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As the holidays draw near, have you begun fretting about what to buy for that special someone? Well, if that person happens to be a writer, grammar geek, or literary enthusiast, you’re sure to appreciate these fabulous finds. From game room to dining room, there’s something for everyone on your list, so get comfy at your desk or settle into a cozy armchair and discover some fresh new gift ideas for the “wordies” in your life.
1. You’ve Been Sentenced!
If you’re looking for a fun new offering for game-lovers on your list, look no further than You’ve Been Sentenced. Adults, kids, word nerds, and grammar geeks will all enjoy this hilarious, imaginative game where creating grammatically correct sentences is the object. The result? Absurdly funny sentences and laughter galore!
2. Serve Up Some Grammar
Grab this adorably graphic Gourmet Grammarian Dish Set for your geekiest grammar friend—the one who corrects restaurant menus, store signs, Facebook posts, and even total strangers.
3. “I Get My Best Ideas in the Shower”
Writers get those “Aha!” moments at the most inconvenient times, such as in the middle of the night or while driving on the highway. But if the muse should strike while they’re in the shower, they can jot that perfect phrase or inspired thought on this ingenious waterproof notepad, thanks to your thoughtful gift of Aqua Notes!
4. Mug Shots
Here’s an amusing assortment of mugs that make great gifts for the writers and grammar-loving friends on your holiday gift list.
Perfect for the quiet grammarian, this Cafe Press mug proclaims, “I’m silently correcting your grammar.”
I’m especially fond of these six Grammar Grumbles mugs, an original design by The Literary Gift Company. Update 11/1/14: Item no longer available
This one is pretty awesome, too. I’d love to give an “I write, therefore I revise” mug to every student who exclaims, “But I like it the way it is!
5. For the Wordsmith
Sometimes, the hardest part of writing is coming up with ideas. This thoughtful gift opens the door to possibility with an endless combination of story starters. Everyone will love this cool Writer’s Toolbox: Creative Games and Exercises for Inspiring the “Write” Side of Your Brain. As your writer friends spin the “Protagonist Wheel” or choose a “First Sentence” or “Last Straw” stick, they’ll give a boost to their creative writing project.
6. Creative Writing for Creative Kids
Let’s not forget the children on your list. Young writers will love Rip the Page!: Adventures in Creative Writing, with its wide variety of fun writing exercises and open-ended writing experiments. The book invites children to get curious, try something new, stretch their imaginations, get creative, and yes . . . rip the pages right out of the book! There’s no right or wrong, so even the most reluctant writers will find freedom and encouragement.
7. Are You Puzzled?
Everyone needs a break from the mundane now and then—including the book lovers and writers on your gift list! Working a jigsaw puzzle can help their minds to focus, so they’ll especially appreciate the diversion this Best-Selling Books Puzzle offers.
Can you spot your favorite novels in this puzzle? From The Cat in the Hat and Charlotte’s Web to Oliver Twist and To Kill a Mockingbird, the puzzle features over 50 classic titles from adult and children’s literature.
8. Seasoning with a Twist
I love these striking, color-coded salt and pepper grinders. Made of wood with metal ferrules, they’re even topped with iconic pink plastic erasers. Wouldn’t the pair make a great conversation piece on any writer’s table? After all, they’d add plenty of “twists” to the dinner plot! Update 11/1/14: Item no longer available
9. A Word by Any Other Name . . .
Your favorite writer can never get enough of words, so what better way to stoke the creative fire than with a new thesaurus? Delight the wordsmith who has everything with a unique gift of The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression.
The best all-purpose thesaurus for anyone on your gift list is by far The Synonym Finder. My own dog-eared paperback copy split in half and has long since been replaced. This durable hardback edition will make a smart statement on desk or bookshelf, where the perfect word is always within reach. The crown jewel of thesauri, The Synonym Finder is that single, indispensable tool everyone should own.
10. You Can Take It With You
What does a writer do when she feels stuck? Sometimes, a change of scenery is all that’s needed to get those creative juices flowing again. This cute Eat, Sleep, Write tote bag is perfect for taking along a notebook or laptop to the local cafe for an afternoon of uninterrupted wordsmithing.
Turn this into a complete writer’s gift package by filling the tote with a paperback thesaurus, spiral notebook or Moleskine journal, pens, and sticky notes. Tuck in a Starbucks gift card and top it all off with a pack of cinnamon-chocolate almonds.
You’ll be good to go . . . and so will she!