Friday, December 15, 2006

Christmas gifts for writers, part 5

Captain’s Log, Supplemental

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It’s starting to look a lot like Christmas...

Last year, I came across an article on gifts for writers, and I expanded on it with an article of my own. I’ll be posting a part of it every Friday and then eventually post the entire article on my Story Sensei blog.

I’m starting this series early so your loved ones—er, Santa can start saving up for maybe something extra special.

And if you have ideas of your own, leave a comment and I’ll add it to the list!

Gifts for Writers, part five (continued from part four)

• Clipboard—fancy or engraved/personalized

• Large water bottle so she gets her full water quota while writing

• Healthy snacks: almonds or other nuts, fruit (fresh or dried), popcorn, pretzels, beef jerky, trail mix, etc.

• Not-so-healthy snacks—M&Ms, bite-sized candy bars, Dove chocolate, Dove ice cream bars, etc. Her favorite chocolate or candy, pick your poison. ;)

• Home-made or store-bought writer’s fodder—fudge, truffles, cookies, brownies, biscotti, muffins, cake, Chex-Mix, caramel popcorn, chocolate dipped pretzels, candy/caramel apples, candied walnuts/almonds, cheese and crackers, sweet breads, cinnamon rolls/buns, individual frozen pizzas, apple cider or mix, hot chocolate mixes, wine/alcohol.

• coffees or teas, a tea cup and saucer or just the cup, a large mug, an insulated mug

• Coffeemaker for one

• coffeemaker that brews into her favorite insulated mug

• Tea kettle (there are some nice ones with special handles or in bright colors and designs)

• Electric hot water pot (my favorite is the Zojirushi 3 liter electronic hot water dispenser)

• Tea pot or tea cup or both (especially if she loves tea cups and pots, several nice bone china pieces can be found inexpensively at flea markets or online)

• Mug warmer

• Gift card to Starbucks, Jamba Juice, or her favorite beverage place.

• Anti-virus and/or anti-spam software (recommended in Consumer’s Reports: BitDefender Standard, Zone Labs ZoneAlarm Antivirus, Kapersky Labs Anti-Virus Personal, Norton Antivirus)

• A computer backup drive or subscription to an online backup service

• A GPS system so she can find her way home after brainstorming in the car again and getting lost (don’t laugh, this totally happens)

To be concluded next Friday.

1 comment :

  1. Food, such a wonderful idea, EXCEPT FOR THOSE OF US ON A DIET!! Heavy sigh. Oh well, maybe I'll ask for the water bottle and fill it with Diet Coke. Mmmmmm.