Are you looking for ideas to make a young hockey player or hockey fan happy? Check out this list of 50+ great hockey gifts for kids to help you find the present that will put a big smile on his/her face: games, accessories, equipment, experiences and personalized hockey gifts for boys and girls... All those are great for birthdays, Christmas or to celebrate a special occasion!
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Games and toys as ice hockey gift ideas for kids
Let's start by combining the fun of games with the theme of hockey. Below are some ideas for different types of hockey related games for your player or fan to play alone or with friends and family.
Hockey board games - great hockey gifts for the 7, 8, 9 10 year olds and older
Board games are always a good gift idea. This is perfect to spend time together with friends and family. Below you can see 3 traditional board games adapted by NHL, to create hockey board games 🙂
- You can play the hockey version of Monoply: NHL-opoly! And instead of building houses and collecting rent, you are playing face off, collecting players, making trades... fun!
- Next we have the Spot it game - this is perfect for every age! And instead of having dolphins and stars on the cards you have hockey related drawings - you have to find matching symbols
- The classic matching game when you find pairs of cards
- And a rink version of checkers!
Hockey tabletop games
For something a bit more hockey like, you can find a variety of tabletop hockey games where disks are sliding inside the small table.
Some are played with small sticks others with your fingers or a pusher. Fun for the whole family! And a great gift for a hockey fan.
Hockey card games - team or personalized
Hockey cards are easy to take wherever you are. You can choose a deck of card with the favorite NHL team on the back or you can opt for a personalized set of hockey playing cards.
Young kid games - Great hockey gifts for 5 and 6 year olds
If you are looking for a gift for younger kids, you can also go for some classics: a Playmobil sets or a puzzle.
Other games - outdoors and video games
And finally, in the category of games, if you have a backyard or a quiet street, you can consider a set for playing street hockey with sticks, balls and goal nets.
Or for rainy day you can also pick the video game.
Unique and Personalized hockey gifts for kids
If you are looking for some more unique hockey gift for a boy or a girl, check out the following section. You can find useful objects with great hockey design, that you can personalize for your little hockey player or hockey fan.
Let's start with the most hockey gift of all: the personalized puck. This is a great combination of the love of the sport and the special thought to make the kid happy.
Towels & accessories for skaters
If your kid is an ice skater, the following gift ideas are useful accessories related to the rink:
- A towel to try out their blades - this is an essential step at the end of practice and those towels are very absorbent. Plus, they are way more fun than the boring ones most people use.
- A cool personalized tag to identify their hockey bag. Sometimes, many players end up with the same bag (especially if there is a Team bag). Therefore, a beautiful tag is a great way to separate yours from the rest.
Clothes are useful and fun, especially when personalized. Consider the following hockey gift ideas:
- Hockey t-shirts for kids,
Notebooks & school supplies
Kids spend a lot of their time at school. Why not make the experience more personal with notebooks and school supplies including hockey elements? And you may personalize some of them such as:
- notebooks, see my collection
Watch & jewelry
Wouldn't it be cool if every time the kid looks at the watch, he/she thinks about his/her passion for hockey and thinks about you?
Consider offering hockey themed watch or jewelry.
And if you are just looking for a small trinket to add to a gift package or to give to all players on the team, or in a favor bag, check out these ideas:
Hockey Christmas ornaments for kids & stockings
And for a special Christmas gift to decorate the house, you can also offer a personalized hockey Christmas ornament or a stocking.
Hockey gifts for babies and toddlers - Toys and more
Sometimes the parent is the hockey fan or hockey player... so if you are looking for hockey gifts for 2 year-olds or babies, here are a few ideas including hockey toys for kids:
Books - great gifts for kid hockey players
Books are one of my favorite things to offer. They can take you on a journey and teach you many things via stories or information book.
I have a full article about the best books for kids about hockey but below is a quick selection for you to look at.
