The holiday season is upon us. Christmas is just a few weeks away, and if you celebrate Hanukkah – news alert – it starts next week! (Fortunately the holiday is eight days long, so you can fudge it a bit…)
If you’re struggling to find the perfect gift for the indie publisher in your life, take heart. We have ten ideas for gifts that will please even the fussiest author.
Has the indie publisher in your home taken over the dining room table? Perhaps there’s still time to clear it off before the big family holiday dinner if you gift your beloved with an alternative home-based workspace. Check out these ideas for built-in desks that can easily be folded away to hide messy, er, creative workspaces. No time to build anything? A photo of your design tucked inside a card or a box can buy you some breathing room.
2. Literary Wear
Nothing shouts “book lover” than a t-shirt or scarf printed with the words from your favorite author or book. Litographs has some beautifully designed scarves, t-shirts, totes and posters with the artwork made up entirely of words. Out of Print Clothing features a variety of items, including coasters, jewelry, notebooks and more, with designs inspired by famous books and favorite genres.
Is your indie publisher constantly complaining about the speed of his or her computer? Does the laptop pre-date the dinosaurs? Or perhaps the writer in your family has a perfectly good desktop computer but would like the option of taking their work out of the house once in a while (see idea # 6). A new portable computing device might be the perfect solution and a much-appreciated gift. The technology is constantly changing, but this article from September 2017 will give you some idea of what to look for when you go shopping for the perfect laptop for writers.
When a writer is in “the zone,” remembering to eat can be a challenge, as can finding the time to make healthy home-cooked meals for the family. Gift your indie publisher with a week or more of dinners, delivered to the front door. This list provides some suggestions of companies that deliver readymade meals or the ingredients and recipes to make fabulous healthy meals.
Breaking writer’s block usually requires a trip to the snack cupboard. Chocolate is a fail-safe option for writers with a sweet tooth. Dark chocolate is healthier, with antioxidants and minerals (really!). Go for the good stuff though. Here is the best dark chocolate, according to foodandwine.com.
6. Gift Card to a Coffee Shop
If you can’t create the perfect workspace in your home, then the local coffee shop might be the next best thing. Even if you are able to write at home, it’s healthy to get out once in a while. Buy your indie publisher a gift card for a coffee shop that has lots of atmosphere, quiet background music, table space, and free Wi-Fi for doing research.
7. Writer’s Block Emergency Kit
If chocolate and coffee don’t work to fix writer’s block, here’s an emergency kit that should do the job. Containing cards with helpful tips and suggestions for moving the plot forward, the Writer Emergency Pack is a fun way to refocus on the book. We also love these mugs, especially this one as a warning for people tempted to interrupt a writer who’s in the middle of a creative streak.
8. A Domain Name
A thoughtful and unique gift for an author is a domain name. Buying a domain name says, “I know you’re going to finish this book and I can’t wait to see it on the Internet!” A good choice for a domain name for an author is…wait for it…the author’s name! Investing in the author’s name rather than the book title means the website can be used for every book the author ever publishes rather than just one book. We suggest GoDaddy for domain names, and when your indie publisher is ready to create a website, they provide reliable web hosting as well.
9. Cover Design
Okay, we had to fit in one unique present available from 1106 Design. Besides a domain name, what could be more motivating than the prospects of seeing your name on a book cover? With a gift of cover design, your indie publisher can look forward to working with a professional book designer to create a beautiful cover once the manuscript is completed.
“If I only had more time!” is a phrase often uttered by frustrated writers who just can’t find enough moments in the day to focus on their craft. Give the gift of time by offering to babysit (if small children are a distraction), purchasing gift certificates for house cleaning services or lawn care, or spending time with an older parent if eldercare is involved. Failing that, see idea #4 to save time on meal preparation.
Do you have an idea for other unique gifts for indie publishers? Let us know!