28 Unique Gifts That Any History Buff Will Treasure

Updated on March 11, 2022 Updated on Mar 11, 2022
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    Do you have a history buff in your life? You know, the ones that devour history books, and spend hours watching documentaries and occasionally bore you with facts about battles? History buffs are an interesting breed. Do you need to find an excellent gift for them? Well, you’re in luck! I’m a history buff myself, so I have created the ultimate gift guide for history buffs just for you!

  1. This Day In History 2022 Calendar
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    This history calendar is a great gift idea for the history buff who also loves to play trivia games. From one of the most relied-upon and best-respected sources of historical material, The History Channel, comes a record of extraordinary important events for every day of the year! Packed full of influential events, remarkable accomplishments, groundbreaking inventions, and inspiring people, this 2022 history boxed calendar assembles 365 days of interesting facts from early civilization to the 21st century.

  3. The Greatest Presidential Stories Never Told
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    Not all history gets the star treatment. There are countless Presidential stories virtually lost to time. This book tells some of those lesser-known but still compelling Presidential stories. This is the perfect gift for the history buff who likes to know what goes on in the Oval Office! 

  5. National Geographic Visual History of the World
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    This book is a tome! It covers everything from 4,000 BCE right up to our times. Filled with photos and illustrations, it’s one of the best gift ideas a history lover could hope for. The book is enormous, with more than 600 pages and weighing in at nearly 6 pounds. It will provide many hours of happy reading. Any history buff will want this on their bookshelf.

  7. History by Mail Six-Month Subscription
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    The invention of the atomic bomb. Rosa Parks and the Montgomery bus boycott. Sure, you can read about these moments in a book, but why not hear from those who were actually there? This monthly mail subscription service sends detailed replicas of historical documents, like Albert Einstein’s correspondence with FDR or Parks’ police report when she refused to give up her seat. Each letter comes with pertinent information to explain any additional context and cultural significance.

  9. Washington Post Birthday Book
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    It’s time to celebrate a great moment in history—the day you were born! This custom-made, commemorative book is a treasury of the historic events that have crossed the path of you or an honored gift recipient. To start with, the timeless, hardback binding comes with the recipient’s name embossed in gold on its surface, as well as a custom-printed dedication on the title page. Inside, the book contains reproductions of the front page of The Washington Post, one for each birthday all the way back to the day you entered the world.

  11. Teas of the Boston Tea Party
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    Boston Harbor, December 16, 1773: It’s late, it’s freezing, and the colonists aren’t going to take it anymore. “No taxation without representation!” The day goes down in history as the Boston Tea Party. Take a taste of colonial times with this set of five teas–two green and three black–in the varieties that were in the 342 chests thrown overboard during that momentous protest.

  13. History of the World Map by Map
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    So much of world history is influenced by geography. That’s what this book conveys. Covering everything from humans migrating from Africa to the race to reach outer space, this book offers more than 140 maps with amazing detail.

  15. The Book of History
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    The best part of being a history lover is discovering new topics. This gift is perfect for that. It covers a wide range of topics in easily digestible snippets allowing the reader to find new topics and read further on the ones that catch their interest. 

  17. A History of Food in 100 Recipes
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    If your history lover is a foodie, too, they will love this book. In many ways, food is history, and this book tells us those tales. A history lesson and a cookbook in one, any recipient will be thrilled with this gift. 

  19. Chronology Game
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    Think you know which came first – the invention of mayonnaise or decaffeinated coffee? Lincoln’s Gettysburg address or John Deere’s first plow? Test your knowledge with Chronology by Buffalo Games – the game of all time! Build your own timeline of cards. Someone will read you a historical event from a card. You decide where that event falls in your timeline. If you are right, keep the card and your timeline grows. The first player to build a timeline of 10 cards wins!

  21. Novelty Socks
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    These socks are great for lovers of American presidential history. They feature George Washington, Benjamin Franklin (not a president but a Founding Father), Abraham Lincoln, and more. The socks are unisex, and there are four sets per order. 

  23. Framed Declaration of Independence
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    For the American Revolution history buff, one of the most important documents ever composed, this sepia-colored copy of the Declaration of Independence comes framed in black. It measures 19 by 21 inches. If only Nicholas Cage had this, it could have saved us all a lot of time.  A super unique gift any history buff will love. 

