Want to know what to buy for the author in your life? I believe every author deserves a personal chef, a personal assistant, a housekeeper, and a Ferrari, but if those aren’t in your budget, here are eleven affordable stocking stuffers ideas:
1. A mouse rug. Fancier than a mouse pad, there is a mouse rug to suit every decor and every writer’s desk. Mouse rugs run about $20 on www.mouserug.com.
2. A gift certificate for a massage. Authors get achy shoulders and necks. A massage runs $40 to $100 depending on the length of the massage.
3. To warm icy author fingers, how about some fingerless gloves? They are great for writing and reading. You can find them in department stores and on Amazon.com. They run $5-$25
4. Gourmet coffee. Writing and coffee go together like chocolate and peanut butter, or chocolate and chardonnay, well like chocolate and anything. But we’re talking about coffee here. A pound of good java will run $7-$15.
5. Chocolate. You knew I was going to suggest that, didn’t you? Don’t just throw in a Kit Kat, spring for the good stuff. A 6-piece box of Godiva truffles will run $16.
6. An Amazon gift certificate. Authors like to read too.
7. Time to write. Give your author friend a coupon for an uninterrupted day of writing. Take the kids out for the day, clean the house, do the cooking–whatever it takes to give your author that time.
8. Packets of sticky notes, sticky flags, highlighter pens, and notebooks. Authors are geeks. We love stuff like this. (Hint: But do not make it the main present. Geekiness only goes so far). A package of sticky notes runs $5 to $20 depending on the size of the pack.
9. A writer’s clock. Less than $20 on CafePress.
10. A pedometer. Writing is sedentary, which can (will) result in health complications down the road. A pedometer offers a gauge of how much you are moving around and reminds you to get your butt out of the chair every now and then. Plan to spend about $20-25. The cheaper ones don’t last. Amazon is a good source.
11. A big hug and a kiss. Priceless!
Which one of these gifts would you ask Santa for? Any others?