31 Gift Ideas for Journalists and Writers

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Buying a gift for a journalist can be fun as there are all sorts of quirky things that they are likely to enjoy receiving. However, you may not be sure where to look or maybe need some new ideas. Therefore, this list should help you out as it has all sorts of interesting items that journalists will love. It includes items that are practical and fun, that are funny and serious, so you will be able to pick something that will suit the journalist that you know. There are things at different prices too, so whether you have a high or low budget, you should be able to find something that will work.

31 Presents for Journalists & Student Journalists

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This is a useful voice activated recorder. It can be used for interviews or just for dictation or recording anything of importance. It has 36 hours capacity for recording and comes in silver or gold. It has a battery indicator so you know when it needs to be recharged. It is much faster to record things than taking notes and so this can be a really handy gift to give to a journalist.

This is a useful and fun notebook. On the black cover it says ‘you’re an awesome journalist. Keep that shit up’ and has a matte feel. It is a 6 x 9 inch notebook which has white pages that are lined. It is therefore a great size for carrying about and making notes. It could also be useful for using as a journal, diary, for lists or anything else.

This is a very handy voice recorder pen. It has a mini HD recording device inside which is voice activated and rechargeable. It can record up to 10 meters and has a noise reduction chip and filtering for different environments. It comes with a 16GB memory card which can store up to 180 hours of recorded files. The pen is small and lightweight so it’s easy to carry and will not break if dropped.

This is a fun white mug. It says on it ‘I’m a journalist to save time let’s just assume I’m always right’. The words are printed on both sides. It has a D shaped handle which makes it comfortable to hold. It is an 11oz mug which has high quality print and it is dishwasher and microwave safe. It comes carefully packaged so it will not break when it is posted.

This shopping bag says ‘Instant journalist just add coffee’ on it. It is a strong cotton canvas bag which has long handles and so can be used to carry shopping, books, gym kit and all sorts of things. The reusable bag will be really useful and can be a green alternative to using a plastic bag if it is used lots of times. A great gift for a journalist who has lots to carry.

This is an interesting book. It is called ‘Journalism why it matters’ by Michael Schudson. The book explains why the importance of offering a fact-centred documented approach to public issues is so important. It can also keep a watch on the powerful and ensure they are questioned on their behaviour. It also shows journalists how not to be biased in their reporting and why it is important that they are not.

This is a book called ‘Essential English for Journalists, Editors and Writers’ by Harold Evans. It is a book that is recommended by The Society of Editors and is a guide to how to use words effectively as a tool of communication. It can also be useful for anyone that is giving information to the public. It is available in a kindle edition and a paperback edition so you can choose the most appropriate.

This is a water bottle with a fun slogan. It is a white bottle which has black writing that says ‘keep calm and let the journalist handle it’. It has a pair of black lids. One has a loop with a carabiner on it, so that you can hang it on a bag or belt and the other has a sports top on it so you can drink easily from it.

This book is called ‘Writing for the Media’ by Adrian Wheeler. It is a PRCA pocket guide which explains how to pitch writing, so that it works with the conventions and rules that the media want. It shows how to make articles more likely to be picked up by the media by including photographs, videos, infographics, as well as getting the text right. It is an A-Z of media writing for anyone working in PR to get more successful results.

This is a pair of cufflinks. They are engraved and one says ‘Trust me’ on it and the other says ‘I’m a journalist’. The face of the cufflink measures 18mm x 15mm and it is brass with a chrome finish on it. They are presented in a smart presentation box with the ‘Cuffs ‘n’ collars London’ logo on the lid and therefore are all ready to give away as a gift.

This is a useful and fun shopping bag. On it is written ‘I’m a journalist what’s your superpower?’ It comes in a selection of colours black, bottle green, burgundy, classic pink, French navy, cornflower blue, coral, classic red, fuchsia, graphite grey, light grey, mint, yellow, white, surf blue or natural. They are 100% cotton and are ethically produced. They have a nice long handle, so they can be carried on the shoulder easily.

This backpack says on it ‘I [heart] journalisten’. It is a black rucksack with white writing and a red heart on it. The rucksack has a hole in the top for earphones, padded shoulder straps and back for comfort and a carrying handle made of nylon with a small pocket on the front. It is 40cm high, 28cm wide and 20cm deep. It is made of 100% polyester and is therefore strong and water resistant.

This is a very handy jacket which has lots of pockets, so useful for anyone who has a lot to carry such as a journalist. It is made from cotton linen and is a khaki colour. It has 5 sets of pockets on the front so great for storing notebooks, pens, voice recorders and things like that. It comes in multi sizes so you should be able to find one that fits you. It is sleeveless and has a zip up front so it is easy to keep on and cool to wear.

This is great for anyone that is aspiring to be a journalist. It is a Ubisoft / Pegi3 game suitable for the Nintendo DS called ‘Imagine Journalist’.  In the game you are encouraged to write stories and work towards getting your own TV show. It is entertaining and gives an insight into what it might be like to work as a journalist. Most suitable for children aged 9-12 years old.

This is a pin badge which says ‘Keep calm I’m a journalist’. The text is in white and it is on a red background. It is a 1inch / 25mm diameter badge with high definition printing. It is made of metal and has a pin fitting on the back so is not suitable for young children. This would make a good gift for a journalist or someone that wants to be a journalist.

