Need a hockey gift idea? The list below includes a large variety of gifts for hockey players and they are all great whatever the circumstance (and whatever the level): Birthdays, Christmas and success. Plus, many can be personalized to create unique hockey gifts!
Note: some of them can also work for fans who are not playing - but for a list dedicated to hockey fan gifts - check out my other article.
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Personalized gifts for hockey players
Further in the article I cover equipment to play hockey and practice on and off the ice. But I am starting with personalized gifts because I think they are thoughtful and always more appreciated. Plus, some of them can also be practical for practice!
Receiving a unique object made for you is always a hit!
Personalized hockey gifts - around practice
Let's start with practical objects that can be used around hockey practices - unique + practical is a winning combination!
- Towels to dry the blades and make sure no rust forms on them - this is an essential item, and yet players often use boring towels...
- Water bottles to stay hydrated during practice
- A luggage tag to identify / personalize your hockey bag
A personalized puck
Want a present that is even more hockey-obvious? Check out these personalized pucks 🙂
Great to practice or to decorate a bedroom!
Personalized notebooks / planners
To take notes about hockey practices and matches - technical plays, drills and shills...
Or simply to plan the weeks or year ahead, organize your time around hockey!
These is a very useful gifts, that do not have to be used for hockey:
Personalized hockey clothes
Clothes are also a good idea: to show the passion for the sport outside of the rink or as practice wear during off-ice training. Hockey clothing gift ideas include:
- tank tops and leggings,
Some can be personalized with the name of the player or the name of the team or both!
Hockey themed gift ideas - Decorations
A hockey player often wants his/her room to reflect the passion for skating. Gift ideas include:
- room signs,
- lamps, candles,
- bathroom items (mat, shower curtain)...
And for a small gift specific to Christmas, you can also offer an ice hockey Christmas ornament to decorate the tree! Find out more decoration ideas on my Hockey Christmas decor article.
Practical hockey accessories - on and off ice training
Now, if you are looking for something really dedicated to the practice for a serious hockey player gift, this section is for you.
Well, ice hockey implies quite a significant budget. Therefore, a birthday or Christmas can be the occasion to offer a new pair of skates. But this is a decision to be taken with the skater, to make sure the pair is adapted to the level and the foot shape.
Ice hockey accessories
Any player needs a collection of equipment apart from the skates:
- An equipment bag - to carry all that is needed to the rink
- Guards to protect the blades when walking outside of the ice
- Fun soakers to protect the blades inside the bag
- Sticks or goalie blockers
Training clothes & On-ice training equipment
You can of course offer items to help with training on the ice. However, those are very practical gifts and may not be the most inspirational. Mostly:
- Gloves and socks
- Compression pants
- Protective pads to reduce risk of injuries when practicing jumps
- Water bottle (we saw some personalized ones above, but you can also choose traditional ones)
Off-ice training equipment
Another idea for a hockey player is to find a gift to help with off ice training.
The player cannot always be on the ice. Practice hours are limited. But there is much he/she can do off the ice to improve performance: exercises to
improve balance, flexibility, strength and endurance. As well as drills to improve precision.
Therefore you can find original gifts for a hockey player in this category such as:
- a wraparound for the stick
- pucks for street hockey
- a steel goal
Other off-ice options include gifts to work on one aspect of the physical training:
- Stretching bands and guide to help improve flexibility
- A balance board trainer to improve balance
- A trick and shot kit such as the sauce kit to work on precision
- Or a more obvious slide board - to slide, even if stuck in your bedroom
Inspirational ice hockey gifts
Now let's have a look at inspirational hockey gift ideas.
Books are a great option and there is a wide variety of books on hockey:
- Practice tips
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 player to one of the most beautiful ice skating places in the World such as:
- Lake Louise in Banff - a skating experience surrounded by mountains
- Ontario's Arrowhead ice skating trail which is surrounded with forest
- Lake Weissensee in Austria also surrounded by mountains
- or Lake Windermeere Whiteway in British Columbia, Canada
- The Somerset House Ice rink in London - a classic
- Wollman Skating Rink in Central Park in New York city
- 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.
Gifts for hockey fans
Your player can also be fan of a special NHL team. You can find some gift ideas with the colors / name / logo of the team.
Below are 3 ideas but you can find more in my article about gifts for hockey fans.
Small hockey trinkets
If you are looking for smaller gifts, trinkets for a hockey player, you can consider:
Ice hockey gifts for kids
Many of the gifts below can be adapted to kids. But you can also find products more geared towards children: T-shirt, products for school, books, games...
For more ideas, I have written an article dedicated to gifts for kid hockey players and fans.
Ice hockey coach gifts
Are you looking for a hockey coach gift for Christmas or at the end of the season to say thank you?
Ideas to consider are:
- Clipboards to take notes
- Mugs to keep drinks warm at the rink
- Water bottle to stay hydrated
- and many more...
Ice hockey Mom & Dad gifts
And to finish here is my collection of gift ideas for figure skating mums and dads. Show your kid that you are proud to wake up early and go freezing at the rink. Ideas include:
- Hoodies to keep warm
- Seat cushion to protect from the freezing hard benches
- Planners to stay organized
More designs to be developed.
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