It’s time to start getting into the holiday spirit, or at least start shopping like you are! Since I get excited about language and grammar year-round, I am using my Amaze-ing Words Wednesday posts for the next few weeks to give y’all ideas of what to buy the language lovers in your life.
Today let’s see what your Grammar Geek might want for a holiday gift! (Clicking on any image will take you to a purchase link.)
T-shirt. CafePress offers a slew of t-shirts for the grammar-obsessed. Here are two of my favorites:
I was also tempted by the one that simply said, “Strunk and White are my homeboys.”
Editing help. The definitive Chicago Manual of Style offers an online subscription for individuals for only $35 per year. For those writers who want to make sure they are using proper grammar and style, this is an excellent resource. The online version is searchable, easy to use, and accessible from any internet-connected computer.
Grammar books. Grammar nuts love knowing that they are not alone! Thankfully, several authors have written about this rare species of grammar geeks. Try the much-beloved Eats, Shoots & Leaves by Lynne Truss (“Sticklers unite!”) or The Grammar Devotional: Daily Tips for Successful Writing from Grammar Girl by Mignon Fogarty.
Punctuation Earrings. Etsy.com has quite a few versions of punctuation earrings. The Grammar Geek can express their mood with commas, question marks, or exclamation points! I don’t know what days a semicolon would be used for, but you should always be prepared with your punctuation. You never know what you’ll need and when you’ll need it.
Punctuation Neckties. Not to leave out the guys (although plenty of guys wear earrings), Zazzle.com has punctuation neckties. Here’s my favorite.
Editing Tools. Grammar Geeks do not have the same reaction to red pens that much of the world has. We LIKE them. Seeing red pen ink excites us because it means errors can be fixed! Stuff a Grammar Geek’s stocking with some writing tools, like correcting pens, highlighters, and post-it notes.
Of course, you can always ask your Grammar Geek to make a list! Trust me, the list they deliver will be precise and correctly spelled and punctuated. You can help them out by starting the letter, “Dear Grammar Santa…” Ah, if only there were such a person!
What ideas do you have for the Grammar Geek in your life? Have you seen some great gifts? Please share!
Merry Christmas and happy holiday shopping!