Christmas Gift Guide for History Buffs
Looking to treat that special history buff in your life, but struggling for ideas? Worry not, because we’ve put together a list of some of the best history gifts around…
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Gifts Priced £10.00 – £19.99
Gift: Kings & Queens Bone China Mug
Perfect for: The custodian of England’s rich royal history.
This Kings and Queens Bone China Mug features illustrations of every king and queen from 1066 to the present day.
Gift: Churchill’s Cigar and Whisky Bottle Puzzle
Perfect for: Creative thinkers and puzzle enthusiasts.
Inspired by Winston Churchill‘s love of cigars, this brain teasing puzzle will challenge your wit to remove the cigar from the bottle.
Gift: Make your Own Stonehenge Paperback Book
Perfect for: The one still living in the stone-age.
Simply follow the instructions and make your very own Stonehenge at home using the pop-out pieces included- no glue needed.
Gift: Scotland Icons Beanie
Perfect for: Your very own Braveheart.
This winter essential boasts an elegantly embroidered Scottish Saltire flag and the word ‘Scotland’, below.
Gift: Fossil Dig Kit
Perfect for: The budding palaeontologists.
Inspire young palaeontologists by teaching them about the importance of fossils with this Fossil Dig Kit. The kit comes complete with five fossils, excavating tools, storage bag and a magnifying glass to inspect those all important finds.
Gifts Priced £20.00 – 39.99
Gift: Union Flag Wallet
Perfect for: The Chancellor of the Exchequer.
Made from genuine leather, celebrate the great British spirit by sporting this patriotic Union Flag wallet. With space for six cards and a slot for notes, this makes a great gift for someone who loves all things red, white and blue.
Gift: Double Coat Of Arms Print
Perfect for: Commemorating your unique family history.
The Hall of Names collection offers personalised history prints that celebrate the rich heritage and history of Scottish clans and surnames.
Gift: Wooden Model Kit – Medieval Trebuchet
Perfect for: Storming the castle, or dinner table.
Recreating a working trebuchet with accurate historic details, when assembled this awesome medieval weapon can launch a soft clay ball, or stuffing ball, over six metres. Used to lay siege to castles and capture towns, trebuchets were capable of hurling great rocks to smash fortress walls.
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: Harry Potter Studio Tours & Experiences
Price: From £29.99
Perfect for: Those diehard Potterhead’s.
Published in 2007, Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone introduced the world to the wizarding universe. Created by the talented J.K Rowling, we have a selection of exciting Harry Potter experiences to suit all pockets, that will have you entering the world beyond the screen.
Gift: English Tankard
Perfect for: The English history aficionado.
With a chain mail background complete with axe handle, it is hand painted to ensure the highest quality.
Gift: Family Crest & Surname History Print
Perfect for: The family herald.
Available in either a dark or gold frame, this unique gift will reveal the earliest coat of arms for your family surname, as well as the origin and meaning of the name. Ready to hang on the wall, this would be be ideal present for the family historian.
Gift: Battle of Britain Quartz Pocket Watch
Price: From £36.00
Perfect for: The family timekeeper.
Commemorating the country’s struggle to maintain control of the air during World War II, this limited-edition Battle of Britain memorial flight pocket watch comes complete with chain and leatherette presentation box. The beautifully designed watch front depicts the three most famous aircraft involved in the conflict.
Gift: Personalised Football Book – For Your Favourite Team
Price: From £39.99
Perfect for: The footy historian.
A gift for the ultimate footy fanatic… choose from a list of over 60 teams to find out about your favourite club’s glory-filled (or perhaps not!) history, though the press coverage they have received over the last 100 years. With the option to emboss the recipient’s name on the cover, inside there are reproductions of the most important stories collected from the UK’s leading newspapers. From big money signings, to thrilling match reports, and from sensational cup wins, to devastating relegations… a definite trip down memory lane.
Gifts Priced £40.00 – 59.99
Gift: Charcoal Fleck Baker Boy Cap
Price: From £40.00
Perfect for: Your very own Peaky.
Crafted from the very finest Yorkshire tweed, this Charcoal Fleck Baker Boy Cap will add the finishing touch to any Peaky outfit. Available in a range of sizes, this stylish hat makes an ideal gift for anyone that enjoys a stroll through both town and country.
Gift: Drinking Horn With Stand
Price: From £40.00
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 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: 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: Personalised Rugby Books
Price: From £49.99
Perfect for: Those ladies and gentleman who like odd shaped balls.
Now rugby fans can relive some of the sport’s most glorious moments. Using reprinted newspaper reports of the time, we’ve compiled a whole gamut of personalised rugby books devoted to particular teams, both league and union, not to mention tournaments.
Gifts Priced £60.00 – 99.99
Gift: Family English Heritage Membership
Price: From £69.00 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: Squire’s Knights Templar Sword
Perfect for: A very good knight.
A product from the world famous Art Gladius factory in Toledo, Spain, this Squire’s Templar Sword features the words MILITUM XPISTS SIGILLUM (Seal of the Knights of Christ) around the pommel which encircles the Templar Cross Pattée. Recruited mainly from England and France, the Knights Templar were a powerful order of crusading knights founded in the 11th century.
Made for display purposes only, the following link provides one possible option for wall mounting the sword.
Gift: Tank Driver Taster
Perfect for: Big boys and girls 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: Indulgent Spa Days Experience Box
Perfect for: That special lady in your life.
Step into a world of bliss with this range of amazing spa day experiences. At your chosen venue, you and your lucky companion will get to kick back and relax as you enjoy your treatments, leaving you both feeling revived and destressed. You’ll be spoilt for choice when looking though the selection we’ve put together for you!
Gifts Priced £100+
Gift: Find My Past Subscription or Credits
Price: From £10.83 Monthly Subscription.
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: Personalised Roman Brass Sundial
Perfected by: Theodosius of Bithynia.
Long before the days of fancy clocks and modern mobile phones we would tell the time using the positioning of the sun. This eye-catching horological device uses a flat plate and dial to cast a shadow on its surface. As the sun moves the shadow edges align with each hour marking.
Gift: Whitby Jet Cross Heart Pendant
Perfect for: Your little Yorkshire Rose.
This beautiful pendant features a piece of highly polished, genuine Whitby Jet hand-carved into a heart shape and held by a cross of sterling silver over the heart. Whitby Jet is a deep black, highly polished gem derived from fossil wood found along the North Yorkshire coast.
Gift: Two Night Escape to a Castle for Two
Perfect for: Surprising the king or queen in your life.
Experience a two-night stay in a castle for two, choosing from a selection of hand-picked UK locations. Whether it’s the Cheshire, Cumbria or the stunning Scottish scenery that is tempting you away, we have a host of idyllic UK locations to take your breath away.
Gift: 50 Minute Helicopter Tour Over London for Two
Perfect for: That couple with a head for heights.
Soar over the heart of the capital with this exciting helicopter flight for two. Take off from High Wycombe and enjoy over 77 miles of iconic London landmarks.