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Last-minute gifts for everyone on your list

December 22, 2011 by Karen Gross


Still have a few more names to check off your holiday shopping list? The National Constitution Center’s gift store has a bounty of unique goods that celebrate American freedom. Head here and consider your gift-hunting mission accomplished.

Museum Store (Photo by Karen Gross)

For Mom: For a refreshing Crate & Barrel alternative, treat mom to exquisite china patterned after the sets of Presidents James Madison, John Adams or Abraham Lincoln.

For Dad: If you’re going to get him a tie, get him one that makes him feel like a Founding Father. The Center’s shop stocks silk ties adorned with the Constitution’s Framers and the Constitution itself.

For kids: There are tons of great options for the little ones in your life! Popular picks include history-themed puzzles, Abraham Lincoln activity books and cute “Freedom Rocks” tee-shirts.

For music lovers: From February 17 to September 3, visitors will have the chance to explore Bruce Springsteen’s career in From Asbury Park to the Promised Land: The Life and Music of Bruce Springsteen.  The Center is the only venue in the nation to host this must-see exhibition from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum—and tickets are bound to sell out soon! Delight music fans with tickets or, even better; buy a gift membership for free admission and VIP access!

For the Phillies fan: How can your favorite Phillies fanatic stay occupied during the off season? Give him or her a game of Jenga or Yahtzee emblazoned with the team’s logo.

For comic book collectors: The Fantastic Four are fine, but Marvel’s Epic Battles of the Civil War comic book series features real-life historic events and heroes.

For the tree: Here’s an ornament to enjoy year after year: a blown-glass globe inspired by the American flag.

For the budding historian: Pick up a pack of pocket-sized knowledge cards, with topics ranging from the 50 states to women in the White House. They trump playing cards any day!

For the fashionista: Splurge on a stunning necklace by Philadelphia-based jeweler Lagos. The silver key pendant is reminiscent of constitutional delegate Benjamin Franklin and his legendary experiments.

The Center's gift shop is open from 9:30 to 5 p.m. on December 22 and 23, 9:30 to 3 p.m. on December 24, and closed on Christmas day.

 Karen Gross is the National Constitution Center’s Communications Writer and Editor. She would gladly receive the Lagos key necklace.


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