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Great Gifts for Writers

journals for writers
Looking for the perfect gift for a writer?

Are you looking for a meaningful and inspiring gift for a writer? Or wondering what to put on your wish list? Here are a few of my favorites that support local artists, crafters and entrepreneurs.

Handmade journals from Blue Toad on Etsy.

1.I love to give journals. I found some lovely handmade ones on etsy. Blue Toad has some especially inspiring ones for $15-27.

I own a pair of these lovely book earrings and always receive compliments when I wear them.

2. Consider handmade “book” jewelry from Chena River Marblers. Their exquisite marbelized book covers adorn real blank books in their book pins, tie tacks and larger earrings. I’ve given these as gifts and worn them to writing conferences–they always get compliments. Caution: You made need more than one to match different outfits! $12 – $28

burled wood pens
A pen is the perfect gift for an author whose book is just coming out.

3. When my first book came out, my co-author gave me a beautiful pen made with burled wood from Vermont. I’ve followed in Jane’s tradition. Here are some beautiful wood pens I found online. Prices start at $52 and go up from there.


4. Check out these daschund bookends on Etsy only $25.

Help someone on your list get their book started--and help them make it great.

5. Know someone with a book in them they can’t seem to get out? If it’s a how-to, self-help book or memoir, give them Quick Start to Kick Start Your Book. It will walk them step-by-step through all those early decisions that make a book successful and help them clarify concept, tone, features, content, audience, structure and more. $97 for self study course (includes workbook and CD).

6. Last year, several clients asked if they could purchase a gift certificate for a consultation with me. Of course! $175 for a half hour and $350/hr. Buy 3 and get 1 free. (Yes, you can purchase for yourself).

7. Write them a poem or mini-book and put it together yourself. Here’s a great video on making  a small booklet in 5 minutes. You can use it for your poem or short book. Cost: $0-$5 (cost of fancier paper).

I’ll be reviewing some fun books for writers later this week, so e-mail me any favorite books for writers if you want me to include them in that post.

I’d love to hear what you’re giving to the writers on your list (or anything special you’ve received over the years. Add your ideas below.

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Lisa Tener

Lisa Tener is an award-winning book writing coach who assists writers in all aspects of the writing process—from writing a book proposal and getting published to finding one’s creative voice. Her clients have appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, CBS Early Show, The Montel Williams Show, CNN, Fox News, New Morning and much more. They blog on sites like The Huffington Post, Psychology Today and WebMD.

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