20+ gift ideas for journalists

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Jewelry for journalists

This beautiful newspaper bangle with a birthstone and stamped initial on Etsy would make a wonderful gift.

Books and movies

“Good Night, and Good Luck” tells the story of Edward R. Murrow and his work reporting on Senator Joseph McCarthy’s anti-communist methods. You can buy the movie or book.

Shirts, pins and more

I can’t possibly be the only Sunshine Week enthusiast out there… right? Consider purchasing Sunshine Week t-shirts, sweatshirts, mugs, infant bodysuits, pins, laptop skins and more.


If your favorite journalist lives in or near the Washington, D.C. area, consider tickets or a members to the Newseum. Private tours are also available. (The Newseum just announced that it will close its doors at the end of December 2019, so this is the perfect time to buy tickets.)

Tools of the trade

Pens, paperclips, sticky notes and more would make great gifts or stocking stuffers.

Services and memberships

If the journalist works with a company, they’re likely covered by the outlet’s insurance. But if the writer is a freelancer, self-published book author, blogger, etc., they may need a media liability policy. These are expensive, especially when you’re just getting started, but they can help protect your assets.



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Freelance journalist and former newspaper reporter. Writes about the government, historical perspectives, education, the environment and investigative news.