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22 Gifts For People Who Love Language

Linguists, writers, editors, grammar geeks, and word nerds of all walks, we've got you covered. The products in this post were updated in December 2018.

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1. An impossibly adorable pin for the stickler who's forever proud to be a Strunk & White fan.

Wear your pedantry on your sleeve, or wherever else you prefer!Get it from Jane Mount on Etsy for $11.
JaneMount / Via etsy.com

Wear your pedantry on your sleeve, or wherever else you prefer!

Get it from Jane Mount on Etsy for $11.

2. A mounted mini-print that speaks a universal truth.

The 7' x 5' print is mounted on ultra-strong birch plywood using archival adhesive, and includes a keyhole slot for quick hanging.Get it from Popchart for $20.
Popchart

The 7' x 5' print is mounted on ultra-strong birch plywood using archival adhesive, and includes a keyhole slot for quick hanging.

Get it from Popchart for $20.

3. A set of pencils that shows everyone you've got your homophones down pat.

Now if only we could all agree on calling animals a who rather than a that...Get a set of five from Newton and the Apple on Etsy for $9.90.
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Now if only we could all agree on calling animals a who rather than a that...

Get a set of five from Newton and the Apple on Etsy for $9.90.

4. This grammar-tip-a-day calendar from *the* Grammar Girl herself, for the language lover with an insatiable thirst for learning.

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A grammar tip a day keeps the internet trolls away.

Get it from Amazon for $10.38.

5. 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 $20.38.

Get the ampersand ring from SilentGDesigns on Etsy for $23+ (available in 16-gauge and 18-gauge).

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 $17+ each.

7. A throw pillow that says "I love you" in American Sign Language, for the person you've got all the feels for.

I love *you*, pillow!Available in four sizes. Get it from Anais Moods on Society6 for $29.99.
Anais Moods / Via society6.com

I love *you*, pillow!

Available in four sizes. Get it from Anais Moods on Society6 for $29.99.

8. 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 $10.60+, Barnes & Noble for $11.99+, or a local bookseller through Indiebound here.

Get Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen by Mary Norris from Amazon for $8.67+, Barnes & Noble for $10.99+, or a local bookseller through Indiebound here.

9. A cozy little candle to set the mood for hibernating in bed with a book all winter long.

An eco-friendly soy candle that smells like rainwater and cotton: so hygge. Get it from FromthePage on Etsy for $10.79.
FromthePage / Via etsy.com

An eco-friendly soy candle that smells like rainwater and cotton: so hygge.

Get it from FromthePage on Etsy for $10.79.

10. A sticker that lets everyone know which side of the fence you're on...

Hell hath no fury like an Oxford comma lover who's been told house style doesn't call for it.Get it from pigmentandply on Etsy for $3.50.
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Hell hath no fury like an Oxford comma lover who's been told house style doesn't call for it.

Get it from pigmentandply on Etsy for $3.50.

11. A tote bag to give the world a quick lesson on dashes so you don't have to.

Hyphen who?Get it from GrammaticalArt on Etsy for $24.
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Hyphen who?

Get it from GrammaticalArt on Etsy for $24.

12. A crossword watch with teeny glasses and a tiny pencil for the person who knows it's never a bad time for a puzzle.

What's a four-letter word for best gift ever?Get it from SunnyRiverCreations on Etsy for $40.
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What's a four-letter word for best gift ever?

Get it from SunnyRiverCreations on Etsy for $40.

13. A lorem ipsum scarf that harkens back to the days of traditional publishing.

Long live print media! Available in custom colors. Get it from Cyberoptix on Etsy for $44+.
Cyberoptix / Via etsy.com

Long live print media!

Available in custom colors. Get it from Cyberoptix on Etsy for $44+.

14. 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 $22.73+, Barnes & Noble for $32.41, or through a local bookseller through Indiebound here.

Get the 2018 Associated Press Stylebook from Amazon for $9.99+, Barnes & Noble for $13.60+, or a local bookseller through Indiebound here.

15. A whimsical coral-colored bookshelf to display said usage manuals and style guides proudly.

Seriously, have you ever seen a cuter bookshelf in your life?Get it from Walmart or Jet for $133.66.
Sauder Eden Rue / Via walmart.com

Seriously, have you ever seen a cuter bookshelf in your life?

Get it from Walmart or Jet for $133.66.

16. 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+.

17. 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.

Display them all year long, because lexicography is always in season. Get it from TheRehatchery on Etsy for $14.
TheRehatchery / Via etsy.com

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

Get it from TheRehatchery on Etsy for $14.

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

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 for $10.19.
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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 for $10.19.

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

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.
MyBookBox / Via cratejoy.com

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.

20. Personalized wall art that makes a thoughtful gift any time of year for your favorite puzzle master or linguist.

You can customize the words, font, and color of the circles.Get it from PrintableWisdom on Etsy for $8.
PrintableWisdom / Via etsy.com

You can customize the words, font, and color of the circles.

Get it from PrintableWisdom on Etsy for $8.

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

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 $14.76.
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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 $14.76.

22. 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.

An ode to a world without whom and without pedantry.Get it from Amazon for $14.27+, Barnes & Noble for $11.38+, or a local bookseller through Indiebound here.
Bloomsbury / Via amazon.com

An ode to a world without whom and without pedantry.

Get it from Amazon for $14.27+, Barnes & Noble for $11.38+, or a local bookseller through Indiebound here.

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