If you’re looking for the absolute best gifts for history buffs on your Christmas shopping list, you’re in the right place!
The official Past Lane Travels 2022 Holiday Gifts for History Buffs is hot off the presses and ready for those of you who want to check everyone off your holiday shopping list.
I have searched high and low for products, services and gifts every history buff will truly love and USE.
Most of these gift ideas are things you probably never thought of—but all of them will make a perfect gift for any history buff on your shopping list.
Note: No one paid to be on this list, but I am a member of the Amazon LLC Associates Program and I do use affiliate links in some instances. That means I earn a small commission should you choose to purchase at no extra cost to you. All opinions and reviews are completely mine.
I try to only recommend items “Made in the USA.”
Stocking Stuffer Gifts For History Buffs
We’ll start with the small things that don’t cost a lot but make thoughtful gifts for history lovers.
I love writing (and receiving) hand-written notes, so this Mayflower set from The History List is something I would love to get in my stocking.
This is an original design created by artist, Larry Stuart, illustrating the voyage of the Mayflower as it departed from Plymouth, England on September 6, 1620 and arrived at Plimouth Bay, MA on November 9, 1620. ($11.95)
Review That Convinced Me:
“The artwork is lovely and the sturdiness and quality are excellent.”
You can’t go wrong with a bookmark! I love this one that features the Declaration of Independence.
Since I always have at least one book in arm’s reach, it’s a great way to keep the sacrifice of our Founders at the front of my mind.
The History List also has a Revolutionary Superhero bookmark that would make a perfect stocking stuffer for children who love history (and superheroes). ($2.49)
Art Gifts For History Buffs
I’m so glad I discovered Just Go Travel Studios, a family-owned and veteran-owned company that gives 10 percent of their profits to the National Park System.
The owners Pete and Amy love traveling to National Parks so that is how the business started, but you can use any type of picture from a special trip.
Pete and Amy can also make custom notecards, shirts, puzzles and collages from your photographs, and they also offer National Park itineraries.
I ordered one as a gift for a friend and it is beautiful! High quality print with vibrant colors. The ordering process is easy and you are free to make changes.
The Review That Convinced Me:
“Our poster was great. The service is excellent. The process is very interactive with them and they insure that you are satisfied… You can continue to make changes and see the results until you are fully satisfied.”
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One of my favorite places to shop for history-related gifts is at The History List.
They have a great assortment of vintage posters and reproductions of history documents.
From the Mayflower to the Founders and from the American Revolution to the Civil War, you will find a wide variety of gifts for the history lover on your list.
Their posters have a special vintage look that really adds to the quality. ($12.95)
Gift Ideas For The Home
This gift for history buffs also made my FAVORITE THINGS list. It’s a woven “Victory” blanket made in America from 100% combed natural cotton.
The design of the stars (from Washington’s headquarters flag) is woven as part of the blanket — not simply printed on.
And it’s woven on a Jacquard loom, which gives it the feel of something you will want to pass down to future generations.
(Yes, it’s on my wish list!) ($89.95)
Review That Convinced Me:
“This is a beautiful blanket. It feels like it should have cost twice as much, it’s so high quality and well-made. Very pleased with the size, weight, craftsmanship, packaging, and service.”
Fashion Gifts For History Buffs
Fashion and warmth… and history! This Soft Acrylic Scarf features an original design of George Washington’s signature and the words, “Victory or Death” on one end and December 25 – 26, 1776 on the other.
“Victory or Death” was the countersign used by the Continental Army the night they crossed the Delaware to attack the Hessian garrison at Trenton.
Learn more about the design below. This is a limited-run, so once they sell out of these they will be gone. ($32.95)
Pro Tip: I bought one of these and it comes beautifully packaged with a few other historic goodies added!
Review That Convinced Me:
“Well made, comfortable, very nice. Great eyecatcher and conversation piece. I’m so glad I bought it.”
Games For Adult History Buffs
Take the History Plunge! This really looks like fun. It’s a deck of 615 cards that are packed with interesting historical facts.
You can create your own trivia games or strategy games — or just learn from them! The game can be adapted to different knowledge levels so the whole family can play.
It’s also a great tool for use In classrooms from grades 3 – 12. Includes portraits from the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. Made in Michigan.
Review That Convinced Me:
“This is so much more than a game! You can grab these cards and just learn some new trivia!”
Special Keepsakes For History Lovers
The Legacybox is one of the those special gifts for history buffs that they will never forget!
A Legacybox means you digitize someone’s lifetime memories so they will be available for future generations to enjoy. Whether it’s photographs, videos, old tapes or film, this is a unique gift that ensures that these snapshots of time are preserved.
How it works: You order your special Legacybox, which you can then gift to the history lover on your list. They will fill the box with the memories they want digitized and the box will then be returned to them along with their original media.
They will receive perfectly preserved copies on the cloud, thumb drive, or labeled DVD’s. Then, they can gather the family, some popcorn, and begin the trip down memory lane!
Another great Keepsake idea that makes a great gift for a history lover is a personal journal of their life story. This is important for those who want their children and grandchildren to understand what they experienced and saw as they were growing up.
