Cyber Monday – 5 Holiday Gift Ideas For Writers

Do you have a writer on your holiday shopping list? Are you a writer yourself and you have no idea what gifts to ask for? Here are 5 ideas. If you have any other suggestions, please feel free to add them in the comments!

1. The Alpha Smart Neo – One of my friends gave me this and I love it. Love it, love it, love it. This small word processor is just awesome. No Internet distractions, no flash drive needed, no long start-up time. At only $169, it is a fraction of the cost of a standard laptop. You can send text directly to your PC, Mac, or USB printer. This thing has incredible battery life. You get up to 700 hours use on 3 alkaline batteries, or up to 300 hours using the rechargeable battery option. I got mine a year ago, use it all the time, and have never had to change the batteries. Earlier this week, it was still at 42 percent. I carry this with me on the road for when I need to take notes and write about an event, (I type much faster than I write) and I also use it to work on my books, bringing it around the house with me. Best writing gift I’ve ever received, and it’s also great for college students, high school students, and even elementary school kids who need to type papers.


2. All writers spend a lot of time on their computer and therefore have a tendency toward neck and shoulder tightness. The Real-Ease Neck and Shoulder Relaxer helps release neck and shoulder tension in just 10-15 minutes a day. This unique, cervical shaped support cradles your neck at the base of your skull to help release muscle tension in the neck, shoulders and jaw. The product has over 150 Amazon reviews, the majority of them glowing. I thought it was worth a try and ordered it for myself a few weeks ago. I love it. What a simple, but well-designed, product. My neck has felt much better since I started using this product for 15 minutes per day.


3. This is a great product for writers to play with their children or grandchildren. Amazon reviewers have also indicated that it’s fun for adults to play. There are infinite ways to play with Rory’s Story Cubes. You can play solitaire or with others. Here are some suggested uses: Party game or ice-breaker, Literacy development, Speaking and listening skills, Creative inspiration, Mental workout, Problem solving. Rory’s Story Cubes is a pocket-sized creative story generator, providing hours of imaginative play for all ages. With Rory’s Story Cubes, anyone can become a great storyteller and there are no wrong answers. Simply roll the cubes and let the pictures spark your imagination. I can’t wait to try this out.


4. I just bought these cards for my husband to wrap up for me. They can be used to do oracle card readings, and a few Amazon reviewers also indicated that the cards are a perfect tool to help writers create three-dimensional characters. Archetypes are ancient, universal patterns of behavior that are embedded in what Carl Jung called the “collective unconscious.” Caroline Myss has created a unique set of 80 Archetype Cards, each individually designed to provide the basic Light and Shadow Attributes of a different Archetype. The deck also contains six blank cards on which you can create your own Archetypes. The deck comes with an instruction booklet explaining how to use the cards to help determine which Archetypes are most active in your psyche, and how they can lead you to achieve greater insights into your life. The deck is suitable to be used by itself, in conjunction with Caroline’s book Sacred Contracts, or with any of her workshops and seminars.


5. Writers are readers, too. What a great gift to give someone a Kindle pre-loaded with several books. You can find free and bargain books to pre-load the Kindle by subscribing to the Pixel of Ink Free and Bargain Book daily newsletter. I love this newsletter! You can also visit my post outlining the different kinds of models and check the comments for links and blurbs to over 140 bargain Kindle books so far with the list growing daily through Christmas. Other alternatives to the Kindle are the Nook and Sony. Honestly, e-books are the wave of the publishing future, and authors need to have an e-book reader.

Do you have any great gifts for writers to share? Please tell us in the comments. If you’re an author, feel free to leave 1 link to your web site.

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Comments

  1. Great List!
    As a writer..

    I really want the Dragon speech recognition software.
    http://nuance.com/dragon/index.htm
    Drool…

    LOL But maybe I am bias as I write about Dragons!

  2. Serenity: Editor is a very good editor to assist writers in improving their work.

  3. I NEED that neck thing. Wow. I am sending a link for this article to my husband!

    Three books that I think are great for writers: Stephen King’s On Writing, The War of Art by Steven Pressfield and (for something NOT written by someone named Steven/Stephen, Self-Editing for Fiction Writers, by Renni Browne & Dave King.

  4. Great ideas!

    Here’s mine:

    My favorite “writing” book is the Art of Subtext: Beyond the Plot by Charles Baxter – http://amzn.com/1555974732

  5. Wow, these are great gift ideas. Thanks for sharing, everyone. I’m going to check all of these out. I never know what to ask for on my birthday or for Christmas!
    I have Self Editing for Fiction Writers on my bookshelf and read On Writing – great books.

    I love the neck thing, Danielle! I’m always so stiff and I’ve felt so much better. I use it for 15 minutes per day when I’m meditating or even just watching TV. I ordered one for my dad also. I also ordered the Heavenly Accupressure Mat for my husband to give me – http://www.amazon.com/Heavenly-Blue-Acupressure-Mat/dp/B004BOPKV0/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1322502416&sr=8-2

    I haven’t tried it yet, but I’ve had acupuncture before so I’m game to try it. Keep the ideas coming, guys!

  6. John Thiesmeyer says

    We’re grateful to A. R. Williams for mentioning our proofreading software as a possible gift for writers.

    Unfortunately, the name he gives, “Serenity: Editor” won’t find us on the Internet because of the colon. Any of the following will bring up our website: serenity editor, serenity software, editor software, proofreading software.

  7. Thank you for clarifying, John. Sounds like a neat product.

  8. What great gifts! I would love the neck product (it reminded me to sit up straigher). I also like the idea od Dragon dictation software- my friend has it and loves it (they are slow at typing). I am quick at typing- but think it could be a fun and productive way to write.

    ~Jess
    http://thesecretdmsfilesoffairdaymorrow.blogspot.com/

  9. Alex J. Cavanaugh says

    Does the shoulder relaxer come with someone who massages you as well?
    Ultimate gift – an iPad! You can read, write, research… Not that I’m giving many out this year.

  10. I’m going to check out the shoulder relaxer thing. One thing I need is some contraption that will force me to sit up straight. I’m constantly hunched over my laptop.

  11. Thanks for visiting, Jess, Alex and Helen. Still love my neck and shoulder thing after a few weeks, using it 15 minutes per day. Nope, it doesn’t come with someone who massages you also or else it would be the bestselling holiday gift, lol! But, it does cut down on the amount of massages you’ll need, at least for me. I’ve significantly cut back the number of times I whine to my husband, “Can you please rub my neck?”

    An ipad would be a neat holiday gift! Would love an Amazon gift card – I have a lot of fun cyber shopping there.

  12. Found a couple of other cool things – an internet password organizer to keep track of passwords for different web sites and social networking sites at

    http://www.amazon.com/Personal-Internet-Address-Password-Book/dp/1441303251/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1323299727&sr=1-2

    If you need to get the free shipping on Amazon and just need to spend a little more, they have some neat bookmark sets for $1.50, the Twelve Bookmark set, like this one:
    http://www.amazon.com/Twelve-Tiffany-Bookmarks-Dover/dp/0486408345/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1323299817&sr=8-5 Do an Amazon search for Twelve Bookmarks to get the different styles – for readers who are reading several different books at one time!

Stacy Juba