Every Father’s Day or Christmas or birthday I struggle with what to get the men in my life – they can only have so many socks and ties right? Anyway who wants to buy lame gifts that will stay in the drawer unworn until they are eventually re-gifted or thrown out to make room for something the person really wants. So I’ve gathered together all the items, that myself and my writer friends could think off, that any writer would swoon over to bring you the ultimate gift guide for writer dads, uncles, boyfriends or any other writer. I hope this helps you to find something your writer will really love and appreciate.
No more shilly-shallying let’s get straight to the gifts…
Software for Writers
I know this sounds boring but the software below is anything but boring for the writer in your life – believe me, they will be thanking you forever if you get them these tools, which make planning, researching, writing, editing, and formatting a breeze. If your writer is also a blogger, and most are, I’ve also included some great software that will really enhance the blogging life.
Years ago my Aunt had a daughter going off to University and had twins learning to talk and she said how big the learning gap was. Well, for a writer, Scrivener is so advanced that it’s like university where as Word is so behind in every possible way it’s like potty training. There is just no comparison – with Scrivener writing is a pleasure, formatting for ebooks a breeze and research is just dreamy. Your writer will never forget this present and will always thank you for changing their world with this gift. It comes in formats for both Mac and Windows and is cheap in comparison to its far inferior cousin, Word. Check it out here*.
Price Range: Mid Range – $40
This is my favourite tool – by far and it’s so simple and cheap. I’ve always mind mapped (or spider planned as I call it) my mind works at its most creative this way. So when Literature and Latte (the developer of Scrivener – listed above) introduced a fully integrated mind-mapping software I pounced on it. There are loads of mind mapping software’s out there but Scapple’s endless canvas, that you can keep adding and adding to, and easy import function, gets your ideas as notes into Scrivener, wins it for writers. It makes the planning and outlining process dovetail into the writing environment seamlessly. If you’re thinking of getting Scrivener get this as a as well. It’s officially won my fab award – well if I had one, it would be a main contender anyway. Check it out here*.
Price Range: Reasonable – $14.99
My ECover Maker
Most writers will create the artwork for their book covers in flat 2d format – which is what you need to upload to the various book sites but we are then faced with the dilemma of wanting to show our digital work as something more tangible – as a real book, paperback or hardback, and that’s not easy if you’re not a designer. This site is great it enables you to upload your artwork and then output it in a variety of different 3d forms as well as create advertising banners for websites or social media pages. It’s really a god-send and your writer will love it. Check it out here*.
Price Range: $99 per year
I’ve recently purchased this software and I love it – it really helps to develop the characters in a novel (bit-part or key characters alike). Packed inside Persona are archetypal themes—good guys and bad guys. These archetypes are described in detail: personality traits, qualities, flaws, background, occupations, and how they interact with other personalities. Whether the character is a talking dragon or an outcast orphanage owner, Persona helps to explore how each one’s unique psychology and background influence their dealings and dialogue. Persona makes it possible to see what happens if a character becomes corrupt and turns from hero and heroine into villain or villainess. Check it out here.
Price range: $39.95
If your writer also runs a blog, and let’s face it nearly every writer does, then give them the gift of enhanced income with this super tool. A very simple solution to maximise affiliate revenues with little effort on the part of your writer. They link affiliate programmes to keywords and the plugin will automatically update the keywords on the site to become an affiliate (income earning) link. Check it out here*.
Price Range: $37 (single license) or $97 (unlimited license)
A writers lifeblood is their email list – all bloggers depend on their subscribed readers to read, share and promote posts which creates a strong and vibrant community. and writers want to have a list of their readers so they can keep them informed about new books. So any tool that helps grow and nurture that list is a must have. Optin Skin enables the creation, testing and monitoring of optin boxes at the bottom of each post – helping to grow the listing and gain new followers. Check it out here*.
Price Range: Mid Range – $67 (single site) $97 (multiple sites)
Another tool in the battle to win email subscribers. This WordPress plugin will enable your writer/blogger to create amazing squeeze pages that encourage their readers to sign up to the blog’s mailing list. Check it out here*.
