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10 stocking fillers for genie and history enthusiasts

Looking for some last minute stocking fillers? Want to spread the Christmas cheer, genie-style? The Inside History team has come up with 10 great gift ideas to help you on your hunt for the perfect holiday present!

Dennis Mayor collection of Photographs. State Library of Victoria.

Small boy helping hang a Christmas stocking. Courtesy Dennis Mayor collection of Photographs. State Library of Victoria H97.155/274
  1. Genealogy tote bag
    A great gift idea and stocking filler! Everyone loves a handy tote bag – why not let people know about genealogy at the same time? There are a range of designs to choose from to make the tote bag best suited to your beloved genie’s tastes.
  2. Custom-made family tree poster
    Create a your very own, custom-made family tree in a beautiful design, found here at You can choose different colours and styles for the family historian in your life. We’re sure they will be thrilled with a personalised poster depicting their own family tree.
  3. Subscription to Findmypast
    Findmypast offers the option to subscribe for 12 months or 1 month. It could be a great gift idea to purchase a one-month subscription, which starts at $19.95, for a friend or family member who is just getting into researching family history.
  4. Personalised family picture bracelet
    Etsy is full of really great, personalised, and creative gift ideas. We found this bracelet, which has a vintage look and is personalised with your own photos. You can choose to have black and white or coloured images. A cute gift idea and a stylish way to preserve memories.
  5. Novelty “I heart Genealogy” mug
    Every genealogist knows that their family tree sleuthing is best accompanied by a nice hot cuppa. This novelty mug is a gift to declare your loved one’s passion for genealogy every time they take a sip of tea! 

    Woman with cakes and dolls on display for the war effort. Curtesy State Library Victoria H2011.52/287
    Woman with cakes and dolls on display for the war effort. Courtesy State Library Victoria H2011.52/287
  6. Sydney Museums Pass
    Looking for a gift for your history-loving Sydneysider (or, perhaps, your history lover with an upcoming trip planned to Sydney!)? The Sydney Living Museums Pass is just the thing, giving your loved one access to four of Sydney’s best museums at half the usual cost.
  7. Goodies from the Royal Australian Mint
    The Royal Australian Mint’s eShop stocks a tempting variety of goodies, from an affordable Two-Up set ($10) – to bring an Anzac touch to your Chrissie celebrations – to a range of commemorative coins.
  8. Become a Friend
    If your loved one is a military history buff, why not look into making them Friends of the Memorial – the Australian War Memorial, that is! Alternatively, why not sign up the beloved bookworm in your life to become a Friend of the State Library of New South Wales (or their state library of choice)? There are a range of benefits to joining these invaluable programs – not to mention the benefit of providing support to one of our nation’s most important cultural institutions!
  9. World Heritage subscription with
    Get unlimited access to Ancestry’s entire collection of records from around the globe by buying your loved one a World Heritage subscription! With more than 7 billion records from around the world, your beloved genie is guaranteed to find something new.
  10. A subscription to Inside History magazine!
    And, of course, this list wouldn’t be complete without suggesting a subscription to Inside History magazine! Share Australian history and the world of genealogy with your friends or family members by purchasing them a 6-month or 1-year subscription – or, if you’re buying for a real enthusiast, we also do 2-year and 3-year subscriptions. Check out our online store for more information.

Happy shopping – and a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all the Inside History family.

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