Many D.C.-area government attractions maintain online gift shops with a wide range of law- and government-themed gifts, which can be perfect presents or stocking-stuffers to the lawyers and law students in your life:
- The Supreme Court Historical Society Gift Shop includes its latest entry in their annual holiday ornament series, Court-themed greeting cards, and a variety of office doodads like bookends, scale of justice clocks, and decorative statues.
- The U.S. Capitol Historical Society Gift Shop also offers holiday ornaments, in addition to stationery, framed posters and artwork, and (for some reason) decorative baseballs. (Note to our students: be on the lookout for one of their fabulous puzzles in the library reading room during exam period, after the success of our spring 2011 study break puzzle).
- The National Archives E-store features a number of unique items made of “authentic government red tape," posters and prints of founding documents, and even a coffee mug featuring the iconic photo of Elvis Presley’s meeting at the White House with Duke Law’s own Richard Nixon (you can also get it on a t-shirt).
- Some of the more unusual items in the White House Historical Association Gift Shop include needlework kits, cocktail napkins, and scarves inspired by the décor of various rooms. There’s also the usual holiday ornament assortment, and prints, posters, and stationery.
Finally, if you find yourself on the receiving end of an odd and useless law-themed gift this year, (a) don't blame The Goodson Blogson, and (b) remember: it's the thought that counts.