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...
We know the English love drinking their tea, so why not buy your favorite tea drinker a bone china Tea for One Set. This colourful set is derived from the strong relationship between Stonehenge and nature. And while the ladies who worked on the Bayeux Tapestry didn't expect it to grace a family home, this smaller tapersty showing the Normans crossing the English Channel in their boats 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 driving a heritage steam train through the English countryside... 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 Hadrian's Wall Mug covered in facts about the great wall built by the Romans.. And Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without everyone sitting around a big jigsaw puzzle, so I've added one here.
Fly in a Spitfire over the English Channel
...now this is a really special experience. Fly in an original Spitfire that was used by the RAF to train new Second World War pilots. Add that the flight will be over the English Channel, the scene of many Battle of Britain dog fights, then you will appreciate that this would be a breathtaking experience. 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.