If you celebrate Xmas or need to buy gifts for loved ones, you will know the problem: It is quite difficult to find unique presents related to Arabic.

I’ve compiled a list of the top 5 gifts for Arabic nerds and geeks. No matter what your budget is, there is something to fit into it.

A beautiful calligraphy by Yehia Molden

Yehia is one of my favorite designers. He often uses geometrical shapes for Arabic letters. Even without knowing Arabic, his designs are beautiful.

If you are not sure what it means, some hints (from top left to bottom right):
1: رام الله (Ramallah)
2: بشرب القمر (drinking the moon) – one of his first designs
3: عشق (passionate love)
4: شايف البحر شو كبير (Do you see how big the sea is)
5: فلسطين (Palestine)

Note: Yehia doesn’t have a web store. You should contact him directly on Instagram and ask him how you could obtain one of his designs and which form he suggests.

Where can you get it? You should contact the designer personally and ask him how to get the designs. Here is the link to his Instagram page!

For people who know German: the Arabic language calendar 2020

This Arabic language calendar 2020 is unique in the German-speaking world.

The tear-off calendar presents dialogues, idioms, proverbs or quotations, short grammar or vocabulary exercises as well as facts worth knowing about regional studies.

The calendar gives the Hijra year as well as the Islamic, Aramaic and Western names of the months in the calendar.

Where can you get it? You can get it on amazon:

Mugs, pillows and shower curtains

Do you know the TV sitcom “Big Bang Theory”? Then you most probably have seen the famous shower curtain featuring the periodic table of elements.

What could be the counterpart for Arabic students? Answer: a shower curtain presenting the Arabic Broken Plural System.

You can also get beautifully designed mugs and pillows for Arabic Nerds.

Note: The following products are shipped mainly from the US; some of them are shipped from the UK. If you live somewhere else, shipping costs might be quite high.

An Arabic TV subscription for one year

You don’t need to live in the Arab world or install a huge satellite dish on your roof to watch Arabic TV. You simply need a fast internet connection.

I have tested many streaming providers. PupilHD worked very well in my case. It offers packages and subscriptions at fair prices and the streaming quality is really good (and most of the time very reliable!)

Please be sure that it works and do a test run. One month costs 5 US-Dollars. If you subscribe for one year, you get the package for 50 US-Dollars.

There is only one thing you have to do: you have to write a card, describe the gift and put it under the Christmas tree – from pupilHD you only get one e-mail.

Where can you get it? You can buy the packages on the website: http://pupilhd.com

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Books

I personally find it difficult to give books as presents – especially if you look for books about Arabic. Here are some recommendations:

The Buried: An Archaeology of the Egyptian Revolution by Peter Hessler

Drawn by a fascination with Egypt’s rich history and culture, Peter Hessler moved with his wife and twin daughters to Cairo in 2011. He wanted to learn Arabic, explore Cairo’s neighborhoods, and visit the legendary archaeological digs of Upper Egypt. After his years of covering China for The New Yorker, friends warned him Egypt would be a much quieter place. But not long before he arrived, the Egyptian Arab Spring had begun, and now the country was in chaos.

Where can you get it? You can order it at amazon:

Dialects

Recently, Matthew Aldrich from Lingualism has published two new books which I can recommend. They are designed to help elementary and intermediate learners succeed at critical moments during everyday communicative tasks.

Levantine Arabic: Haki Kill Yoom

Where can you get it? You can order it at amazon:

Egyptian Arabic:  Kalaam Kull Yoom

Where can you get it? You can order it at amazon:

Arabic grammar

Arabic for Nerds by Gerald Drißner

Okay, that is my own book. Nevertheless, many people have told me that it worked out as a gift quite well 😉

Where can you get it? You can order it at amazon:

Do you know any other gift ideas for Arabic nerds and Arabic students? Feel free to use the comment section below and add your suggestions.

Picture credits: Yehia Molden, pixabay Clker-Free-Vector-Images auf Pixabay, Gerald Drißner

Last updated Nov 10, 2019 @ 14:33

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