Price Range: Mid Range – $49
Most writers have a range of products that they promote or expansive social networks that they create content for. Explaindio is a video creation software that creates “appearingly” hand-drawn, high quality videos very simply. So your writer can create content that really stands out and gets attention – I have it and it’s fabulous and really (and I mean really) simple to use. Check it out here.*
Price Range: Mid Range – $47
OK I know these are large presents (definitely considered purchases) but I guarantee the writer in your life will love you forever if you furnish them with one of these.
WD My Cloud EX2
When your business is based on data it’s always a great idea to have your own secure system. The WD My Cloud EX2 is a super simple (non techie) solution – with this piece of kit your writer can create their very own cloud storage solution to back up all their precious files and data. It will speed up their saving process and provide oodles of room for their future needs. Check it out here*.
Price Range: $330.04 for 4TB up to $615.02+ for 12TB
Microsoft Surface Pro
For the purposes of a writer or blogger the Microsoft Surface so far exceeds the iPad. Hosting the full windows environment and tools (Word, Excel, Powerpoint etc.) it’s like the lightest laptop ever. So for those mobile bloggers who like to leave the house and write in coffee shops it’s a dream – its battery seems endless and it has USB ports so it’s simple to use with other devices or download data (unlike the iPad). With the detachable keyboard/cover and integral kick-stand it turns from a tablet into a fully functioning laptop. It’s a no-brainer for me I wouldn’t be without mine. Check it out here*.
Price Range: $799+ depending on the configuration you choose.
Apple MacBook Air
Some people would give up their arm before they gave up their Macs – if your writer is one of these people then the Apple MacBook Air is the nearest equivalent to my beloved Microsoft Surface in terms of weight, ease of mobility and general all around great writing experience – at least that’s what my Mac obsessed friends tell me . So if Mac rocks your writers’s boat – consider the MacBook Air. Check it out here*.
Price Range – $932.99+ depending on the configuration you choose.
Livescribe Echo Pen
Take the stress out of tests and meetings with an Echo smartpen from Livescribe. Records everything the user hear, say and write, while linking their audio recordings to their notes. Quickly replay audio from their Livescribe paper, a computer, or a mobile device – all with a simple tap on their handwritten notes. It’s never been easier to take notes and stay organized.
Price Range: Large gift – $108.99
IRISNotes 2 Express Digital Pen Scanner for Windows
Great gift idea for a writer – they can write their book by hand and the pen will automatically convert their written word into text on the computer. The pen can store up to 100 pages of text – check it out here*.
Price range: $53.99
Kindle Fire HD
E-readers have transformed the world of reading enabling bibliophiles to carry their entire library in their bags – how unbelievably cool is that! With the Kindle Fire HD that extends our library into our entertainment centre as well. The powerful, full-featured Fire HD tablet has beautiful 7″ HD display, 2x faster quad-core processer, dual speakers with Dolby Audio, and unsurpassed reliability in its class. If your writer doesn’t have one yet then this is a great gift for any writer.
Price Range: Large gift – $119
The Gift of Knowledge – Books
Yep – I know, not an original idea but it’s the content that’s the true gift in these books – hundreds of years of combined expertise is distilled down into these volumes which will guide your writer’s writing, blogging and career. Now that’s a gift indeed, the gift of knowledge.
