Hello, friends! How are all of you? Sadly, I am still battling The Crud. I thought I was getting better, but then Monday night I had a bit of a relapse and it hasn’t gone away. It’s not horrible, but it makes you feel just gross enough to not want to do anything. Blah. Thankfully, I get to work from home so I don’t have to go out and infect the rest of the world. Unfortunately, in my sickly state, I don’t want to work. I just want to sit around and snuggle with my kitty and watch Disney movies.
As I was getting ready for bed last night, I couldn’t help but think that this virus has seriously gotten in the way of my Christmas shopping. And THAT gave me an idea for a blog post.
Ladies and Gents, may I present to you…
The Best Gifts To Give To Your Writer Friend This Holiday Season.
*Please note I am NOT writing this as a suggestive hint that all of you need to buy me presents. This is just a fun little list that I came up with for all writers. Not that I speak for all writers. You know what I mean.*
- Books. This one, I think, kind of goes without saying. We’re writers. The only thing we love more than writing is reading. You can never go wrong with books.
- Gift Cards. Let’s face it, most writers are poor. And even if we’re not, we can be hard to shop for. Gift Cards, especially to Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, or Starbucks are always appreciated.
- A Bottle of Wine. Insert stereotype that authors really, really, really like to drink here.
- Scented Candles. Okay, maybe this is just me, but I love lighting a scented candle while I work. It brings me so much peace and makes my work environment so pleasant.
- Scarves. We’re writers. We love scarves.
- Homemade Cookies. Honestly, this is probably the best present of all. I’d so much rather have a good friend make me something (especially something chocolate) than go out and buy me something.
- A Book Review. The very best gift you can give to any writer anywhere is a book review. Just a few short sentences about how much you enjoyed their book. Book reviews are invaluable to writers. It’s free and it only takes about three minutes of your time, if that. Best. Present. Ever.
- Giving Their Book as a Gift. You want to make a writer’s holiday season merry and bright? Give their book as a gift to someone else. That is better than buying the writer themselves a car. Okay maybe not, but it’s almost just as good.
- Donate to a Good Cause. Last year, instead of buying gifts, my mother donated to charities in our relatives’ names. I thought that was a great gift. Great causes to donate to for your writer friends include literacy and education charities. Also the Humane Society because everyone loves animals.
- Quality Time. To me, nothing is better than quality time spent with those you love. Take your favorite writer friend out to dinner, or go drive around a look at Christmas lights and drink some hot chocolate. Bake cookies and watch a Christmas movie. It’s the season for gift-giving, true, but it’s more so the season to love and appreciate the people in your life. It’s the moments, not the gifts, that will last a lifetime.