The 2016 Writer’s Gift Guide

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, I’m starting to see “gift guides” pop up online, and I wanted to join in the fun! I offered a Writer’s Gift Guide in 2015, and it was really well received–I think almost all of us know people in our lives who love to write (or we are the ones who love to write!), and this is an easy post to share with others (wink!). Here are my top 10 gifts to give the writers in your life this year!

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  1. How else could I possibly start? A book. Caring for Words in a Culture of Lies is one of my all-time favorite books for fellow writers, both for its meticulous prose and also for McEntyre’s vision for language. She is calling us to use words as people of faith and love–and the outcome of that calling is deeply meaningful. A powerful text for any word-lover in your life!Caring for Words in the Writers Gift Guide 2016 at
  2. A beautiful journal set. I love this one from Dayspring–it reminds me that words travel so much farther than I can, and includes a journal, pencil pouch, and set of postcards ready for sending! Get this for the word-lover in your life who you wish you could hug more often! And use the code: SHINEHISLIGHT to save $20 off of a $60 purchase + get free shipping! Yay!
  3. Journal set from DayspringA planner. Writers need clarity when it comes to scheduling their days and setting aside intentional time to write. The planner that I use is from Anchored Press, and I even had the privilege of contributing to their weekly planner this year. These planners are GORGEOUS, practical, and filled with the truth of Scripture–just what we all need to keep us on track!
    Anchored Press Weekly Planner. Writing Gift Guide at
  4. Personalized Writing Coaching. Oftentimes, writers have ideas and dreams and projects that they want to work on, but they don’t know how to strengthen and sharpen their writing–or what the next best step is to take in their calling as a writer. Through Writing with Grace, I offer individualized coaching for writers, and am now setting up calls starting in January. If you want to invest in your own calling as a writer–or if you want to show the writer in your life how deeply you believe in them, this would be the gift that keeps on giving! My coaching clients walk away with practical steps to take in their writing career, along with encouragement and vision for moving forward. Email if you’re interested in setting this up and we can chat. I even have a gift card that you can give to your recipient so they have something to open on Christmas day!Writing with Grace Coaching. Email


  5. A Goal-setting system, like Powersheets from the Cultivate What Matters Shop. I’ve written about these before, but most writers have a hard time juggling both their writing dreams and their everyday commitments; what happens is that usually the writing goes by the wayside. Powersheets have helped me to set priorities in my life around my calling and my gifts, all while keeping the Lord at the center. I am a huge fan of Powersheets and already pre-ordered my set for 2017!
    PowerSheets by Lara Casey
  6. A book pillow! I’m a sucker for quirky pillows, and being surrounded by books is always delightful, whether it’s a stack of books on my desk or a delightful throw pillow that represents books on my couch. This is a fun pick–clean, bright, and just cheeky enough to make even a curmudgeon smile!Book Pillow at the Writers Gift Guide 2016 from
  7. Business cards. Sometimes writers need the validation of owning the truth that they ARE writers; it can be hard to say that you’re a writer if it’s never out in the open with others. Consider buying your favorite writer a pack of business cards as a way of encouraging her in her dream of writing–and make it stylish while you’re at it! I love these from Moo, which is where I purchase my business cards; the quality is extremely high. Click here and then search for “writer” in the upper right-hand corder to bring up a fun array of business cards related to writing!Writer business cards in the Writers Gift Guide 2016 at


  8. A meaningful magazine subscription. The best writers are thoughtful readers, and one of my all-time favorite publications is Deeply Rooted Magazine. This is a beautiful, theologically rich publication that is deeply encouraging and aesthetically stunning, all at the same time. I’ve written for them for years (and hope to do so forever)! Order the writer in your life a yearly subscription and keep the gift going for the next twelve months!Deeply Rooted Magazine Subscription in the Writers Gift Guide 2016 at


  9. A nice pen. Yes, most of us do our writing on screens nowadays, but there’s nothing like writing with a smooth pen on fresh paper. If you’re already getting the writer in your life a journal set (see #2), something like this would be a great stocking stuffer!Fringe Pen for the 2016 Writer Gift Guide at
  10. One more book. I couldn’t help myself–if you’re looking to encourage the writer in your life with spiritual truth (from a fellow writer!), you can pre-order my book, Still Waiting. It comes out April 4th, and I’ve been praying for the readers of this book for over a year. You can read more about the book here, but I think this is a great gift for the writer–and reader–in your life. I’ve poured my heart into it, and my prayer is that this book will be an encouragement to each and every person who reads it.

Still Waiting: Hope for When God Doesn't Give You What You Want

Well, there you have it: these are my top 10 gifts for the writer in your life–even if that writer is yourself! What else would you add to this list? Is there anything you can’t live without in your writing life? Share what you love with me!

May this holiday season be full of transformative words, conversations, and gifts that lead us to truth and beauty in Christ!

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  1. What an amazing giveaway!
    It all looks amazing, but the books are what I’d love the most. I’m definitely in the learning phase of my writing life. Of course, does that ever end? Nevertheless, I’d love the books, and all the other items would be amazing as well.

  2. I LOVE the journal set and personalized writing coaching. It would be so helpful to have one-on-one help when it comes to writing and getting critiqued!

  3. Number 5 is best. My wife LOVES her power sheets. Already ordered them for her.

  4. Number is the one I would covet! I love the personalized coaching!

  5. This is such a great list!!! I need to share this with all the people in my life who love me. :)
    I’m so intrigued by this power sheet business. I want to try these out.

  6. Ann! What a great giveaway! I would love all of them but the coaching session would be amazing

  7. Oh my gosh….these are all the best. The BEST, I tell you!! Also, I’m fairly certain the boat on the cover of Deeply Rooted shown above is on the beach in Bunbeg, County Donegal, Ireland — the exact setting in my novel, and where I lived for 2 years!!

    My favorites are…all of them!! LOL The coaching sessions tops the list, but your book, the business cards, the power sheets and the journal set are close for 2nd place. 😀

  8. Love that you are offering this! Hands down my favorite gift would be the Personalized Writing Coaching! That would be AMAZING 🙌🏼

  9. This was a toss up between #4 and #5! After taking one of your courses I would LOVE some one-on-one coaching. And the Power Sheets are on my current wish list! Such a well-curated guide here :)

  10. Emily Ciesil says:

    My favorite is the Dayspring journal set- #2. Thank you for all of these suggestions! The pillow is also super cute!! What a sweet xiversation starter!

  11. Oh I would absolutely love the coaching session, having help in pursuing my writing dreams would be great!

  12. Thank you for this list! I could definitely use one of the planners to help me with a writing schedule.

  13. Nice list! Things we’d all enjoy using. I am excited to hear about #1, just the title makes me happy. Plus, the coaching would be awesome! Happy Thanksgiving

  14. Great list! I am intrigued by the Powersheets! I went to see what they are all about and the link(s) don’t work. Thought you might want to check that out and update.


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