History Stories

If your holiday shopping includes a history lover, HISTORY's editors have carefully chosen gifts and experiences for fans of any era. Whether it's tickets to see two former U.S. presidents in person or a set of the same teas American patriots dumped into Boston Harbor, there's history here to read, watch, listen, use, play and wear. 

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History by Mail

HISTORY Gift Guide 2019

BUY HERE: Weekly Historic Letters, from $49.99 for 3 months, Letterjoy

Who doesn’t love getting a letter in the mail? Letterjoy sends your favorite history buff one historic letter weekly from figures like John Adams, Abraham Lincoln, Albert Einstein and Marie Curie, based on monthly themes. Each letter is carefully selected, researched and reproduced on fine stationery, paired with an expertly researched "postscript" that puts the letter in historical context. Plans range from one year for $159.99 ($13.33 per month) down to six months for $99.99 ($16.66 per month) or three months for $49.99 ($16.66 per month). Reduced rates available for educators’ in-classroom use.

Hear from Former U.S. Presidents in New York City

HISTORY Talks 2019

BUY HERE: HISTORYTalks ‘Leadership & Legacy’ Ticket, from $287, HISTORY

Be on hand for history-in-the-making at the inaugural HISTORYTalks event at Carnegie Hall in New York City, where prominent leaders and thinkers, notable historians and inspiring performances will offer reflections on the past—and informed insights for our future. This unforgettable day-long experience, focused on the topic of Leadership & Legacy, will culminate with an exclusive conversation between two former U.S. presidents, led by a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian. Don’t miss it.

Just in Time

HISTORY Gift Guide 2019

BUY HERE: Chronology 20 Anniversary Edition, about $17, Amazon

Which came first—Isaac Newton’s telescope or Martin Luther’s 95 Theses? Test your knowledge of the past with this Chronology card game where players compete to put historical events in the correct chronological order; the first player to build a timeline of 10 cards wins. Recommended for 2 to 8 players, ages 14+. Includes 429 double-sided cards with 858 events. History is more fun with friends!

Go (History) Camping

HISTORY Gift Guide 2019

BUY HERE: History Camp Gift Certificates, $100, History Camp

History Camp welcomes history lovers from all walks of life for a full day of talks on all eras and aspects of history. In 2020 History Camps will be held in six cities: Boston, MA, Holyoke, MA, Philadelphia, PA, Washington, D.C., Des Moines, IA, and Denver, CO. History Camp Gift Certificates are available for all locations and come with a limited-edition History Camp shirt, along with more information on the programs, so your gift recipient can select and register for the location of their choice. Also included: a gift certificate redeemable for merchandise from The History List Store.

Nerd Out

HISTORY Gift Guide 2019

BUY HERE: History Nerd with WWII Paratrooper Crewneck Sweatshirt, $33.95, HISTORY Store

Every history lover, especially WWII buffs, will appreciate this unique History Nerd with WWII Paratrooper sweatshirt commemorating the 75th anniversary of D-Day. Picturing a World War II paratrooper, it also features a special hang tag with the “Orders of the Day” sent to the Allied troops on June 6, 1944 on one side, and a handwritten message from General Eisenhower on the other.

For an even more immersive gift, pair the sweatshirt with a World War II on the Homefront Poster, also $33.95, showing more than 100 WWII patriotic posters that hung in U.S. post offices, railroad stations, schools, restaurants and elsewhere, exhorting Americans to buy bonds, contribute to scrap drives and otherwise support the national war effort.

READ MORE: D-Day: How Allied Forces Overcame Disastrous Landings to Rout the Nazis

New Facts Daily

HISTORY Gift Guide 2019, This Day In History

BUY HERE: This Day in History Box Calendars, about $15, Amazon

Learn something new every day with HISTORY's 2020 This Day in History box calendar, filled with 365 of history’s most influential and extraordinary events, inspiring people and inventions and facts any trivia buff will love.

Also available in This Day in Military History, This Day in Women’s History and–all new in 2020–Unexplained Mysteries for each day of the year.

READ MORE: This Day in History

On the Map

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BUY HERE: Atlas of World War II, about $26.50, Amazon

Start with an astounding array of rare wartime maps—some with generals’ scribbled notations, others used by downed airmen to plot their escapes, still others with ominous coffin markers to show where civilians had been exterminated. Add in vibrant new explanatory cartography, related photos, first-person accounts and confidential documents. The result? A coffee-table WWII history book from National Geographic that Greatest Generation buffs will devour.

READ MORE: World War II: Causes and Timeline

Declare It

HISTORY Gift Guide 2019

BUY HERE: Declaration of Independence Print, $28.95, HISTORY Store

For the American Revolution history buff, what could be more inspiring than a hand-printed broadside of the Declaration of Independence that arrived in Boston about July 15th, 1776—and whose lofty vision of “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” was read to gathered throngs three days later from the balcony of the Old State House? Printed with historic methods on an authentic colonial-era press at the Printing Office of Edes & Gill in Boston.

