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We know, poets can be as difficult to understand as the poetry they write at times! What on earth do you buy someone who spends most of their time scribbling away secret lines in a notebook, without just resorting to buying them a boring old notebook itself?
If you’ve been madly searching around for special gifts for poets, you’re in the right place. Each of the gifts that we have included in this list are so thoughtful that you just might end up being the subject of their next poem!
Unique Gifts For Poets
1. Poetry Tiles – 832 Essential Word Magnets Starter Kit
- Fully-loaded with 797 tiles. Far more words for your buck than other refrigerator poetry sets. Contains heaps of English's most common words and lots of helpful connecting words so your creativity...
These poetry tiles are a super thoughtful gift for a poet. They can be used to combat writer’s block. I find that placing unexpected words together can produce some unexpectedly great poetry!
They’re also just great fun to use on the kitchen fridge or in a poetry game. With almost 800 tiles, the creative possibilities are basically endless. My roommate also likes to leave me little notes reminding me of what flat chores need doing which is nice…
Just don’t forget to make sure that your recipient has a magnetic fridge, or buy a cheap magnetic whiteboard, before ordering these poetry tile magnets.
2. Minnaloushe Necklace
William Butler Yeats’ famous poem “The cat and the moon” follows the black cat Minnaloushe creeping and staring at the compelling light of the moon. Yeats was an Irish poet and one of the most influential writers in the 20th Century, so true literature buffs will get a real kick out of this stunning necklace.
It’s also got a cute witchy vibe that will appeal to any poet with alternative or gothic style, with its chain necklace design, Swarovski crystals, and black pewter. The Minnaloushe Necklace is a niche gift for poets, but one that will truly make them stand out from the crowd.
3. The Penguin Anthology of Twentieth-Century American Poetry
It is true that without reading as much poetry as possible, it is very difficult for a poet to write.
This impressive volume contains a wide-ranging selection of poems from 20th Century American greats. The chances are that the poet in your life is writing poetry that is heavily influenced and inspired by the poetry in this volume and will really appreciate this book!
With almost 700 pages, there is a lot to learn from The Penguin Anthology of Twentieth-Century American Poetry and any poet is going to be kept occupied for a good while!
4. 10 Things I Hate About You Mug
Who can forget the heartbreaking scene in 10 Things I Hate About You when Kat stands crying and reading her poem that she wrote after Patrick broke her heart? While it was a wildly successful romantic comedy in its own right, many people don’t know that it was based on Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew.
The writers took the famous play and modernized it, making it accessible and entertaining for all young people. The 10 Things I Hate About You Mug pays homage to the movie and to Shakespeare himself. That’s not to mention, it can fuel a poet’s coffee addiction!
5. How to Write Poetry: A Guided Journal with Prompts to Ignite Your Imagination
- Salerno, Christopher (Author)
This book provides the perfect guide to writing poetry. At the same time as delivering poetry lessons, it allows the reader to act on the advice immediately in the journal.
It is suited to a range of skill-sets and contains plenty of examples from the great poets of the past. Buying this gift for a poet in your life will show your support for their craft and provide some (possibly) much needed encouragement for them to keep writing poems!
How to Write Poetry is beautifully designed with unique illustrations and it creates a wonderful place for creative reflection.
6. Edgar Allen Poe Word Cloud Throw Blanket
We all need a cozy blanket to get us through the fall and winter, and there’s nothing better for a poet than a poetry-themed throw. Poets don’t often see their passion represented in home decor so they will delight at this blanket covered in famous quotes from the master of macabre.
It’s made from polyester fleece that is warm and snuggly for those cold nights, in 3 different sizes to fit any bed. The Edgar Allen Poe Word Cloud Throw Blanket hits the sweet spot of niche decor done tastefully, making it a great gift for poets of all personalities.
7. Kate Spade New York Black Ink Ballpoint Pen with Stylus Tip
- Metal ballpoint pen has a dual end - one side is a stylus and one is a black ink pen. The pen tip end has a twist open/close so that there's no cap to lose!
Boring stationery leads to boring poetry, right? Ok maybe not exactly. I’m pretty sure Shakespeare didn’t write with a pink glittery pen… but having things around you that inspire you definitely helps with any creative process!
The poet in your life will really appreciate this beautiful pen and the packaging and storage pouch are just as wonderful. It even comes with an in-built stylus which is great for quickly transferring between working on an iPad and a notebook.
Though it is a little expensive, this, of course, comes down to the designer brand and the high quality of the pen. This stylish Kate Spade pen would also make an ideal gift for a writer.
8. Dead Poets Society Tapestry
Like many of you, I’m guilty of crying in that famous scene in the Dead Poets Society when all the students climb onto their desks. The movie impresses the importance of education and of the written word in general, which has inspired many aspiring poets to pick up the pen and just start writing.
Fans of the famous movie will love this tapestry that displays one of the movie’s most famous quotes in an attractive blue script. The Dead Poets Society Tapestry is made from durable polyester and available in 3 different sizes, making it a great addition to any poet’s wall.
9. Himalayan Salt Lamp 6-8”
- 100% Pure & Natural: Expertly hand-carved from authentic Himalayan Salt found only in Pakistan. Each and every lamp has a unique and distinctive shape, approximately 6-8” tall and 4-7 lb in weight.
This Himalayan salt lamp is amazing for creating that atmosphere conducive to writing good poetry. Forget candles and fairy lights, this is a really unique and thoughtful gift that will help any poet ease into the early hours of the morning writing!
