‘Tis the season of giving … and giving ourselves a little something for moving our business forward this year. For this year’s Copywriters Gift Guide, the entire Filthy Rich Writer team has given their suggestions for office must-haves, can’t-miss books, and more.
If you’re looking for a gift for the copywriter in your life, we know you’ll find something they’ll love. And if you’re looking to treat yourself, we hope you find something that helps you move your business forward. (Yes, self care helps move business forward!).
Best Subscription Boxes for Copywriters
What’s better than giving a gift? Giving a gift that continues to give all year round. These subscription options are ones our team loves (and hopes to see showing up in our own mailboxes in the coming year!).
“This tech gadget box sends you products each month that you didn’t even know you needed. It’s a bit of a splurge, but — Nicki Krawczyk, Founder
“This is genuinely some of the best coffee. Each bottle has about 14 cups of coffee and makes it really easy to make a hot or iced coffee. You basically take one tablespoon of Jot and then add hot milk or water and ice, for example. Subscribing saves you 25% on each order.” — Julie Hershman, Media Producer
“This is a super fun game that copywriters will love. The writing is so good. Here’s the premise: each month there’s a new mystery. You get weekly clue letters mailed to your door and your goal is to try and solve the case. As a big fan of mysteries—and an even bigger fan of getting real mail in my mailbox—this one is a win-win.” — Nicki
“This is my go-to gift—it’s what we sent the entire Filthy Rich Writer team as an end-of-the-year, thank-you-for-being-part-of-the-team gift. Sugar makes us more creative, right? There are 3- ,6-, and 12-month subscription box options. They also have gluten- and dairy-free options, which makes it really easy to order for everyone on your list!” — Kaitlyn Spinney, Business Operations Manager
Self-Care Gifts for Copywriters
Self care is important to our team. We work hard, but we also know we need to take care of ourselves in order to do our best work. Here are just a few of the items our team stands by that help us avoid burnout.
Kringles from O&H Danish Bakery
“I will argue that sweets are entirely essential to self-care. Of course, if you don’t have a sweet tooth that’s another story. But if you do, you need to trust me on this one. These traditional Kringle pastries from my home state (Wisconsin) are a holiday must. My family orders them every Thanksgiving and Christmas.” — Nicki
A Tumbler for Hot and Cold Beverages
“According to Runner’s World magazine, when you drink out of a straw you are more likely to take down more ounces than you would if you were just sipping. Plus, a pretty cup makes it even more fun! And these tumblers keep you drink cold FOR-EV-ER. Stay hydrated!” — Tracy Yothsackda, Business Assistant
“You’re landing more clients and making more money and sloooowly starting to come around to the idea that it makes a whole lot more financial sense for you to hire someone to clean your house than for you to do it yourself. Buuuut, you’re just not ready to pull the trigger yet. Take a half-step on the way to outsourcing your home cleaning needs and bring in a robot. I’m not saying I’ve done it, but apparently adding a set of googly eyes makes this little guy a pleasant work-at-home companion.” — Kate Sitarz, Marketing Manager
Essential Oil Diffuser
“There are so many upsides to using an essential oil diffuser: reduce stressed, increased focus, and, as a result of those two alone, improved productivity. If you don’t believe me, believe Yufang Lin, MD, from the Cleveland Clinic, who says, “As you breathe in, the oil’s aroma immediately stimulates your central nervous system, triggering an emotional response. It can reduce anxiety and stress response quickly.” — Nicki
Like most writers, we love a good planner. You can make your own for (virtually) free. But if you’re one of those people who is motivated by nice stationery (welcome to the club), check out our team’s favorites.
“I love this planner more than a typical calendar based planner because you pick the date so you don’t need to make a new to-do list every day. Sometimes I use it for a couple days and add/cross off throughout the week.
“One side is broken up into categories to prioritize your to-do list and the other side is a bullet journal to use for whatever notes you need. I am a big list maker and love to prioritize my tasks but I wanted one notebook where I could write all of my tasks and stay organized and this was perfect!” — Meaghan Lynch, Designer
“I love goals and I love planners and I love crossing stuff off of lists. I also love great design and these planners from Page Eleven Paper Goods combine aaaaaall of that. Just *try* not to fill your cart with all of their notepads and planners.” — Nicki
“I just finished filling the last page in one of my Moleskine notebooks and I swore that was it, but … there’s something about pen and paper. I find it especially helpful when jotting important notes during client calls. I love the hardcover version of these (it holds up a bit better when traveling) and that they come in so many colors. I’m thinking the lemon yellow color may be next … — Kate
Copywriter Office Enhancers
You know what we say: there’s really one cost to starting a copywriting business (your online portfolio). But there are a few things that you may want to consider investing in as you start to get more clients. These items in our copywriters gift guide are by no means essential. (But they sure make going to the home office even more fun).
