As a language lover myself, I absolutely loved putting together this post with the best gifts for language learners. I actually came across some cool language lover gifts that I will add to my personal wishlist too (if any of my friends or relatives is reading this, I’m referring to the Fluent Forever book).
Anyways, today you will find 25 awesome gifts for language lovers. From books about learning faster and better to scratch maps and passport covers, there is truly something for every language lover.
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Large budget gifts for language learners
#1 Online language course
One of the best gifts for language learners is of course a gift that allows them to learn even more languages!
You can find courses for pretty much any language and any level on Udemy.
So make sure you find out which language the recipient wants to learn and whether they’re still a beginner or intermediate and then you can find the perfect online course for them on Udemy!
#2 Translated fictional books
Reading Harry Potter in a different language is my favorite way of learning a language.
It’s like I’m combining all of my favorite things in one; reading, Harry Potter, and learning something new!
I’ve used this approach to learn English and Spanish, and I’m currently trying to read Harry Potter in Turkish.
Obviously, if the recipient doesn’t love Harry Potter, you may want to pick another popular international book. For example, Lord of the Rings, The Hunger Games, Twilight, or The Seven Sisters.
There is a reason why I am advising a popular international book rather than a generic novel in the language the recipient is trying to learn. Because it’s easier to read a book in a new language if you’re already read the book in your first language. That way, you already know what going to happen and it’s not much of a problem if you don’t understand every word.
It makes reading a fun and leisure activity, rather than a language exercise.
#3 Language app subscription
There are many different ways in which you can learn a language nowadays. And one of them is through Apps. It’s one of the most successful strategies because people spend a lot of time on their phones anyways.
Personally, I use Duolingo, but they don’t allow you to gift a subscription, which is why I selected my second favorite language App for this gift; Babbel.
You can gift a 6-month, 12-month, or lifelong subscription gift.. Especially the latter is a pretty cool gift if you ask me.
There are 14 different languages available, so not a ton, but it does include the most popular ones such as Spanish, Italian, and French.
#4 A trip to learn a language
Total immersion is the best way to learn a new language. So if you are looking for the absolute best language lover gift then you should take them to the country where they practice speaking the language!
So head over to Skyscanner and book a flight right away. Or check out these gift cards, so the recipient can pick a date and destination himself.
#5 The “hi” world scratch map
This is one of the best gifts for language lovers who love to travel; a scratch map with the word “hi” in every language.
They can scratch off each country they have visited and where they have said “hi” in the local language.
For more cool maps for travel lovers, check out these 25 world maps.
#6 Translator earbuds
These earbuds are one of the best gifts for language lovers who want to communicate directly with (almost) everyone around the world.
Both people in the conversation wear one of the earbuds and whatever they’re saying will be translated instantly. It works online and offline. Online you need to download an App that gives access to 40 different languages and offline it works for 8 of the most common languages.
Mid-budget gifts for language learners
#7 Passport cover
This is one of the best gifts for language learners who also love to travel. A passport cover with the word for travel or journey translated into different languages.
#8 Self-study language book
A self-study book is not a gift for every language learner. It really depends on their learning style and on their current level of understanding of the language. For people who find it hard to motivate themselves, you may be better off with one of the other gifts for language learners on this list.
But for people who like to learn at their own pace and time, a self-study book is perfect.
I am currently learning Turkish myself with a Dutch to Turkish self-study book and I love it. But for people who don’t speak Dutch (the majority of my readers), “The delights of learning Turkish” is a better alternative.
#9 Fun books for language learners
How to swear around the world
This is one of the funniest gifts for language lovers, a book to teach them how to swear around the world!
The power of Babel: A natural history of language
Do you need gifts for language lovers who also love history? Then this is a cool book. It’s a fun way to learn more about how languages emerged and continue to change. It’s written for lay people which makes it super easy to digest.
Lost in translation: an illustrated compendium of untranslatable words from around the world
This is a collection of 50 foreign words that are so specific that there is no translation in English. I love learning these words because they always show part of the culture of the country where the word is from.
#10 Language-themed socks
Are you looking for random language lover gifts?
Then a pair of socks with the word “thank you” in different languages is awesome. Or check out Zazzle for other options.
#11 Private teacher gift card
Italki is an online platform where students can find private teachers for any language they want to learn.
So with the italki gift card, you can give the recipient the opportunity to pick any teacher they like.
#12 Welcome wall sticker
This is one of the best gifts for language learners at home; a language wall sticker.
