If you are already an expert crossword puzzler, Scrabble player or vocabularly hound then you'll probably be familiar with most of the words in this calendar, but if you just have a general interest in expanding your understanding of language then it's a lot of fun. It's one of my fave gifts, and I wouldn't mind receiving it, either...
The 'New Words' calendar makes a perfect gift for anyone who writes for a living, or who just enjoys word games. It's a desktop or wall-mounted calendar, of the tear-off type with a page per day. Like others of its type the 'New Words' calendar isn't the sort you'd use for long-term planning or managing your workload during a week. It's not a planner or activity diary -- instead it gives a new motto, message or quotation for each day of the week.
I really like these forms of calendars because they tend to make us stop and think for a couple of moments -- normally early in the day, over the first cup of coffee! This one is especially entertaining, providing an educational extension to vocabulary together with details about pronunciation and correct useage. It's fun and useful; and you can share the fun by sending appropriate words/days to your friends as the year progresses.
The only downside is that because it's an international calendar, it doesn't contain info about UK holidays and dates. You should also bear in mind that it's aimed mainly at an American audience. There are also no glossy illustrations or pretty pictures; these calendars focus on the text. The info about word origins is interesting, though, and means that even if you are already familiar with the word itself then you can still pick up a new snippet about how it came to be used.
Especially useful for encouraging kids to explore language (but remember that some words will use US spellings...)