Birthday Gift Ideas to Send to the Writer in Your Life

There are at least 281,300 people employed as writers. Many writers, authors, and editors work part-time. Others write as a hobby.

If you're lucky enough to have one of these creatives in your life, what sort of gift should you buy them on special occasions and special days?

Writers of all kinds are used to getting notebooks and pens as gifts. A practical gift will always stand out from all other gifts they receive, but you can always spice things up a bit.

For your inspiration, we have put together a list of ideas for the best birthday gift for writers that money can buy.

And remember you don't need to have a full-time writing career to be serious about writing.


Creative Birthday Gift Ideas for Writers


No need for the same old cliché gift of a coffee mug, journal, or personalized pen. Here are creative birthday gift ideas to send the writer in your life.


1. Books About Writing


Books on how to write well and market yourself make the best gifts for aspiring writers, especially books for entrepreneurial writers.

On Writing — A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King is a big hit with writers. In this book, King shares some of the secrets to his success as a bestselling author.

You Are a Writer (So Start Acting Like One) by Jeff Goins is another must-read for writers. Goins gives practical advice on how to improve your writing.

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2. Gift Cards


Out of all gift ideas for writers, gift cards offer the most flexibility.

Writers always appreciate receiving gift cards, especially if they're strapped for cash. A simple Amazon card can help writers purchase books and other necessary materials.

For writers, getting a Barnes & Noble gift card feels like winning the literary jackpot. It gives writers the freedom to choose the books they want.


3. Writer Jewelry


Pieces of writer jewelry are some of the greatest gifts for writers of all levels. This kind of jewelry affirms your commitment to achieving your goals.

Look for jewelry that uses books, grammar, and writing in general as style inspiration. Any jewelry with a typewriter is a fun way for them to project their writing passion to the world.

A silver bracelet or necklace that says "writer" on it will also do the trick, and help open up conversations for these often introverted characters.


4. Storymatic


Storymatic is arguably one of the best gifts for authors ever created. It's a storytelling game originally created by writer Brian David Mooney for a fiction workshop at Marlboro College in Vermont.

This game involves using cards to tell a story. The card categories include story elements like "Obstacle", "Whatchoowant", and more.

Storymatic is ideal for collaborative writing groups and dealing with writer's block.


5. Drink of Choice


Writers often use their drink of choice to get more writing done or to relax after a big day with an even bigger word count.

Death Wish Coffee is the world's most caffeinated coffee. Drinking it is like drinking a magic potion that increases your productivity.

For writers who don't like too much caffeine, opt for green tea. It energizes and relaxes you all at once.

Herbal tea is a good caffeine-free alternative.


Spoiler: Writers Love These Birthday Gift Ideas


Two-thirds of writers freelance. The best birthday gift ideas will inspire your writer to nail their writing projects.

Good writers are also good readers. The more time a writer spends reading, the more improvements they'll see in their own writing. After all, it only takes one book to change your life!

Get educated and learn more about books and culture today. You'll learn about the writer’s life and be better at getting the perfect birthday present for your writer.

George Mathews is a staff writer for He is passionate about personal growth and development.