Educational History Gifts for Middle School Kids

If you’re looking for history gifts for middle school kids, you’re in the right place! Whether you have a history buff on your hands or wish you did, keep scrolling for a bunch of ideas.

Every time we do a deep clean at my house, I end up shaking my head at how much unnecessary stuff my kids end up with. Gifts from distant relatives, goodie bags, co-op parties… it doesn’t take long for piles of unused and forgotten toys to take over corners and cabinets.

It never fails that they end up with bags and boxes of things to donate or toss, and I find myself wishing I’d invested in something they could actually use more than once. Maybe it’s a homeschool mom thing, but I really love giving educational gifts that I know my kids will not only use, but they’ll also learn from.

I’ve rounded up some of my favorite history gifts for middle school kiddos who are fans of the yesteryear. These gift ideas are unique and themed enough that they’re sure to bring excitement not just upon unwrapping, but each time they’re pulled out! If you’ve got a tween with a penchant for the past, you’ve found the perfect gift guide to please them – and yourself!

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Hands-On History Gifts

One of my favorite ways to teach – and learn – history is through hands-on learning. These gift ideas are perfect to bring history alive. Providing more than just a peek into the past, this list is packed with gifts that can help transport your kids back in time – figuratively speaking, of course.

Roman Colosseum Building Block Set (1,756 Pieces) Italy's Roman Colosseum Famous Landmark Series Model for Kids and AdultsBoston Tea Party Coin and Stamp CollectionThe Wu-HOU Crossbow Chariot DIY Model Kits-3D Wooden Toy Puzzle Retro Weapons for AdultsEgyptian Papyrus Blank Paper Set of 10 Sheets for Art Projects Scrapbooking Album Refill Scrolls and Teaching Ancient Hieroglyphic History 8x12in (20x30cm)BMC WW2 D-Day Plastic Army Men - Invasion of Normandy 114pc Boxed PlaysetWW2 Poster, WW2 Propaganda Poster, WWII Poster, Set of 5 Military Decor Vintage Propaganda Posters - Poster WW2 Set, Army Poster, WW2 Propaganda Posters , WW2 Decor - Unframed (8x10in)LEGO Architecture Great Wall of China 21041 Building Kit (551 Pieces) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)CubicFun National Geographic 3D Puzzle for Adults Kids Taj Mahal India Architecture 3D Jigsaw Building Model Kit with Booklet Gifts for Woman Men, 87 PiecesCivil War 150th Anniversary Commemorative Set: With Stamp, Coin and Bullet

 

History Games

Have you discovered the benefits of educational games yet? Middle schoolers are notoriously tough to keep engaged, so finding games you can play together while also learning is a genius teaching and parenting hack that allows you to spend time together and have fun. In this list, you’ll discover history games that will not only make great gifts, they’ll make great memories as you play them again and again.

Horrible Games Similo History: A Fast Playing Family Card Game - Guess the Secret Historical Character, 1 Player is the Clue Giver & Others Must Guess the Character, 2-8 Players, Ages 8+, 20 minTop Trumps WM01017-EN1-6 Horrible HistoriesSuperfight History Deck: 100 Historical Themed Cards for The Game of Absurd Arguments |Family Friendly Game of Super Powers & Super Problems, for Kids Teens Adults, 3 or More Players, Ages 8+Constitution Quest GameTimeline ClassicProfessor Noggin's Ancient Civilizations Trivia Card Game - an Educational Trivia Based Card Game for Kids - Trivia, True or False, and Multiple Choice - Ages 7+ - Contains 30 Trivia CardsThe ultimate history crossword book: Perfect gift for anyone who loves history and crosswords | A4 (History meets crosswords)Black History Playing Card Deck (History Channel)Monopoly World War II We Are All In This Together Board GameHasbro Games Judgemental Party Board Game (Amazon Exclusive)Hasbro Gaming Avalon Hill Axis & Allies 1942 Second Edition WWII Strategy Board Game, with Extra Large Gameboard, Ages 12 and Up, 2-5 Players

 

Unique History Books

History books get a bad reputation. Too often they give off the idea of a dusty old text, filled with boring text that might as well double for a bedtime story. History lovers, however, know better. Below you’ll find some of the most unique, fun, and surprising history books that are guaranteed to keep your tweens entertained, educated, and hungry for even more history!

Diplomatic Gifts: A History in Fifty PresentsThe Greatest Presidential Stories Never Told: 100 Tales from History to Astonish, Bewilder, and Stupefy (The Greatest Stories Never Told)Battles that Changed HistorySecret CIA: 21 Insane CIA Operations That You’ve Probably Never Heard ofOutrageous Women of the Middle AgesBad Days in History: A Gleefully Grim Chronicle of Misfortune, Mayhem, and Misery for Every Day of the YearMore Bad Days in History: The Delightfully Dismal, Day-by-Day Saga of Ignominy, Idiocy, and Incompetence ContinuesRevolutionary Mothers: Women in the Struggle for America's IndependenceTiny Blunders/Big Disasters: Thirty-Nine Tiny Mistakes That Changed the World Forever (Revised Edition)Weapon: A Visual History of Arms and ArmorMedieval Warrior: Weapons, Technology, And Fighting Techniques, Ad 1000-1500Horrible Histories 10 Book Box Set [Paperback] [Jan 01, 2016] Terry DearyOutbreak!: Plagues that Changed History

 

History-Themed Gifts

Okay, not every gift needs to be educational. These stocking stuffers, history decor, and other fun items are perfect for the history-loving middle schooler in your life who appreciates a good pun as much as a good pen!

Funny Mens Novelty Presidents/Big Guy Dress Socks - HSELL Funky Patterned Cotton Fun Crew Socks2022 History Channel This Day in History Boxed Calendar: 365 Remarkable People, Extraordinary Events, and Fascinating Facts (Daily Calendar, Office Desk Gift)Martin Luther Nailed It Reformation funny Gift Protestant Raglan Baseball TeeBenjamin Franklin Electrici - Tea Mug - Recreate Franklin's Famous Experiment With Your Tea - Comes in a Fun Gift BoxFunko Pop! History Washington Crossing The Delaware #11 Target ExclusiveIdes of March Pen and Pencil Holder - Julius Caesar Office Desk AccessoryRenaissance Art Student Student-Italian Rennaissance Art Ninjas Funny Throw Pillow, 16x16, MulticolorThe Floor Is Lava -Everyone, Pompeii, 74 A.D. Funny T-ShirtLeather Journal - Vintage Leather Journal with Bookmark, Book of Shadows Journal, Grimoire Journal, Witch Journal, Vintage Journal for Men and Women, 200 GSM Antique Deckle Edge PaperSemtomn Tapestry Artwork Wall Hanging Civilisation Antquie Map of Ancient Roman Empire History Rome 60x80 Inches Tapestries Mattress Tablecloth Curtain Home Decor PrintCunMei Quill Pen - Feather Calligraphy Pen and Ink Set - with Seal Stamp, Ink, 5 Replacement Nibs, 3 Wax Seal Sticks, Pen Nib Base, White Wax, Spoon (Red)

 

Just as gifts don’t have to always end up in the donate pile, history doesn’t always have to be boring – and educational gifts don’t have to always be disappointing to receive! These educational history gifts are quirky, different, and deep enough that your middle school kiddos are sure to geek out over them.

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