10 Gift Ideas for a Poet

Updated on March 3, 2018
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Writing Nag is the pseudonym for blogger Patricia Biro. She writes about home, finance, creative writing and anything and everything vintage

Generally speaking, poets appreciate art and beauty, so any gift that is aesthetically pleasing will most likely be appreciated. But often, people who don't write or read poetry wonder, "What is the best present to give to someone who loves poetry?"

Whether the writer is a published veteran or just beginning their creative career, below is a list of some of my favorite gifts to give fellow language lovers.


10 Gifts for a Poet

  1. Poet’s Market: Coined, “The most trusted guide for publishing poetry," this yearly guide is full of inspirational craft and business articles, how-to tutorials, lists of conferences, grant opportunities, and, of course, invaluable listings for poetry contests.
  2. A blank journal: Every writer I know has dozens of these, but they are always a welcome gift. You can choose from Moleskine classic notebooks, pocket journals, or handcrafted leather journals. You can also look for one that has a graphic representing something the writer loves.
  3. Books on writing: There are many fine books on writing poetry. Some of my favorites include: Writing Poetry from the Inside Out: Finding Your Voice through the Craft of Poetry by Sandford Lyne; Broken Lines - The Art & Craft of Poetry by Judith Skillman; The Poetry Home Repair Manual: Practical Advice for Beginning Poets by Ted Kooser; A Poetry Handbook by Mary Oliver; and The Poet's Companion: A Guide to the Pleasures of Writing Poetry by Kim Addonizio and Dorianne Laux or my favorite to gift to beginning poets, Poemcrazy: Freeing Your Life with Words by Susan Woolridge.
  4. A fountain pen: Pens range from $10 to hundreds of dollars and the colors, designs, and brands are virtually endless. You can choose a classic, vintage fountain pen, or, if your budget allows, a luxury one. Either way, the poet will think of you every time they use their writing instrument.
  5. Vintage editions: Depending on your budget, peruse vintage book websites to look for unique editions of the poet's favorite author or genre.
  6. Anthologies: Some of my favorites include: The Best American Poetry (insert year here) and Best New Poets. This is a good way to introduce the poet to the community and make them aware of what's being published and applauded.
  7. First editions: For many, this may cost more than your budget allows, but if you can swing it, it will be much loved and appreciated.
  8. Subscription to Poets and Writers, Poetry Magazine, Writer's Digest, or The Writer: Subscriptions are the gifts that keep on giving, providing helpful advice, articles, and more.
  9. A local workshop or session with a writing coach: Try reaching out to local writers to find out what's available in the poet's community.
  10. Magnetic poetry kit: These are fun ways to open up the poet to word play. Many kits are available online.

A blank notebook and a woodless pencil are gifts any writer would love.
A blank notebook and a woodless pencil are gifts any writer would love. | Source

Other Ideas

These fun, inexpensive presents can be enhanced by thinking creatively. Ideas include:

  • A favorite poem or verse typewritten in a low-priced frame.
  • A small gift wrapped in vintage dictionary pages.
  • An offer of house sitting or childcare so the poet can get some quiet time away.
  • Accompanying them to a writer's conference or a class for moral support.

One could also celebrate the poet's love of a writing life or a writing space by gifting vintage desk accessories, such as:

  • Vintage typewriters (usable or not).
  • Stationary trays.
  • Antique ink bottles.
  • Leather desk tools.
  • Vintage pens or pencils

Many of these can be found (sometimes very inexpensively) at flea markets, online auction houses, or garage sales.

Because writers love language many people indubitably think about word related games that celebrate vocabulary (think: Scrabble, Bananagrams, Boggle, Upwards, Typo, Balderdash, Haikubes, magnetic poetry kits.) Other ideas include:

  • Handmade paper.
  • Woodless graphite pencils.
  • Engraved quote pens or jewelry.
  • A biography of their favorite writer.
  • Typewriter key jewelry.
  • Five-year memory books.
  • Mugs with poetry quotes presented with coffee or tea.

Help your poet friend build their own vintage-themed writing space.
Help your poet friend build their own vintage-themed writing space. | Source

I'd Love to Hear Your Feedback!

Do you have a partner, friend, or family member who loves to write and read verse. If you have a writer or bibliophile in your life, or you are one yourself, please suggest your favorite gifts to give or receive in the comments section below.

