Christmas Gifts for The Writer in Your Life
Does your head start to pound when you hit the web or the mall when it comes time to make out your Christmas list?
Do you break out in a cold sweat when it’s time shop for that special writer in your life?
Are you a writer unsure what to ask for this year?
Is your spouse or partner a writer who refuses to give you a list and says, “Surprise me.”?
Are you in love with a writer without a clue what to gift?
Is your sibling or child a writer who smiles limply when they open the Christmas present you’ve gifted?
If you answered yes to one or more of the above questions continue reading. Writers and artists alike in any stage of their career would not say no to one or more of the following gifts.
- A cup of coffee, tea, or glass of wine, delivered to your writer’s work area without she/he having to ask/plead. Proactive acts of kindness will ensure you’re included in the dedication.
- Wait to share any news until she/he finishes writing the sentence, paragraph, or even the page.
- Fingerless gloves – they keep your writer’s hand warm but do not infer with the daily word count.
- Dust the books and the bookshelves, all of them, without being asked.
- Give a gift card from Amazon and her/his favorite independent bookstore.
- Do not question your writer when you overhear a conversation she/he has with the wall or the family pet about the current work in progress.
- Respond to their news about a piece headed for publication with more heart than, “That’s nice.” Really? That’s nice? Is this the most you can come up with? Dig deep, offer thoughtful commentary is cherished.
- If the writer in your life relies on journals – pick up a couple, but some Intel is a must before you hit the stationary store. Make sure you know what sort of paper they prefer: college or wide rule, or if your writer is like me, blank pages. Same goes for pens. Make sure you know the type of pen (some prefer pencils), the color of ink, and the pen point type, your writer loves before purchasing. Trust me, and the extra effort will earn you a kind smile.
- Read something your writer has written—again, without a request to do so—and share your thoughts or better still, take a few minutes and pen a review on Amazon and Goodreads.
- Drag your writer away from the lap or desktop and insist they go on a walk. Encourage he/she to make this a daily event. Remind your writer having perspective and exercising the body benefits the mind.
- Create several playlists on Spotify or burn a CD (or three) of your writer’s favorites.
- Tidy up your writer’s workspace – dust, pick up the empty cups and glasses, rid the monitor of fingerprints. Tidy does not imply you throw any loose papers away or even stack them in orderly piles.
- If the budget permits contribute to a writer’s retreat—professionally organized or a one you customize for your writer—a workshop or conference.
- Organize a spring-cleaning of your writer’s abode.
- Don’t complain when she/he watches documentaries or a laundry list of movies and television shows, and then proceeds to comment on the use of dialogue, the scene, and tone. Go with it.
Write a book review.
- When a rejection letter arrives, don’t judge if your writer slips into a funk. Don’t offer shallow advice. Worse don’t dismiss your writer’s feelings. Refer to number one above and remind your writer to keep pounding and hitting the submit key.
- Give unconditionally to your writer and remember to support their efforts in the little ways only you know how, because, and this is important, your writer has always been there for you.