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15 Funny & Original Gifts for English Teachers

Teachers are superheroes. Every day they work to captivate young minds and expand them with new knowledge. English teachers are especially heroic, as they need to make students care about grammar and reading books many kids and teens think of as “boring.” After a year of hard work, your English teacher deserves a nice gift as a thank you for all their hard work. While there are plenty of lame gift ideas out there for teachers, our suggestions are actually fun and original. These gifts for English teachers are also great for reading & creative writing teachers, as well as other literary-focused professors. They’re perfect to give as Christmas gifts, for Teacher Appreciation Day, or as an end of term thank you gift.

Gifts for English Teachers

Cool Story Poe Mug

Cool Story Poe Mug Gifts for English Teachers

For that English teacher who can’t get enough of “The Raven” and “The Tell-Tale Heart.” This mug says “Cool Story Poe” with an illustration of Edgar Allan Poe. This 15 oz. ceramic mug is dishwasher safe and totally punny. Include some of your teacher’s favorite coffee or tea to create a gift bag they’ll really appreciate.

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Clip-on Desk Cupholder

Many teachers fear the possibility of spilling their coffee or soda on a stack of papers or their favorite books. With this cup holder, they don’t have to worry anymore. This plastic cupholder clamps on the side of the desk, securely holding glasses and cups up to 24 ozs. It’s portable as well, perfect for teachers who switch classrooms all day.

Personalized English Teacher Name Sign

Personalized English Teacher Name Sign

Teachers love to decorate their classrooms and they’ll enjoy adding this personalized sign to their desk. This fully customizable name sign features their name on top of an open book. Pick the font, the color, and add your teacher’s name. This is a great gift for a new teacher.

Anguished English

The book Anguished English was compiled by Richard Lederer, an English teacher who found himself collecting various spelling and writing blunders from his own students. He put them together with other gaffs and bloopers into a variety of categories like “Mixed-up Metaphors” and “Grammar Gaffes.” Any English teacher will find these goof-ups hilarious.

Notebook Paper Necktie

Notebook Paper Necktie

This a classy gift for a classy teacher. The familiar notebook paper they see all day in the classroom has been translated to a subtle tie print. Great for wearing during the day or can be dressed up for special occasions.

These screen printed ties come on a silky microfiber fabric in your choice of 7 shades: white, cream, platinum, champagne, butter, honey, and ivory.

Much Ado About Nothings – Shakespeare Sticky Notes

Sticky notes are super useful for teachers, but plain yellow Post-it notes are boring compared to these Shakespeare themed ones. This nicely packaged gift set comes with large and small stickies notes as well as multi-colored flags perfect for marking their favorite lines in Shakespeare’s plays.

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Punctuation Earrings

Punctuation Earrings - Gifts for English Teachers

Most English teachers are pretty nerdy about grammar and punctuation. These earrings are a fun and glamorous way to pay tribute to that love. Handmade by The Hometown Haven, these lovely silver earrings are a mismatched pair with an exclamation mark and a question mark. These earrings are great to wear in the classroom or even cut enough for a night out.

Made from sterling silver, these earrings are 11 mm tall and come with sterling silver backings.

I Judge You When You Use Poor Grammar

If you want to distract your English teacher from your grammar failings, give them this book and they’ll be amazed by the real world examples inside. Sharon Eliza Nichol’s book collects photos from signs, posters, clothing, and even newspapers and books, with atrocious spelling, grammar, and punctuation. This funny book will amaze any English teacher.

Warning English Teacher Zone Sign

This is a funny gift for English teachers who can’t stop correcting their student’s grammar. In the style of a classic warning sign, it says: “Warning English Teacher Zone. Your Grammar May Be Corrected at Any Time.” This is perfect to hang above their desk or on a classroom door.

Made in the USA. Waterproof.

Scout’s Ham Costume Pin

Scout's Ham Costume Pin

This gift is one that only literary insiders will get. If your English teacher loves To Kill a Mockingbird, they will appreciate this enamel pin. Designed by ShinyAppleStudio, it features Scout wearing her ham costume, which was made from chicken wire and paper machete in the book.

The pins are handmade and finished in silver.

Composition Notebook Tote Bag

Any English teacher would appreciate this practical gift that’s super fun. This tote bag features the classic black and white print of a composition notebook. Perfect for carrying books or essays home to grade. Made in the USA from 100% cotton.

Great Gatsby Book Locket

Great Gatsby Book Locket - Gifts for English Teachers

This is the perfect gift for English teachers who can’t get enough of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s most famous novel. This book necklace is actually a locket, featuring the cover of The Great Gatsby. The necklace comes on a cute gift card with a quote from the novel.

This charm is available as a bracelet or a necklace with a choice of metal color: gold, silver, bronze, copper, rose gold, or black.

John Steinbeck Candle

If your English teacher got the class through Of Mice and Men or The Grapes of Wrath, then they deserve a nice gift. This candle from Paddywax’s Library Collection is a scent inspired by the great American author John Steinbeck. The scent is smoked birch and amber in a non-toxic soy wax. The candle comes in a glass container with a lovely gift box, ready to give to your favorite teacher.

Grammar Pencils

Grammar Pencils - Gifts for English Teachers

This is a fun and useful gift for English teachers who feel like they’re always correcting their student’s grammar. This is a set of five pencils, each with their own grammar-related saying:

This affordable gift is a great end of year present or makes a fun stocking stuffer for grammar nerds.

English Teachers Get Lit T-shirt

English Teachers Get Lit T-shirt

This is the perfect shirt for any English teacher to wear when they let loose on the weekends or are hanging out on their summer break. It says “English Teachers Get Lit.” And boy do they get lit–especially since their idea of a good time is probably reading a book.

Available in men’s & women’s sizes in black, navy, and dark heather.

While you’re shopping for your favorite teacher, don’t forget to get a gift for your librarian, too.

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Vintage Typewriters Gifts

20 Amazing Typewriter Gifts for Writers

Amazing Typewriter Gifts for Writers

Sure, we’re all pretty much using computers to write these days. But every writer can safely admit that there’s a certain nostalgia about typewriters, especially vintage and antique-style typewriters. So if you’re searching for creative and fun gifts for writers, a typewriter-themed gift can definitely fit the bill. We’ve gathered cool & unique gifts as well as some practical gifts that fit the typewriter theme. Check them all out below:

The Coolest Typewriter Gifts for Writers

1. Typewriter Coaster Set

I cannot get over these coasters–they are so cool. This coaster set features four coasters of typewriter keys that fit perfectly in the holder, which looks like an antique typewriter. Great for a writer’s office, library, or just to use around the house. This is a classy gift for writers for Christmas or birthdays.

2. A Vintage Typewriter

Vintage Typewriters Gifts

I feel like every writer should own at least one good vintage typewriter. They look cool displayed on a shelf, plus they’re super fun to use if you have writer’s block or want to try being creative in a different way. A typewriter can really help you unplug from the internet and focus on writing. While you can search antique shops, thrift stores, and garage sales for old typewriters, you can also buy them on Etsy. Cleaned and serviced by the sellers, they’re available in a variety of colors and styles.

3. USB Typewriter Mechanical Keyboard

This is perfect for the writer who likes the feel of vintage typewriter keys, but still wants to write directly to their computer. This mechanical keyboard features round chrome plated keycaps just like vintage typewriters and they make very satisfying clicks when you type. The slick design looks great on any desk and will delight writers who love typewriters and mechanical keyboards.

4. Typewriter Planter

Typewriter Planter

If the typewriter enthusiast in your life is also obsessed with houseplants, then this is the perfect gift! This beautiful planter in the style of a vintage typewriter. Perfect for displaying succulents and other small plants.

5. Typewriter Sticky Notes

If you’re looking for a small trinket for a gift bag or a stocking stuffer, check out this useful little gift. Sticky notes are so useful for authors to make notes and attach them to their manuscripts. This set comes inside of a vintage typewriter, with the notes popping out like they’ve just been typed. At the top of the post-it, it says “Once upon a time…” Great for any writer’s desk, they’ll find these little sticky notes inspiring and fun.

6. Typewriter Cufflinks

Typewriter Cufflinks for Writers

If the writer you’re shopping for is a fashionable guy, then this is the perfect typewriter gift for him. These pewter handmade cufflinks feature vintage typewriters. This classy gift is perfect for special occasions or wearing day-to-day to the office.

7. Typewriter Teapot

Typewriter Teapot Gift Idea

If your writer enjoys a good cup of tea while they write, then they’ll really love this unique gift. Carters of Suffolk makes this gorgeous teapot that looks like a vintage typewriter. While it may be better for decoration than day-to-day use (it is fully functional for tea), it looks gorgeous display on a kitchen shelf or even on the bookcase in their office. Include some literary teas and it will be a fantastic gift set.

8. Sweeney Typewriter Patent Print

Sweeney Typewriter Patent Print

This is a classy gift for a writer’s office. This framed print is of the patent image from 1941 for the Sweeney typewriter. Since it’s printed when you order, you can choose from five different sizes in 12 different colors to match any decor. This is a great gift for any writer, including journalists and copywriters.

9. Typewriter First Aid Kit

Typewriter First Aid Kit

This is the perfect gift to include with a “new” vintage typewriter or for the collector who already has a collection. This Typewriter First Aid Kit includes everything you need for basic care and maintenance of typewriters. It has everything you need to clean a manual typewriter, including cleaning liquids, brushes, cleaning cloths, and a typewriter cleaning guide.

10. Typewriter Keyboard T-Shirt

Typewriter Keyboard T-Shirt

Now they can wear their love of typewriters loud and proud. This t-shirt features a print of a vintage typewriter keyboard. Handprinted in the USA on a 100% cotton t-shirt, you can choose from 17 different colors and sizes small through 2X-Large.

11. Typewriter Bookmark

Typewriter Bookmark Gift Idea

Writers are also readers, so a bookmark makes a fantastic gift, especially if you’re giving them some writing books as well. This bookmark features beautiful illustrations ofantique typewriters. This gift makes a great stocking stuffer or just a small motivational gift for your favorite writer.