Elements of Style – Shrunk & White
This book has been haunting me. Everywhere I looked I saw it referred to as the go-to-book on writing and let’s face it all writers can all do with a hand when it comes to writing. It even enjoys a 5 star rating on Amazon from 50 reviews, so I decided to take a punt and give it a go – it definitely deserves the stars. A tiny book with a huge punch. Check it out here.*
Write, Publish Repeat – Sean Platt & Johnny B. Truant
If your writer only reads one book – they should read this one. It’s a total game changer and it’s a great read. The tone of voice is so fresh and conversational that I found myself chuckling at some of the throw away lines. Written by Johnny B Truant and Sean Platt, two parts of the trio behind the Self-Publishing Podcast and prolific writers in their own right, – it’s truly a breath of fresh air – no grandiose promises of immediate success or wealth accumulation – instead a logical step-by-step approach to building a long-term, and hopefully profitable, writing career as an Indie Author. Check it out here.*
On Writing – Stephen King
Although I am not a Stephen King fan I found this book full of useful insights and it’s interesting to see the path he took to world-wide success. Check it out here.*
Sometimes The Magic Works – Terry Brooks
“If you don’t think there is magic in writing, you probably won’t write anything magical” says Terry Brooks. This book offers a rare and wonderful opportunity to peer into the mind of (and learn from) one of fantasy fiction’s pre-eminent authors. Good for non-fantasy readers as well. Check it out here.*
Self-Editing For Fiction Writers
This is the best book I’ve read so far on editing – I read it in one sitting. It offers really straight-forward, simple to follow advice, examples to enable your writer to test their understanding and check-lists for future reference. This will help them become great self-editors and should help reduce their editing bill. A good one to add to your writers library. Check it out here.*
Shakespeare Insult Generator
Put dullards & miscreants in their place with more than 150,000 handy mix-and-match insults in the bard’s own words. This entertaining insult generator & flip book collects hundreds of words from Shakespeare’s most pointed barbs & allows readers to combine them in creative & hilariously stinging ways. From “apish bald-pated abomination” to “cuckoldry dull-brained blockhead” to “obscene rump-fed hornbeast,” each insult can be chosen at random or customized to fit any situation that calls for a literary smack down.
Price Range: $8.19
Problogger is written by the publishers of one of the most respected blogging websites (conveniently also called ProBlogger) It’s a great resource to help take a blog and its earnings to the next level. A great gift for any blogger – the gift of potential income assistance. Check it out here.*
Blog for Profit
This book is a must have for any bloggers library. It really opened my eyes to some revenue opportunities that hadn’t occurred to me and it’s written in such an approachable and straightforward way that it makes all the concepts seem really achievable. I love this book and so will the blogger in your life – guaranteed. Check it out here.*
ProBlogger Full Library
The gift of experience and blogging success distilled down into the full ProBlogger library of workbooks and books. This is a fab gift for any blogger – with this reference resource in their library they will have everything they need to make their blog a huge success. Check it out here.*
Copywriting Headline Wizardry
A great headline can attract a huge audience and encourage existing readers to read the post, a bad headline can repel, so learning to write compelling headlines is critical for bloggers. This book is a master class in headline writing. A great addition to any bloggers library. Check it out here.*
Giant Headline Swipe File
Why re-invent the wheel when you can be inspired by the masters. This book is full to the gunnels with great headlines written by some of the copywriting masters of the last few decades and can be adapted to make your bloggers posts really jump out. Check it out here.*
As writers we all dream of having a professionally designed cover or book edit, we’d love a little additional help with our marketing efforts or a virtual assistant to help with some of the admin, but for most hard-working authors this is beyond their means. I know they would just love to have that support so why not gift them the ultimate present, that of time – time to write more and worry about the niggling details less, with one of these super services. Truly great gifts for writers.
I haven’t used a virtual assistant myself – for the same reason the writer in your life probably hasn’t, as I can’t justify the expense – but boy would I love one to help with finding content, organising my email, scheduling my social media messages etc. Mmmm heaven. Well it probably won’t be happening for me anytime soon but no reason you can’t spoil your writer with the gift of some admin support and an extra pair of hands for the more time-consuming and basic jobs. I’ve sourced a few options for you below (but, as I said, I have no experience with them so can’t vouch for them).
Price Range: Varies massively from $5 per hour & upwards depending on the package & hours purchased.
Author Marketing Club
So many writers and authors are great at creating worlds and taking their readers on wonderful adventures, but can’t tell one end of marketing from the other. In the old days of traditional publishing this really didn’t matter too much but since the arrival of ebooks and self-publishing that has all changed; even a writer with a traditional publishing deal is expected to carry his/her weight of the marketing effort. Gone are the glory days of writers pontificating over word selection in their ivory tower whilst leaving the business people to dabble in the grubbiness of selling – now the author is also getting their hands dirty but with little or no knowledge or support.
