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: English Heritage Guess Who?
Price: £25.00
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: Family Surname & Coat of Arms Framed Print
Price: £39.00
Perfect for: Anyone interested in their heritage and ancestry.

This keepsake gift is a lovely way to celebrate a person’s heritage. Each beautiful print features the chosen family coat of arms, together with meticulously researched history of the surname. This includes the origins of the name, the variations and other fascinating historical information.

With a stylish contemporary design, presented in a dark wood or light wood frame, this gift is made to take pride of place on any chosen wall.

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: Tank Driver Taster
Price: £99.00
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: Large Queen Duck
Price: £12.00
Perfect for: A stocking filler.

Quack quack! Cheer up someone’s bath time with this unique gift. Sure to bring a smile to anyone’s face, this rubber duck inspired by Queen Elizabeth is funny, playful and unique.

Gift: Family English Heritage Membership
Price: From £54.00
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.

The historic places in the care of English Heritage include Dover Castle, Battle Abbey, Stonehenge, Tintagel Castle, Hadrian’s Wall and many more magical places steeped in history.

Gift: London Baby Socks
Price: £2.99
Perfect for: The smallest of history buffs.

Even the smallest of the clan can embrace the history of the Queens Guard (and look insanely cute at the same time). These fun socks depict the world famous guards of Buckingham Palace and St James’ Palace.

Gift: 1960s Cookbooks from Newspapers
Price: £12.99
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: The Ritz London Book of Afternoon Tea
Price: £6.99
Perfect for: Those with a sweet tooth.

With over fifty recipes from delicate sandwiches, strawberry shortcake, crumpets and muffins, this book captures the essence of the traditional British pastime of Afternoon Tea. With stories about afternoon teas at The Ritz and the history of tea drinking, this book is perfect for that person in your life with a sweet tooth.

Gift: Catapult Pencil Sharpener
Price: £3.50
Perfect for: Any desk!

The perfect stocking filler for either the big kid in your life or the little history fan. Although, beware as this does have a working firing mechanism! This gift is ideal for a workplace office desk (definitely a talking point!) or as part of a pencil case for a child who loves history.

Gift: Ancestry DNA
Price: £59.00
Perfect for: Anyone!

And now for something a bit different…

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: L.S. Lowry Calendar 2018
Price: £9.99
Perfect for: An art lover.

Enjoy one of the most iconic British artists every day of every month of 2018 with this L.S. Lowry calendar showcasing some of his iconic work. Including ‘The Estuary’ 1956-59, ‘North James Henry Street, Salford’ 1956, ‘Peel Park, Salford’ 1927, and ‘Market Scene, Northern Town’ 1939.

Gift: Hysterical Heritage Men’s T-Shirt
Price: £19.95
Perfect for: The funny history geek.

These hilarious slogan t-shirts are great for the juvenile history buff in your life. Medieval-style drawings with a incongruous 21st century quote. Fantastic, hilarious and practical.

Gift: Green Man Bird Feeder
Price: £24.99
Perfect for: The green fingered one.

Encourage wild birds into the garden. This bird feeder reflects the iconic Green Man, featured in church carvings since as early as 400AD, and represents the rebirth and new cycle of growth in Spring. The perfect gift for the gardener or bird watcher in your life.

Gift: LEGO Architecture London
Price: £45.00
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
Price: £9.99
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: Pocket Size Microscope 120x
Price: £19.95
Perfect for: Numismatics or Philatelists.

Lightweight and incredibly powerful for its size, this pocket sized microscope magnifies up to 120 times, perfect for seeing close-up detail of coins, stamps, hallmarks etc. Suitable for all from child to adult. A great gift for the coin or stamp collector in your life.


Gift: Bordeux Wine & Original Newspaper
Price: £59.99
Perfect for: News lovers.

The gift for someone who loves vintage news! Choose a special date from 1920 to modern day and receive an 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 books!