Hockey books for Young kid - hockey gifts for 3 and 4 year-olds
If you have a very young kid that is already enjoying watching hockey, check out these image books with charming stories about ice hockey.
Hockey stories for older boys
There is a large collection of stories where the hero is the hockey player. You can find books for various reading level from 6 to teens. In my book article, I have organized them by age.
They take the reader on a journey about hard work, friendship, overcoming failure and, mostly, enjoying the sport of hockey.
Hockey Stories with girl heroines - hockey gifts for girls
If you are looking for hockey gifts for girls, it can be a lot more difficult. Especially when it comes to books. There are not that many where the hockey player is a girl (especially for younger girls). But you can see 3 options below and a few more in my hockey book for kids article.
Hockey learning & techniques
You can opt for a book that is not a story. There is also a collection of books that will allow the kid to learn more about his/her favorite game:
- The history from the 1800s
- The rules and techniques
- The strategies
- The teams
- And some fun trivia
Want to share a hockey movie or documentary as a gift? Check out my list of the 35 best ones.
Hockey gifts for boys and girls
When kids are fan of something, they love being surrounded by it. You can really go crazy decorating a bedroom!
Below are some hockey gift ideas for a kid's bedroom decoration:
- Cool 3D lamps
- Bed sheets
- Wall decal
- Pillows (which are easy to change as the kid gets older)
- Shower curtain, to think about hockey even in the shower
- Posters to decorate the walls
- Bedroom sign to identify his/her domain
Equipment & off ice training ideas - gifts for serious hockey player kids
If the kid is really really into playing hockey, then you may consider offering equipment.
The pieces of equipment can be expensive, so you may offer to renew them at Birthdays or Christmas.
There are also plenty of ideas for off-ice training. The kid cannot spend all the time at the rink, but he/she can still practice and improve at home.
On ice practice equipment
Gift ideas include:
- New skates
- A hockey bag,
- Blade guards / blade covers,
- Colorful laces - see best options,
Off-ice practice equipment
Other off-ice options include gifts to work on one aspect of the physical training:
- A balance board trainer to improve balance - see my article about the best options
- Stickhandling tools to be more in control of the puck - see best options
- A trick and shot kit such as the sauce kit to work on precision
- A hockey puck rebounder to practice receiving pass and controlling the puck - see my article about the best options
- Targets and shooting tarps, to practice accuracy when shooting - check out my article with the best options
- Or a more obvious slide board - to slide, even if stuck in your bedroom
- Check out this article to find more off-ice hockey training equipment ideas
And don't forget the shooting pads and tiles to practice, even at home - tips on my best shooting pads article
And even better, if you have the space in your basement, garage or backyard, why not build a synthetic ice training area to be able to skate on!
Learn more on my article about the best synthetic ice tiles for hockey.
Experience hockey gifts
But your gift to a kid hockey player or hockey fan does not have to be physical. Experience gifts are also fantastic. They will create lasting memories and you can enjoy them together.
Training logs, Journals and Playbooks
Tickets for favorite team match
Consider offering a ticket to a match to see his/her favorite team playing - or maybe a season's pass...
Ice skating Experience / Trip
And if you are looking for a very special gift for a big occasion, why not take your kid hockey player to one of the most beautiful ice skating places in the World such as:
ICE SKATING IN NATURE
- Lake Louise in Banff - an ice-skating experience on a frozen lake surrounded by mountains
- Ontario's Arrowhead ice skating trail which is surrounded with forest
- Lake Weissensee, another frozen lake, this time in Austria also surrounded by mountains
- or Lake Windermeere Whiteway in British Columbia, Canada
ICE SKATING IN CITIES
- The Somerset House Ice rink in London - a classic around Christmas
- Wollman Skating Rink in Central Park in New York city (or one of the many other rinks around New York)
- Rideau Canal Skateway in Ottawa which is 7 km long!
For some of these places, maybe it can become a hockey weekend if combined with a match at the local Arena.
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