It’s December, that time of year when we gather together in peace and love to stimulate the economy before our taxes go up. And in case you lacked the foresight to have your Christmas List cabled by the State Department and leaked to all your friends and relations, you’re in luck: there’s still time to add some great goodies to the pile under the tree.
The Reading Republican
There’s no shortage of good cheer to give this year, from Sarah Palin’s earnest new book, “America by Heart,” to President George W. Bush’s astute autobiography, “Decision Points” (win extra points by gifting the ebook version and an iPad to go with it). Slip “The Essential American” under the tree for studious conservatives, and for historians, don’t miss Eric Metaxas’ “Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy,” an electrifying account of one man’s stand against tyranny. And if you’re really feeling generous, give your favorite reader something to hold them all, a replica of Thomas Jefferson’s famous Monticello invention, the revolving bookstand.
The Stylish Conservative
Why wear ordinary ties and accessories when you can send an extraordinary message? For Christmas give the classy dresser in your life a Lady Liberty bracelet, or perhaps a Swarovski crystal American heart pin; for gentlemen, a silk Heritage Foundation liberty bell tie (made by Vinyard Vines), presidential seal cufflinks from the Reagan Library, or one of the famous Adam Smith printed ties, pins, or scarves will bring good cheer. Named “the neckpiece of conservative Washington” by Time Magazine, the Adam Smith print carries a distinguished history–from Edwin Meese III to Milton Friedman, no conservative should be without it.
The “Take’n Back The House” Conservative
Republicans won the house in 2010–now it’s time to spruce up your own home with a little patriotic décor to match. From Abraham Lincoln’s china to Ronald Reagan’s favorite jelly beans and mug, there’s no shortage of Republican ways to deck the halls. For history buffs, Americana touches like Thomas Jefferson’s table service, President Madison’s plates, or even the paint colors of Mount Vernon will please. And for someone who has been extra good, an authentic World War II parade flag with 48 stars is a gift to remember.
The Compassionate Conservative
Sometimes the best gifts come in envelopes, so don’t forget to help out the men and women in uniform who sacrifice for our peace year round. The Wounded Warrior Project helps injured soldiers recover and regain control of their lives, while Any Soldier will direct a special Christmas care package or letter to the unit of your choice. This is also the season to give to those in need–worthy organizations include The Global Health Corps, which works to link experienced young medical professionals with needs in the third world, and CyberDissidents.org, dedicated to supporting dissidents who risk their lives for freedom in the Middle East.
Happy shopping, and Merry Christmas!