6 Gift Ideas for the Candidate in your Life

Run for Something
3 min readDec 7, 2022
Gift For Something promo banner featuring merch

With 2022 Midterms in the past, we can focus on the present…and the presents. Holiday season is in full swing and you might be asking yourself, “what do I get my activist best friend?” or “my cousin is thinking about running for office — what kind of gift should I get them?” Well, Run For Something’s got you covered (in both departments: holiday gifts and well, running for office).

If you want more young, diverse, progressive candidates to step up and run for office, give the gift of Run For Something merch to someone who fits the bill! (Or you can donate directly, we won’t stop you).

  1. Run For Something: A Real-Talk Guide to Fixing the System Yourself
Book cover for Run For Something: A Real-Talk Guide to Fixing the System Yourself

The must-have guide for young progressives looking to run for local office, complete with contributions from elected officials and political operatives. Grab your copy.

2. Is it time for you to run? Don’t forget to lace up.

Sneaker with Run For Something shoelaces

Time to lace up your shoes and get ready to run for something! But wait… all you have is boring white shoelaces. Those will never do! Get yourself some of these killer RFS shoelaces.

3. A tote bag for the future of democracy.

Run For Something tote bag with elected offices and positions

It’s time to fill in the blank — are you or a loved one a future city clerk? Or council member? Or school board member? Whatever office you decide to run for, this tote bag is perfect for our on-the-go candidates.

4. Accessorize to inspire!

Run For Something, “Don’t Just March, Run!” buttons

Wear them on Election Day or any other day…get all three Don’t Just March. Run! buttons. You can give one to each of your besties or keep all three for yourself.

5. Beat the cold…and the political naysayers.

Run For Something black hoodie

Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t run for office or turn up the heat. Stay warm this winter with a Run For Something hoodie.

6. Make a statement — one that says, “DON’T JUST MARCH, RUN!”.

Run For Something blue tee shirt

You’ve found your new go-to tee! Tell everyone you see on the streets that they should RUN.

Whether you decide to give RFS swag as a gift or keep it all to yourself, your purchase(s) will help Run for Something recruit and support talented, passionate young people who will advocate for progressive values now and for the next 30 years. Talk about a win-win!



Run for Something

Recruiting & supporting young people running for office. Building a Democratic bench. Want to help? hello@runforsomething.net