The holiday season is almost here. If you are like millions of other Americans, you struggle to find the perfect gifts for your family and friends. Do you have any Pittsburgh Steelers fans on your shopping list? If so, here are 10 items that will make great gifts for them.
1. 80th Season T-Shirt: The Steelers are celebrating their 80th season in professional football (1933-2012). Steelers fans will love this black t-shirt, which features a logo commemorating the event. The shirt is 100 percent cotton and comes in several sizes. You can purchase it for $24.95 from Yahoo! Sports Shop.
2. Steelers DVD: The Steelers did not make a name for themselves until the 1970s. During this period, the team went from being a perennial loser to an NFL dynamo, winning seven division titles and four Super Bowls in the process. Steelers fans of all ages will enjoy watching the 130 minute DVD, which looks back at this great period in the team’s history. You can purchase the DVD for only $14.95 at the Steelers’ official online store.
3. Knit Hat: Steelers fans who are experiencing chilly weather will really appreciate this item. The 100 percent acrylic hat sports the team’s official colors (black, gold, and white) and logo. You can purchase this hat from NFL Shop for $22.99.
4. Receiver Gloves: Do your loved ones enjoy playing football in the backyard or in a recreational league? If so, they might like to own these receiver gloves made by Nike. The gloves are lightweight and are designed for use in any weather. They come in a range of sizes and are available for $99.95 at Yahoo! Sports Shop.
5. Cincinnati Bengals vs. Steelers: If you really want to surprise your family and friends this holiday season, you can buy them tickets to attend the Steelers’ Dec. 23 home game at Heinz Field. They play the Bengals in a divisional match-up with (at least for now) significant playoff implications for both teams. You can purchase the tickets on StubHub. Ticket prices currently range from $51 to $1250.
6. Troy Polamalu Hand Puppet: This hand puppet is a great gift for young Steelers fans. It features the likeness of Steelers strong safety Troy Polamalu, who is known as much for his trademark hair as for his play on the field. At only $19.95, you will not have to bust the bank to purchase it from the Steelers’ official online store.
7. Mug: Steelers fans who are coffee lovers might appreciate a 15 ounce ceramic mug, featuring the Steelers logo and helmet. You can purchase this item from Yahoo! Sports Shop for only $11.95.
8. Logo Decal: Do you know Steelers fans who like to show the world how much they love their team? If so, you might want to give them a vinyl Steelers logo decal. Fans can paste this 4 inch sticker to their car or truck. SFdecals is marketing the item on Amazon.com for only $5.00.
9. Madden NFL 13: The video game lovers on your shopping list will enjoy EA Sports’ Madden NFL 13. They will have hours of fun competing against the computer or against other human players. You can purchase this item online from Walmart.com and have it shipped for free to your local store for pick-up. The price for this game varies by console. The Xbox 360 compatible version is $56.16.
10. Wine Bottle Chiller Bag: For the holidays, you might want to buy a Steelers wine bottle chiller bag to give to all of the Steelers fans on your gift list. The bag, which is emblazoned with the Steelers’ logos, will keep wine bottles chilled for over 30 minutes. You can find it online at Yahoo! Sports Shop. The bag currently retails for $9.95.
The author has been a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers since he was in grade school.