10 Holiday Gifts for the Writer in Your Life

It's that time of year, when we rack our brains trying to figure out our gift list. Last year I shared a list of gifts for your favorite socially savvy author (or for you, if you are aspiring to be one!). There are a number of gifts on that list, such as Canva, Buffer and Manageflitter subscriptions that I wholeheartedly still endorse. 


But what to do this year? Lucky for you, I've got the answer. Ten of them, in fact. 





GrubStreet classes - I know, I know, I'm biased. But, GrubStreet changed my life and turned me into a writer, and I'd be remiss if I didn't have them on the top of this list. And what's super cool is that you don't have to be in Boston to take many of them, with all the classes they are offering online! 




Social Print Studio - A calendar for your Bookstagram obsessed friend. Tear off a different beautiful image for each day of the year. 




Typewriter Wireless Keyboard - For the old school writer who remembers the days of hitting the return bar after every line on the page. Now that bar can be programmed to be your Enter key! 



Publisher's Marketplace - If you have a writer friend who is looking for an agent, this site is one of the best for them to do their research and find the latest publishing deals. A subscription, even if it's only for a few months, could be a godsend.



Audible Membership - Being able to take your books with you in the car, at the gym, on the plane, and on the train is such a gift. 



Masterclass - Give your writer friend or family member a class taught by Margaret Atwood, Dan Brown, Judy Blume, Malcolm Gladwell, R. L. Stine, David Mamet or James Patterson. Better yet, give the learner in your life an All-Access pass, which gets them a slew of classes from the masters, ranging from acting with Helen Mirren to pastry classes with Dominique Ansel. 



AutoCrit subscription - This is, hands down, the best self-critiquing site, one that has helped me make both of my novels much better. I can't say enough great things about how life-changing this tool is, helping the writer eliminate repetitive phrases, cliches, overused words and more. 



Bookriot e-gift card - Let your writer/reader load up with bookish t-shirts, totes, socks, and other book accessories to inspire them.



Book Blends Spices - Do you have an author or reader in your life that's a food lover? Get them these fun spices named after books! Who can resist Under the Tuscan Sun, a mix of garlic, peppercorns and mixed herbs, or Girl with a Pearl Onion, made from sea salt and cipollini onions? 



Moleskine Smart Writing Set - The magic of this gift is in the pen: a smart pen that automatically transfers everything you write on the page to a digital location for easy access later. 




And if you have an author in your life, the VERY BEST GIFT OF ALL is the gift of a review. Go all out and hit up Amazon, Goodreads, B&N, iTunes and even Google Play. Share the love, spread the word and champion that author. It's a hard path we walk and we need all the help we can get! 


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About the Author

Crystal King is a 30-year marketing, social media and communications veteran, freelance writer and Pushcart-nominated poet. She is the author of the FEAST OF SORROW, about the ancient Roman gourmand, Apicius, and THE CHEF'S SECRET about the famous Renaissance chef Bartolomeo Scappi. Currently Crystal works as a social media professor for HubSpot, a leading provider of Inbound marketing software. Crystal has taught classes in writing, creativity, and social media at Harvard Extension School, Boston University, Mass College of Art, UMass Boston and GrubStreet writing center. A former co-editor of the online literary arts journal Plum Ruby Review, Crystal received her MA in Critical and Creative Thinking from UMass Boston, where she developed a series of exercises and writing prompts to help fiction writers in media res. Find her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or at her website:

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