20 awesome gifts for kids and teens who love to write

20 Awesome gifts for kids and teens who love to write • WriteShop

When it comes time to buy a gift for the writer in your life, you want a perfect present that will be appreciated for months and years to come. Because writing is our specialty here at WriteShop, we know exactly what a young—or merely young at heart—writer would love to receive. Some are whimsical; others are serious craft-building tools. Either way, you can trust us on these gift picks. They’re awesome gifts for kids and teens who love to write—but they’re also perfect for any writing enthusiast on your gift list!

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Gifts for Writers

Set of 4 Cute Cat Canvas Pencil Holders

1. Pencil Case Set

Not one or even two pencils cases are ever enough to hold all of a writer’s favorite implements. This set of four adorable pencils cases will organize plenty of pens, pencils, erasers, highlighters, and whiteout with a cheerful flair. You can also break up the set and share the love with several lucky recipients!

Wooden Desk Organiser

2. Wooden Desk Organizer

This sturdy wooden desk organizer safely stores a writer’s charging cell phone (set on do not disturb mode, of course, so he can focus on drafting). There is ample room for pencils or pens, and the slot in the back may be used to display index cards with ideas, reminders, or inspiring quotes about writing. This gift is available in two wood tones: light and dark.

Timber pencil holder - wooden pen holder

3. Timber Pencil Holder

Choose from six different color options when ordering this striking Australian-made pencil holder.

Paper Mate Flair Felt Tip Pens, Medium Point, Assorted Colors, 12-Count

4. Paper Mate Flair Felt-Tip Pens

Forget red ink during the revising process! We have so many more choices than a single shade! This pack of ten felt-tip pens gives your writer the control she wants while getting her ideas down on paper. The colors can be used to organize different ideas, make corrections, or simply to add to the delight of the writing process.

Writing Tools: 50 Essential Strategies for Every Writer

5. Writing Tools: 50 Essential Strategies for Every Writer

A writer is on a constant quest to perfect his craft. This book is one of the best guides a writer can own. Author Roy Peter Clark shares a series of fifty short essays on different aspects of writing, based on his almost thirty years of experience in journalism, writing, and teaching.

The Rural Setting Thesaurus

6. The Rural Setting Thesaurus

Writers of fiction will appreciate this guide to describing settings revolving around school, home, and nature. The book assists writers to consider possible sources of conflict and plot twists for these locations.

The Urban Setting Thesaurus

7. The Urban Setting Thesaurus

The urban counterpart for the Rural Setting Thesaurus listed above, this guide helps writers craft a cosmopolitan setting that adds to a storyline.


8. Smencils Scented Pencils

If the writer you love has to have everything just so before he can sit down with his thoughts, these scented pencils may be just the ticket. The scent lasts for 2 years and includes one of each delicious flavor: Cola, Jelly Bean, Sour Apple, Cupcake, and Rainbow Sherbet. Yum! Better yet, these #2 graphite pencils are made from recycled newspapers.

Crochet Note Pad Cell Phone Case

9. Crochet Note Pad Cell Phone Case

Your teen writer will love the juxtaposition of an old-world handicraft against her modern mobile device. This crochet phone case is large enough for oversized phones such as the iPhone Plus and is lined with soft micro fiber fleece and thick batting for extra protection.

bedside writing caddy

10. Bedside Writing Caddy

If your writer prefers to compose in the sanctuary of his own bedroom, this bedside writing caddy is perfect for keeping all his tools of the trade within arm’s reach and off the floor. With ten pockets, it has room for notepads, composition notebooks, a tablet, pens, glasses, and more. It’s made of tough polyester and attaches with Velcro strips.

Pencil knee socks

11. Pencil Knee Socks

Nothing symbolizes writing more than the classic yellow pencil! These long knee socks dress up the legs in old-style school charm, complete with pink eraser at the top and No. 2 graphite indicator on the side.

antique quill set

12. Antique Writing Quill Set

Although this quill writing set is more for fun than for serious writing, it does have an air of sophistication that will appeal to your young writer. Dipping the quill into ink, changing nibs, and using sealing wax will transport your writer back in time and possibly make her more appreciative of ballpoint and felt tip pens!

Gifts for Grammar Geeks & Word Nerds

Writers love words! So any present related to words, grammar, and the idiosyncrasies of the English language will be right up a writer’s alley. Here are word-rich treasures that your language loving teen or tween will adore.

Personalised Initial Case For iPhone

13. Personalized Wooden iPhone Case

Available through Etsy, this iPhone case makes a cool, one-of-a-kind gift for teen and adult writers alike. They can wrap that tool of digital distraction in a sheath of wood for a sensation reminiscent of what they’d much rather be holding instead—a good old-fashioned wooden pencil!

Paperback - The Card Game

14. Paperback: The Card Game

In this card game for ages 10 and up, players create words using individual letters. To play, you score words in order to buy better letters with cool abilities. But scoring won’t win the game; you must finish novels to make it as a paperback writer!

English Can Be Weird - Mug

15. “English Can Be Weird” Mug

David Burge nailed a quirk of English spelling with his ironic quote, “Yes, English can be weird. It can be understood through tough thorough thought, though.”

grammar nerd pencils

16. Grammar Rules Pencil Set

Any self-respecting grammar nerd will adore these pencils adorned with these snarky quips:


Floating Bucket Pencil Holder

17. Flowing Water Pencil Holder

Get the ideas flowing with this funky, one-of-a-kind desk accessory. Available in red, blue, or black, this bucket appears to be suspended in air as it leaks a flow of clear water.

Internet Grammar Mug

18. Internet Grammar Mug

Writers are frustrated more than anyone by the low standards of grammar on the Internet. This mug lets them express that inner irritation with a smug grin while drinking coffee or hot cocoa.

There, They're, Their Pillow for grammar nerds

19. There, They’re, Their Pillow

Does your writer cringe every time these three words are used incorrectly? If so, he will embrace this grammar geek pillow with gusto while dreaming of red pens and proofreading marks.

self-adhesive pen holder

20. Self-Adhesive Pencil/Pen Clip

There’s nothing worse than having a great idea but not having a pen or pencil handy to write it down! These plastic gizmos hold three writing utensils each and stick to whatever surface you want—mirrors, desks, monitors, appliances, whiteboards, etc. They come in sets of ten or more, plenty to assure that every room of the house has a pen or pencil available when the urge to write strikes.

If you’re looking for more gift ideas for children or adults, follow this link to find 40 clever gifts for readers, writers, and word nerds.


  • Posted November 22, 2018

    Nancy P

    How are any of these items an encouragement or aid to young writers. I think you’ve totally missed the mark on all of them.

    • Posted November 22, 2018

      Kim Kautzer

      Nancy: These ideas are meant to appeal to teens who love to write. They’re mostly for pure fun and aren’t necessarily intended as educational supplements. If you’re willing to share, I’d love to hear your ideas for teen gifts you think would encourage the craft of writing!

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