We’re closing in on gift-giving season. Whether you’re in love with a writer or pulled a writer’s name in the office grab-bag, you don’t have to fall back on gift cards to a book store or office supply store (although those are always welcome gifts, too!). If you want to look like you fussed, or the gift cards aren’t an option, here are a few unusual ideas to make your writer’s heart go pitter-pat. Just follow the links! P.S. For the record, I’m avoiding how-to books. Writers have their favorites and I’m not up to dueling pistols at dawn over individual preferences.

Dream Essentials Nite Note, Night Time Notepad with Fisher Ball Point Space Pen – White Writers get a lot of ideas in the middle of the night. And then we struggle to decide whether to risk turning on a light to jot the idea down or hope we’ll remember the idea in the morning. Nite Notes is a pad that lights up when the pen is removed from the pad, allowing us to write down that idea and go right back to dreamland. $14.95

EZ-Cup for Keurig Coffee Machines By Perfect PodYes, we love our coffee. And the Keurig has been a dream-come-true for a lot of writers. But if your writer feels guilty about the cost or waste of K-cups, this EZ-Cup with its paper filters is the perfect solution! Just fill with your own coffee, pop into your Keurig, and enjoy. Cuts cost in half. Clean up is a breeze, thanks to the paper filter. $13.75 (additional paper filters $7.89 for pkg of 50)

Aqua Notes – Waterproof NotepadRumor has it John “Cougar” Mellencamp wrote his hit, “Hurts So Good” on the shower doors, so we’re not the only ones who get ideas while under the spray. But if we’re not fast, those ideas can slip right down the drain. Unless we’ve got this handy shower pad to use. Waterproof pen and pages for keeping our genius safe until we’re dressed and ready to tackle our story! $7.95

3dRose mug_157392_2 Writers Block When Your Imaginary Friends Stop Talking to You English Writing Author Novelist Ceramic Mug, 15-Ounce Writers will love sipping their coffee out of this mug. $14.99

Inspiring Writers Ornament Round Round Ornamentsays, “I am an instrument of change. I write.” Lovely words to inspire and encourage. $12.50

Boss Tech Products Knit Touchscreen Gloves with Conductive Fingertips for Use with All Touchscreen Electronic Devices- Black and PinkEver want to use your e-reader or iPad at the train station, but dread having to remove your gloves to scroll? Hate the idea of texting or using your cell in wintry weather because of the touchscreen? These gloves have conductive fingertips to keep your hands warm while keeping you in contact with your electronics. $9.99

Book Jewelry Talk about unique! Earrings, pendants, and hair accessories all created to look like tiny books. Prices start at about $20.00, depending upon the item and design chosen.

Carbonite A writer’s greatest fear is a computer malfunction that causes the loss of files, manuscripts, and months of work. Why not invest in a year of online backup service for your writer? I’m a huge fan of Carbonite, which not only does the automatic backup for me, but keeps those folders available to move from laptop to laptop or Kindle or wherever else I need to transfer them. A lifesaver! About $60.00/year

Custom Craftworks Omni Cervical Relief PillowAfter hours at a desk or hunched over a laptop, writers often experience neck and shoulder pain. This pillow helps to straighten the cervical spine and ease the tension. $40.00

DeskCycle Desk Exercise Bike Pedal ExerciserKeep your writer healthy even when he/she is on deadline! This mini exercise bike fits under the desk and offers a range of resistance levels, plus tracks calories burned and distance, but won’t disturb the creative process with an excessive level of noise. $149.00

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