by Alanna Brousseau
Published at 2015-12-22
If you're anything like me, you're likely still scrambling around the city and braving the inevitable crowds in search of the perfect gifts for the people on your list. Having trouble narrowing down a gift for the editorial freelancer in your life who seems to have just about everything? Not to worry—I’ve got you covered. Any item on the following list is sure to please even the nit-pickiest of recipients.
It's not news that many freelancers spend a fair chunk of their time alone, often in surroundings that are lacking in natural light. Why not help your freelance friend stave off the winter blues with a Happy Light? These lamps are reputed to improve energy, heighten focus, and boost productivity. Your vitamin D-deficient editor friend will be grateful for the concentrated dose of “sunlight,” especially when February rolls around.
Despite the publishing industry’s move toward digital technology, there are still many of us who prefer hard copy. TOWN is a lovely shop in Toronto’s West End that has a fun assortment of paper goods from brands like Rifle Paper Co. and Cavallini & Co. Another excellent option is Wonder Pens, especially if you’re in the market for some beautiful—and affordable—fountain pens.
Not only does this gift help support local independent businesses, but it also encourages your freelance friend to venture out of their office for a while to get some much-needed fresh air. Fortunately, there are still many local bookstores in and around Toronto. Book City, TYPE, Another Story, and Glad Day are just a few you might consider.
Trust me, editors always appreciate caffeinated gifts. Here at TEC, tea is our lifeblood, and sometimes the perfect cup is all you need to carry you through the rest of the day. Sloane Tea is a personal favourite, and their Perfectly Pear white tea is incredible. Just add hot water—no dairy or sweeteners required. Plus, their packaging is so pretty that you won’t even need to wrap it.
Know a freelance newbie who’s in desperate need of dressing up a drab home office? Etsy is a great place to find work by local artists online. Flea markets are another great place to find a wonderful assortment of local handmade goods. Time, however, is not on your side at this point, so a membership to an art gallery like the AGO may be a better option.
Help your editor pal stay on top of the publishing game by giving them a one-year subscription to Quill & Quire, the industry’s leading source for all things publishing. If you want to do your part to help save the planet at the same time, consider an electronic subscription in lieu of a paper one.
Still stumped? Check out our Editors’ Wish List in our newsletter for more ideas.
Good luck, and happy holidays!