Everyone has something they really want for Christmas. Writers are no exception. However, writers want things that make most people question their (the writer's) sanity.
1) Time to write.
Between the Christmas parties, the cooking, the shopping, and, oh yeah, the real-world job, most writers can barely find the time to breathe, let alone write. Please don't feel you're leaving us out if you don't invite us to your third-cousin's great-grandniece's Christmas concert. Offer us a gift card to our favorite coffee house and help us get away for a while!
2) A publishing contract.
That's kind of a big deal, whether you already have a publisher or not. 'Tis the season for them to start planning their upcoming publication schedule for the coming year. It's nice to know you have a place on it! True, this isn't something just anyone can pick up at the mall, but wish along with us now!
3) Book reviews.
The gift that keeps on giving. Save your money on the pen set or the coffee cup warmer (we're used to cold coffee... and besides, God invented microwave ovens for a reason.) You can even buy YOURSELF a present with the money you save AND make a writer happy! Win-win!
4) Buy the book.
You deserve a gift. Books make great gifts. Book sales make wonderful gifts to a writer. What else is there to say?
This is only a small sample. Writers are very easy to please. We don't really need something expensive. Just knowing that someone enjoys our work is enough to make us smile all year long!