By Kara Mason

Gifts for Writers That Inspire Creativity and Productivity


For the people in your life who always have a story to tell.

“Every secret of a writer’s soul, every experience of his life, every quality of his mind, is written large in his works.” — Virginia Woolf

Finding gifts for writers can be intimidating. Writers are filled with ideas, always looking for inspiration, and can be fairly particular about the tools they use - so it’s no wonder shopping for them can be a bit daunting. 

But never fear, Ink+Volt is pretty much a one-stop shop when it comes to shopping for the writer in your life. Whether it be a perfect notebook or the dreamiest pen, you’re sure to find it here. 

These are some of our favorite writer-approved gifts for birthdays, holidays, or just because. 

Notebooks

For writers, there is no such thing as having too many notebooks. Don’t worry about a notebook feeling like too cliche of a gift for a writer - the saying “the more, the merrier” couldn’t be more true in this case.

Of course, when you're buying a notebook as a gift, details like high quality paper and good binding can make your gift feel extra special. Think about things that are going to be important for the individual writer you're shopping for:

  • Size. Does this person travel a lot or take notes on-the-go? A smaller pocket-size notebook might be perfect for them. Or if they sit down at their desk or kitchen table to journal every morning, a larger, heavier book that lives on one place might be extra special.
  • Binding. A left-handed writer would appreciate a lay-flat book without spiral binding (so it won't dig into their hand as they write). Someone who is always tearing out pages to share, on the other hand, might appreciate spiral or perforated pages.
  • Cover material. A durable cover makes a notebook feel really special. Protect their most precious words with a cover that is flexible, durable, and resists scuffs; or, find a cover that is as flashy and fun as they are, made from material that glitters or shines.

The Kunisawa Find Note Hard Notebook is pure luxury. The high quality paper was designed with fountain pen users in mind, so writers who prefer a heavier ink will love this notebook because of how smooth the pages are. Super smooth, high quality makes notes, lists, or brainstorming big projects even better. Writers spend a lot of time on the page, so good paper is such a treat.

Writers will also feel the effort you put into finding a great gift with the Executive Notebook. It also features creamy smooth paper, but is designed a bit bigger than the standard A5 notebook, which makes it unique, but easy enough to take on the go. There’s nothing better than the perfect notebook you can easily tuck into a bag. 

Both the Executive and the Find Note are bound notebooks, which are elegant and professional. But every writer needs a good ring notebook in their arsenal. That’s where Kunisawa’s Find Ring Note comes in handy. It’s the same quality paper as all of Kunisawa'a books, but with the copper rings. This is another great gift for writers who are on the go, find inspiration all over, and make time to write away from their desks. 

Ring notebooks are so versatile, which makes them so exciting to receive. Grab the mini spiral for those needing to take field notes. The possibilities with these notebooks are endless!

Stationery 

Probably more than most people, writers love sending notes. Thank you notes, a friendly hello, or a full-fledged love letter. Any occasion to jot down a few meaningful sentences is welcomed, so why not gift them a set of stationery or some new items for their stationery collection?

It seems like writers tend to have always have a few cards or note sets on hand, because they love having options for when they need to send a note. A fun option you can give them to add to their stockpile is this Scratch-Off Card. It’s a fun twist on sending a regular note. They write the message and then cover it with an included gold sticker that the recipient of the card can scratch off. 

An assorted greeting card kit is a lovely option too, to cover all their bases.

Pens for writing, journaling, or doodling

Every writer has a favorite pen. Even if they’re spending most of their time at the keyboard, it’s hard not to end up with a small collection of writing utensils that make brainstorming or taking down notes feel extra special. 

You don’t have to look far or spend a ton of money — although you can — on a pen that will awe a writer. A brush pen makes desk work enjoyable. Colored gel pens are perfect for doodling. And a heavy rollerball feels like a dream. 

If you’re going for high-end, the Lamy LX Metallic Fountain Pen is a great place to start. The fine steel nib makes this fountain pen great for everyday tasks, so they’ll surely get a lot of use out of it, but it will feel special every single time they pick it up. What could be better? 

Writing prompts 

Writers are always looking for some inspiration, so a gift that gives them a little boost will be both helpful and appreciated (especially on days when creativity can be a little hard to come by). 

This box comes with 50 faux matches, full of ideas that will hopefully light the way to their next big project. Each match in the Spark Courage set features a different prompt that inspires bold, confident action. A writer could use these as prompts or as an affirmation that invites inspiration throughout the day. 

Other packs spark creativity, happiness, and gratitude, so there’s no shortage of ideas or inspiration. 

These reflection cards are another great gift that can get the creative juices flowing. There are more than one hundred thought-provoking questions in the deck of cards. Each card features an “icebreaker” question and then one that is deeper and meant to inspire deep conversation. 

These reflection kits or sets make great gifts because they can be used so many different ways: team meetings, gatherings, or in a personal journal entry. 

Productivity tools

Writing requires a lot of organization and dedication. It’s not always easy to keep all of the moving parts, well, moving. There’s brainstorming, writing, editing, publishing, marketing... It can be a lot to keep on track. 

But Ink+Volt makes staying on task, keeping organized and meeting goals easy (and even enjoyable) with all kinds of productivity notepads and systems. The Productivity Suite is a great all-around gift idea; it comes with everything a writer could ever need to keep things moving smoothly. The set includes:

This is the ultimate gift for serious writers, or aspiring writers. Wherever they are at in their journey, they can put all these tools to use to move forward towards their goals. And they will remember that you are the one who believed in them, and gave them the push to make their dreams a reality.