28 Intriguing Gifts for History Buffs

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Gifts for history buffs can be difficult to buy. Their historical interests can be pretty niche and it is not always easy to find the right type of present for them. So if you need history themed present ideas and you’re struggling, look no further than this awesome collection of 28 recommended history buff gifts! 

  1. Monopoly World War II
  2. Monopoly World War II

    The much loved family board game now comes with a World War II flavour, that history buffs everywhere will love. Events including Pearl Harbor, D-Day and the Battle of the Bulge replace the traditional Monopoly properties, while player tokens are replaced with iconic World War II figures like the B-17 Bomber and Sherman Tank. As ideas for history gifts go, this has to be up there. 


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  3. Search History Card Game
  4. Search History Card Game

    Okay, we might be stretching the definition of history gifts a little here, but everyone will enjoy this hilarious adult party game that uses actual results from people’s search engine history. Search History is a super entertaining game with a simple concept, but that provides hours of fun. Find out what your friends search for but prepare to be surprised! 


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  5. 2021 History Channel This Day in History Boxed Calendar: 365 Remarkable People, Extraordinary Events, and Fascinating Facts
  6. 2021 History Channel This Day in History Boxed Calendar: 365 Remarkable People, Extraordinary Events, and Fascinating Facts

    If you are in search of gifts for history buffs, this calendar from the History Channel will be right up your street. A day by day historical record of fascinating facts and awesome happenings throughout the ages, the calendar is beautifully presented in a colorful box, making it the perfect present. With 365 days of interesting facts, you’ll learn something new every day! 

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  7. F*cking History Book
  8. F*cking History Book

    F*cking History: 111 Lessons You Should Have Learned in School is authored by “The Captain”. A witty and intelligent but crude and hilarious storyteller, he brings history to life in his typically unique fashion. With tales of everything from dating rituals in Ancient Greece, to medieval flirting techniques, you will not find many gifts for history buffs more entertaining than this. Not one for the kids, though! 


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  9. History of the World Map by Map
  10. History of the World Map by Map

    Maps do not only show us where we need to go, but also where we have already been. This beautiful visual reference book uses maps to tell the story of human history. From the migration of our ancient African ancestors, through to more modern history such as the American Civil War and industrialized Europe, history buff gifts don’t come much more fascinating.  

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  11. Novelty Men's President Socks
  12. Novelty Men's President Socks

    Heel to the chief! These fun and colourful novelty socks would make excellent gifts for history buffs. Made from breathable and absorbent cotton, they are as comfortable as they are funky. The Presidents 4 Pack of socks feature depictions of Abraham Lincoln, John F Kennedy, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, along with brightly coloured designs.  


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  13. From the Dawn of Civilization to the Present Day Book
  14. From the Dawn of Civilization to the Present Day Book

    Books always make perfect gifts for history buffs, and any wish list of ideas for history gifts ought to feature this one. History: From the Dawn of Civilization to the Present Day by broadcaster Adam Hart-Davis is a visual celebration of human achievement that explores the story of humanity across 6 million years of global history. Fascinating! 

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  15. Chronology Game
  16. Chronology Game

    You want awesome, fun and fascinating gifts for history buffs? Then your prayers were just answered! Be sure to check out Chronology: The Game Where You Make History. Which came first - the invention of mayonnaise or decaffeinated coffee? Guess correctly and add events to your chronological timeline. Build up your timeline and the first to ten wins!  


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  17. The Bathroom Book of World History
  18. The Bathroom Book of World History

    US Army veteran and former history teacher Mike Maxwell puts an informative and often fascinating twist on historical events in his Bathroom Book of World History. Aiming to develop the historical literacy of the general public one bathroom break at a time, no collection of ideas for history buff gifts would be complete without this bathroom book. 

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  19. History Teacher Funny Coffee Mug
  20. History Teacher Funny Coffee Mug

    This 11 oz ceramic coffee mug, which bears the witty slogan “history teachers always bring up the past”, would make the perfect present for a beloved history teacher. Providing they have a good sense of humor, of course! Being a history teacher is a waste of time anyway. There’s no future in it… 


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  21. History Year by Year Book
  22. History Year by Year Book

    What list of gifts for history buffs would be complete without this stunning visual reference book? History Year by Year by DK is written with children in mind, presenting budding historians with straightforward but fun facts in plain English. But older readers will enjoy it too, thanks to its many beautiful photos, maps and graphics that chart history from ancient times to the present day. 

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  23. True Facts That Sound Like Bull$#*t Book
  24. True Facts That Sound Like Bull$#*t Book

    With history gifts like this book of over 500 outrageous facts, the historian in your life will be sure to impress their friends, confuse colleagues and smash the local pub quiz! The book covers bizarre topics like hippo sweat and a chicken that lived for almost two years with no head. That really does sound like bull$#*t – but it’s true! 

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  25. Shakespearean Insult Bandages
  26. Shakespearean Insult Bandages

    As gifts for history buffs go, few are as witty as these novelty sticking plasters adorned with Shakespearean insults. Credited with the introduction of over 1,700 words still widely used in English today, much of William Shakespeare’s vocabulary revolved around playful insults. These band aids containing barbs from the Bard are guaranteed to cheer you up when you’re in pain! 

