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Holiday gift guide for writers

Be thoughtful to the writers in your life when giving gifts this holiday season. Presenting the 2011 Breaking Copy holiday gift guide for writers.

Note: When you buy a product through one of the links in this post, which go to Amazon.com, a portion of your purchase will support Breaking Copy.



Filco Majestouch-2 Keyboard
For writers who type all day, those mushy keyboards that come with most new computers, especially laptops, just aren’t very good. A sturdy, clickity-clackity, mechanical keyboard like the Filco is a major upgrade. $149.



Another Science Fiction: Advertising the Space Race 1957-1962, by Megan Prelinger
Far out! This book’s collection of Cold War-era advertising will delight anyone interested in pop culture and history. Paperback, 240 pages, $21.68.



Rhodia Treasure Box
Some writers swear by their Moleskines, but for a premium writing notebook, I’m partial to Rhodia. This gift box comes with 4 notebooks and 2 pencils. $22.



Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience, by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
It’s described as a psychology book, but this is the most illuminating book I’ve ever read about creativity. It’s a perspective-changer. Paperback, 336 pages, $10.19.



Kindle Fire, Full Color 7″ Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi
This color e-reader seems to be the hot gadget of 2011. Good for more than just reading, this device plays movies and TV shows. (U.S. only.) $199.



Midnight in Paris (Blu-ray)
“Midnight in Paris,” directed by Woody Allen and starring Owen Wilson and Rachel McAdams, is a sweet, romantic, good-natured film with a plot about writing. It’s out on Blu-Ray December 20. $22.99. (Also available on DVD, $17.99.)



Urban Dictionary: Street Slang on a Daily: 2012 Day-to-Day Calendar
A page-a-day calendar from Urban Dictionary, the authority on new slang. Probably the most entertaining (and subversive) word-of-the-day calendar out there. $11.19.



Umbra Conceal Invisible Floating Bookself, Large
Attach this to a wall and it can store a few books as if they’re floating in midair. Neat trick. $12.97.



The One Thing You Need to Know: … About Great Managing, Great Leading, and Sustained Individual Success by Marcus Buckingham
This career management book makes a violently powerful argument for editing down the work you do. Read it and you’ll never approach work—or writing—the same way again. $19.77.



Rory’s Story Cubes
Ostensibly a game for children, this set of nine die with story subjects on each side is a fun creative exercise for anybody. Roll ’em and write a story about whatever comes up. $6.78.



DCI Decorative Jar Half Bookends, Set of 2
Bookends that double as a fishbowl. Yes! $47.45.



David King & Co. Leather Laptop Messenger Bag
Anyone who has to lug a computer with them at all times ought to have a good-looking bag. $165.


— By Daryl Lang. Filed under Holiday

3 comments

  1. barbara says:

    Shall I pass this list on to your Dad?

    • Daryl Lang says:

      Ha ha! I’ve got my own wish list for that.

      I do worry that after this post that I’m going to get 5 sets of Rory’s Story Cubes for Christmas. :)

  2. kathi wren says:

    ARe the story cubes good for storytelling, too? I am thinking my niece/nephew might use them for fun.

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