An unscientific roundup of the best political gift ideas.
By BEN SIEGEL
December 25, 2014, 6:49 PM
• 3 min read
-- intro: In a year with no shortage of political headlines, ABC News has rounded up some of the best political gifts ideas from Washington, the Internet, and everywhere in between for politicos on your holiday list.
quicklist:1title: Republicans: George H.W. Bush Socks
text: President George H.W. Bush, the former sock-lover-in-chief, shared his love of colorful socks with party supporters this year with the help of the Republican National Committee.
Limited-edition pairs of bright striped socks -- embroidered with Bush 41’s signature and Republican elephants -- have been available through the RNC website with a contribution of at least $35. A second red, white, and blue pattern has also been released.
quicklist:2title: Democrats: Ready for Hillary Gear
text: Shopping for someone eager to forget the Republican wave of the 2014 midterm elections? Look no further than Ready for Hillary’s web store. For just $20.16, you can help the Democrats on your list prepare for an expected presidential announcement from the former secretary of state with iPhone cases, Mason jars and dog collars.
quicklist:3title: Coffee Drinkers: Political Mugs
text: Texas Democrats are trying to score a few more laughs at Gov. Rick Perry’s expense before the potential presidential candidate leaves office. The state party is selling coffee mugs emblazoned with the outgoing governor’s mug shot—and the message “#mugshot”-- taken in August during Perry’s booking for the charges he faced for abuse of power.
Another option is the cryptic mug available at the National Security Agency’s gift shop. According to the Washington Post, a message scrawled on the side of the cup is deciphered when warm liquid is added to the mug.
quicklist:4title: Reality Television Fans: Clay Aiken Campaign Pins
text: In 2003, North Carolina-bred Clay Aiken was the runner up on the second season of American Idol. In 2014, he turned his sights from Tinseltown to Congress, running against Republican Rep. Renee Ellmers in North Carolina’s 2nd District. Aiken fell short, but the campaign buttons available on Ebay make the perfect companion to his 2003 solo album "Measure of a Man."
text: In late November, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg experienced some chest pain during a late night workout. The 81-year-old Ginsburg had a heart stent implanted to clear a blocked artery, and returned to the bench the following Monday.
For her durability, status as one of the few women serving on the bench, and notable liberal dissents on rulings such as the Hobby Lobby case, Ginsburg’s fans have dubbed her “Notorious R.B.G,” a play on the late New York rapper Biggie Smalls, and sell t-shirts emblazoned with her picture and nickname.
text: The potential presidential candidates of 2016 have released -- or plan to release -- memoirs of one form or another before entering the primary fray. In 2014, Hillary Clinton, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Ben Carson, among others, published books and embarked on book tours. With Republican Sens. Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz planning book tours and releases for 2015, campaign junkies have their pick of the likely 2016 field on bookshelves or Amazon.