Give a gift subscription, plus our 2020 holiday guide

It’s that time of year again. Give the gift of your favorite writer to a friend, family member, or loved one by adding “/gift” to the end of any Substack URL with paid subscriptions (e.g., https://emilyoster.substack.com/gift).

By popular request, we’ve now made it possible to schedule your gift delivery for a future date, so you can get all your holiday shopping done today.

If you’re a writer with paid subscriptions, make sure to let your readers know they can give a gift subscription to your newsletter.

If you’re looking for a gift to give, here are a few suggestions for the holiday season. As a bonus, we’re featuring Substack writers who are also published authors, so you can buy your loved ones a book with a paid subscription to match.

Did you give a gift subscription this year? Share your recommendations with us in the comments!


Crafts & activities

Paula Forbes

Clara Parkes

Historical fiction

John Birmingham

  • Substack: Alien Sideboob, a column with humorous takes on the news and whatever else is on John’s mind.

  • Book: The Axis of Time, a series of alternate-history fiction that reimagines the outcome of World War II, starting at the eve of Pearl Harbor.

Memoir

Daniel Lavery

Cheryl Strayed

Parenting

Emily Oster

Emily Writes

Poetry

Tyler Knott

Yanyi

  • Substack: The Reading, a creative writing advice column.

  • Book: The Year of Blue Water, a collection of poems about searching for self-knowledge through multiple identities.

Science

Philip Plait

Sports

Matt Brown

Technology

Antonio García Martínez

Zeynep Tufekci