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    24 Thoughtful Gifts For Anyone Who Loves Learning New Things

    Because the gift of knowledge is the gift that keeps on giving!

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. A beginner's guide to calligraphy, because no matter how old they are, it's never to late to learn a fun new covetable skill!

    Promising review: "Recently decided to start a bullet journal, but absolutely hate my handwriting (it looks like a third-grader's scribble!). This book is really great!! It has a great breakdown of how the letters look on the lines and includes practice pages so you can improve your technique. I like to use it as a simple guide to make my writing better while I work on my journal. I think it has helped me improve leaps and bounds from where I started!" —Taylor

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    2. A page-a-day word calendar from the editors of the Merriam-Webster dictionaries, so they can learn a new word in every day of 2019.

    Workman Publishing

    Get it from Amazon for $11.67 or Barnes & Noble for $13.49.

    3. Uncle John's Old Faithful Bathroom Reader, a book that's perfect for the person training to be the next Jeopardy contestant.

    Portable Press

    You don't have to reserve this for your private time in the loo (but sure, you can if you'd like!). The 512-page book is full of thousands of random, fascinating trivia facts about basically everything under the sun!

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99+, Barnes & Noble for $14.99+, or a local bookseller through Indiebound here.

    4. A Udemy class so they can pick up a new skill or hobby on demand, thanks to courses led by experts in virtually every field under the sun.


    Udemy offers thousands of classes on pretty much every topic in existence — 

    from photography to game development and design
    to how to draw cartoon characters to SO much more. You might even be inspired to pick up a class for yourself while you're at it!

    Classes start at $9.99.

    5. A stocking-stuffer pack of lined, tabbed sticky dividers to take their note-taking game to new levels of organization.

    Promising review: "These sticky notes are excellent. The colors are quite bright and the tabs are neat and noticeable at any angle. I think every student or teacher should own these, and businesspeople should too. They're extremely useful for taking down important notes, planning, and generally recording important information in a place that won't get lost in your planner or notebook. I'll keep these in my book bag and definitely repurchase as soon as I'm close to running out." —malik

    Check out our full review of them here.

    Get it from Amazon for $3.71.

    6. A scratch-off poster that'll motivate the bibliophile in your life to read 100 iconic books, uncovering the tome's artwork under each title they scratch off.

    Uncommon Goods

    Promising review: "I bought this as a birthday gift for my friend that moved back to her home state. She's a book junkie and loves kitschy things so I thought she might enjoy this. Sure enough she LOVED the poster and is mounting it on some foam board to put up in her office. Really unique idea for someone that has everything and loves to read." —Randi

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $15.

    7. When in Rome, a trivia game powered by Alexa, for the person who loves learning about other cultures but also loves turning everything into a competition.

    Answer questions correctly about each city to win: Choose from seven categories including language and slang, art and culture, sport and games, food and drink, buildings and history, myths and legends, or random and strange.

    Promising review: "My wife and I played our first game of When in Rome against my 70-year-old parents and it couldn't have been more fun (and funny). This was the first gaming experience we've ever had that was enjoyable for both generations (backgammon is terrible) and Alexa walking us all through the rules as we played was an absolute game-changer (pun definitely intended). Come to think of it, this was the first digitally enhanced game my parents have ever played that wasn't just solitaire, mahjong, or Bejeweled on a hilariously oversized iPad, and definitely the first social digital gaming experience. When in Rome is infinitely better than a traditional trivia game, hearing the people and sounds of the cities both made it an incredibly immersive experience and it extra enjoyable when my father disagreed with Yoko claiming that she was actually the one who was wrong." —aviel ginzburg

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

    8. Or a more traditional trivia game, Linkee, that's suitable for both small and large groups alike.

    The basis of the shout-out-the-answer game (a favorite of us here on the BuzzFeed shopping team, as a matter of fact!) is to not only answer trivia questions correctly but also to figure out the link between all of the answers — and it is SUPER fun, especially for large groups. Linkee is for ages 14 and up and can be played with anywhere between 2 to 30 players.

