It’s the holiday season! We’re in the midst of Hanukkah, and the countdown to Christmas is on, so if you’re only starting your shopping now, you are likely looking for someone to tell you what to buy.
We’ve got you covered.
There are a lot of incredible and unique gifts out there for the Tigers fan in your life, and maybe a little something to slip in your own stocking. So here’s our list of some of the best Tigers-themed gift ideas.
Also, our thanks to Thomas at Ballpark Blueprints who has offered up a free Comerica or Old Tiger Stadium blueprint poster to one lucky commenter. (I personally have both of them hanging in my office and they’re beautiful)
It’s going to be tough to pick a new jersey to wear over the coming seasons with players coming and going. But a classic Alan Trammell jersey will never go out of style.
This requires no explanation.
I have a growing collection of S. Preston’s minimalist work. He also does a series of Ballpark Princesses, if you have someone in your family who loves both Disney princesses and baseball, they’re very sweet. For my money though, he ballpark prints are the best, where he selects a feature of the park and focuses on it entirely. He’s done several Tigers pieces.
Pro tip: if you’re on a budget, look for the Postcards section of his shop, where you can get mini versions of the art. The 5x7 Ribba Frame from IKEA fits them perfectly, giving you a cool gallery wall on the cheap!
If you’re a fan of stadium design (and it seems like everyone has an opinion on this lately, with the new plans for Tampa Bay, Oakland, and Arlington being revealed), these next two gift ideas will tickle your fancy.
The first is a Ballpark Blueprint of Comerica (also available in Old Tiger Stadium, and general AL parks). This one is such a unique way to show your love of the Tigers. If you don’t have wall space, not to worry! It’s also available on mugs and shirts.
Also, bonus, Ballpark Blueprints is giving Bless You Boys readers a discount. If you order anything, just use the code BLESSYOUBOYS and you’ll get 10% off your order. We’re also giving away one of these beauties to a lucky commenter.
And if wall art isn’t your thing, but you still want to display something utterly original in your home, or have someone on your list who has everything, this lit 3D model of Comerica Park might just be the coolest thing we’ve ever seen.
For the Home
Winter is cold. You need a blanket. This one is only $15.
How cute is this Tigers locker ornament?
Not all gifts can be held in the hand. If you’re shopping for someone who like loves to stay caught up on big Tigers news, or just wants to build baseball knowledge, here are some awesome ideas for subscriptions and memberships:
- The Athletic: your membership gives you access to all their content, not just for Detroit, and with folks like Jayson Stark, Ken Rosenthal, and Eno Sarris writing there, a subscription is well worth the price. (Bonus, if you’re a subscriber and giving it as a gift, they’ll add three months to YOUR subscription)
- Baseball Prospectus: these guys are doing some really groundbreaking analytical work, and their Annual, released ahead of each season, is basically the baseball Bible. Support this hard-working team.
- SABR: Do you know someone who is insanely nerdy about baseball history? A SABR membership will be an incredibly rewarding gift.
- FanGraphs: No, you won’t unlock any fancy content by becoming a member (though you can select the ad-free option!) but your money will go towards supporting one of the best baseball stat databases on the internet, and help pay for incredible writers like Meg Rowley, Sheryl Ring, Jay Jaffe, and Jeff Sullivan to continue doing their great work. That’s a win.
There’s always season tickets (and mini plans) if you really love someone.
Want to win your own Ballpark Blueprint? Just comment below and tell us what you’re planning to get the Tigers fan in your life, and we’ll randomly select one commenter to win either a Comerica or Old Tiger Stadium print (their choice). Winner will be selected Friday, December 7.