Like many a sports-obsessed Canadian kid, the holidays of my youth were easily the high point of the year: long days and late nights playing hockey on the outdoor rink, watching the World Junior championship and college football bowl games and looking forward with great anticipation to the bounty of sports-related gifts under the Christmas tree.
Whether it was a new baseball glove, the latest skates, a table-top hockey game, a magazine subscription, or a favourite team sweater, my parents always gave one gift that appeased my thirst for all things sport.
For many, even as we age, this love of sports never wanes. So, if you have an incurable sports fanatic like me on your list, here are some gift suggestions that should appeal to any taste.
Gifts for the hockey fan
- As with every Christmas season, there a dozens of new hockey books on the shelves. Try Ron Maclean’s look at the nerve centre of the sport in Hockey Towns: Untold Stories from the Heart of Canada; Dan Robson’s tribute to the recently deceased coaching legend Pat Quinn in Quinn: The Life Of A Hockey Legend; Matthew Dibiase’s celebration and ranking of the greatest hockey coaches ever in Bench Bosses: The NHL’s Coaching Elite; or Stephen Cole’s look at the madness of hockey’s disco era in Hockey Night Fever: Mullets, Mayhem And The Game’s Coming Of Age In The 1970s.
- If your sports fan isn’t much of a reader, you really can’t go wrong with this Montreal Canadiens Outdoor Classic toque – unless, of course, he’s a Leaf fan.
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