The 2020 election cycle has been one for the books.
Many of us feel exhausted by the partisan bickering, political stunts, and constant stream of news coverage and social posts. If you’re ready to delete Twitter and retreat to a desert island this November, we don’t blame you.
But those who love the drama (and the horse race) just can’t get enough. Lucky for them, the 2022 (and 2024) campaigns are right around the corner. In the meantime, here are some gifts that are sure to please the political junkie in your life.
A Political Statement Facemask
Because you can never have too many masks on hand, why not help a friend take a stand while staying safe this winter? Just like political opinions, there options are aplenty. Republican or Democrat. Biden, Trump or someone else. Or go the single-issue route, with statements on everything from abortion to guns. And for those already pivoting to 2022, a VOTE mask will get plenty of post-Election Day wear.
“Slay the Dragon” Documentary
The presidential election has dominated the debate this year. But 2021 will bring another big political battle. Redistricting, the decennial redrawing of state and federal political maps, gets underway in all 50 states next year. The stakes are huge. Prep your political junkie friend for the action with this documentary on the often contentious process.
A Selena Montgomery Romance Novel
The Stacy Abrams stan in your life has probably read the rising political star’s book on leadership, but what about the Georgia Democrat’s romance novels? Yes, you read that right. When she’s not running for office or pushing for voting rights, Abrams has penned steamy prose under the nom de plume Selena Montgomery. With titles like “Reckless” and “Hidden Sin,” they promise to be just as titillating, if not more, than a political thriller.
Reagan Bush '84 Vintage Style Unisex T-Shirt
Go back to the basics with a vintage campaign. Options available on Amazon include a throwback to the 1992 Clinton-Gore campaign and what is perhaps one of the most memorable, albeit unofficial, presidential slogans in history: “You can’t lick our Dick” (yes, that apparently really did appear on some buttons boosting Richard Nixon in 1972).Whether you choose a style to honor the recipient’s political hero or highlight a historic contest, classic designs are sure to please.
What to get the person on your list who thinks they know everything to know about politics? A session with the actual pros, of course. MasterClass, the online learning platform, offers a popular course featuring Karl Rove, the strategist seen as the architect of many GOP victories, and Obama alum and communications guru David Axelrod. Other options for the government junkie in your life include Doris Kearns Goodwin, a leading expert on the U.S. presidency, and economist Paul Krugman. Just be warned, the know-it-all might really know it all once they make it through these videos.
Founding Fathers Whiskey Glasses - Set of 7
These glasses are the perfect gift for the political history buff on your list. Each one includes a founding father’s signature and quote. These glasses are sure to be a conversation starter, whether they’re raising a toast to victory or wallowing in a loss. Bonus points if you combine the set with a bottle of whiskey, just as James Madison would have wanted.
Political Campaign Button Puzzle
With campaign season slowing down (for now) and the coronavirus pandemic continuing to rage, winter might be looking bleak for the election lover in your life. Why not pass the long, dark days with a puzzle chock-full of campaign history? At 500 pieces, this is sure to keep them occupied until the return of Congress and inauguration day pick up the political pace. The photo is from Pennsylvania’s Busy Beaver Museum, a nonprofit institution that highlights American history through buttons. Perhaps a post-pandemic trip to the swing state will be in store once this challenge is complete.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg Ornament
Fans of the “Notorious RBG” are undoubtedly still mourning the loss of the late Supreme Court justice and feminist icon. Help your friend keep her memory (and legacy) alive and on display with a holiday ornament honoring her life.The message, “Women belong in all places where decisions are made,” is one anyone can appreciate. And for the friend looking to continue the fight in Ginsburg’s honor, this “Merry Resistmas” version is sure to resonate.
MARCH Trilogy Set
Inspire “good trouble” for the young person in your life with this graphic novel series about the Civil Rights movement. The bestselling trilogy tells the story through the eyes of the late Rep. John Lewis, who co-authored the project. With reviews like “a moving and important achievement” and “an extraordinary presentation of an extraordinary life,” it’s sure to educate and please.
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