- by Nancy Cohen
What should you buy for the writer on your gift list? Some of these items are no brainers. Others are generic, and still others apply to the individual. But here are some cost-effective ideas that may appeal to all in no particular order. The best way to get a wish list: Ask. Or go look at their desk if you have access and see what they collect or use the most.
Some of the more interesting gifts I’ve gotten have come from my writer pals or my kids, like the jar labeled Writer’s Remedy that holds little squares with different words for inspiration, or the figure holding a hammer to his computer with a plaque that says #1 Author & Mom, or the coffee mug with my book title. Be imaginative, or be simple. Whatever you give will be appreciated.
1. Books and DVDs on their Wish List.
2. Gift Cards to Barnes & Noble or Borders, Starbucks, Office Depot, iTunes if appropriate
3. Office Supplies: highlighters, ultra-fine Sharpie pens, a good quality ballpoint pen, a stapler, a desk calculator, paper clips, rubber bands, pads of paper. You name it, we can use it.
4. Personalized notepads and Post-its. Great for scribbling notes to fans.
5. Cute desk accessories like Brighton pens and clocks or a Koziol magnetic paper clip holder.
6. Scented Candles. Scents can soothe or energize.
7. Body lotions, hand cream, scented soaps. If we smell good, we feel good.
8. A gift certificate to a day spa. A manicure or massage can go a long way toward relaxation.
9. USB Flash Drive. We can use several as backup to keep in different locations.
10. Chocolates and Wine. You can never go wrong here. My favorite place to order food gifts is http://www.winecountrygiftbaskets.com They have a selection of everything and their prices are reasonable.
What else would you add to this list?