You can go here to order a personalized Journal of MY LIFE STORY. Made in Brooklyn.
You get a set of two, with one being for road trips and one for national parks. I like that they are small, so can fit in your pocket and don’t take up a lot of room.
There are also blank spaces for sketches or photos. In the back of each are pages for logs, checklists and bucket list plans! Made in Utah.
Review That Helped Me Decide:
“Simple and fits in just right with upcoming trips.”
Tours And Historical Experiences For History Buffs
One of the best gifts for history buffs is to give them a tour of a historical destination that is on their bucket list.
There are lots of tour opportunities available that let you buy all-in-one packages, or pick and choose the tours you want for a better price than purchasing separate.
Both offer tours and destination ideas that you may not have thought about.
Books And Reading Materials
Books make great gifts for history buffs no matter their age! Even if you don’t like to buy things through Amazon, it still makes a great search engine to find the perfect gift on any history topic or historical era.
If someone on your shopping list reads historical fiction (Civil War and Revolutionary War eras), I would be happy to inscribe and sign one of my print books for a gift that never gets old.
I’ll even wrap it if you run out of time and need me to send it directly to the recipient’s address.
Send me an email if you’re interested in learning more. Made in the USA! Of course, you have a young reader on your Christmas gift list, can search Amazon for Children’s History Books and find something for any age.
Other gift ideas for history lovers are History Magazine Subscriptions. This is another gift that keeps on giving throughout the year!
One-Of-A-Kind Gifts For History Buffs
Remember the old-fashioned reel viewers? You can be sure that the history lover on your shopping list will love this wonderful gift idea for both its memories and its uniqueness.
For those who grew up in the era of reel viewers (which was a great “gadget” in its day), this is a wonderful gift! You can assemble photos ahead of time, or give the reel viewer as a gift and let the recipient use the redemption code to add their own favorite memories.
They will then receive their made-to-order reel to pop into the viewer. Great for remembering historical destinations, traveling memories or family gatherings! Made in Oregon.
Clothing, Apparel And Hats
Clothing always makes a great gift idea. From lounge pants and bathrobes to tee shirts and socks, you can’t go wrong.
Again, I recommend shopping at Uncommon Goods because most of their products are made in the USA. (And they are all unique!)
The History List also features Victory or Death Socks that are the perfect small gift for the history lover on your shopping list.
Jewelry For History Lovers
You may not think about jewelry as the perfect Christmas gift for the history buff on your list, but I know I would love to show off my love of history with a bracelet or necklace.
Along the same lines, take a look at a variety of historical-themed TOTE BAGS for the history lover on your gift list.
The Perfect Gift For Anyone On Your List
I’m going to stick a gift on this list that will make pretty much anyone on your gift list happy. It’s called a GEEKEY Multi-Tool and it’s “the thing you didn’t know you needed” and “the think you don’t know how you lived without.”
It fits on your keychain so you always have it — and its TSA compliant!
There are similar cheaper versions available, but the GEEKEY is made with stainless steel and is designed and engineered in America.
Historical Charities And Museums
If you’re still stuck on finding that perfect gift for a history buff, here are some other ideas. Many Museums offer inscribed bricks that are placed in their walkways.
What better way to memorialize the history lover on your gift list than to give them their own brick?
You can also give the gift of a Museum Membership to a history buff. Not only will they continue to reap the benefits throughout the year, but you will also be preserving history by helping the museum.
Likewise, you can simply give a donation in the name of the history lover on your gift list to a museum or other charitable organization. Lastly, don’t forget to check out your history lover’s favorite museum’s gift shop.
They are usually full of one-of-a-kind historical items and are great ways to find gift-giving ideas.
Gifts For Adventurous History Buffs
If the history buff on your shopping list likes to hike across battlefields and explore old trails like I do, they would LOVE a backpack by Solgaard.
They have all sizes from lightweight slings to full backpacks that have solar panels for charging your phone while you’re on the trail.
Solgaard is an environmentally friendly company that uses 5 pounds of plastic from the ocean for every suitcase they make.
Still Stuck For Holiday Gift Ideas?
New York Times Custom Birthday Book: If you need something for the history buff on your holiday list that has everything, consider the unique gift of commemorating their birthday with a coffee table book full of front pages from the New York Times from each year since their birth.
The book is personalized with name and birth date and preserved in a beautiful library binding. What could be better than a collection of news that creates a fascinating snapshot of history seen through the lens of their special day. Made in Vermont.
High-End Gift For History And Travel Lover
If you’re looking for the perfect gift for someone who frequently travels to historical sites (or anywhere for that matter), I highly recommend the Sony A6400 Mirrorless Camera. It shoots great photos and is capable of 4K video as well.
Plus it’s lightweight, which is something I really need when I’m hiking around.
Wrap-Up Of Gift Ideas For History Buffs
I hope these gift ideas for History Buffs helps you find something for everyone on your list.
No matter what you decide on, don’t forget when you’re shopping this season to try to buy American! It helps everyone!
If you have any other great gift suggestions, let me know! I love checking out new gift ideas for history lovers.