17 creative Christmas gifts the writer in your life will love

Christmas is coming! You need to buy something that literary genius in your family will love, but they are so hard to please.

You can’t go wrong with something that encourages them to finish their book, and tells them that you support and believe in their dream. Here are some gift ideas, ranging from silly to practical.

Click the PICTURES for more info about each product.

1. The Marquis Keyboard

The Marquis Keyboard

Did you ever know they make keyboards like this? Totally custom designed, beautiful USB keyboard to make you feel like royalty. Great for inspiration, though I’m not sure how practical they are; might be safer to get an excellent keyboard designed to reduce wrist fatigue.


2. The Hemingwrite



It’s like a briefcase-typewriter. Not sure how comfortable it is to actually write books. But it’s cool. And Hugh Howey likes it. You can get a prototype on Kickstarter.


3. Chromebook


Acer C720 Chromebook (11.6-Inch, 2GB)


I almost recommended a MacBook air or the Asus Zenbook, both amazing computers, but I’m getting much more writing done on my little Acer Chromebook than I do on my big computers. The reason: no distraction.

It can’t do everything, but you can work in Google Docs which has the added benefits of constant, fool-proof backup so you’ll never lose anything you write. I keep all my book projects in Google Docs now, so I can work on them easily no matter which computer I’m on – and this lightweight, friendly little guy is perfect for tossing in a bag and taking to a cafe, without needing to unplug all the wires of your main PC.


4. Royalty Chair

Coaster Traditional Executive Office Chair, Nail head Trim Tufted Back

I don’t have the actual name for this guy, but he’s a beauty. Belongs in a dimly lit study. Makes me feel like a professor.

Writers need comfort and emotional support. This gives both.

5. A New Desk

Coaster Beautiful Molding Traditional Style Home Office Writing Desk

Having comfortable and luxurious furniture is important for an author’s frame of mind. Sure we can get by with that crappy folding table we got at a garage sale, but we dream of a desk like this one.

6. Solar powered charger

Anker® 14W Dual-Port Solar Charger with PowerIQ™ Technology


Even though we like traditional furniture and ornate, vintage stuff – we’re probably using a word processor. If the power goes out, or Western Civilization crumbles, we won’t know how to transition back to pen and paper.

With a charger like this, you can survive the apocalypse and keep writing your book as you avoid zombies and plagues.


7. Kindle Fire (with antique leather case)


Fire HD 7, 7Verso Prologue Cover for Kindle, Tan (fits Kindle Paperwhite, Kindle, and Kindle Touch)


If you want to write great books, you’ve got to read great books.

A Kindle Fire is an obvious choice, but a little boring – you can make it better with a cool vintage leather style cover.


8. Poems by cats and a window cat bed

If the author in question doesn’t have a cat, get them one.

I Could Pee on This: And Other Poems by CatsSunny Seat Window-Mounted Cat Bed


If they have a cat, get them this cat bed to hopefully keep the cat off the keyboard.

And the book just for fun.


9. Motivation poster

(24x36) Be Awesome Motivational Poster


Authors need constant encouragement. This is a pretty decent poster for them to hang in the office.

If you want to be even more awesome, hire someone on Fiverr to make a personalized motivational poster and get it printed.


10. Noise cancelling headphones




Monster Inspiration Noise Canceling  Over-Ear Headphones

Distractions are of the devil.

These might help.


11. Coffee Machine


Cuisinart DCC-1200 Brew Central 12-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker, Black/Brushed Metal





Is yours getting old and nasty? Time for a new one.


12. Great lines of literature mug

Great First Lines of Literature Mug

Someplace to put their coffee.


13. Feather quill

Calligraphy Pen Set_CS-0202-1










Always appreciated, though impractical.

I’m buying a hundred of these soon (much cooler ones) to send to Book Butcher’s clients.

I have a sample in my house and love to just pick it up and admire it.


14. Author T-shirts

IamTee I'm a Writer ÌÎÌ_ Everything you Say or Do may end up in my Novel T-Shirt-Black-XXLIamTee Womens Writer's Block: when your imaginary friends refuse to talk to you T-Shirt-Black-XLInktastic Do not annoy the writer.. Women's T-Shirt Large White



I’ll bet we could come up with better writing-related T-shirt ideas, but this is a start.


15. Leather Journals



Classic Embossed Leather Journal Diary (Handmade) with leather strap closureEmbossed Leather Blue Stone 120 Page Unlined Journal with Clasp


Someplace for plot notes and character summaries. These are probably too fancy, but you need to treat your writing as something valuable and place more importance on it. Something like this can help.


17. Go to Italy


Venice is one of my favorite cities; I went to Carnival when I was 20, then went back last year for awhile. Though it’s changed a lot, there’s few places more inspiring.

If you can’t afford to send them to Venice, send them to a weekend cabin in a forested area. Somewhere natural to recharge. And give them some alone time (not a family trip… just for them.)


What do you want for Christmas?

Are you a writer? What do you wish someone would give you? Comment down below!

About Derek Murphy

Derek Murphy is a book editor turned book designer with a Ph.D. in Literature. He's been featured on CNN and spoken at dozens of writing conferences around the world. These days he mostly writes young adult fantasy and science fiction, while helping authors write and publish bestselling books. FREE GUIDE: Sell your work without selling out.