Pair your copy of the declaration with this “Revolutionary Superheroes” T-shirt featuring George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton and Abigail and John Adams.

READ MORE: 9 Things You May Not Know About the Declaration of Independence

The Civil Rights Movement, in Graphic Novel

HISTORY Gift Guide 2019

BUY HERE: March, about $33, Amazon

The Mississippi freedom summer. Selma’s “Bloody Sunday.” The signing of the Voting Rights Act. Experience the most epic moments of the Civil Rights Movement through the intimate lens of Congressman John Lewis, one of the key figures in the struggle to end racial segregation. Winner of multiple awards, including the National Book Award for Young People's Literature, this trilogy of graphic novels comes as a commemorative edition housed in a handsome slipcase. Also available as an ebook.

WATCH MORE: John Lewis - Civil Rights Leader

Brewing Up Revolution

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BUY HERE: Boston Tea Party Tea Sampler, about $15, Amazon

Fans of tea and American history will cozy right up to this Boston Tea Party sampler set from Solstice Tea Traders. Complete with six 4-ounce assorted loose-leaf teas (oolong, bohea, congou, souchong, singlo and hyson)—the same types thrown over the side of British ships during the famous revolt—it also includes reusable tins and a fascinating history fact sheet.

READ MORE: The Boston Tea Party

Build the Rooms Where It Happened

HISTORY Gift Guide 2019

BUY HERE: Lego Architecture U.S. Capitol Building Kit, about $100, Amazon

Bills! Amendments! Filibusters! Add a little political history to your gift-giving this year with Lego Architecture’s U.S. Capitol Building kit, a detailed 1,000-plus-piece model of the home of America’s Congress. When built, it measures 6 inches high, 17 inches wide and 6 inches deep. Ages 12 and up.

READ MORE: The Capitol cornerstone is laid

A Navy SEALs Deep Dive

HISTORY Gift Guide 2019

BUY HERE: Navy SEALs, The Covert Missions of the Military’s Elite Fighting Force, Amazon

Go inside the adrenalized world of the U.S. Navy SEALs, some of the most storied soldiers on the globe. This HISTORY special edition publication on NAVY SEALs gives military history fans an in-depth look at this elite fighting force, featuring interviews with former SEALS, insights into their grueling physical, psychological and spiritual training and up-close accounts of some of their most heroic missions.

READ MORE: Navy SEALs: 10 Key Missions

Gods’ Gift

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BUY HERE: Pop-Up Book of Mythological Gods and Heroes, about $30, Amazon

A 3-D Thor swings his hammer. Spider Woman weaves her celestial web. And the Greek Gods hang out—where else?—on Mt. Olympus. Percy Jackson fans will appreciate Encyclopedia Mythologica: Gods and Heroes, this gorgeous pop-up book from Matthew Reinhart and Robert Sabuda. Filled with dimensional tales of Ra-Atum, Zeus, Odin, the Jade Emperor and more, it’s a wonderful introduction to mythological divinities from around the globe. Ages 5 and up.

READ MORE: Greek Mythology

Coffee & Campaign Slogans

HISTORY Gift Guide 2019

BUY HERE: Presidential Slogan Coffee Mug, about $16, Amazon

Politics fans will love this 12 ounce mug featuring 29 classic presidential campaign slogans, from William Henry Harrison’s "Tippecanoe and Tyler Too" to Dwight Eisenhower’s “I Like Ike” to Ronald Reagan’s “Let’s Make America Great Again.” Dishwasher safe, comes in a decorative box.

WATCH: Why Do Presidential Campaigns Use Slogans?

Hundreds of Hours of History

HISTORY Gift Guide 2019: HISTORY Vault

BUY HERE: HISTORY Vault Subscription, $4.99 per month or $49.99 per year, HISTORY Vault

For the documentary and video buff, a HISTORY Vault subscription offers documentaries and series exploring the events and people that shaped our world, from ancient empires to modern warfare. Stream hundreds of hours of acclaimed series, probing documentaries, and captivating specials commercial free.

The Road to Freedom: A Biography of Harriet Tubman

HISTORY Gift Guide 2019

BUY HERE: Bound for the Promised Land: Harriet Tubman: Portrait of an American Hero, about $16, Amazon

For the history buff who loves a deeply researched, thrilling—and true—story, try this biography of Harriet Tubman, who led many former slaves to freedom in the North and worked behind Confederate lines during the Civil War as the head of an espionage and scout network for the Union Army.

READ MORE: Harriet Tubman

Walk with Greatness

HISTORY Gift Guide 2019

BUY HERE: American leaders socks, about $12 for a pack of four, Amazon

What to get the guy—or gal—with a truly historic sense of style? Cool history-themed socks sporting images of George Washington, John F. Kennedy, Abe Lincoln and Ben Franklin. The colorful unisex footwear guarantees the wearer will always be in inspired company.

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