Do you know someone who can spout off more American history trivia than any Jeopardy champion? Finding the perfect gift for a history nerd can be one of the more overwhelming tasks when it comes to the fine art of gift giving. After doing some shopping of my own for a history lover, I curated this list to help you find the best gifts for history buffs in your life.
History Gifts That Any History Lover Will Enjoy
Benjamin Franklin Statue
For those on your holiday gift list with a deep love of Benjamin Franklin, this statue is a fun and thoughtful gift this year. Sitting at just over 11 inches, this bronze statue is the perfect addition to any office, history classroom, or home.
I love this gift for anyone that gets excited over the founding fathers! If Benjamin Franklin isn’t their favorite, there are also statues and Funko Pops for George Washington, John Adams, and other historical figures of the Revolutionary War Era.
Interesting Stories for Curious People
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.
Monopoly: World War 2 Edition
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.
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.
Abraham Lincoln Funko Pop
Not gonna lie, I was surprised and thrilled to find an Abraham Lincoln Funko Pop – and of course I had to include it in the list of gifts for history buffs! The American History collection is new to the Funko Pop series but sure to catch the eye of the history buff. Whether that be you, your family, your friends, or even a beloved history teacher, this adorable conversation sparker deserves a spot in the history collection!
Edgar Allan Poe Funko Pop
Say “nevermore” to an empty collection of figurines! This Edgar Allan Poe Funko Pop is a great nod to the “iconic” dark and gloomy literary icon. A great gift idea not only for history buffs, but also poets and goth culture fanatics alike. Equipped with an all black outfit and skull in hand, Poe is fashionably unique and makes for the perfect display piece.
This Day in Women’s History Calendar
Brought to you by the History Channel itself, this daily calendar is perfect for the appreciation of women’s historical impact on the world and the suffrage movement as a whole. Each day is dedicated to different events and women throughout history, from Sojourner Truth and other women of the civil rights movement to women around the world and beyond. You’ll truly learn something new everyday! (You may also want to check these books on women’s history for kids and teens too!)
The Tale of 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.
Statue of Liberty LEGO Set
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!
Eiffel Tower Lego Set
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.
I Survived – 10 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.
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.
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.
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!
Military History: The Definitive Visual Guide of 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.
Deal or Duel: 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!
Alexander Hamilton Cosplay Hoodie
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.
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.
Frida Kahlo Barbie: Inspiring Women Series
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!
John F. Kennedy Action Figure
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!
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.
Looking to make this book a packaged deal? Include Battles: Map by Map as well for the perfect present!
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!