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12 Handmade Gifts for a Writer

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12 Handmade Gifts for a Writer

We love giving unique handmade gifts to the people on our Christmas list. It supports small businesses and there’s nothing better than getting something totally unique and made with care, right? If you’re searching for the perfect gift for the writer in your life, we hope this list helps you out!


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  1. A coffee mug perfect for a writer.

    I love sitting down to write with a cup of coffee (or a glass of wine, more on that later!) This message is perfect. Tick me off and you know I’m crafting 57 scenarios of revenge! Get this awesome mug here from LovableGiftCo in Phoeniz, Arizona.

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2. An etched wine glass if that’s more your writer’s style.

‘Write drunk, edit sober.” Am I right? If your writer lives by this motto, this awesome wine glass should do the trick! If they don’t drink wine, that’s fine. Who wouldn’t feel fancy sitting beer or liquor out of this thing? Get it here from PenEndeavors in Holland, Michigan.

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3. An antique book scented candle.

If your writer walks into an old library and swoons at the scent of old books, this is the candle for them! ‘Paper, vanilla, and leather’ will set the mood for any good writing sessions. Get this delicious candle here from WertherandGray in Wilmington, Delaware.


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4. A comfy and supportive pillow sporting the very definition of writer.

Writing is a long and tiresome task. Keep your writer comfy with a supportive pillow that not only protects their back, but reminds them that they’re truly an ‘artist of the written word. Get it here from IDefineMeProject in Niagara Falls, New York.


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5. An engraved wooden pencil box reminding them to write it down.

Nothing like a beautiful and inspiring box to hold the very tools your writer cherishes. There is even an option to personalize with their name. Get this gorgeous pencil box here from PaperSushiHome in Terrebonne, Oregon.


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6. Custom pencils that express their love for writing.

Nothing like a little encouragement from your pencil when you’re in the process of writing a difficult scene or facing a block. These are awesome. Get them here from IceyDesigns in Dallas, Texas.


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7. A gorgeous hand-turned wood pen.

Nothing screams ‘I mean business” like a beautiful handcrafted wooden pen. Get this stylish pen from JangulaWoodworks in West Fargo, North Dakota.


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8. Writer inspired wall art.

Every writer I know is usually lost in the clouds at any given moment. Dreaming, plotting, and seeing things that I’m not picking up. They truly do create new worlds. Get this awesome instant download from SparksofLife in Kalamazoo, Michigan.


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9. An honest writer’s T-shirt.

This is hilarious because it’s usually true. If your writer friend is constantly correcting your grammar, this would be an even more hilarious gift. Get it here from YetiTees in Keswick, Canada.


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10. Earrings perfectly fit for a writer.

These bronze studs are adorable quotations around the stories in their head. Choose your size and finish here from danslairdutemps in Nancy, France.


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11. ‘Writing is my therapy’ key chain.

This is true for most writers. They write to get the voices in their head out onto paper. It’s calming, cathartic, and helps heal sometimes. Get this awesome key chain from BeautyinBaubles in Colorado Springs, Colorado.



12. Writing Prompts to help battle writer’s block.

Every writer goes through bouts of writer’s block. These fun writing prompts help battle through and spark creativity. Get them here from ThePaperScientist in Lancaster, United Kingdom.




13. A beautiful wooden journal to write their stories in.

Get it here from our shop. Handcrafted and handbound in an unplugged wood shop right here in Mount Holly, NJ.


I hope this list points you in the direction of the perfect gift for your writer. It’s a really awesome thing to support a small business and gift an item with a real story. Remember – when you buy handmade, you buy something that was made from care and passion.

Have a great holiday season, all!

Be kind and live purposely.

Bowtie and the Bandit

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12 Handmade Gifts for Woodworkers


12 unique and handmade gifts for the woodworker on your list.

I never really understood woodworking or carpentry until I met my husband. I knew that I bought a ‘wooden’ bookcase at Target and slapped it together to hold my giant book collection – to me, I was totally a woodworker.

But there is an incredible amount of detail and passion and dedication that our woodworkers put into their craft and I think it deserves some celebrating! So here’s a list of some awesome, unique, and always handmade gifts for our favorite woodworker.



  1. A sweet leather apron.

    Nothing looks cooler than a sturdy leather apron. This one is custom made to order from a small business in Canada. Adjustable straps, useful pockets, and you’re able to personalize it with a name or logo. Get it right here from CyclonaDesigns. (Don’t forget to check out their other AWESOME leather works, too!)


2. A coffee mug any woodworker would find hilarious.

Whether it’s coffee, tea, or Jack Daniels… everyone should have a mug that says something awesome about them. Get this one here from perksandrecreation.


3. A beautiful handcrafted woodworker’s bench brush.

I know it’s a brush, but this is beautiful (and SUPER handy). Every five minutes, Ian is brushing wood shavings out of his way. This one is made by a small business called OxCartBroomandWood in Minnesota and you can get it here.


4. A stunning handmade wooden clipboard.

A place to keep inventory, track orders, or manage receipts. This clipboard is made by a young woodworker in North Carolina. His shop is Estatoe Woodworks and you can check it out right here.


