Chicago Bears fans are synonymous with American pop culture. “Saturday Night Live” celebrated them in the 1980s with a famous recurring sketch. Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase) wore a Chicago Bears’ hat in all four of the “National Lampoon’s Vacation” series of movies. The Bears’ logo is instantly recognizable, and the team’s fan gear widely available. Here is a collection of some of the more interesting gifts, both classy and kitschy, available for Bears’ fans this holiday season.
Custom Toms Shoes
With this holiday gift, you’re not only giving but also giving back. For a pricey $130, buy a pair of Toms slip-ons from CZ Custom Designs. This shoe designer will trick out a pair of Toms with the Bears logo in orange and blue rhinestones. Toms, meanwhile, gives a pair of shoes to a child in need for every pair sold. CZ Custom Designs, with a web store on Etsy, also makes 5-inch Bears’ heels bedazzled with 600-plus rhinestones, for the gal who wouldn’t be caught dead in flats.
Chicago Bears Crock-Pot
No Bears party would be complete without the newest version of the Chicago Bears Crock-Pot, which sells for $39.92 at Walmart.com. This is a simple, usable gift, portable and perfect for tailgate parties. Just don’t drop any chili, if you’re wearing your bedazzled Toms.
Chicago Bears Mailbox
This durable Chicago Bears mailbox resembling a Bears’ helmet is built to withstand the harshest Chicago winters. This type of “curb appeal” may not be for everyone, but is a solid investment for those bold enough to enjoy it, at $96.31 on Amazon.com
Chicago Bears Meat Brand
Any master game day griller will get the party sizzling with this Chicago Bears Meat Brand. Simply place the metal brand face up on a piece of meat while it’s on the grill, “Bear Down”, and get those meat-eaters pumped for game time. The fan brand is $9.95 at footballfanatics.com.
Official Bears Clothing
Do the men in your life admire the shirts and jackets the Bears’ coaching staff wears on the sidelines? Peruse the 2013 Sidelines Collection at store.chicagobears.com, the official store of the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Authentic shirts, pullovers and hats are priced from $25 to $100.
Unofficial Bears Clothing
It’s hard to find something original amid all of the NFL-licensed Bears gear out there. For something different, Etsy online shop chitownclothing makes fun Chicago Bears t-shirts. The $19.99 shirts are one of a kind, like the Mike Ditka tee that takes on the Dos Equis “Most Interesting Man in the World” ad campaign.
Bears Christmas Figurine
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, and the house decked out in all things Bears. If you know someone whose Christmas colors are Blue and Orange, The Danbury Mint’s Santa’s Big Night figurine will fit right in. The piece features Santa in a Bears sleigh, pulled by reindeer decked in Bears blankets, flying over Soldier Field. The light-up figurine goes for $139.
Bears Fan Wedding Cake Topper
Is there a wedding in your future? This handcrafted bride and groom, posed on a base adorned with artificial turf, will add a special Windy City touch to the wedding cake. Choose from a bride dragging her groom away from a Bears’ helmet and football (or for female fans, there’s a version with a groom dragging his bride), or a groom sitting with Bears’ helmet and ball and chain around his ankle as his bride mischievously holds the key. Available at Esty.com shop WedSet for $59.99.
If you’re into “bearly-there” ensembles and have a sense of humor, check out Etsy web shop Sexycrushes’ baby doll teddy set, featuring strategically placed Chicago Bears logos and little more than mesh. The teddy sets go for $36.00.
Dinner Courtesy of “Da Coach”
The Bears’ most famous coach, Mike Ditka, has made the most of his celebrity. In honor of the Bears’ retiring his jersey this December, why not toast “Da Coach” with a bottle of Ditka’s wine, for $14.99, or get in on the action with some Ditka-branded steaks or cigars? All three are available through mikeditka.com.