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5 Great Gifts for Writers

5 Great Gifts for Writers

5 Great Gifts for Writers

including Black Friday deals for the tech savvy novelist

Despite the stereotype of the unshaven, chain-smoking Luddite typing away on an old Smith Corona in a darkened room, most writers I know are pretty tech-savvy. For all the writers out there who are happily moving along with the times, here are 5 great gifts for writers.

Livescribe – who says you can’t have your Moleskin and your smarten too?

Livescribe is offering an amazing $70 off its Livescribe 3 Pro smarten, bringing the cost for this fantastic gadget down from $199 to $129.95. And you can get the Livesribe 3 for just $99, which is a savings of $50 from the regular price of $149. If you haven’t met Livescribe, it’s time to! I use mine to write stories, scenes, blog posts, and more in a physical notebook. The Livescribe app then translates all that garbled handwriting into actual text that you can download to Evernote and elsewhere. It’s the closest thing to magic I’ve seen in accessible tech.

Read my original review of Livescribe.

Livescribe has teamed up with Moleskine to make this highly efficient process even more beautiful. Write in your Livescribe Moleskine notebook (which has the feel and classic beauty of your old Moleskins), and watch your words magically appear on your iPad screen. Better yet, everything you write can be synced automatically to Evernote, so that your handwriting can be searched in the same way you would search typed text. Amazing, right?


Online Writing Classes with The The Book Doctor

Stuck in your novel? Want to brush up on craft? Need deadlines to help you finish your novel or stories? Get serious, get inspired, and rev up your writing practice with an online writing class. Over at The Book Doctor, get $20 off Writing the Short Story, an eight-week class in narrative craft. Intermediate to advanced writers who are writing or revising a novel can get $50 off of the Online Novel Writing Master Class, which begins in January.


Blurb – publish your book with ease and style

If you’re taking the plunge into self-publishing, Blurb is a great place to start. Beautiful templates and intuitive software make Blurb’s book publishing tools one of the better options out there. You can even create a beautiful landing page to sell your books from the Blurb website and elsewhere. Blurb has done a lot of the heavy lifting, to simplify the design and publishing of your book.


WPEngine – savvy web hosting for author sites and everything else

Every author needs a website. Only those with lots of expendable income should pay someone to do it for them. WordPress is, in my my mind, the best way by far to run an author website. It’s super easy to add new books, interviews, pages, posts–anything your heart desires. Endless options for free and premium themes make WordPress a no-brainer for authors who want to present their work to the world. From pay portals to social sharing to press kits, a WordPress site can do it all. And no one does WordPress better than WPEngine. WPEngine hosts sites of any size and provides top notch security and support to keep your website looking and feeling professional.

Now, WPEngine is offering 30% off your first month’s hosting

One Kings Lane – for writing desks, organizers, and all things lovely

I love working in a beautiful space. One Kings Lane has gorgeous desks, comfy chairs, practical trays, and all kinds of fun desk accessories. Check out Black Friday deals at One Kings Lane. Pictured: the Dinora Writing Desk and the Weston Desk Lamp. New members always get 15% off their first purchase.

Dinora Writing Desk

Watson Desk Lamp, Matte Black

5 Great Gifts for Writers (to fit any budget)

5 Great Gifts for Writers (to fit any budget)


Moleskine Classic Notebook

It’s classic, it’s practical, and every writer should have at least one. Hardbound, with smooth, gorgeous pages that beg to be filled with someone’s magnum opus

Why They’ll Love It: There’s nothing more inspiring than a beautiful notebook filled with blank pages.

The price: A
t just $12.91, you can make someone happy, even if you’re on a tight budget

Go here to get Moleskine notebooks from Amazon.



Livescribe3 SmartPenLivescribe3 Examples

Remember the days of pen and ink? Livescribe3 looks and feels and acts like a pen, with actual ink that you use to write on actual paper, with one huge improvement over regular pen and paper: Livescribe 3 captures what you’re writing in real time, via the Livescribe app, automatically syncing to your IOS device.

Why They’ll Love It:  Everything you write can be synced automatically to Evernote, so that your handwriting can be searched in the same way you would search typed text. Write in the Livescribe Moleskine notebooks, spiral bound notebooks, or free paper your print yourself.

Go here to get Livescribe 3 or check out the other Livescribe products, including the Echo set for students.




The Paperclip Method: The Novel Writer’s Tool Kit

The Paperclip Method includes four innovative workbooks to help first-time novelists through every step of the process.

