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10 Top-Notch Gifts for Screenwriters

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Screenwriters are a unique bunch, which makes shopping for them quite a challenge. Whether they’re busy penning next year’s Oscar winner or simply binging movie marathons for “research,” their tastes tend to run toward the creative and unconventional.

If you find yourself in a quandary over what to get a screenwriter this holiday season, worry not! We’ve put together a list of ten great gifts that cater to the unique needs and preferences of screenwriters. From playful gimmicks to practical tools aimed at boosting their productivity, there’s something for every type of writer on this list. 

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1. Final Draft Software

Final Draft is the industry standard for screenwriting software, offering powerful tools for drafting, revising, and formatting scripts to professional standards. In our view, it’s a must-have for any serious writer, especially if they have yet to purchase or subscribe to another screenwriting software. It’s also a one-time purchase product, meaning you can gift your friend a lifetime of Final Draft’s auto-formatting goodness. 

If you’re unsure about Final Draft but like the idea of gifting a screenwriting software program, check out this blog where we break down the five best screenwriting software programs currently on the market.

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2. Writer’s Tears Copper Pot Irish Whiskey

Embrace the humour and reality of a writer’s life with Writer’s Tears Copper Pot Irish Whiskey. The name itself playfully acknowledges the emotional rollercoaster associated with writing, making it a witty and fitting gift for any writer – especially those with a taste for dark spirits! Of course, jokes aside, it’s also a highly-esteemed bottle with a smooth taste that’s perfect for reflective late-night writing sessions or celebratory toasts to completed projects.
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3. Writer Emergency Pack

Writer’s block can hit even the most seasoned of screenwriters. So, why not gift the scribe in your life “The Writer Emergency Pack” –  a deck of cards designed to help writers overcome creative blocks and develop their stories? 

Each card offers a thought-provoking prompt or tip intended to help writers navigate through tricky plot points or character development challenges.
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4. A Subscription to MyMind 

Organizing thoughts, research, and inspiration is crucial for screenwriters. MyMind is a one-of-a-kind “second brain” application that allows users to easily capture the information they find on the internet and store it in a searchable, AI-powered database.  

You can think of it as an advanced bookmark manager that uses AI to auto-tag and organize your content. For screenwriters, this app serves as a powerful tool to consolidate research materials, relevant visuals, and quotes, and even to draw insightful connections between seemingly disparate ideas, streamlining the creative process.

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5. On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King

“On Writing” is more than just a guide; it’s a deep dive into the journey of one of the most prolific writers of our time. King shares his personal experiences, the struggles and triumphs of his writing career, and the lessons he has learned throughout his life. 

This blend of memoir and instruction offers a unique perspective on the art of writing, making it an indispensable resource for screenwriters at any stage of their career. Whether your screenwriter friend is just starting or looking to refine their craft, this book provides both inspiration and practical advice, making it a truly thoughtful gift that goes beyond the typical writing manual.
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6. Typewriter-Inspired Mechanical Keyboard

For the screenwriter who cherishes the nostalgia of analog tools but requires the efficiency of today’s technology, this typewriter-inspired mechanical keyboard by Qwerkytoys offers the perfect blend of form and function. While it caters to those who yearn for the sensory experience of old-world typing, it doesn’t skimp on modern necessities, ensuring seamless connectivity and efficiency for today’s screenwriting needs.

In our opinion, the Qwerkytoys Mechanical Keyboard is a playful yet genuinely useful gift that’s ideal for writers who romanticize the rhythmic click-clack and immersive focus of vintage typewriters
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7. Metal Study Lamp

Another practical vintage-inspired gift is this classic Metal Swing Arm Desk Lamp. Without a doubt, a good lamp is essential for late-night writing sessions, and this one by TORCHSTAR boasts an old-school, barebones aesthetic that will likely appeal to many writers. Pair it with the Qwerkytoys Mechanical Keyboard (see above) and you’re golden!
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8. Subscription to the Criterion Channel

If you know that your screenwriting friend struggles with writer’s block, offer them the gift of endless inspiration with a subscription to the Criterion Channel. This streaming service offers a curated library of cinematic classics, featuring groundbreaking works by renowned directors, critically acclaimed independent films, and influential art-house releases. Each movie is accompanied by deep dives into its creation, including director commentaries, behind-the-scenes footage, and critical analyses, making it ideal for student’s of the game (i.e. screenwriters).
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9. Standing Desk

Writers spend long hours at a desk and it can be taxing on their posture. A standing desk offers a healthy alternative, allowing screenwriters to change their working position and keep the energy flowing. 

For screenwriters who often find themselves lost in their scripts for hours, this standing desk is a thoughtful gift that supports their passion while caring for their physical well-being, ensuring they can continue to weave compelling stories comfortably and healthily

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10. Noise-Cancelling Headphones

For screenwriters, finding focus in a noisy environment can be a challenge. These days, the go-to solution is a great pair of noise-cancelling headphones. If you a decent-sized budget, we recommend checking out Bose Noise-Canceling Headphones 700.

The Bose Noise-Canceling Headphones 700 offer industry-leading sound and voice pickup, perfect for screenwriters who need to block out distractions and immerse themselves in their writing. With comfortable ear cups and a sleek design, they’re a premium choice for those long writing sessions.

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Niko Pajkovic
Niko Pajkovic is a marketing copywriter at the Toronto Film School. He’s also an academically published author whose research focuses on algorithms, AI, and their intersection with film and television. Niko holds an MA in Professional Communication from Toronto Metropolitan University and a Hon. BA in Communication Studies from Wilfrid Laurier University. His freelance bylines include Film Threat, Independent Australia, Film Matters Magazine, and Film Cred.

Niko Pajkovic

Niko Pajkovic is a marketing copywriter at the Toronto Film School. He’s also an academically published author whose research focuses on algorithms, AI, and their intersection with film and television. Niko holds an MA in Professional Communication from Toronto Metropolitan University and a Hon. BA in Communication Studies from Wilfrid Laurier University. His freelance bylines include Film Threat, Independent Australia, Film Matters Magazine, and Film Cred.

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