“I love this desktop power strip. I find that I can never have too many available outlets. This easily mounts to your desk, but it’s not permanent so you can move it as you reorganize your desk. The USB outlets are an added bonus.” — Nick Olds, Marketing Assistant
“I like to have a designated spot for my phone at my desk so when it’s there, it’s not only charging, but it can be ‘off-limits’ to focus on work.” — Julie
“I spent a lot of this year making my work set up more ergonomic. (I mean a LOT of time and research!) One of my favorite purchases has been my roller mouse. It’s made a huge difference, reducing any wrist pain!” — Kaitlyn
Coffee-Shop Worth Coffee Maker
“I invested in a real swanky coffee machine for my home office (hello, tax write-off). It was definitely pricey, but I did the math: at $3.50 per cup of coffee at the local coffeeshop, this machine will pay for itself in less than half a year.
I’m more a set-it-and-forget-it type, so I love that this one makes a pot of coffee before I even get into the office for the day.” — Kate
Good Lighting for Video Calls
“Look your best while on your Zoom calls and virtual interviews with the help of a ring light!” “I’m currently reading this book, and I love that it’s so inspiring and helpful. It talks about how the key to succeeding is through passion and perseverance.” — Tracy
“If you have a lot of energy, fidget cubes can be good to help focus when you are at a desk. This one in particular has both silent and audible sides. So, if you’re in a meeting, you don’t have to worry about interrupting.” — Julie
A Stick-Note Alternative
“In my effort to use less sticky notes this year, I bought this and really love it! The board is easy to write on and clean too.” — Kaitlyn
Virtually Un-killable Office Plants
“In the same vein as the Roomba, succulents make for pleasant work-from-home companions who cheer up the space a little bit—and also don’t ask for much from you. Forget to water them one week? No problem. Forget for two weeks? No big deal! Forget for a few months? Okay, now you’re probably pushing it but, trust us, these little guys are very forgiving on the upkeep front.” —Nicki
Games for Word Lovers
We’ve yet to meet a copywriter who doesn’t like words. If you’re the type of copywriter (or know the type of copywriter) who has a favorite word, who stops to appreciate a clever sentence, or who is often found scribbling in a notebook, these games are the perfect way to invite non-word-loving folks into the fun.
“Don’t get me wrong: Scrabble will always have my heart as the #1 game for word lovers (to the point I’m considering upgrading to this version with a wooden, rotating board). But, for most of my friends, Scrabble feels about as terrible as writing a five-page English paper. So, that’s where Balderdash comes in. Essentially, you’re writing definitions for a real world and trying to trick other players into picking yours. It’s a fun way to flex your creativity!” — Kate
“This is a game that word-loving people and non-loving word people can both get behind. You get a ridiculous prompt and then have to answer it—but only with a limited selection of word magnets. It’s a great way to stretch your word-wrangling prowess—and let go of that perfectionism.” — Nicki
Must-Read Books for Copywriters
You know we love a good book recommendation. (If you’re not on our email list, make sure you get on it to read along with our monthly book recommendation!). Here are just a few recent books our team has enjoyed.
The Bravest You: 5 Steps to Fight Your Biggest Fears, Find Your Passion, and Unlock Your Extraordinary Life
“This was one of our FRW book recommendations, and even if you haven’t faced self doubt in awhile, the actionable steps for overcoming common fears (inadequacy, uncertainty, fear of failure, etc) offer fantastic reminders. If you have faced fears this year like inadequacy, uncertainty, or fear of failure, among others, then you’ll definitely want to pick up a copy. It’ll give you the steps you need to move forward when you encounter these common mental roadblocks.” — Kate
The High Five Habit: Take Control of Your Life with One Simple Habit
“This book was the most recent pick for our surprise book giveaway for CCA students. It’s a quick read, but Mel Robbins gives practical, easy tips for flipping self-doubt on its head so you can stop overanalyzing and take more action.” — Nicki
Rocket Fuel: The One Essential Combination That Will Get You More of What You Want from Your Business
“This book will make you see your clients, coworkers, and bosses (previous, current, and future) differently. I read this book thinking about working with my freelance clients and boss, and took a lot away from it.” — Kaitlyn
If you’re treating yourself to one of these gifts, remember to ask your CPA or accounting expert whether you can deduct any of your office-specific purchases on your taxes! It’s like a gift that keeps on giving.
‘Tis the season (really, it’s always the season) to invest in yourself and your copywriting business. Nicki and Kate share their copywriters gift guide specifically focused on gifts that will give back to your business.
Your Turn! What are some of the must-have items on your list this year? Tell us what you’d add to the copywriters gift guide the comments below!
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Last Updated on April 7, 2023
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