Christmas Gift Guide 2019: Stocking Fillers for Writers and Readers

It’s that time of year. In fact, it’s my favourite time of the year.. Christmas.

I am one of those people who likes finding presents for family and friends. I will sit for hours trying to find the perfect something – a gift they would like.

As I have been doing my own shopping, I have found some perfect stocking fillers related to writing or books so I have put together a gift guide.

If you’re struggling to find a present for the writer or reader in your life (or, if you want to observe the law of Christmas present shopping where you should buy something for yourself as well as for others. OK, I made that up but it’s a nice tradition to start right?)

I have tried to find things that are under £20 so let’s get straight to the guide.*



Literary Cat Mug – The Literary Gift Company – £13.99.

Words can’t describe how much I love this mug and it is going on my Christmas list for sure. This mug features nine cat silhouettes and kitty related quotes from people like Emily Bronte, L.M Montgomery and Winston Churchill.

It’s so pretty and for anyone who wants to know, it’s microwave and dishwasher safe too. If, like me, you or your gift recipient is a writer, reader or cat lover (or all three,) this mug is perfect.



100 Books Scratch Bucket List Poster – Gift Republic via Not on The High Street – £12.99.


I love these type of posters and really want one. This one in particular compiles a hundred of the best novels and, if you’ve not already guessed, you can scratch off the books as you read.

This poster features classic novels like Murder on the Orient Express and Great Expectations to more recent books like The Help, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and The Handmaid’s Tale. This would make a great reading challenge for the new year if you or someone you know have wanted to read some of the greats but haven’t know where to begin.


Bluetooth Headband – Amazon. £17.99.

This is something I wish I had known about sooner. Recently I have been listening to audio books or music before I go to sleep. As I sleep on my side, headphones make this a little uncomfortable. Cue this headband. It looks like it could make listening to things before bed easier and will not interfere with trying to sleep.

I am a little worried that my head will get a little hot but that has got to be better than a headache due to falling asleep with the headphones in your ears right?



Starry Lined Notebook – The Inspired Stories via Etsy – £15.81.

If you’ve been following Novel Kicks for a while, you’ll know that I love myself a notebook and this is one I think would be perfect for that person you know who would love to begin a novel or just likes taking notes or making lists.

You can get this in a blue, pearl or pink. It has a starry foil detail on the fabric cover, a bookmark ribbon and it can also be personalised (up to five uppercase letters.) With 160 pages, I think it would make a perfect stocking filler.



The Very Short Story Starter for Creative Writing – John Gillard – Waterstones – £14.99.

The final item for this gift guide is this prompt book from John Gillard. The Very Short Story starter contains 101 flash fiction prompts.

These prompts focus on developing the various stages of the writing process including setting, structure and character building. There is also space to write should you want to complete the prompts directly in the workbook. .


What’s the best or worst present you’ve ever got?

(*prices correct at the time of publication and I’ve not included things like postage and packing or personalisation. I don’t earn anything by mentioning these stores. I just love the products and thought you might too)



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I’m Laura. I started Novel Kicks in 2009. I wanted a place to post my writing as well as give other writers like me the opportunity to do the same. There is also a monthly book club, a writing room which features writing prompts, book reviews, competitions, author interviews and guest posts.

I grew up by the sea (my favourite place in the world) and I currently live in Hampshire. I am married to Chris, have a cat named Buddy and I would love to be a writer. I’m trying to write the novel I’ve talked so much about writing if only I could stop pressing delete. I’ve loved writing since creative writing classes in primary school. I have always wanted to see my teacher Miss Sayers again and thank her for the encouragement. When not trying to write the novel or writing snippets of stories on anything I can get my hands on, I love reading, dancing like a loon and singing to myself very badly. My current obsession is Once Upon a Time and I would be happy to live with magic in the enchanted forest surrounded by all those wonderful stories provided that world also included Harry Potter. I love reading chick lit. contemporary fiction and novels with mystery.

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