty to choose from.

Subscriptions to Writing Magazines

These magazines provide craft tips, inspiration, and examples of good writing:

Poets & Writers Magazine

The Writer

Writer’s Digest

If your writer is also a poet, they may appreciate a subscription to a top poetry magazine such as Poetry.

For the memoirist in your life, check out Memoir magazine.

Does your writer dabble in fantasy or sci-fi? Try these: Fantasy & Science Fiction or Asimov’s Science Fiction.

Writing Workshops or Conferences

One of the BEST birthday gifts I ever received was when a friend gifted me a writers’ conference. If you’d like to do this for the writer in your life and be their heroic patron of the arts, ask them what conference they’d like to attend.

In the Pacific Northwest we have many to choose from. These are just a few:

Pacific Northwest Writers’ Conference

Surrey International Writers’ Conference 

Emerald City Writers’ Conference sponsored by the Greater Seattle Romance Writers of America

Ebook Readers

The market is growing for ebook readers with everything from the Apple iPad to the new Kindle Fire from Amazon or the Nook from Barnes & Noble. I still prefer reading actual books but I have to admit I do use my two ebook readers frequently, especially when I travel.

Writers’ Retreats

Probably the best gift a writer can receive is time to write and focus on their craft. I love Donald Maass’s weeklong retreat in Hood River, Oregon, because I get dedicated time to write with no interruptions and instruction from a top literary agent and writing mentor.

Even a simple weekend away may be just what your writer needs to get focused or re-inspired.

Gift certificates

If you’re just not sure what to get your writer, gift certificates to places like Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or their favorite local bookstore are always appreciated.

What if you are the writer in your life? Send this post to those who love and support you!

For more suggestions, read this list of last-minute gift ideas.

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