21 History Buff Gift Ideas, By A History Geek

By a History Geek

I’ll admit it – I’m a history geek. And these history buff gift ideas are exciting to me.

Note I don’t say I’m a history buff, because I forget at least half of what I read. But I’m happy to confess that I really enjoy history, whether it’s reading a biography that could double as a paperweight, watching a costume dramas set in a bygone era, or playing a history trivia game. So I think I might have an inside scoop on some great gift ideas for history enthusiasts if you’re in need of a few suggestions. Continue reading

8 Great Coaster Gift Ideas

One really can never have too many coasters. Unless they’re lame, of course. You can have too many lame coasters. If you are suffering from a plague of lame coasters, below you will find the prescription which will cure your ailment. If you have not fallen to this vile plague, just remember: One really can never have too many coasters.

One and Done:

1. Vintage:

Fun Coaster Gift

The Hollywood Coaster from Jonathan Adler. Simple, trendy, retro, fun. Follow the link to purchase and you’re done.

2. Geeky Chic:

Scrabble Letter Tiles as Coasters

Designed in classic fashion after the original Scrabble tiles, this coaster set includes oversized letters and score tiles. Perfect for anyone who has a Pinterest board entitled “grammar”.

DIY

3. Scrabble Yourself:

Scrabble tile coasters DIY tutorial

If the Scrabble coaster tile set is to out-of-the-box for you, try this DIY Scrabble Tile Coaster tutorial from Intimate Weddings. The best part about this is you can accent names (or hide clever words and phrases… *wink*) in the coasters! Designate each coaster’s owner (“Madeline”) or preferred drink (“Lemonade”). The possibilities are endless….

4. Dominator:

Coaster Gift Ideas

Playing with the same game-ish-ness style as the Scrabble coasters, this set of Domino Coasters (from Lil Cody Designs on Etsy) is an affordable gift or simple DIY project.

5. Tile & Style:

Tile and scrapbook paper coaster tutorial

This easy DIY coaster tutorial from Mal & Kev uses 16-cent tiles, scrapbook paper (or newspaper, or book pages, or whatever), Mod Podge, and a bit of paint and clear acrylic sealant. As you can tell, these can be as simple or as ornate as you like – let your style shine!

6. In Color

DIY Coaster Tutorial

 

Check out this DIY Coaster Tutorial from Poppytalk for color-blocked coasters in sprightly colors. Of course, you can go with any color scheme you desire, to match your home decor, seasonal or holiday colors, and oh so much more.

All you need for these is:

1. Wooden coasters (you can get these from your local craft store)
2. Acrylic paint
3. Paint brush
4. Paint tray
5. Masking tape
6. Gold spray
7. Clear glaze spray

Personalized

7. Custom Maple

Personalized Coasters

 

Laser engraving is an easy and affordable way to customize your coaster gift. This set of four Maple wood coasters, available at Northwest Gifts, can be engraved with quotes, special dates, names, logos, images, and more.

8. Custom Marble

Coaster Gift Ideas

 

This set of four marble coasters, also from Northwest Gifts, includes a marble caddy and can be personalized with any laser etching you desire or design.