10 Gift Ideas for a Poet
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 language lovers.
10 Gifts for a Poet
- : 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. Poet’s Market
- 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.
- 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, by Susan Woolridge. Poemcrazy: Freeing Your Life with Words
- 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.
- Vintage editions: Depending on your budget, peruse vintage book websites to look for unique editions of the poet's favorite author or genre.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Magnetic poetry kit: These are fun ways to open up the poet to word play. Many kits are available online.
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.
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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