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40 clever gifts for readers, writers, and word nerds

by | Dec 8, 2015 | Gift Guides

Don’t you love when you find that perfect gift something meaningful, quirky, or completely out of the ordinary to please that special someone? Here are 40 gifts for readers, writers, and word nerds that are sure to make faces light up in delight! Cozy up on the couch with your favorite mug and get ready to shop for the book lovers and pen wielders you love most.

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{1-4} Wearable Words

Clothing gifts for readers, writers, and word nerds

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Your gift recipients will look smart from top to toe when you choose something unique from this list.

Scarves are hot—and this Jane Eyre scarf |1| is guaranteed to keep a stylish neck warm this winter. You can also choose from other themed scarves (and writing gloves!) from StoriArts‘ Etsy shop. Free shipping on orders of $50 or more!

These notebook-design Mary Jane flats |2| by Hot Chocolate Shoes are the cutest thing ever! My friend Marcy of Ben and Me loves hers so much that she also bought a world map pair |3|. Comfy + cute = happy feet!

And while we’re on the subject of feet, why not charm the socks off your favorite book lover with a pair of these unisex literary socks |4| from Out of Print? They come in so many gorgeous patterns and are available in sizes for men, women, and children.

{5-8} All That Glitters

Jewelry gifts for readers, writers, and word nerds

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What girl doesn’t appreciate a bit of bling? A Likely Story carries literary-themed jewelry such as a fabulous “Whodunit” charm bracelet for mystery buff-ettes |5|.

Or dazzle the writer on your list with this author’s bracelet |6|, which dangles with fun charms such as ink bottle, pencil cup, and old-fashioned typewriter.

Though she be but little she is fierce. This Shakespeare quote adorns a sweet necklace with a pearl pendant |7| that would make a great stocking stuffer.

My courage always rises at every attempt to intimidate me. Or instead, select this brave Elizabeth Bennet quote in a Pride and Prejudice pendant necklace |8|.

{9-13} On the Go

Travel gifts for readers, writers, and word nerds

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Know someone who’s planning a special trip? Gift them with a trio of goodies that include a literary luggage tag |9|, cool I Was Here travel journal |10|, and glorious set of 100 colorful postcards featuring Penguin book jackets |11|.

For “staycationers,” whimsical literary travel totes |12| from Out of Print are perfect for everything from carting home a stack of library books to ferrying writing supplies to Starbucks, and they come in many designs. Toss in an amusing “Peace Love Write” stainless steel travel mug |13| and you’ll be the favorite gift-giver ever!

{14-18} Writing Tools

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Every writer can use tools to recharge their writing.

When a story gets stuck, it’s Writer Emergency Pack|14| to the rescue! This small but mighty card deck has ideas to fix plot holes, spice up characters, and add detail. Perfect for writers, non-writers, and students, it’s just the right size to tuck into a stocking or gift basket.

The Amazing Story Generator |15| is a spiral-bound flipbook that features hundreds of mix-and-match settings, characters, and plots. It’s packed with colorful, engaging, and sometimes silly prompts, making it a great tool for coming up with story ideas.

Every writer I know goes nuts over a new pen! Fountain pens are making a comeback, and this classic Pilot fountain pen |16| is the perfect implement to pair with a vintage leather-bound diary |17|. For that extra luxe touch, the pen also comes in silver and gold.

If you’re looking for something more amusing, give your favorite guy a set of manly tool pens |18|. Or throw a few in your reluctant writer‘s stocking to encourage him to write with a smile!

{19-22} Journals

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Nothing inspires a writer more than a brand-new journal or notebook that fairly begs for the touch of a pen!

Wreck This Journal |19| is perfect for the reluctant writer, the perfectionist, or anyone who has ever had trouble keeping a traditional journal. The owner of this out-of-the-box tool is given permission to poke holes in pages, paint with coffee, and make a general mess of the pages in this book. It’s insanely fun and creative! The author has also created other unique journals to choose from.

More ideas include a set of eight 80-page journals with inspirational covers |20|, a prayer journal called Writing to God: 40 Days of Praying with My Pen|21|, and a classy leather journal|22|, which comes in lots of color options, both bright and muted.

{23-28} For the Home

Holiday gift ideas for writers, readers, book lovers, kids, and adults including clothing, board books, jewelry, home goods, travel gear, games, and puzzles.

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Add a dash of inspiration or frivolity with these perfect for-the-home gifts for readers, writers, and word nerds.

For starters, why not add panache to a boring wall? Etsy shop collageOrama uses vintage dictionary pages as the background for fun, funky, and totally whimsical prints, including this Writer’s Muse Owl print |23|.

Update a sofa with an artsy-looking vintage typewriter pillow cover |24|, which pairs perfectly with a fluffy down-alternative 20″ x 20″ pillow insert to make a one-of-a-kind gift.

Or grace the coffee table with the subtle, comforting fragrance of a book-scented candle |25|. A literary-themed coaster set |26| or gorgeous tabletop book such as  A Journey Through Literary America |27| would also make a lovely and much-appreciated gift.

And let’s not forget the kitchen! The Book Lover’s Cookbook |28| provides swoon-worthy recipes for the cook who’s also an avid reader—perfect for anyone who’s ever wanted to taste the food that plays a role in their favorite books.

{29-37} For Younger Kids

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Don’t forget the kids! For the preschool set (especially if they have literary buffs for parents), explore the generous collection of BabyLit® primers and parodies. While it’s hard to choose a favorite, here are four irresistible picks:

Or, if you’re like me and can’t stop at just one, grab this Classic Baby Lit Collection box set and call it good!

How about a fresh idea for children’s wear? Out of Print‘s adorable literary tees for kids |33| feature cool book-jacket designs and come in assorted colors. (Want one in an adult size? They have tees for men and women too.)

Kids who love to doodle or write will be thrilled to get their own special journal. How to Be an Explorer of the World |34| is perfect for both boys and girls. But to appeal especially to girls, take a peek at either Tear Up This Book (an American Girls journal complete with stickers and stencils) |35| or a colorful fill-in-the-blanks journal for teens|36|.

And have you seen WAFF notebooks|37|? Oh, what fun! They have a tactile, Lego-like cover and 190 lined pages for dreaming and journaling.

{38-40} For Teens or Families

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Looking for the perfect gift for a book- or word-loving family? Try Book Lover’s Memory game |38|! Picture cards include a collection of classics featuring beautiful illustrations, book covers, and literary quotes.

Nab It! |39| is an exciting game of stolen words. It’s loads of fun for teens and adults alike!

Last but not least, fans of challenging jigsaw puzzles will love this dazzling 2000-piece Ravensburger World of Books Puzzle |40|. It’s made of the highest quality paper and the attention to detail is just incredible!

If you enjoyed browsing these gifts for your favorite readers, writers and word nerds, follow this link to find 38 more gifts for book-lovers and writers.

Holiday gift ideas for writers, readers, book lovers, kids, and adults including clothing, board books, jewelry, home goods, travel gear, games, and puzzles.