Yes, I am calling you out. If you are wanting to give a gift that will keep you from blowing your top with your friends. How about, a copy of “Perfect English Grammar” by Grant Barrett.
He offers a great idea of how to write the perfect paper. The thing is that they have to be willing to read it. The book offers information on proper spelling, abbreviation, and even the Oxford comma. Plus there are section on proper word usage and parts of speech. This book offers a great learning tool to anyone that wants to do better with speaking or writing the English language.
The book even offers tips in how to write a better paper. One of the biggest tips offered is to use the same style or point of view throughout the entire paper. You do not want to start off writing the paper in third person and end writing it in first person. That will lose and confuse your audience.
One thing that I tell many people that ask me for writing advice is to not be overly critical. Everyone makes mistakes. Do not hold your mistakes against you. Learn from them and move on. If not, you will find yourself getting stuck in a rut. Sorry about the pics of me not coming out well. That is what happens when you are sick and are a writer.