With just five nights before Chanukah and 20 days until Xmas, the last minute for holiday shopping will be fast upon us. Here are some gift ideas for the puckhead on your holiday cross-checklist.
ICE RINK MENORAH: Here’s a 6×3-inch ceramic and brass Hanukkiah, imported from Israel, available in Bruins, Rangers, Habs, Leafs, Pens, and Sharks variations.
GRITTY HEADWEAR: Problematic dreadlock wig manufacturer Rasta Imposta has Gritty headwear in a variety of styles, from this goggle-eyed headband to a full-sized Gritty head. No matter which one you choose, you’ll look utterly maniacal.
TIM HORTONS HOCKEY BARBIE: We’ve posted about the Tim Hortons Hockey Barbie dolls twice before. If you can find them in Tim Hortons stores, your purchase will benefit the Hockey Canada Foundation’s Hockey is Hers initiative.
HOCKEYTOWN BEARD OIL: Smell the Red Wings’ iconic colors in the form of peppermint and vanilla with HockeyTown Motor City Muscle Heavy Duty Beard Balm by Detroit Beard Collective. (Buy from Maggard Razors in the town where Just Wide grew up!)
MUSIC FROM THE ZAMBONIS: The world’s foremost rink rock band has CDs available on their website, or you can buy downloads from their Bandcamp page. For a quick digital stocking stuffer, consider the holiday classic “Gritty Xmas (And A Hockey New Year)”.
HOCKEY DIVERSITY ALLIANCE MERCH: Sales of shirts, hats, hoodies, and sweaters featuring the HDA’s stylish logo will help fund their mission “to eradicate systemic racism and intolerance in hockey.” (Information about programs here.)
HOCKEY STICK PICTURE FRAMES: What better way to display team photos and autographs than in a picture frame made from salvaged hockey sticks? Buy a handmade one from Shots On Goal Hockey Frames, or, if you’re DIY-inclined, build your own as demonstrated here:
CHELI’S CHILI: Hall of Fame defenseman Chris Chelios closed his last remaining chili bar in November of 2018, but you could still cook up a batch of Cheli’s Chili for a loved one from this recipe. Alternately, buy your beef-and-bean-loving special someone a copy of the All-American Chili Book (out of print), in which Chelios’s recipe – along with hundreds of others, “including those of twenty-eight award winners, celebrities, politicians, and professionals” – is recorded.
SAVE POND HOCKEY TEES: Save Pond Hockey is a series of outdoor hockey tournaments in Finland raising funds to fight climate change. Support the cause in style with a tee or sweatshirt with SPH’s charming polar bear graphic on it.
TOADYCO TEES: Finally, there’s always ToadyCo’s collection of hockey t-shirts, sweatshirts, mugs, posters, tote bags, notebooks, and other assorted merch! Full disclosure: ToadyCo is affiliated with Just Wide, so we’ll benefit if you buy any of this stuff. But not as much as the hockey fan you buy it for will! They’re gonna love it!