Today is December 1, 2013 and the Christmas shopping season is well underway. (Did you go Christmas shopping on Thanksgiving? No, me neither). If you have Cardinals fans on your Christmas list or if you need something to put on your wish list, below are some gifts that you or your gift recipients will enjoy. Click on the links to get to the page where you can view and order the merchandise. The page will open in a separate window/tab.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch has a new book called St. Louis Cardinals: The Championship Seasons – Covering the 11 World Series Wins. This book should have some wonderful photos and great articles from the P-D sportswriters.
In my post on Stan Musial’s passing, I recommended the book Stan Musial: An American Life by George Vecsey. It would make a great gift for the Stan Musial fan or a Cardinals fan in general.
100 Things a Cardinals Fan Should Know and Do Before They Die, written by St. Louis Post-Dispatch sportswriter Derrick Goold, is an entertaining book filled with information and trivia all Cardinals fans should know about. It features a foreword written by Stan Musial.
If you liked the jersey that the Cardinals wore on Memorial Day with the birds on the bat in the USMC digital camo pattern, you can purchase one here. If you know a Marine who’s a Cards fan, this would be the perfect present. This jersey is also available in youth sizes. If T-shirts are more the gift recipient’s style, the camo birds on the bat is also available on a T-shirt, and you can purchase one here. The T-shirts are available in youth sizes as well.
The Stan Musial fan (well, aren’t we all?) would love the commemorative T-shirt available here. This shirt is not available in youth sizes, unfortunately. A combination of this T-shirt and the Stan Musial biography referenced above would make a great gift set.
If you or anyone else on your gift list still doesn’t have their 2013 National League Champions apparel, you can go here to purchase them. I have also had good luck purchasing playoff apparel at JC Penneys, and the closer it gets to Christmas, the bigger the discount.
For those who have an unlimited gift budget, you can purchase 2013 World Series Cardinals and regular seasons jerseys here. If you want to purchase a jersey with a certain player’s name and number on the back, it costs more.
Cardinals watches in casual or dressy styles make a great present. I found a dressy ladies’ Cardinals watch here. A more casual Cardinals watch for ladies can be found here. There are all kinds of men’s watches at the link here. Even the kids can have Cardinals watches, and you can purchase them here and here.
Is there a lady gift recipient on your list that has a Pandora charm bracelet? You can purchase Cardinals Pandora charms here, and if she doesn’t have a Pandora bracelet, you can buy her one there too. If you click here and go through the pages, you can also find necklaces, earrings and other Cardinals jewelry for your favorite lady Cardinals fan.
Home and Office
Everyone needs a calendar, and a Cardinals calendar will help the year pass faster. You can find a box desk calendar (one square page per day) with facts and trivia on each page here. A wall calendar with full color photos can be found here. And if you’re looking for an assortment of Cardinals office gear, click here. For those attached to their smart phones, you can find Cardinals cell phone covers here.
Did you or a gift recipient attend a NLCS or World Series game this year? You can purchase a really nice photo frame with a place for a photo and your ticket stub. The NLCS frame is available here and the World Series frame is available here. Was there a special game, like for a birthday or anniversary, that you attended this year? You can find a stand up frame for your ticket stub here. If you have a whole bunch of ticket stubs you’d like to keep in one place, you can get a ticket holder here.
Every house needs a clock so you can see whether it’s time for the Cardinals game. You can find nice clocks here, here and here. If these ideas aren’t enough, you can go here and click through all the pages for gift ideas.
As mentioned in my last blog post here, tickets for the 2014 Winter Warm-Up are now on sale. You can purchase those here. Autographs tickets, unfortunately, will not be available until next month.
The Cardinals’ print magazine has all kinds of gorgeous photos and great articles on the team. You can order a gift subscription in either print or digital format here. On that same page, you can also purchase the 2013 Cardinals Yearbook, with a tribute to Stan Musial, in either digital or print format.
For those with an unlimited budget, season tickets would be a gift that would be very much appreciated by a Cardinals fan. You can put a deposit on 2014 season tickets here.
Notes on web ordering: Most of the links above are from MLB.com. MLB.com is offering a 30% discount on all orders from $50.00 – $99.00, 25% discount for all orders from $25.00-$50.00. and 20% on all orders less than $50. 00. This offer, however, is only good until 11:59 PM EST (that’s 10:59 PM St. Louis time) tonight (12/1/13). For the links to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Store, the P-D is offering free shipping on any order of $20.00 or more with USPS standard shipping. This deal is only good until December 3, 2013, however.
If you want to get a lot of shopping done at one time, the Cardinals Team Store at Busch Stadium or the Cardinals Clubhouse stores are the places to do this. If you’re looking for Cardinals stocking stuffers, these would be the places to go.
I hope my list has given you some good ideas for holiday shopping for your favorite Cardinals fan(s). Thanks for reading! See you next time!