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.,

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.


Daniel Lavery

Cheryl Strayed


Emily Oster

Emily Writes


Tyler Knott


  • 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.


Philip Plait


Matt Brown


Antonio García Martínez

Zeynep Tufekci