Writer/Reader Coupons

Writer/Reader Coupons

Buying a gift for that writer or reader in your life can be difficult. What do you get them that they don’t already have? Of course they could use more books, but how do you keep from buying them duplicates? And yes, they could always use more pens, notebooks, journals and such, but you want to do something unique and special, right? 

I’ve got just the thing. You can check out my posts on writer and reader gifts Here and Here, or you can continue to read this post to find out another great gift idea for that reader or writer in your life. 

The Idea

You know those coupons you see on Pinterest and around the internet during the holidays and especially Valentine’s Day, right? Well, my husband decided to not celebrate Valentine’s Day because at the time our dating anniversary was a few day away.

Since we still don’t celebrate it… (don’t worry, we do for our children) I wanted to provide something that would be a great gift for not only a loved one, but that writer or reader in your life at any time of year, cause you know, I’m both!

So, without further ado, I give you my writer/reader coupons! 

Coupons at Desk

4 Ways to Give!

Now, I was thinking as I create these that I wanted them to be versatile so you could use them in whichever way you wish, and I think I’ve accomplished that, so let’s get to showing you what I mean.

Directions:

Purchase your Coupons from Fiction Journeys, then download your coupons to your computer.

Then, you’ll need to print out your coupons, card stock is recommended at least for the cover. It’s more sturdy that way.

Cut out your coupons and fill in any blank ones with personalized activities you think of. If there is something you know your reader/writer absolutely loves, add it in.

Now here is the fun part. You can assemble these any way you want. 

 

Way to Give #1: Punch and Tie

What you’ll need:

  • Coupon Printables
  • Scissors
  • Card-stock and/or Regular printer paper
  • Hole-punch
  • Twine/Ribbon/Yarn

Follow the direction above for downloading, printing and cutting, then follow the directions below.

Directions:

Once you’ve got all the coupons you want to have in your booklet cut out, cut the cover in half.

You can either punch one hole in the corner or two holes along the short or long edges.

Lace the twine/ribbon/yarn through the hole/holes and tie it off to complete the coupons.

Way to Give #2: Glue

What you will need:

  • Coupon printables
  • Scissors
  • Clips/bookbinding press
  • Paintbrush
  • Mod Podge/Compound glue

Directions:

Once you’ve got all the coupons you want to have in your booklet, fold the cover so that the gold represents the spine and the covers are in the correct position.

Then stack your coupons into a neat pile and place clips (or put in a bookbinding press – I’ve got one around since I have created my own journals, but large clips work good too) around the edges.

Use a paintbrush to brush on the glue to one edge of the coupons. (be sure you put the glue on the left ends)

Once the glue had dried, place another layer of glue to the inner spine of the coupons and along the same edge of the coupons.

Carefully place your coupon cover in place around your coupons. Allow them to dry and you’re done!

Way to Give #3: Staple

What you will need:

  • Coupon Printables
  • Scissors
  • Stapler with Staples

Directions:

Once you’ve got all the coupons you want to have in your booklet, place them in a neat stack and staple the edges together and you’re done! Easy-peasy.

Way to Give #4: Tags

I’m providing this just in case you are able to find those gifts and would like to place the tags on them. You can even go one step further and create a treasure hunt with them, which is something I absolutely LOVE! Your reader or writer might as well

What you will need:

  • Coupon Printables
  • Scissors
  • Hole Punch (optional)
  • Twine/Ribbon/Yarn (optional)
  • Tape (optional)

Directions:

Once you’ve got all the coupons you want to have in your booklet, you can either hole punch them and tie, tape them, or include them on the gift wrapping of the gifts you would like to give.

As I mentioned earlier, you can create a treasure hunt with them or you can put them in a basket with the tags and use the cover as a nice greeting card.

Final Thoughts

Now that you’ve got an awesome gift for the writer or reader in your life, have fun with it. Make it even more special by adding in some of the things you know they love or let them use them as they see fit. You choose.

Have other ideas to fill in the coupons with, share them and I’ll update them as new ideas are collected!

December 2018’s Writing Theme: Lesson You Learned…

It’s the last month of the year and we are heading into a new one. So for this month’s writing; tell me about something you learned that changed the way you think about writing. Learned-2 Example: This may sound silly, but I did realize how connections with others would streamline your writing.  I’ve met some wonderful writers and authors that have helped me in ways no one else could. I needed someone who’s been in my position to give me advice and they are so cool about answering my questions and giving advice.  If you’re in the same position, find a group of authors who will give you advice, encourage you and allow you to read there awesome fiction! 😉 Nothing better than learning from those who are successful. 

Favorite Writer/Author Gifts

It’s that time of year again where everyone is struggling to find the perfect gift or perhaps you haven’t even begun to think about the holidays.

Well, I’m here to give you a hand. I’ve written about Writer Gifts before and you can check those out here, but I feel I should add to that with some new items Writers and Authors may like as well as book lovers! Us authors would be nowhere without our lovely readers that keep us sane and encourage us to continue providing fantastic stories!

Note: This post may contain affiliate links. This just means that I may receive a small commission, at no additional cost to you, if you decide to purchase any of the products discussed in this post.

I’ve decided to create some categories this years for gift ideas so bear with me.

Let’s get started:

Tools:

These are things that every Author or Writer could use. You may have to do some digging for some of these, but it’ll be worth it. I promise you.

