A History Buff’s Christmas Gift Guide

Finally, December is upon us. I’m one of those people who refuse to start feeling festive until the 1st December. Likewise, even though I have seen a lot of bloggers sharing their gift guides, I refused to publish my historical Christmas gift guide until the festive season was truly upon us. And most of us leave our Christmas shopping to the last minute anyway, right?!

So, if you have any history enthusiasts you have to buy for, or you’re looking for some inspiration about what to include on your letter to Santa, this historical Christmas gift guide is just for you. The guide is broken down by recipient and includes a variety of gifts at all price points. Part Two will be available on Wednesday. Enjoy!

[UPDATE – English Heritage Shop currently have some discount codes running. There’s 10% of all orders over £35 when you use the code GEN10PE. There’s also £6 of all orders over £45 when you use the code GEN06PO. Both discount codes end on the 6th January 2019]

For Your Brother

brother historical christmas gift guide1. D.R. Harris Sandalwood Shaving Gift Set. Trouva. £64 2. Stonehenge red Christmas jumper. English Heritage Shop. £28 3. Fossils T-shirt, featuring images from the Wellcome collection. Present Indicative. £18.95 4. The Ravenmaster: My life with the ravens at the Tower of London by Christopher Skaife. £7.99 5. Hampton Court Palace Kings Table Beer. HRP Shop. £3.50 6. Camera desktop organiser, V&A Shop. £10.99 7. Jimi Hendrix Blue Plaque Bone China Mug. English Heritage Shop. £10.50.


For Mum

historical christmas gift guide1. Buckingham Palace Great Exhibition 2 Tier Cake Stand (pattern based on Minton service purchased by Queen Victoria at the Great Exhibition). Royal Collection Shop. £95 2. William Morris Strawberry Thief Garden Kneeler. English Heritage Shop. £20 3. V&A desk diary. V&A shop. £8 4. Rival Queens: The Betrayal of Mary, Queen of Scots by Kate Williams, £15.50 5. Buckingham Palace Knot Brooch, based on Queen Mary’s Lovers Knot Brooch. Royal Collection Shop. £80 6. Parthenon Silk Scarf. British Museum Shop. £45 7. Mother’s Ruin decanter. HRP Shop. £85 8. Ancestry DNA Testing Kit. Ancestry UK. £63 (Please note the price of the kit changes often, and its always worth checking for special deals)

For The Kids

kids historical christmas gift guide1. A Modest Proposal babygro. Present Indicative. £12.95 2. Royal Princess dress. English Heritage Shop. £25 3. English Heritage Guess Who?, featuring figures from British history. English Heritage Shop. £25 4. Wooden castle play set. HRP Shop. £100 5. Wonder Women card game. Present Indicative. £9.99 6. Great scientists finger puppet set. Present Indicative. £19.95 7. Riddle of the Runes: A Viking mystery by Janina Ramirez. £4.52

On Wednesday we’ll be featuring gift guides for your dad, sister and stocking fillers. See you then!

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  1. 2nd December 2018 / 5:16 pm

    I love this gift guide! It’s so sweet and thoughtful. I’m a big fan of that baby outfit and the Mother’s Ruin decanter.

    • clairemiles
      2nd December 2018 / 7:01 pm

      I know! I just wish I had a baby to buy for!!!

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