For thirty years, the PNC has calculated the cost of items in the Christmas song, The Twelve Days of Christmas. Their website states, “. . . a unique and whimsical holiday tradition that makes learning about the economy fun.”
This year’s tally to purchase one of every item in the song: $34,558.65 (up from $27,673.22 in 2014), and if every number of items were purchased for your “true love,” the cost would be a staggering $157,558.00 (up over $40k from $116,273.06 three years ago).
Who needs six geese a-laying anyway? Five golden rings? I think not. Heck, who even needs one of any of the listed items? Not writers, at least not to improve their craft—that’s where my list helps.
So, gifts for writers that will help boost their output and increase their skills: here are my suggestions of Gifts for Writers on a Budget.
$. Small notebooks to take with you everywhere. I use a 3′ x 6′ I can stick in my back pocket–fits easily into purses as well. One never knows when a great idea or observation strikes. Get it down or you might lose it. This is a mainstay of my writer’s tools; I usually buy three or four, one to carry with me at all times and the others placed where I might need them–by the couch, in the car, on the front porch where I sit and read in the summer.
$. Make sure you have enough pens and pencils. I use a mechanical pencil to jot notes; make sure to get extra leads and erasures–erasing is a big thing for me. These are great stocking stuffers and will cost less than a latte.
$. Purchase a larger notebook. I use a 6′ x 9′ steno notebook; some of my friends use regular 8 ½’ by 11′ ringed notebooks. I keep the notebook next to me when I am at the keyboard in case an idea arrives that is not affiliated with what I am currently working on–a quick note will remind me of things I can focus on later. These can also be used as a journal; many writers feel manually writing in a journal helps catapult them into creation.
$. Get a new writing book to help you with your craft. Recommendations here.
$. Join favorite writer blogs. (Do not forget to join Knights of Writ if you have not already).
$. Get a new novel that you have been putting off. Here are a few suggestions for fantasy writers and readers.
$. Subscribe to Writer’s Digest Magazine.
Of course there are an infinite number of items writers can find useful, anything from bookmarks to writing programs, computers, notepads (the electric kind), Kindles, and a host more. The less expensive items listed will service a writer well into the new year.
Happy Shopping, and
See You on the Next page,
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