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Writers can often be (lovably) cranky, aloof folks who shut themselves behind closed doors for hours a time. In other words, not always the easiest friend or family member to buy a gift for. We're here to help. From books that will take a prominent space on their shelves to tools that'll help them be their best literary selves — and a few fun, clever gifts thrown in for good measure — here is Cheapism's guide to the best gifts for writers of every genre. 

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Qwerkywriter Typewriter-Inspired Keyboard
Amazon

Qwerkywriter Typewriter-Inspired Keyboard

$270 from Amazon
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This vintage-inspired keyboard might be a little on the precious side, but that doesn't mean it's not cool. It comes with a tablet stand and USB and Bluetooth compatibility. Buyers seem to enjoy it. Noted one: "I fully appreciate modern keyboards, but sometimes it's relaxing to slow down a little and enjoy an old-timey keyboard."

Punk Rock Authors Tote
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My Coffee and Book Club
Cratejoy

My Coffee and Book Club

$32/month and up from Cratejoy
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Every writer knows they need to read to improve their craft, and they also need the occasional jolt of caffeine to get them through the latest chapter. Enter this subscription box, which provides both. You can choose your recipient's favorite genre to give the gift even more meaning.

Scribbler Gift Subscription
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Scribbler Gift Subscription

$28/month and up from Cratejoy
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Another monthly subscription box aimed at writers, this one includes an autographed novel, teaching booklet, materials about the publishing process, and curated writing gifts. Reviewers give it 4.5 stars and have largely positive things to say about it.

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BestSelf WordSmith Deck
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BestSelf WordSmith Deck

$25 from Amazon
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With a promise of "less writer's block, more writing," this box contains 150 thought-provoking prompts to get those writerly juices flowing.

'On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft'
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'On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft'

$15 from Amazon
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There are lots of books on the craft of writing — few get as consistently positive reviews as this one by Stephen King. Amazon buyers have rated it 4.8 stars, and it's worth noting that only about 5% of reviewers give it 3 stars or fewer.

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'I Write' Mug
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'I Write' Mug

$14 from Amazon
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We don't think it's an overstatement to call writing a superpower. And neither does this extra-large mug that can keep your writer caffeinated enough to finish those (Stephen King-recommended) 1,000 words per day.

Nature Lovers Spiral Notebook Bundle
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Nature Lovers Spiral Notebook Bundle

$97 from Decomposition
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Sure, those leather journal things are cool, but if you've got a plot development or character study you need to get down quickly, few notebooks are as easy to wrangle and write in as a spiral. This set includes 12 notebooks with fun and eclectic nature-themed covers, which will keep your writer armed with (attractive) note-taking resources for quite some time.

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Magnetic Notebook
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Magnetic Notebook

$30 from Uncommon Goods
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Words and ideas spill out, but not always in the most orderly fashion. This innovative notebook changes the way writers can order their thoughts by making its individual pages magnetic. Want to post Thursday's stroke of genius before Monday's notes? Just remove and replace.

Literary Teas
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Literary Teas

$15 from Etsy
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Not every gift has to be in service to your writer's craft, especially if they're already well-stocked and have a good routine. In that case, you can pick up one of these teas inspired by 48 writers and poets, from A. A. Milne to William Shakespeare. 

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Margaret Atwood's Creative Writing Class
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Margaret Atwood's Creative Writing Class

$15/month (billed annually) from Masterclass
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Atwood is the author of "The Handmaid's Tale" (plus a bunch of other novels) and through the site Masterclass, she walks word-crafters through lessons like "Getting Started," "Structuring Your Novel," and more. Not an Atwood fan? Not to worry. The site offers classes from plenty of other writers like Neil Gaiman, Judy Blume, and David Sedaris.

'Dictionary of the Strange, Curious & Lovely'
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'Dictionary of the Strange, Curious & Lovely'

$9 from Amazon
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Most writers are mega-word nerds and will therefore love a book like this that celebrates "unusual but useful" words like scullion, petrichor, circumcrescent, and many more. The book promises to deliver the "3,500 most beautiful English vocabulary words" that are rarely used.

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'Drink with the Great Drinkers' Shot Set
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'Drink with the Great Drinkers' Shot Set

$17 from Amazon
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Most writers know the old adage, "Write Drunk. Edit Sober" — often misattributed to Ernest Hemingway. We're not saying it's good advice, but we are saying this shot glass set — which includes portraits and quotes from a number of history's most well-known authors and thinkers — is a pretty cool gift for wordsmiths no matter their state of mind when they write.