The sticker is made from vinyl (so it only sticks on smooth walls) and includes the word “welcome” in different languages.
#13 Day-to-day calendar
Repetition and daily practice is the key to learning a new language, so if you are looking for fun and practical gifts for language learners, a day-to-day calendar in their target language is awesome.
It includes a new word, phrase, or cultural explanation each day.
#14 Language-themed tumbler
Do you need language lover gifts for people who love coffee and dancing?
Then this travel mug with the word “dance” in different languages is a cool gift.
And for people who just love languages and coffee, check out Zazzle for other designs.
#15 How to learn better and faster
I know, this list of gifts for language learners includes a lot of books. But there are just so many amazing books for language-lovers that I had to include them all.
The two books I selected here will help them to learn a language faster and better.
The first one is specifically focused on language learning specifically and it’s an amazing book that helps language learners to really think in a new language and improve their ability to speak it really fast.
The second book is not specifically for learning a new language but for learning a new skill in general. It’s a book that will not only help the recipient to get better at learning a language but at mastering any skill.
#16 Audio courses
People learn in different ways. Some people prefer texts, others need a visual, and others like audio. The Pimsleur audio courses are the best gifts for language learners who fall into that last category of auditive learners.
It includes different CDs to teach them new languages, for example, Japanese. Though, you can find them in many other languages as well.
The audio courses are also great for people who spend a lot of time driving because they can simply use that time to learn a new language.
Small budget gifts for language learners
#17 Visual dictionaries
Remember what I said about people learning in different ways?
Well, this is one of the best language lover gifts for visual learners.
The DK bilingual visual dictionary is quite unique, because it doesn’t just translate English words, but it comes with illustrations of these words too.
They are available in quite a few different languages such as Spanish, French, German, Russian, and Portuguese.
For more cool gifts for language learners who are visual learners, check out the next gift.
#18 Picture dictionary coloring book
When you actively engage with something (for example by coloring), you will remember it more easily. And that is exactly what makes this coloring book one of the best gifts for language lovers!
Plus, it’s a fun way to relax and unwind too.
#19 Dirty slang book
This might just be one of my favorite gifts for language lovers; a dirty slang book.
I mean, learning a new language is great and it’s fun to have some basic conversations. But speaking a different language is best when you start speaking like a local and use their slang.
So I would say, this is a better gift for people who already have a basic understanding of a language, but if you know someone who simply loves to swear in different languages, this is also a cool book.
I picked the french version for this example, but it’s available in many different languages, so check out Amazon is the recipient is learning a different language.
#20 Language-themed luggage tag
Just as the passport covers, language-themed luggage tags also make great gifts for language lovers who travel a lot.
I quite liked the heart with the word “welcome” in different languages, but you can find nearly 400 different options on Zazzle.
#21 Speaking American book
Do you need gifts for language lovers who love the English language? And particularly American English?
Then this is the perfect gift for you.
“Speaking American: How Y’all, Youse, and You Guys Talk: A Visual Guide” is a funny book about different accents and words used around the US.
Ever wondered how pecan is pronounced across the country or where youse is used most often? Then this book will be a delight to read.
#22 Short story books
I said it before, but immersion is the fastest way to learn a language. However, for beginners, full immersion can be quite challenging because they simply lack the vocabulary to understand anything that’s going on.
So for beginners, something a little less intimidating and easier is usually recommended. And short stories are the perfect solution for that.
You can find short story books in pretty much any language on Amazon, for example, this one in Norwegian, for people who love Norway.
For some languages you can even find short stories for different levels, so make sure you buy one that matches the receiver’s level of understanding.
#23 Language lover’s puzzle book
This is one of the coolest gifts for language lovers who also love puzzles!
A book with fun brain teasers and puzzles related to different languages. From Japanese to old Irish, they included brain teasers for basically any language. But I must warn you (or the recipient), that the puzzles are quite challenging, so prepare them for some frustrating (but fun) brain twisters.
#24 I love you around the world
Well isn’t this the sweetest language lover gift on this list?
A deck of cards that will teach them how to say “I love you” in 100 different languages!
Now that’s a great conversation starter everywhere in the world.
#25 Language learning notebook
The language learning notebook is available in different languages and it’s a very practical tool for language learners.
It includes specific pages for translations and example sentences.
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Final note on gifts for language lovers
Alright, these were the 25 language learning gifts for today. If you need a bit more inspiration, check out the editor’s top three.