It is my birthday later this month 🥳 so to mark the occasion, I wanted to add another post to the ‘Gift Ideas for Writers‘ series.
Do you know anyone who is celebrating a birthday in the next few weeks? This guide will share unique ideas that will make your favourite writer swoon.
Described as the ‘Bible of Writing Guides’, Bird by Bird is a must-have for writers everywhere as it offers a wry, honest and down-to-earth perspective on the trials and errors of writing.
This book was published in 1994 and is a step-by-step guide providing valuable insight and helpful words of encouragement on how to write and manage the writing life. Some of the chapters included in Bird by Bird are “Getting Started”, “Short Assignments”, “Shitty First Drafts”, “Dialogue” and more. There are also sections discussing how to tackle writer’s block, writing groups, and publication. Readers will be both inspired and entertained as they are given light-hearted advice on the emotions faced during the writing journey i.e. love, pain, jealousy, fear, etc.
Written by American bestselling novelist and memoirist, Anne Lamott has released over a dozen novels and works of non-fiction. In 2010, she was inducted into the prestigious California Hall of Fame.
Bird by Bird has received many accolades from respected newspapers such as The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, and The New Yorker.
This book is available in paperback through Waterstones with 10+ still in stock and is priced at an affordable £9.99.
Is your friend or family member a perfectionist? If so, they will love this quirky tea towel.
It’s crafted from 100% cotton and designed with a vintage chart of copyediting marks, making it an ideal gift for editors and proofreaders. This tea towel can be quite beneficial for writers that would like to learn these proofreading symbols for future reference too.
Measured at approx. 78cm x 48cm, it is a decent size and can be stored in small places when not in use. If something spills on it or it gets dirty, simply throw the tea towel into the washing machine as it is meant to be long-lasting.
This tea towel is available through The Literary Gift Company where their motto is: “Every gift tells a story”. For this one-of-a-kind and crowd-pleasing present, you can purchase it for only £9.95.
Inspire and encourage your loved one’s craft with a subscription to the UK’s biggest and most notable magazine for writers.
Writing Magazine releases a new issue monthly and features star interviews, work opportunities in Writers’ News, writing masterclasses, ideas, and hundreds of fiction and non-fiction competitions. Access to this magazine can be requested via print or digital, so the recipient can benefit from the convenience of having it delivered directly to their front door or sent to their smartphone to download.
The team behind Writing Magazine are real experts in the industry with a deep understanding of the struggles that writers face. There’s a range of PDF guidebooks from the online shop offering writing advice and analyses of classic novels like Mrs. Dalloway, Moby Dick, and Oliver Twist. These additional texts cost between £1.99 to £4.99 per copy.
There are a number of pricing plans available at Writing Magazine and they are as follows:
- One Issue (Digital): £4.99.
- Three Issues (Print or Digital): £3.00 for subscribing on Direct Debit. Worth £12.75.
- Twelve Issues (Print): £10.99 per quarter for subscribing on Direct Debit. Comes with the Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook 2021.
- Twelve Issues (Print): £45.00 (one-off payment) for 12 issues. Accepts Visa, Mastercard, and PayPal.
- Annual Subscription (Digital): £38.99 (one-off payment).
This attractive brass-coloured noticeboard will make the giftee’s home appear more lively yet offer a sense of organisation.
Also known as a “Memo Board”, writers can decorate it with many different items and attach photos or notes from the clips. This can be a source of inspiration and helpful for keeping ideas in plain sight when drafting their next creative piece. Its design is versatile enough to be placed in any room of a house i.e. living room, bedroom, or office.
The materials used to make this product are steel and brass, and it is nickel-plated. Simply use a duster to maintain its pristine condition. I believe that writers would be satisfied with the frame’s size as it measures at a decent 45cm (width) x 62cm (height).
This noticeboard is available through IKEA and has received 5-star ratings and reviews from customers. Buy it now for only £12.00.
Give the creative professional in your life a bag where they can store all of their writing essentials when outside their home.
This slimline laptop backpack has a generous amount of space and is made from ultra-lightweight and water-repellent polyester, which effectively protects its contents against harsh weather. The outside design quite simple yet presents an edgier look and feel with two zipper pockets, and comes in two colours: black or green. Furthermore, it has a grab handle, padded back, and adjustable straps for maximum comfort. It measures at H42cm x W32cm x D13.5cm.
The interior can fit laptops up to 15″ (38cm) in the padded compartment and features 2 mesh pockets and a zipped compartment, making it easier to organise several personal items. For example, there’s plenty of room for chargers, papers and files, and it can also be used as an overnight or gym bag or for a day-out of exploring.
KNOMO offers free delivery on all UK orders and this dependable, versatile, and in-demand backpack costs £99.00.
I hope you enjoyed reading this article and found these gift ideas helpful for the writers in your life with an upcoming birthday. If any has piqued your interest or you have further suggestions, feel free to leave a comment below!
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