20 Gift Ideas For Your Favorite Book-Loving, Grammar-Obsessed English Major

20 Gift Ideas For Your Favorite Book-Loving, Grammar-Obsessed English Major

Try out some awesome cocktail recipes with a literary twist like "Tequila Mockingbird" and "Are you there God? It's Me, Margarita."

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Christmas is around the corner, finals are almost over, and picking a gift out for your friends can be quite a hassle. Everyone has different tastes, starting with hobbies is a great way to start, but what's even better is going straight for what they love to study. Every major is super different, and all equally difficult to figure out a gift for.

So if your friend is an English major, you're in luck! Treat your friend to something more than just a book or a notebook or package of pens. Get them something they will use and enjoy.

Check out these awesome gift ideas for your classic major that'll make you stand apart from everyone else.

1. 100 books bucket list poster 

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Whether your English major is looking for new books to read or just wanna reread the classics, this Bucket List poster is a great way to keep track of the books being read and to add a little decor to the wall.

2. A monthly magazine subscription 

Magazine subscriptions are always great. Consider a subscription to their favorite magazine as a gift! Whether it's to "Poets & Writers," "Writer's Digest," "Reader's Digest," or any other of the hundreds of subscriptions, it definitely won't go to waste.

3. Rory's story cubes 

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Create an unlimited possibility of stories with this fun game. Rory's story cubes are a good way to have some fun with friends, classmates, and even students.

4. The writer's toolbox 

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This giftincludes exercises and instructions that help bring out the creative right part of your brain. With exercises, instructions, and twists and turns, this is a great gift to help get the juices flowing.

5. Enamel pin sets 

Enamel pins are fantastic because you can put them anywhere... on a bag, on a jacket, a hat, and wherever else. Show the love of books with special enamel pins. Whether you're looking for an author, a quote, or a way to show how much you love books, support their love of literature with these flashy pins.

6. Shakespeare insult bandages 

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Although this may not be the most useful gift, it sure is different. Stand out from the rest with these Shakespeare insult bandages, real band-aids for real use but with a Shakespearean twist.

7. A drinking book with a literary twist 

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Everyone loves a good drink. Check out these books to see which one you can give to your English major! Try out some awesome cocktail recipes with a literary twist like "Tequila Mockingbird" and "Are you there God? It's Me, Margarita."

8. Audible audiobooks subscription 

Amazon Audible has THOUSANDS of audiobooks for all your audiobook needs. A subscription allows access to these books and is a great way to catch up on some books on the way to class, the gym, the store, or simply relaxing at home.

9. Literary postcards 

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Another not-so-typical gift, literary postcards mostly gain the attention of those who judge a book by its cover. These postcards are a great way to get in the world, especially if you love to collect or send postcards to friends! And if book covers don't suit your fancy, there's always the amazing set of postcards celebrating the world's greatest independent bookstores.

10. Book locket charms 

These handmade book lockets are an amazing and unique gift for your English major. Whether Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, or Edgar Allen Poe is their favorite author, you're sure to find a vintage gift.

11. Literary coasters 

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Because who doesn't love coasters? Plus, there's so many different kinds! The typewriter, book covers, puns, and more!

12. Waterproof notepad 

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Ever have a random thought in the shower with nowhere to put it? English majors think like this all the time, consider this waterproof notepad and save some ideas that could disappear without it.

13. Retro keyboard 

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For typewriter fans like myself, this gift is technological and retro at the same time. Most use Bluetooth and are easy to set up and carry around, so your English major can show up to class with their typewriter to show off.

14. Hemingway pencil cup 

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Ready to feel inspired while keeping all your pencils and pens organized? This nifty pencil cup is a wonderful addition to the home desk and to the antique lovers!

15. Bananagrams 

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A fun and travel easy game, Bananagrams is an anagram game that will drive you bananas (hence the name). Don't get discouraged though, it's still a great game to dive into.

16. Magnetic poetry kit

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This gift is perfect for any literature lover AND writer! There are over 200 magnetic words and endless possibilities, all on the kitchen fridge (or magnetic dorm room whiteboard) With different kits, including Book Lovers, Poe, Shakespeare, and more, you're sure to find one that your English major will love.

