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Presidential swag: Bo buttons and more unusual inauguration merch

George Washington’s supporters sported brass buttons at his inauguration in 1789, and Americans have scooped up political paraphernalia at inauguration time ever since. But these days merchandise has gone way beyond buttons and coffee mugs (though there are still plenty of those).This year, the Presidential Inaugural Committee is selling tube socks, $7,500 medallions and other, more unusual inau
Those with a cool $7,500 lying around can commemorate the inauguration with a gold, silver and bronze medallion set that comes in a \"decorative display box.\"
Those with a cool $7,500 lying around can commemorate the inauguration with a gold, silver and bronze medallion set that comes in a \"decorative display box.\"Zazzle / Today

George Washington’s supporters sported brass buttons at his inauguration in 1789, and Americans have scooped up political paraphernalia at inauguration time ever since. But these days merchandise has gone way beyond buttons and coffee mugs (though there are still plenty of those).

A line of teddy bears sit on a shelf at the opening of the Official Inaugural Store in Washington on January 11.
A line of teddy bears sit on a shelf at the opening of the Official Inaugural Store in Washington on January 11.Robert Macpherson / AFP - Getty Images / Today

This year, the Presidential Inaugural Committee is selling tube socks, $7,500 medallions and other, more unusual inauguration gear both online and at an official merchandise store in Washington, D.C. Even Bo makes an appearance, with "Bo Snow" buttons and Bo onesies selling alongside inaugural scarves, designer sweatshirts and official programs.

What are people buying the most? Tube socks, according to PIC national spokesperson Matt Bevens. It is winter, after all. Champagne flutes also proved popular, he said (for all those inauguration parties, maybe).

Tube socks have been selling well at the PIC site. At $15, they are described as \"a fun and stylish way to commemorate the 57th Presidential Inauguration.\"
Tube socks have been selling well at the PIC site. At $15, they are described as \"a fun and stylish way to commemorate the 57th Presidential Inauguration.\"Presidential Inaugural Committee / Today

“They’re special reminders of the historic events of the weekend, and allow people to take a piece of the weekend home,” Bevens told TODAY.com.

Those with a cool $7,500 lying around can commemorate the inauguration with a gold, silver and bronze medallion set that comes in a \"decorative display box.\"
Those with a cool $7,500 lying around can commemorate the inauguration with a gold, silver and bronze medallion set that comes in a \"decorative display box.\"Zazzle / Today

All products from the PIC store are made in America, and proceeds will go to the 2013 Presidential Inauguration Committee.

The Obamas bust a move on a commemorative mug.
The Obamas bust a move on a commemorative mug.Zazzle / Today

For the art enthusiast who's not willing to shell out thousands for a Chuck Close portrait of Obama, the store is offering a limited edition print portrait for $100.

Store manager Liz Matory prepares merchandise, including this commemorative poster by artist Chuck Close, for the grand opening of the Presidential Inaugural Committee's store.
Store manager Liz Matory prepares merchandise, including this commemorative poster by artist Chuck Close, for the grand opening of the Presidential Inaugural Committee's store.Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images / Today

Even today’s inauguration buttons are a bit more personalized. Whether you’re a skier, kayaker or newlywed, there’s a pin for you.

A large variety of pins, including \"Skiers for Obama 2012,\" are for sale among the inauguration memorabilia at the PIC store.
A large variety of pins, including \"Skiers for Obama 2012,\" are for sale among the inauguration memorabilia at the PIC store.Jacquelyn Martin / AP / Today
Phoebe Stevens, 1, wears a pin of President Barack Obama on her hat purchased by her nanny at the PIC store.
Phoebe Stevens, 1, wears a pin of President Barack Obama on her hat purchased by her nanny at the PIC store.Jacquelyn Martin / AP / Today

The PIC store isn't the only place to look for wacky inaugural accessories. At sites like Zazzle.com you’ll find throw pillows, clocks and kitchen clocks, among the usual suspects.

Presidential throw pillow, anyone?
Presidential throw pillow, anyone?Zazzle / Today

While hope- and inspiration-themed products were popular last inauguration, this year's merchandise featured more traditional and established themes, according to Zazzle spokesperson Amanda Shareghi. But that doesn’t mean you’ll be hard pressed to find quirkier inauguration items on the site and around the Web.

There's even something for your pup, like this Inauguration 2013 dog t-shirt.
There's even something for your pup, like this Inauguration 2013 dog t-shirt.Zazzle / Today

On Monday, President Obama and Vice President Biden will receive a little swag of their own to commemorate their (second) big day: Two crystal vases donated by Lenox.

Sen. Chuck Schumer, chairman of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies, inspects one of the two crystal vases that will be given to President Obama and Vice President Biden during the inaugural luncheon.
Sen. Chuck Schumer, chairman of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies, inspects one of the two crystal vases that will be given to President Obama and Vice President Biden during the inaugural luncheon.Mark Wilson / Getty Images / Today

Oh, the perks of the presidency!

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