Word-buffs can be tricky to buy for. Particularly if they're really into their hobby...
Well, you get the drift right?
So, on this page I've put together a less obvious and much more classy (well, except the dress perhaps...) collection of gift ideas for the special word-buff in your life.
And if you see something you'd like to have for yourself, why not wait till your birthday is just around the corner, and send your friends and family an anonymous link to this page...
The world's best-selling word game with both a rotating board and tiles 50% larger than the original.
Measuring 23 1/2" sq., the board's playing surface has recessed spaces that keep the 100 oversized 1 1/4" H x 1" W wooden letter tiles stable when the board is rotated to provide an optimal view for all players.
The rules and play are the same as the classic board game. In addition to instructions, it includes oversized versions of the wooden board, four wooden tile racks, cloth tile bag, and score pad.
For two to four players ages 8 and up, but especially good for youngies and oldies who, for different reasons, struggle with the fiddly, and hard to read, smaller sized standard version of the game.
Or maybe you're the Scrabble nut looking to add a bit of spice to your Friday night best-of-three?
Either way, if this skimpy Scrabble dress doesn't sex up your games, I'm not sure what will.
I kinda cringe when I see Scrabble ties and cufflinks on eBay, but this little number could bring on some happiness.
Electronic Scrabble DictionaryScrabble gadget at a friendly games night, but believe me, they'll thank you afterwards. Just type in the word being challenged, and wait for the verdict. It's good or it's not — end of story! And fewer disputes means fewer damaged relationships.
Why not just get them a copy of the Official Scrabble Dictionary? Well, for one thing, with a physical dictionary, the person who looks up a word can see the words around it. That means they'll know if it takes an S, for example. Trust me, to serious Scrabble buffs, that kind of thing is important.
But even more important, is to get them something they don't already have.
Just choose a newspaper issue with a crossword that was significant to your friend. Maybe it was a really brilliant puzzle or the first that your friend ever solved completely. Then submit the date of the puzzle to create your beautifully presented .
You may find it difficult to understand, but New York Times crossword devotees won't!
New York Times Touchscreen CrosswordsExcalibur NY21, and it's pretty much perfect for someone who needs a lot more than one daily newspaper to satisfy their crossword-solving itch. This sexy touchscreen has nearly three years worth of New York Times crossword puzzles crammed inside its sleek frame!
One thing I've come to really hate about these sorts of devices is that they are usually full of garbage puzzles for solvers who wouldn't know any better. But every one of these puzzles has been hand-picked by Will Shortz, editor of the New York Times crossword puzzles, who is renowned for being the pickiest crossword editor in the country.
Each letter is voiced and displayed on the device's 2" color LCD as it is entered from the keyboard. A correct spelling gets an applause, while an incorrect response is gently corrected.
Three skill levels can be adjusted between Beginner, Advanced and Master, and custom word lists can be entered to provide an additional challenge. It also includes word games such as Word Train and Hangman for less intense spelling practice. Very cool!
Electronic Websters Dictionary Unabridged
So for those who spend a lot of hours buried in this lexical treasure trove, the electronic Websters dictionary (UNABRIDGED) will allow them many, many more.
Compact Oxford English DictionaryNow if you're feeling generous enough to get this one, please let me be your friend...
Compact Oxford English Dictionary, deserves its own plinth.
Naturally enough, this one is expensive by most budgets, but it does make having the complete unabridged OED (yes, every single word is inside!) in your lounge room a plausible option.