Why they’ll love it: For a small fraction of the price of a writing workshop, the writer in your life will get inspired, find his voice, and write the novel he’s always wanted to write. Packed with writing exercises, in-depth articles on narrative craft, and a step-by-step guide to writing, structuring, and revising your novel.

Get The Paperclip Method


An Online Writing Class

Any aspiring writer can benefit from an online writing class. Whether they’re just starting out, or they have a few unfinished novels tucked away in a drawer,  The Book Doctor has a class that will suit them. Choose from Fundamentals of Fiction, Advanced Fiction Workshop, the After NaNoWriMo Workshop (for writers who have completed NaNoWriMo), the Publishing Workshop, and more.

Why they’ll love it: All courses include weekly lectures, assignments, and discussion groups. The courses are self-paced, so the writer can begin the course at any time, for as long as he or she likes.

The price: Courses start at just $39.




Modern ShortsModern Shorts: 18 Short Stories From Fiction Attic Press

A diverse collection of thought-provoking, beautifully written stories by emerging and established writers. Recommended for writers of short fiction, students of contemporary fiction, and anyone who loves a good story.

Why They’ll Love It: This anthology filled with cutting-edge fiction by unknown and emerging writers doesn’t just make for a great read. It is also inspiring: many of the writers published here are just starting out. Fiction Attic Press–the small, independent press behind this book–actively seeks fiction and memoir by new and unpublished writers.

The price: $14.99 for the paperback

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3 Great Last Minute Gifts for Men

3 Great Last Minute Gifts for Men

Give your man a classic: the Fred Perry Polo. This is the only polo my husband will wear. Very comfortable, roomy in the shoulders, in traditional colors with not-boring trim. Purchase the Fred Perry polo for $59.50 – $85.00

Not sure of his size? Ray Ban Aviator sunglasses, with their iconic design and made-to-last frames, are flattering and practical across the board. Purchase for $134.24 (regularly $179)

Whether he’s a couch potato or a fitness geek, the Fitbit Wireless Tracker is a fun, useful, and utterly addictive little device that tracks your steps and your sleep. You wear it on a band on your arm, and it tells you how many times you wake up each night, when you’re sleeping restfully and when you’re sleeping fitfully, as well as how many steps you’ve taken and how many calories you’ve burned. I’ve had one of these for more than a year and can recommend it without reservation. Read my full review of the Fitbit here.

Gifts for the Home : Ralph Lauren Home Sale + Martyn & Mary

Gifts for the Home : Ralph Lauren Home Sale + Martyn & Mary

Luxe items from Ralph Lauren and Martyn & Mary make great gifts for the home. They’re also terrific hostess gifts. Here are my top picks, all on sale now.

The Ralph Lauren Home Charles Bowl 89.00 (originally $195)

Classic. Elegant. Refined. This stunning fruit bowl crafted of luxe silver-plated brass is so chic and timeless, you’ll want one to gift and one to keep.

I absolutely love this Highball glass with gold stripes — so Don Draper! Great for curling up with a Scotch by the fire on a cold winter night, and slinging about snarky witticisms. Or a lovely gift for the man who has everything, except good glasses for his whiskey. $19.00 (regularly $40)

The Spencer Modern Lantern would look stately in a home library or entryway. It would also cast an elegant glow over your holiday party. At $349 (marked down from $750), it’s a worthwhile splurge. A beautiful hurricane lantern featuring an angular modern design. Crafted of black leather and shimmering nickel-plated brass, it’s a classic piece that will add style and glamour to any space.

See the entire collection in the Ralph Lauren Home Sale from One Kings Lane. (And take $15 off of your first purchase of $30 or more.)

Create a cheerful holiday table on a budget with this red chevron stripe table runner from Martyn & Mary, just $29

I love the bold graphic appeal of the striped bone and horn box from Martyn & Mary. Very luxe, for keeping jewelry, cufflinks, special photographs, and keepsakes.

You might also like: Simon Doonan wrapping paper. Whimsical, beautiful papers for everything under the tree. $15 per roll


5 Classic Stocking Stuffers

5 Classic Stocking Stuffers

For the kiddos: Pick-Up Sticks from Motel Deluxe ($22.00)

For the elegant beer guzzler: Red bottle hook (22.00)

For the fidgeter: Electric yo yo (15.00)

For the fun-loving gentleman: West Village Blue Cufflinks (19.00)

For the warm-hearted: Red Gloves with Basket-Weave Cuff (29.00)

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