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Finding the right gifts for history buffs isn’t always so easy, especially if you’re not one yourself. Luckily, you’re in the right place – as a self proclaimed history nerd I’m very well placed to guide you in finding the best gifts for history lovers out there!
Hardcore history lovers can be tricky to please, as they’ll usually know more about their topic of choice than most other people! The ideal gift for history lovers should be informative, or at least novel if your history buff recipient has a sense of humor and if you’re not quite sure where their interests lie.
The world we live in has the most fascinating history, with so many extraordinary events having taken place throughout the millennia of its existence (that we know about, and have captured in our history books, that is). For some, the most interesting days in history happened when there were great battles; for others they prefer the more personal stories, like those of Henry VIII’s ill-fated wives, or the fascinating story of life as it was for the average joe in ancient civilizations like Rome, Egypt and Greece.
In this list of history lover gifts, I’ve tried my best to cover off a broad range of popular topics within the history of mankind timeline, covering historic events in world history like the World Wars, presidential history gifts that include interesting characters like George Washington, funny history gifts that will act as a conversation starter and plenty of history buff gift ideas in the form of books, which will keep even the most passionate of history aficionados happy!
Searching last minute? A quick guide to the best gifts for history buffs by category
★ Best all-round, crowd-pleasing history buff gifts: History: From the Dawn of Civilization to the Present Day
★ Best gifts for WW2 buffs: Monopoly World War II We Are All In This Together Board Game
★ Top choice of gifts for civil war buffs: The Civil War Trilogy Box Set: With American Homer: Reflections on Shelby Foote and His Classic The Civil War: A Narrative
★ Top choice of gifts for military history buffs: Battles That Changed History
★ Best for presidential history buffs: Weird But True Know-It-All: U.S. Presidents
★ Best history gifts for her (as well as best gifts for medieval history lovers): The Very Secret Sex Lives of Medieval Women: An Inside Look at Women & Sex in Medieval Times
★ Best gifts for art history lovers: Paris Louvre Museum Virtual Guided Tour
★ Best gifts for ancient history lovers: Treasury of Greek Mythology: Classic Stories of Gods, Goddesses, Heroes & Monsters
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- Searching last minute? A quick guide to the best gifts for history buffs by category
- Christmas gifts for history buffs
- Gifts for war history buffs
- Best gifts for American history buffs
- Gifts for ancient history lovers
- Gifts for European history buffs
- Gifts for medieval history buffs
- Gifts for genealogy buffs
- Gifts for art history lovers
- Experience gifts for history lovers
- Wrapping up – best gifts for a history buff
Christmas gifts for history buffs
Christmas gifts for history lovers is a whole topic unto itself! While all of the history-themed presents in this guide are perfect to purchase for the history lover in your life, Christmas shepherds with it an opportunity to go whole-hog, with specifically themed Christmas presents for history lovers that they’re bound to love!
If the history lover in your life is also a fan of period dramas (and cooking), then this Downton Abbey Christmas Cook Book ranks highly amongst Christmas presents for history lovers options. This beautifully presented coffee table cookbook highlights the luxury and elegance of the Christmas episode of Downton Abbey. It includes a collection of traditional British Christmas recipes from appetizers to desserts that were popular during the Edwardian era.
What do you get a history buff for Christmas? Well how about a book that tells them all about its history! This is probably one of the best Christmas gifts for history buffs out there, as you’ll arm them with knowledge about Christmas traditions, which will have them gleefully imparting facts about the origins of gift giving, caroling, mistletoe and more all day long.
Those on the hunt for Christmas gifts for American history buffs need look no further – this book is a history of Christmas in the United States from colonial times to the present. It is well researched and clearly written and discusses the social history of the evolution of Christmas in America. A perfect gift for the history obsessed Christmas lover!
Gifts for war history buffs
In this section, I’ve covered the most popular searches of gifts for military history lovers, including a couple of crowd pleasers if you’re not sure that your history lovers interests are exclusive to any one war or period of history, along with the World Wars of the 20th century.
This book covers the entire history of tanks, from the earliest designs to the latest models. Your military history lover can learn about the development of heavy artillery and anti-tank weapons, and see how the men who designed them shaped the course of modern warfare.
In this book, award-winning writer, TV presenter and historian Sir Tony Robinson relives 3,000 years of world-changing combat. History lovers will learn about the key battles of the eras, ranging from the ancient world, right up until the current issues of today, including the War on Terrorism and the War on Poverty. A great all round present if you’re searching for war history gifts.