Subscriptions:

Find out discretely what they subscribe to in their business… writing programs, classes, etc and gift them some subscription time.

I’ve said it a million times and I’ll say it again, If you, er, they haven’t tried 4thewords.com, they gotta try it. Fight monsters by writing words and collect awesome stuff. What could be more fun?!

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Check it out on me, enter this code to get a month free: OSUBW81786 

Software:

Has the writer in your life been hinting, or just plain out blabbing about a some new software or gadget they want?

Well, here’s your sign… you would make their day by gifting it to them!

Have they always wanted to get Scrivener? The Hemingway app? or even upgrade to Pro-writingAid? This is the perfect time to surprise them and show them that you do indeed listen when they talk. 😉

Books

Have they been raving about a specific book? Have they been telling you, you need to read one they thought was awesome?

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Buy them the paperback to add to their library. Even better… get it signed by the author! Bonus points!!

Or you could just look at their amazon wish list, they always have books on there. Whether it’s books they’ve saved to read or ones they want to learn from. Go ahead, take a look.

Small Tools:

Now, you may think the author/writer in your life has plenty of these, but I’m telling you right now that they could always use more. No matter how large that bin of pens is.

Us authors and writers are picky when it comes to our writing utincels. Sometimes one pen will work and the next time we pick it up, it just doesn’t feel right. We’re crazy like that. So here are some things we are always looking to get more of…

Pens/Pensils:

Like I mentioned, the more of these the better. Make them colored and you add more bonus points! Anything to make our dark and dismal lives in front of the computer a little more colorful.

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One thing I found interesting is this Attachable pen case! They can use on just about anything. Any writer would love this!!

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Markers/Highlighters:

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Again, the more the better and the more colors the better. If you can get scented ones that would be awesome too! Let them write with their favorite scent permitting the air. They’ll find a reason to write if they could write with their favorite scents!

Journals/Notebooks/Spirals:

Notebooks

Like the others, these are a must have for any writer/author. The more the better. We may never fill one completely, but we’ll feel better knowing we have plenty of space to write those random notes, inspirations, story ideas and more.

Comfort:

If the writer/author is anything like me, they want to be as comfortable as possible whenever they can. Why not help them out with that? And If they are even more like me… the warmer the better.

Foot Hammock:

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What better gift than to allow them to put their feet up while they are working, right? This is just the thing!

 

Book Rug:

The best thing to add to any writer/author’s office. What could be better than a rug they’ll love?

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Travel Bag:

The perfect thing for the author/writer on the go. Something to hold everything they could ever need AND keep it organized. It’s a dream come true!!

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Mugs:

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There are SO many mugs out there for writers/authors. Ones about writing, ones about books, ones about popular novels, but you could take this a bit deeper and scan their FB. See which authors are providing some awesome swag and purchase one from their favorite author!

Touchscreen Gloves:

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I’ve seen a lot of people use fingerless gloves, but if your writer/author is anything like me, their fingers are the first to go when cold. So get them something that will keep them productive and a bit warmer with Touchscreen Gloves! I SO need a pair of these.

Fuzzy Socks:

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Dude I am all for fuzzy socks. We have all hardwood floors and man they get cold. Someone just wanna buy me some more? I could really use some. My feet are always cold.

 

Shirts/Sweaters:

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Like the mugs there are so many shirts and sweaters out there that have awesome writer quotes and sayings on them. Any writer would love one!

 

Extras:

Stockables:

Anything they can stock up on to make their lives easier would bring them joy.

Snacks:

I love munching when I write. I always have to have something next to me, so getting a stash of whatever your writer/author/reader loves to snack on would make their day. Especially if it’s their all time fav treat!

Drinks:

Do they love tea? hot chocolate? Monster? La Croix? Get them some to stock up their fridge and if you want to be that ultimately awesome person in their life… add in the mini fridge while you’re at it! 😉

Jewelry/Accessories:

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You’re not going to hear this from me very often, cause I am totally not the whole wears jewelry/make up kind of person, but I may wear jewelry more if it related to books or stories in any way. Look up some awesome ones and add to that girl’s collection. Or guy, you never know, right?

Signs/Decorations:

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One thing we all love are quotes from and about writing. Find some your writer/reader friends love and either purchase them one/some or make it for them. They will love you for it, I swear!

Unconventional:

Those gifts you never would think of as gifts but are THE BEST ones you could give to an author/writer.

Reviews/Compliments:

What every author/writer wants for their career/business are more reviews. Be that awesome person and do something that only takes a few moments of your time and no money. Yep, it’s completely free! Write a positive review on one (or all) of their books.

Go ahead and screenshot it to them, print it and put it in a card, but make sure you show them that you’re thinking of them and appreciating their work.

Critiques/Suggestions:

Offer to beta read or critique their work. Even if you’re a loved one, they will appreciate the gesture and your interest in their work. Offering them some constructive and helpful critiques will keep them on the path they’ve chosen, and show you care for what they believe in. Good going you!!

Purchase Their Book(S):

Now this is probably tied with reviews, but purchasing their books allows them to continue what they love. Providing amazing stories to readers just like you. Add the review and they will love you forever!

 

So, what else could we add to this list? What are you getting your writer/author/reader friends/loved ones this year? Go ahead add to the list.