Christmas Shopping Help -Journeygirl’s Top Five.

Hello fellow Children’s Writers and friends (or in this case Children’s Writers’ family and friends)

Yes it’s that time again when people wrack their brains to figure out just what to get their beloved writing spouse, partner, mother, father or friend. Aside from writing journals and  books to read (and gosh they can be fussy about those) what could they possibly want? Don’t despair, stop tearing out your hair, because Journeygirl’s annual Christmas shopping ideas guide is here! This year I’m listing my top 5 Christmas present ideas for the writer in your life.

Greenleaf Press’ Sunshine Writer’s Retreat

#1 An Experience- whether writing related e.g. a retreat, conference, festival or course as suggested last year, or something

non-writing related

completely non-writing related. The latter are great for two reasons; they provide a much needed break and two equally necessary inspiration.


#2 Tools- these can be paper related like the aforementioned journals, tote or other bags, stationery (always appreciated) or electronic both hardware and software.


#3 A Place to Write- Even, or perhaps especially if your writer works at home, finding a place where they can completely focus on their writing without out any distractions is difficult, if not near impossible. A ‘She Shed or Man Cave is the perfect place to lock themselves away for an hour or three. Not in budget? Fair enough, how about regular space/time in a writing room? The beauty of these is that going there is   exactly like going to work, which is bound to be good for productivity and  creativity.

#4 Storage- A place for everything and everything in its place is every writers dream, well the first part at least (for many mess and creativity are linked, but even this sort like to start off organised) pencil cases, pencil cases

also available at

trolleys, boxes, filing cabinets, bookshelves, desks, the list of possibilities is endless. You probably want to take your writing buddy with you for this one… and let them run amok in say, Ikea or Office Works or Temple and Webster or a quirky little country, or antique or online shop.

#5 Peace and Quiet… or not- This and the one above were the suggestions of my own writing buddy, my daughter Sarah; who uses noise cancelling headphones when she’s really focussed on creating and then puts on her favourite music when she’s editing. Again a writing retreat, or some noise cancelling headphones, or some great CDs or even cooler vinyl records are bound to put a smile on your beloved writer’s face.

So breathe a short sigh of relief now that Journeygirl’s got you sorted, then get out there, or on there if you’re going the online option, and make sure you’re number one on the writer in your life’s Top Five!

If you haven’t found quite the right thing here, never fear, be sure to have a look at these shops from last year’s post  Journeygirl’s Christmas Store Suggestions plus giveaway! or these gifts from 2016 Christmas Gift Ideas for the Writer in Your Life

Farewell and a very Merry Christmas fellow travellers,

Savour the quest and the Season,


About Artelle Lenthall

Hi Fellow Children’s Writers and Friends, I am a published Picture Book author as well as a wife, mother and Primary School teacher. I am loving the new 'sites' on the continuing road to publication. I belong to the Fellowship of Australian Writers(FAW) Creative Kids Tales(CKT) Jen Storer’s The Scribblers and although I'd love to belong to more writing related organisations, I have found friends, support, critiquing and general encouragement with these, for which I am truly grateful. I also subscribe to Tara Lazar's specialist Picture Book website; How to Write For Kids While Raising Them, Buzz Words and The Duck Pond where I am one of the moderators. These inspire me in the development of my craft. Worth a look if like me, Picture Books and Children’s Writing are your passion.
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4 Responses to Christmas Shopping Help -Journeygirl’s Top Five.

  1. Pingback: Three Amazing Last Minute Christmas Gifts for Writers | Journeygirl

  2. Pingback: 19 Gifts for Writers, 2019 Christmas Edition | Journeygirl

  3. Thanks Gretchen, it’s gorgeous isn’t it?


  4. Great suggestions! Love the Girl and Duck merchandise!


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