All hail the corporate money grab that is Valentine’s Day!
Don’t get me wrong. I love the idea of Valentine’s Day. I love spending time thinking of something special to give to a significant other, or figuring out ways of showing appreciation. Having a day for this is a great reminder of something we should be doing all the time.
If your someone special happens to be an author, here are five thoughtful and fairly inexpensive gift ideas of things they will love.
Sitting still and working at a computer for hours on end often means cold hands and feet. These cute writing gloves add an extra layer of warmth and charm. Choose from several different writing samples. I have the Pride and Prejudice set and may or may not have my eyes on the Little Prince set.
Yes, I know that a phone can do it. But, even with the best of intentions, a phone can be very distracting and unsafe to use while driving. A digital recording device eliminates all the guess work and in most cases it’s as easy as 1) push the easy-to-find button and 2) start talking. I don’t have one of these yet, but I have my eye on this one:
- Digital Voice Recorder Voice Activated Recorder for Lectures, Meetings, Interviews Aomago 8GB Audio Recorder Mini Portable Tape Dictaphone with Playback, USB, MP3
Distraction free writing keyboard
I’ll admit, this is one of my favorite little toys because it’s fun and easy to use. You can bring it anywhere, the battery lasts for months, and it’s easy to transfer text to a computer. I’ve used mine for taking notes at conferences, writing chapters for NaNoWriMo, and drafting blog posts on the go. Note, this particular model is pretty old school and the listings you will find will be refurbished items.
Snarky Writing Themed T-shirt
Every writer needs at least one funny writing t-shirt. I have two. One reads “Hyperbole: the best thing ever” and the other “Authors, always making a scene.” There are hundreds to choose from, but here are a few I found especially amusing:
- I Make Stuff Up Funny Writers Novelist Story Tellers T-Shirt
- Careful Or You’ll End Up In My Novel T-Shirt Funny Gift T-Shirt
- I Write, Stuff Happens, The End – Gift for Writers, Authors T-Shirt
Book inspired chocolates and treats
Treats and writing go hand-in-hand. A thoughtful gift could simply be a collection of the goodies the author in your life enjoys. I love Jelly Belly jelly beans, sugar wafers, and cheetos. But, if you want to ramp it up a notch, here are a few other awesome options:
- DA CHOCOLATE Cute Candy WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE QUOTES Chocolate Gift Set 5x5in 1 box
- House of Dorchester Salted Caramel Truffles. Stylish Soft Touch Book Box containing 6 Salted Caramel Truffles.
- Basilur Gift Tea Set “Tea Book # 3”
If all else fails …
If you’re still stuck, there’s always a gift card. I know for certain that your author has a stack of books on their “I really want this” list. A gift card lets them pick the perfect one that they want right in the moment, or wait until their next favorite juicy title comes out.
I hope these ideas were helpful for you! If you have any other amazing gift ideas, please share them in the comments. I’m always looking for cool new things to try.
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