11 Gifts for the Proposal Writer In Your Life

Whether for holidays, birthdays, or as a thank you, here is a list of gifts to surprise and delight the proposal writer in your life!

These unisex scarves feature excerpts from all kinds of classic titles. From “The Great Gatsby,” to “Dracula,” “Little House on the Prairie,” and “Still I Rise,” you’re sure to find a scarf for the literature lover in your life.


 Grammarly makes editing lengthy proposal documents infinitely simpler. Page counts and readability rule proposal writing and Grammarly is here to help. With spelling, grammar, punctuation, clarity, concision, tone, fluency, plagiarism, word choice, and formality checks, Grammarly can take proposal writing from compliant to winning.

Starting at $12/month

For the tactile planners and notetakers, consider a custom planner or notebook. Sure, everything is digital now but there’s nothing wrong with taking pen to paper and jotting down deadlines, notes, ideas, or plans. Choose from three sizes and countless layouts to ignite a productivity explosion.

Starting at $41

For the career-minded proposal writer who has everything, APMP certification training from an approved training organization might be the boost they need to take their next big step. With online and in-person options, there are global training opportunities available for even the busiest professionals.

Starting at $195

For someone who likes to shred RFPs the old fashioned way, highlighters are a godsend. These double ended highlighters are refillable, non-smearing, made with recycled materials, and come in a pack of ten colors.


Give your lifelong learner the gift of knowledge. With access to process guidance, checklists, recipes, articles, and online training, a PropLIBRARY subscription is a valuable gift for both newbie and experienced proposal professionals.

Starting at $495/year

As proposal writers we’re always on the hunt for new ways to boost win rates and streamline proposal processes. The perfect stocking stuffer, “Proposal Best Practices” by David L. Seibert is “a practical guide to improve your win rates when responding to non-federal RFPs.”

Starting at $14.95

Donate To a Reputable Charity in Their Name.

There are countless charities in need of support this holiday season. For the proposal writer who insists they don’t need or want anything, consider donating to a reputable charity in their name.

  1. Reading Is Fundamental provides content, resources, and books to children and families in need. RIF programs include “Books for Ownership,” “Read for Success,” “Skybrary,” “Literacy Central,” and the “Literacy Central” app.
  2. “The mission of InsideOUT Writers is to reduce juvenile recidivism by providing a range of services that meets the unique needs of currently and formerly incarcerated youth and young adults.”
  3. Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library gifts over 1,000,000 free books to children from birth through age five annually. A donation of only $25 provides a child one free Imagination Library book per month for a year.

When the chill of winter sets in and long hours of writing and editing lie ahead, gift the simple joy of a cozy candle. Frostbeard Studio’s Book Lover’s collection has scents inspired by bookstores and libraries all around the world as well as scents from literary classics like Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Sherlock Holmes, and Game of Thrones.

Starting at $7.00

Another practical gift for proposal writers is an update to their annual Adobe Acrobat subscription. Adobe Acrobat Pro makes responding to and finalizing proposal quicker and easier for only $14.99 per month and empowers proposal writers with the ability to redact sensitive information, validate for accessibility standards, and compare two versions of a PDF.

Starting at $14.99/month

Creative proposal writers will jump at the chance to dig into Mike Parkinson’s Build-A-Graphic PowerPoint add-in. This tool enables writers to turn content into eye-catching and graphics to make their proposals pop.

Starting at $99/year


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