‘Tis the season for searching for unique gift ideas for the people you love. If you’re lucky, there are some readers, writers, and coffee drinkers on your list, because they’re the best people. But what do those introspective introverts really want this year? Here are a few suggestions.
What do readers want? BOOKS, of course!
If you think October is the only month for spooky stories, you’re wrong. Did you know it used to be tradition to tell ghost stories on Christmas Eve? It’s true! Dickens’s A Christmas Carol is a perfect example, but dozens of other classic horror stories have a Christmas connection, including “The Kit-Bag” by Algernon Blackwood and Susan Hill’s haunting novel The Woman in Black. So consider giving the gift of fright this holiday season. For some bite-sized *true* ghost stories combined with local history, check out the Spooky America series. Although 8-12 year olds are the targeted age range for these books, anyone can enjoy them, and they’re the perfect size for a family read-aloud around the Christmas tree. Make the gift even more personal by purchasing a signed copy with a dedication. To order a personalized copy of The Ghostly Tales of Austin, The Ghostly Tales of New England, or The Ghostly Tales of Burlington, send me a message via my contact page.
Got a reader on your shopping list not interested in creepy stuff? Here are some other recent reads I recommend:
- Call Us What We Carry by Amanda Gorman – Amanda Gorman captured the nation’s heart in 2021 with her inaugural poem, “The Hill We Climb.” In this collection of poetry, she continues to demonstrate her brilliance with words as she expresses her feelings, hopes, and frustrations with our world. Relatable and beautiful, this book of poetry will challenge you and make you think, but at times it will also feel like a warm hug of support.
- Bomb Shelter: Love, Time, and Other Explosives by Mary Laura Philpott – Philpott tackles some hard subjects in these essays, but she does so with a gentleness and humor that makes even the difficult things feel like they’re going to be ok. (And, usually, they are.) Beautifully written, the stories in this book weave back and forth through the author’s life while remaining connected to the thread of her teenage son’s struggle with a seizure disorder. I highly recommend the audio book.
- The Tryout: A Graphic Novel by Christina Soontornvat – This middle grade memoir is so well done. It’s sweet, surprising, relatable, and so honest it will make you cringe in parts. Christina Soontornvat captures the complex friendships and challenges of middle school perfectly. Graphic novels are not usually my genre, but this one won my heart. Great gift for middle graders, teachers, and anyone who enjoys a good true story.
- Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin – Have you ever loved a book so much you couldn’t form a cohesive sentence about it? That’s how I feel about Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow. I’ve been wanting to write a review of it ever since I finished it in August, but I can never decide where to begin or how to put into words the impact it had on me. The best I can do is just tell you to read it. Good fit for gamers and readers who love realistic fiction about complicated friendships with flawed but likable characters.
- The Space Between You and Me by Ashley B. Davis – Got a reader on your list looking for magic, angst, and LGBTQ romance? Give them the chance to curl up with a warm beverage and indulge in some time spent with Jonah and Apollo. The heart-wrenching relationship between these two teenagers trying to find themselves and each other while also protecting their clan will delight fans of Carry On and the Twilight series.
One more idea…
If you’re shopping for a reader but aren’t sure what they want to read next, consider getting them something to remind them of their favorite books. These ornaments filled with tiny books are adorable and can be personalized with the titles of your choice. Sneak a peek at your friend’s Goodreads page, scope out which books they’ve rated highest, and make a one-of-a-kind decoration filled with their favorites that they can enjoy year after year.
But writers are so hard to shop for… Not true!
Whether you’re looking for something practical or whimsical for the writer in your life, I’ve got you covered with these suggestions.
Give a gift that keeps giving.
I’m a big fan of Writer’s Digest magazine. I’ve been reading it for years and continue to find the articles, tips, agent spotlights, and writing exercises engaging and useful. I can honestly say that two of my published stories would not even exist, much less be published, if not for an inspirational article or writing prompt from Writer’s Digest. Consider giving your writer friend a subscription. That way, every month they will receive a new volume of writerly advice to fuel their muse, and they’ll think of you each time.
Another great gift to give a writer, especially one just starting out in their career, is a good review. Take the time to jot down some positive notes about their book on Goodreads or Amazon or on your favorite social media sites. A little good publicity can go a long way, and I promise your writer friend will appreciate the kind words.
Practical, shmactical. Get them something fun.
Authors get super nerdy when it comes to office supplies, so consider getting your favorite writer some new tools of the trade. Spoil them with a fancy fountain pen from GoldSpot or spend a little more on this unique “Inkvent” Calendar (an advent calendar filled with tiny bottles of ink) that they can enjoy all throughout the holiday season.
Then again, writers deserve their breaks. You can also give them something to get them away from the desk for awhile, like a basket of bubble bath and chocolate or a bottle of their favorite wine. Add this funny “First Draft” candle for an additional dose of fun.
When in doubt, start with coffee…
Readers and writers have a lot in common, and one trait many of them share is a love of caffeine. If you’re not sure what books or writing utensils the people on your holiday list would enjoy, you may want to go back to the basics: COFFEE.
Magnificent mugs and creative cups.
I believe a person can never have too many coffee cups, so I say buy your loved one a new vehicle for their caffeine.
At my Etsy shop, Pumpkins & Poetry, I have a variety of coffee cups that appeal to readers and writers, such as two that display book title poems, and one that shows images of delicious lattes. (A coffee cup covered in coffee cups. That’s deep.)
Also, I know I’ve mentioned them on my blog before, but I highly recommend Creature Cups. They are cute (or creepy depending on which animal you choose) and the mugs are high quality and easy to wash in the dishwasher despite the decorations inside.
Start the new year off right.
My last gift suggestion is one that will delight its recipient all year long: the 2023 Comfy Cozy Coffee Calendar. This wall calendar (which comes in 8.5×11 or 12×12) includes twelve months of photos of delicious lattes, cozy coffee shops, and books. It’s the perfect decoration to hang in any reader or writer’s office to fuel them with inspiration and remind them of important deadlines.
There you go! Shopping list done! Shipping times can be unpredictable these days, so order early to avoid delays. (<– Whoops! I rhymed there by accident!) Oh, and if YOU are the reader or writer or coffee drinker in your life, it’s totally ok to order these things for yourself. You deserve to be pampered, too. 📚🖊️☕😊
3 thoughts on “Gift Ideas for the Readers, Writers, and Coffee Drinkers in Your Life”
Such a useful list and also I am tickled and HONORED to be included in it. 😀
Also, I love love love your reference to horror stories on Christmas eve. ❤
Yea! I’m glad you saw that!
Thank you! I always need gift ideas–books for myself. Every book you mention sounds like both a reader and a keeper. I’m especially interested in the one by Amanda Gorman; she’s awesome. I wrote a post about liking a book so much that I couldn’t write a cohesive sentence about it–two posts, in fact–I was obligated to write one of those reviews and it took hours and hours to turn out something readable. One of my students wanted to write about The Once and Future King for the school paper but she couldn’t even speak a cohesive sentence to me. No review ensued.
As for office supplies, I’m easily pleased. Paper.