A Hamil-ton of Gifts for Your A. Ham Fan

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How does a geek mom, hunting, last-minute shopping and wrapping,
Dropped in the middle of a forgotten spot on the gift list that she wrote herself, exhausted, in spit-up, find the perfect set of presents?

The ten-dollar easy answer with free shipping —
Get a lot farther not by shopping a lot harder
By shopping a lot smarter . . .

If you’ve got a Hamilton fan in the house, I’ve got you covered (and not with my weak rhymes). Take this opportunity to turn that little musical fan into a history buff. Or just support their budding hip-hop careers. These gift suggestions will help you out, no matter what kind of Hamifan you have.


Books for teens and adults

  • Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow. This is the New York Times bestseller than Lin-Manuel Miranda picked up vacation, inspiring the whole show.
  • Hamilton: The Revolution is the book of the musical. It’s amazing. If you buy only one thing on this list, I’d pick this one. It’s the full script (lyrics), with photos from the story and piles of backstory on what went into its creation.
  • Hamilton: The Adult Coloring Book.

Books for middle grades

Books for elementary-aged kids


  • The actual album is an obvious place to start.
  • The Hamilton Mixtape, just released December 2, is 23 tracks of your favorite songs recreated (and sometimes changed quite a bit) by the likes of stars from Kelly Clarkson to The Roots to Usher and many more. (There’s also a clean edit.)
  • In The Heights (an earlier Miranda musical)
  • Advanced mode: Gift a collection of albums whose songs or artists are referenced or that inspired lines in Hamilton. Read Slate’s guide to the references to make your list.



Your choices in this area are great. Here are a few:

Beyond A. Ham

Maybe Hamilton isn’t your favorite character in the show. Even LMM said he was torn between playing Hamilton and Burr. To branch out:


Other things

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