Christmas will soon be upon us. I remember thinking I had three months to prepare, and now it seems I only have just over a week to go and Christmas day will be here and the time to prepare, to buy and to worry will be over. But many of us, even with just over a week to go, still have gifts to buy.
What to do if you have a writer in your life?
I’ve done some of the hard work for you, in searching out those cute, unusual or practical gifts that might make it onto your list.
- We all know that plastic bags are bad for the planet so how about a material tote bag? Book-related of course, for the writer to carry around their notebooks and laptop. And because this is a primarily a crime fiction blog, I’ve selected one to suit. You can find many others on Out of Print. Read or Die Tote £16.00 (down from £20)
2. We all like to read in bed at night, and a writer likes to go over their latest days writings, so what better way to do it than by the light of a book light?
3. We all have a love of the old typewriters so how about a blue-tooth typewriter keyboard?
They’re not cheap. This one comes in at £234.62 from This is why I’m broke. But imagine the joy on your writers face when they open it up. This is why I’m Broke also do a wide range of keyboards for you to look through.
4. Writers accumulate a lot of paper. Be it in the writing of the book or the admin of the business side of affairs, paper is everywhere and it has to be stored somewhere. Klevercase is a wonderful website that sells storage files, box and Lever arch in fabulous designs so they don’t look dull and boring on your writer’s shelves. Plus they can be personalised not only with your name but with the content of what’s inside.
5. As writers, we tend to have a lot of pens and pencils, scissors, and bits and bobs on our desks. A desk tidy is the perfect gift. And what better desk tidy for a crime writer than a skull like this one from PrezzyBox. £29.99
6. Remarkable. The electronic notepad where you can handwrite on the device and create as many notebooks for as many new projects as you want to instead of having piles and piles of actual notebooks littering up your space. I know I am overrun with notebooks and wouldn’t mind trying one of these out. They’re not cheap though at £449 from Remarkable.
7. Only the writer in your life will understand this next item. A doormat. It’s not about the doormat as such, it’s about what the doormat says. A writer’s time is valuable and yet if they work at home full-time many people think they have plenty of time on their hands to do other things and often don’t think twice about popping by or asking for favours that are time-consuming. Your writer will give a wry grin at this mat. £20 from the Literary Gift Company.
Finally, for the readers, why not treat yourselves to a little something…
Perfect Murder came out a couple of weeks ago. A female crime writer turned serial killer, what’s not to love?!
Could you commit the perfect murder?
Alice Friend thinks you can, and she’s going to prove it. But perfection is elusive, and the body count rises as she pursues her aim, changing MO with each kill.
It should be easy. After all, Alice is perfectly suited for the task. As a crime writer she leads a solitary life and has little to get in her way.
Until it does.
Can she really kill and walk away, or will her actions have consequences closer to home than she could have imagined? Suddenly it looks like time may be running out for Alice…