6 Gifts for the Writer or Reader in Your Life

January 18, 2023

If you know a writer who’s looking for some tools to support their work - and don’t want to get them another journal - here are 6 gifts for folks who love storytelling, reading, and self-reflection. From productivity tools to guided journals, there’s something for everyone.

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One Line a Day Journal: It’s hard to see how much you’ve changed without a way to reflect on past versions of yourself. With a one line a day journal, you can write a few sentences for each day over the course of multiple years. This is a great gift for someone who’s chronicling adventures of travel and change, or is simply a different season of life over the course of five years. And if your gift recipient prefers to receive prompts to guide their writing process, there are journals with guiding questions for every day.

Buy now ($17): One Line a Day Journal (Amazon)

Link: https://amzn.to/3Xe1nw5

Book Club Candle: If you’re getting a gift for a writer, chances are that they’re also a reader, or just love cozying up with a good candle. This one has notes of orange, nutmeg, cinnamon, and vanilla and is made with soy wax. If you’re looking for a different scent, the brand Homesick has scents for everything from Bonfire Nights to Apple Orchard

Buy now ($38): Book Club Candle

Link: https://amzn.to/3QDrpqF

Timer for Productivity and Writing Sprints: If you’re looking for a gift for someone who’s still developing their writing craft and needs a tool to help them manage their time during bursts of writing activity. It’s also great for anyone who wants to improve their time management.

Buy now ($20): Timer (Amazon)

Link: https://amzn.to/3vIvOyR

Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott: This book has been loved by writers for 25 years and for good reason. It’s a conversational read by Anne Lamott, a writer about what she’s learned along the way. For example, a common writing practice was born out of Anne Lamott’s book, which is the importance of sh*tty first drafts, saying, “All writers have bad first drafts, which is how they come up with good second drafts and terrific third drafts.” You may want to add a highlighter because your gift recipient will probably fill the margins with notes and annotations.

Buy now ($17): Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott (Amazon)

Link: https://amzn.to/3GLQSe4

Better every day journal: From Inside Then Out, this is a great gift for someone who takes things one day at a time and offers 365 prompts about self-love, reflection, and growth. Questions include everything from “What’s something you need to vent about?” to “What are some things you want to say no for?” If you’re giving this as a gift, you can also provide some extra items to help create regular writing practice, like a special pen or these adorable sticky notes from Unicorn Eclipse on Etsy.

Buy now ($40): Better Every Day Journal (Inside Then Out)

Book lover’s journal: If your favorite writer is also a reader, this journal is a great way to take notes from their favorite books and document why they love it. The journal also offers prompts about where you read the book, who you’d recommend it to, and any noteworthy experiences while reading. It also has room to write out books you want to read or have lent or borrowed.

Buy now ($15): Book Lover’s Journal (Amazon)

Link: https://amzn.to/3ZhGGBh

We can’t wait to see what gifts you give to the writers and book lovers in your life!

About the author: Aleenah Ansari (she/her) is equal parts storyteller, creative problem solver, and journalist at heart who's rooted in the stories of people behind products, companies, and initiatives. She writes about travel, entrepreneurship, mental health and wellness, and representation in media for Insider, The Seattle Times, Byrdie, and more. You can usually find her searching for murals, reading a book by a BIPOC author, or planning her next trip to New York. You can learn more at www.aleenahansari.com, or follow her on Instagram at @AleenahAnsari.

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