17. An adult coloring book 

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Is your English major a little stressed out? Get them a literary adult coloring book! There's plenty of different ones, ranging from Shakespeare to Jane Austen, and of course, Harry Potter. Adult coloring books are a great thing to send back to school for all those stressful paper filled nights.

18. A book set of their favorite author or series

Go big or go home with this one. Whether you know their favorite series or favorite author, consider going above and beyond with a complete book set. They may have read a book or two, but the complete series will definitely keep them busy for a while.

19. Personal library kit 

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For any book lover, sharing their favorite books with friends and family is a pleasure. Help them keep track and re-amp classic library circulation techniques with this nifty kit.

20. Grammar Girl 2019 tips

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And of course, most English majors have a pretty good eye for grammar. Check out this helpful guide for every one of 2019's 365 days a year. There are more than 300 grammar rules and word choice guidelines that can be easy to forget. It's desk size and is perfect to take a peek at before bed.

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A Letter To My Dancers

Everything your dance teacher wants you to know.
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When anyone (especially a child) chooses to invest their time, talent, and passion into dancing, it's nothing to take lightly. These kids spend more time with me at the studio than they do at home with their parents. Before long, they're my "kids," too. When I only have an hour to lead a warm-up, teach choreography, and rehearse a number, there isn't much time to express the thoughts and feelings I'd necessarily like to. Being a dance teacher is the most spectacular and rewarding job - and I want my students to know that. Between the great rehearsals and the frustrating ones, the competitions and recitals, and the endless hours we spend together each week, there are just a few reminders I need to share with them.

Dear Dancers,

Please love yourself and love what you do with every ounce of your being. Do it with so much passion that your heart wants to burst. Dance is the most special thing; it's something we are privileged and lucky to have, so don't take it for granted.

Please believe in yourself. You are worthy. You are talented. You are strong and capable of everything you set your mind to. Strive to be the best version of yourself every day, not the reflection of the girl next to you. Dance like you. Move like you. Experiment and find what makes you, you. Be an individual. Trust me when I say I don't want 20 carbon-copied robots. I want you.

Trust that I have your best interest in mind. Sometimes my choices and decisions won't make sense, you might be confused, hurt or frustrated, but keep the faith that I'm on your side. I don't want to see you fail, and I'll do everything in my power to help you find the success you're looking for.

I want you to succeed, but for me to do that, you need to tell me what you need. Do you need the counts again? Do you need me to review the transition to floor one more time? If you understand, tell me. If you don't, tell me that, too. Be vocal, be present, be smart, and be prepared. Practice on the sides. Pay attention to the small details. Ask questions. Don't be late, and definitely don't forget your choreography. Take responsibility for your responsibilities and lead by example. Do you have any remote idea how many children look up to you? Who want to be just like you someday? Dance just like you? Kids watch, listen, and copy. Make sure the behaviors you're teaching them are behaviors you're proud of.

Make memories with your dance family while you still can. Cherish every 9 a.m. Saturday morning rehearsal, every competition you attend, every fundraising event, and every team sleepover. It'll be gone so fast. You're going to miss these days. Please, enjoy them.

Don't compare yourself to other dancers. You are you, and nobody can do "you" better than yourself. Don't wish away your abilities by secretly wishing you had Suzie's feet, Betsy's port de bras, or Charlie's center. The only thing you need to worry about is being a better version of yourself than you were the day before. You are your only competition, so don't be too hard on yourself. Be kind to your mind and body. You work day in and day out to perfect your craft and artistry. You work to mold and create yourself. You'll be rewarded with time if you keep fighting and don't give up. Usually when you want to throw in the towel, it's after you don't get the part you wanted or you don't make the team you hoped to. What you need to understand is the answer isn't "No," the answer is "Not yet." You know you're trying and working hard, and those efforts don't go unnoticed -- even if it seems they are.

Please, remember that it's not going to always be fair. You're going to be let down, and you're going to feel disappointed from time to time. You're not always going to win the trophy. You're not always going to get the featured solo part, and not everyone can be the front row and center dancer. This doesn't mean you're "bad" and this doesn't mean you're not "meant" to dance either.

