If you’re looking for a gift for the history lover in your life, you’re in luck. Here you will find several gifts you won’t have to dig 30ft underground to find them.
From intriguing books to history-themed games and apparel, these gifts will make any history buff smile.
Here are 25 unique history-themed gifts perfect for any passionate history buffs on your holiday gift list.
The Book of Amazing History
It’s no surprise that most history buffs love learning about new historical topics. This makes The Book of Amazing History a perfect and entertaining gift for the history lover in your life. This 704-page book covers many historical topics, from war to pop culture to food and the arts, and includes thousands of haunting stories, articles, and graphs.
History by Mail Subscription
Any history lover intrigued by historical archives is guaranteed to love a subscription to History by Mail.
This service delivers replicas of historical documents every month. Each package comes with context pages and details surrounding the documented event. Choose between a monthly, six-month, or one-year subscription, and the recipient will receive high-quality replicated documents. Patented inventions, transfers of power, foreign relations, and so much more
This Day in History Boxed Calendar
With extraordinary historical facts, inspiring people, and accomplishments on every page, you can’t go wrong with giving any history buff this boxed calendar.
Covering all different eras and topics throughout history, this small desk gift or stocking stuffer is ideal for any history or trivia fan. And for anyone with a more niche historical interest, the History Channel also offers boxed calendars focused on military history or women’s history.
Undelivered: The Never-Heard Speeches That Would Have Rewritten History Audiobooks
While most history buffs usually have a stack of books they’re waiting to read, we all know it can be difficult to find the time to read as often as we’d like.
With this audiobook, you can help the history lover in your life continue to learn and discover new things even when they’re on the go. Full of fascinating undelivered speeches that represent alternative histories, this unique audiobook offers incredible insight into the past through the discussion of some of the most influential moments in history.
CHRONOLOGY Board Game
History buffs and trivia enthusiasts alike can put their knowledge to the test with CHRONOLOGY. In this board game, 6-8 players attempt to build an accurate historical timeline by guessing the correct chronological order of different events. This game is perfect for both young and older history buffs and includes over 800 events for long-term family fun.
The World Game
Another family-friendly board game, The World Game is the perfect gift for any young history enthusiast in your life. This educational geography card game is designed to help players learn about flags, capitals, countries, and continents. The game is fun, educational, and simple to learn, making it a fantastic choice for people of any age that are interested in learning about and traveling the world.
World History Timeline Poster
Covering 5,000 years of influential historical events, this hand-drawn poster is the perfect stylish and educational addition to any history lover’s home. The unique, handmade design is not only easy-to-follow when used as a reference, but it also serves as a beautiful, one-of-a-kind piece of art. And with major events from prehistoric times to the present day, it’s guaranteed to capture every history buff’s interests and passions.
History-Themed Novelty Socks
If you’re looking for a small gift or stocking stuffer for a history buff, you can’t go wrong with a pair of fun novelty socks.
These unique, vibrant socks come with a range of influential presidents, founding fathers, and historical figures, including Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, and Queen Elizabeth. They’re also unisex and one-size-fits-all, making this a perfect option for history lovers of any age, size, or gender.
Historical Atlas of the United States
There’s no better way to uncover historical knowledge than through vintage maps and atlases, and this 1993 National Geographic Historical Atlas is one of the best and most unique options you can find. Covering hundreds of years of history, any recipient of this rare antique book is guaranteed to want to dive right in and explore all the maps, stories, and knowledge this atlas has to offer.
Presidential Slogan Coffee Mug
With this presidential campaign slogan mug, history buffs can enjoy a piece of history while sipping their morning coffee. With 29 bright, colorful campaign slogans, ranging from “Tippecanoe and Tyler Too” to “Yes We Can”, this dishwasher-safe and microwave-safe mug makes a great gift for anyone interested in both history and politics.
Funny History-Themed T-Shirt
If you’re looking to give a gift guaranteed to make any history lover laugh, you can’t go wrong with a fun history-themed t-shirt, like this “Don’t Make Me Repeat Myself” history shirt. This shirt comes in all different fits, sizes, and colors, so you can find the perfect one for your gift recipient. Whether you’re shopping for a history teacher or any history enthusiast, a funny history t-shirt ensures plenty of smiles and laughs.
Letterjoy Historical Letter Subscription
Whether the history buff in your life is interested in presidents, the Civil War, aviation history, the American Revolution, or any other historical period, Letterjoy’s historical letter subscription has something for them.
Every month, this unique subscription service sends replicas of real historical letters from figures such as Clara Barton, Sojourner Truth, or Benjamin Franklin, along with an article providing additional information and context. Packages include a three-month, six-month, or year-long subscription.
BBC History Revealed Magazine Subscription
Another fantastic subscription service, this BBC magazine subscription offers insight into some of the most influential historical events in a fun and engaging way. Every month, your gift recipient will receive an issue of the BBC History Revealed Magazine delivered to their door. These magazines use exciting imagery and narratives to share intriguing facts and information about both historical events and present-day issues.
