Do you know a writer?
Or somebody who has always said they want to write?
Perhaps you are a writer who is working on your own wish list.
Here are some ideas from around the internet and years hanging out with writers:
Gift subscription to a writer’s magazine: “Writer’s Digest,” “Poets & Writers” or “The Writer”
A gift subscription to a literary magazine: “Ploughshares,” “Poetry,” “The Cortland Review,” “Zyzzyva” or “Tin House”
A gift subscription to a genre magazine: “Asimonv’s Science Fiction Magazine,” “The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction,” “Wild West,” “Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine” and “Smithsonian”
Office supplies: sticky notes, paper clips, pens, printer paper, pencils, sharpener
Electronics: flash drive, digital voice recorder, laptop, tablet
Software specialized for novelists or screenwriters
Tee-shirts, mugs, mouse pads and just about anything else you can think of just for writers (and readers)
How-to books: Writing Down the Bones and The True Secret of Writing by Natalie Goldberg, The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron, On Writing by Stephen King, Bird By Bird by Anne Lamott, No Plot? No Problem! by Chris Baty, Poemcrazy by Susan Goldsmith Wooldridge and The Elements of Style by William Strunk and E. B. White
Book: 2014 Writer’s Market by Robert Lee Brewer. These come out every year and are also available as an internet subscription.
General books: classics, new releases, biographies about writers
Gift cards: coffee shops, bookstores, office supplies
Specialty teas or coffee. Chocolate.
Jewelry: crystals and stones are popular: chalcedony for writers, amber for self-confidence, amethyst to improve focus and carnelian to stimulate creative energy. Charms or pendants of pens, plumes, typewriters, keyboards, books and just about anything else imaginable. Jewelry made from vintage typewriter keys or other nostalgic items.
Magnetic poetry kits, haiku cubes, word games such as Scrabble
Essential oils: rosemary and peppermint to stimulate the brain. Or what about a massage gift certificate.
Business cards and/or card holder.
A mug warmer for the desk, literary plush dolls, book bags, computer bags, door hangers or quiet signs, candles, book weight (for holding books open), fingerless gloves, shawl, personal fan and small plants (especially rosemary)
Or just make up a gift or “survival” kit or basket with any of the above along with items for the special writer in your life.