Holiday gift guide for writers

’Tis the season! Find the perfect holiday gifts for the writers in your life.
By Hillary Casavant | Published: November 18, 2013


For the techie

1_Ipad CaseiPad case
Old-school writers can embrace technology with this vibrant colored iPad case from Fossil. The sturdy cotton canvas protects tablets from drops and coffee spills, while the eye-catching design keeps writers focused on the ultimate writing goal: “The End.” Starts at $15. fossil.com

2_Book ChargerBook charger
Beloved book covers double as charging stations for Apple devices. Rich Neeley Designs repurposes books to create the Booksi collection, and offers a wide selection of authors, including Jane Austen, Robert Louis Stevenson, Suzanne Collins and J. K. Rowling. Request a custom order for a favorite book. Starts at $50. etsy.com

USB  typewriter
The classic writing tool gets a modern upgrade. High-tech writers will relish the clickety-clack of typewriter keys, and the keyboard is compatible with any USB-capable device including computers and iPads. Each typewriter is a reclaimed original with modernized functions. Starts at $799. uncommongoods.com

For her

4_Book ClutchBook clutch
Kate Spade’s designs show a penchant for the bookish. Her most recent collection includes a Tale of Two Cities book clutch in printed cotton twill with a striped lining. The slim bag is the perfect size for business cards and a favorite paperback. Starts at $328. katespade.com

Bookshelf dress
The writing fashionista will love showing off literary prowess with this long-sleeved shirtdress by Tommy Hilfiger. The flattering cut cinches at the waist with an all-over bookshelf print. Side pockets accommodate a favorite mini notebook. Starts at $90. macys.com

Write necklace
Complete the writer’s ensemble with this slender handmade necklace from PianoBenchDesigns. Slip on the sterling silver charm, and break out the pen and paper. Sometimes a shiny little nudge is all it takes to get the writing started. Starts at $36. etsy.com

For little writers

8_Game_BOnce Upon a Time game
Spark a child’s imagination and encourage collaboration with this family-friendly game. Each player has a chance to become the “storyteller,” using his or her cards to weave a unique fairy tale. With beautiful illustrations of princesses, dragons and mystical lands, the cards will inspire every little writer to tell an unforgettable story. Starts at $25. atlas-games.com

tee-thoreau-big_largeHenry David Thoreau t-shirt
Young writers can show off their inner transcendentalist with this clever youth-sized shirt. A historical superhero and philosophical author, Thoreau became deeply attuned with nature during his time on Walden Pond. His mug is a welcome companion for aspiring writers. Starts at $25. mentalfloss.com

Little Librarian kit
Young writers can turn book collections into pint-sized libraries. The Little Librarian kit comes with book pockets, reading awards, library cards and a reading journal to keep track of favorite authors. Creativity, not batteries, required. Starts at $20. mentalfloss.com

For all writers

12_Print_GLiterary art print
Quote-inspired designs from Obvious State Studio bring inspiring authors to the hearths of your writing friends. The elegant black-and-white prints are rich with wit and wisdom, from the poetic musings of E. E. Cummings to the blunt advice of Ernest Hemingway: “Write drunk. Edit sober.” Starts at $24. obviousstate.com

10_Poetry_1Writer’s Remedy
The apothecary is in. Cure writer’s block with this sleek glass bottle containing more than 140 magnetic word tiles. Writing friends can mix and match words to spark new story ideas and prompts. But buyer beware: Writer’s Remedy “may be habit forming.” Starts at $15. magneticpoetry.com

Nanofictionary game
Challenge friends to a battle of stories. Each player builds a collection of story element cards that include setting, characters, action, problem and resolution. Once players are satisfied with the story components, they each have one minute to tell their story with the cards. The player with the best tall tale wins the game. Starts at $15. looneylabs.com