The brightness is adjustable and the lamp has even been associated with higher levels of relaxation and lower levels of stress.
Above all, even if it doesn’t eradicate every bit of stress ever or cause a poet to write a bestselling book of poetry, this salt lamp looks great and enhances a room! Inspiring settings allow for great poetry.
10. Poe’s Raven Skull
When you first hear the word “poetry”, your mind usually goes automatically to love poems and flowery words about nature. However, fans of Edgar Allen Poe can appreciate the dark and terrifying side of poetry which can chill a reader to the bones.
Poe fans will love this spooky ornament based on one of his most favorite poems The Raven, with a stack of books topped by a human skull and menacing raven. Poe’s Raven Skull is hand painted and is a perfect gift that any poet will love to display on their writing desk.
11. Take the Mic (A Poetry Speaks Experience)
Written by Marc Smith, who founded the Slam Poetry movement, this book makes a great gift both for poets who are already experienced in spoken word/performance poetry or poets who might not have considered it.
For those who are interested in spoken poetry already, the book contains great backstage advice and even details about the logistics of organizing slam poetry events.
For poets who might not have thought about performing their poetry, this is a great and really inspiring book about the power behind spoken word! I found that Take the Mic completely changed the way I write poetry.
12. Poetry Classic T-Shirt
Poets tend to be introverted and keep to themselves, so it could take months or even years to find out about their writing passion. However, once you get them started, they’ll talk your ear off about rhyming, rhythm, and metaphors until the cows come home.
This attractive and subtle t-shirt allows poets to show off their passion and meet fellow poetry enthusiasts, without being tacky. The Poetry Classic T-Shirt is available in 17 different block colors with a simple plea: “Please, read poetry”.
13. USB Gaming Microphone with Tripod Stand & Pop Filter
- Plug and Play: With a USB 2.0 data port, the TC-777 is plug and play, no any additional driver is required. Ideal for conference, distance learning, streaming, chatting, podcasting, recording, Zoom,...
If the poet you are buying for is already involved in spoken word poetry, buying them a microphone could enable them to take the next step and start recording their poems to post online.
This is a high quality yet relatively inexpensive PC microphone that connects to most computers and laptops and is really easy to use.
I recently bought this for my friend who has now developed a successful performance poetry YouTube channel and loves to shut herself away and read her poetry aloud. Next thing I know, she’ll be having rap battles on the internet!
14. Handmade Glass Floral Fountain Pen
Every poet secretly dreams about owning a fountain pen. There’s something super romantic about the idea of ink flowing across the page and many poets argue that it makes their poetry sound better.
This gorgeous fountain pen is made from hand blown glass with a floral design in a choice of 5 different colors. It comes equipped with ink and is ready to use immediately, whether you’re looking to do fancy calligraphy or pen a romantic poem. The Handmade Glass Floral Fountain Pen has just the right mix of classy and whimsical, with a healthy dose of inspiration, and is also a lovely gift idea for calligraphers.
15. “Write It On Your Heart”- Ralph Waldo Emerson Poem Page Print- 8 x 10″ Poetic Wall Art.
- PRINTS FOR WALL DECOR - Photo prints for bedroom, kitchen, living room, office.
If there’s one thing that can be said for all poets, it’s that they are hugely sentimental. Gifting them with a poem that they can display on their wall is very likely to be something they remember for a long time!
This poem is not only beautiful looking- with its distressed vintage look- but a wonderful poem that is a great reminder of the power of writing. Any poet would love to hang this poem wall art up on their wall!
This is a fairly inexpensive gift too. Just remember to buy a frame as one is not included.
16. Wicksly Subscription Box
Ambiance is super important for writing great poetry and there’s nothing better than burning a candle. It’s the perfect combination of romantic lighting and delicious smells, which is sure to get the creative juices flowing.
This is where Wicksly comes in, with a new candle every month. However, these aren’t only regular candles, and are pure luxury, with hand poured soy and delicious fragrance oils. Each candle can burn for 40 hours, allowing poets to work late into the night with the Wicksly Subscription Box.
17. The Complete Rhyming Dictionary: Including The Poet’s Craft Book
This rhyming dictionary is so great when writing poetry and yet so many poets don’t even know it exists! Trust me when I say that this is possibly the most useful tool you can have to hand as a poet.
There are so many times when a word has been on the tip of my tongue and then looking it up in here has enabled me to complete my poem.
The Complete Rhyming Dictionary is easy to use and contains a ridiculous amount of words. This is a really practical and yet thoughtful gift.
18. Postmark’d Studio Box
Poets’ minds are always overflowing with verses that they can’t wait to share with their friends, family, or lovers. There’s nothing more romantic than sending a love-inspired poem in the mail to your sweetheart, but poets need beautiful stationery to match the strength of their words.
The Postmark’d Studio Box delivers a monthly shipment of cards, stamps, and other stationery that is designed to make letters more special. Each month follows a particular theme and all items are of a high quality, allowing poets to express their care on paper that is worthy of their verses.
The Best Gifts for Poets!
So there you have it… the whole thing doesn’t seem quite so mysterious now, does it? From the more practical to the more sentimental and tear-worthy gifts, each of these present options will delight any poet and hopefully inspire them to continue writing poetry for years… Basically, this list is sure to take the stress away from the process of looking for gifts for poets!
And what’s more, you might even find yourself tempted to buy a couple of these items for yourself. Anyone up for a game of fridge poetry?
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