Written Gifts: Words for Friends

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One of my favorite parts of the holiday season are gift guides! It seems every blogger does some gift guide series or other and I thought it would be so fun to create a few for writers. Keep your eye’s peeled for a variety of gift guides for writers, whether they’re a pen-paper writer, a techie writer, or want to share their talent for words as a gift.

Do a quick Pinterest search and you’ll get thousands of results for DIY gifts. Some are terrible and some are actually really genius ideas. Some are incredibly easy to make and some are so complicated you’re impressed a person could actually make whatever-it-is rather than a machine.

And in this holiday season, gift giving takes high priority. If you’re anything like me and have a family and friends that are anything like mine, some people are easier to shop for than others.

But never fear! Today, we’re talking about a gift that almost everyone, no matter who they are, where they spend their money, what their hobbies are, or who they hang out, will love: the written word.

Now before I delve into this list, don’t just think I mean a long letter…as writers, we know words have infinite power, right? So let’s use that power to be crowned Best-Gift-Giver-2016!

Here are my top five ideas for written word gifts that will really spoil your friends and family.

  1. A Song – Who wouldn’t love a song written about them?! It doesn’t even have to have a melody, although if you want to go the extra mile and sing it to a tune they know then, by all means, go for it! Here’s your chance to immortalize them in song…and somewhere in our deepest hearts, we all want that right?
  2. A Poem – Similar to a song, but without the singing (which would just be embarrassing if you’re me). Poems can be long, fluffy rhythms about your friend or family, you could write in iambic pentameter (which your Shakespeare-loving friends would adore), or you could write a series of haikus, each about a different aspect of your beloved friend or family member.
  3. A Piece of Word Art – My husband did this for our first anniversary. For those of you who don’t know, the first anniversary is paper. I wrote him a long, mushy letter. He created an 8.5×11 document with words that made him think of me written all over it, and lightly colored my name in big letters over the words themselves. It was beautiful, sweet, and one my absolute favorite gifts from him.
  4. An Essay on Your Friend or Family Member – This could be a story of the two of you, your favorite memories of them, things that make you think of them, etc. This can be more of a story, where you can pull out your favorite adjectives and your own writer voice to really tell the story of this person you’re gifting to.
  5. A Long Letter – It had to be mentioned! Nothing says I love you quite like a long letter. I’ve done this for people before, particularly to my husband on our wedding day (he got the very extended cut of my vows to him) and to my bridesmaids. I’ve delivered the letters and watched them read with apprehension, but they’re always met with happy tears and hugs.

When you take the time to put your feelings and favorite memories of a person down on your paper, you’re giving them something more than just a gift under the tree. You’re giving them your sentiments, to be referred back to over and over again, when they’re upset, or hurt, or sad. You’re giving them encouragement, and joy, and hope, and there truly is no other gift life that.

Happy Christmas!

Alexis Truitt

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