Gifts for WW2 buffs
As gifts for WW2 buffs go, this one is a solid choice. This books introduces readers to a range or WW2 topics, covering all the main events, all the gritty details and odd true facts, which includes how the Canadians stole airplanes for the British! When they finish this book, your history lover have a fact for every occasion.
These cardstock stickers are one of those perfect smaller gifts for World War 2 buffs. Perfect for those who enjoy crafting projects, they can be used alone or layered over other products to create a unique effect. These stickers are perfect for cardmaking, scrapbooking, home decor, crafts and more.
Those on a quest for great gifts for WWII history buffs will be delighted with this one. An American designed and built twin-engine straight-wing jet aircraft, the A-10 Thunderbolt II (also known as the Warthog) was a close air support aircraft operated by the U.S. Air Force. This model is a great gift for those with an interest in the aerial battles of WW2.
If you’re looking for gifts for World War II buffs that the whole family can join in on then this is perfect! Wheel and deal World War II events such as Pearl Harbour, D-day Normandy and the Battle of the Bulge in an effort to own these momentous pieces of history. This game is suitable for ages 8+ and for groups of 2-6 players.
Gifts for WW1 buffs
According to reviewers, this book is an outstanding overview of the whole WWI, with many praising it as the best book they’ve read on the topic. Inside of including just facts, lots of context and some personal stories are also woven into the narrative. This really is a fabulous choice if you’re searching for gifts for WWI buffs, as they’ll likely learn facts about the Great War that they didn’t know before.
These WWI poster prints are the perfect gifts for war enthusiasts. Evocative, visual and also, reasonably priced, they’re likely to appeal to a broad range of WW1 buffs. Perfect as a stocking filler, or if you don’t know the recipient of your gift all that well, they also make great gifts for students and teachers of WWI, along with making great decorations for wall or office spaces.
Best gifts for American history buffs
US history gifts are broad ranging. While still being a relatively new country in the grand scheme of things, US history is already deep and has impacted and interested millions of people over the past few centuries. For those who are fascinated by the founding and subsequent tales of the United States, here are the best gifts for American history lovers.
Gifts for civil war buffs
This pocket-sized hand crank gatling gun is a perfect choice for those searching for small gifts for Civil War history buffs. The Civil War era Gatling Gun features moving wheels, a rotating hand crank, and intricate detail for added authenticity, making it the perfect gift idea for a war veteran or a military enthusiast. Below the gun barrel is a fully functional pencil sharpeners, making this miniature a great desk companion, or a stand alone item for a pencil sharpener collection!
The Civil War Trilogy Box Set: With American Homer: Reflections on Shelby Foote and His Classic The Civil War: A Narrative
If you really want to make the Civil War lover in your life happy and have more than a few dollars to spend, then this trilogy box set offers all you could ever need to know about the American Civil War. Readers comment on how well researched, extremely well written and articulated and well balanced this book is. A great choice for US history buffs!
Gifts for Revolutionary War buffs
This book tells the tales of 20 incredibly brave and inspiring women, who each played a part in the American Revolution. This lively collection of biographical profiles draws on interviews with historians, descendants of the women featured as well as primary source material, for a truly great read. A good choice for those searching for American history gifts where women play in the central role!
If your Revolutionary war aficionado loves strategic card games, then this is a brilliant choice. Although not for the faint-hearted (the game is a little complex, so requires you to thoroughly read the rules before jumping in), it is a fun way to learn about American history through the medium of…duels!
Gifts for presidential history buffs
Featuring 29 Classic presidential campaign slogans, this 14oz mug is a great gift for those looking for an affordable option for a recipient with an obsession with US presidential history.
This intriguing read makes a great gift for American presidential history buffs! Readers will learn about the presidents of the United States, from the mundane, to the astounding including their nicknames, birthdays, favourite foods, hobbies, and other interesting facts. They will also learn about the presidents’ wives, children, and pets. There are several black-and-white photographs included to illustrate this book of presidential stories, allowing readers a look at some of the Smithsonian’s presidential artefacts.
Gifts for ancient history lovers
If you’re looking for gifts for ancient history buffs, then you can’t go wrong with one of the three main ancient civilizations; Rome, Greece and Egypt. The best gifts for gifts for history nerds who love the ancients below!
Gifts for ancient Rome lovers
Books make great gifts for Roman history lovers, as there is just so much to learn about this fascinating period of ancient history. In this fantastic read, author and historian Tom Holland delivers a masterful, witty and brilliantly researched popular history of Rome’s first five emperors. This period of the first and possibly greatest Roman emperors is a colourful story of rule, ruin, intrigue, murder, naked ambition, greed, gluttonous excess, lust, incest, and treachery.
