Friday Fun is a group post from the writers of the NHWN blog. Each week, we’ll pose and answer a different, get-to-know-us question. We hope you’ll join in by providing your answer in the comments.
QUESTION: So, it’s “Black Friday,” supposedly the biggest shopping day of the holiday season. Whether you partake of the retail madness that abounds for these twenty-four hours or not, it’s still fun to talk about gifts. SO – what’s on your writer’s wish list this season AND/OR what’s your favorite gift to give as a writer (to other writers, or to non-writer muggles)?
Jamie Wallace: I usually have a pretty long list of writerly things I’d like, but this year there’s no one item I’m particularly coveting. Having just bought a house this summer, I’m feeling like that purchase kind of filled my gifts-to-me quota for the year. I wouldn’t say no to a working time turner, though.
For gifts that are more readily available in the muggle world, I liked the suggestions in Sabrina Taylor’s holiday-gifts-for-writers-and-entrepreneurs post on Craft Your Content. Each item in her list is something I already have, or would like. I’m also always a sucker for new notebooks, like these from Word. Notebooks, or these from Field Notes, or these waterproof ones from Rite in the Rain.
As for what I like to give – books, books, and more books. I love to choose books for each person on my list. I rarely give novels, but will often find great non-fiction choices that will hopefully deliver hours of pleasure after the holidays. I also love giving picture books as gifts for adults.
Oh! One more idea – Audible. I listen to a lot of audio books, and I have found my Audible membership to be a great value. I highly recommend this as a gift idea for any writer or reader on your list.
Lisa J. Jackson: I love collecting fancy-to-me roller ball pens, mostly from Levenger. I’m a total geek for Barnes and Noble or Amazon gift cards so I can buy books. And I also love receiving new journals – of any kind. Renewal of writing-related magazines are always great, too.
Gifts for writer friends include custom-made pens; gift card packs; journals or calendars with specific topics (ie, a daily prompt, or a gratitude-specific journal, or something with a theme) that encourage writing each day; once in a while a bookmark might be a great gift, too.
For non-writers, I find restaurant gift certificates to be good gifts — or gift cards to a spa for some pampering after the holiday.
Deborah Lee Luskin: I love Black Friday. After gathering provisions for the Thanksgiving feast and weekend, Black Friday is a blessed day of rest when I don’t have to drive into town or buy anything. What a relief! That said, my husband’s birthday comes right on the heels of Thanksgiving, so the day before Thanksgiving, I picked up his gifts at Everyone’s Books, my local, independent bookstore. I chose all recent titles by friends and neighbors – which I’ll showcase in my next post here (Tuesday, December first).