My Favorite Things: Christmas for writer’s edition – Jessica Jefferson

Each year Oprah Winfrey, renowned entertainment industry mogul, generous philanthropist, and likely demigoddess, features her favorite things for all the world to enjoy.  So, I said to myself – self, why not do the same?  After all, WWOD (what would Oprah do).

Do you have a special author, aspiring or otherwise, in your life?  What were you planning on giving said author for the holidays?  If you’ve been struggling (and I’m looking at you, hubby!), then look no further than this blog for some great gift ideas for the writer in your life.

favorite things tote bag1. Huge tote bag – If you know an author, then you know that no self-respecting writer would dare travel without taking a small amount of luggage with them, even if it’s just to the grocery store.  One simply cannot leave the house without a Kindle, small notebook, at least two pens, laptop, and emergency supply of coffee.

2. Bookshelves – Because every book needs a home.

3. Loose-fitting sweaters, cable-knit anything – When you spend at least 8 hours a day on favorite things loose fitting clothingyour bum, comfort is important.  Who wants to sit there in tight, restrictive clothing? Let it breathe, girl, let it breathe.  I prefer my writer’s gear in size “comfortable”.

4.  Wine and assorted alcohol – How else am I supposed to get my Hemingway on?

5. Private chef, prepared meals – Because this is what my freezer looks like during deadline week.

Favorite thing frozen food

6. Books – Tools for our craft.  You can bet even struggling writers have a personal library that make most towns green with envy.

favorite things books and shelves

7. Candle warmers – When I’m writing, I frequently forget things…like open flames.  Do Smokey the Bear proud and encourage flameless devices whenever possible.

favorite things e-reader8. E-reader – A polarizing subject.  I wasn’t fond of reading via devices until I realized that I can instantly download the next book in a series rather than trek out to the nearest book store.  Not to mention the endless options for 99cent books.

9. Chocolate – Nature’s best stress reliever.  And it’s delicious.

10. Coffee and all coffee related items – Mother’s milk.  The only thing that keeps me going when I’ve been up for 23 hours and I’ve got at least 5,000 words left to go!

favorite things coffee maker 11. Random historical cutesie items – It make’s us feel better knowing there’s enough of us out there to necessitate an entire market of these types of things.  Who knew I wasn’t the only one thinking how awesome it would be to have Regency era paper dolls?

favorite things paper dolls

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Jessica Jefferson makes her home in northern Indiana, or as she likes to think of New Imageit—almost Chicago. She is heavily inspired by the classic sweeping, historical romance novels, but aims to take those key emotional elements and inject a fresh blend of quick dialogue and comedy. Visit her at for more of her random romance musings.

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Jessica Jefferson makes her home in Almost-Chicago with her husband, nine and three year old girls, guinea pigs, and English bulldog Pete. When she's not busy trying to find middle-ground between being a modern career woman and Suzy-Homemaker, she loves to watch "Real Housewives of [insert city here]" and performing unnecessary improvements to her home and property. Jessica writes Regency-era historical romance with a modern twist, infused with humor. She always tries to create endearingly flawed heroes and one of a kind heroines that you'll want to continue knowing long after you read the last page. Fall in love with romance again...

13 Responses

  1. Ally Broadfield

    Thanks, Jess! I’m sending my husband the link to this right now…

  2. Sandra Owens

    My daughter-in-law is hard to buy for and several years ago, I did an Oprah type of my-favorite-things for her. I bought her things that I owned and loved. She still talks about how awesome that Christmas was presents wise.

    Great writer’s wish list, Jess.