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12. Inspirational Rough Drafts Typewriter Sign

Inspirational Rough Drafts Typewriter Sign

This cute sign is a fantastic inspirational gift for anyone who loves typewriters. Carved into birch wood, the sign features a vintage typewriter and the quote, “We’re all rough drafts of the people that we’re still becoming.” This beautiful sign is perfect for a writer’s office and comes in a variety of color options to match any decor.

13. Typewriter Enamel Pin Set

This is a cute little gift for any typewriter fanatic. This enamel pin set features two pins representing things many writers love: a vintage typewriter and a mug of coffee. Perfect for a stocking stuffer or to put in a gift bag.

14. Vintage Typewriter Pouch

Vintage Typewriter Pouch

This gift is perfect for creative writing students and writers on the go. Handmade from 100% cotton, this pouch is 6.5″ x 11″ and perfect for pencils, pens, and any other writing supplies. Great for writing in a journal or making edits on a manuscript.

15. Typewriters: Iconic Machines from the Golden Age of Mechanical Writing Book

This gift is perfect for typewriter nerds that already collect a ton of vintage typewriters and can’t get enough of these machines. This book about the history of typewriters, from the invention of the QWERTY keyboard to now. Filled with tons of facts and history, this book also has gorgeous photos of vintage typewriters. This book is a historical trip that typewriter fanatics will really enjoy.

16. Typewriter Mug

Story Teller Typewriter Mug Gifts for Writers

I love the design on this mug. Handmade by Etsy Shop Mhuglife, this ceramic mug features a cute illustration of a vintage typewriter with the words “Story Teller.” These mugs are dishwasher and microwave safe and come in your choice of size: 11 oz. or 15 oz.

Including some of their favorite tea or coffee to make a gift bag they’ll really appreciate.

17. Typewriter Scarf

This scarf is a practical and fun gift for writers who love typewriters. This gorgeous cotton/silk blend features a colorful illustrated print of vintage typewriters. This lightweight scarf is the perfect accessory for any outfit and perfect for spring weather.

18. Underwood Typewriter Tie

Underwood Typewriter Tie

This is a gorgeous gift for the guy (or gal!) in your life who can’t get enough of typewriters. This vegan, silk-like microfabric features a print of a vintage 1934 Underwood manual typewriter. Since these ties are handprinted by Cyberoptix when you order them, you can choose between 18 colors in standard, narrow, and extra-large sizes. This tie is fantastic for special occasions, like celebrating a new book deal.

19. Typewriter Keys Tote Bag

Typewriter Keys Tote Bag

If the writer you’re shopping for often goes to a cafe or a library to do their writing, they’re going to need a great bag to transport all their stuff. This is that bag. This tote bag features a close-up of the keys of a vintage Underwood typewriter.

20. Typewriter Key Bracelet

Typewriter Key Bracelet

You may wonder what happens to all those antique typewriters that can’t be repaired. Well, some of them end up recycled into gorgeous jewelry pieces like this bracelet. JustWearThis takes those keys, polishes and cleans them, then turns them into lovely vintage jewelry. This bracelet features 6 keys that spell out “Adorbz” though they offer a variety of different bracelets.

JustWearThis also sells typewriter key earrings, necklaces, and other jewelry in their shop. Click the button to check them out. Their jewelry is perfect for birthdays, Valentine’s Day, and anniversaries.

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Musical Notes Shea Butter Soap - Gifts for Songwriters

20 Gifts for Songwriters

Gifts for Songwriters

If you have a songwriter or aspiring lyricist in your life, then you know how their whole world revolves around music. When it comes time to buy them a present, there’s plenty of music-themed gifts available to delight them. From gifts to inspire their creativity to practical gifts to further their career, there’s plenty of ideas on this list. These gifts for songwriters are perfect for Christmas, birthdays, anniversaries, and any other holiday. Many of these gifts are also great for musicians and music lovers. Check them out:

Gifts for Songwriters

Leather Music Journal

Leather Music Journal

This is a luxurious gift for anyone who writes music. Bespoke Bindery makes a variety of artisan books, including this leather music journal. This is A5 landscape journal which is bound in Spanish leather that can be personalized for the giftee. The Yapp binding is beautiful and secure.

Since these journals are handmade items you can choose the page types (all music stave, alternating blank and music stave pages, optional title page) and the color of the leather from 8 different options. If this leather journal is outside of your budget, keep reading for a low budget option.

Piano Patent Art Prints

Art makes a fantastic gift and this set of prints is perfect for anyone who writes music or plays the piano. These vintage prints feature the diagrams from various piano patents. They have a gorgeous antique appearance perfect for any home.

The prints come unframed, but at an 8×10 size, it’s easy to buy the perfect frames.

Song Sound Wave Art

Song Sound Wave Art Gifts for Songwriters

If you want thoughtful and unique gifts for songwriters, check this out. Voice and Sound makes art pieces of the soundwaves of any sound. This includes a variety of popular songs, including the song “Come What May” from Moulin Rouge. You can select from over 700 song prints or request your own custom song sound art. This is the perfect custom gift, either pick your songwriter’s favorite song or have a piece of art created based off a song they’ve written.

Musical Notes Infinity Scarf

This is a fashionable gift for any songwriter or musician. This tasteful infinity scarf features a print of musical notes. Great for casual day-to-day wear or for a concert.

Available in black, dark grey, navy blue, and white.

Musical Notes Shea Butter Soap

Musical Notes Shea Butter Soap - Gifts for Songwriters

Artisan soap makes a fantastic gift for birthdays or as a stocking stuffer and this set is perfect for musically minded people. These handmade soaps come in a set of 14 musical notes made from moisturizing shea butter. Each set is made to order so you can choose from 18 different colors and even get the set in a mix of colors.

Guitar Ball Point Pens

If you’re searching for fun gifts for songwriters, this is a blast. This pen is shaped like an electric guitar. This ballpoint pen is perfect for writing lyrics or musical notes or playing air guitar while listening to their favorite rock songs.

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Essential Songwriter’s Rhyming Dictionary

If you’re looking for a practical gift that will help your favorite songwriter in their creative endeavors, this book is perfect.This pocket-sized dictionary is perfect for those moments of writer’s block where you can’t quite find the right words. With 15,000 words, this is a must have reference for all songwriters.

Vinyl Vintage Record Coasters

Songwriters and audiophiles alike have a soft spot in their hearts for records. These are fun and useful gifts for songwriters. This set of 6 vinyl coasters look like vintage records that are perfect to prevent your tables from damage. Use these coasters in the recording studio or around the house.

Writing Better Lyrics

If you’re shopping for an aspiring songwriter, this book makes a great gift. Written by Pat Pattison (professor at Berklee College of Music), this book captures the knowledge he imparts in his poetry and lyrics writing classes. Using examples from 20 chart-topping songs, this covers basic and advanced lyric writing techniques.

Piano Calculator

This is another handy gift that’s perfect for songwriters and musicians. This perfectly sized pocket calculator looks like a keyboard, with the numbers on the white keys and the functions on the black keys. Great for a Secret Santa gift and perfect as a stocking stuffer.

The Chord Wheel

This is another fantastic gift for aspiring musicians and songwriters. Whether they prefer working with piano or guitar, the Chord Wheel is a helpful visual aid to understand the relationships between chord progressions. This is a great resource for deconstructing musical pieces to learn from the masters or to write their own music.

Piano USB Flash Drive

This is an extremely practical gift that any aspiring songwriter will appreciate. This USB flash drive features a piano keys print that will inspire musical genius. This portable flash drive is perfect for backing up digital sheet music and song recordings. It’s great to attach to a keychain or toss in a purse or backpack.

Music Mug

This mug is harmonically awesome. The side says “What part of *music* don’t you understand?” It’s a white ceramic mug with a black handle and interior. This 11 oz. size mug is microwave safe, but should only be hand washed to avoid any fading of the print.

Include some of their favorite tea or coffee to create a gift bag they’ll really enjoy.

Guitar Chord Stamp

This is a useful pocket sized gift for guitarists and songwriters. This guitar chord stamp makes it easy to record chords anywhere. Add hard to remember chords to sheet music or write out songs for other musicians. Include an ink pad and they’ll be ready to go.

The compact size makes this a perfect stocking stuffer. Include some of their favorite guitar picks to create a nice gift set.

Music Journal

This music journal is a no frills way to write new songs. This 8 x 10 inch notebook features lined pages on one side and sheet music on the owner, perfect for songwriters who are penning lyrics and music. Perfect for brainstorming or recording finalized songs.

Include a pack of their favorite pens or pencils so they’re ready to start composing.

Blue Snowball iCE Condenser Microphone

This microphone is must have for any independent songwriters and recording artists. Snowball iCE is a plug and play USB microphone that can be used to record music to any laptop or desktop computer with any recording software. It’s perfect for recording instruments or vocals, as well as any other recordings you may need. Plenty of podcasters use it, too. The built-in desktop microphone makes it ready to go out of the box or it can also fit on any standard mic stand.

This is a great gift to help any songwriter record their music.

Zoom H4N PRO Digital Multitrack Recorder

If your songwriter doesn’t want to be confined to their computer when they record their songs, this Zoom is the perfect recorder for musicians on the go. With four-channel recording and built-in stereo microphones, this compact unit has everything you need to record music or vocals. The Zoom H4N is also perfect for recording live performances.

Guitar Pick Holder Leather Key Chain

This gift is perfect for the songwriter who is always misplacing their guitar picks or needs to have them easily on hand for performances. This leather keychain handmade by Hide & Drink is handsome and practical. They can attach it to their keys or their guitar case and always have them on hand.

Treble Clef Sterling Silver Necklace

If you’re looking for romantic gifts for songwriters, check out this necklace. Hand cast in sterling silver, this classic necklace features a treble clef pendant. Perfect for casual wear or special occasions, this necklace can become a meaningful good luck charm for the songwriter in your life.

Songwriters On Songwriting

This is the fourth edition of this classic book on songwriting. Interviews with 62 of the greatest songwriters, there are thoughts on creativity, writing lyrics, working in the music business, and much more. In addition to covering much of the history of modern songwriting, this book provides great insight into the creative process of many master lyricists.

