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by Script Reader Pro in Screenwriting Tips
November 29, 2018 10 comments
Christmas gifts for writers

Struggling to Think of Christmas Gifts for Writers? (Or for Yourself?)

Stumped on what to buy a fellow writer this Christmas? Look no further than this curated list of Christmas gifts for writers. Whether you need ideas for gifts for other writers, or to tell other people what you’d like from Santa, we’re pretty confident you’ll find something below.

These best gifts for screenwriters (and Christmas presents for writers of all forms) are in no particular order buy range from cheap ($15) to really expensive ($11,000), so there’s plenty of ideas in here whatever your budget.

Please note: some of the items below may include affiliate links, meaning if you purchase using that link, we’ll get a small commission but you won’t pay a penny extra.

1. Screenwriting Books ($8+)

Everyone knows some of the best gifts for screenwriters are books. The question is, which ones? We’ve made a list of the top 10 best screenwriting books every screenwriter should read and any one of them would make a perfect Christmas gift for you or another writer.

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Check out the top 10 best screenwriting books >>

2. Writer Emergency Pack ($19)

This is one of the best gifts for screenwriters out there who suffer from writer’s block. Created by screenwriter, John August, the 26 illustrated cards in this pack contain questions on story, character and conflict to help you rethink plot holes, freshen up boring characters and generally get your creative juices humming.

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Find out more about the Writer Emergency Pack >>

3. Evernote Premium ($60 p.a.)

This is one of those gifts for screenwriters you’ll need to do a little research on. What’s all the fuss about Evernote? Some people can’t live without this all-purpose note taking, organizing app.

Others either don’t know what it is or just don’t get it. If you’re in the first category you might want to introduce another writer to the wonders of Evernote. If you’re in the latter, maybe it’s worth a second look?

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Check out Evernote Premium >>

4. “I Write. What’s Your Superpower” Mug ($9)

If you’re a writer, no doubt you manage to consume quite a few coffees (or other hot beverages) during the day. Here’s a fantastic mug that will remind you what you should be doing while hitting play on another episode of Big Little Lies. One of those simple gift ideas for screenwriters where you can’t go too far wrong.

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Buy a “I Write. What’s Your Super Power?” Mug >>

5. Aqua Notes Waterproof Notepad ($7)

Here’s one of those Christmas gifts for screenwriters that are super practical. Ever been in the middle of a bath or shower and had a fantastic idea for your script, only to realize you’ve got no way of writing it down before you forget?

That’s where this handy waterproof notepad comes in… Never worry about forgetting another cliffhanger ending to Act 2 ever again.

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6. Screenwriting Conference Ticket ($100+)

Another one of the very best Christmas gifts for writers is the chance to pitch a feature or TV show to the industry and possibly network with other fellow writers. Our screenwriting calendar lists all the best conferences, festivals and retreats happening this year.

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Find a screenwriting conference >>

7. Script Hackr Downloadable
Screenwriting Course ($99)

If you’re stuck trying to think of aspiring writer gifts, look no further than our downloadable course, Script Hackr.

The course contains hacks and exercises used by our team of professional screenwriters in order to nail story, structure, characters and more. You can download it directly to a computer and you or the writer you want to give it to can work at their own pace.

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Read more about Script Hackr >>

8. Starbucks Gift Card ($10 to $100)

We know… writing a screenplay in Starbucks on a MacBook has to be up there with the most widely known cliches about screenwriters. So why not live up to it by adding this to your Christmas presents for writers list?

A Starbucks gift card will keep you or your loved one supplied with a hearty supply of coffee for months to come and is one of those gifts for screenwriters that keeps on giving.

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Buy a Starbucks gift card >>

9. Unconventional Guide To Freelance Writing ($39/$58)

Some great gift ideas for screenwriting don’t necessarily involve screenwriting. Chris Guillebeau is an entrepreneur and professional traveler who knows a thing or two about hustling to make money on the side while pursuing a passion project.

Just the man to tell you then all about how to use your skills as a writer to money writing for magazines, web copy or for social media while trying to break in as a screenwriter.

Chris Guillebeau

Choose an Unconventional Guide To Writing >>

10. Moleskine Notebook ($15+)

No Christmas gifts for writers list would be complete without a trusty notebook. Sometimes it’s good to get offline and do things the old-fashioned way—especially for writers who often need to jot down notes, pictures, symbols for act breaks or whatever while on the go. These classic notebooks are perfect for doing just that.

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Check out some Moleskine notebooks >>

11. Standing Desk ($395+)

Sitting down for long periods of time is bad for you. Really bad. That’s why this standing desk may be the answer to solving all your aches and pains and prevent serious posture issues down the road. Christmas presents for writers don’t get much more practical than this.

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12. Bose Quiet Comfort Headphones ($250)

Once you’re in Starbucks and want to really knuckle down and concentrate, you might need these headphones to help you focus. They’re one of the very best in-ear headphones on the market when it comes to blocking out external noise and also come in a full over-the-ear version too.

One of the more expensive Christmas gifts for writers on the list, but one you (or your writer friend) be eternally grateful for.  

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13. “Steal Like an Artist” T-Shirt ($29)

How about gift ideas for screenwriters you can wear? Austin Kleon is a best-selling author who writes and speaks about creativity in the digital age. One of his mantras is that the best writers steal from the best writers who preceded them. These snazzy T-shirts and sweaters have been made in its honor.

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Order a “Steal Like An Artist” t-shirt >>

14. “Go Away, I’m Writing” Door Sign ($10)

This is one of the best Christmas presents for writers who need a way to let everyone else know they’re knee-deep in rewrites and don’t want to be disturbed at any cost. Hang outside your door and keep the outside world at bay.

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Buy a “Go Away I’m Writing” door sign >>

15. Script Coverage ($169+)

Some of the best gifts for screenwriters involve actually improving their craft. Do you or someone you know have a screenplay that could do with a second pair of eyes? How about a second pair of eyes that belong to a professional screenwriter?

With our script coverage, you can choose a working screenwriter to read your or your friend’s script according to its genre.

Christmas gifts for screenwritersCheck out our script coverage services >>

16. Remote Year ($11,000+)

Now we’re into the upper echelons of Christmas gifts for writers, at least when it comes to price. Remote Year are an organization that bring together people who are able to work freelance anywhere in the world and do just that—for four months or one year, living in a different city each month.

An adventure of a lifetime and an amazing way to inspire your screenwriting if ever there was one.

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Consider embarking on a Remote Year >>

Christmas Gifts for Screenwriters: Conclusion

Let us know what you think of these Christmas gifts for writers and gifts for screenwriters in the comments below. Hopefully, we just made your gift-buying experience that little bit easier, and have a very merry Christmas!

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10 Comments
  1. Victor says:

    The best Christmas gifts for screenwriters would probably be to get their screenplays sold. At least that’s my wish for Christmas :-/

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      True 🙂

  2. Amelia San says:

    I find it really hard to buy Christmas gifts for writers – all I could think of were books on writing, so thanks for sharing this amazing list!

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      You’re welcome, Amelia!

  3. Carly Petree says:

    I just bought the waterproof notepad. Thanks for the list!

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      You’re welcome, Carly!

  4. mr motivator says:

    Yet another generic christmas gifts for writers list. *Yawn*

  5. Jeffrey Howe says:

    Nice list, thanks.

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      Thanks, Jeffrey!

  6. Dan Broyles says:

    This post is all over the place. You think we have the money to spend on one year away traveling and writing scripts?? Get real.

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