11 stocking stuffer gift ideas for the writer in your life…

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.

mouse rug

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.

Male 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?

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23 Responses to 11 stocking stuffer gift ideas for the writer in your life…

  1. Sandi says:

    This is a lovely gift list!

    I’m getting customized typing gloves spun and knit to my specifications this year. The Spousal Unit is quite accommodating. 🙂

  2. Wanda says:

    Some great ideas. Never heard of a mouse rug and I want that clock.

  3. Sue Lyndon says:

    Great suggestions….especially number 7!

  4. S.J. Maylee says:

    Yes, it sure is a great list. Love the clock. I’m getting #7 right now actually. Hubs took the youngest to his field trip. I guess I better get writing, lol. Oh! Hold that thought. One more email just came in that I need to take care of and then I will write. 😀

  5. Lisa Wells says:

    Anytime I get a gift certificate for a book store, I’m thrilled. Cool list.

  6. Love these ideas!
    Especially the coupon for a free writing day. 🙂
    Throw the massage, kiss and chocolate in the mix, and it would be the perfect day!

  7. Tara Finnegan says:

    Great ideas, number four really works for me especially when combined with…you got it… chocolate 🙂

  8. Thanks, Santa! I hope you’re coming to my house on Christmas. My stocking usually hangs limp as I fill everyone’s stocking around here. Maybe I’ll treat myself.

  9. Sharon Davis says:

    Who doesn’t want #7? Wow. And you know the fingerless gloves were a hit at the Ozarks Romance Authors’ Dirty Santa gift exchange last weekend.

  10. Renee Rose says:

    Yes! You can add a babysitter to the the personal chef, personal assistant and housekeeper portion for me! (and the Ferrari, of course)

  11. Patty Devlin says:

    LOveLoveLOVELoVelovE. I’m sending this to my family!!!!

  12. Chris Cannon says:

    Great suggestions. I love the clock.

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