National Postal Museum • Did you know the Postal Service had a mascot? It was a dog named Owney (who actually had a rather checkered history with the Postal Service), and the stuffed version ($15) can be yours. This won’t come as a shock: The postal service will ship any purchase anywhere in the country. • For the philatelist in your family, pick up a framed stamp of President John F. Kennedy ($22) or a framed history of the post office, told through stamps ($45). • No joke necessary here: The National Postal Museum will sell you a real bag of shredded money for $5. The bag’s label reads, “This is real money.” • Another unique historical gift is the Civil War Sesquicentennial 2011 Calendar ($16.25), which commemorates the 150th anniversary of the war’s beginning with stamps from the era representing each month of the year.
Capitol Visitor Center • The CVC is overflowing with patriotic memorabilia, including T-shirts and sweatshirts inscribed with the phrase “E Pluribus Unum” ($15 to $50). • A set of quills ($3 each) make a nice package gift with the Three Documents of Freedom from the Library of Congress. • And to cap off your Capitol Hill shopping trip, how about the perfect gift for your elected Representative? He or she will probably be delighted with a copy of the riveting book, “Senate Procedure and Practice” ($32), as a reminder of how Congress is supposed to work.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.