10 Holiday Gift Ideas for Readers and Writers

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.

Punctuation bookends

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.

Dracula t-shirt

Don Quixote t-shirt

Goodnight Moon onesie

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.

Writer's Digest Cover

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.

The Great Typo Hunt book cover

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.

Sharpie Accent Highlighters - 24 pack, colored

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.

Book cover wine charms

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.”

Grammar Grumble Mugs

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.

Gift card from Blue Willow Bookshop
Gift card from Blue Willow Bookshop

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.

Emotion Thesaurus book cover

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.

Kindle Paperwhite
Kindle Paperwhite
Nook Simple Touch
Nook Simple Touch
Kobo Mini
Kobo Mini

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?


Gifts for the Word Lover

Since we’ve started holiday shopping (right?), I’m taking four weeks of my Amaze-ing Words Wednesday posts to give y’all some ideas of what to buy the language lovers in your life.

Last week, I provided some options for what the Grammar Geek might want. Today we’ll talk about the Word Lover–that person who just revels in the beauty and fun of words themselves.

Board Games. Numerous board games focus on vocabulary and creative word use. I have posted in the past on some of my favorite word games. There are plenty of word games, however, that I haven’t played. You probably can’t go wrong trusting certain board game awards for good choices. The Mensa Select seal indicates games ranked highly by the American Mensa society for being easy to learn, challenging to play, and fun. Word on the Street and Finish Lines are two previous Mensa Select winners. Also, Dr. Toy gives Top 10 lists each year, and Synonyms and Dabble were on Dr. Toy’s Best 10 Games list.

Wall clock. Clocks just have boring numbers, unless you spice them up with some letters. Check out the following clocks for the Word Lovers in your life.

Word magnets. Letter and word magnets for a fridge provide plenty of fun. You can keep a game going with Scrabble refrigerator magnets. Play with yourself as a personal challenge, or with a family member or roommate as you each pass by the fridge.

Or check out the many word magnet options at BookMagnets.com.

Books about Etymology. Where do we get certain words and phrases? Why is it “raining cats and dogs” or “rule of thumb”? The Word Lover likes to know. One of my favorite books is Red Herrings and White Elephants: The Origins of the Phrases We Use Every Day. Author Albert Jack researched extensively and is honest about what we know and don’t know. He also presents his findings in a readable format with a good index.

Shower curtain. Overstock has a shower curtain featuring common vocabulary words from the SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test). Do you know what “specious” means? Perhaps you would if you showered with the word every single day.

Or grab your own permanent marker and fill in the blanks. Ooh, what fun!

365 Days Calendar. The Word Lover enjoys adding vocabulary and word trivia to their repertoire. Merriam-Webster puts out the classic 365 New Words a Year calendar, with a vocabulary word each day. Other options are the Word Origins calendar and the Urban Dictionary calendar (taking a page from Natalie Hartford on that one).

Oxford English Dictionary. A gal can dream, can’t she? Normally priced at a whopping $295 for a yearly subscription, the Oxford English Dictionary online is currently available for only $236. The OED has become the definitive reference source for what words are accepted into English as well as their history. Word aficionados drool at the thought of owning this baby.

What else does the Word Lover in your life want? Do you have any other gift suggestions?