Welcome to Amazing Words Wednesday, the day we enter the labyrinth of language and see what we can discover. Today we’re discovering gift ideas for those of us who love language.
Last year at this time, I shared a series of posts with gift suggestions for the grammar geek, the word lover, the book reader, and the writer. Many of those options are still available, and today I’m adding more ideas to your holiday shopping list for the reader or writer in your life.
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Punctuation Bookends. It was love at first sight when I saw these at my local Barnes & Noble. They are available online as well. Who couldn’t use a set of bookends? And if you’re going to get some, they might as well be fun.
A Book Cover T-shirt. Sometimes you love a book so much, you want to dive into its pages. Or maybe wear it to show your support. So how about a t-shirt? My favorite source would be Out of Print, a shop with products that “feature iconic and often out of print book covers.” Check out a few of their offerings.
Writer’s Digest Subscription. Writer’s Digest magazine is published monthly and provides inspiration, craft instruction, business advice, and more for writers at every stage. Writer’s Digest also hosts conferences, competitions, and classes–all of which are advertised in the magazine. It’s easy to gift a subscription.
The Great Typo Hunt: Two Friends Changing the World, One Correction at a Time. This book is on my own wish list. Authors Jeff Deck and Benjamin D. Hersen traveled around the United States looking for typos. They found 437 of them and were able to correct more than half. This is the true story of the Typo Eradication Advancement League (TEAL) in action, armed with Sharpies, Wite-Out, pens, crayons, and more and determined to write wrongs to the English language.
Highlighters–a lot of them. Highlighters are perfect for marking memorable passages in what you’re reading or for noting areas to edit in your writing. Used often, you can burn through the single or double packs in no time. Instead, grab a 24-pack of colored highlighters so that your reader or writers has options and won’t run out of the color they want or need.
Book Cover Wine Charms. Plenty of people enjoy a book and a glass of wine together. So why not combine them in glass stem charms? You can even customize the charms with your favorite book covers.
Grammar Grumble Mugs. Thanks to Rachel Funk Heller who pointed these out from the Literary Gift Company. These mugs humorously clarify some grammar usage mishaps. My favorite? “Less milk and fewer sugar lumps.” Why? Because it’s a rule that almost no one seems to know these days, but if you can count something, it’s “fewer”–not “less.”
Gift Card to an Indie Bookstore. Don’t believe for a moment that indie bookstores are dead or dying. Yes, some have fallen by the wayside, but plenty are still thriving and providing that personal touch of knowledgeable recommendations, author signings, and book-related events. They are still a fabulous place to shop. Find your local indie bookstore, pop in, and grab a gift card. Or some independent bookstores sell gift cards online, like Blue Willow Bookshop in Houston, Texas.
The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression. This reference book is a goldmine for writers who want to show what a character is feeling–without telling the reader she’s sad or he’s anxious, etc. For a range of emotions, authors Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi give the physical signals, internal sensations, mental responses, and other cues associated with each. The book is organized by emotion, and thus easy to search and pull useful information.
E-reader. Honestly, if it’s been a while or if your gift recipient hasn’t expanded to include ebooks to their reading list, maybe it’s time for an upgrade or a new experience. E-readers have gotten better and cheaper. The four main reading devices include Kindle, Nook, Kobo, and iPad. Here are some options.
What’s on your wish list this year? Do you have readers or writers to buy for this holiday season? What gift suggestions do you have?