    Promising review: "This was fun and a nice change of pace from straight trivia because of the link angle. But you really have to know the players and try to form up teams that each have a bit of every kind of knowledge. Younger kids may be frustrated because of the game's pop culture emphasis and some old-fashioned links. But, they can chip in when they can if the teams are balanced." —Pop Bop

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

    9. A collection of the best New York Times Saturday crosswords, for the puzzle fanatic in your life who's always up for a new challenge.

    St. Martin's Griffin

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

    10. Rosetta Stone, if learning a new language has been on their bucket list for years but they just need a little nudge.

    Rosetta Stone

    The multi-award-winning Rosetta Stone learning software teaches languages by allowing users to see, hear, speak, read, and write, while learning new words and phrases based on real-world context — so students of any language will be prepared for real-world conversations. Its TruAccent speech engine also helps fine-tune pronunciation and accent.

    Get a subscription for $5.99+/month (available in 3-, 6-, 12-, and 24-month plans; choose from 30 different languages).

    11. A book full of tips and strategies to learn faster and remember more, for the person whose goal it is to retain every last tidbit of information that crosses their path.

    TCK Publishing

    Get it from Amazon for $16.76, Barnes & Noble for $19.99, or a local bookseller through Indiebound.

    12. An Adults and Crafts crate subscription, because learning to create something new is good for the soul — especially when all the materials are delivered right to your doorstep!

    Adults and Crafts Crate

    The subscription includes all the materials, tools, and instructions you'll need for a fun craft project every month — which can vary from wood burning to terrariums to cement work.

    Promising review:
    "I am impressed by the quality and concept of this artistic box! First, you get everything you need to do a project. No running around finding supplies. The art projects are fun, as easy or complicated as you choose and, again, all the supplies are included! (Sometimes you need your own scissors.) I would recommend this box as a great gift for artists of any age or experience. Also a great box for self care by investing some of your valuable time into something creative and handmade by you! Big fun!" —Amber

    Get it from Cratejoy for $33/month.

    13. A beginner-friendly productivity planner they can use for planning and goal-setting with regard to every aspect for their life, including their learning or study goals.

    Promising review: "Love this planner. I love the free-form. You can skip weeks you know you're out of town or whatever and save those pages for another time. I think my favorite part of this planner is the first two pages. Everything to do with this planner is how YOU make it. For me, it also helped (kind of made) me reflect on things I really do want and goals I really do want to achieve. Words of affirmation was difficult for me to fill out so I looked them up online and wrote the ones that spoke to me most. How I want to/should be seeing myself." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99.

    This is one of our BuzzFeed Reviews picks for best productivity planner!

    14. A foldable laptop that'll allow them to set up shop to study comfortably, whether they're in bed or hanging outside.

    Promising review: "This is exactly the product that I have been needing for a long time. I don't know why I did not purchase this product sooner. I often do work in my bed, sometimes using a side table or dinner tray. After getting a taller mattress, this became very difficult. The Superjare 23.2" bed table works great with my iPad Pro and keyboard. I am very happy. There are a lot of products in this category. I certainly cannot comment on all of them except to say I needed something simple. I didn't need USB-powered fans or anything that would pivot. I just need a decent size surface to hold my iPad Pro and a book. Perfect solution that is stable and allows me to easily put my body under the table. I am about 6'2", 200 lbs, but have no problem with the size or height of this table." —P.C. Lindstrom

    Get it from Amazon for $21.99+ (available in brown and gray).

    15. A white noise machine, so they can read or focus on their studies without the distraction of noisy neighbors, roommates, or construction outside getting in the way.,

    Promising review: "I would give this product 16 stars if I could. I had been using it in my home for couple of years in a fairly quiet area, so it was more to provide a comforting sound than to drown out noise. I then moved — and like a scene from Neighbors the movie, we moved into our new home on the very same day the house next to ours decided to have a raging party. My husband and I sat in our bed the night we moved in, listening to girls shrieking outside our window and bottles smashing, wondering if we had just made the biggest mistake of our lives. I turned this little sound machine on, and I'm not kidding — it drowned out EVERYTHING. The slamming doors, the giggling, yelling, talking, glasses breaking, everything. I had never been so grateful. Thankfully, the raging parties are not a normal thing, but this sound machine still works wonders on those noisier nights." —Sarah

    Get it from Amazon for $44.06+ (available in five colors).

