5 Great Gifts for Writers (to fit any budget)

fourcoversThe 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.

The price: $29 (25% off the regular price of $39) when you order by Dec. 3

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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. With the membership bundle, the recipient will have access to every course.

The price: Courses start at just $39.

Get the online class Fundamentals of Fiction for just $29 (regularly $79) when you purchase by December 3.

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.

The Price:  $149.  (Update: Livescribe is offering $70 off its smartpens for cyber Monday. Get the deal.)

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

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: At just $12.91, you can make someone happy, even if you’re on a tight budget

Go here to get Moleskine notebooks from Amazon.

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

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.

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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

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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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Beautiful Gifts for Writers

Delight the writer in your life with beautiful gifts for a more elegant desk or reading room. Gold-stamped typewriter notecards from Charles Fradin Home recall the exquisite pleasure of writing by hand. Because no one should be writing letters to their agent on Motel 6 stationery. Seriously.

No writer’s library is complete without the classic handbook of simplicity and elegance in writing, Strunk & White’s Elements of Style. The 50th Anniversary Edition looks as good as it reads. (I’m pretty sure there was something dramatically tragic about that last sentence.)

Roy Blount’s take on it is characteristically dashing (although I’m fairly certain the authors would not use the term dashing in this context):“Since high school, I have kept a copy of this book handy. That should be unnecessary. I should, by now, have fully internalized The Elements of Style. But sometimes I get entangled in a paragraph that refuses to be ‘clear, brief, bold.’ I dip back into The Elements of Style and am refreshed.”After Scott Simon interviewed me on NPR about whether the word ‘e-mail’ needs a hyphen (yes, it does), some listeners, including friends of mine, wondered why I had answered in the affirmative when asked, in passing, ‘Are you a drunken white man?’ Those listeners misheard. ‘Strunk and White man’ was what Scott said.”

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