A successful writer must work very hard to be good at their job. Even the best writers can benefit from seeing the lighter side of life. If you are at a loss for what to buy for the writer on your gift list, consider one of these gift basket ideas.
“The Starving writer Christmas Basket”
In this writers gag gift basket you would include non-perishable, inexpensive, and barely edible food such as ramen noodles by the case, spam, tuna, summer sausage, saltine crackers, cheese (extra credit given for Cheese whiz), and lots of cheap coffee.
For another (kinder) twist on this gift basket for writers, consider filling a basket with gourmet treats that don’t normally show up on a starving writer’s table.
“Too poor to turn up the heat in your apartment“
If I were putting together a gag-gift stuffed stocking for a writer, the theme of not being able to pay for heat could be a fun one. This basket would be stuffed with earmuffs, stocking cap, fingerless gloves, and maybe throw in some coffee, tea, and hot cocoa to go along. This stocking would be even better as a gag gift if you live somewhere that rarely gets cold.
“Writer’s procrastination toolkit”
For a writer’s procrastination toolkit, I would fill this gift basket with 3-D mind puzzles, a dart board, a sodoku puzzle book, Rubik’s cube, and a deck of cards (for a rousing game of solitaire). Most of these items can be found at the dollar store. Literary action figures can also be great for procrastinating. These are sold at Mcphee.com in characters like: Shakespeare, Dickens, Jane Austen, or the writer’s arch nemesis–the librarian. If they just need someone to talk to, consider including a Sigmund Freud action figure in your gift. To round out this gift basket, throw in a doodle pad and an instruction book for some outdated and work intensive craft (like macrame).
“The Well Dressed Writer”
For the writer who works from home, it is casual Friday every day. What does a well dressed writer need? The best gift for a well dressed writer is pajamas–lots and lots of comfortable pajamas (fuzzy slippers optional.
For business travel, give the gift of a literary t-shirt. CafePress.com has an amazing selection of snarky t-shirts for writers. A shirt that says “Writer’s block is when my imaginary friends stop talking to me” is sure to be enjoyed. For more formal occasions, consider the infamous tuxedo printed t-shirt.
A thinking cap would be just the thing to top off a writer’s wardrobe. Throw in a dunce hat for those writer’s block days.
“The 8 a.m. article deadline” basket”
Fill this basket with anything with caffeine: energy drinks, energy jelly beans, coffee, 5 hour energy drink. This would combine well with the procrastination toolkit because nothing says “I need to clean out my oven” like a looming deadline.
There are a few of us writers who still enjoy writing with a pen and paper, but we are a dying breed. If you watch at thrift stores you can probably find an old typewriter to give to your favorite author. Craft stores sell old fashioned pens (the kind you dip into the ink). If you search long enough you might be able to find some old floppy disks, or even better computer punch cards.
“The Fragile Ego pick-me-up Jar”
For this gift, cut up strips of paper and write things like “I’m so proud of you,” “You are an amazing writer,” “Your dialog is so lifelike,” or “That publisher must be crazy.” Make enough of these paper strips to fill a jar. These can be just the thing for a writer’s fragile ego.
Authors note, A.K.A. A “starving” writer’s plea
Don’t ever give one of these gifts to a writer if the other 364 days of the year you are nagging him or her to “get a real job.” While you are assembling any gag gift for a writer, make sure to include a card with some encouragement. A simple “I’m so proud of you for following your dreams” could be exactly the gift he or she was dreaming of.