18 Gifts for History Buffs

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For history buffs, there’s nothing better than receiving a gift that celebrates their love for the past. From ancient civilizations to modern events, the history of the world is rich and fascinating, making it an endless source of inspiration for unique and meaningful gifts. However, with so many options available, it can be challenging to decide on the perfect gift for the history enthusiast in your life.

In this gift guide, we’ve compiled a list of the best gifts for history buffs, so you can find the perfect present for the history lover in your life. From books and documentaries to collectibles and travel experiences, our guide has something for every type of history buff, so you can give a gift that will be cherished and enjoyed for years to come.

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History Gifts That Any History Lover Will Enjoy

Augustus Caesar Bust Statue

This Replica Bust of Augustus Caesar is a stunning piece of historical art that captures the essence of one of the most significant figures in ancient Roman history. This bust is crafted with the utmost attention to detail and features a highly realistic and accurate representation of Augustus Caesar. Hand-cast using real crushed stone bonded with durable designer resin, this 18 inch tall bust is a must-have for history enthusiasts and collectors alike, making it the perfect addition to any home or office.

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Framed Declaration of Independence

We're pretty sure this is the ultimate gift for history buffs. At least those who are passionate about American history. This beautifully framed reproduction of the original Declaration of Independence is a must-have for any history lover. Hang it in an office, in the living room, or anywhere you want to admire it daily.

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Interesting Stories For Curious People: A Collection of Fascinating Stories About History, Science, Pop Culture and Just About Anything Else You Can Think of

A good book for a history buff looking for a great conversation starter, Interesting Stories for Curious People covers not only the greatest stories in world history but also science, pop culture, and really anything else you can think of. If you love learning random facts about just about anything and everything, Interesting Stories for Curious People is the perfect gift for you to flip through to find your new random fact to impress people with.

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Monopoly World War II We Are All In This Together Board Game

Everyone loves Monopoly! This classic board game is a fun gift for history buffs to help them share history knowledge trivia and try to make it to the end. 

This World War 2 edition of Monopoly is fun for everyone, and the perfect way to engage those obsessed with warfare.

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Replica World War 1 Trench Whistle

This replica World War Whistle is a fun gift for anyone that loves to study American history, specifically the first world war. 

Stamped with the year 1916, this whistle is a unique gift for a WWI history fan. 

Want to add icing to the whistle cake? Add on this World War 1 memorabilia pack to really make your gift over the top.

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LEGO Architecture Statue of Liberty

An ideal gift for the landmark history buff, this Lego Architecture version of the Statue of Liberty is a great way to help out a friend who may not be able to travel to New York City to see Lady Liberty in person. Fun to build and beautiful to display for the history fanatic looking for a challenge!

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The Tale of The Princess Kaguya

Based off of the oldest surviving monogatari - fictional prose narrative - with elements of Japanese folklore, Studio Ghibli's The Tale of The Princess Kaguya pays homage to the 10th century story The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter. This stunning work of historical fiction could also be considered proto-science fiction given its similarities to modern day superhero origin stories. Anyone with an interest in Ancient Japanese history - especially their art, folklore, or even literature - or anyone who is a fan of Studio Ghibli is sure to appreciate The Tale of The Princess Kaguya.

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LEGO Architecture Paris

Paris is famous for its aesthetically beautiful and romantic architecture, the most notable being the Eiffel Tower. Anyone with an interest in French culture or interior design would surely love to display the Eiffel Tower on their mantel.

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I Survived: Ten Thrilling Books (Boxed Set)

If you're looking for history gifts for kids, you won't find any better set of books than the I Survived series. Perfect for kids in grades 3-6 who love thrilling chapter books based on real events in history, each story is like a time machine that sends young readers into the point of view of different characters who were present in various historical events.

My son read almost every one of these books in elementary school and loved them. He couldn't get enough!

