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Welcome to the "Only Original Official" White Gift Shop, Est. 1946®

History and Missions of The White House Gift Shop

Established 1946 by Permanent Order of President Harry S. Truman, Members of U.S. Secret Service, and Granted Primary & Exclusive Trademark Protections by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

President, White House, Diplomatic, U.S. Secret Service Uniformed Division, and U.S. Military Gifts for 70 Years During all Administrations Since 1946!

In recognition of The White House Gift Shop's unique 70-year history of service and White House heritage — the United States Patent and Trademark Office granted federally registered exclusive and primary trademark protections for The White House Gift Shop® and The White House Gift Shop, Est. 1946® — absolute assurance of history, meaning, and value for your gifts or collectibles.

The White House Gift Shop was established on September 9, 1946 as the White House Flower and Police Fund. On November 1, 1950, White House Police Officer Leslie W. Coffelt was killed while defending President Truman from an assassination attempt at Blair House. Following the death and heroic actions of officer Coffelt, the missions of the gift shop expanded by permanent memorandum of President Harry S. Truman with operational oversight by then Chief of Secret Service, James J. Rowley, U.S. Army General Harry Vaughan, Aide to President Truman, and the Inspector of Secret Service. Operational responsibility for the White House Gift Shop was given to members of the White House Police, now the Uniformed Division of Secret Service. The original White House Flower Fund became the White House Security Fund which soon, thereafter, became the only original, official, and president ordered White House Gift Shop in White House history. Back then, the White House Gift Shop was tucked away in the basement of the White House, solely operated by Secret Service Uniformed Division officers, and later relocated to an area known as the old War Department. On January 1, 1998, the White House Gift Shop opened this online store for public accessibility and convenience. Prior to 1998, our gifts were available only to Administration and Secret Service members inside the White House. Our first gift was a set of ink pens made for President Harry S. Truman to give to his White House guests.

One of several successive documents in the provenance of the
White House Gift Shop. Original Permanent Presidential Memorandum
creating the "White House Security Fund" which became
The White House Gift Shop, Est. 1946 under the aegis of members of
U.S. Secret Service Uniformed Division for nearly 70 years.

Officer Leslie William Coffelt
U.S. Secret Service Uniformed Division
Died While Defending President Truman at Blair House

Each year the Women and Men of Secret Service Uniformed Division
Honor the Supreme Sacrifice of Officer Leslie W. Coffelt who
Died Defending President Harry S. Truman

You may be interested to know that here at the White House Gift Shop, our missions are funded the same way you fund your own projects at your home or business — through creative, honest, and hard work. No government funds or resources, direct or indirect, are ever used in the operations of the White House Gift Shop.

Our core goal at the White House Gift Shop, Est. 1946 is provide you and global Friends of America with exceptional Presidential, White House and Diplomatic gifts and collectibles while doing our best to do good for others.

For 70 years, it is the steadfast policy of the White House Gift Shop to honor Americans, those who serve or served in law enforcement, military service, provide direct assistance to law enforcement departments or agencies, and to honor the Executive Office of the President of the United States, a mission The White House Gift Shop has upheld, apolitically, during all administrations since 1946.

Today, the "only official original" White House Gift Shop® in history, actively supports Law Enforcement Agencies or Departments by directly funding advanced firearms training programs, on-site, for law enforcement officers as well as providing new arms (via our authorized FFL agent) for departments in smaller jurisdictions (typically up to 70 officers).

Officers who are trained to superior levels of rapid response thinking skills, situation management, and arms deployment are officers who are signigicantly better able to protect you, your community, and their own safety and lives.

For our veterans, since World War II and now — HIRE A VET is one of the best ways for your organization to bring proven leaders to your own business and one of the best corporate or small business staffing decisions you can make.

