Your 2014 Packerland Pride holiday gift guide
This story appears in the December 2014 issue of Packerland Pride magazine. Subscribe to the magazine here.
Regardless of when you start your Christmas shopping, whether it was done by February or after Black Friday or maybe ready to start in earnest on December 23, one thing we can hopefully all agree on is that now is the time of year in which you are bombarded with ideas and lists and deals to aid your shopping adventures; or, for some of us, misadventures. Anyway, this is one of those gift guides. Except, of course, it is all related to the Green Bay Packers in some way. We scoured the team’s Pro Shop and, hopefully, unearthed some gems and under-the-radar items that could make great gifts for the people on your list. If you have already finished your shopping for the season, we are jealous. For the rest, good luck out there, and happy holidays.
For the kids: OYO minifigures of Packers players like Aaron Rodgers, Randall Cobb, Eddie Lacy, Clay Matthews, and more, work with Lego, K’Nex, and Mega Blocks toys, making these green and gold additions to any collection. Add in the Lambeau Field playing surface, an opposing team, and make the games go how you want them to.
Also: An “I drool Green & Gold” bib is what your baby wants, and the return of zebra-striped Zubaz pants to our lives and the lives of our children is truly great news and we should not take them for granted.
For the tailgater: Full disclosure: These Packers Tail-Gater ski pants were the top find on our Things We’d Buy For Ourselves If It Wasn’t Frowned Upon During The Holidays list. They’re waterproof, warm, probably won’t make you feel like a sumo wrestler, and, best of all, have holders for beers, bottles, and your wallet. Honestly we’re not even sure how the team can sell these, but we are happy they do.
Also: We have never seen these pom pom knit gloves in person before, so please buy these for someone and we can start changing that soon.
For the historian: Vince Lombardi canvas prints with accompanying memorable quotes from the legendary coach will be a hit for any fan around or who fondly remembers the Glory Years in Green Bay. Same goes for a lithograph print from the Vernon J. Biever Photography collection of the famous Packers sweep.
Also: “What it Takes to Be Number One,” by Vince Lombardi and Vince Lombardi, Jr., gets you the hardcover book and a CD/DVD combo of this famous speech. For the person in need of some good motivation in your life.
For the person whom you need something big and awesome: Look, we don’t know who you would buy an almost $400 portable Packers bar for, but just make sure they’re a special someone. The set comes with a L-shaped bar, umbrella for overhead, side table, four stools, and a cooler. It is made to pack and travel anywhere, meaning you bring the bar with you wherever you go, while avoiding all that annoying liquor license paperwork.
Also: We could see tickets to the regular season finale against the Lions working well in this spot, too.
For loved ones in general: Pandora charms are popular, so it’s reasonable to think that a Packers charm would be even more-so, especially the one shaped like a helmet with the 14 karat gold facemask. For the traveler or just anyone who enjoys cool gifts, you can buy a Packers travel duffle bag used during the 2013 season, so you know that any signs of use came straight from the team.
Also: Flags, bunting, and blankets are always good for the house. Hats and other winter apparel are going to work well for the foreseeable future. (Sigh.) If we’re being honest, you could literally walk into a store and buy something vaguely Packers-related and it would probably work out as a gift, right? You don’t need us to tell you that part, but hopefully this guide drummed up a few new or different ideas. Otherwise? Buy a Jordy Nelson jersey and call it a holiday.
Visit the new and improved Packers Pro Shop or find these gifts online at packersproshop.com. OYO minifigures are available in select stores and online at www.oyosports.com.