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Ides of March Pencil Holder

Not all history gifts must be serious - there are funny history gifts out there too! While Julius Caesar might not think this pencil holder is funny, we certainly do. Stab Caesar in the back with your pens and pencils. Just use your own judgement when gifting this to your boss or best friend. 

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The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

Anyone looking to learn the details of the life of Benjamin Franklin needs to read his autobiography! 

Written completely by one of history's most influential men, Benjamin Franklin took the time to write up his life story to pass on life lessons for generations to come. 

This book is a must read among history buffs and will complete almost any bookshelf this year!

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Military History: The Definitive Visual Guide to the Objects of Warfare

Whether the history buff on your gift list this year is 8 years old or 80, this book is an excellent gift. 

Dive into a variety of tools used in warfare throughout history with this visual guide to help readers learn about military history on a deeper level. Military History is the ultimate guide to weapons, vehicles, hardware, and equipment of war throughout history.

To help them dive deeper, pair this book with this guide on Battles that Changed History.

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Deal or Duel Hamilton Game: An Alexander Hamilton Card Game

A fun way to incorporate the entire family in some history, this card game is a perfect gift this holiday season. Deal or Duel is a game to help you deal with issues in the way that America did in its earliest days, as Alexander Hamilton did. This would also make a great American History teacher gift for them to play with the class.

This historic action card game whose simple objective is as old as Ameritocracy itself: get all the money or die trying. 

Trust me, they will love this game!

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Alexander Hamilton Hooded Sweatshirt

Whether they are history buffs or major fans of the broadway play ‘Hamilton’, this Alexander Hamilton cosplay hoodie is the perfect gift. Help them dress up as a soldier fighting for America’s freedom with this awesome gift. 

On the hoodie, a soldier's coat is screen printed to help make their costume easy and fun all year long. 

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Anatolian Puzzle - Frida Kahlo 1000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle

Puzzles have so many positive reactions on our mental development, so why not invest in a beautiful puzzle as a gift for history buffs on your list? This Anatolian puzzle is ideal for any Frida Kahlo fan- not only is it of one of the most famous latin American artists in the world, but the colors on this puzzle is just gorgeous. 

The final picture is one of Kahlo’s famous self-portraits, making any art history fanatic squeal with joy when they open it. 

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Barbie Inspiring Women Series Frida Kahlo Doll

Speaking of Frida Kahlo, did you know that she has her own Barbie? How amazing is that?

Mattel created a series of barbies for inspiring women and they were wise enough to include one of Latin America’s most famous painters! 

This gift would be the perfect gift for this holiday season!

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Related: The Best Gifts that Empower Women and Celebrate Feminism

US Presidents 8 Inch Action Figures Series: John F. Kennedy

Looking for a history action figure for that special person on your list? Look no further than one of America’s favorite presidents- the John F. Kennedy action Figure. 

Standing at 8 inches, this John F. Kennedy action figure would be perfect on any history buff's desk!

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History of the World Map by Map

For anyone interested in the history of the world and how countries came to be, this book is a great gift. Each page covers years of world history and goes map by map so readers have a visual look on how the world we have come to be, one country at a time.

With over 140 beautifully created maps, readers will be able to see not just where we are going, but where we have been. 

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From cosplay hoodies to awesome action figures to super fun card games, there are gifts for every history buff on your list this holiday season! Thanks to Amazon, whether they love the World Wars, art history, or the founding fathers, there is a gift for them. 

So tell me… what did I miss? Do you know of a must-get gift for history buffs that didn’t make the list? Tell me in the comments below!

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Amanda is a mom of four kids, two dogs, a cat, and a few hundred composting worms. As a former teacher, former fitness instructor, and the oldest of a houseful of kids, she has quite a bit of experience educating others – which she now does via writing! Gift giving isn’t her main love language, but she loves shopping for the perfect gifts for others.

You can find her on her main blog at amandaseghetti.com and on all social media @amandaseghetti <3

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