Monday, November 23, 2009

Gift List for Writers and Readers



Christmas is coming and the holiday shopping season is here. When preparing your shopping gift list, it is often difficult to find just the right present for your special writer or reader.

The ladies of Petit Fours and Hot Tamales have put together lists of suggestions that cover all price ranges. With a little investigating you can pull together thoughtful gifts your special someone appreciates.


Gift List for Writers

  • Small table-top water fountain
  • Special pen for autographing books (for a published author)
  • Special stickers for authors – "Autographed by Author"
    Authors use them to stick on the front cover of books they autograph.
  • Scented candles
  • Tray for across the tub, bubble bath and champagne/wine
  • Memory stick/Jump Drive
    Memory is getting cheaper, so check out the ones that hold gigabytes of information.
  • External hard drive for backing up files
  • Kindle or Sony E-Book Reader
    Do your homework on this gift. Each reader has proprietary data security. This means books can only be collected from specific places or in specific formats. If your special person is a Road Warrior this is an excellent gift choice.
  • Digital recorder for making notes on the fly
  • Netbooks and laptops
  • AlphaSmart NEO - http://www.neo-direct.com/default.aspx
    If you are checking out the high-end version, the Dana, consider a NetBook instead.
  • iPods, Nanos or other MP3 music devices
  • Egg timer
    http://expatnovelwriter.blogspot.com/2009/03/on-egg-timers-and-creativity_28.html
  • Two-year organizer/calendar
    Be careful, not everyone is a tech nut so don’t rush out and buy a PDA when an old fashioned calendar will do.
  • Starbucks, Amazon, iTunes and other interesting gift cards
  • Briefcase/laptop bag
  • IKEA office furniture
  • Clear a space in the house for your writer's private writing area
  • Do Not Disturb sign for the door
  • Special coffee/tea along with a cool mug
  • Electronic warmer for the cool coffee/tea mug
  • Nonni biscotti, cookies or special chocolate treats
  • Registration for a writer's conference – a fabulous option is Moonlight & Magnolias
  • Continuing education courses
  • Subscriptions to Writer's Digest, Romantic Times (for romance writers), or other magazines specific to the genre your writer is interested.
  • Shirt box full of pens, post-its, notepads, mechanical pencils, highlighters, etc.
  • Office Supplies: printer paper, printer cartridges, notebooks etc. A gift card to the supply store may actually be a better option
  • Gift certificate to a craft store like Michaels, assuming your writer is into collaging or other art forms to stimulate creativity
  • Coupon vouchers for babysitting, cleaning, spa day, massage, etc.
  • Writer's Resource Books
  • Membership to a Writers' Group
    Romance Writers of America (RWA) and a Regional Chapter or Specialty Group (see RWA's Web site), Georgia Romance Writers, Georgia Writers, Sisters in Crime, etc.
  • Entrance to an Authors' Luncheon hosted by a local writing chapter
  • Gift card and/or assistance with the creation/support of the writer's Web site
  • Book light for reading at night
  • Variety of bookmarks
  • One of those microwavable neck massage/warmers(wrap around neck & shoulders), some come herbal scented
  • Book covers for privacy while reading in public
  • Snuggie versus Slanket (see the note in the Gift List for Readers)

