This post was originally published at Novelicious.com and is now at WritingTipsOasis.com. WritingTipsOasis.com acquired Novelicious.com in June 2022.
Most writers are very fond of their laptops. Some might say a little too fond. Not me, however. In fact, I think you should give your laptop extra affection. Go on, give it a little pat. Now you're on friendly terms, you can cement the relationship by treating your laptop to some new accessories. Here are five ideas to get you started…
1. USB fairy lights. Get into the Christmas spirit and decorate your laptop as if it’s a Christmas tree. Ten LED lights on a clear cable with a USB connector for either Mac or PC. On sale at Lights4Fun for just £1.79 (or, £2.99 for a string of 20 lights). Choose from white, blue or pink lights.
2. Writers love tea. Or coffee. Or, when a deadline is looming, both! Keep your beverage of choice warm with this biscuit-shaped gizmo. The Hot Cookie USB cup warmer is £9.99 from IWOOT.
3. Bags are all very well, but once you take your laptop out you're stuck with its plain and boring casing. Why not consider applying a skin? There are quite a few companies doing skins for PC and Mac laptops and Gelaskins makes them for both. They offer an impressive range with modern (or retro) graphic design, photographic images, abstract patterns, and fine art (Starry Night by Van Gogh, for example). I love this calming image, ‘Sanctuary’ by Ivy Jacobsen. A MacBook skin in this design costs around £18.
4. Society6 is another good source of laptop skins. You choose the artwork and the device you want to cover or the item you want made (they do cushions and wall canvases, too). This typewriter image would make a great gift for a writer, or anybody who likes pretty pastels and retro style. Available in a variety of sizes, this skin fits a 15-inch laptop and costs around £18.
5. Not content with beautifying the outside of your laptop? Quite right. Why not add these pretty rainbow stickers to your keyboard? Made by the 3M/Avery company, the stickers are waterproof, greaseproof and scratch resistant. They're translucent so won't block the light on a back-lit keyboard, either. £12.99 from Amazon.