    16. Learning Crates, a subscription for kiddos that's tailored to their interests and will have them psyched to soak up new info every month.

    Learning Crates

    Each delivery includes seven to ten books, experiments, and hands-on activities, personalized based on your your child's favorite subjects, interests, and hobbies. Shipping is free and a book is donated toward a children's literacy charity for every order.

    Promising review: "Love this! Around $50 worth of books and a few random items. Very age-appropriate. Good novels with some pictures — they look fun and engaging. Coolest item was a locking space diary story that the child fills out themselves. Really neat, and my son loves science! Good products in the box for the price I paid for a three-month subscription. We will most likely lengthen our subscription if the next boxes are just as good." —Ashlie

    Get it from Cratejoy for $24.99/month (available for grades K-6).

    17. Or foreign-language blocks for the soon-to-be bilingual (or, hey, multilingual!) baby.

    Uncommon Goods

    Promising review: "These blocks are beautifully made. Our almost 1-year-old great-grandson is mostly slobbering all over them but the safe ink makes that acceptable. We are confident that soon he will be building and counting in Spanish and learning two languages quickly as his parents raise him to be bilingual. A beautiful thing." —Grandma

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $36.95 (available in Spanish and Mandarin Chinese).

    18. A MasterClass pass, so they can take online classes on pretty much anything they want to learn, hone, or master (without even having to put on any pants).


    The pass provides access to more than 20 classes over the span of a year on MasterClass, which offers online video courses taught by big-name celebs and masters of their craft (like Annie Leibovitz on photography, Steve Martin on comedy, Shonda Rhimes on writing for television, and Gordon Ramsay on cooking).

    Get it from MasterClass for $180/year.

    19. A make-your-own hot sauce kit, for the person with a love for spice and for learning new tips and tricks in the kitchen.

    Promising review: "I purchased the hot sauce making kit for my boyfriend (a hot sauce fanatic) for Christmas. First off, upon opening the box I was presently surprised to find how nicely packaged it was. When my boyfriend opened it on Christmas morning he was so excited. Everything was beautifully packaged, labeled and was neatly displayed. The burlap and rustic elements were a nice touch. I love how many items it came with, especially the fresh peppers. Thank you for such a great product. I can't wait to buy one for myself!! :)" —Jaclyn Ann

    Get it from Amazon for $29.95.

    20. Or a DIY sushi-making kit, if they're a fan of Japanese cuisine and want to learn the basics — it's simple enough for kids to give it a go, too!

    Promising review: "Easy and fun to use when my nieces and nephews want to learn to 'cook.' It's almost as popular as pizza night." —Ashleigh Cutler

    Get it from Amazon for $28.95.

    21. Now I Know, which covers 100 topics and tells the stories behind a whole slew of interesting, obscure facts that any trivia nerd will adore.

    Adams Media

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99+, Barnes & Noble for $10.99+, or a local bookseller through Indiebound.

    22. Knit-Wise, a subscription to inspire knitters and crocheters of all skill levels to cozy up to a new project each month.


    Each delivery includes all the yarn, needles, and tools you'll need to create a gorgeous knitted or crocheted project — from home items to accessories.

    Promising review: "I wanted to learn to knit — I have been crocheting for many years. This was the best introduction to knitting that anyone could ask for. Adorable beginner patterns to love and online tutorials including video are a fantastic plus. I am now subscribed to the intermediate boxes and I can’t wait to learn more!" —Jennifer

    Get it from Cratejoy for $29/month; use code POPTHEYARN at checkout to get 10% off your first box.

    23. A clip-on book light so they can read to their heart's content no matter where their travels take them (and/or sleeping bedmates be damned).

    Promising review: "Love the size of this thing. Easy to carry in a shirt pocket. Once I have a chance to use this a bit, I will probably buy a second one. also, I was pleasantly surprised to see that the battery can be changed. I had assumed that this was a throwaway device, so that makes it even more useful and environmentally friendly." —Gianni Nahuentue

    Get it from Amazon for $9.20 (available in five colors).

    24. And a cozy little candle to set the mood for hibernating in bed with books all winter long.

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

    Get it from FromthePage on Etsy for $12.50.

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