Today is December 15th, which may qualify as last minute for some of you but not for me. I have not bought a single present. But that’s okay, because A. my family has very much cut back on the over-the-top gift giving and B. I am a dedicated online shopper.
So as far as I’m concerned, there’s plenty of time for Christmas shopping. And here are some ideas you might want to share with your beloved families or significant others in case they, like me, need some writerly gift ideas. Here goes:
- An online class. James Patterson, famous (infamous?) as the most best-selling author of all time, has a class on novel writing that is actually pretty good, especially for the first-time novelist. (The lovely folks at Master Class gave me a copy of the class and I’ve not made it all the way through, but I have watched some.) It is worth checking out, and you can see a video preview right here. (Also, this is where you should envision a cool photo of Patterson surrounded by all his books. For some reason, it is not coming through when I publish. Weird.)
- How about springing for Scrivener? I have so far not mastered the software enough to claim myself as a fan but so many other writers love it so much that I have to include it. You may covet it for yourself, or know another writer who longs for it.
- You can’t go wrong with a book. Duh. They are my favorite things to give and to get. Run to your local independent bookseller and buy up a batch, or if you find yourself stranded on a desert island, did you know you can gift Ebooks on Amazon? It’s kind of cool.
- Office supplies. Never met a writer yet who didn’t love them as much as I do. Spirals, pens, fancy journals, plain journals, binders, notebook paper. I’d be thrilled with a gift certificate that would allow me to run wild at Office Depot. (One of the best things about my grandchildren is that they both love sitting in my office playing with post-it notes, pens, paper clips and other odd bits.)
- Speaking of pens, how about a lovely fountain pen? Levenger, the more upscale version of Office Depot (by far) has some lovely ones. There’s just something about writing with a fountain pen that can’t be beat.
- How about a coaching package? Really, there’s no better way to jump start your writing and if 2016 is the year you vow to really get it going, this would be a wonderful thing to put on your list. My prices are going up January 1st, so tell Santa to buy a package now and you can use the sessions any time.
- A tablet to read on. I have a long, tortuous history of trying to find the perfect tablet to read Ebooks on, starting with the
cheapestmost basic version of the Kindle, moving through the mini Ipad and the Surface and even a freebie Dell that I bought with my computer last summer (I love my computer but the tablet was a piece of you-know-what). So now I have my eye on the $50 Amazon Fire tablet. At that price-point, you might put it on your list, too.
- A stand-up desk. I got this nifty number from Target early last year and I’m working very hard at taking my computer to it part of every hour. Which reminds me, its about time to do that. I couldn’t find the Target link, but it is worth looking for, because I got it very inexpensively there, with free shipping. If you Google stand-up desks, you’ll find a ton of options.
- Coloring books. Yeah, they are all the thing right now, but with good reason because they are stress-relievers. I also think they are excellent for brief breaks from writing, for when you need to think. I like this one, for knitters, because I am one, or this line, too.
- And finally….the grandest present of them all. How about the gift of time and knowledge? Ask for the tuition to our writing retreat in France. We have only a couple spots left, people, so now is the time to decide! We will be in my most favorite town of them all, Ceret. See you there!
Okay, so those are my ideas. What’s on your list? Please share any and all ideas in the comments.