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Julie’s Gift Guide for Writers

December 15, 2023

‘Tis the season and, if you’re like me, you’re busy trying to figure out what to buy everyone on your shopping list. But what about you? Here’s my handy gift guide for all my fellow writers out there!


Writing Gloves


I struggle to keep my hands warm during the colder months, especially when writing.

These fingerless cotton gloves from Storiarts are perfect to keep my digits nimble when scribbling away.

The bonus is that they feature passages from beloved books—of course, my favorite is Alice In Wonderland.




A Really Good Pen



I’m a sucker for a really great pen. For years I used medium point gel pens, but then discovered the joy of modern fountain pens and have never looked back!

My favorite is the Kaweco Sport—available in a variety of colors, they’re beautifully designed, well-balanced, and small enough to fit into any bag.

I grab mine from The Goulet Pen Company.


Quirky Pencils



And while we’re on the subject of writing implements, let’s talk about really great pencils.

Like my use of fountain pens, I opt for a more swanky mechanical pencil (Caran D’ache is my go-to) for daily use.

However, I’m also a sucker for the fun ones with clever sayings, like these from Whiskey River Soap Company.



A Darn Good Notebook


Now, if you buy the writer in your life a pen or pencil, then you’d better round out that gift with a notebook.

Every writer will have their favorite brand. For me, I’ve been a loyal user of Moleskine for nearly twenty years.

Their classic, hardcover notebook is perfect for capturing thoughts and tough enough to withstand being packed or thrown around.



Requisite Coffee Mug


What writer doesn’t need something to hold their liquid inspiration? Whether sentimental, clever, quirky, or funny, coffee mugs are always a good idea.



And finally…A Really Great Book


All writers work to hone their craft and there is no better way to do that than by reading…a lot! Books are a great gift for the writer in your life. Fiction or nonfiction, it doesn’t matter.

Might I suggest  choosing one penned by a military spouse? Seriously, there are a lot…and they are fantastic!

Good luck with your shopping and happy holidays!



*To read more from Julie, Visit her Mission:Milspouse Author page or check out her Professional Author page.



  • Julie Tully

    Cowgirl-turned-nomadic navy spouse, Julie Tully writes about life, culture and the places where they intersect. Her quirky lifestyle has taken her around the world, from rural Northern California to Europe and Africa. Julie’s writing has appeared in Legacy Magazine, Legacy Kids Magazine, InDependent, and Your Teen for Parents. Her memoir "Dispatches From the Cowgirl" was published in 2022 and details the years she lived in Sub-Saharan Africa. Now, after spending eighteen years overseas, Julie and her family have embarked on an even greater adventure—rediscovering the United States. You can read more about Julie and her work on her website or follow along on her adventures via Facebook and Instagram, @julietully

1 Comment

  1. Karin Tramm

    I love your list, especially the mechanical pencils—canT live without them! Might i also add a good bottle of cabernet for late night writing blitzes.


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