Housewarming Gifts for History Buffs
Prohibition History Glasses
There's no better time than the cocktail hour to contemplate Prohibition. This set of two rocks glasses sets the scene for some high-proof American history homework. On one, you can study the 18th Amendment, prohibiting the manufacture, sale, and transportation of intoxicating liquors. On the other, read the 21st Amendment?which repealed the 18th?and benefit from America's brilliant decision to let its people drink freely once again. Study up; we can't promise there won't be a pop quiz. Made in Pennsylvania.
Founding Fathers Whiskey Glasses
The Founding Fathers of the United States didn't plan the revolution in coworking spaces. They met in taverns. Toast their drink-fueled disruption with these rocks glasses, each of which bears a Founding Father's personal seal, signature, and a quote. ""Honesty is always the best policy,"" said George Washington, who had one of the biggest whiskey distilleries in the country at Mount Vernon. ""Without Freedom of Thought, there can be no such Thing as Wisdom; and no such Thing as publick Liberty, without Freedom of Speech,"" said Ben Franklin, who published The Drinker's Dictionary, listing 200+ slang phrases for being drunk (""Pidgeon Ey'd,"" ""Jambled,"" ""had a Thump over the Head with Sampson's Jawbone,"" etc.). Makes a great gift for a history or politics buff, teacher, lawyer, or lover of the American dream. Made in Pennsylvania. See the content of each glass here.
Democracy Coasters - Set of 4
Toast to life, liberty, and the pursuit of the perfect cocktail with this set of coasters featuring the famous documents of American democracy. Each of the four tumbled marble coasters showcases selections from a different document?the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the Civil Rights Act?bringing the formula for freedom to your cocktail accouterments. The set makes a great gift for any history buff, teacher, or adherent of the American dream. Complete the set with an iron coaster stand, sold separately. Made in Providence, Rhode Island. Pair your Democracy Coasters - Set of 4 with our Constitution of United States of America Glass and our Declaration of Independence Glass.
Founding Fathers Mini Building Block Kits
Okay, true or false time: 1. George Washington signed the Declaration of Independence. 2. Benjamin Franklin was president of the United States. Both statements are false and yet polls consistently show that many Americans think they are true. If only we?d all grown up with toys to spark curiosity about history, like these building-block sets. Each kit has almost 400 pieces for kids to assemble into models of Ben (who was the sixth governor of Pennsylvania but never president) or George (who was busy defending New York City from the British when the Declaration was signed). Would you look at that? We?ve already learned cool stuff?imagine what your kids will pick up. Made in China.
Periodic Table of Presidents
As our first President, George Washington was like hydrogen. Harrison's month-long Presidency was ended by a fatal virus. Ike was a well-known ""Rebounder."" American politics may not be an exact science, but Griffin Gonzales' innovative diagram draws on the iconic Periodic Table of Elements to present the history of the Presidency. Fascinated by Presidents since his third-grade obsession with Millard Filmore, Griffin now combines his study of government with self-taught design skills. Traditional line-ups of our 45 commanders-in-chief can be as dry as a chalk board, but Griffin's version offers a wealth of interpretation: political parties, historical eras, leadership traits, and terms in office. The Presidents are still shown sequentially, but by borrowing the scientific structure of the Periodic Table, they're also organized into columns that teach historical and political lessons. There are even subtle ""Easter egg"" details, like the fact that Presidents who died in office are facing left (RIP, Abe). The poster makes a proudly patriotic display for teachers, young scholars, and political junkies. Designed in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where both John Adams and John Quincy Adams attended Harvard University. Printed in Portland, Oregon.
Teas of the Boston Tea Party
Boston Harbor, December 16, 1773: It's late, it's freezing, and the colonists aren't going to take it anymore. ""No taxation without representation!"" The day goes down in history as the Boston Tea Party. Take a taste of colonial times with this set of five teas--two green and three black--in the varieties that were in the 342 chests thrown overboard during that momentous protest. As a bonus for history buffs, the set also comes with details on how many chests of each tea were destroyed, brewing directions and flavor profiles, and uncommon facts about tea in early America. Made in South Carolina.
Pre-Prohibition Cocktail Syrups
What's in a bottle of tonic water? Sure, there's quinine, but there's also gross stuff?like high fructose corn syrup. Collective shudder. When flavor buff Tory Pratt learned what horrors lurked within the modern mixer, she set out to do a little research on how the OG drink was made. Years later, these delectable pre-prohibition-style syrups are the fruits of her labor. Try her tonic with gin and a splash of club soda for a fresher take on a classic, complete with fragrant citrusy notes. The grenadine, made with real pomegranate, makes a vibrant addition to Tequila Sunrises, and a little of her rich, caramelly take on a simple syrup goes a long way. (One bottle of the dark, double-simmered elixir holds enough to make 32 Old Fashioneds.) Lovers of history and booze alike will appreciate Tory's exhaustive research. After all, the results are tasty. Made in small batches in Washington, DC.