Best Gifts for the History Buff Father for 2018

If your father loves history (and many do), then he will appreciate a gift that reminds him of his passion and the events that have shaped our world. Loving history seems to be a common denominator for many fathers, and yet gifts that reflect that love of history seem difficult to think of or find. From books and ties to games and DVD's, this list has something to please every history-loving dad.

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    Time Troopers

    Time Troopers DVD Game

    A DVD based game from the History Channel will challenge children and adults alike. With different age level games, you can enjoy testing your American history trivia knowledge as well as learning more about history. Dads and kids with an affection for history will enjoy playing this game together.

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    John Adams DVD

    John Adams DVD Miniseries

    One of my favorite books chronicling early American history has been made into a miniseries masterpiece. John Adams shares the story of our second President and a man about whom too little has been written. And not only do you see history unfolding from Adams’ point of view in this DVD miniseries, you also see the development of other American patriots like Washington, Jefferson and Hamilton. An absolutely engrossing story that will give your dad many hours of viewing pleasure.

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    10 Days That Unexpectedly Changed America

    10 Days That Unexpectedly Changed America

    Ten one-hour documentaries highlight ten days that each triggered change in America. These incredible and little known stories are compelling and will be of real interest to any history buff.

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    Founding Fathers Signature Ties

    Founding Fathers Signature Ties
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    These neckties include the signatures of those signing the Declaration of Independence (blue) and the Constitution (red). Very attractive ties with real historical significance. I know lots of dads consider ties to be a pretty lame gift, but these ties are unique enough to make for a great gift if your dad likes history or politics.  Your dad’s friends will admire and comment on his tie.

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    Character : Profiles in Presidential Courage

    Character: Profiles in Presidential Courage

    Character is one of the best books I have read on Presidential history. Author and well-known journalist Chris Wallace shares the details of twenty experiences in courage by US Presidents from George Washington to George W. Bush. This book is an engaging read that your dad will enjoy and remember as a great read and a gift that helped him see historical events as he hadn't seen them before.

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    Subscription to American History Magazine

    American History Magazine
    American History Magazine

    Give the gift that gives all year long. American History magazine offers articles and insights into American history that will delight your dad during the year. From world events to sports and from politics to literature, American History will help dad learn about the forces and the figures that shaped the history of the United States with both scholarly and popular subjects.

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    My Fellow Americans

    My Fellow Americans

    I have really enjoyed reading this book. Author Michael Waldman has compiled the most important Presidential speeches in American history into one volume. Washington's inaugurals, the Gettysburg address, FDR's fireside chat, Kennedy’s Cuban Missile Crisis Speech and Reagan's "Tear Down This Wall" speech are all included. The book also includes an audio CD with dramatized and original audio of these classic Presidential speeches.

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    Chrononauts Card Game

    This is a card game where playes travel through time, collect artifacts and can change the outcome of history. If you love history and role playing card games, then this is a must have. You and your dad will enjoy hours of entertainment and history, and every time you play is an entirely new game.

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    History's Great Untold Stories

    History's Great Untold Stories
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    Another amazing book for the history buff dad is History's Great Untold Stories by Joseph Cummins.  From the roots of the launch of the Spanish Armada to the anti-slavery movement in Great Britain, your dad will find stories that fascinate the reader and that helped set the stage for many of history's most important events.  

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    Socksmith Men's Dead Presidents Socks

    Presidents Socks

    Socks are all the rage right now, and these Dead Presidents Socks from Socksmith are pretty cool if your dad loves history and socks. This particular set includes socks with the likeness of George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and John F. Kennedy.