If you’re looking for unique gifts for Roman history buffs, then how about this one – a 3D jigsaw of Rome! Perfect for jigsaw puzzle lovers, this is also a great choice for those searching for Roman history gifts that can cater to a crowd.
Gifts for ancient Greece lovers
While aimed at children and teens, this beautifully illustrated and presented book also makes a great choice for those seek Ancient Greece themed gifts for adults, as it tells the myths of Ancient Greece in a straightforward way, providing both the perfect introduction to and collection of Ancient Greek tales.
Gifts for ancient Egypt lovers
There are plenty of generic gifts for ancient Egyptian fans out there, but this one is very unique – a notebook that teaches you how to write and read Egyptian hieroglyphs, helping that Ancient Egypt enthusiast take that enthusiasm to the next level! The journal contains 200 pages for practicing writing and translating ancient Egyptian texts.
Gifts for European history buffs
This book does exactly what it says on the tin, making it top of the list of options for those searching for gifts for European history lovers. So much of Europe’s history is interwoven with neighbouring nations, so this book casts a historical narrative that stretches from the Ice Age to the Atomic Age, as it tells the story of Europe, East and West. It covers topics such an minority communities and captures the eras of the rise and fall of the Roman empire right through to the devastation that followed the two world wars. An absolutely fantastic read!
Gifts for medieval history buffs
Those on the hunt for gifts for medieval history lovers will be drawn in by the title and topic of this one! This book contains both serious, interesting facts and laugh out loud commentary, bringing to life the world of women during this age marvelously to life, using well done research and entertaining snippets of imagined conversations between women and men of the time.
Not only will this satisfy those looking for medieval history gifts, but also those looking for gifts for English history buffs too. In this book, Ian Mortimer makes medieval England accessible and easy to understand, so that that even those with little knowledge of medieval England will be captivated.
Gifts for genealogy buffs
If someone is proclaimed genealogy aficionado, they’ll likely already have a solid understanding of the topic, and so finding gifts for family history buffs may be a little tricky. This great book ramps their research up a notch, through a plain-English guide that walks you through the various DNA tests available, getting them done and then how to wade through and interpret the often overwhelming amount of data once results are received.
Gifts for art history lovers
Professor Gombrich’s book, The Story of Art, has been a best seller for over 40 years. Readers of all ages and backgrounds find in Professor Gombrich a true master, and he combines knowledge and wisdom with an unusual gift for communicating his deep appreciation of the subject. Complete with illustrations where they are needed, those looking for gifts for art history buffs can’t go wrong with this, as it’s treasured by both newcomers to and connoisseurs of the subject.
Paris Louvre Museum Virtual Guided Tour
If you can’t get to the museum, bring the museum to you! I don’t think any art history fan would say no to a virtual tour of one of the most famous art galleries in the world, the magnificent Louvre in Paris. As gift ideas for history lovers go, particularly those with an interest in art history, this one is winner! Participants will explore the Louvre with a licensed guide, discovering behind-the-scenes photos and videos. Hear facts you may not have heard otherwise, and buckle down at the end for a special Q-and-A session.
Experience gifts for history lovers
If you’re looking for cool gifts for history buffs, then you should considering organising an unforgettable experience for them. An ultimate experience gift for a history lover would be to plan a trip for them to an historic city. To help get you started, here are some ideas:
- How To Spend 2 Days In Florence – A Comprehensive Guide
- Best 2 Days In Dublin Itinerary – A Local’s Guide To Dublin’s Fair City
- 2 Days In Seville – Getting To The Heart of Andalusia’s Capital City
- Lisbon In 2 Days – The Ultimate Luxury Guide (+ Foodie Tips!)
Alternatively, some unique gifts for history buffs that show a bit of creativity on your end too that wouldn’t be quite expensive as an entire city break could include either historical tours in your area (click here for my tour company of choice).
Another idea is to to buy a virtual history tour for them – the great thing about this is that you are not limited by geography and can literally send them anywhere around the world! Some ideas to get you started include:
- Legends, Traditions and Essence of Catalonia Live Virtual Tour
- Colosseum Virtual Tour: Blood and Sand in Ancient Rome
- Gion Historical Virtual Walking Tour in Kyoto
Wrapping up – best gifts for a history buff
I hope you found this post of gift ideas for history buffs useful! History is such a broad topic and if you don’t know too much about it yourself and are trying to find that perfect gift, my parting piece of advice would be to buy your history lover a well-reviewed book – you can never go wrong with a book – they really do make the best gifts for history buffs!