Christmas Gift Guide for History Buffs
Looking for some ideas for the perfect present to delight the history buff in your life? We have put together a list of the best history gifts around…
Gift: Ancestry DNA
Price: £79.00 + shipping
Perfect for: Anyone!
This simple test will uncover where your ancestors came from, and allow you to discover distant relatives and new details about your unique family history. You or your loved one will receive a breakdown of ethnicity revealing your ethnic mix from the past 500-1000 years!
Gift: Find My Past Subscription or Credits
Price: £9.95 Monthly Subscription OR £24.95 for 300 Credits
Perfect for: Family tree enthusiasts.
Do you know someone who has hit a brick wall when researching their family tree? Why not gift a subscription to Findmypast? For over a decade, millions of members across the globe have been using Findmypast to trace their ancestors using over 4 billion records and 11 million historic newspaper pages.
Gift: Family English Heritage Membership
Price: From £60.00 for a year
Perfect for: Families.
For the family that loves historic days out! Membership to English Heritage gives unlimited access to over 400 historic places so you can stand in the places where history happened. This also includes free or reduced rate access to special events throughout the year.
Gift: Visua Professional Discriminating Metal Detector and Kit
Price: From £69.99
Perfect for: A budding archaeologist.
Search for buried treasure! Discover long-lost metal objects such as Roman coins, pieces of eight or even perhaps a sword blade.
Gift: The Great British History Diary 2020
Perfect for: The organised history lover.
The limited edition Great British History Diary 2020 is a high-quality case-bound pocket diary containing detailed information relating to the history of Great Britain. Arranged over three sections, it includes daily event dates, full-colour maps, and original articles relating to British history.
As well as being a conventional diary, there are features detailing British Monarchs, inventors, prime ministers and even a Great British History Quiz.
Gift: Edward Painted Shield
Price: From £49.00
Perfect for: The family guardian.
Perhaps the greatest of England’s warrior kings, the shield of Edward I is emblazoned with the 3 Lions of England. The 3 Lions of England remained in use until the reign of Edward III, when they were quartered with the fleurs de lys of France.
Hand painted and lacquered, with leather straps and padding on the back, choose from half and full-sizes.
Gift: Special Year and Birth Year DVD
Perfect for: Lovers of nostalgia.
Whether it’s the year of your birth, marriage, or the year your child or grandchild was born, you can now watch all the important events that took place in this Your Special Year DVD. Featuring archived footage of TV news, sporting events and social highlights… this is your very own history!
Specify a year from 1930-1994, each DVD lasts approximately 60 minutes.
Gift: Create Your Own English Heritage Hamper!
Price: £You decide
Perfect for: Foodies
You select what goes into your hamper! Choose from English Heritage wines and liqueurs, preserves, biscuits and sweet treats and create the perfect custom gift.
Gift: White Feather Quill Set
Perfect for: Those who aspire to write like The bard
‘For the bard of all bards was a Warwickshire Bard’… be inspired to follow in the footsteps of William Shakerspeare with this white goose feather quill pen with pewter handle, complete with a bottle of ink.
Gift: Sutton Hoo Helmet
Perfect for: A very loud wow!
A unique display piece that will never fail to impress. This replica Sutton Hoo Helmet is hand cafted from steel and brass, and features hinged cheek pieces. Decorated with many intricate features such a flying dragon and boars heads, the leather liner even allows the helmet to worn.
One of only four known surviving Anglo-Saxon helmets, the original Sutton Hoo Helmet is now on display in the British Museum. Dating from the 7th century, there are four kings that this helmet may have belonged to.
Gift: Syma X5SC/X5SC-1 Falcon Drone
Price: From £43.97
Perfect for: Tech-lovers
Now you can view fantastic aerial shots of our wonderful historic countryside with your own drone. Please make sure though, that you have the necessary permissions first!
Gift: Drinking Horn With Stand
Price: From £36.00
Perfect for: Eric Bloodaxe.
The gift that anyone with Viking blood coursing through their viens should posses, this drinking horn would make a special gift for any history lover. Crafted from cow horn using traditional methods, this extravagant drinking vessel comes complete with its own stand.
Go on, really spoil your Eric by pairing this unique gift with one of the oldest known beverages… honey-flavoured mead.
Gift: English Heritage Guess Who?
Perfect for: The family who loves history.
The traditional flip and find game with a historic twist. This two-player character guessing game has been made exclusively for English Heritage using historical figures who helped shape English History.
With 48 characters to choose from, choosing the right yes or no questions to discover who your opponent has chosen is key. With the ability to be set up easily, the game can be played anywhere!
Gift: Tank Driver Taster
Perfect for: Big boys who like big toys.
Embrace the power of a 6.5 litre Rolls Royce 15 ton tank. You (or a lucky gift receiver!) will receive expert tuition to ensure you are comfortable with the tank’s controls, before being kitted out in a tank driver outfit. When you are ready, you will be let loose to control this beast of a tank. Give that big kid an experience of a lifetime.
Gift: Tartan Kilt Towel
Perfect for: A budding Braveheart.
What every Braveheart is wearing this Christmas! Choose from Black Watch and Royal Stewart tartans, this novelty kilt towel is over-printed with a sporran and a skean-dhu ceremonial dagger. Bring some fun to bath time, or great for turning heads on the beach.