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Internet Grammar is Ruining Everything Mug Gifts for Copywriters

10 Cool & Practical Gifts for Copywriters

10 Cool Gifts for Copywriters

Copywriting is a common career for aspiring authors, grammar nerds, and anyone else who loves the written word. And like any other writing job, it kind of takes over their lives. So if you have a copywriter in your life, you know some of the best gifts are those that pay tribute to their jobs or even help them. To make your gift shopping a little bit easier, we’ve compiled this list of gifts for copywriters. These include cool and original gifts that are a lot of fun as well as practical presents they’ll appreciate. All of these gifts are great options for birthdays, anniversaries, Christmas, and any other gift-giving occasion. Check them out below.

Gifts for Copywriters

Copywriter T-Shirt

This cool t-shirt is a great gift to celebrate your favorite copywriter. “If you think it’s expensive to hire a good copywriter, try hiring a cheap one” is what is printed on this soft t-shirt. Great for lounging around the house on Saturday or perfect for work wear if their job is at a casual start-up.

Available in sizes Small, Medium, Large, X-Large, XX-Large & 3X-Large, in 5 color options.

Internet Grammar is Ruining Everything Mug

Internet Grammar is Ruining Everything Mug Gifts for Copywriters

Copywriters spend more time online than other types of writers since they’re often writing copy for social media and websites. As a result, they often find themselves frustrated by all the memes and weird things that people write that aren’t grammatically correct. This mug celebrates that frustration by proclaiming: Internet Grammar is Ruining Everything!

This white ceramic mug is dishwasher and microwave safe. Add some of your copywriter’s favorite coffee or tea to create a gift bag they’ll really appreciate.

The Copywriter’s Handbook

If you’re looking for gifts for a newer or aspiring copywriter, this book is a great practical present. The Copywriter’s Handbook by Robert W. Ply is a classic guide to copywriting perfect for everyone involved in the copy process, not just writers themselves, but creative directors, entrepreneurs, and marketers. It covers topics like writing headlines that work, ensuring people open your marketing emails, and how to make your copy more readable.

If you’re searching for a practical gift for copywriters, this book is a great choice.

Melodic Newspaper Bracelet

Melodic Newspaper Bracelet Gifts for Copywriters

If you’re looking for a copywriter’s gift that’s a little outside the box, check this out. Papermelon makes these gorgeous bracelets, completely out of recycled material. This boho style bangle features strips from magazine and newspapers, creating a cool design in a lovely shade of blue. Each bracelet is handmade and completely unique. This is a great statement piece to wear to the office. There are also a variety of other colors available in their shop.

Vivo Height Adjustable Standing Desk

This is the kind of practical gift that can really make a positive difference in a writer’s life. Writing is a sedentary activity, with many hours each day spent sitting at a desk. One way to help alleviate the health problems from a sedentary lifestyle is to use a standing desk. Even better is an adjustable desk that can be used sitting or standing. These desks are often quite expensive, but an adjustable desk topper like this one from Vivo is an affordable compromise.

With an ergonomic design to promote a comfortable working posture, this adjustable standing desk sits on top of your existing desk. It easily adjusts up and down between sitting or standing positions. This great to add variety to a long work day and is essential for copywriters who work from home.

Grammar Pencils

Grammar Pencils - Gifts for Copywriters

This is a cute little gift, perfect for stocking stuffers or adding to a gift bag. Newton and the Apple makes geeky sets of pencils in several different themes. This is their grammar set with helpful reminders of commonly confused words like their/there/they’re and to/two/too. Available in a set of green colors, the pencils come unsharpened to display on a desk or be used by the giftee.

Moleskine Cahier Pocket Journals

Writers get ideas at any moment–in fact, creativity seems to strike at the most inconvenient times. That’s why it’s always great to have a notebook on hand. Moleskine makes these fantastic “pocket-sized” notebooks that are perfect to carry in a purse or briefcase. Whenever the perfect phrase or idea comes to mind, they can easily jot it down.

Typewriter T-shirt

Typewriter T-shirt

They probably don’t write their copy on a vintage typewriter, but I bet the copywriter in your life dreams of working on the next great American novel on an old typewriter. Nice printed shirt comes in neutral color options.

Available in men, women, and youth sizes in olive, gray, white, brown, and asphalt.

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Grammar Police Keychain

Grammar Police Keychain Gifts for Copywriters

Writers tend to be sticklers about writing and grammar, and correcting anyone who screws it up! Now you can give them a “badge” to officially recognize their membership in the Grammar Police. This cute keychain is handmade by Love Tan Co and is available in silver like a badge. This is a great stocking stuffer and a totally unique gift you can’t find in stores.

Bamboo Fountain Pen

Computers and ballpoint pens reign supreme in the office, but this fountain pen is perfect for home use, whether they’re writing a novel, a journal, or the weekly grocery list. This fountain pen is made from gorgeous, sustainable bamboo and comes in a matching case–making it perfect for gift giving.

One thing to note: the pen does not come with ink cartridges, so you have to order those separately.

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25 Stranger Things Gifts – The Ultimate Guide for Super Fans

Stranger Things Gifts - The Ultimate Guide for Super Fans

Netflix’s hit show Stranger Things is a cultural phenomenon. If you have a friend or family member who enjoys the show, you know they’re obsessed with it. They binge-watch the show over and over, obsess over their favorite characters, and discuss theories about what will happen in the next season. A lot of writers, especially those of sci-fi and horror, have fallen in love with this nostalgic TV show. If you have that kind of Stranger Things superfan in your life, then you know they would love a gift inspired by their favorite show. This article covers the best Stranger Things gifts available, from cute collectibles to hilarious apparel. These are must-have gifts for Stranger Things fans, perfect for Christmas, birthdays, anniversaries, or any other gift-giving occasion. Check out our recommendations below.

Ultimate Stranger Things Gifts

1. Demogorgon Plush

There is no creature more cute and cuddly than a Demogorgon–or at least this one! These plushies are made to look like the Demogorgon from the show and are perfect for cuddling up to binge Stranger Things. This is a great gift for any fan of the show who can’t get enough of the Upside Down creatures.

2. Hawkins Middle School AV Club Hoodie

Hawkins Middle School AV Club Hoodie Stranger Things Gifts

This is one of the only times that being in the AV Club has felt so cool. This sweatshirt features a microphone with the words “Hawkins Middle School AV Club,” the very same club the friends are members of in the show.

This super cozy hoodie is printed in the USA. Available in seven different colors, so you can make it the perfect customized gift.

3. Stuck in the Upside Down Shirt

If you’re looking for a fun gift for Stranger Things fans that only other fans will understand, this t-shirt is perfect. This shirt says “Stuck in the Upside Down” in the famous Stranger Things font, with half the words literally upside down.

4. Stranger Things VHS Tape Nightlight

Stranger Things VHS Tape Nightlight - Gift Ideas

This is one of the coolest Stranger Things gifts we’ve seen. Shop of Nostalgia takes old VHS tapes and upcycles them into LED nightlights. This one features a label for the show, making the perfect nightlight. VHS tapes were the most common form of home entertainment in the 1980s, which makes it the perfect form for a Stranger Things nightlight. Custom-made to order, you can’t find a gift like this in stores.

5. Steve Harrington’s Baby Sitter’s Club Tote Bag

Steve Harrington's Baby Sitter's Club Tote Bag - Stranger Things Gifts

During the 2nd season, Steve reaches his full destiny as the awesome babysitter of the gang. With his trusty bat, he protects them from demadogs and the evils of the Upside Down. This handprinted tote bag combines his awesome skills with the classic book series The Babysitter’s Club. It features Steve and his bat with the classic ABC block logo. This is an essential gift for any fans of Steve.

6. Funko Pop Vinyl Eleven with Eggos Figure

Funko Pop figures are so fun and so collectible, so their Stranger Things collection is an obvious must-have for mega-fans. My personal favorite is this Eleven figure, which features her in her pink dress and jacket, enjoying some frozen Eggo Waffles. There are tons of figures from the series to choose from, so make sure to buy their favorite characters.

7. Will’s Drawing of the Shadow Monster

Will's Drawing of the Shadow Monster Stranger Things Gifts

One of the most memorable moments of Season 2 is when Will starts drawing the Shadow Monster from the Upside Down. It ends with Will drawing an entire map of the Upside Down infecting Hawkins, but I think his drawing of the Shadow Monster looming above is the most evocative. A reproduction of this art is available as print. This drawing is one of the Stranger Things gifts that with really wow the giftee.

Available as a print, framed, or a gift set.

8. Stranger Things Charm Bracelet

This is a fantastic gift for gals who love Stranger Things. This charm bracelet is full of 10 amazing charms that represent the show, like Joyce’s Christmas lights, Hopper’s gun, Jonathan’s camera, Steve’s bat, and the guy’s bicycles. This is a super cute gift for younger fans of the show.

9. Stranger Things Character Pinback Buttons

Stranger Things Character Pinback Buttons

The perfect way to display their love of Stranger Things is with buttons on their bag or jacket. NoxArcanaArt makes a variety of buttons based on the characters from the hit show.

Buy one or get the whole set.

10. Stranger Things Ouija Board Game

Often when TV shows and movies become super popular, board game manufacturers go out of their way to create all kinds of tie-ins. But this one is absolutely perfect! They’ve taken the traditional Ouija board game but made the board look like Joyce’s wall with the letters and Christmas lights. Just like Joyce contacted Will in the upside down, you can use this to contact whatever spirits lurk from the otherside.

11. Stranger Things Stickers

Stranger Things Stickers

Any Stranger Things fan can customize their gear with these cool stickers from Handmade by Jess UK. This pack of 10 stickers immortalizes the characters and places we love from the Netflix TV show. These 3″ stickers are waterproof and tear-proof.

12. Stranger Things Eggo Card Game

This is a great game for any Stranger Things watch parties. This game looks like a box of Egg Waffles and features a fun card game based on the TV series. The cards themselves are little waffles on the back and they go in a holder that looks like a toaster. You play as your favorite character, trying to escape the Upside Down. Gameplay is similar to Uno, with some show-themed rules thrown in. This game is tons of fun and a perfect gift for Stranger Things fans.

13. Stranger Things Logo Light

This display piece is the perfect addition to any Stranger Things fan’s home. This sign features the Stranger Things logo. Turn it on and it glows just like the opening credits. Great for a TV room or nightlight in a bedroom.

