With the holidays just around the corner, you might be thinking about what sort of gift to get for the writer in your life.
If you’ve been stumped or want something beyond the typical stuff you see everywhere else, then you’re in the right place.
We’ve compiled a list of the best gifts for writers that will not only help them build and grow a business but provide them with a little bit of inspiration too.
Awesome, let’s get to it.
Best Gifts for Writers: Writing Tools
This section has a combination of digital and physical tools that can help the writer in your life get better at their craft.
Kindle Paperwhite eReader
You know the old saying…the best writers spend a lot of time reading. A Kindle is by no means a super innovative gift by now since they’ve been around for a while, but especially for the digital nomads in your life, there’s no better way to carry a ton of books on one lightweight device.
The newest version of the Paperwhite also comes with built-in front lighting, which means now you can read it in the dark.
It seems like there’s been a pretty big surge in people getting into audiobooks lately. So, there’s one really easy place to look for that, Audible. This service has pretty much every audiobook you could ever want, from non-fiction business and self-help books to the latest YA and your standard classics.
One cool feature with Audible is if you buy the Kindle version of the book it can sync up, so you can seamlessly go from one to the other without trying to figure out exactly where you were.
If there’s one writing tool I use every single day, actually multiple times a day, it’s Grammarly. With an upgrade to the Pro account, you get a few more advanced features, something that comes in handy for freelance writers.
Now that you can also use Grammarly with MS Office and Google Docs, in addition to its own interface, it will cover your needs regardless of the format you use.
If there’s one tool that pretty much every book author I know swears by, it’s Scrivener. This tool, while it does have a bit of learning curve, really packs a punch. You can use it to hold and organize all of your research notes, plus get your outline, set and then write your drafts from there.
Another cool feature is that it makes formatting really easy, which can come in handy if you are trying to start self-publishing your own books.
AP Style Guard
Here’s another underappreciated but essential tool that I use for my freelance writing business. I have a lot of clients who want their content in AP Style and that means having to adhere to a few specific rules around grammar and punctuation.
With the Style Guard tool, all you have to do is open your doc, run the program and it will pop up with suggestions to ensure you’re all good.
Pro Writing Aid
As a writer, the last thing you ever want to do is send off your content without giving it at least one run through to pick up any spelling or grammar errors. Pro Writing Aid is another tool that serves as a sort of all-in-one option.
This gives you a way to be your own editor and pick up on the style tips and tricks that can make your writing better. The tool is paid but they also have a free Chrome plugin to check out too.
Let’s face it, writing online is hard. And a big reason behind that is it’s so easy to get distracted. You’ve got your email, social media, sports, and everything else you could ever want just a few clicks away. Freedom is a tool that can help reign in those distractions.
Essentially, it’s an app you can use to block specific websites, that you choose, for set time periods. That can help you stay focused on the work at hand and get things done more efficiently.
Writing is rarely a linear process. That’s especially true if you’re someone looking to write more complex white papers or works of fiction. So what you need is a great tool that can help you get all your ideas and brainstorms down in one place.
Scapple helps with that. You can use it to brainstorm and connect all of your notes and even expand upon them to set up all your writing needs.
For any freelance writer who wants to really level up and start eyeing ways to break into six figures, this is one of the best forums out there. The other professional writers in here share advice, strategies, and encouragement to improve the business side of your writing career.
The membership fee lasts one year but it’s a great investment and a perfect gift.
Writing Gifts For the Office
Today, a lot of people are looking to go old school, away from digital. And for many writers, that means carrying around a trusty notebook. Having a small notebook on hand is a great way to jot down ideas, capture thoughts from things you read, and list to-do’s, among other things.
Noise Canceling Headphones
For a lot of writers, quiet is really important. That matters when you’re working from home, a busy cafe, or an airplane. Too many headphones don’t do much to block out noise, these headphones do, which is why they are a real favorite for a lot of writers and digital nomads too.
While these are larger and more substantial than airpods or the simple headphones you can toss in your bag, they are built to last and provide great sound too.
Speaking of going old school, what about getting back on the mouse train? Well, you might be surprised to find that portable wireless mouse (mice?) are gaining in popularity. Save your wrists from potential carpal tunnel syndrome and invest one of these little bad boys.
They work via a little UBS port and one battery can operate it for a really long time. Toss it in your bag, and you’re good to go. This one from Amazon is really affordable.
There’s no doubt that sitting slouched over your coffee table or in bed isn’t quite the best thing to be doing for your posture. In the last few years, the concept of standing desks have become a big trend and a lot of people swear by them, but they are also relatively expensive.
This mini adjustable desk provides a great option. Set it on top of your current workspace and just raise it to your desired height.
Want to actually get out of your home office or a cafe every once in a while and do a bit of co-working? With Deskpass you can have the best of both worlds, the ability to pop into a co-working space without having to pay a premium monthly fee.
Check your local area, especially if you live in or near and city, and you could have a bunch of options that you can use a few times a month.
Best Books on Writing
Ask many writers about one way to become a better writer and a lot of them will tell you to read more. Now, that doesn’t always mean reading books about writing. But there are a ton of great books on writing that not only help people become better and make great gifts for writers.
Here are a few of our favorites.
On Writing by Stephen King
Stephen King is one of the most prolific and successful writers out there. You don’t need to be a fan of his work to know that he consistently churns out compelling books that also seem to make it to both the big and small screens.
In On Writing, King splits the book into two. First, he tells a bit of his own story as a kid growing up in Maine and then he melds it with his thoughts on how to become a better writer.
Bird by Bird by Ann Lamott
This is a book about life and writing that unexpectedly has become a favorite of many writers. Lamott offers a ton of advice through her personal history and experience and sets out to help you find your own voice and creativity.
It’s very much a clear-eyed view of the ups and downs of writing, and even though it’s a lot about book writing, you can still glean a lot of good information as a freelancer too.
Everybody Writes by Ann Handley
If you want to read one book that’s the definitive guide to writing for the internet, this is it. Ann Handley is a pro, she runs Marketing Profs and has decades of experience in online marketing.
When new people join Location Rebel, Everybody Writes is one of the top books we recommend everyone reads. You’ll learn a lot.
The Content Marketing Writer by Jennifer Gregory
For aspiring freelance writers, this is the book you want to grab. Jennifer Gregory is a successful six-figure freelance writer and she took a lot of the incredible gems she shares on her blog and added some new info to create this book.
It will detail what you need to know to go from a mid-range writer to the next level with better clients and more money for the work you do.
The Well-Fed Writer by Peter Bowerman
This is another book that is really heavy on advice and tactics, which is a very good thing. Peter Bowerman shares his own experiences as well as a bunch of real-life case studies of successful freelance writers and how they approach their business.
The book is geared more towards B2B writers, but it has such great advice, especially on the mindset you need to succeed, that everyone should check it out.
Writer’s Market by Robert Lee Brewer
For a lot of professional writers, this guide, which is published yearly, is a must-have book. What Brewer does is scour websites, publishers, and magazines to get all the info writers need to pitch books and articles to thousands of sites.
As a bonus, the beginning of the book usually also has some great info on how to send good pitches, which can always come in handy for writers.
While you can give the writer in your life (or yourself) any of these gifts any time of year, if you’re looking for some last-minute gift options, these should fit the bill.
Do you have a writing tool or book you love that would make an awesome gift for writers? Share yours in the comments!
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