Looking for an unusual holiday gift that will inspire an interest in geography, history, even science? Students love the coins and stamps I use in my classes, and you can generally buy an interesting assortment of stamps or coins for less than $10. For $9 you can buy a pound of foreign coins (some old, some new, some from countries that no longer exist) at Coins of the Realm in Rockville. Or you can buy an assortment of stamps or even an old album (a great history resource!) at Maryland Stamps & Coins in downtown Bethesda. Most stamp and coin stores will bend over backwards to help you find a small gift to start a collection.
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