Write Guide to Holiday Shopping!


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I love anything “writerly.” And if you’re reading this, chances are you do too! Whether you’re buying for yourself, a writing buddy or conveniently “linking” to this post in an email to your loved ones, ideas for great gifts are always a bonus!
So, let the list of joyous writer’s gifts begin!

  1. If your magazine stockpile has become a dangerous pillar of paper – get organized! I LOVE this fabric wall-mount magazine organizer, priced about $15 from The Container Store.
  2. Keep your files neatly labeled with a Dymo Letratag Label Maker. Buy it on-line or at any office supply store for about $30. You can change the font style, size and color.
  3. Every writer needs pens, even if they primarily type their work. I love the smooth non-skip flow of the Pilot Precise V5 in black and red ink (gotta edit sometimes!)
  4. A Digital Voice Recorder is great for recording those plot twist ideas when stuck in traffic. Also beneficial for recording interviews to later transcribe. The one I use has a setting to record in separate “files” for easy tracking. RCA RP 5120-A runs about $30 and can be found at Walmart, Target, Circuit City, etc.
  5. Books! Of course, the highly acclaimed “Writer Mama, How to Raise a Writing Career Alongside Your Kids” by Christina Katz is a fav of mine. This book got me thinking seriously about the non-fiction market. Another on my own wish list: “Writing Personal Essays: How to Shape Your Life Experiences for the Page” by Sheila Bender. The market for personal stories is growing by the day and I intend to join them!
  6. Of course, general office supplies are always in need, since we use these up! Post-it’s, notecards, notebooks, binders, file folders, mailing labels are good staples (staples, too!) But for something fun and funky, try wrapables.com for cool bookends and such.
  7. If you’re getting serious about your writing and ready to take it to the next level, I recommend “Get Know Before the Book Deal“, another gem by Christina Katz. And in the meantime, order some inexpensive but quality business cards from Vistaprint.com. They have great sales and freebies!
  8. Maybe you’re a writer who’s going more techy. Some ideas would be: WritersMarket.com subscription to help find and organize all those markets, Storyright.com – a nifty software (free trial!) which helps the plotting, outlining and writing of your fiction, especially novels!, a flashdrive to save your valuable work, or a gift certificate to one of multiple on-line writing courses. I found my niche in writing short stuff and getting my first clip by taking “Writing and Publishing the Short Stuff,” valued at $199.00, you can get in the class for FREE, check out the details here.
  9. Of course, there are always the unconventional gifts writers need like time and space. Read this eye-opening article titled “Writers’ Wish Lists: More than Office Supplies,” by Melissa Mayntz in the Funds For Writers Small Markets Newsletter, (12-07-08 issue.)
  10. And if you’re still stumped, go here for a whole book of ideas, compliments of WOW! Women on Writing!

Happy shopping and remember…Santa’s watching.


Filed under Advice, Education, Fiction, Fun Stuff, Give Aways, Markets, Non Fiction, Organization, Rest, writer markets, writers, Writing Space

12 responses to “Write Guide to Holiday Shopping!

  1. I also just wanted to add that our site, WordHustler.com, provides 4,000+ literary markets, and we print, ship, and track everything for you! Added stocking stuffer: membership is free! Give the gift of more time to write to your favorite writer! 🙂

  2. Yes we are similar to WritersMarket, except that all of our listings are FREE. We also send all physical manuscripts for you, at a cost that’s basically cheaper than doing it yourself. Everyone who works here is also a writer and uses our system to send their work out, so we definitely practice what we preach! 🙂

    Thanks so much!

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  4. Hi Mary Jo,

    I love your writerly picks! I think I just found some new faves. =)

    Also, thanks for mentioning the WOW! Holiday Gift Guide. ;o)



    • Hi Angela,
      Hey thanks for visiting. And of course the WOW! guide is mentioned, I follow WOW’s “The Muffin” blog daily. You guys, ahem, women ROCK. I’d like to know more about the Friday “Speak Out!” I’m sure my fellow writers and readers would, too.

  5. Mary Jo,
    great list! I’ll send it on to my family for gift ideas:) You did a ton of research and nitty-gritty linking–thanks for your work and your enthusiasm! Jenni

  6. mlh

    So many gift ideas and little idea where to start. Thank you so much for this list.

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  8. chandru

    all wallppaer good

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