Forget Amazon gift cards. This year give historians gift subscriptions to last them the whole year.
Gift Subscriptions to Libraries
Depending on where you live, membership subscriptions to libraries make for great Christmas presents for the history buff. It is a gift that can be enjoyed all year round, while at the same time supporting the Library of one’s choice. Libraries have different membership schemes to fit any pocket.
The New York Library membership packs, for instance, start from $25 for a Library Associate and rising to $1,499 for a Sponsor. Membership benefits include membership card, discount in the Library Shop, invitation to attend the gala Holiday House, VIP exhibition openings and tours of the Library’s collections. The British Library membership offers 10% discount at the Library Bookshop, quarterly newsletter, access to lectures, special events and public talks.
Check the gift subscription options in a Library near you.
Magazine Subscription Gift
Another Christmas present for history buffs that is sure to entertain them all year is a magazine subscription gift. There are plenty of titles to choose from, such as the BBC History Magazine, History Today, History Magazine, American History, World War II, Military History, Vietnam. The HistoryNet,com website provides details on titles and gift subscriptions.
For those who have no access to academic libraries, a Questia subscription is an ideal Christmas present. Questia has a great online collection of high-quality books, journals and magazines in the humanities, including history. It is searchable by keyword and a variety of tools to make reading and research easy. It is of course open 24/7.
Gift Subscriptions to Historical Associations
Historical associations promote the study and interest in local and national history and welcome new members. For a small annual fee the history buff can join a community of similarly-minded people, engage in conversations and current thinking and participate in relevant activities. Historical associations and societies often publish a newsletter or journal and many have an Internet presence as well.
For instance, the New York Historical Society offers its members unlimited free admission to exhibitions, half-price tickets to all public programmes and curator-led tours. The Bostonian Society offers free admission to the museum and library and 20% discount at the museum shop. The Nantucket Historical Association offers free admission to the Whaling museum, library and archives, annual magazine subscription and seasonal walking tours.
Before reaching for Amazon book vouchers, consider giving the historian in your life a Christmas gift with a difference. A gift subscription to a library, magazine or historical society will last the whole year and possibly beyond.