For better or worse, every family has a Glenn Beck. He always speaks his mind, and when it comes to presents, you can either stoke his complex delusions, or try to educate him, but ... oh, who are we kidding? Just give the guy what he wants.
- To feed his obsession with American history, start with Ron Chernow's excellent new book, "Washington: A Life," which has been hailed as the best biography ever written about our first president. Or Simon Winchester's "Atlantic," the exhaustive and fascinating look at the history of the body of water that helped turn America into a global power. Or if you'd like to go more political, there's former President George W. Bush's new book, "Decision Points" ($19.25), in which he looks back on make-or-break moments in his life and then-presidency, from confronting his alcoholism to waterboarding and Kanye West.
- Getting worked up night after night really does a number on the throat. The Teavana gift set ($69.95) is an all-inclusive package of revitalization, including a 16-ounce PerfecTea Maker and four reusable tins packed with variety: My Morning Mate, Strawberry Lemonade herbal tea, Fruta Bomba green tea and Rooibos Chai. Topped off with a PerfecTea Teaspoon and all packed neatly in a copper box, the set might just last until the 2012 election.
- Feb. 10-12, 2011, the American Conservative Union will host the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, D.C. Notable speakers include Liz Cheney, Ann Coulter, Newt Gingrich, Mike Huckabee, Sarah Palin and many, many more. And luckily, there's a way in for any conservative on your gift list: a Saturday pass to the conference, which includes the closing speech, is only $75, while tickets to the Thursday and Friday banquets will run you $275 each. A three-day conference pass is only $175, and the CPAC Diamond Package, featuring admission to the entire weekend for the truest of believers, goes for $800. America the beautiful, indeed!