14. Dustin’s Two-Toned Trucker Hat

This is an essential gift for fans of Dustin. This red, white, and blue trucker hat is identical to the one Dustin wears in Stranger Things. It’s super affordable too, so it’s perfect to include in a gift box or give as a stocking stuffer.

15. Bob Newby Superhero Enamel Pin

Bob Newby Superhero Enamel Pin Stranger Thing Gifts

He’s not the hero we deserve, but he’s the hero we need. Bob was a pleasant addition to season 2 and an instant fan favorite. Now you can honor his amazing role with the gift of this enamel pin. It features him with a superhero cape, flying through the air. 1.75″ this pin is perfect for bags or jackets.

16. The Goonies

One of the reasons Stranger Things is so popular is because of the nostalgic callback to 80s adventure movies. One of the most obvious inspirations is the 1985 movie The Goonies–which even stars a young Sean Astin who plays Bob in Season 2. The story follows a ragtag group of friends trying to save their neighborhood from being turned into a golf course. Full of action and adventure, this movie is loved by all children of the 80s and makes a perfect companion to Stranger Things.

This is a great gift for younger fans of Stranger Things who hasn’t seen the classic 80s movies that inspire the show.

17. Lucas Candle

Lucas Stranger Things Candle Fan Gift

If Lucas is your giftee’s favorite character, then this is the candle for them. Inspired by one of the cool kids from the show, this soy candle smells like almonds, fresh-picked apples, and bike rides. This is perfect to display on a shelf with the rest of their Stranger Things collectibles.

18. The Book of Barb

Barb is a beloved character from the first season of Stranger Things who quickly became a fan favorite after her (spoiler!) unfortunate demise. This book is everything Barb, providing a guidebook for uncool teens and young adults. The advice includes things like makeup tips, fashion, social do’s and don’ts, plus insights into Barb’s life and style. This book is fun and perfect for anyone who demands Justice for Barb!

19. Mornings are for Coffee & Contemplation Mug

Mornings are for Coffee & Contemplation Stranger Things Coffee Mug

This Stranger Things coffee mug is the perfect gift for the hot drink loving superfan in your life. Based on the Jim Hopper quote: “Mornings are not for questions. Mornings are for Coffee and Contemplation.” This mug is the perfect reminder that some people aren’t morning people and they need a little quiet until they’ve had their java fix. Consider including our next gift recommendation to make the ultimate gift bag.

20. Stranger Brew Coffee

If your loved one is also a coffee-addict, this is the perfect gift for them. Coffee Shop of Horrors specializes in fair trade, organic coffees inspired by horror film and TV. This is their Stranger Things blend that tastes like waffles and syrup. The label even features an illustration of Eleven enjoying some tasty Eggo waffles. Combine it with the mug recommended above for an unforgettable gift box.

21. Eleven Bitchin’ Pin

Eleven Bitchin' Pin Stranger Things Gift

While the 7th episode of season two, “The Lost Sister” has greatly divided fans of the show, all Eleven fans can agree that it has at least one amazing moment. After Eleven receives a makeover from her new “gang,” she utters the classic line: “Bitchin’.” This cool pen from Telestic Design perfectly encapsulates that moment, complete with Eleven’s new edgy look. This is a great gift or stocking stuffer for Eleven fans.

This enamel pin is 1.25″ and features a butterfly clutch closure.

22. Stranger Things Volume 1 Vinyl Soundtrack

This is an amazing gift for serious collectors. Stranger Things is well known for its moody and dramatic music. The soundtrack is perfectly featured in this gorgeous record collection. The deluxe edition includes two multi-colored vinyl records, a full-sized poster, and five character cards. This is a gorgeous art piece combined with a fantastic soundtrack.

23. Paper Girls

This is the perfect gift for Stranger Things fans who want to experience more 80s adventures like those in the TV series. Paper Girls is a comic series that follows a group of girls who deliver papers in the 1980s. Their lives are turned upside down when some strange individuals show up on their quiet suburban street. This coming of age story combines the same mysteries, speculative elements, and biking action as the show. This comic is great for teenagers and adults who can’t get enough Stranger Things.

24. Justice For Mews T-Shirt

Justice For Mews T-Shirt

Season 2 is filled with tragedy and loss, and one of the biggest losses is Dustin’s cat, Mews. This kitty made an unfortunate snack for Dart. But, this is the perfect t-shirt to remember one of the cuddliest and cutest characters from Stranger Things.

Available in men’s, women’s, and youth sizes. Colors: red, green, silver, slate, and white.

25. In Case of Vecna Keychain

In Case of Vecna Stranger ThingsKeychain

This keychain is so cool, and perfect if you’re searching for small Stranger Things gifts for stocking stuffers or gift bags. This keychain is made from wood and says “In Case of Vecna Scan This Code.” The keychain can be customized with any song you want and then when it’s scanned on Spotify it will play the song.

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20 Practical & Fun Gifts for Screenwriters

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16 Practical & Fun Gifts for Screenwriters

Screenwriters are a special breed of writers. While they can benefit and enjoy many of the general gifts and resources targeted at fiction writers, there are differences in the work they do and their overall interests. While the basics of a story may be the same, the focus on visuals and dialogue in screenplays as well as conforming to run times for movies and TV shows changes the process of writing a screenplay. Because of those differences, we decided to write a gift guide meant specifically for screenwriters. These gifts range from practical gifts like resource books and software to fun presents that are perfect to give for birthdays, Christmas, and any other gift-giving occasion. Check out our recommended gifts for screenwriters below.

Best Gifts for Screenwriters

1. Final Draft 12

Final Draft is the ultimate writing software for screenwriters. The gold standard for screenwriting software, it’s used by 95% of film and television productions, including the likes of Aaron Sorkin, James Cameron, and TV writer Matthew Weiner.

Designed specifically for TV, film, and playwriting, it comes with 100 templates that help you easily write your script in the correct format. It also has Story Map and Beat Board to help conceptualize the story and break it down. Final Draft also allows for real-time collaboration with co-writers and has an iOS version so you can work on your scripts on your iPhone or iPad on the go.

Available for Mac or Windows PC.

2. Go Away! I’m Busy Writing the Next Blockbuster T-Shirt

Go Away! I'm Busy Writing the Next Blockbuster T-Shirt

This shirt is perfect to show your support of a young screenwriter. It says “Go Away! I’m busy writing the next blockbuster.” Wearing this shirt will remind everyone to the let the screenwriter work while they compose the perfect movie idea.

Available in men’s, women’s, and youth sizes in black, navy, royal blue, and olive colors.

3. Shhh! I’m Eavesdropping for Dialogue Ideas Journal

Shhh! I'm Eavesdropping for Dialogue Ideas Journal

Many writers work in public places like cafes or restaurants because it helps them avoid distractions they’d find at home. It also helps them get good ideas for their movies, including snippets of dialogue or ways of talking. This bold yellow journal states the obvious: “Shhh! I’m Eavesdropping for Dialogue Ideas.” Great for jotting down spurts of inspiration.

The design is also available as a shirt, laptop cover, and other cool options.

4. Masterclass Subscription

Learning from masters in the field is one of the best ways to improve as a screenwriter. Masterclass allows you to learn screenwriting from some of the best writers in the field, all with one subscription. Currently you can take courses from Aaron Sorkin and Shonda Rhimes. Sorkin is known as a screen and television writer, especially for his snappy dialog on shows like The West Wing and movies like The Social Network. Rhimes has created a TV empire with shows like Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal.

Taking a Masterclass gives the knowledge of taking an in-person class that would normally cost thousands of dollars for a fraction of the price at home. A Masterclass subscription includes unlimited access to video lessons, workbooks, and class discussions. If they’re lucky, they may even get feedback from the professionals themselves.

5. Screenplay Art Print

Screenplay Art Print Gift for Screenwriters

If you’re looking for a creative gift that is inspiring as well, this is it! Plotp Twist Prints Co. specializes in beautiful art prints of memorable moments from film and television. They come as stylish word art or looking like a piece of a script.

Pictured above is a print of the final scene of The Breakfast Club. Currently, the shop offers over 80 options so you’re sure to find a screenwriter your loved one admires. They’ll even do a custom print of a specific quote or movie script. Each order is a digital download that you can print from your home printer or at a local copy shop, making it a great last-minute gift option. Just pick up a nice frame and you’re ready to go.

6. The Future of Film is Female T-Shirt

The Future of Film is Female T-Shirt

If the screenwriter you’re shopping for is a woman, then this is the shirt to buy. This feminist graphic tee proclaims: “The Future of Film is Female.” It’s a great reminder that while women are traditionally underpresented behind the scenes of film and television, the movie industry is changing and there is more opporunity for women screenwriters, directors, cinematographers, and producers. This shirt makes a fantastic gift for young screenwriters and film students just starting out in their careers.

Available in women and men’s sizes, so everyone can celebrate women filmmakers and writers.

7. Moleskine Classic Notebook

One of the natural traits of writers (which applies to screenwriters as well) is that their minds are always working in the background on their project. That means that inspiration or a breakthrough can happen at any moment. So even if the writer in your life usually composes their screenplays on a computer, there are times where having a notebook on hand is essential to jot down their next great idea.

Moleskine notebooks are a classic, premium notebook loved by writers and professionals in a variety of creative careers. With a variety of styles (lined, unlined, grid, etc.) and colors available, you’re sure to find the perfect notebook or diary for the screenwriter in your life.

8. Screenplay Magnet

Screenplay Magnet Gifts for Screenwriters

This cute magnet has a message any screenwriter can relate to–especially those who have a day job and have to work on their scripts on the side. The magnet says “All I need it to be left alone to write my screenplay.”

It’s perfect to display on a refrigerator, filing cabinet, or any other magnetic surface. This is a great stocking stuffer or the perfect gift to tuck into a gift basket.

Made to order in the USA.

2″ by 2″ magnet.

9. A Hard Copy of Their Favorite Screenplay

This is a gift that can be perfectly customized for the script writer you’re shopping for. Find out their favorite movie and then there’s a good chance you can get a printed version of the screenplay. This is essential, especially for new screenwriters, to analyze and understand writing in a screeplay format, as well as learning the craft behind these successful films.

Reading the screenplay give insights you can’t get by simply watching the movie. They’ll be able to see how the story looks on the page, including how settings, characters, and actions are described. Also, frequently what ends up in the final movie doesn’t necessarily match the original script, so comparing the two can be a valuable lesson in crafting a better story.

