The 6 Tackiest Items at the 9/11 Gift Shop

Ian-Fortey by Ian-Fortey on May. 30, 2014

The National September 11th Memorial and Museum, a tribute to those who died in the terrorist attack that the destroyed the World Trade Center in 2001, recently opened in New York City, right where the WTC used to be.  It features an abundance of information about the events of that day and it features a gift shop.

From its inception, the gift shop had been a bit of a contentious point for some people but, in fairness, most museums have them, including those dedicated to tragedies like Pearl Harbor and the Holocaust.  It’s just that the 9/11 Gift Shop maybe went a little too far (or not far enough) in trying to find the right products to sell.

And now, in honor of the total lack of tact and foresight demonstrated by those in charge of a gift shop meant to sell items to memorialize death by terrorism, here’s the 6 tackiest things they sell.

The Cheese Plate



Just pulled from the shelves amid a flurry of bad press, the 9/11 cheese plate is no doubt the most tasteless cheese plate any social gathering could wish to employ.  Shaped like the United States itself and featuring hearts over New York City, your guests will no doubt choke on even the creamiest brie and the most delicate Stilton as they ponder just how it is a platter to serve dairy products honors those who died in a heinous terrorist attack.

Plush Search and Rescue Pup



These plush search and rescue pups are absolutely adorable and come in three breeds – German Shepherd, Black Lab and Yellow Lab.  They do not come with any of the unidentified body parts these dogs helped pull from the rubble.  Despite that, you’re sure to love his spunky orange vest and go get-em attitude if you can reign in your disbelief that someone, somewhere, is giving their child a stuffed version of an animal whose very real and important contribution to 9/11 was helping to find the dead.

The Darkness Tote



Are you moved by the plight of the victims of America’s greatest tragedy but also in need of something  in which to carry celery?  Try this tote bag featuring a likeness of the Twin Towers and the words “In Darkness we Shine Brightest” below, so it looks cool while still being functional, just like the towers before someone flew planes into them!

Survivor Tree Earrings



Molded from leaves of the Callery Pear Tree that was found at Ground Zero, damaged but still alive and then nursed back to health, these earrings are sure to make you the most morbidly fashionable belle of the ball and go with everything from death shrouds to mourning robes.

Silk Liberty Scarf



Looking for that perfect accent to an outfit that says “I care” but also says “I don’t know what I care about or why this is a bad idea?”  try this massive silk scarf printed with the panoramic image of the New York skyline as seen from a pier in New Jersey when the towers still stood.  Because what better way to remember than with a scarf.  Made of silk.

Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site



We haven’t forgotten the little ones, either!  When the kids are all tuckered out from a day of pulling dismembered Ninja Turtles and Transformers from Lego rubble with their search and rescue pup, tuck them in with this tale of hardworking construction equipment getting ready to sleep after a hard day’s work which literally has nothing to do with September 11th except for being sold at the Gift Shop and therefore implying that these colorful cartoon cranes and bulldozers helped dig through the aftermath of so much pain and suffering then got all tuckered out!

captainhawg User

What about some replica plane tickets or 9/11 box cutters ?

Anne Reeves Todd
Anne Reeves Todd

I would happily purchase that cheese plate and right about the time I hit the exit slam the bitch into the floor. OOPS

Anne Reeves Todd
Anne Reeves Todd

they are charging you to even walk up to it...that's how they are making money. it's ridiculous

Gordon Miller
Gordon Miller

Who are the clowns who make these decisions?

Jason Dennis
Jason Dennis

i think its a joke a give about take the piss ure havin a laugh.disgracefull

Nate Danger Guioguio
Nate Danger Guioguio

I dont see whats wrong with the ear rings or the scarf. The tote bag is okay too I guess. The rest is just kinda stupid and or a little offensive.

Dodger55 User

The hearts are over NYC, DC, and Shanksville, PA.

Does everyone just forget about those other two planes?

BuzzKillx User

I wish I would have bought some of this junk before they pulled it from the store. That shit will be worth a fortune in the future!

whatinitheworld UserTop Commenter

All of a sudden my idea of a turban with the two towers on top and some caption like "because they are the religion of love" or a little mohamed that when you press his little bomb vest says "killing is fun!" don't seem that offensive.

Cheese plate? Earrings? Tote bag?! c'mon!!!

(All patriotically made in China, of course)

Muhammad Bilal Islam
Muhammad Bilal Islam

I was wondering if this museum had a gift shop. Seems like a bad idea. "My friend went to a museum meant to memorialize the greatest tragedy in recent US history and all he got was this stupid t-shirt."

loveskanks User

Hey at least they're not selling turbans or mosques.

Muhammad-Islam-146 User

@loveskanks 1) How is selling a turban offensive? and 2) A "mosque" is a building. How the hell do you expect someone to sell that in a gift shop?

dialated8 User

1) would be like selling US Navy SEAL uniforms to followers of Bin Ladin with little hearts on them saying "never forget."

2) pretty sure they meant a mosque made out of cheese or some shit... Not a building.

The fact that you don't get it makes you a moron, but to each their own.