Finding the perfect birthday gift for someone can be quite a difficult task. You want to get them something they’ll like and use, but you don’t want to get them something boringly practical like the ever-popular Christmas gift of socks. Of course, if you know a little bit about their hobbies, it can be easier to pick something out for them that they’ll really love. We’ll help you out a little bit – here are five great gifts to give to someone who you know likes to write.1. Cafe Gift Certificates
There’s just something about coffee shops that writers like. Maybe it’s the caffeine of the coffee itself or the cool, relaxed atmosphere, but in nearly every cafe you’ll find people with laptops, writing away. See if you can find out what cafe your writer likes the most and get them a gift certificate. Visiting coffee shops all the time can be expensive, and a few days of free drinks are always helpful!
2. Internet Blocking Software
This may seem like a strange gift, but any writer who’s coming up against a deadline will appreciate it. The most popular is one called “Freedom,” which prevents the writer from accessing the Internet unless they turn the program off. This helps minimize distractions – no more popping over to Facebook to see if you have more lives on Candy Crush yet.
3. Nice Notebooks
There’s just something about nice books and notebooks that writers love, and just because they already have shelves and drawers of notebooks doesn’t mean they don’t want more. Consider getting a really nice leather one from places like Jenni Bick Bookbinding or a personalized notebook with their name on the cover.
This may seem like a silly gift at first glance, but it can be very meaningful. First, select a really nice pen. Most writers are pretty broke, so anything they write in pen is probably written with one of a pack of ten from the grocery store. Then, when you give it to them, include on the card that you expect they’ll be using it to sign books some day. This shows that you actually thought about them and their writing when choosing it, rather than just grabbing a random gift.
The female writers in your life probably don’t treat themselves to nice jewelry very often. You don’t have to get them fancy, formal pieces. Instead, choose something with a fun design, like typewriter earrings or a necklace with a tiny book charm. It’s a fun way for them to express themselves and their love of writing.