We’re barely past Halloween and U.S. Thanksgiving is on the doorstep. My husband just cheerfully informed me that we have less than six weeks until Christmas and someone has already wished me a Merry Christmas.

Of course I haven’t started my shopping yet, but I have started to look for ideas. Time, then, for my fourth annual list of gift suggestions for the readers and writers in your life:

1. Laptop camera blocker
If formeWebcam coversr FBI director James Comey covered his camera to prevent being spied on, we should probably do the same. This is better than a Post-It note. $12 for three flip-open camera covers for laptops and mobile devices; from !ndigo. (No longer available.)




2. Write. Edit. Repeat. mug

Write. Edit. Repeat mug

About $15 from Etsy vendor TheWordRebel; ships from the U.S. (No longer available.)




3. Water carafe and glass
For thoCarafese times you are working at your desk all day, and need a reminder to stay hydrated. About $20 from Kitchen Stuff Plus.





4. “Today is the day” journal

Today is the day journal

About $16 from Staples. (No longer available, but there’s a cute dog one.)






5. Canadian Press Caps and Spelling, 23rd edition

TheCP Caps & Spelling book latest edition of a guide I use constantly to check tricky words and names (Xbox has no hyphen, X-ray does), plus a great section on plain words. $27.50 plus shipping from Canadian Press.






6. Silver-plated typewriter earrings

Typewriter earrings

$28 from Etsy vendor SmittenKittenKendall; ships from Canada. (No longer available.)




7. Hot water bottle in a cosy knit cover
Hot water bottle

Instead of a pillow for your lower back while toiling away at the computer, how about a hot water bottle in a cosy cable-knit sweater? Comes in ivory or pink. $29.50 from !ndigo. (No longer available.)



8. Joe the Reporter throw pillow
Joe the Reporter

Another option for your lower back while writing, or while you’re curled up reading. Hand-made in Toronto by the talented Alison Garwood Jones of Pen Jar Productions. (Sorry, no longer available while Alison tries to find a Canadian supplier.)



9. Shh…I’m reading mug
Shh...I'm reading$22.99 from Etsy vendor GypsySoulTeaCo; ships from Canada. (No longer available.)






10. “If you can read this, bring me my book” socks

$15 from Etsy vendor MyfashionCA; ships from Canada. (No longer available.)



11. “Nothing to see here” password book
Nothing to see book

If you don’t use a password manager, at least stop writing your passwords on scraps of paper. $11.79 from Staples. (No longer available.)




12. “Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart” 8″ x 10″ print
Wordsworth quote

This is one of my fave writer quotes, courtesy of William Wordsworth. $22 from Etsy vendor BrightSpotPapier. Also available as a 5″ x 7″ card for $3.75 to $7.50. (No longer available.)





(Updated November 13, 2023.)

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Surprisingly, some of my ideas from past years are still available. Check out 2017, 2016 and 2015.