The author marketing club provides support and tools to help develop marketing campaigns and promotions and your writer would kiss you for solving this prickly problem for them. So why not sign them up for a year’s worth of support. Check it out here.*
Price Range: $149 per year
Book Cover Design
The cover design of a book really makes a difference to its success yet so many writers take a short cut and try to dabble in photoshop to create their own. Now that is fine if you are talented, understand the basic rules of graphic design and marketing, and have the skills to create a professional end result – but we’ve all seen examples of author designs that just shriek amateur and negatively impact the perception of the book.
So why not get your writer the gift of a professionally designed cover – the prices vary tremendously but again – your author will love it and everytime you see their book you’ll know you had a hand in the creation of the cover. Not bad eh? I wrote an article previously on some of the best cover designers out there and they would be a great gift option. Check it out here.
For more about book cover design check out my Pinterest board – Book Cover Design
Price Range: From $30 – $1,000+
This is arguably the single most important element of a book, after the writing, editing can totally make or break a book. Many authors hesitate to commit the funds necessary to get this invaluable support and it’s the one they should always get, so if your writer can’t afford to get professional editing you would be his/her hero if you gifted them the cost of the edit.
There are three main types of edits:
Developmental Edit – This helps the writer develop the story and ensure that it’s structurally sound. This is a great deal of work and by far the most expensive form of edit. It’s great for first time or new writers. Cost between $1,600 to $6,000 for an 80,000 word book (based on the Editorial Freelancing Associations guidelines)
Line Edit – This is the more normal edit – covering story holes, sentence construction etc. Cost between $1,600 – $2400 for an 80,000 word book (based on the Editorial Freelancing Associations guidelines)
Proof Reading – This is checking for spelling and grammar mistakes. Cost between $960 – $2560 for an 80,000 word book (based on the Editorial Freelancing Associations guidelines)
Because editing is a very personal service I feel that your writer would definitely want to choose his/her own editor so if you are inclined to give this I would create a gift promissory note and organise to pay the editor once they’ve selected who ever they want. The prices above should give you a rough idea of what to expect depending on the editing level you wish to gift.
The Gift of Knowledge – Training Courses
How many people pay for themselves to go on a training course? Not very many – I think probably because it feels a little self-indulgent and, with so many other things to invest in, people feel reticent to invest in themselves. However the more a writer learns the more successful they will be in today’s marketing driven self-publishing world. So you could gift them success with one of these truly awesome training courses.
You will see a few products by the authors of Write, Publish, Repeat in this listing and that’s because they are doing something I consider to be ground-breaking in the world of self-publishing. Their advice could, quite literally, change your writers career from mediocre to awesome. These guys don’t make rash promises of immediate success with no effort but rather show an author how to write more books, quicker and with greater commercial success.
Fiction Unboxed is like opening a window onto their world and documents ( with video, transcripts and actual work-in-progress) how they created, planned, drafted, polished and published a book from zero concept to publication in 30 days. It’s a mine of knowledge, fun and enthusiasm and your writer will LOVE it. Check it out here.
Price Range: $89
Write, Publish, Repeat. Conversations on Udemy
This is the second product of the Write,Publish, Repeat authors and is the follow-up to their book (listed below). I have subscribed to this and it’s every-bit as useful and interesting as the book and fiction unboxed (detailed above). With Udemy Training programmes you can purchase the course with gift vouchers for your writer and they then redeem them at their leisure. The course is pre-done so they can watch and learn as and when they have time. Check it out here.*
Price Range: $49
Planning and Outlining Novels Using Scrivener on Udemy
This is also by the authors of Write, Publish, Repeat and details how they use the Scrivener programme, I mentioned above, to create outlines for their novels. I loved this course it really helped me learn to outline better and to appreciate the benefit of pre-planning my novel rather than flying by the seat of my pants. It’s another great accompaniment to the Scrivener software as a bit of a stocking filler. Check it out here.*
Price Range: Stocking filler $19
Scrivener Coach’s – Learn Scrivener Fast
This is a great course for your writer to learn how to quickly get the best out of Scrivener. The software is so powerful and this course really shows you how to get the most out of it. Check it out here.*
Price Range:$97- $197
Elite Blog Academy
This is something that I am secretly hoping someone will buy me one day – I’ve heard so much about it and it all sounds great. I obviously can’t vouch for it personally but I’d certainly be one happy blogger if I received this as a gift. Check it out here.
