Hello, writerly friends! The holidays are upon us! (Kind of an ominous phrase, isn’t it? “Upon us,” like it’s a tsunami or an alien invasion or something.) And we all know what that means…GIFTS.


I love giving them, I love getting them, I love all the sparkly paper and big shiny bows, and I even love the way that glitter inevitably gets ground into the carpeting and stays with you until you die.

(Incidentally, I also love GIFs. Ba-dum-tsss.)

There’s only one downside to gifts, and that’s the pressure of giving the right one. Which is why…this post is not for you.

It’s for everyone else in your life. Especially if they’re the type to fret over whether or not they’re giving you, their beloved writer, the right gift.

I’ll wait a moment while you pass your device over…

Hello, there! If you’re reading this, it’s because you have a writer in your life who loves you very much and who feels that you’re getting an eensy-beansy bit too stressed over what to give them this holiday season. And why wouldn’t you be? Unless you can gift-wrap a publication offer, is there really anything that your writer wants?

…Yes. Your writer wants so many things. Things like:

New notebooks and journals. You may, in the past, have heard your writer making noises about how they have “too many” notebooks and journals and they “need to stop buying them” because they “have enough.” I think the sheer amount of sarcastic quotes in that sentence proves how much they’re lying. Buy them pretty notebooks and journals. They want them. They need them. They must have them.

Fancy pens and stickers and stuff. Because why have a fancy notebook or journal if you can’t make it even fancier with cat stickers?

Books. Writers are readers. There’s no two ways about it. And if you’re thinking, well, gee, they’ve already got so many books…stop it. They have so many books because they like books. They like building book forts, they like running out of shelf space, and they even like guiltily buying books that they’ll never read just because the covers are pretty.

A lifetime supply of their hot drink of choice. Do they drink too much coffee? Tea? Hot chocolate? Whatever it is, they’re probably tired of running out. Be a dear and get them some more.

A bookish subscription box. There are so many subscription boxes for readers out there that deliver books and bookish swag right to your doorstep. How great is that? BOOKS AND BOOKISH SWAG. AND YOU DON’T EVEN HAVE TO LEAVE THE HOUSE. I would personally die of joy if someone got me a subscription to something like OwlCrate or LitJoy YA and you can bet your last box of mac and cheese that I’m dropping some serious hints.

Time to write. The holidays are busy, busy, busy and writing time can quickly vanish in the chaos. Show your writer you care by giving them a few hours in which to work. Offer to do the dishes. Take the noisy kiddos to the park. Sternly tell them to go get some work done. They’ll appreciate it, I promise.

Now, if you’ll just pass this back to your loving writer…

Pssst…I told them to buy you good stuff.

What writerly/readerly gifts are you hoping to get this year? I’m crossing my fingers for a YA subscription box (or the money with which to subscribe to one…or two…or three…). The Hate U Give was on my list until the end of last week when I broke down and got it because I just couldn’t wait any longer. I’m also hoping to get one more CP for Lady of Daemonsif you fancy helping that wish come true, please shoot me an email or give me a shout on Twitter!