Gift Ideas for Coal Miners

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Gift Ideas for Coal Miners
Coal generates more than half of the nation's electricity. (Comstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

Coal mining is an integral industry in several states, where the economy depends on coal. Many coal miners are the descendants of generations of coal miners, some extending as far back as the late 19th and early 20th centuries when coal mining in the United States began to expand as an industry. There are various gift ideas for coal miners, some of which celebrate the history and heritage of coal.

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Coal Museum

Treat a coal miner on his birthday or special holiday to a trip to a coal mining museum. Most coal-mining states, including Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Kentucky, have museums dedicated to preserving the history of coal mining. For instance, the Kentucky Coal Museum in Lynch, Kentucky, the No. 9 coal Mine in Lansford, Pennsylvania, and the Coal Heritage Museum in Madison, West Virginia, each offer exhibitions of artefacts, photographs and machinery to celebrate the legacy of coal mining.

Coal Festival

Another gift idea for a coal miners is tickets to a coal mining festival. Coal mining festivals are often sponsored by coal mining museums, coal miners' associations or unions or towns in which coal mining has a pivotal presence. For instance, "Pioneer Day" in Ashland, Kentucky, is an annual festival featuring coal mine tours, steam train rides, music, crafts and artisans, food and family events. The West Virginia Coal Festival is a similar statewide event, bringing families and communities together to celebrate the coal industry which is a critical part of the state's economy. Proceeds for coal mining festivals may benefit museums or other coal mining associations.

Coal Souvenirs

There are a variety of anthracite coal souvenirs available for purchase from coal museum gift shops or online vendors. Coal souvenirs make great gifts for a coal miner who can display them at home with pride. Coal souvenirs include pen sets, miner's figures and other figurines made from glazed anthracite coal. Many artisans also make jewellery, including earrings, bracelets and necklaces, from glazed anthracite. A picture frame made from anthracite is another gift idea.

Lumps of Coal Ornament

Lumps of coal are sometimes purchased as a gag gift for Christmas, sending the message that a recipient has been naughty instead of nice. But a small Christmas ornament of lumps of coal in fact makes a thoughtful gift for a coal miner. Whether the holiday is Christmas, a coal-inspired Christmas ornament is bound to be appreciated. You may even be able to get an ornament inscribed with the name of the miner, the date or a special message. Alternative ornament gifts might include a silver pick or shovel.

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