  25. Julius Caesar Pencil Holder
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    If your history buff has something of a dark sense of humor, they’ll love this pencil holder. Caesar can’t say he wasn’t warned, “Beware the Ides of March.” Made of heavy-weight resin, it holds six pens or pencils and is about eight inches tall.

  27. Ancestry DNA Kit
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    We all have our history, and sometimes, it’s largely unknown. This DNA kit can shed light on your history buff’s background and traits. The test gives more exact ethnicity and more geographical detail than others giving testers a complete picture of who and where they came from. This holiday season give them a peek into their own history.

  29. Gods & Heros Pop-Up Book
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    Not all history books are this cool! This pop-up book covers Greek, Roman, Egyptian, Norse, Eastern, and New World gods. The book is suitable for kids in grades K-4. 

  31. Henry VIII Coffee Mug
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    King Henry VIII had more than a few wives and more than a few of them had unhappy endings. As you fill this mug with coffee or another hot liquid, the wives disappear and what happened to them is revealed. 

  33. Alexander Hamilton Card Game
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    Alexander Hamilton is having something of a moment thanks to Lin Manuel Miranda’s hit musical. This game uses historical figures from early American history and the events of those times to influence gameplay. It can be played with 2-6 players and is meant for those ages ten and up.

  35. History Dawn of Civilization 
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    This comprehensive and compelling visual encyclopedia tells the story of our world in proper depth and detail, from the origins of life on Earth right up until the 21st century. Human endeavor and achievement are charted and celebrated from every angle, alongside crucial events, groundbreaking ideas, military history, political forces, and technological advances that have shaped our planet’s progress.

  37. Lego Architecture Statue of Liberty
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    Lovers of New York City history will instantly recognize the Statue of Liberty. Now they can build it themselves with this Lego kit. The kit is suitable for history buffs age 16 and up. 

  39. Presidential Slogan Coffee Mug
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    This Presidential Slogan Mug and 29 Classic campaign slogans on one mug – from Adelai to Zachary! It will hold 12 oz. of their favorite beverage and it comes in a colorful box ready for gifting.

  41. History Teacher Travel Mug
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    Some people want to bury the past but not history teachers! This travel mug gets the point across. The coffee mug is stainless steel and will keep hot drinks hot and cold drinks cold and holds up to 20 ounces. 

  43. Constitution Whiskey Glasses and Decanter
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    One of the greatest documents ever composed and one of the greatest drinks ever invented! This set includes a decanter and four whiskey glasses all etched with words from the United States Consitution. 

  45. Historical Novels Jigsaw Puzzle
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    Put together some of the greatest novels ever written with this one-of-a-kind 1000-piece jigsaw puzzle! Each piece is unique and fits precisely in the correct spot. It makes a tremendous gift for family game night or those who have the patience to do jigsaw puzzles. 

  47. F*ucking History Book
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    History that doesn’t suck: Smart, crude, and funny history hilariously relevant to modern life. Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it. Too bad it’s usually boring as sh*t. Enter The Captain, the ultimate storyteller who brings history to life (and to your life) in this hilarious, intelligent, brutally honest, and crude compendium to events that happened before any of us were born.

  49. Notre Dame of Paris Bookends
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    Help your history buff keep all of their history books organized with these bookend busts of the world-famous Notre Dame of Paris. These gorgeous bookends will keep your historical novels safe and tidy while doubling as a terrific conversation piece for your next dinner party! 

  51. Civil War History T-Shirt
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    Is your history nerd also a Civil War nerd? Do they love a good joke? If so, they will love this history gift. The t-shirt comes in Men’s or Women’s fit, five colors, and sizes from Small to 3XL. 

  53. John Adams Biography
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    David McCullough is an author all history buffs are familiar with. This biography of John Adams, the second president of the United States, won the author a Pulitzer Prize and was the basis for the HBO series on the Founding Father. An excellent idea for a book lover.  

  55. D-Day Action Figures
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    Fans of history will love this gift. This set of D-Day action figures makes a unique gift for that child who is wild about history! The set comes with 40 pieces and is sure to be a new favorite toy!