Hanukkah begins in less than a week, Christmas is 15 days away, and we've entered the month-long stretch in which birthdays are often overlooked. Your cousin Casey might be about to turn 17, did you check the calendar!
If you're one of those people who bought all the gifts they're giving weeks and weeks ago, bully for you. If you're one of us normal folk, then you've just barely begun the process of finding that special something for that special someone, and stuff for a bunch of other people too.
If you're an Indians fan, odds are some of the people on your shopping list are too, so I thought I would help you out by suggesting some gifts for Tribe fan.
(psst... If you want to buy some of this stuff for yourself, that's cool, I won't tell anyone)
I've also included a few items that are baseball related, but not necessarily directly related to the Indians. You're on your own for figuring out if your friend/family member/coworker will appreciate something without a neon Chief Wahoo on it though.
Alright, on to the gift ideas...
The guys at Ballbark Blueprints have a lovely architectural poster of Jacobs/Progressive. I've got one in the study at home. It classes up the joint:
If you're trying to cover not just one spot on your wall, but fill an entire room with Tribe paraphernalia, you could also go to eBay and search Cleveland Indians pennant. There are tons of old ones available, with or without Chief Wahoo, whichever your preference might be.
If you're looking for something fairly extravagant, LUNGevity has a charity auction going on (to raise money for lung cancer research and support). One of the items is a chance to take batting practice at Progressive Field and meet Terry Francona. The bidding closes Thursday at 11:00 ET, so act fast on this one. My friends and I used to argue about whether or not each/any of us could hit a home run at an MLB stadium, so I'd love the opportunity to find out.
Glory Days in Tribe Town is a new book by Terry Pluto and Tom Hamilton, looking back on the mid-1990s Indians. (Remember, just because someone enjoys remembering those players and teams doesn't mean they don't also be appreciating the good players in town right now.)
If you're looking for other reading options, Cleveland Indians books turns up 44,100 results at Amazon, so you've got plenty to choose from.
If you want to help someone be a well-dressed fan, GV Art+Design makes a number of awesome Cleveland shirts. Homage does too.
If you're hip to the prospect game and want to support the Tribe's minor league affiliates, there's lots of gear available at MiLB.com's Indians page.
If you're shopping for someone with historical leanings, there is a ton of good stuff at Ebbets Field Flannels. They make detailed replicas of the jerseys worn by various old minor league, Negro League, and foreign league teams, along with hats, jackets, sweatshirts, and t-shirts. (They've branched into football and hockey gear too, if that's something you and yours are into.) I get good use out of my Portland Beavers and Hiroshima Carp shirts.
I'm sure many of you have ideas of your own as well. If so, drop them into the comments so your fellow LGT readers can benefit from your wisdom!