This is a lovely pen that would make a very special gift for a journalist. It is a Wordsworth and Black fountain pen and it is available in different colours such as brown gold, silver chrome, sandstone, racing green, imperial blue silver, hot pink, turquoise gold, velvet purple and white gold. It comes in a gift case with 6 free ink cartridges and a manual. It would make any written text look beautiful.

This is a telephone pick up microphone. It is an earphone and microphone all in one so it works well for recording phone conversations. Therefore, it can be an extremely useful tool for a journalist that is interviewing over the phone or just wants to keep a record of a conversation. It is suitable for use with all mobile phones and a dictaphone such an Olympus voice recorder. Comes packaged in a box.

This is a fun tin. It says on it ‘This belongs to an awesome journalist’. It is written on the lid in white on a blue background so stands out well. The rest of the tin is silver coloured. It measures 18.4 x 11.4 x 5.5cm and can be given empty for them to store things in, or you could use it as a gift box and put some sweets or other items inside.

This is a special bracket to put on the back of a mobile phone. It says on it ‘I am a honest journalist’ with the word honest in red and it measures 3.2 x 4cm with a ring that has a 3cm diameter. It is a comfortable, safe and secure phone holder and it swivels 180 degrees for easy use. The ring can be applied and removed at any time.

This is a pill case, which says on the top of it ‘I am a journalist’. It is 7cm in diameter and 1.2cm high. It is a metal pill case with a push button to open the lid. Inside there is a plastic insert which is split into three sections in order for you to separate the different pills. It is a good size for fitting in a pocket or handbag.

This is a package which contains everything that you need to make your own podcast. It has a condenser microphone which comes in a selection of colours as well as an audio workstation so you can edit it easily. The USB microphone produces crisp sound recordings with ease, so it seems like it is in a studio and can be easily pivoted towards the sound source. The Hindenburg Journalist is a system custom made for podcasters.

This book is called ‘The Journalist: A Holocaust Story’ by Oxana Koval Lapchuk and Valentyn Koval. It is a memoir of the holocaust but from the point of view of a journalist, who has a goal that he desperately wants to achieve. It is not only about what happened but how his principles allowed him to eventually triumph against all odds. It encourages readers to have the hope that they will also be able to use hope to overcome obstacles in their life.

This is a mobile interview kit which would be really useful for any journalist. It has broadcast quality audio from two SmartTag+ microphones which are omni directional. It also includes SC6-L lightening to TRRS input/output breakout box for Apple iOS devices.  Includes 2 clips, 2 windshields and storage pouch. It is very easy to set up and will mean that you do not have to delay the start of an interview fiddling about with cables. Comes with free delivery.

This is a Ulanzi Rif Pro smartphone video rig for filmmaking. It is a great stand that you can use to hold phone, lights, microphone, lens and everything that you would need to record a professional quality film. Great for mobile filmmakers, journalists or anyone who needs to make films on the go. It is a professional set up and very secure, so will do the job well to a professional standard.

This is a fun parking sign for a journalist. It is a white sign and has red writing on it which reads ‘Journalist parking only all others will be towed’ and has a double arrow at the bottom. It is a metal sign which has predrilled holes, so that it is easy to hang it up. It is suitable for indoor or outdoor use and will not deform or fade from the weather.

This is a coaster which has a white background with a picture of a computer, phone and notebook in the middle.  At the top you can request a name of your choice and at the bottom it says ‘World’s Best Journalist’ underneath. It measures 9cm x 9cm and is made from glossy hardwood. The back is made from cork so it is non -slip and will not damage the surface underneath it.

This is a short-sleeved t-shirt and says on it ‘I’m a Journalist to save time let’s just assume that I’m never wrong’.  It comes in a choice of colours: black, navy, royal blue and purple. It comes in different fits and sizes suitable for children aged 2-12 and adults size small – 3XL. It is made from a mix of cotton and polyester and is therefore soft and easy to wash in the washing machine.

This is a retro enamel and tin mug. It is white with a silver coloured rim and black writing. The writing says: ‘Rule #1 the journalist is always right. Rule #2 if journalist is ever wrong see rule #1.’ It is durable and long lasting and great for using outdoors such as for camping trips. It is a 10oz mug and is 80mm in height and has a 86mm diameter.

This Sennheiser Handmic Digital Dynamic handheld microphone will be a good gift for journalists. It is a top quality microphone which has background noise cancelling especially for the wind so provides a professional quality even when outside in noisy conditions. It is compatible with iOS devices via lightning and PC via USB. It has a rugged housing, so is shock proof too. It looks smart and professional and is black in colour.

This is a gift box of items which can be personalised to make a unique gift. The items would be great for a journalist as there is a pen, paperweight, bookmark, letter opener, USB keyring, cufflinks and tie clip. All items are made from metal that is rhodium plated. They can all be engraved with any text of upto 15 letters, their name or the word ‘journalist’ would fit and come in an A5 gift box.

This is a round mousemat which is white and says on it ‘I am a journalist’.  It is 20cm x 20cm x 0.3cm and is made from rubber. This means that it will not slip on the desk or damage the surface underneath. A mousepad can be a really useful gift, but will also brighten up any desk at home or work and having a fun slogan on it can make a big difference.

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