Framed Declaration of Independence
If you’re shopping for a history lover that’s intrigued by the American Revolution, you might want to consider purchasing them a framed Declaration of Independence. This unique replica comes in a stunning wood frame and makes the perfect decor for any home, office, or history classroom. For anyone interested in historical artifacts and replicas, this antique handmade piece is the perfect addition to their collection.
Life Cover Collection Puzzle
From putting a man on the Moon to the famous image of a Navy Sailor in the V-J Day in Times Square photograph, Life Magazine covers have captured some of the most well-known and celebrated moments in history. This challenging 1,000-piece puzzle includes a variety of the magazine’s covers over the years, offering a glimpse into history through some of the world’s most iconic photographs.
Ides of March Pencil Holder
If you’re looking for a creative, one-of-a-kind gift for any history buff, this Ides of March Julius Caesar bust pencil holder is a great choice.
Not only does it serve as a fun and quirky decoration for any office, classroom, or home, but it’s also functional and helps keep the recipient organized by holding pencils and small tools. With a design that stabs Caesar in the back with utensils, this historical decor will get a smile out of any history enthusiast.
Ancient Coin Collection
For anyone that wants a unique and genuine piece of history in their home, this ancient coin collection display makes the perfect gift.
Along with a protective acrylic display holder and a certificate of authenticity, this set comes with six unique coins from ancient civilizations, including the Roman Empire, Ancient China, the Judean Kingdom, and more. There are also six detail cards so the recipient can learn all about this unique part of ancient history.
Coat of Arms and Family Name History Plaque
While there are so many fantastic gifts for people interested in world history, there are also plenty of options for history enthusiasts that want to learn more about their only family history, including this family name plaque. This gorgeous personalized gift comes in a wooden frame and includes a coat of arms and historical information about names from a huge variety of backgrounds.
A History of Food in 100 Recipes
If the history buff in your life also happens to be a foodie, A History of Food in 100 Recipes is the perfect book to add to their collection. In this engaging collection of historical recipes, cooking methods, and facts, William Sitwell covers a huge range of topics, from the first cookbook to the invention and rise of different cuisines. With so much historical knowledge throughout this book, it truly has something for every reader to enjoy.
History Analog Wall Clock
You can never go wrong with a thoughtful and handmade gift during the holiday season, and this amazing and decorative analog wall clock is a perfect option for history buffs. The gorgeous historical design is made out of wood and can be customized with a red, black, or white background. You can also add any personalized engraving for free, so you can make the design a perfect fit for any gift recipient.
Mini Mayflower Ship Model Collectible
If you’re searching for even more decor gift ideas, you might want to consider this historical nautical Mayflower collectible. This mini replica is made from high-quality wood and canvas and is built with incredible attention to detail, making this gift a great addition to any desk, mantle, or bookshelf. And if someone is particularly interested in nautical history, this collectible model is guaranteed to be a winner.
Axis & Allies 1942 Second Edition Board Game
Axis & Allies is a unique tabletop board game experience designed for passionate and strategic history buffs.
This immersive 2-5 player game allows players to take control of the Axis or Allied powers and plot military strategies, attacks, and plans for their side’s military forces. Along with an oversized game board for convenient gameplay, this second edition set comes with over 400 pieces for players to use as they immerse themselves in history.
John Adams Biography
One of the most well-renowned and best-selling historical biographies of all time, John Adams by David McCullough discusses the fascinating life story of founding father John Adams and the politics, social issues, and relationships that shaped his life. 7
Not only does this Pulitzer-Prize-winning biography effectively and compellingly present historical facts, but it discusses the broader themes of human nature, ambition, and more that impact both historical and current events.
Patriotic Tea Sampler
For any history lovers that are also big tea drinkers, this Solstice Patriotic loose leaf tea sampler makes a creative and unique history-themed gift.
The pack comes with an assortment of six high-quality historical teas that are documented as some of the teas that were tossed into the Boston Harbor during the Boston Tea Party in 1773. Along with the historical significance of the gift, recipients will be able to enjoy six tins of delicious tea that make over 15 servings each.
The sampler kit also comes with a historical fact sheet to learn more about Revolutionary War history.
National Geographic Ultimate Visual History of the World
It’s no secret that many history buffs have a large and expansive book collection, and you can add to that collection by gifting the National Geographic Ultimate Visual History of the World: The Story of Humankind From Prehistory to Modern Times.
This engaging, visual-driven book brings history to life through antique maps, stunning dramatic images, and enthralling narratives, making it a great read or an intriguing coffee table book. National Geographic presents a sweeping history of civilization that will engage history lovers of any age.
Choosing the Perfect Gift for History Buffs
If you’re unsure of what to buy for a history enthusiast, take a look through this gift guide for some of the best books, decorations, clothes, subscription services, and more.
Whether they’re interested in ancient civilization, the World Wars, the American Revolution, or even the history of art and food, there’s something on this list that is guaranteed to satisfy any history buff you know.
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