Tag Archives: just for fun

The Gift Guide for Writers 2022

Last year, I rounded up ten unique gifts for writers because I was sick of gift lists that were nothing more than fancy journals and pens. I’m back this year with ten more things to please the writer in your life. Some are practical, some are just for fun, but they are all things your writer friends want, and in the case of #3? It’s something they need.

1. A mug for people-haters book lovers
Why would we ever want to go outside when we all have our nice imaginary friends on our bookshelves? And none of our book friends have germs.


2. Quotation mark earrings
If you wear these earrings on both ears, that means that whatever you’re thinking is automatically a quote, right? Look at you, being all pithy without saying a word.


3. Book weight
Put down the stapler, and the tape dispenser, and the other things you’ve reached for to keep your book open while it’s on the table. This genius little item is one of the most useful things in my house. I use it every single day, because reading at breakfast is the best way to start the day, and I’ve only got two hands.


4. Fingerless gloves
There are lots of fingerless gloves out there. They keep your hands warm while leaving your fingers free to type. And they feel so romantic to wear, don’t they? But this pair featuring Poe’s The Raven feels especially writerly.


5. Laptop lifter
A laptop directly on your lap is hot and sticky, especially in the summer. Give it a little lift with this sleek laptop stand, which also looks great on a desk.


6. Notecards
With these notecards, you can share a little bit of Jane Austen, the patron saint of Regency Romance. Use them after the holidays to write all your thank-you notes, (as a well-bred lady should do).


7. Do-not-disturb sign
You know the feeling. You’re writing away, in the zone, totally into your work, when a knock at the door pulls you out of the story. With this sign, your housemates will know when it’s okay to disturb you, and when you should be left alone with the muses. And it comes in a two pack, so if you put one of these on the bedroom door and then took a nap, no one would be the wiser.


8. Crystals for writers
Crystals and gems are beautiful to look at and fun to think about. Do they work? Probably as well as anything else inspirational. But every little bit helps, right?


9. Zen garden
Every writer needs some stress relief and quiet meditation. There are a lot of desktop zen gardens out there, but this one gets extra points for including a tiny panda. How cute is that?


10. Superhero bookshelf
You could put your favorite authors’ books on this shelf, or the writing craft books that inspired you along the way, or your own books—because you are a superhero for writing them. Yes, you.


About the Author: Alex Kourvo is an editor and book blogger who likes to give thoughtful gifts to her friends.
(This post contains some affiliate links.
)

The Gift Guide for Writers 2021

I’ve seen a lot of holiday gift guides for writers that promise “the most beautiful, unique, and necessary gifts for the writer in your life.” I excitedly open it, only to see notebooks, pens, candles and mugs. Those things are nice, but they are also super generic. And trust me, the writer in your life already has enough pens.

Your writer friend deserves better. Here is a list of ten thoughtful, practical, and fun gifts for writers.

1. A T-shirt That Says it All
Daydreaming? Woolgathering? Lost the thread of the conversation? No! You’re plotting.

2. A Soft Foam Footstool
This soft footstool elevates the legs to just the right height for a laptop to be comfortably perched on the lap. I have one of these under my desk and I don’t know how I ever sat for hours without it.

3. Storymatic
This is a little box filled with the most interesting writing prompts you can imagine. You can use Storymatic for brainstorming, writing exercises, cooperative storytelling, or just for fun.

4. Blue-Blocking Glasses
Blue light is the worst light, causing headaches, fatigue, and insomnia. These glasses block glare and blue light from computers and other devices. When I wear mine, I can write longer with less eye strain.

5. Light Therapy
Sometimes, it’s not too much light that’s the problem, but lack of it. Even those of us who don’t suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder can benefit from a few extra lumens in the winter months. Some therapy lights cost hundreds of dollars, but this one is small and inexpensive but still works great.

6. Typewriter Key Necklace
Every writer I know loves old typewriters. Typewriters aren’t practical, but who cares when they are so cool? Many companies make jewelry out of typewriter keys, so we can carry a bit of that retro chic with us. Here’s one of my favorites.

7. A Tote Bag That Tells the Truth
Writers make choices with each word they put on the page. If a book is problematic, that is 100% on the writer. Hold yourself and your fellow writers accountable with this awesome reusable tote.

8. Bathtub Caddy
There are writers who use a bath to relax. There are writers who read in the tub. And there are writers who actually write while submerged in water. Whatever kind of writer you are, this bath caddy will hold all the essentials.

9. Shower Curtain
Eureka moments and showers. The two naturally go together. Maybe our muses are activated by water, or maybe they just live in the bathroom, but either way, this shower curtain will show the muses that you respect what they do.

10. Library Due Date Notecards
These 3×5 inch notecards are the perfect size. You could use these to remind you which of your friends borrowed books from you, or you could turn them over and write notes on the back. Either way, they are adorable little blasts from the past, and a wonderful way to remember the books we cherish.

About the Author: Alex Kourvo is an editor and book blogger who doesn’t need any more notebooks or pens.
This post contains some affiliate links. (The author gets a tiny commission even though you don’t pay more.)

Five Carl Sagan Quotes That Will Make You Happy You’re a Writer

Scientist, educator, philosopher, writer. Carl Sagan’s life and work continue to inspire us.

Having a hard day? Finding it difficult to get words on the page? Here are five quotes from Carl Sagan that will brighten any writer’s day.

imagination-will-often

Sitting in a room and making stuff up? It’s your job. Your imagination is taking you places!

it-is-far-better-to

…and the reality is, you’ve got to get some chapters written.

youre-an-interesting

I love how Carl lapses into second-person here. As if maybe he, himself, isn’t quite human? But he’s captured the essential nature of humans: we need to live together, and we need the stories that teach us how.

writing-is-perhaps-the

You have an obligation to future generations. Start working that magic!

somewhere-something

So let’s go discover it in a book.

About the author: Alex Kourvo is a freelance editor who is passionate about helping new writers.