Best Gifts for Writers (16 Thoughtful & Unique Ideas)

You’re probably here because you’ve been through pages and pages of Google trying to find a gift for someone who fills pages upon pages writing.

And sure, you might be thinking, you could get a really pretty notebook or another mug like last year but that just doesn’t seem very original….

Trust me when I say that any writer you know will have received a thousand notebooks as gifts through the years. When you want to think of something really unique, this list of thoughtful gifts for writers will be of great use!

16 Unique Gifts for Writers

1. Dixit

Dixit is the ultimate board game for writers. If you’ve never heard of it, the premise of the game is that players have to convince each other that their way of telling a story is the best.

Dixit is an addictive game, as well as an award-winning one, and each aspect of it is so beautifully designed it is sure to inspire any writer, as well as bringing out their competitive side!

It is best played with 4 or more people but it’s a relatively easy game to play so the recipient should have no problem persuading others to play with them.

2. WRITE Inspirational Writers Necklace

Everyone knows that the worst thing about being a writer is writer’s block. Any writer in your life will definitely have complained about this to you more than once!

If you want a gift that shows a writer some encouragement, this necklace is a great option. With a pretty and simple design- simply engraved with “write”- it provides a constant reminder of the need to persevere with writing.

The typewriter charm is really intricate and the overall design looks to be worth a lot more than its reasonable price tag.

3. Writer Emergency Pack

If you are looking to gift a more practical solution to the problem of writer’s block, this writer’s emergency pack will do the job perfectly.

With 26 nicely illustrated cards that give out-of-the-box, creative tips, this writer’s gift will get them unstuck and into writing their latest project.

Unlike similar items, which often say really cryptic things like “write something you don’t know already,” I find the prompts on these cards to be less abstract and easy to get right into! They are also a great size so easy to take on any trip.

4. On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

As books for writers go, this is basically the bible. There are so many books out there that claim to be the ultimate guide to creating a novel, but if you want to buy a gift for a writer that is really going to help them in their writing process, this is the one.

This book is part memoir and part writing guide and contains a lot of invaluable advice.

Even my Dad, who is in no way a writer, read this book and now thinks he could give writing a novel a go!

5. Dragon Home 15.0

You probably won’t have even considered this as a gift for a writer but it’s an amazing, though expensive, idea.

This software allows writers to document their thoughts as quickly as they can speak them aloud which means cutting down the time taken to write.

As a writer, I can tell you how great this software is because it captures those ideas that go as quickly as they came! It’s quick software that is really easy to use and to download.

At just under $120, this certainly won’t suit every budget but it’s definitely a thoughtful idea!

6. Writer’s Block Journal

Okay, we know we said no diaries/journals but this one doesn’t count! This is a really clever and humorous gift idea that appears to be a literal “writer’s block” of wood but actually has pages inside of it.

Though it is a littler smaller than some notepads, it would make a great book for writers to document those little unexpected moments of inspiration.

The wood looks great quality and is really sturdy too which means it can be bundled in a bag and taken anywhere without being damaged at all.

7. Waterman Graduate Chrome Fountain Pen, Fine Nib, Blue Ink

There is no writer I know that doesn’t nerd out over a good fountain pen and this pen is one of the best quality in its price range since it flows really smoothly and is easy to hold.

Sometimes all that is needed to get inspired to write again is the feeling of a new pen on paper!

Writing with a fountain pen is a special experience and a great reminder of the writers of the past. This pen comes in a beautiful box and makes a really thoughtful gift to suit any writer.

8. Ernest Hemingway Inspirational Quote Pen

On a related note, this Hemmingway engraved pen is sure to provide writing motivation to anyone!

I love this pen and find using it enables me to write some of my best ideas, largely because it is really comfortable to use for long periods of time. The ink cartridge tends to last a long time too but is easy to replace, meaning you’ll never experience that annoying feeling of your pen running out mid-sentence!

What’s more, this pen is both designed and packaged really nicely which makes it a lovely looking gift for any writer.

9. Pencil Case Holder Slot

If the writer you know is anything like the ones I know, they’re going to have pens and pencils coming out of their ears.

