Finding great gifts for history buffs can be a challenge. There are so many different periods and areas of interest that it's easy to be overwhelmed. Don’t worry – I’m here to help.
I’ve put together a list of 25 thoughtful gifts for history lovers of all ages. Think about the historical period they love the most as you scroll through. This will help you pick the perfect present for your favorite history nerd.
Roman Coin Collection
Bring the past to life by giving them a piece of history they can hold. These 12 authentic Roman coins are over 1,700 years old. The ancient coins tell the story of the rise of Christianity in the Roman Empire between 253 and 383.
Each coin was minted under the reign of a different Emperor in this period. The set comes with a certificate of authenticity and details about each ancient coin. History lovers of all ages will be truly captivated.
Axis & Allies 1942 Second Edition
Axis and Allies is a historical board game that lets players re-write the history books. This strategic game is based on the events of World War 2.
While it won’t help you learn the actual course of events, it offers an insight into the politics and economy of the era. It’s rated for ages 12 and up – many adults say they enjoy playing this with their kids. It’s a great gift for history lovers fascinated by WW2.
T-Rex Skeleton 36" Scale Replica Model
This replica T-Rex skeleton is an excellent gift for natural history fans. At 36” long, this model would make an impressive addition to any office or bedroom.
The model comes in 51 pieces and includes a display stand for the finished build. Your history buff will feel like a paleontologist as they piece the bones together. With a rating of 8-98 years, this is a great gift for history lovers of any age.
“Unofficial Guide to Ancestry.com” by Nancy Hendrickson
Trying to find the perfect gift for someone who wants to learn about their family's past? Then the “Unofficial Guide to Ancenstry.com” is a wonderful gift idea.
It takes the reader through a journey of discovery, giving them a roadmap for their research. Each chapter has illustrated instructions for creating and managing a personal family tree. It’s a great family history gift for any person who’s comfortable using a computer.
Chronology Card Game
Bring out your history lover’s competitive streak with this Chronology trivia game. Players have to build a timeline of event cards. Each round, they win another card if they can figure out where it fits in their timeline.
With 858 historical event cards spanning the last 2000 years, it’s a real test for any history buff. Every card drawn from the deck is an opportunity to learn a new historical fact. It’s rated 14+ and is a great family game.
Personal Natural History History Museum
Natural history enthusiasts will treasure this personal museum. The clear acrylic casing contains 33 incredible artifacts from all ages. There’s a piece of coal from the wreckage of the Titanic, Egyptian mummy wrap, dinosaur dung, and lots more.
The collection is beautifully presented and comes with a polythene bag to keep it safe. There’s also a certificate of authenticity for the various specimens. This is essentially 33 gifts for history nerds in one incredible present.
“Alexander Hamilton” by Ron Chernow
“Alexander Hamilton” is a wonderful gift for anyone interested in American history. The biography tells the story of America’s birth as seen through the eyes of one of its Founding Fathers.
This New York Times bestseller inspired the hit musical “Hamilton.” It outlines how Hamilton’s sacrifices have created America as you know it today. Readers also get an insight into the more human side of this historic figure. This is a must-have gift for any American history lover.
Norse Tradesman Viking Knife
Want to buy a unique gift for lovers of Norse and Viking history? Then this Viking knife is a fantastic gift idea. The hand-forged blade is inspired by Norse mythology and historical artifacts.
This piece isn’t just for show – it’s forged from carbon steel and built to last. A beautifully crafted boar’s head sits on top of the leather-wrapped handle. It comes with a leather sheath for safe carriage or display. It’s an awesome gift for Viking enthusiasts.
“History of the World Map by Map”
The “History of the World Map by Map” is a fantastic gift for history buffs who like to see the bigger picture. Using 140 maps, it takes readers on a guided tour through time.
It covers global events from 3000 BCE right through to the present day. The maps and illustrations help readers to see historical events in a completely new way. This is a great coffee table book for general history lovers.
Vintage Style Marine Sextant
This vintage-style marine sextant is a wonderful gift idea for nautical history lovers. Long before the days of radar and GPS, sailors used this device to explore the world.
This solid brass sextant would make a beautiful display item for an office or study. It’s a working replica of this beautiful object, but it's not intended for serious navigation. The wooden gift box adds an extra touch of elegance to this charming gift.
History Channel This Day in Military History Boxed Calendar
Searching for the ideal gift for military history enthusiasts? Then this boxed calendar is a fantastic option. The History Channel has researched hundreds of events for this fact-a-day calendar. Topics include legendary battles, military operations, and technological advances.
It’s mainly based around U.S. history, dating as far back as the American Revolution. People say that even the brightest military buffs are learning new things from this gift.
“Bad Days in History” by Michael Farquhar
“Bad Days in History” is a fabulous gift for people who like their history with a little humor. Michael Farquhar has found tales of misfortune, mayhem, and misery for every day of the year.
There are 16th Century viagra fails, bizarre floods, and missed investment opportunities. However bad your day seems – this book will help put your troubles into perspective. It’s a light-hearted gift for history buffs.
