When around a history buff, you are constantly barraged with “fun facts”about the Trail of Tears or working conditions during the Industrial Revolution, all of which are decidedly NOT FUN. There is no Holocaust documentary on Netflix he hasn’t watched, no presidential factoid too random to mention, no book too massive or tedious to read and no museum not worthy of a visit during his next vacation.
Despite the constant eye rolling you find yourself doing and extensive bargaining with other family members about who has to sit next to him at dinner and hear him prattle on about the Louisiana Purchase, his extensive knowledge of world history has rubbed off on you no matter how hard you’ve tried not to listen to him. Any time you know something you didn’t think you knew (something about the War of 1812 or the Cuban Missile Crisis), you can pinpoint it back to a hazy discussion you had with the history buff, probably against your will. People around you are weirded out that you know so much about Millard Filmore, but they’re also kind of impressed. Thanks, history buff!
So, to honor this guy’s obsession with the past while helping him increase his knowledge of things that are old and irrelevant (or ARE THEY?), we’ve rounded up six gifts perfect for the history buff. Read it on Parade.