5. A coat rack for the wood shop.

Somewhere to hang that beautiful leather apron, perhaps? Love the design of this coat rack from SunsetMetalworks. You can get it here.


6. ‘I love the smell of sawdust in the morning’ hoodie.

Amen to that! For those cold mornings in the shop, how about this awesome hoodie from DentzDesign? You can order it here!


7. A gorgeous leather tool roll.

This is perfect to hold chisels and bits and other small tools. Get this one here from HbarNCraftworks in Montana.


8. Funny unisex woodworker definition shirt.

It’s true and it’s hilarious. Get it here from Nestingproject.


9. Woodworker Cuff Links.

What about when our woodworker likes to clean up? These simply designed cuff links are absolutely handsome. Get them here from CynthiaCoolBeans.


10. Wood Slice Woodworker Necklace.

For those female woodworkers in our lives (or our guys who don’t mind a statement piece), I love the simple design of this wood slice necklace. It was handmade with polymer clay and then painted by blockpartypress in Maryland. Get it here.


11. Handcrafted Spiced Mahogany Soap.

All I need to say is – who doesn’t want to smell like Spiced Mahogany? ❤ ❤ ❤ Get this handcrafted soap from MtLebanonSoapCompany right here in New Jersey.


12. A hand forged hammer.

Any time that Ian can get something handmade, he does. He FLIPS over hand forged, handcrafted, handmade ANYTHING. Especially tools. This hammer comes from a blacksmith in Colorado, BlackBearForge. Definitely check it out!



13. A handcrafted wood covered sketchbook.

Ian uses our books every day to sketch new designs, plan out his week, and keep track of orders. They’re super durable and will last a lifetime. Check out this book and more in our shop.


I hope this list points you in the direction of the perfect gift for your woodworker. It’s a really awesome thing to support a small business and gift an item with a real story. Remember – when you buy handmade, you buy something that was made with care and passion.

Have a great holiday season, all!

Be kind and live purposely.

Bowtie and the Bandit

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12 Handmade Gifts for a Book Lover


12 unique and handmade gifts for the book lover on your list.


We love books and we love handmade (too obvious?). With the holiday season upon us, it was only a matter of time before we put together a list of some of our favorite handmade gift items for book lovers. -swoon-

If you’re looking for a unique gift for that bookworm in your life, this list is an excellent place to get started!


  1. A personalized ‘from the personal library of’ stamp.

    Let’s start off on the practical side. If you own a lot of books and you gush about them regularly, people are going to want to borrow them. So who wouldn’t love a personalized book stamp to remind their friends that – yeah, you ‘totally forgot to give that back’. Get it from the PaperPeachShop.



2. A beautiful and practical wooden page spreader.

Now that I know these are a thing, I NEED ONE. There are some books out there that are a complete pain in the butt to hold open. Get this gorgeous solid wood page spreader from WoodaCooda.



3. A book lover’s ultimate coffee mug.

I don’t know about you but, when I sit down to read, I need a cup of coffee or tea…or something warm to snuggle in with. This mug from simplyGIFTastic says it all.



4. A comfy pillow made just for a book lover.

Speaking of snuggling in…c’mon. this pillow is hilarious! Get it from HeartmyMugs.



5. A reading nook scented candle.

Why not set the mood with a candle? This one will fill the room with the warm and romantic scents of bergamot, coriander, vanilla, and amber. I need it. Good thing I can get it here from FromThePage.



6. A late night reader’s book mark.

In case they get too snuggly with the pillow, candle, and cup of tea- here’s the perfect bookmark to mark their place! Get it from ThirtySixDesign.



7. A loud and proud bookworm T-shirt.

Bookworms are generally incredibly proud of their literary prowess. The next few gifts will help them show off! This super soft embroidered tee shirt is available from NewVintageEmbroidery.

Don’t think we forgot you, guys!



8. A bookworm embroidered patch.

If they like big books and they cannot lie, they need this patch to tell everyone about it! Hurry- get it from LiteraryEmporium!



9. The book nerd tote bag.

They’re going to need a tote to carry around those big books that they love so much! I’m a big fan of this adorable bag from sayitwithpizzazz.



10. A coffee tumbler for book lovers on the go.

As I said before- having a beverage is important when you’re traveling through other worlds, so here’s a cup for the bookworm on the go! Get it from MiaBelleBoutique.



11. A book lover’s necklace.

This sterling silver necklace is gorgeous. And it was hand sculpted, poured, and molded by XannaFran.



12. Book quote wall art.

Every bookworm will agree. There’s nothing like losing yourself in another world for a little while. Get this beautiful print here from infiniteANDdarling.


13. A book journal.

It’s always nice to keep track of the books you’ve read this year or to write down what really struck you from one particular read. A book journal is an excellent gift for a bookworm. Get this one here in our shop.


I hope this list points you in the direction of the perfect gift for your bibliophile. It’s a really awesome thing to support a small business and gift an item with a real story. Remember – when you buy handmade, you buy something that was made from care and passion.

Have a great holiday season, all!

Be kind and live purposely.

Bowtie and the Bandit



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Camping in… Wharton State Forest!


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