6 Gifts for the Writer in Your Life, According to a Book Editor
I see you there, putting that notebook into your cart for your writer. I’m going to tell you right now: Stop.
Every writer has received at least two notebooks every year for as long as she can remember, and they’re all gathering dust in her office and making her feel guilty. This year, give your writer something she can actually be excited about. I’ve specially curated six gifts based on my work with writers of every feather that are thoughtful, purposeful, and are, best of all…not another notebook.
1. A DIY mini writer’s retreat for the writer seeking productivity (and paradise)
Legit writer’s retreats can get pricey when all is said and done, but with a DIY attitude, it’s not hard to treat a writer to a memorable and inspiring getaway. Book a weekend stay at a quaint cabin, chic hotel, or charming Airbnb; put together a small basket of their favorite goodies; and make sure they pack their laptop charger before sending them on their writerly way.
2. A private session with a professional editor for the writer in need of clarity [OR for the writer with questions] [OR for the writer feeling stuck]
Here’s the truth: becoming a published author isn’t easy. I mean, there are people out there who spend their entire lives working toward getting their book out of their head and onto a shelf and still fall short of that elusive goal.
A strategy session with a professional editor can be just the thing to set your writer on the right course. And wouldn’t you believe it…my company happens to be offering just the thing! Private one-hour BookFlow Sessions are currently 25% off (until 12/17/18), and are just the thing to give your writer guidance, clarity, and an individually-tailored action plan, all of which will bring them closer than ever to becoming published.
3. A ridged foam roller for the writer always at their desk
Really, this is a gift everyone — not just writers — could use in their life. A foam roller is an excellent tool to relieve tension and tightness, whether it’s from sitting at a desk for eight hours or that ass-kicking 6:00 a.m. spin class. The ridges give a little extra attention to tired muscles by massaging deeper tissue as you’re rolling.
- Budget Pick: 321 STRONG Foam Massage Roller — This pick has three “massage zones” that mimic the stimulation from the thumbs, fingers, and palms, so you can adjust the feel of your rolling. Get it from Amazon for $21.99.
- Splurge Pick: NextRoller 3-Speed Vibrating Foam Roller — In addition to a ridged surface, this foam roller also vibrates at three different intensities to give your rolling a little extra oomph. Get it from Amazon for $99.95.
4. The Cozy Reader Bundle Gift Box for the writer craving a great new read
Hand-picked and highly personalized, every book you receive from Page One Books is a selection made based on responses to the questionnaire filled out during signup; Megan from The Spines writes, “When your box arrives, you have the sweetest little note from the person who chose for you explaining the book and why you’ll love it! So far, my person hasn’t gotten it wrong.” The Cozy Reader Bundle is a seasonal specialty, and includes a few cozy extras to really crank up the hygge factor. Get it from Page 1 Books for $85+.
5. A pair of kickass headphones for the writer who can’t get away from the noise
If the writers you’re shopping for are anything like me, a good pair of headphones would be one of the best things to ever happen to them. I am a certified city dweller, which means that silence can be…hard to come by on a good day, near impossible to achieve any other time. My world was rocked when I finally invested in a great pair of headphones from 1MORE. Now I can work just about anywhere without worrying about noisy distractions, and the sound quality is exceptional which means I can enjoy whatever I’m listening to to the max. Get it from Amazon for $78.
6. A phenomenal pen for the writer who believes in the art of handwriting
The disparity between how often we have to use pens in our daily lives and how little thought we give to the quality of the pens we’re using is astounding. It’s certainly convenient to reach for that crusty ol’ ballpoint, but what’s the harm in investing a little more in the enjoyment we get from the physical act of writing? A high-caliber pen would do just the trick.
- Budget Pick: OHTO Horizon Needle Point Knock — This Japanese needlepoint pen is gorgeous, has an efficient side click, and is great for fans of thinner strokes. Get it from Amazon for $13.60.
- Splurge Pick: Baron Fig Squire Rollerball — Dubbed “a star among rollerballs,” this beautiful, sleek, and smooth pen took the #1 spot on NYMag’s 100 Best Pens list. Get it from Baron Fig for $55.
Lauren Taylor Shute has helped hundreds of writers around the world develop their ideas, perfect their manuscripts, and find representation or publication for their work. She is the Founder and CEO of Lauren Taylor Shute Editorial Inc., a full-service editorial firm based in New York City, serving as the editorial heart and expertly guiding every book under her watch from idea to shelf. With experience in some of the top publishing houses in the industry, she and her team of editors work directly with writers of both fiction and nonfiction through every stage of the editorial process. She speaks regularly at writing conferences and has been featured in Forbes, Fast Company, and Glamour magazine.