Time away – a motel or hotel room for the weekend or the week. It doesn't have to be somewhere fancy; better if there are few distractions, as the idea is to get away and write. Alternatively, you could volunteer to take over a spouse's responsibilities for the weekend: walking the dogs or getting the kids out of the house in the morning, chauffeuring them to their activities, cleaning the house, cooking meals & doing the dishes etc. Or go big and send the writer you love off for a writing retreat (here).
Random good ideas
“The Story Engine” deck of cards with extension packs. Very helpful for new ideas here.
For writers who procrastinate
Notebooks! Book stores often have great selections of notebooks and other essential writerly tools. Personally, I have a pile of gorgeous notebooks, but I can't bring myself to just write in them. Instead, I go to the dollar store and look for something cheap, with a spiral binding so that it will open all the way and a stiff cover so that I don't need a desk.
The Sense of Style, Steven Pinker
Out of Print Tee’s: T-shirts, tote bags, iphone cases – all sorts of things, decorated with your favourite book covers (here).
Gifts to make the world a better place here.
And check out some of the very best gifts for writers here.
Plus, don't forget, try to shop local. Buy your books straight from the publisher or from a book store.
See Brian Henry’s upcoming weekly writing classes, one-day workshops, and weekend retreats here.