The top team in the National Hockey League has plenty of long-time die-hard fans who love nothing more than to flaunt their allegiance to the 2010 and 2013 Stanley Cup winners. Odds are, there’s a Chicago Blackhawks fan in your life.
For any guy who’s a rabid follower of the Chicago favorites, you’ll find plenty of hockey-themed gift ideas emblazoned with the team’s famous logo or images of the sport. But what gift should you choose to please him the most? (Apart from, say, a signed Blackhawks jersey or a Saturday night on the ice playing a little shinny with Toews and team, of course!)
As a lifelong hockey fan, I can offer a few suggestions that are sure to score you the big points.
For His Truck
Your first gift idea here might be a team bumper sticker, but if your Blackhawks fan is leasing his vehicle, he may not want to go that route. Stickers have a way of sticking more than we want them to do. Besides, I can’t help feeling the bumper sticker is a little bit predictable – know what I mean?
If his truck or SUV has a towing package, you can’t do better than a decorative made-in-USA hitch cover with the multi-colored Chicago Blackhawks logo on a bold red and black oval. Made of ABS plastic, which stands up really well in tough conditions, it slides right over the end of the hitch assembly and will fit any 2-inch pipe – that’s the North American standard size for truck hitches.
Tailgate time! Everyone who follows your guy on the road will be in no doubt about what team he supports.
Give the Gift of Blackhawks Gear
You know he’ll be warm to the idea of wearing his team’s colors, especially on the weekend when he kicks back with friends to watch the game. For adult men or teen boys, you can choose from a variety of licensed jackets, shirts and jerseys all sporting the Chicago Blackhawks logo – or, if you’re unsure of the right size to pick, you can’t go wrong with a classic ball cap that lets your guy literally wear his allegiance. Great prices and a wide variety of styles are available in the NHL Fan Shop at Amazon.com.
For a slightly more uptown fashion statement, check out this slick cap from one of the independent designers who showcase their wares at Zazzle.
The puck stops here, just like the cap says.
For the Man Cave
Whether he’s lucky enough to have a den of his own or he has carved out a man cave in the garage or workshop, your dyed-in-the-wool Chicago Blackhawks fan will appreciate a few choice items of NHL-themed decor to make him and his buddies feel right at home on Hockey Night.
Come to think of it, the whole family will enjoy a velvety-plush Blackhawks blanket or throw. This one is a generous 60 by 80 inches, large enough to use on a teen’s bed as well as on the sofa in front of the big screen. (Take it along to the rink for a home game, too, to keep you toasty-warm while you watch the elite athletes battle it out on the ice.)
Blackhawks Calendars, Posters, Pennants and Banners
For the man cave’s wall, you could get him a calendar that celebrates some of the team’s greatest moments on the ice (who wouldn’t love to relive the return of the Stanley Cup to the windy city?) or an eye-catching poster of Toews in action.
Alternatively, a classic triangular championship pennant is great to set the scene for the man cave’s sports theme.
The official licensed NHL Chicago Blackhawks Heritage Banner from Winning Streak Sports takes us right back to the Golden Age of hockey.
If your guy is a sports history buff as well as a Blackhawks fan, look no further for the perfect gift – the Heritage Banner is it.
Against a bold red background with black trim, four gorgeous colored logos show the evolution of the famous Indian head emblem through the years – from 1926, 1937, 1960 and the present day. Measuring 30 inches long by 8 inches wide, this banner is beautifully made of real wool in the traditional style. It comes with the rod and cord you need to hang it up right away. (Try it beside the TV, or on the man cave door – somewhere it can be easily seen and admired.)
As you know, it’s rare to find such quality in a sports collectible for a reasonable price, so you’ll be pleased to find it for sale under $30 (and often even lower prices) on Amazon.com. Score big gift points at Christmas time without breaking your budget – now, that is what we call a winner this season.