Nixon Library Offers Presidential Holiday Gifts

    Yorba Linda, Ca., December 1, 2006 –  The Nixon Library Museum Store, a showcase of Americana and Presidential-inspired gifts, is decked out for the holidays and offers something for everyone’s holiday gift-giving list. From the impressive 2005 White House Christmas Ornament and autographed bestselling books by historians to elegant White House china collections and Commander-in-Chief baseball caps, the Museum Store offers some the most unique gifts available anywhere.

    • 2005 White House Christmas Ornament
    The Official 2005 White House Christmas Ornament honors America’s 20th President, James A. Garfield, a preacher, educator, soldier and public servant. Brighten your tree with Victorian elegance expressed on a beautiful ceramic stone featuring a period engraving of the South Front of the White House. The decorative wreath is styled from china, needlework and historic frames in the Garfield family collection. $30

    • Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
    Currently number two on the New York Times bestseller list, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and historian Doris Kearns Goodwin’s book explores the political instincts of our 16th President. Autographed by the author. $35

    • White House China Collection
    Fine porcelain reproductions of the elegant dinnerware of a dozen Presidents and First Ladies come in a handsome gift box that includes the First Family’s favorite recipes. Patterns include Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and more. Cup and saucer set $49.50, dinner plate $59.95, dessert plate $39.95.

    • The Resolute Presidential Desk
    Create your own Oval Office with this stunning replica of the Resolute, the desk made famous by the photograph of President John F. Kennedy at work while his son, John Jr., peeked out from behind the kneehole panel. The desk is currently used by President George W. Bush in the Oval Office. The original was made from the timbers of the HMS Resolute, an abandoned British ship discovered by an American vessel and returned to the Queen of England as a token of friendship and goodwill. When the ship was retired, Queen Victoria commissioned the desk and presented it to President Rutherford B. Hayes in 1880. $6,000

    • Civil War Chess Set
    All the emotion of the Civil War is captured in this dramatic and detailed polyresin chess set with oak wood chessboard. Reenact the struggle of the 1860s with this beautiful conversation piece. $70 (Revolutionary War version $45)

    • “Season’s Greetings from the White House” by Mary Seeley
    See what it’s like to celebrate Christmas in the White House. Seeley met and interviewed many members of First Families, talked with the creators of Presidential Christmas art, and collected details about White House holiday traditions. The result of her work is a book that brings together rare Presidential Christmas messages, photographs, greetings, cards and gifts to show how the holidays are celebrated in the President’s house. Autographed by the author. $39.95

    • RN and Elvis Shirt: The President and the King
    The photograph of President Nixon meeting Elvis Presley in the Oval Office is the National Archives’ most requested image. This bestselling t-shirt features the famous photograph and is sure to delight history buffs, music fans and Elvis followers alike. $18.95

    • Custom Made Presidential Pillow
    This elegant hand-embroidered pillow is richly crafted in Presidential splendor and features the eagle crest of the Presidential seal. $295

    • Presidential Helicopter Play Set
    You’re on approach to the South Lawn of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue – the White House is straight ahead as you pass the Washington Monument – then your mom tells you it’s time for dinner. Children’s imaginations will soar as they play the part of “Presidential Plot” with this unique play set that pays homage to the Commander-in-Chief’s Oval Office in the sky. Set includes helicopter, Secret Service support vehicle and road barricade. $12.95

    The Nixon Library & Birthplace Museum Store is open from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Saturday and 10:30 am to 5:00 pm on Sunday. Library admission is not required to visit the store and many of the Museum Store’s most popular items are also available online at www.nixonlibrary.org/museumstore or by calling 800-USA-8865.

    FOR COVERAGE OPPORTUNITIES: Contact George Savvas, Director of Communications, (714) 993-5075 ext. 208, or email george.savvas@nixonlibrary.org