10 post-holiday gift ideas for communicators

Just because the festivities are over doesn’t mean you shouldn’t treat yourself.

Post holiday gift ideas

Didn’t get exactly what you wanted for the holidays? Want to pick up a little something for yourself?

Start with these great gifts for writers and readers:

1. The Qwerkywriter S keyboard

This is truly one of the best gifts I have ever received. This keyboard has the feel of a vintage typewriter (with loudly clicking keys, scrolling knobs, and a return bar) and the function of a modern keyboard (with Bluetooth, function keys and a command Windows/Apply key).

With keys engineered to feel and sound like a mechanical typewriter, you’ll be looking for reasons to write with this keyboard.

2. Wordsmithery

This game tests your vocabulary with words that “are the kind many people pretend to understand but really don’t — words like egregious, phalanx, and salubrious.” Discover who the true vocabulary wizards are in your friend group.

3. Novel Teas

What’s better than English tea with quotes from great literary works? Not much. I drank all mine in about a month.

4. 100 Books Scratch-Off Poster

For those who love to read and check things off lists, this poster is perfect. Scratch off the books you’ve read and discover what to read next.

5. Tea towels (puns included)

Not just ordinary tea towels, these feature puns and word play such as “Hello Is It Tea You’re Looking For,” and “Let That Shitake Go.”

6. Literary Insults Chart

With zingers from Jane Austen to Oscar Wilde, this “snark-filled chart compiles unforgettable insults in an interconnected map.” My favorites include “Don’t talk about yourself; it will be done when you leave,” by Wilson Mizner and “You had to stand in line to hate him,” by Hedda Hopper.

7. Scrabble Flash

Show off your Scrabble-playing prowess anytime, anywhere. With Scrabble Flash, you shuffle five electronic tiles to create as many three-, four- and five-letter words as possible in 60 seconds. The tiles keep time and score, and the game can be set for individual or group play.

8. Bathtub book holder

Soak and read with ease. Most models expand to fit any tub width and can accommodate e-readers or a hardback edition of “War and Peace.

9. “P is for Pterodactyl: The Worst Alphabet Book Ever”

A whimsical review of our weird spelling conventions.

10. Personalized embosser

For those who still prize print, use this embosser to mark book pages, cards or stationery. I use mine to personalize the books from my library.

Ragan/PR Daily readers, any other gift ideas?

Laura Hale Brockway is a writer and editor living in Austin, Texas. Read more of her work on PR Daily and at Impertinent Remarks.

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