10 romantic Valentine’s Day gifts for writers

Forget flowers. Get your valentine chocolate inscribed with a line from ‘Pride and Prejudice’ or perfume that smells like a paperback.

Valentine’s Day is around the corner, and with it comes the pressure to get your loved one something that’s just the right mix of romantic, thoughtful and personal elements.

We’ve discussed general gifts and holiday gifts, but this season of amore calls for something a little more special.

I’ve filled this gift list with items to inspire warm, fuzzy feelings in the writer you love.

1. Things that smell like books

Book lovers savor all aspects of reading-the feel of a page between their fingers, watching a cover slowly become dog-eared and, of course, the smell of books. (If you don’t know what books smell like, you clearly are not a book lover.)

Give your beloved book nerd the smell of her favorite thing—even if she uses an e-reader.

If she loves reading by candlelight, try Modern Alchemy’s Ex Libris Candle. If she enjoys perfume, consider Demeter’s Paperback Fragrance; the company describes it as “sweet and lovely with just a touch of the musty smell of aged paper.”

Need a few more ideas? Try one of these 25 perfumes and candles that smell like old books, libraries and more.

2. Romantic writing prompts

Nothing will make a writer love you more than helping him beat writer’s block. With this thoughtful gift, you’ll win major points for making it by hand.

Snag a love-themed journal (like this one from Etsy) and fill the pages with love-related writing prompts like:

Pretend Valentine’s Day has been outlawed. Write a paragraph to persuade the government to legalize it again.

Your main character wakes to a normal day. However, when he goes to call his significant other, he discovers her name is not in his phone. He soon discovers she no longer exists. Everyone thinks he’s crazy; they have no idea who his loved one is. What happens next?

Write your own prompts, or check out this list and this list for help.

3. A massage

All those long hours hunched over a keyboard can take a toll on you.

Any writer would love a massage to loosen the knots. Buy him a hand massager, office chair massage cover, eye massager with soothing sounds or a voucher for an all-over professional massage.

A romantic couple’s massage is also an option. It is Valentine’s Day, after all.

4. ‘Tequila Mockingbird’

Does your writer need the perfect drink to take to book club or enjoy during a quiet evening curled up with a classic? She’ll love “Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails with a Literary Twist.”

A 2013 Goodreads Choice Award for Food & Cookbooks, this fun mixology book contains 65 literary-inspired drink recipes, such as The Pitcher of Dorian Grey Goose and Vermouth the Bell Tolls. It’s also full of clever illustrations, commentary, bar-snack recipes and drinking games.

5. A subscription to a pre-made meal service

They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, but the way to a writer’s heart is to fill his stomach with meals he doesn’t have to prepare.

Why?

If he has to prepare dinner himself, it will probably amount to peanut butter crackers that he’ll eat over his keyboard. (I may or may not know this from experience.)

Give your writer the gift of yummy pre-made meals with a subscription to a service like Freshology. Or sign him up for Plated, Blue Apron or Hello Fresh, which deliver the ingredients you need to cook low-maintenance meals. The meals require some assembly, but they remove the hassle of meal planning and shopping.

He can then pour some wine and enjoy a variety of gourmet meals he doesn’t even have to put on pants to enjoy.

6. Reasons to stay in bed

We’ve all had those mornings when we’d prefer to stay in bed. Make that not only possible, but delightful for your writer.

This bookcase headboard and these book pillows are perfect for a lazy day in bed. If she’d like to do some work, try a laptop-friendly bed desk or tray.

For a little of both, opt for this amazing bed rest with a built-in massager, reading light, cup holder and slot for a notebook or reading material. What more could anyone need?

7. A bathtub book caddy

Help her relax at the end of a long day with a hot, luxurious bubble bath, candles and her favorite read thanks to this bathtub book caddy. It even holds a glass of wine.

8. Treasured memories

Writers see the world as one big story. They love to find the beauty and meaning in moments big and small.

Help your favorite writer relive his most-loved stories and create new ones with the card game Rememory. It’s like a writing prompt that uncovers memorable moments.

9. Bookish jewelry

It might be a cliché, but nothing says love like jewelry. Let your writer keep her favorite book close to her heart (or wrist or ears) with these awesome jewelry pieces made from real pages of popular novels like “Treasure Island,” “Pride and Prejudice” and “Moby Dick.”

10. Literary wine and chocolate

Saying “I love you” with chocolate might be traditional, but when you say it with chocolate inscribed with a line from a famous romantic novel, you take things up a notch. I recommend this Mr. Darcy-bar.

Because the chocolate is inexpensive, why not pair it with a bottle of wine, such as Writer’s Block Pinot Noir or Ex Libris Cabernet Sauvignon?

Writers, what gifts would win your hearts this Valentine’s Day?

Kelly Gurnett runs the blog Cordelia Calls It Quits and is expanding her freelance writing, editing and blogging empire. Follow her on Twitter. A version of this article originally appeared on The Write Life.

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