My association with the White House Gift Shop began as Special Projects Director at the United States Secret Service Uniformed Division Fund and as a principal financial benefactor to the White House Gift Shop when it was solely operated by volunteers of Secret Service Uniformed Division. Since then, through private grants, the White House Gift Shop is now permanently endowed with a focus, as mentioned, on support for law enforcement officers, military service veterans in critical need consequent of service-connected injuries, providing material support to students and educators globally, and direct financial support of medical research programs including Keystone Chapter initiatives of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Many supporters have asked about my own experiences relative to goals and philanthropic visions for the White House Gift Shop. I came by my dedication to philanthropy, gift giving, and gift making through Christian education, often told family stories, role models, and military experiences. As a boy, an Irish American police officer saved my life -- hence my lifelong respect for police officers and their vital role in protecting Americans, day to day, but also as the first-line of protection for the thin veneer of civilization, itself. One distant relation, A. P. Giannini, began his career as a vegetable peddler in San Francisco, where, as a boy, he saw his father shot dead over one dollar. A. P. grew to found the Bank of America, became a great philanthropist, and assisted Walt Disney by funding Disney's first animated full-feature film — Snow White — when no investor would touch Disney's unique visions. At Monticello, my favorite grandfather often told me of another who masterfully nurtured many of its gardens at the request of Thomas Jefferson who granted Antonio Giannini status as a "freeman" following five years of indentured service. My mother, a talented designer, taught me the core values, principles, ethics, humility, dedication to service, and time-on-task that I use each day in personal and professional life. My father, once a Marine, was a gifted toy maker, carpenter, and master blacksmith who shaped over the fires of his open forge with massive steel benders - the prototype monorail section for the now iconic Disneyland Monorail System in Anaheim, California, while another ancestor, simultaneously, in another part of the world, restored timeless frescoes and priceless art objects for Pope John Paul II at St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican museums, and the Sistine Chapel. Military experience, globally, however, is the crucible that informed and focused my core love for America, understanding of others in need across all cultures, acute awareness of the need for impenetrable American national defense, unmatched global strategic reach, and an American corps of sage diplomats who seek pathways to peace, first.

Our historic dedication is steadfast to helping those who serve and served in military service and law enforcement, and we are always sensitive to critical new missions which now include direct support to educators and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS) via the medical research initiative of its Keystone Chapter. For more information and to help support NMSS visit nationalmssociety.org

The White House Gift Shop, Est. 1946® and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society at
a Joint Annual Bridge Bust Event

Over 1.4 million American children are homeless with over 3 million children living in extreme poverty. One in five households with children in poverty survive on the cash equivalent of a half-gallon of milk per person per day in a given month. The White House Gift Shop directly assists faith-based charitable organizations operating with proven successes, person to person, at the neighborhood level.

We are especially fond of our support of young Americans through our work with visionary school principals and educators.

Students and future leaders engaged in American government studies at Mt. Zion Intermediate School, Illinois
with Visuals from The White House Gift Shop, Est. 1946. Published with Permission of Randy Thacker, Principal

The Acclaimed Sphinx Quartet with White House Gifts, Photo and Gifts
Courtesy of Jackie Washington, Esq. The Sphinx Organization is the Detroit-based
national organization dedicated to transforming lives through the power of
diversity in the arts. Support and visit Sphinx at sphinxmusic.org

Students with White House Gift Shop, Est. 1946 Terra Cotta Journal
Books, Televised White House Intern Event, Beijing, China

Reporters at the White House Intern Event, Beijing, China, with
Some Materials Provided by White House Gift Shop, Est. 1946

While many of America's greatest thinkers, entrepreneurs, leaders, philanthropists, military leaders, and presidents arise from dire childhood circumstances — this tortuous path to greatness rarely occurs in the absence of at least one loving parent or caring teachers, ministers, mentors, effective educational programs, philanthropic entities, social role models, and a strong private sector to create new American jobs.

Thank you for your friendship and support of the only original official White House Gift Shop, Est. 1946.

Tony Giannini


No Better Company than a Company of Saints! - Tony Giannini

Member: Association of Military Surgeons of the United States, American Psychological Association, Aerospace Medical Association, Charter Sponsor of Permanent Record - Air Force Memorial