Five Gifts for English Majors

Do you want to present a gift to a friend who is an English major or English teacher? Your first thought is probably to give her a book, but how do you avoid giving her one she’s already read? Thankfully, there are many other items that also make great gifts for English majors.


T-shirts have become a playground for the witty and the whacky. The choices for brilliance on T-shirts are countless, from “Punctuation saves lives!” to “I’m silently correcting your grammar.” Get one of these for your friend and every time you see her wearing it, you’ll both break into a hearty laugh.

English Grammar Teacher Light T-Shirt by CafePress

Grammar Police Black T-Shirt Funny Dark T-Shirt by CafePress

Coffee Mugs

Coffee mugs are another great gift for your writerly friends. They might not be used to drink coffee though, since most of them end up as pen stands on the desk. But coffee mugs can be printed with any picture or saying, so this is a gift that is suitable for just about anyone. A special writing mug makes a perfect gift for an English major.

Writer Movies Mug by CafePress

I’d rather be writing… Writer Mug by CafePress

USB Keychains

There is a keychain for everyone, but the best keychains are good for more than just holding keys. With a USB drive on her keychain, your friend will be able to keep a backup of her works in progress with her at all times.

Imation USB 2.0 Clip Flash Drive, 4GB (66000105602)

Encore 4GB USB 2.0 Keychain monitoring Camcorder, Camera, and Voice Recorder (Black)

Magnetic Poetry

What better way to break through writer’s block than by playing a word game? Magnetic Poetry is a great way to have fun with words. There are several sets to choose from including Magnetic Poetry Kit: The Poet Edition and Writer’s Remedy, which includes a selection of intriguing words that are sure to get your friend writing again.

Magnetic Poetry Magnetic Poetry Writer’s Remedy

The Poet Magnetic Poetry Kit

Kindle Fire

A Kindle Fire makes a wonderful gift for anyone who loves to read. You could also choose a similar gadget like the Nook or Galaxy Tab or Ideapad or iPad. Presenting an ebook reader or tablet computer to your English major or teaching friend would be like gifting her a large library, since these devices can hold thousands of e-books in their memory. If your friend already has a Kindle Fire, you can enhance its appearance by getting your friend a case that looks like a book cover.

Kindle Fire, Full Color 7″ Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi

Kindle Fire Genuine Leather Cover by Marware, Black

Do you have more gift ideas for English majors and English teachers? Comment away!

Todd is a writer who enjoys his books and pens. He is a graduate of The Nipissing University’s courses in the School of Nursing and their School Of English Studies

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