Winter Blogfest: Top Holiday Gifts for Writers by Susan Sheehey

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Top Holiday Gifts for Writers

Writers tend to be like black sheep. Everyone knows a writer: in the family, a friend, a quirky coworker…we’re everywhere. With the holidays around the corner, here’s a simple guide of various gifts that writers would greatly appreciate, including a few items to avoid. 

Printer paper – Reams of it. Because most writers go through them like water. Or wine. Or chocolate.

Ink – See paper.

Coffee, or Starbucks gift cards – Most writers could probably use this best in an IV, but unless you’re a doctor and can write a prescription for the needles, best stick with the gift cards or beans.

Pens – Something cool, unique, different.

Coffee mugs – Just like pens. Be unique (and something that is dishwasher safe!)

Books – Duh! Bonus points for knowing their favorite genre. But s safe bet would be a gift card to their favorite bookstore.

Comfy Clothes – Bonus points for writing related shirts/sweaters, such as “I’m the PsycHOTic Writer Everyone Warned You About,” or “Grammar Snob,” or “Don’t Piss Me Off, Or I’ll Kill You In My Novel.”

Subscription to Writer’s Digest or Writer’s Journal – precious jewels in the mailbox, that many budget-conscious writers are forced to consider luxuries.

Massage or Spa Day gift card – This forces us out of the house to relax our writing muscles.

Don’t Bother With These:

Thesaurus – Every writer already has one, and every good writer knows not to use it.

Digital Voice Recorder – Every phone has something already on it that works. My phone came with 3 different apps.

Journals – Unless specifically requested, stay away from these! Every writer has a billion of these shoved somewhere in drawers. Plus, it’s a cliché. Writers are supposed to hate clichés.

Hopefully, this list gives you some ideas and starts you off in the right direction. Have a fantastic holiday!

perf5.000x8.000.inddPrince Andre Peralta of Solana spent the last eight years in exile, drowning himself in liquor and gambling in casinos. When his father is assassinated by the Lozano cartel, duty to his tiny island country in the South Pacific trumps his fear and guilt. But he’s next on their hit list and he’s forced to hide on a remote Texas cattle ranch, where he meets strong-willed Gemma Westfall, a fascinating and trigger-happy ranch hand who pushes the limits of his self-control.

Gemma has no patience for liars and gamblers, and something about this visitor crawls up her spine. His penetrating coffee eyes heat up her core, reigniting a dark passion and history she’d buried long ago. But when assassins find Andre and destroy Gemma’s home, vengeance guides both of them into dangerous waters.

About the Author:Susan writes contemporary romance, romantic suspense and women’s fiction. She lives and laughs in Texas with her husband and two sons. She’s a strong advocate for Autism Awareness. Water plays a crucial element in all of her stories, sometimes taking on a character all its own. She’s a French vanilla coffee addict, with the occasional Diet Coke.

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  1. Salisa Waheed says:

    Wow! That’s definitely an eye opening one.

  2. Barbara Stoker says:

    Love the gift
    Thanks for the chance

  3. Great list. Happy New YEar

  4. What a great gift list. Have a wonderful New Year!

  5. A fun and useful list for writers. I especially liked the comfy tops with the writing related sayings.

  6. helpful list

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  7. Great List!! What would you give to a housewife?

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