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.
#1 An Experience- whether writing related e.g. a retreat, conference, festival or course as suggested last year, or something
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,
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,
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Thanks Gretchen, it’s gorgeous isn’t it?
Great suggestions! Love the Girl and Duck merchandise!