If you know someone who’s always watching the History Channel or can name all the U.S. presidents in order, you’ve got a history buff on your hands. While you may be impressed by her historical facts, when it comes to buying her a gift, you might also be at a loss on how you can impress her. Luckily, you don’t have to sit through a war documentary to show her that you care about her passion for the past. These six gifts for history buffs should do the trick.
1. Boston Tea Party Sampler
For the friend who loves tea as much as she loves history, this Boston Tea Party sampler is a treat. It features all six of the teas thrown over during the Boston Tea Party: Bohea China black tea, Oolong loose tea, Congou black tea, Souchong black tea, Singlo green tea, and Hyson green tea. The sampler also features a fact sheet and is packed neatly in a commemorative box. While the tea industry has changed plenty since this event, these classic flavorful teas remain popular. Pair the sampler with a set of six retro world map coasters.
2. Feminist History Puzzle
If your history buff is an avid admirer of powerful women throughout history, from Queen Elizabeth I to Malala, she’ll love putting together this Little Feminist history puzzle from Mudpuppy. Ideal for kids and adults alike, the 500-piece puzzle depicts 16 women — including political leaders, artists, activists, and pioneers — in whimsical drawings designed to educate and inspire.
3. Big Socks to Fill
Your history buff can follow in the footsteps of great leaders with these colorful socks, available in men’s and women’s sizes. With images of George Washington, John F. Kennedy, Abe Lincoln, and Benjamin Franklin at her ankles, your friend will surely be inspired to lead with greatness.
4. “History Buff” Tee
Abe Lincoln + abs = history buff. Your history-loving friend or family member will get to show off her passion and her sense of humor with the help of this funny T-shirt, made from 100 percent cotton and available in five colors. Like the joke, but don’t like gifting clothes? Then opt for this “history buff” coffee mug instead.
5. Antique Scratch-Off World Map
Ideal for travelers who love to visit the places they’ve read about, this antique edition scratch-off map lets them scratch off their destinations to track their journeys. Made of thick quality material, the map is packaged in a protective tube to keep it safe during shipping, and that makes it a cinch to wrap. Measuring 35 inches wide and 25 inches tall, the map might easily become your history buff’s new hanging artwork.
6. Chronology — the Game in Which You Make History
Competitive history buffs will love playing Chronology, an evergreen board game that tests as much as it teaches by challenging players to put historical events in order. With 858 events to organize, there are plenty of opportunities for your history buffs’ knowledge to shine. Who knows? You might even learn a thing or two if you play it with them.
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Erica Garza is an author and essayist from Los Angeles. Her writing has appeared in TIME, Health, Glamour, Good Housekeeping, Women’s Health, and VICE.