2013 Politics Gift Guide Part II
Ideas for the armchair pundit
Coloring Outside the Lines
The jam-packed Ted Cruz to the Future coloring book is perfect for your nephew who thinks Alex P. Keaton is a RINO. Activities include finding a point in Cruz's Senate "filibuster," Obamacare insult Mad-Libs, and painting John McCain's face. Hint: It should always be red. $4.99. www.coloringbook.com. – Brandon Watson
The Dude Abides
"This aggression will not stand!" No, that's not one of the season's greetings on the The Big Lebowski holiday cards, but it's close: When Santa invades a private residence, man, the Dude just has to protest. A five-pack of cards is available via the Lebowski Fest, which, by the way, is Jan. 31-Feb. 1 in Tampa. And a good holiday to you, sir! $10. www.lebowskifest.com. – Michael King
Every Breath You Take
Whether you're a district attorney, a DPS regional coordinator, a state representative, or even a Wal-Mart heiress, it's always good to be prepared. With the AlcoHAWK Ultra Slim Digital Breathalyzer, you'll never see another embarrassing headline. And with three replaceable mouthpieces, you won't even have to talk to the press. $50.99. www.amazon.com. – B.W.
First Do No Harm
Wear your heart on your sleeve. For the past 15 years, the Austin Harm Reduction Coalition has been parking its van to reach those who are often forgotten, providing condoms, alcohol pads, and safe injection supplies to drug users to help prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS and hepatitis. Their Ts aren't just a fashion statement; they're the threads that keep a community together. $20. www.austinharmreduction.org. – B.W.
A Feast for Your Census
How about your own City Council districting map? Since nobody is entirely happy with the 10-1 map produced by the Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission – one sign that the ICRC probably did a good job, or else a Weird-Austin one – maybe you should put your own under the Christmas tree! Your Own Austin Map comes with crayons, Citizens Communication reservations, and a Council-Member-for-Hire! He or she may not get elected, but your new CM will be guaranteed to take all your phone calls! Free. – M.K.