18 Gifts for Writers & Entrepreneurs in 2018 - Craft Your Content

18 Gifts for Writers & Entrepreneurs in 2018

Another year, and another stressful shopping season, is upon us. Do regular commercials even suggest good gifts anymore?

Sorry Walmart, I don’t want or need a new flat-screen TV. Show me something different and exciting, or at least functional to my loved ones’ daily life.

That’s where we come in. For the fourth year in a row, we put together a list of gifts that are perfect for the writer or entrepreneur you’ve been struggling to shop for.

Since it’s 2018, here are 18 amazing gifts.

Away we go!

1. Multi-Use Charging Station

Photo via Amazon

I didn’t know about this particular invention until it was gifted to me last Christmas. Before having this organized charging station, I’d use whatever plugs were available in my room, even at the risk of accidentally stepping on my iPad as it charged on the floor by my bed (RIP iPad screen). With this charging station, your loved one can keep everything together and, with an extension, plug everything into the same power jack. Maybe this isn’t revolutionary to you, but look! It even has an Apple Watch adapter! Plus, it’s compatible with any and all electronics. Apple brand or not.

2. USB Hand Warmers

Photo via Cubedecorzone

Thank our Executive Editor, Elisa, for this amazing find. With winter in full swing, cold weather can have the harshest effect on our hardworking hands. Sweaters and blankets are nice, but those warming properties are useless to cold little fingers when there’s work to do. These gloves actually plug into the laptop, which then charges up warming pads on the top and bottom of your loved one’s hands, keeping them nice and toasty for a productive day at the computer no matter how many hours they’re glued to their screen.

3. Runaway Alarm

Photo via Oh God I Need It

Whether you’re a morning lark or a night owl, some people just need a little extra push to get up in the morning. This runaway alarm is a blaring beast that your giftee will have to chase if they want to turn it off. It has a snooze feature that keeps the alarm on their bedside table for the first few snooze cycles. After that, the clock jumps off the table and starts its reign of terror around the room. Once your loved one has gotten out of bed, they’re less likely to get back in it. Well, that’s what we hope anyway …

4. Rolling Laptop Desk

Photo via DHGate

I’m writing on this rolling desk right now. For a work-from-home type, this portable tabletop will allow the person you give it to to switch up their location every now and then. Plus, it’s multifunctional. I keep my desk in the living room, where I can work on a recliner or couch, and when I feel like a TV dinner, I have a place to put my plate other than my stomach. This also works if the giftee is bedridden and doesn’t want a standard lapdesk. This will be a favorite in their household. Even my roommates love and use it.

5. Computer Vacuum

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I’ve spilled many a crumb on my laptop keyboard … and self. You’ve gotta eat at some point, even if you’re on a writing roll. This tiny vacuum is meant specifically for cleaning up messes on your loved one’s computer. To power it up, just plug it in to a USB port, and let it suck up the shame of an entire bag of Lays eaten in one sitting. No one will ever know.

6. Flask Book Box

Photo via UncommonGoods

While this book isn’t exactly one you can read, its contents are sure to provide courage, knowledge—and, OK, a hangover if you don’t use it in moderation. Taking a page (pun intended) from how people used to hide alcohol during Prohibition, this flask in a book is a great gift for writers and entrepreneurs who want a little hidden inspiration on their bookshelves. You can even fill it up with your favorite person’s preferred elixir before gift wrapping.

7. Desktop Punch Bag

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Some writers like to drink away their frustrations, others like to punch it away. This mini punching bag sits conveniently on your loved one’s desk for moments of anger, or when they just want a little workout between projects. It sticks onto any surface via a suction cup, so they don’t have to worry about punching it into space. If they work in an office with other people, just make sure they don’t tape anyone’s picture to it.

8. Zen Wishing Stone

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I was going to include a mini Japanese rock garden, but then I realized that the last time I had one, I spilled the sand everywhere. This Zen tool is much less destructive (which is definitely not Zen), and mirrors the Buddhist meditation on impermanence. All your loved one needs for this wishing stone to work is a little water. They’ll write wishes, or affirmations on it, or draw little doodles to take their mind off work and focus on the here and now.

9. Posture Corrector

Photo via Amazon

Sitting hunched over a laptop all day is definitely not good for posture. We’ve previously included back support as a great gift for writers and entrepreneurs, but if you think your favorite workaholic needs something a little extra, this strap can go underneath or over top of clothes and supports shoulder alignment, better posture, and can help with neck and upper back pain. Even if they’re not experiencing pain just yet, this might be something to help prevent future damage or encourage a more confident stance. Good posture can be a big deal when it comes to first impressions.

10. Book-Themed Apparel

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Photo from Out of Print

Have a favorite book your loved one would like to wear proudly on a shirt, bag, or even socks? Our content editor Giselle Sproule found this amazing site called Out of Print that sells everything literature in the form of apparel, mugs, themed office supplies, and jewelry. Want a Fahrenheit 451 set of matches? It’s twisted, but they have it. They even have baby apparel for parents who want to expose their children to culture at a young age.

11. Writing-Themed Poster

Photo via EarthlyMission

If your scribbling giftee is less about wearing their passions and more about decorating with them, this Shakespeare insult poster is a witty addition to any literary home. They can put it in their office for a good laugh, or if they want to be creative in a scathing email. If they’re OK with burning bridges, they can end a conference call with one of the lines from the poster: “More of your conversation would infect my brain.”

