"Required reading" for today's smart writer.

"Required reading" for today's smart writer.
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Monday, December 7, 2015

Pen & Prosper's 1st Annual Holiday Gift Guide!

Having difficulty deciding what to get for that writer friend on your list? Or perhaps what to commit to your own "wish list?"

I've got you covered.
Whether you're "naughty or nice," you'll love today's gift list assembled just in time for Christmas.

In this season of "giving," here's what Jen Recommends for 2015.
Feel free to add your own suggestions in the comments section at the conclusion of this post.


Writers can use journals to organize and aggregate everything from projects, to blog post ideas, to romantic poetry, to lists for office supplies. And the great thing about journals is that they come in prices that range from as little as a buck, to the equivalent of a monthly cell phone bill.

They're practical and pretty.

In fact, last year I was pleasantly surprised when one of my blogging buddies (and faithful Pen & Prosper reader), sent me a lovely one in the mail, from across the miles.  


Candles serve an array of functions. They can create ambiance for your evening bubble bath, a date, or emit scents that can create specific moods (as in Aromatherapy). Purchase different sizes, colors, and styles to include in a thoughtful gift basket, even. 

Writers are typically avid readers; at least the good ones are. Why not add to their growing library and their knowledge base? There's an abundance of titles to choose from: fiction, non-fiction, how-to, blogging guides, etc. The sky's the limit. Here's one you'll definitely dig.
The taste and health benefits of feel-good endorphins and cancer fighting antioxidants. Hello?
I start every morning out with tea, and it's among my favorite gifts to receive...(hint, hint) :-)
May I suggest Good Earth Tea for my fellow tea drinkers? Order through their site, or pick up a package at Walmart's. Here's the link to their assorted teas
It provides a personal touch in today's fast-paced, sometimes disconnected, technological world. As many of you are aware, I'm a self-professed "foodie" who loves to cook. The pie featured below is one of my recent culinary treats. What better time than now to show your creativity and kindness through gifts from the kitchen? Not just for a nearby writer, but for the guy that does your lawn work during the summer? Or your kid's favorite teacher? It's a sweet deal for everybody!


It allows for recreation, enjoyment and needed escape. It can also be inspirational, for future writing projects.

Many writers, in fact, opt to listen to music as they create; I'm one of them. Depending upon my mood at the time, my favorites include: Beethoven, Norah Jones, Aretha Franklin, Michae1 Buble, Kenny G, Adele, and the "oldies."

Here are a few other neat suggestions to consider:
  A gift certificate for a Spa Day
A subscription to a writers' magazine
Decorative mugs
Cell phone and tablet holders
Business cards
A Gift certificate to a local coffee shop

Bonus here!
In the days ahead, you can take advantage of the array of online promotional sales- Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and 50% discount deals being offered. What are you waiting for? :-)

Happy shopping!

Thoughts? Suggestions? Any favorites listed here?


  1. Great list! These are all excellent gift ideas. And a journal, well, you can't go wrong with one of those. :)

  2. Indeed lot's of excellent gift ideas, currently in the business gifts - and school kids collection from my online store you can discover things like writing stationary with

    - Drum roll..., -

    a Funny Talking Parrot
    Note book that says:

    - Hello -

    (BTW I hope that Adel, Lionel Richie, and Jennifer can help to make it go 'viral' - Hello ? - :))

    In the Christmas Holliday Collection - especially for Foodies - you can discover things like (Meerkat) Christmas Aprons, and among other things like:

    - Customizable (Meerkat) Christmas
    Menu Invitation Cards, - Wine Bags,
    Christmas Mugs, - Address Labels,
    - Ornaments, etc. etc.

  3. The bad arthritis in my hands prevents me from enjoying a journal, but I love the idea! Also love that the side of your fridge is plastered with kid art. LOL Pie looks awesome! Great ideas, Jen. Happy shopping to you, too. Hugs.

    1. Susan, even though you have challenges writing in a journal, you can use a voice recorder or even video record your thoughts.

    2. These are all great ideas, Jennifer. And thanks for including my book, 62 Blog Posts to Overcome Blogger's Block.

      Just to add to the list.I love pens. This is a great idea for writers. Some are rather pricey but I remember getting Cross pens for a deep discount after Christmas.

      Also, anything personalized would be a hit. My aunt gave me a mug with my name plastered all over it; I love it.

    3. Marcie,

      Thanks too, for your suggestion to Susan here.

  4. Thanks for chiming in today, Sue. Happy shopping to you too, dear!

  5. You're welcome, Marcie! I also love and collect
    pens. :-)

  6. Your ideas are noteworthy and would be appreciated by any writer. That pie has tripped my trigger. Can't go worong with chocolate.

    1. Hi Lin,

      Glad you found some useful ideas here. I greatly appreciate your time and thoughts!

  7. When you want to get something special for your loved ones, you must look out for the personalized photo mugs & coffee mugs online