Hello again writers; children’s or otherwise,
A little later than I hoped, I’m aiming for fortnightly posts, nonetheless not to late for this particular post. A post specifically written to help you get and give the perfect gift for the writer(s) in your life e.g. maybe even spoil yourself. With just over a week left to Christmas I’ve compiled this timely helper. It’s so much fun finding all this new information, assistance and now gifts for writer’s too. It’s almost too much- almost. Well without further ado, gifts for writers in Australia:
Last Minute Gifts
Pilot Writers Diary- this Australian product from pilotpress.com.au is just the thing for writers working towards publication with advice from industry professionals, learning the craft pages, as well as conference and competition listings, just to name a few of the features of this gem. If this sounds like just the right gift, go to the website to find where you can purchase one for $29.95
Grammatical Mugs- I am figuratively dying for a cuppa, is just one of the clever mugs to delight the ‘grammar police’ in most writers. You can find these at the The Australian Writer’s Centre website writerscentre.com.au
Memberships- Writer’s Centres, SCBWI, FAW, ASA, Creative Kids Tales and whichever other writer’s groups your writerly friend belongs to, most likely cost money. Surprise them with next year’s membership already paid for. They’ll love it.
Courses, Conference and Festival Tickets- However, if you’re really after ‘brownie points’ forget the membership and opt for this big ticket item. They range from around $100 to $1000’s if you’re looking at an overseas event. There are grants to help with these and you can read all about them in my next post sometime around New Year.
Not So Last Minute Gifts
These gifts will be unlikely to reach you before Christmas at this late stage, however, Valentine’s Day is only two months away and I bet these would be appreciated much more than ‘stayed in the sun all day’ roses AND they’ll last a lot longer.
Books, Courses, Webinars from Writer’s Digest– An American website writersdigest.com which despite the regular advertising has so many writerly goodies that I, for one, can live with it. Besides something that’s advertised maybe exactly the right help for a new or emerging author.
T-shirts, Journals, Mugs and more from Cafe Press – Another American company, which prints ‘one of a kind’ and not so one of a kind products which are fun and unusual. The only downfall, the same one as for all the sites on this list, is the restrictive, possibly prohibitive postage. Look for sale items to help offset this problem.
Find pretty much all of the above, in fact ‘all things bookish’ from The Literary Gift Company– An English company which can be found at www.theliterarygiftcompany.com
T-shirts, Mugs, Prints, Coasters, Keyrings and best of all Jewelry from Etsy. etsy.com – I LOVE this shop! It has so many quaint and individual handmade items for just about anyone you could think of from mums, dads, brides, fans of; books, TV shows, woodwork, gardens, you name it!
This is by no means all that is available, but I’m sure it’s more than enough to get you started and maybe even finished with your Christmas shopping without even having to fight through the crowds.
Merry Christmas fellow travelers,
Savour the quest,