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Welcome to the only original authorized White House Gift Shop, Est. 1946 by permanent memorandum of President Harry S. Truman, which for 70 years is the authentic place to buy Presidential, White House, Military, Diplomatic & Washington DC gifts & collectibles. Once located in the White House, we are now online for your convenience. For help call Rachel at 877 896-3609. After hours, please leave a message. We return all calls. -- Anthony Giannini, USAFR, Executive Director



Air Force One Presidential Crew Windbreaker Jacket
Camp David Presidential Retreat Windbreaker Jacket
The White House Cards, Gold and Blue Poker Size, Gold Edged, Boxed
Regular Price: $9.95
Deal of the Day Price: $8.95
White House T-Shirt, 1792 Cornerstone Date
White House Pebble Beach Golf Shirt
President Seal Windbreaker Jacket
White House Pebble Beach Golf Shirt


Shop our wide selection of White House gifts, including office accessories, glassware, mugs, and other capitol-themed memorabilia. Whether you’re looking for a classic piece for the office, such as one of our presidential sculptures, or a simple souvenir for the history buff in your life, White House Gift Shop has what you’re looking for. We are also proud to carry special Inauguration 2013 memorabilia to commemorate the Swearing-In Ceremony for President Barack H. Obama and the Fifty-Seventh Inaugural Ceremonies, January 21, 2013. Browse our store to find the best White House gifts today!


Today's Super Deal!

2014 White House Christmas & Holiday Ornament, #26 in the Collection, TRUMAN'S BALCONY; Honors President H. S. Truman, 33rd President & Features His South Balcony, Quote on Reverse, Pre-Order, Hand-Signed Certificate of Authenticity, Ships AUG 1st

Regular Price: $21.98
Deal of the Day Price: $19.98
The 2014 White House ornament is available for pre-order and honors President Harry S. Truman. Designed by Giannini, the 2014 Christmas and Holidays ornament is titled TRUMAN'S BALCONY and is the 26th ornament in the globally prized, quarter of a century, White House Gift Shop's Official Ornament Collection. Features: Handmade in the USA by the official ornament maker, 24KT gold finished, brilliant baked enamels, museum quality, heirloom design, inscribed quote of President Truman with Administration dates on reverse, historical information card, and includes a hand-signed Certificate of White House Gift Shop Appreciation Authenticity of Origin in your name or the names of each of your gift recipients. Of significance for your collectible or gift -- the White House Gift Shop, Est. 1946 was created by Permanent Presidential Memorandum of President H. S. Truman which adds substance and meaning to your 2014 White House ornament.
Ornament dimensions: 3x 2.5 inches

It would be far more architecturally correct to have a balcony up here! -- President Harry S. Truman


2014 WHITE HOUSE GIFT SHOP ANNUAL ORNAMENT: TRUMAN’S BALCONY

The 2014 White House Gift Shop’s official annual ornament honors President Harry S. Truman, thirty-third president of the United States from 1945-1953. Truman came from modest beginnings, grew up on the family farm in Independence, Missouri, and did not attend college. After high school, he worked as a time keeper, clerk, bookkeeper, farmer, then joined the National Guard. When World War I erupted, Truman volunteered for duty. Truman’s organization and leadership skills were soon recognized, and he was quickly promoted to captain in France. Despite his often shy and modest temperament, Truman captured the respect and admiration of his men, leading them successfully through heavy fighting during the Meuse-Argonne campaign. Among Truman’s accomplishments as President were ending World War II, containment of the conflict in Korea, initiating the Berlin Airlift, creation of his Fair Deal, banning racial discrimination in federal hiring practices, and desegregation of the military. Truman was not afraid of contentious or unpopular causes, one of the core traits of presidential leadership.

HISTORY OF PRESIDENT TRUMAN'S CREATION OF THE WHITE HOUSE SOUTH BALCONY

“It would be far more architecturally correct to have a balcony up here!”

President Truman spoke these words during the week of February 1946 and subsequently forged ahead to make the first change to the White House since 1872-- the replacement of the canvas canopies on the south face of the White House with the now iconic South Balcony of the White House. Truman's proposal for a balcony sparked outrage and debate in America about the mutilation of the White House. Critics abounded at Truman’s proposal to change the White House face, the first exterior change of the White House in 117 years. Members of the Commission of Fine Arts argued that the Classic Greek style of the White House would be mutilated simply to create a leisure space for the First Family. It got worse: Political cartoonists satirized the balcony project, claiming that Truman could lose the 1948 presidential election because of his proposed degradation of the White House. The Fine Arts Commission eventually agreed to the proposed balcony but only if the change was approved by the renowned architect William Adams Delano. The Commission believed that Delano would never approve Truman’s balcony. Truman argued that the addition of a balcony would provide shade for the first floor portico, avoid the need for new awnings, and would balance the south face of the White House. While Truman’s reasons were logical and aesthetically accurate, he had personal reasons for wanting a south side balcony: The view from the Oval Room was magnificent but more importantly, Truman hoped that his wife, Bess, would spend more time at the White House given a South Balcony with such a splendid view.

In small acts of vision and leadership amidst resistance, the vision and acumen is often revealed of a President or future president. Despite opposition from the Fine Arts Commission and funding from Congress uncertain, Truman forged ahead with the construction of the now quintessential South Balcony of the White House. Well known for his position that the Buck Stops with the President and given the resistance from Congress, Truman made no request to Congress for the $16,050.74 cost of constructing the South Balcony, for he paid for the balcony from his own household account. Once completed, many of those who vigorously opposed Truman’s Balcony quickly wrote to the President to say that the new balcony substantially improved the south face of the White House.

Today, the South Balcony is President Barack Obama's and First Lady Michelle Obama's favorite spot in the White House.

Anthony Giannini, Executive Director/CEO



New Products

Glassware, The White House Presidential Eagle, Wine Goblets, Set of Two, Made in USA & Gold Etched by American Glass Workers for the White House Gift Shop
Regular Price: $48.00
Glassware, Presidential Glass, Set of Four Glasses, Boxed, 15 Ounce, Boxed, Made in the USA by American Glassworkers, Special Order, Allow 2 Weeks
Regular Price: $94.00
Glassware, Air Force One, Wine Goblets, Set of Four, Made in USA & Gold Etched by American Glass Workers for the White House Gift Shop
Regular Price: $94.00