15 History Gifts for Anyone on Your List

Looking for something special for that hard-to-shop-for person in your life? Need last-minute ideas for a holiday gift? We’ve got you covered with these ideas for history gifts that anyone on your list might love.

Here are some suggestions for fun history and Colorado related items that may just be the perfect gift for someone in your life, whether they love art, food, travel, fashion, or learning.

A studio portrait of Fred Payne Clatworthy with a bicycle, 1897. A studio portrait of Fred Payne Clatworthy with a bicycle, 1897.

A studio portrait of Fred Payne Clatworthy with a bicycle, 1897; Accession number: 99.164.2211.

For arts lovers:

1. If you want to get something truly uniquely Coloradan, consider jewelry, artwork, or crafts created by the numerous native tribes of our state. We recommend you visit the gift shops at the History Colorado Center or Ute Indian Museum for some genuinely creative gems.

2. Colorado has some amazing historic venues like the Central City Opera House, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Colorado Springs’ City Auditorium, Walsenburg’s Fox Theater, and Beulah’s Songbird Cafe and Music Hall, so consider a ticket to a play or concert that’s bound to be memorable.

3. Did you know you can order a print of one of the one million historic photos in our collection (and get some help finding the one that’s just right) through our Hart Research Library? Our extensive collection includes photographs of panoramic landscapes, railroads, and mountains, as well as the diversity of people who’ve called Colorado home. We also have photos taken by noteworthy photographers like William Henry Jackson, Oliver E. Aultman, and Fred Payne Clatworthy.

For lifelong learners:

1. A History Colorado membership not only gives the recipient free admission to all eight of our museums and the Georgetown Loop Railroad®, it also comes with a subscription to our award-winning Colorado Heritage magazine!

2. Books are always a welcome gift for lovers of learning. We sell several award-winners both in our gift shops and through our website, including the recently republished Italy in Colorado: Family Histories from Denver and Beyond. You may also want to check out books like Museum Hack's Guide To History's Fiercest Females, A Field Guide to American Houses, The Beaten Territory, and these picks from Smithsonian Magazine. Or consider getting a gift card for a Colorado bookstore like Tattered Cover or Poor Richard’s so they can pick one themselves!

3. For something more social, you could get a ticket to one of our fantastic lectures coming up next year, about Zebulon Pike’s adventure in the Rockies, Colorado’s radio history, and ancient astronomers of the Southwest. For those who may want to dive deeper, consider registering them for our Program for Avocational Archaeological Certification (PAAC) classes.

Neckties for Denver neighborhoods

Knotty Tie's neckties themed around neighborhoods in Denver

For fashionistas:

1. History-themed pins make a fantastic stocking stuffer! We like “Votes for Women” and “We Can Do It!” For more stocking stuffers, check out these bracelets featuring maps of Mesa Verde, Rocky Mountain National Park, Boulder, and 1902 Colorado.

2. We collaborated with Knotty Tie Co. on a collection of ties and scarves inspired by the rich history of Denver neighborhoods (you can find some in the History Colorado Center gift shop too). Elephant Corral also sells T-shirts for Denverites who want to show their love of their community. This cool clutch is etched with a 1913 map of Denver.

3. A gift card to a vintage shop like Denver’s Goldmine Vintage, Colorado Springs’ Leech Pit, Trinidad’s Coin Dancer Antiques, and Fruita’s The Vintage Common is sure to result in some funky throwback finds.

Brown Palace hotel

Brown Palace hotel

For wanderers and globe-trotters:

1. Sometimes we just need to get away from it all. How about a night's stay at a historic hotel or bed & breakfast? We recommend classics like the Brown Palace Hotel or the Stanley Hotel, both grantees of our State Historical Fund.

2. We recently announced an exciting lineup for our 2019 Tours and Treks! We’d love to have your loved one join us on a trip through Western Slope wineries, the American Southwest, the Canadian Rockies, or many more spectacular destinations.

3. An America the Beautiful Pass will grant your recipient access to more than 2,000 recreation sites in the US, including Colorado’s four national parks, eight national monuments, eight national wildlife refuges, and numerous trails and wilderness areas.

Cathedral School PTA Cookbook 1920

Cathedral School PTA Cookbook, 1920-1930

For foodies:

1. A beginner canning kit will enable your friend or family member to enjoy eating ripe produce in the middle of winter. Gardeners will also find this to be a convenient way to enjoy a good harvest for weeks and months to come.

2. Home brewing kits are great for beer aficionados. Check out CO Brew in Denver—they offer classes and even an opportunity to brew your own beer with them instead of dealing with the mess at home.

3. How about a really special homemade gift? You can research historic recipes (like this one for eggnog and these for fruit and mincemeat pies) in our Hart Research Library and put together a one-of-a-kind cookbook!