When I sat down this morning, I had no clue what I was going to write about, then I saw the grab-bag gift I got at my writer's group party on Saturday. It's a really nice (fake) leather bound organizer. One side has a calculator, daily planner, calendar, places for notes on health and fitness, references, web pages, and addresses/phone numbers. The other side has two pockets for cash, credit cards, etc. It is a wonderful gift for a writer.
There were other gifts at the party - some that I nixed as useless for me, but that others would enjoy, others that I drooled over. Our price limit is ten dollars. It is amazing what you can get for such a little amount. My kids asked me what I wanted for Christmas and I was at a loss as to what to tell them. My husband and I don't really need anything and the few things we want are more expensive than I want my kids to buy. But the party gave me some great ideas, some of which I'm going to list here. Feel free to add to the list.
Gifts for writer's:
subscriptions to writer's magazines (okay, this is closer to twenty dollars, but is still a good bargain)
pens, pencils, other writing implements
paper for printers (we go through a lot of that)
gift certificates to bookstores and office stores
calendars for keeping track of our submissions
binder clips and paper clips
large tyvek envelopes for mailing our manuscripts
Actually, go to any stationery store or store with a stationery department and just pick things out. Most writers will appreciate anything that helps them get through the day. Other friends appreciate things like wine, food, gift certificates to restaurants or fast food joints, bath salts, etc. (Long story - but none of these things really works well for me).
There is no need to spend a lot of money. Even a couple of new pencils and a sharpener works. A writer can write anywhere with them.
Today's thought: "To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift." - Steve Prefontaine
Today's teaser: What is on your writer's wish list?