My good writing bud, Candace Carrabus from Writing the Ride, has a knack for finding unique gifts for writers. So, in the spirit of the season, I asked her to share several ideas, and she cheerfully obliged.
For wearable art, I highly recommend Literary Goods for their assortment of scarves. (Candace arrived at critique group sporting e e cummings’ poem, “i carry your heart with me, i carry it in.”) They also have gloves, headbands, shirts, pillows, and something for baby with their storybook hat and blanket. It’s never too early to encourage a love for reading, right? (By the way, this would make a great shower gift for any book-loving mother-to-be.)
For the writer who has been there, done that, but forgot to collect the T-shirt, this mini manifesto announces to the world your writer is proud to be one of those creative types. (Pun intended.) Another shirt some of you (myself included) can relate to really defines what it means to be a writer. (I wear a large, should anyone be paying attention.)
Finally, combine the skill and excitement of a board game with your free-spirited, fun-loving creative writing teacher and you get the coolest of the cool gifts–The Writer’s Toolbox: Creative Games and Exercises for Inspiring the “Write” Side of Your Brain. We’ve actually played this at our critique group when we hold our creative nights, and the members thoroughly enjoy it!
So there you have it–several non-book ideas for the writer in your life, which might just be you! Who says you can’t give yourself a Christmas present?
Many thanks to Candace for providing most of these ideas, along with the links!