10. Save the Cat!

Advertised as “the last book on screenwriting you’ll ever need,” Save the Cat focuses on crafting a story for your script that will sell. This best seller gives you all of the “secrets” you need to write a successful screenplay.

Great for newbie screenwriters and film students, this book covers genres, writing your hero, the standard beats for a movie (including Blake Snyder’s Beat Sheet), plotting and outlining your script, “screenplay physics,” and even tips on how to sell your script. They utilize examples from real blockbuster movies so you can see the “rules” in practice. This is an essential guide for any script writer who hasn’t made it big yet and one of the most practical gifts for screenwriters.

11. Screenplay Mug

Screenplay Mug Screenwriter Gift

This mug can be a funny gift for the screenwriter in yourlife, or you can personalize it for them. HashtageDressed makes these mugs that feature the opening of a screenplay. You can order their default mug, which describes the writer sitting in a coffee shop working on their screenplay or have it customized with a portion of text from their favorite screenplay or a work in progress.

Make this an extra memorable gift by turning it into a gift bag. Include some of their favorite coffee or tea and maybe a few treats to help fuel a long night of writing and rewriting their script.

Available in an 11 oz. or 15 oz. mug.

12. The TV Writer’s Workbook

A lot of scriptwriting books are targeted towards film, but writing for television is a different beast. If the writer in your life is more interested in crafting stories for the small screen, this book is perfect for them. This hands-on guide is written by ELlen Sandler (of Everybody Loves Raymond fame) and covers all the complexities of a career in television writing.

On the career side, she gives advice on how to get hired to write for a current TV series, what to do about agents and managers, and how to pitch a story idea. On the craft side, she breaks down everything about writing a story for TV, including the basics of story and plot, rewriting, and polishing off your script. This is a great introduction for students or writers looking to dip their toes into the world of television.

13. Careful or You’ll End up in My Screenplay Tote Bag

Writers are always mining their real life experiences for inspiration and screenwriters are no different. In fact, if you do something memorable or embarassing, it’s quite likely you might see it in one of their future scripts. That’s the fun behind this tote bag for screenwriters.

The message says: “Careful or you’ll end up in my screenplay.” It’s a fun and gentle reminder that writers are inspired by the world around them. Also, if you make them mad you might not like how you’re portrayed in their story ;). This 16″ x 16″ tote bag is made of a canvas-like polyester, perfect for carrying their writing gear or their groceries.

14. Writer Emergency Pack

Every writer deals with it, that inevitable, inescapable writer’s block. It can take the most exciting story idea to a complete standstill and last for days, weeks, months, or even years. While some writers will wallow in the misery of their creative block, a crafty screenwriter will utilize tools to get out of their funk and finish their script.

The Writer Emergency Pack is the “break glass in case of emergency” solution for writers. It’s compact but it comes with 52 cards to kickstart the writing process. Half are illustrated idea cards to give you an idea of what to do next. The other half are detail cards that provide writing tips and story suggestions to try. These aren’t abstract prompts, but real and concrete writing advice. This pack is great for screenwriters, fiction writers, and any other storytellers.

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Screenplay: The Game of Movie Quotes

This game is made for screenwriters (though general movie buffs will enjoy it too!). Similar to Trivial Pursuit, the focus is on memorably quotes from movies scripts. Divided by genres, you will hear a movie quote and then be required to name the movie it came from and the actor or actress who said it.

Screenwriters who watch a ton of movies will really excel at this game, but it’s fun for anyone who enjoys movies. Turn it into a writing exercise by discussing what makes each line memorable, whether its the actor’s performance, the context in the greater movie, or just the excellent writing.

Writer Facts T-Shirt

There are a lot of traits that make up a successful writer, and this humorous shirt highlights a lot of them. Frames as the nutrition facts of a writer, we think they apply perfectly to screenwriters.

Imagination, bravery, passion, and insanity are some of the key straights of a great screenwriter. You need all of them to get through the slog of rejection, hard work, and self-doubt. Don’t forget the blood, sweat, and tears that go into every script and project. Any writer will appreciate this shirt.

Available in men and women’s sizes in five colors: black, red, purple, gray, and blue.

Movie Clapper Flash Drive

The first rule of screenwriting: back up your files! You never know when a power outage or harddrive failure will wipe out hours or even days of work. This movie themed flash drive is a practical gift to remind your favorite screenwriter to back up their scripts. Made to look like a movie clapper, the USB drive inside is perfect for backing up scripts, treatments, and pitches as well as other files.

It’s so fun to use, they’ll be dying to backup their script at any chance they get. It even comes in a gift box, making it perfect to give to your friends or family members.

Available in 4G, 8G, 32G, 64G, 128G, and 256G sizes.


We’ve all had it happen. You’re in the shower, all soapy, when suddenly you get the best idea. It happens to screenwriters too. They’re in the middle of shampooing their hair when suddenly they get the perfect line of dialogue or a great idea to pitch as TV pilot. But when you’re soaking wet you can’t write anything down and grabbing your smartphone is just asking for disaster.

That’s when Aquanotes saves the day! It’s a notepad made of special waterproof paper that comes with suction cups and a pencil. All they have to do is hang it in their shower and whenever inspiration strikes they can jot it down. This fun and unexpected gift is perfect for screenwriters and other creative professionals.

Pitchstorm Party Game

This game is a hilarious twist on the nervewracking process of pitching a movie idea. You get to be an unprepared writer trying to pitch an off the cuff movie idea to studio execs. As you’re pitching, they give you random ideas you have to incorporate into the pitch. This game will have everyone laughing. Perfect for parties and family gatherings.

Film Pencils

Film Pencils Gift for Screenwriters

Perfect for writing notes about their latest movie idea, these film pencils feature pages from vintage film guides. Each set is completely unique, ready to inspire the screenwriter in your life. Comes in a vintage-style gift box.

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20 Gifts for Zombie Lovers – Ultimate Guide

20 Gifts for Zombie Lovers - Ultimate GuideZombies have been huge in popular culture in recent years, taking over TV, movies, and books. It’s not a surprise that plenty of readers and writers absolutely love zombies. If you need gifts for zombie lovers, you’re in luck. We have tons of creative, fun, and original gift ideas that will delight any fan of the undead. These include media, wearables, and tons of unexpected gifts for zombie fans. Check out the list and you may find something you love for yourself.

Essential Zombie Media & Book Gifts

If your loved one can’t get enough Zombie movies or books, these gifts are perfect for them. They’re also great for writers who enjoy crafting tales of the apocalypse and the undead.

1. Nights of the Living Dead: An Anthology

Many consider George A. Romero to be the father of modern zombie movies, but with this anthology he tried his hand at curating zombie literature. This collection is filled with stories of the undead by some of the hottest writers in the genre. As a bonus, it also includes an original story by George A. Romero himself.

Instead of being a random collection of stories, each was written to take place in the first 48 hours when the zombie outbreak began in the original Night of the Living Dead movie. These new stories are great for zombie fans who have already read a ton of the zombie genre. It’s also perfect for fans of zombie movies and TV shows who want to try reading zombie stories.

2. 28 Days Later / 28 Weeks Later Double Movie Set

In 2002, director Danny Boyle completely revitalized the zombie movie genre with his film 28 Days Later. This essential modern zombie movie is available in a special DVD or Blu-Ray set with its sequel 28 Weeks later.

The story is about a man named Jim who wakes up 28 days after a zombie outbreak in London. The audience follows him as he discovers a deserted city and tries to figure out what has happened. This movie and the sequel are must watch for any zombie fan.

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3. The Zombie Survival Guide

Help the zombie lover in your life be prepared for when their dream (or nightmare) comes true with this gift. The Zombie Survival Guide gives you everything you need to know to survive in a zombie apocalypse. It provides you will all the knowledge you need about the undead as well as defense tactics to protect yourself from them.

This is a fantastic gift that every zombie enthusiast should own!

4. The Art of Eating through the Zombie Apocalypse

If the loved one you’re shopping for loves to cook in addition to enjoying the walking dead, then this is the perfect gift for them! This book combines 80 recipes along with post-apocalypitic advice of foraging and scavaging to whip up the perfect meal. What seems like a gag gift is an actually useful and informative guidebook to survive in emergency situations.

While you can make the recipes with traditions sourced from a traditional grocery store, you’ll also be ready for culinary adventures in a post-apocalyptic dystopia. Cook delicious dishes like The End of Ra-man or I Want My Mommy Casserole and then learn how to track, hunt, and trap your own food. This is a great gift for zombie fans, preppers, and survivalists.

5. The Very Hungry Zombie

Many kids grow up reading the classic children’s book The Very Hungry Catepillar. This is a creepy take on that tale, featuring an appropriately hungry zombie. Following the structure of the original, this tells the tale of a zombie eating his way through all of his favorite foods. Of course, in his case, the foods are people like astronauts, rock stars, and brains.

Full colors with illustrations that match the style of the original book, this is the perfect gift for zombie fans young and old.

Zombie Stocking Stuffers

These gifts for zombie lovers are all under $10 and perfectly sized to tuck into someone’s stocking on Christmas. They’re also great for gag gifts or Secret Santa gifts.

6. Bicycle Zombies Playing Cards

Perfectly sized for a stocking, this is a great gift for zombie fans. This is an official deck of Bicycle Playing Cards, but what sets them a part is they feature zombies. For these cards, they’ve taken the classic deck of cards and added an undead twist. The card backs are creepy crawly with a zombified king. All of the face cards feature classic illustrations of zombies. The distressed look of the cards really adds to the apocalypse feel.

7. Zombie Cookie Cutters

If you have a friend who enjoys baking, this gift is a must-have. This set of cookie cutters come with three shambling zombie options. Made from ABS plastic, they’re perfect for making zombie-themed cookies for Halloween, birthday parties, or just an undead movie marathon.

These zombie cookie cutters come in a gift box, ready to slip into a stocking or a horror-themed gift bag.

8. Handmade Zombie Soaps

Handmade Zombie Soaps

Soaps make a great gift for stocking stuffers or office gift exchanges. Soap is useful, and in the case of these zombie soaps, super cool. Made to order by NerdySoap, this set of ghoulish soaps comes with 3 zombies, 2 skulls, and a devil soap. When you order you get a choice of 11 different colors and 28 different fragances, so you can truly customize it for your zombie fan.