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  27. Declaration of Independence Whiskey Glasses
  28. Declaration of Independence Whiskey Glasses

    These sleek and stylish premium 10 oz whiskey glasses would make awesome gifts for history buffs or US patriots who enjoy a tipple from time to time. Patriotism personified, the set of two dishwasher safe glasses features the unmistakable United States Constitution wrapped around each glass. The graphic of the famous historical document provides a unique and distinctive vintage effect. 

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  29. Bad Days in History Book
  30. Bad Days in History Book

    Michael Farquhar of the National Geographic provides the reader with an upbeat and entertaining take on historical misfortune. With a bizarre tale for every single day of the year, such as the Great Molasses Flood of 1919 or an unfortunate run-in with a priceless Picasso, history buffs everywhere will enjoy Bad Days in History. 

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  31. When Hitler Took Cocaine And Lenin Lost His Brain Book
  32. When Hitler Took Cocaine And Lenin Lost His Brain Book

    History buff gifts don’t come more outrageously funny or interesting than Giles Milton’s When Hitler Took Cocaine and Lenin Lost His Brain. The author dives into lesser-known stories from days gone by, such as the Titanic’s cook who managed to pickle himself with whiskey and survive in the freezing cold waters. Or the incredible story of a man who survived both atomic bombs in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Fascinating! 

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  33. A Curious History of Sex
  34. A Curious History of Sex

    Curator of the “Whores of Yore” research project, Kate Lister explores the history of sex in a truly fascinating read. She debunks myths and stereotypes, and provides interesting historical context behind the evolution of unusual sexual practices. The book also offers valuable advice for people facing issues around gender, sexual shame and beauty today. A great gift for history buffs, though not one for the children! 

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  35. Stay Honest Abe History Coffee Mug
  36. Stay Honest Abe History Coffee Mug

    Former US President Abraham Lincoln earned the nickname “Honest Abe”, a moniker to which this coffee mug refers. Bearing the slogan “Stay Honest” below a stylish black and white image of the man himself, these stoneware mugs would make awesome gifts for history buffs or US patriots. Each mug comes packaged in a gift box too! 


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  37. Abraham Lincoln Bookmark
  38. Abraham Lincoln Bookmark

    Hand crafted in the United States from sustainably harvested wood, gifts for history buffs don’t come much more stylish than this. Featuring a detailed and high quality laser engraved image of the 16th President, each bookmark is one of a kind due to the unique wood grain. This Abraham Lincoln bookmark also features the signature of the great man.  

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  39. Timelines of Everything Book
  40. Timelines of Everything Book

    Educational history gifts for kids are always fascinating and Timelines of Everything by DK is no exception. Journey through 13 billion years in time, starting with the Big Bang and coming right up to the present day. Presented through 130 beautiful timelines, loaded with absorbing photographs and stunning illustrations and full of fun and informative facts. Your budding little historian will love this awesome book! 

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  41. What Came First? Board Game
  42. What Came First? Board Game

    History gifts like this board game can be fun for all the family. Bet your chips on which side of the card is the oldest. Which was first, ketchup or mayonnaise? Did Mr T come before the Frisbee? The bigger your bet, the more you can win, but be warned – if you are wrong, you’ll move back in double quick time! 

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  43. History Buff T-Shirt
  44. History Buff T-Shirt

    If you need ideas for funny novelty gifts for history buffs, you should definitely check out this hilarious tee! History lovers will of course appreciate George Washington – particularly when he’s humorously depicted as a ripped weightlifter. A real history buff. Made from a high quality cotton and polyester blend, this t-shirt is as comfortable as it is witty. 

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  45. Leonardo da Vinci Catapult Kit
  46. Leonardo da Vinci Catapult Kit

    Leonardo da Vinci was a true genius. In addition to his art and contributions to anatomical sciences, he conceptualized dozens of ingenious contraptions, including an early helicopter, a solar power device and the tank! Da Vinci redesigned the catapult sometime around 1485 and this easy to assemble model allows you to assemble your own miniature replica. History buffs everywhere will just love gifts like this! 

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  47. Original Piece of the Berlin Wall
  48. Original Piece of the Berlin Wall

    The fall of the Berlin Wall was a monumental, emotional and a genuinely historic moment that was felt throughout Europe and the wider world. And you can now own a piece of that history, quite literally! Framed in a clear plastic “Checkpoint Charlie” arch, each chunk of the famous old wall is totally unique. Thoughtful history gifts like this are truly one of a kind. 

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  49. Declaration of Independence, Authentic Replica
  50. Declaration of Independence, Authentic Replica

    History buff gifts don’t come more awesome than this replica of the US Declaration of Independence! Printed on real parchment and historically accurate, right down to the details of spelling and grammar, it would make the perfect birthday or Christmas present for any history lover. Outstanding quality, it would look great framed and hanging on the wall of any true American patriot. God bless America! 

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  51. Leonardo Da Vinci Jigsaw Puzzle
  52. Leonardo Da Vinci Jigsaw Puzzle

    Leonardo da Vinci’s 15th century artwork The Last Supper is probably one of the most well-known paintings in the world. And now this iconic rendition of Jesus and the Apostles features on a 1,000 piece jigsaw puzzle. So if you’re in search of gifts for history buffs, this could be the final piece of the puzzle for you! 

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