Writers' Tears Whiskey
Caskers

Writers' Tears Whiskey

$43 from Caskers
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They're going to need something to put in those shot glasses, and this bottle of copper pot Irish whiskey is both clever and award-winning (it was a gold medal winner at the International Spirits Challenge in London).

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Literary Journals
Journal of the Month

Literary Journals

$44 and up from Journal of the Month
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Reading the work of up-and-coming authors can provide a big boost of creativity for an aspiring writer. Through this site, you can gift someone anywhere from four to 24 journals that can be delivered monthly, bi-monthly, or quarterly.

Sony Digital Voice Recorder
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Sony Digital Voice Recorder

$100 from Amazon
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It's not always possible — or preferable, for some writers — to jot down their thoughts about their prose with pen and paper. A voice recorder like this one can come in handy for those who prefer to speak their ideas or who just don't have a notebook on them. This gadget can record up to nearly 40 hours of speaking time with its built-in 4 GB memory.

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An Inspirational Office Banner
Rayo and Honey

An Inspirational Office Banner

$75 from Rayo and Honey
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Literary work is about writing and editing — ad nauseam. This banner, which can be hung up near a writing desk, is meant to inspire that process. Measuring 12.5-by-17-inches and reading "Much to be Done … & Undone," it's made of cotton canvas, a cotton black hanging string, and an oak hanging stick.

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Blue Light-Blocking Glasses
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Blue Light-Blocking Glasses

$25 from Amazon
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Writers spend a lot of time in front of their computer screens. Help reduce the strain on their eyes with a pair of these popular and well-rated Amazon specs, which come in a few colors and styles

Keurig K-Mini Coffee Maker
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Literary Wonderlands Book
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Literary Wonderlands Book

$23 on Amazon
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Character development is important, but the world those characters dwell in can be just as important a detail in a story. This wonderful book takes readers on a journey through "the greatest fictional worlds ever created," including some they've probably never heard of.

100 Essential Novels Scratch-Off Chart
Etsy

100 Essential Novels Scratch-Off Chart

$35 from Etsy
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We are in love with the Etsy shop PopChart, and this scratch-off chart of 100 novels essential for any writer is a perfect example of why. Utilitarian while also creative, clever, and wonderfully designed.

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Whiskey River Soap Co.
Whiskey River Soap Co.

Writer's Block Candle

$24 from Whiskey River Soap Co.
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Will this candle actually help writer's block? Of course not. Will its cheeky message make your blocked writer feel a little less tortured about not having the inspiration flowing? We think yes.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Roger von Oech's Ball of Whacks

$35 from The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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Sometimes a writer needs to concentrate on anything but his or her latest work. This versatile tool will let them do that while also keeping their brain in creative mode. 

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Amazon
Amazon

Writer Emergency Pack

$17 from Amazon
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For something that could help an uninspired artist crank past their writer's block, there's this: 26 illustrated cards with "helpful suggestions and specific tips." Writer's Digest called it a "portable tool for story resuscitation."

Amazon
Amazon

Acrylic Monitor Memo Board

$8 from Amazon
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Story development can strike at the oddest of times, and sometimes a writer just needs to get that down on a stickie note and save it for later. This handy two-pack of monitor-adjacent message boards will let them do that and come back to it later. 

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Amazon
Amazon

'Writer at Work' Door Hanger

$8 from Amazon
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This useful but inexpensive gift will make sure your favorite writer doesn't get interrupted when creativity does strike. 

Freewrite
Freewrite

Freewrite Traveler

$389 from Freewrite
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The problem with laptops is that they're full of distractions, which can be the death knell to any story. This Indiegogo-funded product is the oppposite of that. Like a 21st-century typewriter, it offers a distraction-free writing process but has a four week battery life and weighs less than two pounds. 

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Chronicle Books
Chronicle Books

Literary Notes

$15 from Chronicle Books
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This set of 20 notecards and envelopes has colorful, graphic illustrations that will resonate with any writer and/or book lover. 

Amazon
Amazon
Uncommon Goods
Uncommon Goods

Literary Insults Chart

$25 from Uncommon Goods
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With zingers like, "You had to stand in line to hate him," and, "She did not so much cook as assassinate food," this chart can be used as a humorous diversion when their brain needs a break. 

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