Quite frankly, it's just how it works, you guys. It doesn't mean I don't like you, and it doesn't mean the dancer who does have the solo is my favorite. The dancer just might be more talented. Yeah, I said it. They might have better lines, straighter knees, or stronger stage presence, and that is entirely okay. You're going to run into this for the rest of your adult life. Someone is going to be smarter, more qualified, more desirable for a particular job or position. So instead of despising and resenting these dancers (and especially me), try to learn from them instead. You'll learn more from each other than you could imagine. But if you take away one thing from this, know that you are still worthy of my best training, my best analogies, my best choreography -- whether you are featured, in the third row, or even off-stage for the turn section.

As your teacher, it's my job to teach. Learning (and learning correctly) requires close attention to detail, incredible focus, and a plethora of corrections on my part. Yes, I will go out of my way to critique you, and I will continually tell you what needs fixing until it's fixed. I might have to tell you over and over and over again. And you know, I might even get frustrated with you once in awhile because of it, but here's what you need to understand: This doesn't make me mean or a bad teacher. This doesn't mean I hate you. What it does mean is that I see potential in you and I want to help. I just have to ask, do you see what I see in you? Do you see the talent and abilities I see?

Corrections are good. Success is an incredibly long and never ending process that takes time, but the corrections I give you are helping you get one step closer. So next time you catch yourself getting upset about receiving the same critique week after week or you want to complain about how mean I am, please remember that my intent is not malicious. I'm doing my job.

It's also my job to instill perseverance, dedication, discipline, trust, humility, confidence, creativity, bravery, and strong work ethic into you. I want to push your limits. Test you. Challenge you. I want to mold you into the person you want to be. Even though you probably don't even know who that person is, I do.

There are so many possibilities, opportunities, and challenges that are out there once you enter the world of adulthood. The dance world is so much bigger than your studio, competition routines, and conventions. At the end of the day, no one remembers or cares (especially your future employers) if you won a quadruple diamond platinum plus on your lyrical solo in 2016. They don't care about your first place overall at Showbiz. They don't care if you're Teen Miss Winner of the World. They don't care. What people do care about is your character, your heart, and how you made them feel.

Dancers, I will always support you. Whether you want to pursue a professional dance career in Los Angeles or New York City, in a company overseas, on your college dance team, I will support you. Whether you want to teach dance or choreograph locally in town, I will support you. Whether you don't want to dance at all and maybe be an engineer or a cosmetologist, I will support you. I will always fuel your dreams, goals, and desires, no matter where they'll take you.

I love you and I'm proud of you.

Sincerely,

Your Dance Teacher


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8 Old Katelyn Tarver Songs You Probably Haven't Heard

None of her new songs will ever go as hard as "Chasing Echoes" and that's a fact.

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Years ago, I found (through iTunes recommendations) a pretty cool female artist. Later found out she was on "Big Time Rush", and then I found out she had some new songs out. I decided to give her new songs a listen, and they're good. However, I prefer some of her older stuff, which sadly isn't on Spotify. Fortunately, YouTube exists, and I'm here to share the best ones.


1. "Wonderful Crazy"

This is just a fun, upbeat song for when you're having a good day. Would recommend playing in your car with the windows rolled down.

2. "Rain"

I have a very specific memory of a time when this song blessed my life, but for all intents and purposes, it is a beautiful and happy song.

3. "I'll Make It Real"

This is a beautiful song with a wonderful message about staying true to yourself. I used to listen to it on the way to school every day my senior year of high school.

4. "Something In Me"

Featured in the greatest show of all time, "South of Nowhere" season 1 episode 6. A very relatable breakup mood.

5. "Love Alone"

This is definitely the second-hardest-hitting song she's ever released. The fact that this is not on Spotify or even iTunes anymore is just not fair.

6. "Favorite Girl"

This one's cute and upbeat, a definite crush mood. Not on the same level as "Love Alone", but it's still underrated.

7. "Closer to My Heart"

Another cute love song. I'll tie it with "Everything" for cutest love song on her first album. Highly recommend both.

8. "Chasing Echoes"

Facts are facts and the facts are that Katelyn Tarver's new stuff could never go as hard as "Chasing Echoes". I can't even begin to explain how deeply these lyrics cut through me when I was fifteen. Even now, this song can take me all the way back. She is robbing us by not making this available on streaming services (or even to purchase). Katelyn, bring this song back, I am begging you.

Anyway, I'm still enjoying the new stuff and am excited to see what's next.

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