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Vox’s gift guide for political junkies

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You love a political junkie. It's the holiday season. We understand. For this mercurial set, a pair of slippers and a feel-good best-seller just won't do. So Vox's policy and politics team came up with gifts that even the wonkiest person on your list will enjoy.


Say hello to your city planner. The objective of this SimCity–like board game is to grow your town's economics and infrastructure to create the biggest thriving metropolis. For one to four players. Amazon/$34.41

The Conservative Mind

This is the single best book to understand the development of conservatism as an American intellectual tradition. It's also a very different way of thinking about President-elect Donald Trump, who, though a Republican, is far from a conservative. Amazon/from $9.99

Best of Enemies

This documentary film on the shocking televised debates between Gore Vidal and William F. Buckley during the 1968 election season is "effective and engaging, education as real-life political thriller," according to Vox's Alissa Wilkinson. "Buckley and Vidal’s exchange changed what qualifies as televised political debate in America and electrified the country, reshaping expectations about what constitutes watchable coverage." For rent on Amazon Video/from $2.99

New Yorker Desk Diary

This classic planner, which comes in a variety of colors, illustrates each week with a New Yorker cartoon. For a personalized touch, you can add a message (such as your recipient's name) to the cover.$39.95

Tickets to Loving

This film centers on the couple who helped ban laws against interracial marriage by taking their case to the US Supreme Court. "In making the political personal, the movie pulls off an even greater feat: infusing an easily politicized story with complexity and quiet passion," says Vox's Alissa Wilkinson. "The result is beautiful." In theaters. Fandango/prices vary

A gift certificate for a massage

Politics junkies certainly could use some relaxation after this hectic year. Not sure where to get a gift card? Try one from Spafinder, which can be used at thousands of wellness centers across the country.

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