Perfect presents for the proofreader in your life
It’s nearly that time of year, the time when you know all eyes will be on the tree; or rather, on the pile of presents underneath the tree. In your heart, you know the pressure of buying that perfect present – socks just aren’t going to cut it this year.
This pressure is even greater when buying for a proofreader (a group with notorious attention to detail). Will they understand that you deliberately used the wrong ‘your’ on the label or will the red pen come out before the wrapping paper has been tidied away? Would a joke mug be a good idea or should you go down the road of serious and thoughtful? To help you through this trying time, we aim to give you some ideas of exactly what that perfect present could be. Please note, this writer cannot be held responsible for disappointment if the mark isn’t quite reached, but she does send you a big hug!
When asked what her perfect present would be, one of our team quickly exclaimed, “A holiday!” and while not everyone’s budgets will stretch to a couple of weeks in the Caribbean – or even a long weekend in Bognor Regis – maybe a gift card for the local coffee shop is right up your favourite proofreader’s alley. They work hard, staring at computer screens all day and taking a short break with a change of scenery is vital to keeping their brains and eyes fresh.
I mentioned a joke mug earlier but tea and coffee play a crucial role in a proofreader’s day. Having a mug that makes them smile may just bring the joy they’re lacking. In the age of Google there is no end to the range of merchandise carrying witty puns or personalisation – the sky is the limit!
There are many ways a proofreader chooses to work but more often than not it involves a pen, paper, computer and desk. This could be the inspiration you’ve been looking for. For anyone who has to spend hours at a desk, a good chair is worth more than all the diamonds in Tiffany. Good lumbar support is priceless! Things that are vital but not visible are often overlooked – and the impact of poor posture from a bad chair could stay with us forever.
I don’t know you (or your proofreader) but I do know that straining over a computer all day is not the perfect start to 2020 for anyone. “But,” I hear you say, “chairs are expensive and I’ve spent all my money at Winter Wonderland.” If that’s you, let’s focus on what’s on the desk. Good stationery is certainly the way to my heart! We’ve written in a previous blog about how much stationery means to us and a sharp pencil or a set of highlighters can mean more to us than anything. Can you tell me that a pen with a fluffy, bouncy thing on the top doesn’t brighten your day and make even the driest piece of copy-editing a bit more manageable?
Here are a few more ideas that could be just what you’ve been searching for:
- A good internet package. There’s nothing worse than getting close to that return deadline only for the internet speed to revert back to the 1990s.
- The software of a true professional. There are lots of ways to mark up a proof but more and more it’s done on a PDF and your proofreader needs the right software otherwise they’re up the proverbial creek without a paddle.
- A shiny new 2020 diary (possibly with a time management add-on) to keep track of those assignments and ensure clients never have a reason to grumble about double bookings or missed deadlines.
- A notebook (another Accuracy Matters favourite) for all those style guide points that need to be checked and queried.
- A sign for the door to keep those pesky visitors away when they’re deep in the proof and can’t be disturbed.
- A personal butler to do all the cleaning, cooking, washing and keep a constant stream of tea coming. Ok, maybe this one really is just wishful thinking but Father Christmas might just bring a Christmas miracle…
I can’t tell you what to buy but I can tell you that the old adage, “It’s the thought that counts”, is true. Hopefully I’ve managed to give you some inspiration and if you’re still stuck, message us on Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter and we can become your personalised shopping consultant to ensure that the proofreader in your life keeps that mark-up pen in their desk drawer on Christmas Day.