This beautifully designed pencil case engraved with the inspirational phrase- “wanna be a dreammaker” would make a lovely present. There’s a stereotype about writers, that in my experience has proved true, that they are disorganized… Well, not anymore!

Though it isn’t the most compact of pencil cases, it is an ideal gift for any writer who illustrates their own work as it has so much room for coloring pencils.

10. Ghost Story Dice

This is an ideal gift for any younger writers you may know, or for writers who have younger families to play the game with.

This is a game that takes storytelling back to basics and allows you to create adventures and mysteries out of just a few dice…

The pictures on the dice are great and lead to some really creative stories as well as an unpacking of what it even means to tell a story. They have actually helped me with writers block in the past! Kids will also be excited by the fact that the packaging glows in the dark.

11. Demotivational Posters

If you’re looking for a gift for a writer who doesn’t really enjoy the motivational quotes, this is a great idea for a funny gift that they could hang up on their office wall.

Each of these posters features a clichéd motivational quote that has been turned into something that is exactly the opposite of motivational.

I definitely know a few writers with a dry sense of humor who actually find that these types of quotes keep them sane during the long hours at their desk writing. Remember to buy a couple of frames if you order this, though.

12. The Writer’s Map: An Atlas of Imaginary Lands

There are many people who believe that in order to write, a writer must go on an adventure… but that isn’t much help when you are trying to buy them a present, is it? It’s hardly like you can afford a trip to the Bahamas.

This writer’s map, created by Huw Lewis Jones, is the ideal solution- a cheap and virtual adventure that takes its reader on a journey through lands traveled by authors throughout history.

It is full of incredible illustrations and will definitely help a writer to visualize the world they create in their next novel!

13. Novel Teas – Modern American Classics

It’s a well known fact that most writers live off tea. I mean take it from me, I can go for a whole day without eating to finish my latest project, but no tea? Forget it.

This collection of individually wrapped tea bags with quotes from the American literary greats attached to each one is so lovely. The box is uniquely designed and makes for an inexpensive but thoughtful present for a writer.

You could even go one step further and make them a box full of treats to eat and drink while writing.  

14. Active Noise Cancelling Headphones, LETSCOM Bluetooth Headphones

The chances are if you know a writer, especially if you live with one, that you’ve been shouted at on more than one occasion for interrupting their writing.

Getting into the flow of writing is hard and that’s why these noise cancelling headphones are a really thoughtful gift!

Your recipient can put the headphones on and listen to their writing playlist or a podcast without hearing a thing from the outside world.

These are really great quality and significantly cheaper than other similar options. They also come in three really attractive colors.

15. Laptop Desk for Bed, TaoTronics Lap Desks Bed Trays

The thing with writing is you never know when the inspiration is going to strike.

If you’re in bed at 2 am about to sleep, it’s a huge pain to get up and go and sit at your desk!

This laptop table can be used in bed, or in any comfortable place, and is a great gift for writers everywhere.

It’s even big enough that you can put snacks on it as well without the crumbs getting all over your bed.  It is a bit more expensive, however, at just under $70.

16. BUTUZE 32 Pieces Hand Bookbinding Tools, Bookbinding Kit for Beginners

There’s nothing more satisfying, for a writer, than seeing their work in its finished form and yet, without a publishing deal, this is something that rarely happens.

This beginner’s bookbinding kit makes an amazing gift as it allows writers to easily craft their work into something more solid.

It takes a bit of getting used to at first but then it is quick and easy to do!

The supplies last a good while but setting a writer up with the skills to bind books is something they will enjoy for a lifetime.

Thoughtful Gifts for Any Writer

From the quirky to the frankly essential, every one of these 16 gifts for writers are sure to help them beat writer’s block and allow them to simply enjoy the process of writing. There is no need to add another mug to their ever-increasing collection or to cause another tree to be cut down for yet another notebook!

These unique and thoughtful gifts are sure to make any writer happy … and, hey, you just might know the next J.K. Rowling so it’s best to stay on their good side!