Gift: Black Prince Sword
Perfect for: A warrior Prince.
Produced by the world famous Art Gladius workshop in Toledo, Spain, the magnificent Black Prince Sword is manufactured for display prorposes only. The black and gold hilt is adorned with decoration and features the Royal Arms of England, whilst the blade is made from polished stainless steel and etched with medieval symbols.
The Black Prince was the eldest son of King Edward III. An exception military leader, he commanded the vanguard of the English army at the Battle of Crecy aged just 16.
Gift: 1960s Cookbooks from Newspapers
Price: From £17.99
Perfect for: Those who like to reminisce.
The perfect present for those who miss the good ol’ days. Showcasing original adverts, columns and recipes from newspapers from the 60s. An era moulded by immigration from the former colonies and the arrival of supermarkets, this is a way to look back at the recipes from your childhood. Can also be personalised with any name and message.
Gift: Adult’s Knitted Knight Hat
Perfect for: The most stylish knight in town.
This knitted knight hat is sure to bring a smile to faces. Knitted from soft acrylic wool, the movable visor can be worn around the mouth or adjusted to sit at the top of the head, just like the real helmets of the brave knights of yore.
Gift: Robert Burns Etched Whisky Decanter & Tumblers
Perfect for: Toasting in the New Year.
Presented in a silk lined gift box, this beautiful etched crystal decanter and tumblers feature a line etched from Robert Burns’ poem A Red, Red Rose: ”Till all the seas gang dry.’
Gift: Fossil Dig Kit
Price: From £12.00
Perfect for: The budding palaeontologist.
Learn all about geology with this Fossil Dig Kit. The kit includes all that a young palaeontologist needs in order to get started, including 5 fossils that can be excavated using the tools provided. It also includes a storage bag for the fossils and a magnifying glass to inspect those important finds that are yet to be discovered!
Gift: Celtic Blessing Silver Bangle
Perfect for: A never ending blessing.
Written on a mobius (never ending circle) style bangle, just keeping turning to read this traditional Irish blessing written out… May the road rise to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face; the rains…
Made from Sterling silver, it measures 7cm in diameter.
Gift: Personalised Heraldry
Perfect for: Gifts for that special family.
A unique paperweight, mug or set of 6 coasters personalised with your family coat of arms. Every family has its very own history and the researchers at Scotts of Stow will find a specific coat of arms unique to your surname to personalise these unique gifts.
Gift: English Heritage Risk Game
Perfect for: The Medieval war strategist.
In this new Risk game you can engage in combat like never before, attempting to conquer England and take the crown. Play as one of five different armies as you fight for the supremacy of England.
Only once all of you opponents have been put to the sword can you lay your claim to become the righful King or Queen of England.
Gift: Historic County Map Jigsaw – Welsh Counties
Perfect for: The historic cartographer.
First published in 1611, these historic county map jigsaws have been reproduced from John Speed’s original cartographic masterpiece series ‘The Theatre of the Empire of Great Britaine’. The first attempt to chart the British Isles, Speed used the latest sources to create the most accurate maps of their time.
Comprising 1,000 pieces, choose from 60 maps across England Wales and Ireland.
Gift: Celtic Leather Wallet
Perfect for: That history bloke.
Featuring a design inspired by the 9th century Book of Kells, this leather wallet has four card slots and a zip compartment for coins. The Book of Kells is one of the world’s most famous medieval manuscripts, written in Latin by Celtic monks, it contains the four Gospels of the New Testament.
Gift: Her Ladyship Teapot
Price: Was £15.00 now £10.00
Perfect for: The lady of the house.
Made in the heart of the Staffordshire potteries from fine bone china, this teapot leaves no doubt who the lady of the house is. Decorated by hand, it features the words “Her Ladyship” surrounded by a coat of arms.
Gift: English Tankard
Perfect for: The English history aficionado.
This English Tankard proudly displays the historic shields of England, including the shield of the three lions passant, from the Great Seal of Richard I, and the royal arms of Henry IV.
With a chain mail background complete with axe handle, it is hand painted to ensure the highest quality.
Gift: LEGO Architecture London
Perfect for: Creative types.
Recreate the architectural diversity of London, from the iconic buildings of recent years to world famous historical landmarks. Tower Bridge, The London Eye, Big Ben, Nelson’s Column and the National Gallery are featured. The set includes over 460 LEGO pieces with information on the history and architectural heritage of London.
LEGO has been staple for children for many years and now you can build your own fantastic skyline of London.
Gift: The Ludicrous Laws of Old London
Perfect for: A stocking filling/Secret Santa gift.
Discover the history of London’s legal institutions and oddities – some of which are still on the statute books – from this fascinating and entertaining guide. Did you know, for example, that it is illegal to enter the Houses of Parliament in a suit of armour, under a law dating from 1313 that is still in force?
This is the perfect book to dip in and out of – perhaps a book for the coffee table or a ‘throne‘!
Gift: Bordeux Wine & Original Newspaper
Perfect for: News lovers.
The gift for someone who loves vintage news! Choose a special date from 1920 to modern day and receive a genuine and original complete newspaper. Each comes with a Certificate of Authenticity and includes a bottle of classic Bordeaux wine to enjoy. Perfect for marking birthdays and anniversaries.
Want something a little more informative? Check out our friends at Pen & Sword Books and their selection of fantastic history books!