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Each year the White House offers a commemorative ornament. The tradition began in 1981. You can purchase this year's ornament as well as ornaments from years past. To view the whole collection, go to: www.whitehousehistory.org/shop/Ornaments.
The White House is not the only government agency offering holiday ornaments:
The Folk Art Museum's Book and Gift Shop offers a variety of inventive and original gift ideas. One of these items includes a map that is made of original vintage license plates from around the country. Each plate is hand cut and mounted on distressed cedar, pine, or reclaimed barn wood. Alaska and Hawaii are included as separate pieces. License plate colors and styles will vary; see www.folkartmuseum.org/default.asp?id=869. To order your License Plate Map, call 1-212-265-1040, ext. 124. You can also visit the Book and Gift Shop at Folk Art Museum, 45 West 53rd Street, New York NY 10019
The Smithsonian's 16 museums gathered together and have put many of their products online at the Smithsonian store. You can purchase everything from miniatures, dolls, vintage cars, transportation items, science and activity kits, and more. They offer clothing, jewelry, holiday decorative items, and even a line of Chinese Porcelain ladies. You can check them out online at www.smithsonianstore.com or call 1-800-322-0314.