Under the Obama Christmas Tree

Under the Obama Christmas Tree

ESSENCE.COM Dec, 16, 2008

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As the Obama family gets ready for their move to the White House next month, we’ve rounded up the perfect presents to give the next First Family.

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President-elect Obama might lose his privileges of using his BlackBerry as soon as he steps foot in the White House. However, if he can convince security it’s the ideal device to keep in contact with Michelle, Sasha and Malia, he might want to look at this pick we found for him. With widespread BlackBerry maps coverage in Europe and a captivating wide-screen video feature, the BlackBerry Storm is truly fit for a leader.

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Reports quickly circulated that Mr. O was looking to buy his special lady a $30,000 ring as a thank-you gift for all her hard work while on the campaign trail. Although his camp quickly put those rumors to rest, we didn’t think it was such a bad idea. We found a sensible ring that would do the job. This 14K White Gold 1/3 Carat Diamond ring from KAY Jewelers is just over $500.

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Since the Obama ladies have all expressed their frustration over Barack’s worn down belt, we suggest getting him a quality pick from Kenneth Cole or Perry Ellis. We found a sleek reversible leather belt for less than $30.

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What would you get a self-professed basketball lover and former senator from Chicago? The forty-fourth President of the United States can score more cool points from his b-ball buddies with an autographed basketball from Michael Jordan. We hope our next First Lady is taking notes.

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Michelle Obama rose as a style icon during her husband’s presidential campaign and she was often wearing her signature accessory to complete her look–a brooch. This festive set of three Carolee Lux Women’s Flower Pins are in true First Lady form and are perfect for Michelle, who charts her own path and will give her options to switch things up.

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People around the globe continue to rejoice at Obama’s victory and look forward to the first family’s arrival to their homeland. As Madame Michelle is introduced overseas she can show she’s done her homework by speaking different languages thanks to this 12-Language Electronic Translator by Franklin on sale for only $49.99.

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We’ve seen Lady O transform from modest mom to style maven. As First Lady she’ll be moving quickly from helping her girls with math homework to attending dinners with world leaders. Ted Gibson’s Body 6-Piece Travel Set is the perfect item to keep her skin glowing as she travels the globe.

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For the Obamas, family always comes first. As Michelle settles in to her new home, she can relive her favorite moments of the big year with the Kodak EasyShare Digital Picture Frame, priced just under $200 at Target. Luckily her mother, Marian Robinson, will be in living color in the White House as she joins the family on Pennsylvania Avenue.

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Although we don’t know which type of pooch will become the latest addition to the Obama family, we do know that girls Malia’s and Sasha’s age love to play dress up. From a delicate Tea Time Dress to a warm Hooded Corduroy Coat, this first dog will be ready for any event or wintry weather that comes its way.

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With 132 rooms in the White House, not only is a slumber party in order, but a good old fashioned game of hide-and-go seek seems like just the activity. Not only can the girls use Discovery Exclusive Flip Phone Walkie-Talkies for a game of Marco Polo, but it’s also the perfect toy for communicating as they make the house their home.

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For family time or moments alone, we recommend reading as a great activity for the first daughters. The girls can learn about life during the Civil War era in the six-book series Addy Story Collection, and Whoopi Goldberg’s “Plum Fantastic: Sugar Plum Ballerinas,” a story about a ballerina named Al who has two left feet, could also make a great read.

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After a campaign trail filled with ice cream stops, now the sisters can enjoy making their own treats with the Jakks Pacific Girl Gourmet Cupcake Maker and Ice Cream Sandwich Maker ($30).

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