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10 Great Gifts for History Buffs

9 months ago

We love history buffs for their depth of interest in years past, their resourceful recollection of events and eras, and the chance that we’ll see them dress up in full regalia for Revolutionary War reenactments. When it’s time to show appreciation for your favorite history fan, give them one of these history-related gifts to get on their good side.

Live in the Past All Year Long | 2021 History Channel This Day in History Boxed Calendar

Your favorite history buff will appreciate this daily timekeeper from the experts at The History Channel, commemorating a different historical event every day of the year with informative and descriptive text. Highlighted moments include key happenings in wars, elections, international movements, discoveries, scientific breakthroughs, sports accomplishments, and the time Christopher Columbus mistook manatees for mermaids (hey, it could happen to anybody).

Walk Through the Halls of History | Novelty Presidents/Big Guy Dress Socks

As you walk through the fields of eras past, you’d better have a pair of reliable socks. This gift pack features stitched-in portraits of some of the most notable movers and shakers in world history, focusing on U.S. Presidents George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, and John F. Kennedy. Also thrown into the mix are a couple of pairs with Benjamin Franklin and, somewhat curiously, Queen Elizabeth II gracing the threads. Like the leaders they represent, these socks give you all the ankle and lower leg support you could ever hope for.

See the Light | Vintage Dimmable Retro Industrial Desk Lamp

Back when Thomas Edison made the light bulb popular for the first time (contrary to legend, he didn’t actually invent it), citizens of the world depended on candles, torches, and estimated guesswork to navigate their terrains. The light bulb changed all that. Soon it was easy to flick a switch, bathe a room in light, and complain about high utility bills. This retro lamp is fashioned after some of the earliest such units, and comes complete with some bulbs that Edison might have produced himself if he hadn’t died in 1931.

Taste the Harbor | Boston Tea Party Tea Bags

Far and away, the Boston Tea Party was one of the tastiest, most refreshing insurrections in American history — or would have been, had the participants not thrown away all that tea. This sampler package contains 50 tea bags filled with exotic spices and flavors, much like the black tea blends that were likely to be among those tossed over the side of the ship back in 1773. Every sip will remind you of America’s heritage, its proud history, and the terrible consequences of taxation without representation. Bon Appetit!

Read All About It | New York Times: The Complete Front Pages 1851-2009

The New York Times is still the center of the print journalism world, reporting “all the news that’s fit to print,” along with killer recipes. Those who still use DVD/ROM technology will jump all over this 3-DVD set, featuring every single Times front page from its 1851 debut through the end of 2009. Relive some of the most consequential news events the past century and a half, including two World Wars, the Sixties, Watergate, the technology boom, the Tonya Harding/Nancy Kerrigan scandal, and the time we were all tragically forced to drink New Coke for a few weeks.

Words of a Feather | Feather Pen GloDeals Antique Calligraphy Pen

Back in the days before ball-points and felt tips, writers relied on sharp-pointed styluses adorned with bird quills and tiny inkwells to commit their thoughts to paper. They gave writing an authoritative flourish, with dramatic serifs, bold signatures, and meaningful inkblots. Feather Pen recaptures that legendary era with this set of calligraphy pens, lovingly designed, outfitted with five replacement writing nibs and an ink bottle. It’ll remind you of ancient times so much, you’ll become sentimental for things like cobblers, apothecaries, and the Black Plague.

Et Tu, Pencil? | Ides of March Pen and Pencil Holder

The Ides of March didn’t turn out so great for Julius Caesar. That’s the day his former associates stabbed him 23 times, which strikes us as kind of an overreaction, but we suppose someone deemed it necessary. But ‘twasn’t in vain: Caesar’s painful, life-ending tragedy is now your desk organization solution. This bust holds up to seven writing styluses, positioned in such a way that they’re “stabbing” Caesar in the back all over again. The Roman Republic may be in shambles, but your pencils and pens are intact.

History in Pieces | White Mountain WWII Poster Collage Jigsaw Puzzle

The posters of World War II contain some powerful imagery, from Uncle Sam and Rosie the Riveter to the soldiers at Iwo Jima and repurposed scrap metal. Put them all together with this 1000-piece jigsaw puzzle, which forms a spectacular collage of WWII posters once it’s complete. With inspirational reminders of how we all pulled together as a country in times of crisis, this puzzle is both nostalgic and informative, and with so many pieces it may take you longer to finish than World War II did.

Out, Out, Damned Paper Cut | Shakespearean Insult Bandages

Literally add insult to your injuries with these acts of umbrage from the greatest English language writer in history. These 15 bandages contain genuine insults generated by the writer of such plays as Hamlet, Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo and Juliet, and Julius Caesar The Sequel: Et 2. Some of the more pointed barbs from the bard include “Do thou amend my face, and I’ll amend my life,” “Thy wit’s as thick as Tewksbury mustard,” and “Thou art a boil, a plague sore, and obviously not very good at controlling a Segway.”

Auf Wiedersehen, Baby | 1962 Checkpoint Charlie Berlin Wall Sign

Before the Berlin Wall was torn down in 1989, the city of Berlin was divided into sectors as dictated by the victorious Allies. Checkpoint Charlie was a big crossing point between East and West Berlin, and it’s where the original versions of this reproduced sign were hung to alert travelers they were leaving the American sector and headed somewhere a bit wobblier. Now you can use it in your house as a warning to refrigerator raiders.

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