12 Holiday Gift Ideas for Egyptophiles

With the holiday season upon us, the Nile Scribes are busy shopping for their loved ones! This week we are sharing some inspiration for those of you who, like us, are looking for Egypt-themed gifts. We chose a range of ideas we loved, from board games to unique jewellery. Perhaps you will find the perfect gift you’ve been looking for!

Photo: Retrograde Photography
Photo: Retrograde Photography

1. Home – Mugs & Fridge Magnets

GBP £9.50 – available at Retrograde Photography

We are continually impressed with the images of Egyptian objects that Julia Thorne shares with us through her site Retrograde Photography! In her shop you can find some of these photos featured on fridge magnets, mugs, and t-shirts. Your coffee is sure to be safeguarded under the watchful eye of this mug!

Photo: Amazon
Photo: Amazon

2. Colouring – Ancient Egypt: An Artist’s Coloring Book

USD $9.95 – available at AUC PressAmazonBarnes & Noble

Colouring books for adults have become popular in recent years and what better to colour than an Egypt-themed version, Ancient Egypt: An Artist’s Coloring Book, by Dominique Navarro? The author provides an overview of how Egyptians used colour and then it is up to the artist to colour in drawings of well-known Egyptian artefacts and monuments. With the holiday rush causing us all a little tension, find a quiet spot and enjoy this soothing colouring activity.

Photo: Amazon
Photo: Amazon

3. Toy – Playmobil Egyptian Tomb

USD $14.99 – available at Amazon

Some of us remember the countless hours we spent playing with Playmobil sets when we were children. As adults, their intricacy and charm can still astound us! Spend this Christmas in an Egyptian tomb, shaking scorpions off your boots, and unwrapping a mummy.

Photo: Amazon UK
Photo: Amazon UK

4. TV Miniseries – Tutankhamun (ITV)

GBP £13.49 – available at Amazon UK

Escape the winter chill to the Egyptian desert where Howard Carter is hard at work excavating the tomb of Tutankhamun in the Valley of the Kings. This four-episode miniseries is Downton Abbey meets ancient Egypt in a reinvention of the famous story, complete with bizarre love triangles and questionable historicity. Spend the holidays with Lord Carnarvon!

Photo: Etsy
Photo: Etsy

5. Cookware – Scarab Cookie Cutter

CAD $13.50 – available at Etsy

We love the idea of decorating Egypt-themed Christmas cookies! With this cookie cutter, you can prepare food offerings in your own kitchen and present these delectables to your loved ones. Bakerology also sells cookie cutters of the sphinx, pyramids, and King Tut!

Photo: Etsy
Photo: Etsy

6. Poster – Vintage Egypt Travel Poster

Starting at CAD $20 – available on Etsy

The Nile Scribes have their own Egyptian exhibition posters hanging on their walls; posters make a great gift for the home or office. This poster’s minimalist design would look great on any wall, with a larger-than-life sphinx nestled between the Giza pyramids. In the front, a camel rider trods across the desert. This poster calls us back to Egypt!

Photo: Met Museum
Photo: Met Museum

7. Crafting – Fun with Hieroglyphs Stamp Set

USD $24.99 – available at Met Museum StoreAmazon.ca

Use these 24 hieroglyph stamps to practice your Egyptian alphabet! This stamp set and ink pad also comes with a 48-page booklet with descriptions of the signs and their uses, the history of decipherment, and activities to complete.

Photo: Amazon
Photo: Amazon

8. Art – The Art of Assassin’s Creed Origins

CAD $34.87 – available on AmazonBarnes & Noble

Many of us were swept up in the visual re-imagination of Ptolemaic Egypt in the 2017 game Assassin’s Creed: Origins. This large, hardback book contains hundreds of sketches, paintings, maps, and 3D renderings of the people, places, and objects that were created to populate the enormous game world. The colour and detail in each of these images is sure to brighten your holiday season.

9. Jewellery – Egyptian Rosette Earrings

USD $28 – available at Met Museum Store

These rosette earrings were inspired by the motif that appears on jewellery of the foreign wives of Thutmose III, now in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Wear them in light blue, orange, or dark blue to emulate three of the most common semi-precious stones used by the ancient Egyptians: turquoise, carnelian, and lapis lazuli.

Photo: Amazon

10. Boardgame – Imhotep: Builder of Egypt

CAD $37.99 – available on Thames & KosmosAmazon

Check out the Nile Scribes review of Imhotep: Builder of Egypt.

This game will transport you back to ancient Egypt, where it is your job to complete several construction projects. Using stones from your quarry, you face several important decisions: build a pyramid to your revered king or extend your tomb with an extra chamber? You can also visit the market place for extra bonus abilities. For up to four players, it is your task to amass the most points to become Imhotep, Builder of Egypt.

Photo: Nile Magazine
Photo: Nile Magazine

11. Magazine – NILE Subscription

Starting at GBP £25 – available at Nile Magazine

The Nile Scribes have been avid readers of this new magazine which boasts high-quality and vivid photographs in each of their articles. Edited by Jeff Burzacott, the magazine is published on a bimonthly basis and readers will learn about the latest discoveries and current museum exhibitions. Check out their website – several samples are available to help convince you to become a subscriber!

Photo: Amazon
Photo: Amazon

12. Boardgame – Senet: the Game of Passing

CAD $58.85 – available at Amazon

Only a few boardgames have survived from ancient Egypt and among those is Senet: the Game of Passing. For the ancient Egyptians, the game was a reflection of their path to a successful afterlife. The board consists of three rows of 10 squares and each player tries to move their five game pieces off the board first. Players use wooden sticks to advance and can swap spots with pieces of their opponent. Play like an Egyptian!

What Egypt-themed gifts can you recommend?