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Gifts for the Luddite

December 8, 2009

Just in case you haven’t yet put two and two together, this week were dropping hints about what to get the writer in your life this holiday season. Paul kicked things off with some practical, (mostly) high-tech ideas. And yesterday, Jodi gave some thoughtful ideas for gifts for the writers soul. So today I thought I’d offer a few suggestions to remind the writer in your life of the romance and the mystique that the art of writing holds.

The art of writing conjures, in most people’s minds, images of cafes and journals—Of fine pens and lovely inks—Of parchments and quill pens—Of wax seals and calligraphy. These images hold an allure that gadgets and wi-fi just can’t compete with. And while these things can’t match the modern conveniences of writing for practicality…

…Well, sometimes our love of writing just isn’t about being practical.

It’s hard to come up with a better place to satisfy our inner Luddites than Levenger. With the tagline “Tools for Serious Readers” it’s just as easy to find a treasure trove of fun items for the writer. Some, like the Writer’s Book Bungee, are more practical than others, while the briefcases and messenger bags lean toward the luxurious.

Shakespeare’s Den offers a line of writer’s extras from centuries past. Glass pens and inkwells, while far from practical for everyday use, can add a elegant touch to the writer’s desk (and also happen to be a delightful tool for penning handwritten cards and personal letters). The wax seals are an inexpensive way to add an old-world majesty to letters and invitations.

These gifts aren’t meant to pump up word counts. They are meant to inspire. To remind the writer that they are part of a timeless art whose beauty and grace has stood for millenia…and that sometimes, it’s OK to do nothing more than revel in it’s history.

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Dale isn’t much in the holiday spirit, this year, but is hoping he can turn that around soon.
  1. December 8, 2009 6:01 am

    The items on the Levenger site are gorgeous. I’ve got my next 5 Christmases and birthdays sorted out I think!

  2. December 8, 2009 6:06 am

    My kids got ink wells and pens a while ago. Sometimes it is a nice change to just use these to do a quick bit of writing. Nice ideas!

  3. December 8, 2009 7:57 pm


    Were you not already familiar with Levenger? Most writers and avid readers I know here in the states get their catalog but I have no idea how prevalent they are in other countries.

    I’ve ordered several things from them over the years and they do not exaggerate their quality.

  4. December 8, 2009 9:43 pm

    oh my!!!! gorgeous ideas. My husband is a bit of a ink pen geek and collector and he ‘pretends’ to buy more fountain pens as gifts for people.. subsequently we have more ink pens than is good for one household. I only wished my handwriting was better suited to the beauty of the gentle art of ink pen writing…

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