So, you’re trying to score a spot on the acknowledgements page of your writer friend’s next book? Getting them the perfect literary gift is a good place to start. But don’t waste time picking out a new notebook or fancy pen. Chances are, your friend types away at a computer — or uses only one type of notebook. It’s better not to mess with the process. Whether your friend’s a poet, a memoirist, or a novelist, here are seven unique gifts sure to be useful and inspiring for writers. Who knows? You might even get the dedication page.
1. Literary Pendant
How can your friend not be witty on the page when they have an Oscar Wilde pendant dangling from their neck? Or is Mark Twain more their style? Gifting your writer friend a literary hero they can keep close to their heart or an inspiring quote is sure to help them push through any unexpected case of writer’s block.
2. Eye Massager
If your friend is on a mission to write a “War and Peace”-like tome or become the next J.K. Rowling, they probably don’t get much time away from their work. This electric eye massager eliminates eye strain and eye muscle tension after long stints at the screen or hunched over pages. It has nine massage modes and can even help your friend fall asleep if they find it difficult to power down their imagination.
This foldable desk allows your friend to get to work whenever inspiration strikes—even when on the road. Light, portable, and sturdy, with a comfortable ergonomic design, the desk doubles as a laptop workstation. There’s plenty of room for a mouse, and the desk’s laminate tabletop is water resistant and easy to clean, should your friend accidentally spill their latte.
4. Literary Clothing
Even though the days of Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac are over, your friend can still dress like a beatnik with the help of a black beret or a turtleneck. Or maybe they’ll love showing off their literary repertoire and grammar snobbery with a funny T-shirt about grammar or Shakespeare.
5. Wine Set
If Charles Bukowski or Ernest Hemingway are your friend’s literary heroes, they might like to complement their work with a fine drink. This five-piece deluxe wine bottle set includes a pourer, a corkscrew opener, a wine ring, a multi-functional hippocampal knife, and a foil cutter, all packed in a wine-shaped case for the perfect gift.
One of the worst experiences for writers is losing all of their work. This can happen if their pages fly away onto some Portuguese lake, like what happened to Colin Firth’s character in “Love Actually,” or if their computer crashes before they’ve saved their work. This portable 2TB hard drive will help them with the latter problem.
7. Peace and Quiet
When Virginia Woolf wrote that, “A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction,” what she may have really meant was that she needed some time alone. Time and space to reflect and create are precious commodities in a fast-paced world for writers. And while you may not be able to give your writer friend a full-blown writer’s retreat, you can provide a way to shut out the world and focus with the help of noise-canceling headphones, such as these from Sony. Even in a shared living space, with a favorite song in their ears and their fingers typing away, your friend will feel worlds away.
Erica Garza is an author and essayist from Los Angeles. Her writing has appeared in TIME, Health, Glamour, Good Housekeeping, Women’s Health, and VICE.