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      Mark Tulin 4 months ago from Santa Barbara, California

      love this ! Good gift ideas for myself.

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      sheilamarie78 3 years ago

      These are some great suggestions. I especially like the idea of wrapping up some poetry books with a ribbon.

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      Colin323 3 years ago

      A case of Californian wine; great for loosening the creative knots in your head (well, mine anyway).

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      Maggie Crooks 4 years ago from Purgitsville, WV

      Fountain pens are a wonderful gift. I haven't written with one since before ballpoints, but I remember how it felt. Nothing is as comfortable and emotive as a fountain pen.

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      John Dyhouse 4 years ago from UK

      A few neat things I wouldn't mind receiving

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 4 years ago from Perth UK

      My friend is a poet and I think she's due a gift. Thanks for the lovely suggestions - I'm sure she'd love a nice fountain pen.

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 4 years ago from Perth UK

      I love fountain pens - I already have one, and my son writes with one at school! You have some beautiful ones here.

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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      These are wonderful gift suggestions to give to poets! I especially love the Cavallini vintage office supplies. I'm not a poet but I am a writer and would love to find some of them, or one of the beautiful fountain pens, under the tree. :)

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      lauriem05 4 years ago

      Haikubes game (about $22 on amazon) looks really fun. Just got it for my daughter who loves to write poetry. Seems like something one would enjoy solo, even without "playing" the game.

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      lesliesinclair 4 years ago

      I'd like some of the pens. I do miss using fountain pens.

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      Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

      I would love any of these gifts. Great choices!

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      ChristyZ 4 years ago

      I'm a poet and would appreciate any of these gifts. I get excited whenever anyone gives me a special pen, lol. :)

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      Erin Mellor 4 years ago from Europe

      My poet really values a little time and space to write, so taking over all the chores for a day and giving him free time to write without being disturbed or feeling any pressure to do anything else is a brilliant gift - and it's free.

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      NoProblemmo 4 years ago

      A vintage pen is always welcome at the poets I am familiar with and I can say a good book will always do the trick, if you know what 'your' poet likes.

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      I have a good friend who is a poet, so these ideas really come in handy for me. Thanks for sharing.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Another great gift for poets: "Writers write. Poets pote" tee shirts at www.pinkapostrophe.com/shop/ they have them there!

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      Deborah Carr 4 years ago from Orange County, California

      These are great gift ideas for poets. I also show them how to put their poems on internet writing sites so that they can share them with others and maybe even make a little money, too!

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      Writing Nag 4 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      @BarbsSpot: Thanks! that is a great idea and one I didn't think of.

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      BarbsSpot 4 years ago

      @Lensmaster...I think any aspiring poet could benefit from the book "The Complete Rhyming Dictionary". It can jump-start your rhymes, if that's your poetic choice, based on how one, two, and three syllables sound. Neat Lens!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great ideas here! I wish more people would take the time to understand what poets would like to be gifted. Usually, poets have a very specific gift-list. Thanks for sharing!

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      cmadden 5 years ago

      Beautiful fountain pens, and I rather like the Celtic journal as well!

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      AntonioM23 5 years ago

      I really like this vintage pens

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      Rockbleeder 5 years ago

      Yehey! I also have a wishlist but I only have 5 items in my list. I hope you can check it out :)

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Like all the ones you have listed here.

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      Aunt-Mollie 5 years ago

      As a poet, you've chosen some creative gifts that any poet would adore. Liked!

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      TransplantedSoul 5 years ago

      To gift or not to gift?.. that is the question... Whether it is nobler in the.....

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      yayas 6 years ago

      I love all 10 gifts for a poet that you have listed. I've written a lot of poetry an' the tools I use often contribute to my sense of creativity.

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      Kim 6 years ago from Yonkers, NY

      a Magnetic Poetry kit (helps with inspiration)

      Book on their favorite poet,

      Make a Scrapbook of their poems (if they'd give you at leat 20 of their poems, this is something I would personally love for someone to make me) as I somewhat illustrate my poems with cool fonts that seem to 'fit' with what its about.

      a Fountain Pen (particuallarly Broad tipped)

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      Laraine Sims 6 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      I think your idea of a journal is a really good one. Something that they can take with them and have handy for when a poem assails them. Blessings.