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Holiday Gift Ideas for Writers

It’s the giving season, which means there might be a writer on your list. Or maybe you’re that lucky writer on someone else’s list! Either way, here are some great gift ideas for writers:

A gift certificate to your local independent bookstore. Good writers are wide readers. Plus, you support a local business! It’s a win-win.

A subscription to With so much going on in the world, it’s easy to become distracted by our various news and social media feeds. Freedom gives you exactly that: freedom from distraction, so you can write.

Any and all of our NC-based small presses will be happy to sell you a book or two by their authors, direct from their website.

Know somebody who could use some help planning a book? Plottr and Scrivener offer effective and affordable software.

A subscription to an NC-based literary journal. From The Greensboro Review (est. 1966) to Variant Literary Journal (est. 2019), NC literary journals come in all shapes and sizes (see: Inch).

For that writer who spends a lot of time driving or cleaning etc., audiobooks are a great way to go. Subscriptions start around $16 a month on Audible, which is quite the steal when you consider most books run 10 hours or more….

Short on cash? You can give the gift of time. (This is what all writers really want more of anyway!) Does that writer in your life have kids? Offer to babysit. Do you live with the writer? Offer to do their chores for a weekend. Got a friend with a beach house? Ask that friend if you can send your writer there free during the off-season for a DIY writer’s retreat.

Love books? So does Lithographs. Puzzles, posters, shower curtains, and much, much more, all made by words from cherished literary works forming striking, unforgettable images.

If the medium is the message, maybe that old-school writer on your list would appreciate a real-life journal from Moglea. Or maybe an old-school fountain pen from the Carolina Pen Company; a kind of promise for when the gift recipient has copies of their own book to sign.

A gift membership to the North Carolina Writers’ Network. For someone hoping to improve their writing craft, joining a 1,400+ member organization that offers programs and resources for writers of all levels and experiences is a great place to start.

Happy holidays!