Creepy and fun, I guarantee your loved one has never received a gift like these soaps!

9. Zombie Rubber Duckie

Not many people would want to take a bubble bath with this duckie, but a zombie fanatic will be thrilled to find it in their stocking. This 4″ rubber duckie has gray skin and definitely looks like it’s decomposing. A unique addition to any rubber duckie collection.

10. Zombie Dice Game

Perfectly sized and priced for a stocking, this game is a must have for zombie lovers. This Zombie Dice game is great for parties or any gathering with two or more players. It includes awesome zombie themed die. You play as a zombie and your goal is to eat brains. You roll the 13 dice in the hopes of getting brains to eat while avoiding getting shot and killed.

This is a great travel game for road trips and plane rides, perfect for kids 10 and up. Teens and adults will love this easy to learn zombie game too.

Coolest Gifts for Zombie Lovers

11. Zombie Apocalypse Survival Kit

If the Zombie apocalypse happens, we’ll need more than a geeky knowledge of zombie movies and games to survive. That’s why this survival kit is the perfect gift for zombie lovers. This cool-looking tin contains all the essentials to survive a zombie breakout, pandemic, or other post-apocalyptic scenarios. The gear in this kit includes a folding knife, an 11 in 1 multitool card, firestarter, paracord bracelet, a mini-compass, and more.

Along with the useful stuff, there’s even some fun stuff like zombie warning stickers and a zombie hunting permit. Even if the zombie apocalypse never comes, this makes a great kit for camping or hiking, so it’s fun and practical. Preppers will love it too.

12. Zombie Apocalypse T-Shirt

Zombie Apocalypse T-Shirt

T-shirts make a great gift for geeky friends and family, and this is one of the funniest zombie shirts we’ve seen. This shirt says “The hardest part of a zombie apocalypse will be pretending I’m not excited.” This shirt is perfect for zombie fanatics looking for a cool new graphic tee.

13. Chia Zombies

Chia pets make great gifts because they’re a fun way to easily grow a plant in the shape of something you love. And, of course, there’s an entire set of Zombie Chia Pets for those who love things creepy and undead. You can choose between busts of Creepy Holden and Lifeless Linda, or Dragging Drew, or just a Restless Arm shooting out of the ground as it is reanimiated.

The kit comes with everything needed to grow three rounds of greens. These look great on an office desk or displayed creepily at home.

14. Zombie Plush Slippers

Slippers are a comfy must have for everyone. So the gift of slippers–especially zombie slippers–is an unforgettable gift for any fan of the undead. These oversized plush slippers are super comfy and extra warm. You slide your feet into the zombie’s mouths as if they’re about to chow down on your legs. One size fits most (up to a men’s size 12).

15. Zombie Plan Charm Bracelet

Zombie Plan Charm Bracelet

Any gal who plans to survive the zombie apocalypse needs a good plan. This cute and creative charm bracelet has the best plan represented in its awesome charms. Made by PlayBox, this silvertone charm bracelet with a variety of realistic charms for each part of the plan.

The charms include weapons (like a revolver and ammo), food and water (canned beans, bottle), tools (knife, hacksaw), and essentials (radio, first aid kit, map). Since the bracelet is made to order, you can request swaps on three of the charms for free to create a truly original bracelet.

Zombie Drinks and Treats

If you’re looking for a weird and super original gift, there are plenty of strange snacks and candies made for zombie fans. These are great for gag gifts, stocking stuffers, or any other gift-giving occasion.

16. Zombie Blood Energy Potion

It’s green and it comes in an IV bag! This creepy looking “Zombie Blood” is actually a lemon-lime flavored beverage. The consistency is that of zombie blood, so it’s a slightly weird drinking experience. The best thing about this item, is the specimen bag is re-sealable, so even after your undead obsessed loved one enjoys their blood, they can refilled it or keep it as a cool storage bag.

17. Zombie Lollipops

Zombie Lollipops Undead Gift

I have never seen a candy this cool. These delectibly undead candies are handmade by I Want Candy US and feature edible images of zombies. These lollipops look so real that they will denight any zombie fanatic.

One order includes 6 individually wrapped 1″ lollipops in your choice of flavor.

18. Zombie Munch Apocalypse Survival Trail Mix

There’s no time for cooking when you’re on the move during a zombie apocalypse. That’s when you need Zombie Munch! This tasty trail mix includes spicy and savory nuts and bits with a zombie theme. Makes a fun white elephant gift.

19. Zombie Poop Candies

Zombie Poop Candies

Now this is a tasty treat that doesn’t look unappealing, even if it has a kinda gross name. Made by Chocolate Weapons, this vintage bag of “Zombie Poop” is filled with bloody candy bones–which would be what zombies poop after they eat somebody. The cute vintage back includes a rhyme on the back about zombie poop, which makes this a great gift for zombie loving kids or adults alike.

20. Zombie Survival Energy Drink

When the zombie apocalypse happens, and you’re being chased by a hoard of infected, you’ll need a lot of energy. So any zombie lover will really appreciate this gift. This “Zombie Survival Can” is actually an energy drink perfect to keep you going in any post apocalypse scenario.

While this is designed to look good on a shelf, it’s also good to drink. Reviewers describe its flavor like a citrusy Red Bull. It makes a great gag gift or the perfect addition to a zombie gift bag.

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20 Coolest Literary Gifts for Shakespeare Lovers

20 Best Gifts for Shakespeare LoversEveryone knows Shakespeare. Whether you’ve read his plays in high school or memorized every word of his sonnets with delight, the works of William Shakespeare have had an immense influence on the worlds of literature and drama. For Shakespeare fans, there is nothing better in this world than the Bard. And if you need to buy a gift for a Shakespeare fanatic, then you’re actually pretty lucky. There are tons of Shakespeare gifts available, including jewelry and t-shirt, as well as even more bizarre, odd, and funny gifts. We’ve rounded up some of the best gifts for Shakespeare lovers. Whether you’re looking for a classic gift or something completely original, you’ll find it on this list.

Gifts for Shakespeare Lovers

1. William Shakespeare Action Figure

Just like Jane Austen, this literary hero has been turned into his own action figure. Standing at 5 1/4″ tall, this hard vinyl figure comes with a book and quill, so you can relive the excitement of Shakespeare penning some of his best-known plays. This action figure is perfect for displaying on a desk or bookshelf. For ages 12 and up.

2. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare

This is a must have Shakespeare gift for any fan! If the fanatic you’re shopping for doesn’t own his complete works, you must buy this for them ASAP! Edited by two Shakespearean scholars, this book includes all of his works, modernized and corrected. When looking for gifts for Shakespeare lovers, this book should be at the top of your list.

3. Romeo and Juliet Book Scarf

Romeo and Juliet Book Scarf

One of the most tragic and beloved of Shakespeare’s plays, the tale of the star-crossed lovers Romeo & Juliet is often a favorite among his fans. This infinity scarf is hand printed with a romantic exchange between the lovers on oatmeal colored fabric. If your fan isn’t into R+J, LiteratiClub offers Hamlet scarves as well.

4. Shakespearean Coffee Mug

Give your loved one the gift of enjoying a little Shakespeare with their coffee and tea each morning. These large coffee mugs hold 12 oz. of your favorite beverage and feature Shakespearean quotes on the outside. There are three options available: insults, love quotes, and dirty quotes. Pick the one that fits the personality of the gift receiver. Include a package of their favorite coffee or tea to create a gift bag they’ll appreciate every morning.

5. Shakespeare Socks

Socks are a classic gift, often given at Christmas. Take your sock game to the next level with these Shakespearean socks. These socks feature a portrait of William.

6. Hamlet Necktie

Hamlet Necktie

This Shakespeare gift is a unique handmade item that is incredibly classy. Handprinted by Cyberoptix, this tie features the title page from the 1604 edition of “The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark” by William Shakespeare. This gives the tie a classic, vintage look that’s great for the office, church, or just dressing up for a night on the town. The seller offers 5 colors options, so you can get the perfect tie for your love one.

7. Pop Sonnets: Shakespearean Spins on Your Favorite Songs

Some of the most creative gifts for Shakespeare lovers are the ones that offer a fun twist on the style of the Bard. Pop Sonnets takes 100 famous pop songs and reimagines them as Shakespearean sonnets. The book is divided into sections like “Sonnets of Love” featuring Never Gonna Give You Up by Rick Astley and Genie in a Bottle by Christina Aguilera or “Ballads of Heros” with classics like The Fresh Prince of Bel Air by Will Smith and “The Gambler” by Kenny Rogers. This is the perfect gift for music fans that love Shakespeare and iambic pantameter.

8. She is Fierce Shakespeare Quote T-Shirt

One of the most popular Shakespeare quotes comes from A Midsummer Night’s Dream: “And though she be but little, she is fierce.” This shirt is perfect for any fierce Shakespeare gal (or guy). Made from 100% cotton, this shirt is available in men, women, and youth sizes. Also available as a hoodie.

9. William Shakespeare Cookie Cutter

William Shakespeare Cookie Cutter

If the person you’re shopping for loves to bake, then we have the perfect gift for you. This custom cookie cutter is 4″ in size and makes a perfect cookie in the likeness of Shakespeare’s head. 3D printed with ABS plastic, the cutter includes details like facial features and hair. The cookies are great for decorating or just enjoying warm out of the oven.

10. The Play’s the Thing Board Game

William Shakespeare fanatics and newbies alike will enjoy this fun game. Each player is an unemployed actor in Elizabethan England. To win you want to assemble all the cards need to perform a scene from Julius Caesar, Hamlet, or Romeo and Juliet. This a great game for theater lovers and real world actors–especially because they can act out the scene once they have all the cards. Definitely, consider this if you’re looking for gifts for Shakespeare lovers who enjoy tabletop games.

The game offers four levels of play for different knowledge levels. 2-6 players. Recommended for ages 12 and older.

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11. Macbeth Quote Cuff Bracelet

Macbeth Quote Cuff Bracelet

This stylish gift is a brass cuff bracelet. It features a quote from Shakespeare’s play Macbeth, using the text from the 1750 edition. The scene is the three witches standing around a cauldron casting spells. The result is a beautiful black bracelet with brass text. This is a great piece for casual or dressy outfits and a must-have for Macbeth fans. Made to order, each bracelet is unique.

