While the #1 item on any Chicago Cubs fan’s list would be a winning ballclub, that ship has already sailed. But with the holidays just around the corner, there are plenty of other items you can pick up for the special fan in your life.
I have combed the Internet to compile a list of 10 different items for fans of all ages that are sure to be a bigger hit than their favorite team was in 2013:
16-oz. Legacy Logo Tervis Tumbler
This versatile cup can be used for either hot or cold drinks, so whether it’s coffee or something stronger. you’re covered. The lid will make sure your beverage stays where it should, even as you cheer or lament the Cubs’ performance. And the solid construction and 100% lifetime guarantee mean that it can stand up to being chucked across the room after another inning-ending double play.
Super Hero Cape
Perfect for younger fans, this Cubs cape will make kids feel like they can leap Wrigley Field in a single bound.
Wild Sports Tailgate Toss XL
While the lack of parking in Wrigleyville doesn’t lend itself to tailgating, these boards are a great addition to any outdoor party.
Ron Santo Throwback Jersey
Anyone can be a perfect 10 in this authentic jersey that hearkens back to the 1969 season. While that season ended in disappointment, Santo’s career as a player and broadcaster endeared him to millions of fans across the country.
What it Means to Be a Cub
Written by Bob Vorwald, the executive producer of WGN sports, this book is a compilation of tales from a host of former Cubs. Ryne Sandberg, Ernie Banks, Billy Williams and more reminisce about what makes playing for the Cubs so special.
A&E Home Video Essential Games of the Chicago Cubs
This set includes four games that have special significance in Cubs history. The 1969 Hall of Fame showcase, The Sandberg Game in 1984, the 1998 NL Wild Card tiebreaker, and the 2008 NL Central clincher are all here. And the best part: the Cubs actually win every time!
Knockout Striped Hooded Sweater by Cutter & Buck
The Cubs’ season may have ended before October, but cooler weather is just starting to set in. Women can keep warm in style in this sweater, which features an understated “C” logo.
Mad Hatter Garden Gnome
Why on Earth would this even be manufactured, let alone touted as a gift? For the white elephant gift exchange at your office party of course! Maybe you know someone who would actually appreciate this, but for the rest of the world it can offer some comic relief.
Tickets to the Audi Legends Suite at Wrigley Field
While this is probably reserved for the 1-percenters out there, it’s certain to be an unforgettable experience. Gameday amenities include a tour of Wrigley Field, a gourmet menu, beer, a bottle of liquor, and a unique gift.
And if that’s not enough, a former Cubs player will be on hand to take pictures and sign autographs while talking baseball with you. The list of possible legends includes Ernie Banks, Billy Williams, Fergie Jenkins, and yes, even Scott Sanderson.
A trip to Randy Hundley’s Cubs Fantasy Camp
Again, this one isn’t going to come cheap. But can you really put a price on the opportunity to spend a week in Mesa, AZ playing baseball with former Cubs? The experience includes meals, equipment, photos, autographs, and a personalized Louisville Slugger.
So there you have it, a little something for everyone on your list, no matter your budget. You don’t have to wait ’til next year to make this a great holiday season.
Evan spent his formative years on a farm and a sleepy town in Northwest Indiana in the days before Wrigley Field was illuminated. As a result, every summer afternoon was spent watching or listening to the Cubs on WGN, a practice that ingrained the team into his DNA. His kids are named after the team and years of frustration have made him a self-loathing, yet still unapologetic, Cubs apologist. And yes, he knows that that is contradictory.