Price Range: $399
Learn Photo Editing
Images are so important to a bloggers success both within their blog and on their social media feeds so gift your blogger the ability to turn perfectly ordinary shots into something totally extraordinary. With this amazing membership training course they will have access to a host of tutorials on editing and manipulating photo’s – it’s truly fab. Check it out here.*
Price Range: $27 (for a limited time)
SEO and Link Building
SEO is a fundamental marketing strategy for bloggers. Especially in the aftermath of Google’s Penguin updates, many blogs struggle with their loss of Google rankings, visitors and therefore profits. Hence, link risk management as well as link quality management are essential for any business that wants to have or to keep its online presence alive. Help your blogger drive traffic to their site with this Udemy course. Check it out here.*
Price Range: $97
Book Based Gifts
Gifts that satisfy the bookworm that nestles inside your writers heart.
Beach Chair Book Rest
The original Bookchair, hand finished out of rubber wood, with cotton cloth backing alleviates neck and back problems when reading. Adjusts to three different angles. The unobtrusive pegs, which extend outwards for extra thick books hold the pages in place. Useful for any leisure reading, cookbooks, studies, computer work, craftwork, travelling etc.
Price Range: from $14.83
The Book Lover’s Journal
Book lovers! Here is the reading journal you’ve always wanted. At last, a place to record the books you’ve read. Months and years from now, this journal will help you instantly recall long-forgotten details of your reading experience. This is also the place to record books you’d like to read next (take it with you to the bookstore or library). You’ll find pages to list books borrowed, lent, or given (even a place to list books you’d like to give), your book sources, and book group contact information, plus lists of acclaimed authors and titles to inspire future reading choices, and a section devoted to your reading life.
Price Range: $12.33
1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die
A newly revised and updated guide to the world’s best literature—all at your fingertips. For discerning bibliophiles and readers who enjoy unforgettable classic literature, 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die is a trove of reviews covering a century of memorable writing. Each work of literature featured here is a seminal work key to understanding and appreciating the written word. Addictive, browse able, knowledgeable—1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die is a boon companion for anyone who loves good writing and an inspiration for anyone who is just beginning to discover a love of books.
Price Range: from $23.92
For a bibliophile, there’s no greater pleasure than sharing beloved books, but no crueller pain than losing them for good. With the Personal Library Kit you can play act Librarian and revive old-fashioned library circulation techniques for fun and book retention. Kit is 6 x 7.5 x 1.25 inches and includes 20 self-adhesive pockets and checkout cards, date stamp and inkpad, and a pencil.
Price Range: From $9.15
Hard book cover and spine, entitled “The New English Dictionary where valuables can be stored in plain sight. It is a safe box enveloped in faux pages. Open it up to reveal the steel safe. Complete with 2 keys for access. No one will even know it is not a book.
Price Range: From – $17.49
Sherlock Holmes Kindle Cover
Disguise your Kindle Paperwhite e-reader with a classic hand made book covers. Take your whole library on your holiday, the commute or just in the garden, and enjoy the feel of reading from a beautifully crafted hard back book. All of our cases are crafted by hand to order in workshops in the New Forest England, using traditional techniques and over 35 years of book binding experience; covers imitate the look of leather or cloth bindings but hold like a lightweight yet durable hardback book. Each case comes wrapped with beautiful antique paper as standard, as an extra special touch.
Price Range: Mid range – $35
BookBook Iphone Cover
For someone who loves tech but hates seeing it (like moi) this is a perfect gift. This handmade, genuine leather case protects the iPhone with style. It includes pockets for ID, cards and cash and the unique book design disguises the iPhone for added security. It has a built-in camera hole to allows easy access to iPhone’s iSight camera.