Gift List for Readers

  • Book light for reading at night
  • Special coffee/tea along with a cool mug
  • Electronic warmer for the cool coffee/tea mug
  • Nonni biscotti, cookies or special chocolate treats
  • Snuggie or cashmere throw your writer/reader can cuddle under while reading
    https://www.getsnuggie.com/flare/next
    UPDATE NOTE:
    According to the reviews on Amazon.com, check out the Slanket instead. The difference is in the quality of the fabrice according to a reviewer who appears to know her stuff. http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss?url=search-alias%3Dgarden&field-keywords=slanket
    Do your research before you buy!
  • Small table-top water fountain
  • Scented candles
  • Kindle or Sony E-Book Reader
    Do your homework on this gift. Each reader has proprietary data security. This means books can only be collected from specific places or in specific formats. If your special person is a Road Warrior this is an excellent gift choice.
  • iPods, Nanos or other MP3 music devices
  • Starbucks, Amazon, iTunes and other interesting gift cards
  • Basket full of books
    Be careful. Your reader already has a lot of books.
  • Book light for reading at night
  • Tray for across the tub, bubble bath, bath gels and champagne/wine
  • Variety of bookmarks
  • Entrance to an Authors' Luncheon hosted by a local writing chapter
  • Get a signed book from a favorite author
    Coordinate this in advance. Many authors will sign a book that they receive from you. You must pay for shipping both ways and supply the packing materials. Do not put a burden on the author. You may want to reconsider this idea if the author is from a foreign country. Shipping is expensive and a big hassle for both parties.
    If a favorite author is local, coordinate a luncheon for your read and his/her friends with this author. Supply a gift certificate to cover restaurant expenses. Ask the author about her fee. Sometimes a small gift is the only thing you need. Book covers for privacy while reading in public
  • Coupon vouchers for babysitting, cleaning, spa day, massage, etc.
  • Microwavable neck massage/warmers(wrap around neck & shoulders), some come herbal scented

Other Resources for Gift Ideas

If you can think of some other ideas, please post them in the Comments section. We would love to hear about them.

Happy Holidays!

12 comments:

Sandy Elzie said...

Notice the time? yes, it's 2:45AM and I just stopped writing for the evening...morning...whatever. Can anyone say NaNOWriMo?

Great list, Tami. Santa delivered my Alpha Smart early this year, but yesterday he delivered a GPS for my car. (who ever said women wouldn't want mechanical things for Christmas?)

Now, I'm off to bed and when I get up I'm going to finish my Christmas cards so I can mail them Dec 1st.

Sandy

Debbie Kaufman said...

For Suspense writer's, Lee Lofland's Police Procedure and Investigation.

Great list, Tammy! Last year I made a wish list for my family of writer's resource books I wanted. Because he ebayed them, my dh was able to get all of them on my list!

Cyrano said...

Loved the ideas!
I'm one of those last minute, seat of my pants gift buyers, so a list like this, with just about everything an author could want or need comes in very handy.
I've already printed it out and shoved it in my purse for good measure.
Have a wonderful Monday!
Tamara

Chicki said...

Excellent list! You covered everything. Hope you receive some of them ...

Maxine Davis said...

Tammy,

Great lists! I want one of each! Tamara, I also put it in my purse.

I may be my own Santa on some of these - just to be sure I get exactly what I want.

Happy Thanksgiving

Susan May said...

Tammy,
Great list. I'm even asking for some of these to be under the tree for me.

Tami Brothers said...

Yay! I love this idea! I'm going to refer my family to this post!!!!

Thanks, Tammy!

Tami

Andrea said...

Great list, Tammy! Thanks! I want a Snuggie for Christmas. I asked my husband for one last year and he thought I was kidding. He found out real quick that I wasn't. LOL I'm sure I'll get one this year. ;-)

Cinthia Hamer said...

These are all great suggestions, Tammy.

Something my hubby got me (for no other reason than he says he's got to keep me happy. LOL!) is a lapdesk. It has a hard top surface on top of a firm pillow. Plus it has a rail to keep laptops from sliding off, pencil well and a bendable LED light for working in dimly lit areas.

Other items I've found to be very nice include:

a paraffin spa to warm and relax overworked hands

a 3-hole punch (I put my printed pages in a binder)

a lumbar support for my back when I have to work at a desk instead of my recliner

a bbq lighter for lighting candles

a mousepad with a gel wrist support

a small manicure kit to keep in the desk drawer.

a dictionary with the date words came into usage.

a copy of Strunk & White

a mini fridge to keep sodas/water in so you don't have to schlep down to the kitchen every time you want a cold drink.

an electric kettle or small coffee maker

Marilyn Baron said...

Great ideas, Tammy. Thanks and thanks to everyone who contributed additional ideas. We should be all set for the holidays.

Marilyn Baron

Gannon Carr said...

Wow! Fantastic lists! I'm printing them off for my family to peruse. :)

Linsey Lanier said...

Love these lists. I want everything! (but I haven't been that good, LOL). Actually, the thing that sticks out the most is the egg timer for speedwriting. I need to write in short spurts more and that will help a lot. :)

Linsey