12. Shakespeare Magnetic Poetry Kit

Perfect for refrigerators or school lockers, this is a gift that will inspire writerly Shakespeare fans. This Magnetic Poetry set omes iwht over 200 themed word tiles themed after Shakespeare’s greatest works. This kit works great on its own or paired with any other Magnetic Poetry Kits. Imagine how creative you could get when combining Shakespeare with Yiddish or Freud.

13. William Shakespeare: An Adult Coloring Book

Shakespeare has made his mark on a lot of things: theater, literature, and now adult coloring books. Illustrated by Odessa Begay, this coloring book includes gorgeous illustrations inspired by Shakespeare’s work. This book is a creative stress reliever that brings you into the world of Shakespeare’s stories.

Don’t forget to get some adult coloring supplies to go with your gift.

14. William Shakespeare Magnetic Dress-up Doll

Let your creativity play with this unique Shakespeare gift. This magnetic dress-up version of the bard lets you apply a variety of outfits and accessories using magnets. Each prop and outfit is inspired by one of Shakespeare’s plays. Makes a great gift for young Shakespeare fans.

15. Shakespearean Insult Bandages

This is the perfect gag gift for Shakespeare fans and also makes a fantastic stocking stuffer! The bandages come with an illustration of the Bard and some of the most famous insults from his plays. Each tin has 15 bandages, each with a unique insult. These bandaids will add some fun to your boo-boo or can be given as a slight to your enemies.

16. Shakespeare, Not Stirred: Cocktails for Your Everyday Dramas

If you’re searching for gifts for Shakespeare lovers who also enjoy a well crafted cocktail, then we’ve got the perfect present for you! Shakespeare, Not Stirred is a collection of cocktails inspired by the works of William Shakespeare. These include twists on classic cocktails and other fun libations. Enjoy a “Richard’s Gimme-Let” or “Lady Macbeth’s G-Spot” at your next party. To take your entertaining up a notch, the book also includes tasty hors d’oeuvres based on his characters and plays. Cheers to Shakespeare!

17. Dashboard Genius Shakespeare

Take the inspiration of Shakespeare’s work on your next road trip. This fun and springy dashboard Shakespeare bust is a great Shakespeare gift, perfect for a gift basket or a stocking stuffer. Place him on your dashboard and he’ll help you ponder, “To be, or not to be?” Have the Bard ride shot-gun and always keep you company.

18. William Shakespeare Deluxe Air Freshener

If you’re putting together a gift bag for your Shakespeare fan, this air freshener goes perfectly with the dashboard bobblehead. Featuring the dignified image of Shakespeare, this air freshener smells like what the manufacturer describes as “Shakespearmint.” At 4″ tall, this air freshener will look great hanging from the rearview mirror of your loved one’s car.

19. Shakespearean Lip Balm Set

If you’re looking for gifts for Shakespeare lovers that are practical and fun, check this out. This gift set comes with three Shakespeare-themed chapsticks. Each tube is decorated as either mint flavored Shakespeare, apple flavored Hamlet, and orange flavored Macbeth. This lip balm comes in a decorative box, great for gift giving. It’s the perfect size to be a literary stocking stuffer.

20. William Shakespeare’s Star Wars Trilogy

What happens when you take the literary stylings of William Shakespeare and combine it with one of the most popular sci-fi stories of all time? Magic! This collection takes the original Star Wars Trilogy and reinterprets it as if written by Shakespeare. What results is a unique, funny, and enjoyable retelling of the classicc space opera. This set includes the originally trilogy: Verily, A New Hope, The Empire Striketh Back, and The Jedi Doth Return. This mash-up is the perfect gift for geeky Shakespeare fans.

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10 Essential Movies About Writers & Writing

10 Essential Movies About Writers & Writing

10 Essential Movies About Writers & WritingWriting is a tricky thing to translate to the silver screen. The act of writing itself is not exciting to watch. It’s usually just the writer with a pad of paper or a computer, typing away or just staring off into space. There isn’t much to watch. So often good movies about writers are hard to find. But they exist and they can often be an inspiration for struggling writers. These movies about writing make great gifts for writers or just a fun movie to watch at home on a Friday night. Check out our recommendations below.

Movies About Writers & Writing

The Hours

This classic film from 2002 is well known for Nicole Kidman’s Academy Award Winning protrayal of the famous British writer Virginia Woolf. But The Hours is more than just a bio-pic. Based on the Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Michael Cunningham, the movie follows three different women in different times connected by Woolfe’s book Mrs. Dalloway. It depicts a single day in the life of Virgina Woolfe in 1923 as she writes her novel, house wife Laura Brown reading the novel in 1951, and Clarissa Vaughn preparing for a party in 2001 New York. The resulting moving is an emotional and moving experience that highlights how literature can connect lives. Every performer gives a knock out performance, especially Kidman as Virginia Woolf.

For writers, there is plenty to enjoy. The peek into day-to-day life as Woolf struggles through writing and her mental illnesses are incredibly relatable to many artists. It’s a well-crafted story that blends reality (Laura Brown is based on Cunningham’s own mother) with fiction. Overall, it’s a powerful rumination on loss, personal struggles, fear, and suicide. Check out the trailer:

Orange County

If you’re looking for a movie about writing on the opposite side of the spectrum, this might be something you enjoy. Orange County is a comedy about a high schooler named
Shaun Brumder (played by Collin Hanks) lives the typical carefree SoCal lifestyle. This all changes when he discovers a novel on the beach that changes his life and makes him want to become a writer. Through a series of unfortunate events, he is rejected from his choice school of Standford, where he wanted to study under his favorite author. What follows is a hilarious adventure as Shaun and his brother (played by Black Jack) attempt to get him into his dream school.

This movie is great for aspiring writers and experienced ones alike. They’ll easily relate to Shaun’s enthusiasm and his desire to get away from home and achieve his literary dreams. John Lithgow has a brief and hilarious role as Shaun’s father who can’t understand why his son wants to be a writer. You may think this is just a goofy teen comedy, but when it was released, Roger Ebert described it saying: “It will sound like the kind of movie that, if you are over 17, you don’t usually go to see. But it isn’t. It’s one of those movies where the description can’t do justice to the experience.” Check out the trailer.


Most of Stephen King’s books end up with silver screen or television adaptations and because his characters are so frequently writers, there are plenty of Stephen King movies about authors. We’ve limited ourselves to just one for this list and we think this is the best of the bunch. Misery is the ultimate horror story for any published writer. This psychological thriller stars James Caan as famous romance novelist Paul Sheldon. While driving in a blizzard, his car wrecks knocking him unconscious. In what seems like a lucky turn he is resuced by Annie Wilkes (played by Kathy Bates), a nurse who happens to be his biggest fan. A precarious situation turns even more scary when Wilkes buys a copy of Sheldon’s latest book and discovers her favorite character has been killed.

The movie is as tense and frightening as the novel it’s based on. Kathy Bates is absolutely marvelous as the deranged, obsessed superfan–she was awarded an Academy Award and a Golde Glove for her performance. Misery is a must see for writers who are horror fans. Check out the trailer:


If you’re looking for movies about writers that are closer to biographies, then Capote is a must see. Starring the late Philip Seymour Hoffman as the well know writer Truman Capote, the movie follows the events that transpired while he wrote the book In Cold Blood. Hoffman is tremendous in the role of the writer, for which he won 17 awards, including the Oscar for Best Actor.

When it was written, In Cold Blood was one of the books that helped establish the non-fiction novel genre. As detailed in the film, Capote and his friend Harper Lee (played by Catherine Keener) traveled to Kansas to learn more about the tragic murders of the Clutter family in 1959. The movie gives great insight into the writer’s process (great for non-fiction writers and journalists) and also explores what happens when a writer becomes entangled with the story he’s following. This critical darling is an amazing movie for writers and readers alike to enjoy. Check out the trailer here.

Adult World

Chances are you’ve never heard of this movie, but if you’re a writer you have to watch it. This smart, indie dark comedy is the perfect encapsulation of the post-college millenial experience for writers. Emma Roberts plays Amy, a recent college grad who is convinced she is destined to be a famous poet. Entering the real world she realizes no only is success harder to find that she expected, but making money is a challenge as well. Her parents push her to get a job and she ends up working at a sex shop (hence the title). She also meets her favorite poet (played by John Cussack) and tries to convince him to mentor her, which teaches her more than she expected.

Throughout the movie, the somewhat naive Amy meets her fair share of adult challenges as she tries to figure out her place in the world and how to be successful in her writing career. Aspiring writers and old pros alike will enjoy this funny and even moving film. Check out the trailer below:

Stranger Than Fiction

Stranger than Fiction is a unique film that follows a writer (played by Emma Thompson) who has writer’s block as she tried to figure out how to kill the main character of her novel. At the same time, the movie is following the story of Harold Crick (played by Will Ferrell) who one day hears a woman narrating his life. It turns out that Harold is the character in the novel and he must figure out how to keep the author from killing him. At the same time, Crick is an IRS agent auditing a baker named Ana (played by Maggie Gyllenhaal). The film follows all of the ways these characters interact with each other resulting in a quirky and moving film that explores the creative process.

This movie is a departure for Ferrell, often known for comedic parts playing a subtle and nuanced character in Crick. This drama has many funny moments, but it really comes alive through the performances of the actors and the innovative story. Check out the trailer.


As we’ve said before, some of the best movies about writers are biographies or autobiographies. Adaptation is an interesting movie to describe to people who haven’t seen it as it is an autobiography, sort of. This metafilm is a great movie for writers as it actually explores the writer’s block experienced by Charlie Kaufman when he tried to adapt a non-fiction book by Susan Orleans. Nicholas Cage stars as Kaufman (and his fictitious twin brother Donald Kaufman) and Meryl Streep plays author Orlean. The story is marvelous to watch as a writer because of the creative blending of fiction and fact and the deep exploration of the creative process.

This original and outrageous comedy can be a great inspiration for writers. This is definitely a must watch for screenwriters and writers of non-fiction.