Price Range: Mid range – $59.99
Most bookworms love reading in bed but it can give them a real crick in the neck so why not give these ingenious glasses that let them lay flat in bed and still be able to read a book they are holding down by their waist. They fit over glasses for those who need reading glasses and also help watching TV in bed. Great idea.
Price Range: Mid range – $27
The Classic property trading game you all have come to know and love, only this time with a Book theme. Who doesn’t love to play Monopoly but one based on books is any bookworms dream come true.
Price Range: Mid range – $74.08
I hate clocks with a passion, in fact I dismiss the concept of time, but my husband must have a clock in his line of vision so this book clock would suit both of us. A genius idea a stack of black books that function as a clock. A perfect disguise on any bookshelf and a great gift idea for bookworms. Measures 8 by 7 by 8-Inch.
Price Range: Mid range – $31.95
Six trillion stories in one little box. Which one will you tell? No wires. No screens. No batteries. Simply combine a few of the cards and let your imagination do the rest. Play by yourself or in groups. Perfect for writers, kids, parents, teachers, artists, and anyone who loves stories. A sure way to get people talking, listening, and laughing. Ideal for road trips, parties, game nights, improv, writer’s block, classrooms, camping trips, sunny days, and rainy nights. A perfect gift for bookworms, and a great stocking stuffer.
Price Range: Mid range – $29.95
Book Rest Lamp
Whilst you’re all tucked up in bed reading your favourite fairy-tale, horror story, glamour model biography you can read to the glow of this clever and uncomplicated lamp. Made of frosted glass it gives off a soft light, ideal to read by but also doubles as a book rest ensuring you never lose your page. But this is no ordinary run-of-the-mill book stand, sit your favourite book on top of the lamp and look. You’ve made a house. It’s just one of those simple design gems that makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
Price Range: Large gift – $73.58
Pen Nib Cuff Links
Gorgeous solid silver cuff links in the form of pen nibs for the man in your life.
- Crafted from SOLID 925 Sterling Silver.
- Arrives in hard-sided, presentation box suitable for gifting.
- A Perfect Accessory for your French Cuff Shirt
Price Range: Large gift – $119.99
Desk Top Accessories
Add a little organisation or glamour to your writer’s work place so I’ve gathered some lovely gifts that will really add some glitter to their desk.
A great organiser to keep a desk spick and span – let’s face it everyone needs a little help with organising – Check it out here*
Price range: $39.99
Typewriter Laptop Case
Ted Baker Vintage Typewriter Padded Laptop Ipad Sleeve – check it out here*
Price range: $51.99
Personal Library Book Embosser
Fabulous book embosser that can be personalised for the book worm in your life –Check it out here*
Hand Pen Holder with Magnetic Back
Keep all your pens and pencils close to hand (see what I did there?) with this gorgeous pen pot with magnetic back for keeping all those paper clips organised – check it out here*
Price range: $17.99
Alessi Magnetic Paper Clip Holder
A sleek and stunning chrome plated bird by Alessi that has magnetics inside enabling your writers to keep all their paper clips close to hand – check it out here*
Price range: $60
Hand Cell Phone Holder
Great holder for phones, ipods, mp3 players and electronic games and also makes a great paper weight – check it out here*
Price range: $16.29
Alessi Beaver Pencil Sharpener
Alessi do such gorgeous designs and this pencil sharpener is a testament to that – so cute and would grace any writer’s desk – check it out here*.
Price range: $65
White Hand Bookends
These lovely hands hold the treasured books of your writer between their palms – check it out here*.
Price range: $18.49
Miniature Filing Cabinet for Business Cards with Digital Clock
So cute for filing away all those business cards from agents, publishers, designers and other authors – so much nicer than a ring binder – check it out here*.
Price range: $16.98
Kitchen Sink Paper Clip Holder
Paper clips can flow from the tap of this lovely white sink – storing them securely for your writer’s next manuscript – check it out here*.
Price range: $8.99
Well that’s all my gift ideas – I’ve compiled these from across previous gifting posts and a couple of new ideas I came across. I hope you’ve found this gift guide for writer dads useful and can get the man in your life a super present that he’ll love.
Bye for now….
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