What do you give the person who loves English history? (Or yourself, if you're that person, of course....). Well, being a bit of a history nut myself I have a few ideas for you. So here are my top ten Christmas gifts for history lovers ... all things I'd love to get my hands on (or already have.)
We've been members of English Heritage for years and it's one of the best gifts you can give anyone who loves history. English Heritage looks after hundreds of historical sites all across England and as a member you have free access to all of them. As many times as you want to visit. And while you're having a great days out, you're helping English Heritage to restore and repair and keep these wonderful places. One of my favourite gifts...
Even in an ultramodern home there's space for a jousting knight or two. And while the ladies who worked on the Bayeux Tapestry didn't expect it to grace the furniture, this smaller, cushion version will look awesome wherever you put it.
The next three of my top ten Christmas gifts for history lovers are experiences. I love trying new things, be it jousting (you must be sixteen or over for this one), a medieval banquet or a day of falconry... all these can be purchased as vouchers and the person receiving the gift can arrange their experience for a day to suit them.
Who can resist those wonderful sword book ends? I can't. I think they look amazing. Just like the Stonehenge teapot. Whether you give it pride of place on your afternoon tea table, or team it with a cup and saucer or sugar bowl, there's a bit of history brightening up your day. And Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without everyone sitting around a big jigsaw puzzle, so I've added one here.
...is something I could actually wear, since I'm shorter than 5'10"! It's a 14th century armour that would have been worn by the combatants of the Wars of the Roses. It's over six feet tall on its stand - 195cm to be precise - and would look stunning in a hallway, especially if your home has a gothic look. But I'm convinced it would look equally stunning beside the bookshelves in my living room. What do you think?
Thank you for following me through my list of top ten Christmas gifts for anyone who loves history. I hope you found a little inspiration for your own Christmas shopping this year. And if you have any suggestions for items that other history lovers might enjoy, then please let me know.