You know word lovers, dictionary junkies whose fascination with the English language (and other languages) is a big part of their identity. They may be voracious readers, Scrabble and Boggle fanatics, or amateur writers working hard to get their first book published. Buying gifts for the word lover in your life is easy as long as you can think a little outside the box.
Word people have spent their entire lives getting the same gifts over and over: Moleskin notebooks, odd dictionaries and thesauruses, and the dreaded chain bookstore gift certificates. The next time you need to give the word person in your life a gift, think outside the box.
Here are a few unique gift ideas for word lovers.
The Word Snoop by Ursula Dubosarsky
Alright, it’s a book. What’s unique about that? This book is crammed with amazing facts about the English language. I’ve been a word person my whole life, but even I hadn’t heard of this book until it was given to me on my last birthday. Crammed with interesting facts and stories about the English language and how it developed, The Word Snoop is the perfect book for the book lover who has everything.
WallCandy Whiteboard Decals
These are totally unique and really useful for writers or anyone obsessed with words. WallCandy are removable whiteboard “stickers” that attach sturdily to walls without peeling paint or leaving a stain. The stickers are non-toxic, and you can write on them with any marker that will write on a whiteboard. Use them to plan a story, write out a grocery list, or cover an entire wall in them and make a “writer’s wall.”
AquaNotes Waterproof Notepads
If you know a word lover or writer who gets inspired in the shower, hot tub, or pool, AquaNotes waterproof notepads are a great gift that they’ve never seen or heard of before. These notepads can be written on with a pencil, and the writing won’t smear or get ruined by a little liquid. Perfect for poets who want to jot down a quick idea in the shower.
Scrabble-doku by Frank Longo
Combining Scrabble with popular puzzle game Sudoku, Scrabble-doku replaces the numbers of Sudoku puzzles with legal Scrabble words. This game must be played to be fully appreciated. It’s great training for Scrabble players and the perfect road trip distraction for word lovers.