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

If you’ve never seen Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, it is essential viewing–especially for writers. The movie is based on the novel of the same name by Hunter S. Thompson. The book is based heavily in autobiographical experiences blended with fictional elements (known as his trademark gonzo journalism). The film follows the story of Raoul Duke (played by Johnny Depp) and Dr. Gonzo (played by Benecio del Toro) as they go on a drug fueled trip to Las Vegas to write an article about the Mint 400 motorcycle race.

In addition to amazing performances by the whole cast, this cult film is a great rumination on the 1960s counterculture movement and the American dream. Even though it’s billed as fictional, it’s a great peek into the life and adventures of Hunter S. Thompson as he worked as a magazine journalist in the early 1970s. This is a great movie for writers, especially those interested in non-fiction, essays, and magazine writing. Watch the trailer.

American Splendor

American Splendor is a bigraphical movie based on the auto-biographical comic book series by Harvey Pekar. Paul Giamatti stars as Pekar in this inventive comedy that blends the fictional portrayals of Pekar and his wife Joyce Brabner with appearances of the actual couple. Illustrations and other comic methods make appearances in this film as well.

In addition to the splendor of the creative storytelling modes, this is an excellent presentation of a writer struggling through miserable jobs and unfulfilling everyday life while trying to create art and find meaning. This is a great movie for writers at the beginning of their careers and those interested in comics and graphic novels. Check out the trailer below:

Dead Poets Society

The Dead Poets Soctiey is a movie loved by Robin Williams fans. In it, Williams plays an English teacher at a conservative Vermont boarding school who changes the lives of his students by teaching them poetry. A group of boys restart an unsanctioned club called the Dead Poets Society where they get together to read poetry and write their own poems.

This fantastic film features one of William’s best performances in an inspiring story. It’s great for poets and young writers, plus makes a nice nostalgic trip for older writers as well.

Check out the trailer.

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Essential Books to Help College Graduates Transition to Adulthood

10 Essential Books to Help College Graduates Transition to Adulthood

10 Essential Books to Help College Graduates Transition to Adulthood
Graduating from college is a huge accomplishment. The big difference between college graduation and high school graduation is once the student emerges from their bachelor’s program their future is a little more unclear. Maybe they’re continuing in academia to pursue an advanced degree. Maybe they have a new job lined up. Maybe they have big plans to move to a new city and start a new career. No matter what their next steps are, your college graduate is in the middle of their transition to adulthood. The 20s are a time when they will question their identity, learn to let go of their childhood, and figure out the shape of their life. For some grads, this is easy. For others, it may be a bit tricky. That’s where this article comes in. If you’re looking for a gift to mark the occasion, check out these books for college graduates.

These books range from creative and beautiful book gifts to practical guides that will help your graduate transition into adulthood. They give advice and info on careers, living on your own, and important skills like cooking, cleaning and taking care of yourself. Check out our recommendations below. These make great gifts on graduation day or even to give your kid when they’re finally moving out of your house. If you’re looking for more sentimental book gifts, check out these unforgettable gifts for high school graduates.

Books for College Graduates

101 Secrets For Your Twenties

The twenties are a big time of change for most young adults. It’s the point where you leave the safety of college and go out into the “real world.” Often they’re working a full-time job for the first time, living on their own, and even doing their own laundry. And for a 20-something, making all this work can be a bit perplexing. This fun book by Paul Angone is full of easy to read “secrets” that demystify this period of life. Each secret has a page or two of explanation to help inspire, motivate, and even cheer you up. An example: secret number 11 is “Lousy jobs are the twentysomething rite of passage.”

This book makes a great gift for new college graduates because it’s easy to read and very approachable while giving humorous and meaningful advice. This makes a great gift from a parent, grandparent, aunt or uncle, or even an older sibling. This is the kind of book your graduate will go back to again and again for advice and encouragement.

Life Skills 101: A Practical Guide to Leaving Home and Living on Your Own

If your college graduate is about to venture away from home for the first time in their life, this is the book for them. Life Skills 1010 is filled with the practical knowledge every 20 something needs to know in their transition to adulthood. To covers topics like working, renting, dealing with roommates, finances, cooking and meal planning, time management, social skills, and even organizational techniques. This is the crash course in adulthood that every school should offer and no kid wants to hear from their parents. Instead of nagging them with your advice, give them this book instead.

The sixth edition of this book by Tina Pestalozzi is updated with the latest advice on finances, searching for jobs, and navigating the modern social world. This book makes a great graduation gift or you can tuck it into your child’s boxes as they pack up to move out.

The Pathfinder

When looking for books for college graduates, often career focused books are recommended. As the new grad embarks on the beginning of their professional career they may be filled with doubts, frustration, or even worry. This tool is a literal guide to finding the perfect career that’s guaranteed to give you the most happiness and success. It’s based on techniques developed by the Rockport Institute and includes 100 self tests to help choose the perfect career path.

This book is a great gift for college graduates who aren’t sure what to do with their art or philosophy degree or those with flexible degrees that could be applied to multiple career paths. Giving this book is like giving the gift of a personalized career counselor.

F*ck! I’m in My Twenties

This is a fun book that adds a little levity to the stress of graduating college and moving onto adult life. Taken from the most popular posts of her blog along with new essays, author Emma Koenig talks first hand about her experiences as a 20-something trying to figure out how to be an adult. Her writing style is accessible and humorous, which makes this a good book for college grads who don’t like to read and just roll their eyes at books of tips on how to be an adult. The book also features Koenig’s handdrawn illustrations, checklists, and more in her iconic style.

This quirky book makes a great gift for graduation day or to celebrate any of those birthdays during the 20s. Add a meaningful book inscription to make it a keepsake treasured for years to come.

Whatever You Are, Be a Good One

If you’re not looking to give a book of practical advice, but rather one of encouragement and inspiration, check this book out. This beautiful quote book by Lisa Congdon is filled with colorful, hand lettered pages of 100 quotes by well known figures like Joan of Arc, Oscar Wilde, Harriet Tubman, and Stephen King. Each page is like a mini work of art of motivation and creativity.

This quote book makes a great gift for creative types on their college graduation day. It’s also a good book for those 20-somethings who already live on their own and don’t need more practical guides to adulthood. Instead, this book makes a meaningful gift to celebrate their accomplishments and inspire them to move forward into a successful life. Don’t forget to add a personal book inscription to turn this into a precious keepsake of this accomplishment.

The Useful Book: 201 Life Skills They Used to Teach in Home Ec and Shop

A lot of college graduates are ready to enter the real world: they have their first job lined up, a nice new apartment, and a 5 year plan for career and finance. But then they realize they don’t know how to find a stud in the wall or sew on a button. These are skills that used to be taught in classes like home economics and shop but are often missing from the class schedule of millennials. The Useful Book helps bridge that knowledge gap for new graduates. Called “the encyclopedia of DIY,” this book is filled with useful charts, lists, and even step-by-step instructions with illustrations.

This will become your graduate’s go-to guide when they’re wondering how to boil an egg, fold a fitted sheet, or even patch linoleum. There are even more advanced guides like how to make maki or build a bird house. No matter their skill level, your graduate has a lot to learn from this book in their transition to self-sufficient adult.

Get a Financial Life: Personal Finance In Your Twenties and Thirties

The transition to working a full-time job and managing a personal budget can be a challenge for some 20 somethings. Responsibilities like rent, car payments, utilities, groceries may be a struggle to handle while also enjoying some fun stuff and figuring out how to save for retirement. Some people make the transition easily (maybe even during or before college), but for other college graduates, it’s a whole new world. Get a Financial Life is a fantastic book for college graduates on personal finance. Written by Beth Kobliner, a personal finance guru who focuses on education young people on managing money, this book is a great introduction for young adults. Written in an approachable and easily understandable way, the book explains the initially perplexing topics of health insurance, retirement accounts (like 401ks and IRAs), credit cards, personal banking account, investing, and more.

This book is a like a crash course for any 20 something to give them good financial footing for personal success. In addition to teaching the basics, the book also helps with getting out of debt (including paying off pesky student loans), saving for a down payment on a house, or even affording grad school. This a great gift for graduation day to give your child all the info they need. You may even learn something from reading the book, too.

My Boyfriend Barfed in My Handbag…and Other Things You Can’t Ask Martha

If you’re looking for a humorous book for college graduates who tend to be a on the messy side of the spectrum, check this out. My Boyfriend Barfed in My Handbag by Jolie Kerr is a practical guide to the messes of the lives of modern 20-somethings. She brings her cleaning knowledge (usually displayed in her column “Ask a Clean Person”) to impart basic tidying skills like mopping or more complicated scenarios like cleaning up a ginger beer that exploded in your kitchen.

This is a fun gift–and a gentle nudge–for any sloppy graduate. They will enjoy Kerr’s approachable writing style and her wise (and relatable) cleaning advice.

The Millionaire Next Door

If your graduate already has their personal finances in order, a career in mind, and a strong 5 (or 10, or 20) year plan, then they’re ready for the next level advice. The Millionaire Next Door by Thomas J. Stanley and William D. Danko, who have spent over 20 years interviewing millionaires and analyzing data to figure out the secret behind their success. The results are actually surprising and not necessarily what most people would assume is behind most millionaire’s success.

This book makes a great gift for entrepreneurial minded college grads that want to build their own business, retire early, or just be financially independent. Through real life examples of regular millionaires (no celebrities or lottery winners), this book gives all the info you need to follow their path to success and financial freedom.

The Last Lecture

If you’re looking for more sentimental book gift that still imparts important wisdom, consider The Last Lecture. This book for college graduates is actually taken from the last lecture by Randy Pausch, a professor at Carnegie Mellon who was diagnosed with terminal cancer shortly before the lecture. What results is a beautiful and inspiring book about overcoming obstacles and seizing your dreams. His text is filled with humor and intelligence that any one can relate to at any age.

This is a great gift for college graduates who are unsure of their next steps or already facing obstacles towards achieving their dreams. It also makes a great gift to inspire any graduate. Adding a personalized book inscription will turn this unforgettable book into a lifelong keepsake they will turn to during moments of struggle and doubt.

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10 Essential Books to Help College Graduates Transition to Adulthood

Still looking for books for college graduates. Check out these 10 unforgettable books for high school graduates, some are great for any type of graduate.