10 Holiday Gifts for the Foreign Language Lover in Your Life Posted by on Dec 3, 2014 in Archived Posts

Tis the season for gift-giving, but what do you get for the language lover in your life? Whether you’re the type who spends weeks meticulously planning the perfect gift, or the type who fights for a parking spot at the mall on Christmas Eve at the last minute, it’s all about finding the right gift. If you’re looking for something whimsical, thought-provoking, or just plain useful for the linguaphile in your life, this last has you covered!

1. Itchy Feet Comic Bookitchy feet

Think languages are boring? The language lover in your life sure doesn’t, and after flipping through this hilarious compilation of comics from cartoonist Itchy Feet, you won’t either! Spread the laughs with two volumes of language and travel cartoons—both available in print, for Kindle, or for iPad!

2. Scratch-Off World Map

Most language lovers we know are also travel buffs. Give the multilingual vagabond in your life a way to record their travels with this fun scratch-off world map. It’s like buying someone scratch card lottery tickets, except with this gift you can’t lose!

3. Kashida Arabic Decor

If the language lover in your life has an affinity for Arabic, and for home décor, you can’t do any better than Kashida Design furniture and accessories. From candleholders like the one above to coasters to couches, all formed from Arabic calligraphy, their selection is really incredible.

4. Scrabble ™

Scrabble™ is every language buff’s favorite game, and for good reason, it’s all about showing off your vocabulary! But has your loved one played it in their second language? A quick Google search for “Scrabble [language] version” should help you find foreign language versions of this classic game, like this Spanish version available on Amazon.

5. City Skyline Wall Decals

What could be more motivating while sitting on the couch studying conjugation tables than looking up at the skyline of your favorite foreign city? Bring a bit of the world in to your home with city skyline decals. There are tons to choose from on Etsy, from Paris to Moscow, all at reasonable prices.

6. Magnetic Poetry Kit

Who doesn’t love stringing together nonsensical sentences with those mini fridge magnet words? To the language learner in your life, the only thing better would be magnets in another language! Again, a quick Google search will do the trick, like this German Magnet Poetry Kit.

7. International Cookbook

We’ve come up with gifts for language lovers who also enjoy home décor and games, but what about the foodies among us? Languages and food are two of our favorite things here at Transparent Language, because even if you can’t get abroad, you can at least bring the flavors of the world into your own kitchen. Gift your loved one an international cookbook, like Around the World in 450 Recipes. You can really outdo yourself by cooking them dinner first using a recipe from the book!

8. The Linguists Documentary

Did you know that one language disappears approximately every two weeks? If you have a language lover in your life, he or she will probably want to know more about that figure! Lucky for you, David Harrison and Gregory Anderson produced an award-winning documentary on the subject called The Linguists. The film chronicles the pair as they travel from Siberia to India to Bolivia in search of dying languages. Not sure? Watch the trailer and give it a chance!

9. A Subscription to Transparent Language Online

TLO New UI DevicesIf the language lover in your life is starting to learn a new language (New Year’s Resolutions, anyone?), a subscription to Transparent Language Online is the perfect fit. Available in 90+ languages in 1-month, 6-month, or 12-month subscriptions, it has something for everyone and can fit any budget. The program includes hundreds of vocabulary lists, a grammar reference, and a suite of learning activities that build listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills!

Not sure? You can try it out yourself for free in our 7-day trial. Best of all, you don’t have to brave the snowy roads and crowded malls—you can order online!

10. Transparent Connect Live Instruction and Tutoring

Want to kick it up a notch? We offer live online instruction in more than a dozen languages through our Transparent Connect service. You can choose from private tutoring sessions or small group classes, both of which come with free access to Transparent Language Online. Not sure what to expect? We hold open houses every week so you can speak with an instructor.

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About the Author: meaghan

Meaghan is the Marketing Communications Manager at Transparent Language. She speaks enough French and Spanish to survive, and remembers enough Hausa to say "Hello my name is Meaghan, I'm studying Hausa." (But sadly that's it).


  1. Steven:

    I would love all this!!! <3 German!

  2. jai vee:

    I love #6. for the Poet in Him…!!!

  3. Lou:

    I love that German magnet thing – that’s so creative! I wonder if something like that is available in other languages as well. 🙂

  4. Jéssica:

    I love the tips! Subtly sharing the article so maybe my family and friends take the hint…

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