The best present for a published writer is simple: buy their book. Either for yourself, or to give to someone else.
The best present for an unpublished writer? Encouragement. If you’re looking for something more tangible, consider any of the following: the gift of time – maybe you’ll do their grocery shopping or run their kids to soccer to give them an hour or two of writing time. Or a financial contribution to any of the services of an editor or the cover art, or that creative writing course they’d love to take. Almost anything that tells them you take their writing seriously and want to help make publication (if that’s their goal) possible.
What, fellow writers, would you add to this list at this time of gift-giving?
I wish you all Blessed Yule, Merry Christmas, Happy Kwaanza, and best wishes for any and all of our celebrations against the dark and for the burgeoning light.