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26 Gifts For People Who Love Language

Linguists, writers, editors, grammar geeks, and word nerds of all walks, we've got you covered.

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3. Punctuation-themed jewelry that's as timeless as it is endearingly nerdy.

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Because you can be geeky and classy at the same damn time.

Get the quotation mark earrings from BookLoverGifts on Etsy for $20.69.

Get the ampersand ring from SilentGDesigns on Etsy for $23+.


6. Handmade punctuation art prints sure to warm the cockles of any a writerly heart.

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Perfect for offices, classrooms, or hey, even your bedroom — let your word-nerd flag fly high.

Available in comma, semicolon, colon, ellipses, quote marks, ampersand, apostrophe, question mark, and exclamation mark. Get them from EchoLiteraryArts on Etsy for $10+ each.

7. Books about words written by the people who work with them every day — like Merriam-Webster lexicographer Kory Stamper and The New Yorker's copy editor Mary Norris — for a behind-the-scenes look that'll fascinate any logophile.

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So meta.

Get Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries by Kory Stamper from Amazon for $10.66+, Barnes & Noble for $13.50+, or a local bookseller through Indiebound here.

Get Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen by Mary Norris from Amazon for $3.36+, Barnes & Noble for $2.14+, or a local bookseller through Indiebound here.


14. A punny onesie, because it's never too early to learn about the objective case.

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For whom? For the littlest curmudgeon you know.

Available in 25 decal colors and in short-sleeved and long-sleeved options for 0–3 months through 24 months. Get it from ClamsAndaHamDog on Etsy for $11+.

15. Reference manuals and style guides for the stickler who finds nothing more sinful than ending a sentence with a preposition.

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Prescriptivists need some love too.

Get Garner's Modern English Usage by Bryan A. Garner from Amazon for $19.24+, Barnes & Noble for $28.48, or through a local bookseller through Indiebound here.

Get the 2017 Associated Press Stylebook from Amazon for $28.96, Barnes & Noble for $11.53+, or a local bookseller through Indiebound here.


17. A necklace or set of earrings to make the subtle statement that you're no grammar-police rookie.

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You might want to flip the next time you see a misspelled homophone or incorrect subject-verb agreement, but at least you'll look cute doing it.

Get the You're Grammar Police Hand Stamped Necklace (available in copper or aluminum) from ShopTheCopperFox on Etsy for $24.

Get the noun and verb earrings (in metal alloy or sterling silver) from michellemach on Etsy for $16+.

18. An exclamation-point bathmat, shower curtain and towel set, because face it, your bathroom could use some excitement.

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Everything's more fun with an exclamation mark — arguably the best punctuation mark.

Get the bathmat from ArtfullyFeathered on Etsy for $41.95, the shower curtain for $68.95+, and the set of bath towels for $79.95.

19. This trio of ornaments made from vintage dictionary pages that'll add a touch of nerdom to your tree or anywhere else you see fit.

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Display them all year long, because lexicography is always in season.

Get it from TheRehatchery on Etsy for $14.


20. A word-nerdy game for kids and adults alike looking for an upgrade to their dusty old Scrabble board.

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Ain't no party like a word-game party cause a word-game party don't stop! Or something like that.

Get it from Amazon or Walmart for $12.51.

21. A subscription to MyBookBox, for the person who wants the book club without the socializing part.

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You'll get new releases *and* a surprise gift every month. Choose from mystery, nonfiction, young adult, women's fiction, children 8–12, and children 4–7.

Get it from Cratejoy for $39.95+/month.

23. A set of quality red pens for the traditionalist who refuses to part with their beloved proofreader's marks.

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There's just something so much more satisfying about wielding a red pen than tracking changes on a screen, and you know it.

Get a 12-pack from Amazon for $11.89.


24. Scrabble tiles that spell out a name or special message with some good old-fashioned rustic and kinda nerdy flair.

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Each charming 3.5-inch square is 0.625 inches thick.

Get them from LabradorWoodworks on Etsy for $3 each. (All orders over 20 tiles are 20% off using code XMAS20.)

25. A flight to to Chicago for the 2018 Society for Editing conference.

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Make the dream of being surrounded exclusively by fellow word lovers a reality at this gathering of editors, writers, linguists, lexicographers, and others who fall on various places along the prescriptivist-descriptivist spectrum, from April 26–April 28, 2018.

Conference rates start at $70 for one day and at $115 for three days. Visit the ACES website for more info.

Round-trip nonstop flights on from NYC to Chicago for selected dates in April start at $170.

26. And finally — shameless self-promo alert! — a book by one of BuzzFeed's very own that denounces the word whom once and for all, to appease the descriptivist in all of us.

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An ode to a world without whom and without pedantry.

Get it from Amazon for $7.25+, Barnes & Noble for $9.99+, or a local bookseller through Indiebound here.