There are plenty of great gifts for American history buffs these days, with artifacts being broken down into small pieces you can own, and thousands of years of history condensed into easy to read and understand books. Choosing a gift for a lover of history is not easier than ever, and we’ve collected some of the best gifts for you to look over and choose from.
History by Mail Six-Month Subscription
This six monthly subscription will be a fantastic gift for history buffs who like to delve into the correspondence of some of the past’s most notable characters. With replica documents from the likes of Rosa Parks and Albert Einstein, it’s a fascinating glimpse into the people behind the facts.
The Timelines of Everything crams an incredible 13 billion years into one stunning book. Detailing key events from the Big Bang right through to modern times, this volume uses photographs, illustrations, and fun facts and figures to bring the past alive for any reader aged 8 years and over.
Fans of the British Royal Family will be thrilled to hang this memento of one of the monarchy’s most talked about weddings. Captured inside a glass-topped riker display box, this fragment of wedding cake from 1981 will make a stunning piece of memorabilia from the fairytale event.
If they like looking back through previous years, they will love reading this New York Times Custom Birthday Book. With the NYT front page from their birthday – from their date of birth to the present day – this book is bound in linen and customized with their name and special date.
If he holds The Constitution close to his heart, let him wear it there too with this handsome red or blue pure silk tie. Measuring 56″ L x 3.25″ W, the tie is printed with the words that begin ‘We the people’, and is a great addition to any formal event outfit.
Science and history buffs alike will love the way this infographic is set out, because it borrows the Periodic Table formula to create a graph of the 45 Presidents of the USA. Arranged sequentially and by political lessons, this framed print will make a stunning gift for any American.
Test their knowledge of times past with Chronology – The Game Where You Make History. Suitable for 2 to 8 players aged 8+, this game sees players arranging events in their own timelines, with the player who gets it right keeping the card. The first to collect 10 cards wins.
Anyone with an interest in the Civil War will be able to immerse themselves fully with 3 book box set. Covering Fort Sumter to Perryville, Fredericksburg to Meridian, and Red River to Appomattox, this highly detailed and beautifully written account will be passed down through generations to come.
For most of us, our knowledge of history comes from what our teachers told us, but what about the things they didn’t tell us? ‘F*cking History: 111 Lessons You Should Have Learned in School’ is filled with the rather more risqué and often hilarious happenings that have occurred throughout time.
If they have a real interest in weapons, give them this book which will show them the history of guns, covering the earliest cannons from way back when to the most modern of weapons which are used in today’s wars. With over 300 firearms included, it’s a comprehensive guide to an explosive subject.
This game will fascinate anyone who’s ever dreamed of being able to time travel. 1 – 6 players can battle it out to return to their own time by averting disasters and preventing assassinations to change history. Alternatively, they can win the game by collecting priceless artefacts along the way.
Nature lovers will really enjoy getting to grips with the secrets of the National Parks. This Scenic Science book explores some of the USA’s most beloved natural spaces, and covers geological, botanical, and wildlife information to help them really understand what goes on within the parks, and why.
Give them a new fact every day with the This Day in Military History Boxed Calendar from the History Channel. With 365 sheets included, each page carries a fascinating and in-depth fact from some of the US’ events, battles, people, and weapons that have written history both at home and across the world.
Many great things have happened in history, and many not-so-great things have happened too. Anyone with a macabre interest in the unfortunate will love ‘Bad Days in History’, the book that contains 365 days of historical misery and misfortune to bring the realization that their day isn’t so bad after all.
They can channel their Charles Lindbergh or Amelia Earhart with this funky aviator hat. Made from faux leather and faux fur so it’s super snug and cozy, this awesome hat features ear flaps to keep their ears warm, and removable goggles to really complete the look. Available in nine colors.
Whether they need to brush up on their American history or just want to carry a reminder with them, this pocket-sized book contains the entire United States Constitution. Along with the Bill of Rights and the Declaration of Independence, there is also every constitutional amendment and much more information to delight and inform.
This book will make a great gift for history buffs with a passion for music, as it contains 100 stories from the world of music that most people have never heard. From the ballet that caused a riot to the FBI’s search for one song’s lyrics, this book is a delight for all readers.
History: From the Dawn of Civilization to the Present Day
Let them read up on the history of the world from the early days of life on earth right up to the here and now, with ‘History: From the Dawn of Civilization to the Present Day’. With 600+ pages, the text in this book is accompanied by illustrations and photographs that really bring it to life.
Most groups of friends or family have at least one history buff in their midst, so make sure everyone is warned with this funny t-shirt. The ideal gift for ‘that’ person, this tee comes in five colors, and is printed with a warning that the wearer might start talking about their pet subject.
This 1000 piece puzzle will keep them engrossed for hours, and when they’re finished they will have a stunning display of LIFE magazine covers from 1883 to 2002. This incredible montage of memorabilia captures some of the most iconic moments from history, and will make a stunning addition to a historian’s collection.
Give them 6000 years’ worth of history at a glance with this stunning World History Wallchart. Measuring an impressive 59.06 x 15.75 inches, this poster creates a timeline of the people and events that have shaped the world, in a colorful and easy to read way.
Anyone with a penchant for the battles and wars that have ensued throughout time will enjoy ‘Battles That Changed History’. This stunning hardcover book delves into more than 90 of the most important and bloody events on land, sea, and air from the past 3000 years, including the two World Wars.
Whether they are still in school or have left their days of formal education far behind, ‘Lies My Teacher Told Me’ will uncover some of the many untruths told about history in schools and colleges everywhere. From pre-Columbian to more recent events like 9/11 and Donald Trump, this book reveals the untold truths.
Bring history alive with the incredible ‘Visual History of the World’ from National Geographic. With rich and colorful illustrations and photographs throughout, this encyclopedia brings past events to life, from when the Pyramids were built to the World Wars, and catastrophic disasters to inventions, discoveries, and key figures from across time.
Socks are sometimes seen as something of a boring gift, but not so with this amazing set of four. The perfect gift for anyone with a keen interest in America’s history, these socks feature four of the USA’s most influential Presidents, from Lincoln to JFK, and Jefferson to George Washington.