Last week I was racing around trying to find a Christmas gift for my RWA local chapter Secret Pal who is also a writer. Was I successful? Not really. Oh, I ended up with a goodie bag full of swag for this great gal, but I could find nothing that “said” writer.
Earlier in the year my Secret Pal gave me a mug that has an old-fashioned typewriter on it. I adore this mug and take it everywhere. And even though she told me where she got it, that store carries one-of-a-kind articles that don’t get restocked. It’s a catch as catch can type of situation in my neck of the woods. So my Pal got swag, but not writer swag.
Then my husband asked for my Christmas list. And though it’s got the big stuff that I want on it, I can’t just put down “writer themed stuff.” So I got on the internet and did some research and hopefully it’s not too late for mail order, because I found some wonderful sites that carry all kinds of things for writers.
The first one is Holiday Gifts for Writers and Readers, which has some really cool stuff. From a Women Writers Magnet Set that features such notables as Virginia Woolf and Jane Austin to Famous Author Action Figures to a writer-themed set of dishes, these fifteen suggestions should give you lots of ideas for pleasing your favorite author this Christmas or any time throughout the year.
But my favorite site is Cafe Press’s Writers of Romance Mugs website. They over a hundred mug designs, many geared towards romance writers.
Some of my favorites are “Writers Do It Between the Sheets,” “Erotica Writer Seeks Research Assistant, Apply Within,” “Writers Write–Everyone Else Makes Excuses,” and “Romance Author E-Pubbed & Proud.”
Even better, these slogans are available not only on mugs, but on a variety of items: t-shirts, sweatshirts, buttons, pins, badges, coasters, bags, bumper stickers, postcards. Sounds like a treasure trove of swag to me!
And the last suggestion, which I thought was different and brilliant, comes from writer Jess Hartley who, in her blog post “The Best Holiday Gift For Writers” suggests reading some of the writer’s work and reviewing it for Goodreads, Amazon and Barnes & Noble. You can put that on my Christmas List right now!
I hope your holiday shopping is going well–kudos to you if you’re already finished. If you have any suggestions for super cool holiday gifts for writers please share. I’ll pass them on to my loved ones. LOL