Holiday Gift Guide – Gifts for Graveyard Wanderers


Not all those who wander in graveyards are lost… here’s some gift ideas to guide your intrepid graveyard explorers through their cemetery wanderings, gravestone photography adventures, and ancestor-locating journeys!

  1. A membership to the Association for Gravestone Studies gives you access to the AGS Quarterly and annual Markers journal, which provide wonderful articles on gravestone research, epitaphs, and conservation projects.
  2. Have you ever spotted a fascinating symbol on a gravestone and wondered about its meaning? Stories in Stone: A Field Guide to Cemetery Symbolism and Iconography is wonderful collection of the art history of gravestone iconography – this book has stunning photography.
  3. Understanding Cemetery Symbols: A Field Guide for Historic Graveyards (Messages from the Dead) is another great and funny resource for gravestone symbology.
  4. When you are photographing gravestones and the lighting isn’t perfect, this portable 5-in-1 reflector is a great item to have in your photography kit, which helps to illuminate hard-to-see epitaphs.
  5. A good first aid kit is invaluable while trekking through old cemeteries which can be unmowed and uneven, where trips, bumps, or bugs are possible – Adventure Medical Kits Mountain Series, Backpacker Medical Kit is a well-organized kit to keep in your trunk.
  6. The JoCo 16oz glass coffee cup is a great reusable mug for your hot or cold drinks, and fits great in a car beverage holder – good for the environment and good for keeping you cool on hots days or warm on cold cemetery adventures!
  7. For a fun read, The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman is a delightful spooky tale for kids and adults alike.
  8. Artwork created by the Gravestone Girls – castings, magnets, and other oddities – make beautiful and historically accurate gifts from real gravestones.
  9. A Graveyard Preservation Primer is a wonderful guide for responsible conservation and preservation techniques for stewards of old graveyards.
  10. Your favorite taphophile will love this Graveyard Wanderer shirt!

And be sure to check out these other gift ideas for all the history lovers in your life this holiday season!

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