Top 10 Holiday Gifts for Hockey Fans (2020)
(Ed Note: This is *not* paid content! None of the websites/businesses listed below have paid us to be included on this list. These are all items we honestly think you would love because we love (or have loved) them ourselves. Enjoy!)
2020 hasn’t been a great year. We all know it. But, you know what cheers a lot of people up every year? The holiday season. Cozying up with a hot chocolate (with Bailey’s, if you like), watching whatever classic holiday movie you like to watch (Home Alone, Die Hard, Eyes Wide Shut, whatever) and spending quality time with those you love (over Zoom). Oh, and also, there’s gifts!
And if you want to get something really unique and cool (and even customized!) for that hockey fan on your list – and not whatever ornament you can find that’s left at 7-Eleven at 11pm on Christmas Eve – I’m sorry to say that it’s time to start searching and ordering something to get it in time to wrap it and put it under the tree.
As is our custom every year here at HbyD, we’ve put together a list of strange, or wonderful, or obscure, or geeky, hockey-related gifts you might be wanting for yourself, or might be perfect for that special person on your gift list. So relax, pull out your list and start crossing off some names. You can thank us later. (All prices $USD)
1. The Hockey By Design Market
Well, of course we’d promote our own stuff. Why? Because we own them, we love them, and we know you and every hockey fan on your gift list will love them. And we’ve got stuff for every team in the league (including Seattle!). Posters, stickers, phone cases, t-shirts, mugs, pillows, we’ve got something for everyone.
And we’ve just released a bunch of new products, including jersey-based phone cases, mask stickers (perfect for stocking stuffers), jersey-patterned phone cases and mugs, not to mention a line of products where the proceeds are donated to Black Girl Hockey Club and the HDA. As well as all your other favourites from our Market. Oh, and there might just be our annual sale coming…
Visit The Hockey By Design Market Website (starting at $4.00)
2. Sticktap Designs Hockey Puck Purses
Take a purse that’s shaped like a puck, the add a custom paint job to it, and you’ve got Panthers-fan (aka Beth) Sticktap Design’s purses. Whether it’s specifically hockey-related or not, create a unique purse that will fit right in at whatever hockey rink you visit.
Available via Instagram (contact for pricing)
3. Koho Pro Shop
Remember Koho? That Finnish hockey equipment brand from the 90s that graced the like of Grant Fuhr, Billy Smith, and Mike Vernon? Well, it’s been resuscitated…kind of. We’re not totally sure if these are just knockoffs as Koho isn’t really around anymore, but you can re-live the nostalgia of the ’90s with some Koho- (and Jofa-) branded products!
Available kohoproshop.com (starting at $14.99)
4. Third Assist
So, this is cool. Third Assist is the only maker of insulated hockey gloves on the market, going five years strong. The gloves are fully insulated throughout, except the front of the hand so the player can retain full control and feel of the stick…perfect for spending hours on the pond.
But, that’s not all…there’s custom-made wooden sticks too. Their lumber is milled and hand-crafted by the only remaining hockey stick-maker in North America, then hand-finished in their coastal Maine shop. Every stick is different and they keep them traditional with premium finishes, but further customization with lettering and graphics is available upon request.
Available at thirdassist.com (sticks start at $64, gloves start at $109)
5. Hockey Tracker
You want data? Here’s some data. HockeyTracker turns every Apple Watch into a sophisticated hockey tracking computer. Start HockeyTracker before a game and track your favorite performance stats, and afterwards, dive deep into your data. HockeyTracker tracks just about any performance metric you can imagine, plus a few exclusive to HockeyTracker.
The basic app is free, but Apple will let you gift all of the in-app purchases for that special hockey player in your life.
Available at hockeytrackerapp.com (in-app purchases)
6. Uncommon Goods NHL Game-Used Uniform Wallets
With an interior divider made of a game-used jersey from your choice of NHL team, this wallet is a fun, functional way to carry your fandom with you wherever you go.
Each piece of hockey history is hand-cut and selected to feature at least two colors of the iconic uniform. Having come right off the ice in a regular season game, the fabric shows varying amounts of authentic wear. The divider helps organize your cash, a mesh pocket holds your I.D., five interior slots keep credit cards handy, and your favorite team’s name debossed on the front adds a slap shot of style.
Available at uncommongoods.com (starts at $199.95)
7. Fabric of the Game
We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention this book, as it’s right up our alley here at HbyD. It’s an in-depth look into the origins of how each NHL team was named, received their logo and design, with interviews by those responsible, written by friends of the site Chris Creamer (founder of sportslogos.net) and designer-extraordinaire Todd Radom.
Tapping into their vast knowledge of the whys and hows, they explore and share the origin stories behind these and more, talking directly to those involved in the decision processes and designs of the National Hockey League’s team names, logos, and uniforms, pouring through historical accounts to find and deliver the answers to these questions. Whichever team you pledge allegiance, Fabric of the Game covers them in-depth with research and knowledge for any hockey fan to enjoy.
Available at Amazon ($22.49)
8. CCM Game On Player Face Mask
Covid-19 is still doing its best to ruin our lives, but we’re doing our best to safely continue with things as best we can. And with players longing to play again and get back to their training, practices and leagues, CCM introduced the first face cover built for on-ice play. It’s compatible with both cages and full shields, attaches with velcro straps, and allows for the breathability needed for on-ice play. Keep playing hockey, but don’t contract a deadly disease while doing it.
Available at hockeymonkey.com ($19.99)
9. Hayyyshayyy Face Masks
As for the rest of us who are just looking for a face mask for regular life, Shayna of the Too Many Men podcast has a line of handmade hockey-themed face masks available, for a variety of teams (not just Gritty, although who wouldn’t love that one?). The masks are made with two layers of 100% cotton fabric and 1/8 inch elastic straps with an adjuster. All masks are handmade, and currently do not have a filter pocket or metal nose piece.
Even better, $1 per mask will be donated to ActBlue, who splits donations between a variety of worthy organizations.
Available on Etsy ($11.49 for a pack of 3)
10. Boxxed Up
Looking for a unique and convenient hockey gift experience to send to a loved one with the press of a button? New venture Boxxed Up provides carefully curated hockey-themed gift boxes that connect team-centric personalities and mascots to the fans who love them –– that’s right, you can have your team’s mascot hand-deliver the gift right to your recipient’s home!
Boxxed Up gift boxes, available for both kids and adults, include items from small businesses we love like The Store Next Door, The Pasta Shoppe, Max’is Designs, and even the Hockey by Design market, so if you’re shopping for a fan of one of the select pilot teams, get your order in now to secure one of the first boxes!
Available at boxxedup.shop (various, starting at $110)