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Great Gifts for History Buffs

2 years 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 of 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.

Chronology Game

If you’re looking for one of the most fun gifts for history buffs, this one is ideal. The Chronology Game is fun for the whole family. Simply build your timeline and place the events in the perfect order to win. It’s one of the more unique historic gifts to while away an evening.

American Trivia Game

Shop for the American Trivia Game and start up a history trivia evening. It contains 1,000 questions for you to answer. Construct links between historical events and score the most points to show you’re the top history buff in the group. This gift set also includes an 80’s and 90’s Trivia Game for an extra dose of fun!

BBC History of World War II

BBC History of World War II

BBC History is one of the world’s authoritative voices on history. This boxed set includes 30 hours of programming in 10 volumes, bringing the war to life for viewers. This is one of the best gifts for history lovers as it will help them brush up on their knowledge and uncover new parts of World War II history. Whether you’re an educator or history buff, you won’t be able to get enough of this collection.

Roman Coins and Their Values: Volume 3

Roman Coins and Their Values

If you want to find one of the best history gifts for someone who loves collecting ancient coins, you’ll want to add this book to your library. “Roman Coins and Their Values” by David Sear has become the standard handbook for ancient Greek, Roman, and Byzantine coinage collectors. If you’re interested in purchasing Roman coins, you may be surprised to learn that these historical presents are nowhere near as expensive as you think. They’re also great for kids.

Greek Statue of David

David Bust Statue Black

Michelangelo’s David is the power of strength and youth combined into a single statue. Sit a waterproof David sculpture on your desk and find out why this statue stunned all who saw it in microseconds.

If you know someone who likes history buff gifts that focus on art, this is the one for you.

Hampton Nautical Santa Maria Ship in a Bottle

Santa Maria in a Bottle

Buy one of the most historical presents around in the form of the Santa Maria in a bottle. It was the largest of Christopher Columbus’s massive ships. The replica of this famous ship is the ideal gift for someone who loves this part of history.

Tutankhamun Pharaoh

Tutankhamun Pharaoh Replica

Ancient Egypt occupies a unique location in the tangled web of history, and these history presents are a great way to remember the finding of the young pharaoh’s tomb in 1922. These gifts for history buffs are sure to encourage someone to delve deeper into the mythology and civilization of the Ancient Egyptians.

Pacific Trading Egyptian vs Roman Chess Set with Glass Board

Antique Egyptian vs. Roman Chess Set

The game of chess has changed a lot over the years. An antique Egyptian vs. Roman chess set is one of the best gift ideas for history buffs. The pieces have been captured using the specific historical features of the figures in use at the time. It’s also an excellent gift for kids who want to learn the game.

Outlander Boxed Set

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Outlander is widely considered to be the book series that transformed the historical genre. These fantasy novels were even adapted into a TV hit for Amazon Prime. Despite the fictional characters, the events throughout the series did occur, like the Highland Clearances.

Risk Game

Risk

Risk may not be based on an actual historical event, but it’s loved among history buffs. This is a game about building armies, strategizing, and searching for openings to conquer your opponents. Note that this is a game that can take hours to complete and sometimes longer in terms of length.

You can even choose different versions of the game, such as Risk Europe or Medieval Risk, to spice up the content.

Fossil, Sapphire Gemstone Necklace

Ammonite Fossil Necklace

Ammonites were marine mollusks that lived millions of years ago. They would eventually go extinct approximately 65 million years before the present day. This is one of the oldest and best gifts for history buffs because the fossils produced and turned into jewelry are beautiful. Many of these necklaces are suitable for both men and women.

Standard Catalog of World Paper Money

World Paper Money Catalog

If you’re looking for one of the coolest gifts for history lovers, consider this World Paper Money Catalog. It includes a complete and comprehensive guide to world banknotes from 1961 to the present. If you can’t travel, it’s a great way to introduce someone to numismatics.

Viking Celtic Fenrir Wolf Roar Coin Pendant Necklace

Celtic Coin Necklace

Celtic art has seen a revival in recent years, as history presents. While not necessarily authentic, these faithfully crafted Celtic coin necklaces come in variants ranging from rose gold to silver.

What’s more, Celtic coin necklaces can be combined with rings, bracelets, and even crosses. All Celtic jewelry is unisex.

National Geographic Magnetic Travel Map

National Geographic Magnetic Travel Map (USA)

Maps give a snapshot into our history in visual form. The National Geographic Magnetic Travel Map allows you to chart your journeys across the country and plan for future excursions. The red pin-magnets indicate past travels, the blue shows future travels, and the yellow notes your next travel destination. It is one of the ideal gifts for history buffs and map enthusiasts.

The Greatest Presidential Stories Never Told: 100 Tales from History to Astonish

The Greatest Presidential Stories Never Told

How many stories of the U.S. presidents have been lost to time?

This book contains everything you need to know about those lesser-known stories. From WW2 gifts to presents dating back to the the country’s founding, this exciting read is perfect for anyone who wants to learn more about the heads of state.

Boston tea company tea party

Boston Tea Party Tea Blends

The Boston Tea Party was famous for being the leading act of defiance against King George III of England. Many of the teas that were dumped into the ocean still exist today. The 342 chests contained both black and green teas, which are still available for sale now.

A History of Food in 100 Recipes Book

A History of Food in 100 Recipes

If you know a foodie who also loves history, this is one of the most memorable gifts you can find. Follow the timeline of this book to chart history and tales of many famous foods. It even includes recipes for how to make them.

The Declaration of Independence. High Quality Replica. Professionally Framed

Framed Declaration of Independence

The Declaration of Independence was one of the most famous documents ever composed. Today, copies of the Declaration of Independence are available for sale. Choose one that has been beautifully framed for a truly unique historical gift and awaken the patriot inside.

23andMe Health + Ancestry

23andMe DNA Test

Everyone has a history, but not everybody knows that history. The 23AndMe DNA Test Kit provides insights into which part of the world you come from. You will learn more about your ethnicity and the geographical background of your ancestors. This testing kit is an excellent holiday gift for the entire family.

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