That big gift giving time of year is sneaking up on us–you know the one I mean. Recently my writers’ group, The Flying M-Inklings, went on a retreat and since I enjoy bringing little gifts, now and then, to our weekly writing appointment, I was the party favor girl for the retreat. I had a blast putting together gifts I thought writers would enjoy and I’m sharing a couple of them here. You have plenty of time to put them together for the favorite writers in your life.
The first is a miniature desk calendar that looks like a typewriter. Every writer needs a calendar to keep track of their writing journey. Adorable, if I do say so myself. I purchased the kit from SkyGoodies on Etsy. Their products make me swoon–I love them. You purchase the PDF, then print the pages and cut and assemble the items yourself. Here are all the pieces (minus the calendar pages) cut out and ready to put together.
I also personalized pencils. Weird? Yes, but sometimes I’ve just got to get my crafty on and these were for all the stories yet to be written. This is all I needed.
I picked out a piece of patterned paper with everybody in mind and cut 1/8 inch strips–one strip for each side of three pencils. I wasn’t always accurate, but if the strips were too wide, I cut them down more, but a little unevenness added more character, so it was fine. Then, using Mod Podge, I glued each piece onto a side of each pencil. There’s no point in cutting them to the length of the pencil–just keep them long so you know you’re not short.
Finally, I sharpened them and bundled them with coordinating embroidery floss. It’s fun to see the traditional #2 Pencil color between the patterned papers.
I put together a message in a bottle kit for everybody. Surely nobody is going to end up stranded on a deserted island, but the idea was to write a letter to the universe or a warm fuzzy and leave it for someone to find. Somebody suggested a park bench, which made me think any random place would be cool. Wouldn’t it be fun to find one? The bottle necks need to be wide enough to get a rolled piece of paper in and out of without destroying it. The twine is attached to help pull the message out. Pull the paper out, write a message, roll it back up, insert into the twine loop, and leave it for someone to find.
Another fun party favor was the Creative Juices. I simply attached a tag to St. Germain minis. Quite frankly, I did this one mostly because the bottle is pretty magical looking. Certainly drinking this delightful potion would get some creative juices flowing!
In the end, there was a party favor at each writer’s plate during each delicious meal we shared together. There were also bookmarks and computer stickers and candy. It was fun for me to be the party favor girl, for sure, and I think my friends enjoyed getting them.
We had the best time! We got some writing done, took some great walks in the beautiful autumn weather in our local mountains, enjoyed amazingly delicious food, some of us cried a little bit, laughed our tails off, and bonded. We’re only going to get better at this Writers’ Retreat thing. Read about our first one here on Daisy’s site.
Have you been to a writing retreat? Are you part of a writing group? I highly recommend both. Finally, what are some other fun DIY gifts for writers? I’m going to need more ideas for next year!