12. Story Games

Photo via Storymatic

Got a board game fanatic on your gift list? Do they spend their free time playing Words with Friends, or finding joy in creating messed-up scenarios in Cards Against Humanity? You should definitely consider getting them storytelling games like Story Cubes and Storymatic. These games can be played in a writers’ group, with kids, or with family to help learn the craft of storytelling, exercise creativity, and generate ideas for your loved one’s next big project. The best part is—no electronics allowed!

13. Phone Charging Bracelet

Photo via UncommonGoods

While it’s on the pricier side, this item is both fashionable and useful for the busy person constantly on the go. The thick bangle style is minimal and classic but can be used to charge an iPhone or other Apple device with a similar charging port. This will be the most useful for those who rarely lose their chargers in the black hole that is their travel bag. Now, they can just wear all the power they need on their wrist, which is pretty bad-ass.

14. Multi-Device Bluetooth Keyboard

Photo via Logitech

We’ve listed many a keyboard in our gift roundups before, from laser to washable. This one is a little less flashy and a little more functional. This wireless keyboard allows your loved one to type on devices across platforms. If they want to use a full keyboard to write notes on their phone, this keyboard has that capability. They can even connect to three devices at a time and switch between them with the click of a button. I love technology.

15. Freewrite

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Photo via Freewrite

While you might look at this device and think “this is just a laptop without the fun,” you’d only be half right. Freewrite is a cross between a laptop and a typewriter. It’s a portable word processor and only a word processor. This means that your aspiring novelist can type up their next masterpiece on the go without the constant distraction the other apps on a laptop might pose to productivity. Everything they write on this device is stored to the cloud, so they’ll never lose it, but Freewrite also has offline capabilities. Plus, Freewrite is currently working on a new travel version that folds up. Stay tuned for that.

16. One of CYC’s Editing Packages or Retainers

CYC Services are delivered in packages and retainers, depending on your individual or brand needs. These are good for the professional writer or entrepreneur in your life that is starting to get more serious about their publishing goals, but need some dedicated outside support to really push themselves and improve their craft.

  • Packages are great for a series, launch sequence, collection of essays, and other one off projects – or to trial the process and see if it is a good fit.
  • Retainers service clients who are looking for a more long-term or on-going editing partner.

We offer proofreading, content editing, and writing coaching in both packages and retainers; and content management via retainers only, due to the work involved.

17. A CYC Course

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Our CYC Courses are a great way to gift someone a bit of Elisa’s knowledge and experience, in fun and actionable programs that they (or you – who says you can’t treat yo’self this holiday season?!) can complete at one’s own pace. Our current courses include:

  • 10 Day Voice and Vision Free Email Course – You’ll complete the short 30-question worksheet in your first couple days, then take the rest of the time to pull deep insights from your answers…with the daily suggestions and guidance. By the end, you’ll know exactly what you want to say and how you want to say it. This is the exact process Elisa uses to begin work on every CYC client project. 
  • Become a Master Writer Let me guess – whenever you ask how to improve your writing craft, someone tells you to start by reading great writers. But where do you start? And what are you supposed to be learning? In this 8-week course, Elisa delivers daily excerpts from master writers for you to read & hand copy, with lessons and videos to help you frame what you’re doing. By the end, you’ll not only have completed 50+ lessons and excerpts, you’ll also have new ways to apply it all to your own writing. BONUS – you’ll develop a daily writing routine as well, without that pesky writers block!
  • Being the Author (Opens Monday, November 26th) – Ever read a book or watch a movie and think “I wish I could live that life.” The good news is that you don’t need to get bitten by a radioactive spider or time-travel to 1920’s Paris (or whatever your dream might include) to make that happen. By looking at the aspects of what you want in these narratives and plot-lines, you can learn more about the things that you truly value, and start planning how to bring them into your own life. One could say, you will be the author of your own story.

18. A CYC Membership

(Opens Monday, November 26th)

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While we obviously think that one-on-one editing and coaching can be hugely valuable for the right writer, that obviously isn’t the case for everyone. Some writers are looking for more of a support system and group of creative professionals they can bounce ideas off of, celebrate publishing wins, learn from, and share with. In the NEW CYC Community you’ll find:

  • Access to our PRIVATE FACEBOOK GROUP where you’ll be able to interact with other members of the community, Elisa and various freelancers on the CYC team, and occasional guests.
  • Monthly live “Open Office” calls with Elisa
  • Monthly virtual book club
  • Monthly writing nights (or resources & support to set up your own)
  • Discounted or free access to our different CYC courses and resources
  • Discounts on CYC Packages & Retainers
  • Other offers and fun writing trappings – as we come across them (or Elisa thinks them up!)

May Your Holidays Be Easy on the Mind and the Wallet

While everyone breaks the bank around this time of year, just know that with every dollar spent and every thought given to a great gift, you’re giving the people in your life that much more joy.

Show them how grateful you are, and they’ll do the same.

Happy holidays everyone!

If you’re a writer or entrepreneur with friends and family who struggle to buy you gifts, do them a favor and share this list. Not only will you make shopping easier for them, but you’ll get something you truly want. That’s a win-win in our book.

About the Author Erika Rasso

Erika Rasso graduated from the University of Central Florida with a B.A. in English and marketing and is currently working on her MFA in Screenwriting at the University of California, Los Angeles. She has worked as a writing consultant, an editor for a literary journal, and an editor for an academic journal. In her free time, Erika enjoys writing short stories and screenplays (though mostly she just watches WAY too many shows on Netflix). She is the Director of Production for Craft Your Content.

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