Christmas Gift Ideas for Freelance Writers

The freelance writing community is quite large, but it can also be rather tight knit. Freelance writers for hire tend to work in the same circles and while they compete for the same jobs, that competition is usually friendly.

Christmas is a great time of year to celebrate those friendships. But picking gifts for fellow freelance writers for hire can be quite difficult.

The following make great Christmas gifts for a freelancer.

E-Reader

Classically, great writers are also bibliophiles. Freelance writers often have limited time, which means very little time available for reading. An e-reader lets a person save time acquiring books and is easier than a traditional book when you only have fleeting moments for reading.

Desk Chair

Many freelancers spend hours every day in front of a computer. When you are spending hours sitting in a chair, you want it to be the most comfortable chair possible. A luxuriously comfortable desk chair is an ideal gift for nearly every freelancer.

Walking Desk

The problem with sitting in front of a desk all day is that you get very little exercise while working that way. A walking desk is a unique solution to this problem. A walking desk is literally a desk that is combined with a treadmill. This isn’t the right gift for everyone, but if you know a freelancer who really enjoys exercising, there is not better way to work and exercise.

A Paid Vacation

The problem with being a freelance writer is that you are effectively working a full time job where you don’t get paid when take a vacation. Thus, any vacation costs you income and the money to pay for it. The idea for this gift is to put a little money in an account (or an envelope if you want to be low tech) and only make it available when the freelancer takes a vacation.

TextGuru

On the side of cheaper gifts, this $5 app has everything a freelance writer needs to succeed. The app includes a dictionary, thesaurus, and file sharing and viewing features. It is effectively a digital stocking stuffer.

Mickey David

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Myra Michaels
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Myra Michaels

These are really TERRIFIC

Earl Dotson
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Earl Dotson

Not only that, but they’re a nice change from the tired old Christmas gifts that many of us would probably otherwise get.

Myra Michaels
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Myra Michaels

These are really TERRIFIC ideas for freelancers, Mickey!! I wouldn’t make use of some of them myself, but I think they give really good ideas to those who know a writer who could benefit from them. It also gets the mind thinking of other gifts for a specific writer who is on one’s gift list. MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL!!

Georgia Potts
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Georgia Potts

Most writers that I know prefer paper books, myself included. There’s just something about the tactile experience of holding a book that adds to the experience of reading.

Myra Michaels
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Myra Michaels

Georgia, I heartily agree with you. I MUCH prefer holding and reading a “real” book and not an electronic device. I am so happy that dire predictions that printed material would disappear have not begun to come true, and I hope they never will. Look at the amazing historical documents that have been preserved. Why should we lose those and newer ones in favor of uninteresting devices??

Zoe Perry
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Zoe Perry

I love my e-reader! It lets me have more books in less space.

Val Tanaka
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Val Tanaka

I love e-reading, but I spend so much time on the laptop that I prefer holding paper books as well. I agree that it’s a different experience to turn the pages by hand and browse in paper form.

Zoe Perry
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Zoe Perry

I would love a walking desk.

Maria Buck
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Maria Buck

Great ideas! I like them all!

Val Tanaka
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Val Tanaka

That is the truth that freelance writers have little time for reading. By the time I’m finished researching for the day and typing it all up, I just don’t want to read anymore. It’s ironic but there isn’t any way around it.

Marianna Grilo
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Marianna Grilo

I almost asked for a Desk Chair for Christmas. Maybe I should request it as a birthday gift. On the other hand, a paid vacation would be nice. HMMM. Your point is well taken, with respect to our needing to have the money for the vacation, as well as income replacement.

Georgia Potts
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Georgia Potts

I’ve been thinking of one of those standing desks- it converts the tabletop to a higher surface so you can stand. I don’t think I’d want to pedal and work, but standing seems like a happy medium there.

auntieemily
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auntieemily

I would love a walking desk! Or a paid vacation! Thank you for remembering those of us who are not traditionally employed. 🙂

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