Writers like all gifts, I suspect. For example, I am a woman and am always delighted with a bottle of perfume or a box of chocolates. This list of gifts, especially coveted by writers, will give an extra level of appreciation for the giver. It shows you are paying attention.
A new desk: Writers love big, wide desks with room to toss things aside for later. The more surface area the better, although deep drawers and attached shelves are welcome. I dream of extra pull out writing spaces. A wrap around desk would be best. If you are handy, to build a desk for your writer would be the ultimate gift.
Gift cards to coffee house: Some writers don’t yet have the perfect desk. They sometimes want to write in public at coffee houses. Observing people is what we do best, we look smart when concentrating so hard on our sentences, and we commonly love coffee. Gift cards to one or more coffee house in the writer’s town are a sure bet.
Books: Writers are readers. If you don’t pay too much attention to what your writer is interested in then they will always enjoy a book about their craft. Look for writer’s resource materials at the bookstore. Add an attractive book marker to the gift for good measure.
Ink cartridges: To know the type of printer your writer has will score extra points for you. You may have to do an investigation but buying ink cartridges is something no one wants to do. How lovely to find that someone has bought you one before yours has run dry. Very thoughtful.
Printer paper: Paper seems to last longer than the dastardly ink but writers always need more. Get them some specialty paper to really make an impression. There is card stock paper that is very nice for special projects and you will find some that is bordered. If you don’t feel comfortable just getting paper as a gift, then get the ink and paper together. The writer will probably jump up and down.
Thumb/zip drives: What a wonderful little piece of technology for storing and organizing files. So many are available now, you can get a race car thumb drive, a lipstick zip drive, or plain ones in different colors. Writers have a lot of files to store. The notion of losing manuscripts due to computer failure is daunting. Extra storage is always welcome. Buy them as gifts, the more a writer owns the more they can write.
Laptop cooling pad: Computers throw off a lot of heat. For safety sake and to let your computer breathe while on the desk, consider buying a cooling pad for your writer. I admit when someone once gave me one several years ago, I did not know what it was. I see now how much I need it.
Foldable keyboard: This gift would work for people who have modern technology but cannot type on the touch screens well enough. Some devices do not even offer an on screen keyboard. These fold or roll up keyboards are amazing.
Writing notebooks: Writers have or should have a notebook of paper with them at all times. Get a fancy one as a gift or simply a plain spiral notebook. The small ones are incredibly handy because they go in your pocket.
Pens/Pencils: Last but not least, get a writing utensil as a gift. Trust me, even though we are mostly pounding the keyboards, traditional writing instruments are a thing of beauty to a writer. The styles are endless.
Make a favorable impression when buying gifts for a writer. Don’t just consider a man gift or a woman gift. Make it personal; get them a writer’s gift.