20 Gifts For Writers Under $20 – 2014 Edition

As a follow up to my super popular 2014 post, I’ve dusted off some of my favorites and added some new treasures to find.

If you’re anything like me, I always get the best shopping ideas from the gift buying lists! Here’s a list of gifts for writers that that are sure to thrill any writer on your list. Or maybe you’ll pick up a gift or two for yourself!

With the exception of my HIGHLY recommended leather journal, all items on this list are $25 or less!

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D’Vyne Wrytes Leather Journal

120914-dvynwrytesI thought long and hard about suggesting a blank journal for the writer in your life. Frankly, we all have something that is “the perfect journal” and I always get a little cranky when I get a journal that doesn’t match that ideal. But Leslie’s stuff is just fantastic and I can’t recommend it enough. I have three or four of her journals!

This isn’t under $25 BUT it is 100% worth the investment!


Stephen King’s On Writing: 10th Anniversary Edition: A Memoir of the Craft

I have a much loved, much dog eared version of the original. Even if you don’t like King’s terrifying stories, he offers fantastic insights into writing novels that can be applied to any type of writing.


Writer’s Block Mug


Writer’s Block: when your imaginary friends stop talking to you
Because writers drink copious amounts of booze! (I mean coffee!)


Offer up your writer her favorite brand of liquid brains and watch her eyes light up! Suggestions include:

  • Baileys (any flavor!)
  • Jack Daniels Honey Whiskey
  • Fat Tire Beer
  • Hard apple cider (my 2014 drink of choice!)

Writer’s Unwinding Cocktail, aka Caramel Apple Tinis

– Green apple vodka
– Baileys® Caramel
– Green apple slice (garnish)

You know how a shot measuring cup has a big side and a little side? You’ll use both sides for this recipe. 1 “big” shot (1 ounce) Baileys® Caramel. 1 “little” shot (0.5 ounce) green apple vodka. Stir gently.

If you are using a traditional shot glass without a measure marks, the ratio is 1 to 0.5 Baileys® to vodka.

Garnish with a green apple slice if you have it.

I mix up a batch of this and keep it chilled until I’m ready to drink it. I even have tiny plastic bottles that each hold two drink’s worth. As long as the 1 to 0.5 ratio of Baileys® to vodka, everything tastes wonderful.

My only dislike of this recipe is that it’s too yummy! It’s really easy to go overboard on it!

From Camp Cooking 101: 101 Fun & Easy Recipes from The Outdoor Princess

Magnetic Poetry Kit

Do me a favor, buy several different word kits! A great gift is to include these with a cookie sheet (double check the magnets stick) so your fav writer doesn’t even have to leave the desk!


Paper Clip Earrings

Hey, it’s better than putting REAL paper clips in your ears! Plus, these just look classy!


Pencil & Sharpener Earrings


These are also available in green! They’re funny and so perfect for the writer in your life!



Okay, okay MOST authors will probably already own Scrabble! Except for me. I use my parent’s board which is older than I am. Soooooo, if you’re looking for a gift for me, get me Scrabble! Or travel Scrabble. But not ‘Words with Friends’ — that’s cheating. (Speaking of cheating, I cheat at Scrabble. shhhhh – don’t tell!)


William Shakespeare Air Freshener

An air freshener by any other name would not smell as sweet as one decorated with the image of the immortal bard.


Writer’s Block

You know I’m always saying that I don’t believe in writer’s block… Well THIS is proof it exists!


Pencil Eraser Hats

I love the idea of “stocking stuffers.” Pair these with some #2 pencils and a nice sharpener and you’ve got it made!


A gift card for a massage

After spending hours at the computer, a massage is great! But don’t get a $25 gift card. Go whole hog and spring for a gift card worth a few massages.

By the way, I’d recommend your writer’s favorite masseuse rather than a “big box” massage place. But this is the image I could get. And if it were ME — I’d love a massage even if it was a home made coupon good for a shoulder rub from my honey!


Edgar Allan Poe Action Figure

Never more would you get stumped writing an article or scene. Just ask Mr. Allan what the Raven would say and you’re on your way! And, let’s face it, he’d look cool on your desk!


Novelty Flash Drive

These are food but there are HUNDREDS of possibilities out there! My favorite is my Angry Birds flash drive. Makes me giggle with every file transfer!


Pencil Socks

Keep your toes warm and keep the ideas flowing! Frankly I’d love to wear these to my next conference and watch the giggles roll in. Only for SERIOUS writers who can handle all the #2 fun!


Fancy Paper Clips

We all have a deep love of office supplies. But we probably won’t buy for ourselves. I just love going down the office supply aisle and breathing in all the organized, idea-filled air!

Jane Austin Temporary Tattoos

Not interested in temporary tattoos? You can also get bandages! I’m not a huge fan of Ms. Austin myself (don’t get me wrong, she’s okay) but the idea of sporting a Jane Austin tattoo (or bandage on my paper cut) is just beyond cool!


Writer Pendant

A way to subtly announce who you are! I also love how it just reaffirms that YES, I am a writer! Frankly, if I opened a little box under the tree with this in it, I’d put it on and never take it off!


The Complete Book of Baby Names

I got my book of baby names in high school. THEN I had to explain why I had it! For characters, people! But a lot of writers won’t invest in this themselves and it’s a great resource!


Subscription to Writer’s Digest

There are only a few magazines for writers out there. Hand’s DOWN this is my favorite! When I was in high school and college, my aunt renewed my subscription every year for Christmas!

And Lucky #21!

Buy Their Book!

As an author, most of the time my sales do not come from my friends and family. Be a peach and buy their book and then leave a positive review. If the book isn’t your cup of tea, buy it anyway and give it to someone or donate it to your local library. Actually PURCHASING their book is a huge show of support — even if you never read it!


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