20 awesome gifts for kids and teens who love to write

by | Nov 7, 2016 | Gift Guides

What gifts can you choose for kids and teens who love to write? When it comes time to buy a gift for the young writers in your life, you want a perfect present they’ll appreciate 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.

(Updated 11/2019. Links to Amazon are affiliate links.)

Gifts for Writers

Set of 4 Cute Unicorn 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 pencil 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 girls!

Leather desk and pencil organizer

2. Leather Desk Organizer

This smart leather desk organizer safely stores a writer’s charging cell phone (set on do not disturb mode, of course, so he can focus on writing). There is ample room for pencils or pens, and the drawer may be used to store index cards, paper clips, or sticky notes. This gift is available in over a dozen neutral and bright colors.

Wooden elephant pencil and smartphone holder for desktop

3. Pencil & Smartphone Holder

This whimsical wooden elephant cradles your teen’s cellphone in its trunk and holds an assortment of favorite pencils, pens, or scissors.

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 Rural Setting Thesaurus assists writers to consider possible sources of conflict and plot twists for these locations.

The Urban Setting Thesaurus

7. The Urban Setting Thesaurus

The big-city counterpart to the Rural Setting Thesaurus listed above, this Urban Setting 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 5 delicious flavors: Cola, Jelly Bean, Sour Apple, Cupcake, and Rainbow Sherbet. Yum! Better yet, these #2 graphite pencils are made from recycled newspapers.

Wreck This Journal (in full color) lets teens unleash their creativity!

9. Wreck This Journal (in Color!)

Perhaps the coolest and most inspiring journal they’ll ever own, young writers will love this all-new edition of Wreck This Journal—now in stunning full color! The journal becomes completely theirs as they unleash their creativity with prompts for painting, shredding, and transforming its pages.

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 pencil 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 for even more gifts for language-loving kids and teens who love to write!

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 Paperback 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! A fun game that you can play in 45 minutes.

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 ombre-look pencils adorned with these snarky quips:

Floating Bucket Pencil Holder

Get the ideas flowing with this funky, one-of-a-kind desk accessory. Available in 5 colors, this bucket appears to be suspended in air as it leaks a flow of clear water.

17. Flowing Water Pencil Holder

Internet Grammar Mug

18. Internet Grammar Mug

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

19. Preposition Pillow

Teen writers will be OVER the moon when they stuff a squishy pillow insert INTO this whimsical pillow cover. When they crawl UNDER the covers and rest their head UPON it, they’ll soon be dreaming ABOUT preposition-happy squirrels!

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 gifts for kids, teens or adults who love to write, follow this link to find 40 clever gifts for readers, writers, and word nerds.

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


  1. Annette

    writing tools is a great book!

  2. Libby

    I believe Nancy missed the mark, there is nothing like a fun pencil, pen (quill, felt or ballpoint) or quirky mug or pencil case to make writing more than a intellectual activity. The tactile experience of holding a quirky pen/pencil may inspire a flow of thought! While not a “writer”, I love fun writing utensils!

    • Kim Kautzer

      We’re kindred spirits, Libby. I think I could spend hours in the office-supply store exploring pens and pencils, journals and desk organizers, and so much more!

  3. 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.

    • 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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