Documents of Freedom Bundle
The documents of freedom bundle is a great gift idea for American history lovers. It contains full-size replicas of the country's founding documents. The Declaration of Independence, The United States Constitution, and The Bill of Rights.
Each historically accurate document is printed on parchment for a more authentic feel. They come in clear collector display tubes, but I think they’d look amazing framed and hung on the wall. This is the perfect gift for patriotic history fans.
“The Medieval Cookbook” by Maggie Black
If you’re looking for a history book with a twist, “The Medieval Cookbook” is an amazing gift idea. It takes readers on a gastronomic adventure through the middle ages. The book contains 50 recipes that are adapted from 14th Century English cookbooks.
The dishes are grouped by historic events. Each includes details on the ingredients and techniques used in medieval kitchens. This is a unique gift for medieval history buffs.
Resin Dinosaur Fossil Statue
Trying to find a gift for your favorite natural history enthusiast’s office? Then this dinosaur fossil statue is a fantastic option. The highly detailed resin model looks like it’s fresh from an archeological dig.
There are a few designs to choose from, but I think this one looks far more realistic than the others. It comes with a sturdy display stand that’s perfect for a desk or shelf. Dinosaur fans will love this cool gift.
“The Sea and Civilization” by Lincoln Paine
Maritime history buffs will enjoy reading “The Sea and Civilization.” It retells history from a nautical point of view – how oceans and rivers have shaped our world.
The book links the rise and fall of many civilizations to their relationship with the sea. It covers the first human-powered paddle boats right up to modern-day naval vessels. People say this is an encyclopedia of nautical history. This is a fabulous book to add to their collection.
History Buff Mug
This mug is a funny history gift for people who have everything. The amusing tag line reads, “I’d find you more interesting if you were dead.”
The mug has a high gloss finish and is available with red, black, and blue details. It’s not going to be everyone's cup of tea, but it’s a cute present for a history teacher or other enthusiast.
Ancient Civilizations Top Trumps Card Game
Top Trumps is an entertaining, educational card game that makes learning facts fun. This ancient civilizations collection is a wonderful gift for young history buffs.
The set includes 3 packs of cards – ancient Rome, Greek myths, and ancient Egypt. Players learn facts about each civilization as they try to beat their opponents. This would make an excellent gift for kids who are covering these subjects at school.
Benjamin Franklin Finger Puppet
The Unemployed Philosophers Guild create many historical figure finger puppets, including Benjamin Franklin. The plush puppets are a great way to bring any history lesson to life. Imagine the fun your kid will have recreating key moments from American history.
Other Founding Father puppets include Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, and George Washington. Each puppet comes with a list of the character’s famous quotes and achievements. They double as fridge magnets too.
“Horrible History of the World” by Terry Deary
“Horrible History of the World” is an illustrated history book full of the gross details kids love. It tells the story of brain-nibbling Neanderthals right through to the modern-day.
The Horrible Histories franchise has been a hit with kids since 1993. This world history edition follows the same wonderful formula. It combines real events with age-appropriate humor that kids can’t get enough of. It’s a great way to encourage young minds that are curious about the past.
National Geographic Mega Fossil Dig Kit
If your kid is mad about natural history, this fossil dig kit is an awesome gift idea. They’ll have a great time excavating 15 real fossils from the dig site. The set includes tools to help them work, just like a real archeologist.
There’s a 16-page learning guide to help your young one learn more about each fossil. This is an incredible present as it includes actual artifacts from ancient times.
“World War II: Visual Encyclopedia”
Young World War 2 buffs will love the facts and images in this visual encyclopedia. It's full of first-hand accounts from people who were there. The book sets out to highlight the effects this historical event had on the world.
It’s aimed at children aged 9-12 and would be a great accompaniment to their school history lessons. People say it has an answer for every question their kids can think of.
Dinosaur Sound Book & Figures
If your toddler loves dinosaurs, they’ll adore this dinosaur sound book and figure set. Each toy dinosaur has a dedicated with simple facts, including its name and what it liked to eat.
Best of all, there’s a button for each dinosaur that plays realistic sounds. This creates an engaging sensory experience for even the youngest historians. They’ll have hours of imaginative fun playing with these prehistoric creatures.
Way Back When in History Game
Looking for a gift that makes learning about American history fun? Then the Way Back When in History board game is a wonderful gift idea. It covers the earliest explorers, in 1400, right through to the end of the American Civil War in 1865.
Each player takes turns to roll the dice and answer a question. The rules are easy, and it’s rated for ages 8+. Parents say it’s a great family game that encourages learning.
“Women in Science” by Rachel Ignotofsky
“Women in Science” is an inspiring book for any young girl fascinated by history. It highlights 50 women who made incredible contributions to science, technology, and engineering.
This comprehensive book celebrates women through the ages. It features ladies from ancient times right up to today. Your young lady will learn that her gender, race, and background don't stand in the way of her doing great things. It’s an amazing gift for your little historian.