Guest Blogger: Laura Bridgwater
It’s that time of year when you are making your list, but before you check it twice, consider these gifts ideas for all your writerly friends (or for your own letter to Santa):
For the soon-to-be-published novelist: Buy a book blurb at Blurbings.com ($14-$23 per blurb).
For the low-tech writer: Moleskine Journals, a favorite of Ernest Hemingway, make a classic gift (available at most book stores and online; prices range from $6 for a small notebook to $16 for a large notebook).
For the freelance magazine writer: Maghound.com is a new magazine subscription service where subscribers can change their magazine subscriptions on a monthly basis for a flat fee ($4.95 a month for three magazines).
For the walking dictionaries in your life: Word-related games like Taboo, Scrabble, SCATTERGORIES, Catch Phrase and Boggle are fun (games are usually priced around $25).
For the writer who spends hours agonizing over just the right word: Consider a dictionary, such as an Electronic Dictionary, a Flip Dictionary, or a The Complete Rhyming Dictionary: Including The Poet's Craft Book (electronic dictionaries average around $100).
For the annoying linguaphile who corrects your grammar: Bring them down a notch with The New York Times Super Saturday Crosswords: The Hardest Crossword of the Week by Will Shortz ($6.95).
For the late-night reader who shares a bed with a light sleeper: The Itty Bitty Book Light is cheaper than marriage counseling ($34 at most book retailers).
For the interviewer on your list: Get the facts straight with a Digital Voice Recorder (prices range from $25-$100).
For the screenwriter: Fire up the DVD with movies about writing like Stranger Than Fiction, Freedom Writers , and Adaptation.
For the nature writer or travel writer:Waterproof Journal and waterproof pens protect their on-the-go notes. (prices range from a few dollars to $34 for a kit at Amazon.com).
For the writer who can’t leave home without bringing the whole nightstand with them: The hot gift this year after Oprah’s recent endorsement is Kindle: Amazon's Wireless Reading Device. The Kindle holds over 200 titles and customers currently have over 190,000 book titles to choose from. Top newspapers, magazines, and blogs can also be downloaded. Visit www.amazon.com for more information (current price is $359 for the device and $9.99 to download each book title).
For all genres of writers: stocking stuffers like bookmarks, notebooks, pens, tea, coffee, chocolate, travel mugs, and coupons for uninterrupted writing time. And, of course, books, books, and more books because the best way to improve your writing is to read, read, and read some more. Cost? Priceless.
Laura Bridgwater is an award-winning journalist and radio commentator from Colorado. To hear Laura's latest radio spot, Thanksgiving Makeover, click here.