Last-Minute Holiday Gifts for the Word Nerd in Your Life

It’s time for another round of last-minute gift-giving ideas!

Donations. Unless your recipient is pre-redemption, three-sizes-too-small Grinch, donations are a wonderful present. My personal favorite is Reading Is Fundamental, but a local option may be a good route.

A box of books (and related bookish goods). Book subscription boxes are somewhat coming into their own. There’s the classic Book of the Month club, which offers readers a choice among five different selections each month and the option to add-on for $9.99. Book Riot and Book Riot: YA send books and bookish miscellany every three months. I’m also a fan of Muse Monthly, which sends a book and loose leaf tea pairing. Well done.

A Serial Box subscription. Fiction released weekly, harkening back to the days of Dickens (or the Serial podcast obsession of Autumn 2014). I’ve got Bookburners queued up!

A box of writing supplies. I haven’t ordered from Paper & Pen, but a box of paper goods and writing utensils sounds like a unique gift for someone who loves organization, trips to stationery/office supply stores, or old school writing.

A magazine subscription. Writer’s Digest and Poets & Writers are two of my absolute favorites, and they’re packed with relevant advice and opportunities.

Classes or workshops. Local universities or artistic communities may have in-person opportunities. There are plenty of online options through Writers Digest UniversityLoft Literary CenterArizona State University’s Piper Writers Studio, and The Brainery.

Writer’s Market subscription. If your writer is looking to take things to the next level next year, gifting a subscription to Writer’s Market is your best bet – this website will help him/her find a wide range of contests and agents.

Membership to the Association of Writers & Writing Programs. There are some sweet perks in the form of job postings, submission repositories, and scholarships. Plus there’s the fun

Choose-your-own-writing-adventure. This one is kind of my favorite: Purchase a gift card to your intended recipient’s favorite bookstore (many offer online certificates, so you don’t have to leave your computer) and include this list. The writer has the option of picking the books (s)he finds most relevant and helpful.

Feel free to share other ideas in the comments!

Thanks for reading! What’s on your list this year?

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