20+ Must-Have Gifts for Authors

Christmas is just around the corner! Have you done your Christmas shopping for your friends and loved ones or even yourself?

If you are still thinking of the best gift for a writer friend, I would like to help you. Here is a list of 20+ gifts for authors. Enjoy!

Share in the comments any other fun gift ideas for writers. I’d love to hear some of your ideas as well.


What is one thing that authors should have before sitting down in front of their computer to write? Let me give you a clue. It is hot, can be black and brown and it will keep you awake for your middle-of-a-night writing schedule.

Got it? Yes! Writers love coffee.

That is why one of the things that you can give them this Christmas is a coffee mug. It’s going to be a memorable gift. You can also add a bag of coffee; they’ll love that!

Here are some of custom-designed coffee mugs that will boost the creativity of writers.

1. I Turn Coffee into Words Mug – $14.25


Isn’t that a lovely play of words? Your friend is going to love this. It’s a handmade item made from ceramic, ink and caffeine. You can order this from Etsy.com.

2. I Write, What’s Your Superpower Mug – $12.50


This white ceramic mug in two – tones, black and white will surely make your writer friend feel like a superhero. This is available in Amazon.com.

3. Face Mug – $18.00

Sometimes, coffee alone is not enough. We have to have some cookies with it. And this is the best gift for that. Don’t discriminate. Mugs are not just for coffee alone, it can be for cookies too. This mug is available on UncommonGoods.com.

Shower Items

Ever heard of the quote “Brilliant ideas often come in the shower”? That is definitely true to many authors. So if you know someone who gets their Eureka moments in the shower, here are perfect gift items for them.

4. Aqua Notes Water Proof Note Pad – $7.52

This is a perfect, waterproof notepad that goes with the Shower Idea Board. Help authors preserve their precious ideas. With this waterproof notepad, not one of the brilliant “shower ideas” will ever get wasted. It comes with an Aqua pencil holder, too. I personally have one of these in my shower.

5. Shower Idea Board – $15.99


Whoever made this is brilliant! It is a whiteboard especially made for the shower. It has a mountable wall design, with 50 waterproof wet-and-dry use notepads. And it comes together with an oil pencil and microfiber eraser. Those ideas will not be forgotten and wasted anymore. This item is available on Amazon.com.

6. Play Visions Crayola Bathtub Crayons – $7.50


Eureka moments don’t happen only in the showers but also in the tub. So authors should always be ready. This brilliant invention will allow you to write on your bathtub wall. So it’s perfect for your creative and artsy friends! You are more creative when you are relaxed. So this might come in handy for creatives who get inspiration in the tub. It is also non-toxic and can be easily cleaned. It is sold on Amazon.com.

8. Dream Essentials Nite Note Nightime Notepad – $9.95


Brilliant ideas often come when you least expect it. In the shower, while driving or when you are dreaming! Is your friend or partner like this? Someone who wakes up with a brilliant idea they got from their dream but is too lazy to turn on the light and write them? Well, here’s the solution. This is a notepad with a light in it. The lights turn on when the pen is removed and automatically turns off when the pen is replaced. This way, no idea goes to waste at all. This item is available on Amazon.com.



Here is another thing that authors will be very happy to receive this Christmas. Choose from these cool gadgets fit for authors.

9. Slate Mobile Lapdesk – $59.95


This practical, mobile and lightweight table will definitely make every author happy. Gone are the days of uncomfortable heat of the laptop on your lap. It definitely knows every author’s needs. It’s not only for laptops, but it also has a cellphone and tablet holder as well as a mouse pad. Sweet! This is available at Amazon.com.

10. Laser Projection Virtual Keyboard – $115.99


Any author you will give this to will be jumping for joy. This is wow! A virtual keyboard that will let you write comfortably using your phone, tablet or laptop is a brilliant invention. This will make writing easier for every author anytime, anywhere. It is available for purchase at Amazon.com.

11. iCraze Adjustable Vented Laptop Table – $29.99


This adjustable laptop table is made of aluminum alloy, which makes it portable and lightweight. It also has silent built-in fans that could be connected through a USB connector. It also has a locking button which can be set to a full 360-degree angle, making it possible to fit in any body position, even when lying on the bed. This is available on Amazon.com.

12. The Book Seat – Book Holder and Travel Pillow – $29.99


Authors love to read, don’t they? So this is something that they would love to have. Not only is this a book holder, but it is also a travel pillow. This is perfect for authors who love travelling and getting inspiration away from the city noise. This is available on Amazon.com.

Stationaries, Planners and Home Items

Authors love to keep things organized too. So, the following items should be included in this list.

13. 90-Day Writing Journal – $14.99


Authors can finish a book in 90 days. Yes, that’s true. So this writing journal is not just a tracker, but it also gives you access to a $30 value bonus. In the appendix, access to the 30-Day Nonfiction Writing Challenge in included. This challenge bonus will give you daily training and Take Action Steps. You would also have your private page to take notes from the training and resources sections for the tools that you need. This is available on Amazon.com.

14. Stick Up Weekly Calendar – $10.00


This Stick up Calendar is a sticky note calendar. It will allow you to organize the things that you need to do for this week. At the end of the week, you can peel it off and start another week. This is a good way to track your To Dos and set your weekly goals. It is available on Poketo.com.

15. Personalized Plates

Do you know that you can do this at home? There are three easy steps;

1)      Buy plates from Dollar Store.

2)      Write things with a Sharpie 3.

3)      Bake for 30 mins in the 150-temperature oven and it is permanent!

You can write your author friends’ favorite quotes from their favorite book. Awesome, right?


16. Freedom Planner 2017 – $34.97


This is a success planner. It is not just for scheduling. Inside its pages is a goals journal system, success tips from the likes of Oprah Winfrey, Tony Robbins, and Suze Orman, and much more. It will make anyone a time management master and adds a positive vibration to its owner. This is available on Amazon.com.

17. Book-Shaped Plates – $37.99


Ever thought of eating from a book? Now it’s possible. These Book-Shaped Plates are phenomenal. Any author or book lover will definitely love them. They are white porcelain plates that come in different sizes. This will make your dishrack more like a bookshelf. Wouldn’t that be fun? It is available on Gonereading.com.

18. Ashi Dashi Notebook Knee High Socks (Unisex SM) – $9.99


Here’s an interesting way to let people know you’re an author. Wear your notebook! This notebook socks will surely be a loved item by any author or writer. It is unique and fun. It is made of 63% Cotton, 34% Nylon, and 01% Lycra. And it is available for purchase on Amazon.com.

19. Word of the year necklace – $20.00

This is definitely a fun gift for authors. If you can’t get enough of the wordiness from books, why not wear it? It’s not just fashionable; it’s also unique. Authors will surely appreciate this memorable gift. You can purchase this from Etsy.com.

Training and Coaching

20. Writing Retreat

Purchase a 2-3 night stay at a hotel or retreat center to give the writer in your life time to get away and actually write!

21. Author Audience Academy

Give an Author Audience Academy membership to the author in your life to help them write, self-publish, and market their books!

End Note

There are so many items to choose from. And it doesn’t have to be expensive. Always remember, “It’s the thought that counts.”

Have fun shopping!


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10 thoughts on “20+ Must-Have Gifts for Authors

  1. Wonderful ideas, Shelley, as always. I especially like the plate – a gift for everyone from a best friend to grandchildren! Thanks so much. God bless you.

  2. Thank you for this lovely list of gifts. I love to give people beautiful journals along with books about keeping journals. (Oh yeah, I wrote one of those, but so did you). Keep on encouraging us all. Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas to you.