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The Giants might not be too popular right now so the idea of spending time and money hunting down the perfect gift for the Giants fan in your life (or yourself!) probably doesn’t land in the top 10 of your to-do list as the holiday shopping season approaches;
allow me to enumerate all the reasons why this might be the perfect year to give the gift of Giants to your unsuspecting friends, relatives, and other loved ones:
- most of the championship era items make a perfect gag gift
- most of the championship era items are heavily discounted because the team has been unwatchably bad for three years
- there’s a g-d World Series ring on eBay:
You can be sure that gifting an authentic 2014 World Series ring to someone will be their best gift of 2019.
I wanted to get that biggie out of the way. I definitely wasn’t implying you pool your resources and buy that for me. If anything, we should probably all look into whether or not strength and conditioning coach Andy King is doing okay. Perhaps a bit concerning that he’s pawned his World Series ring.
In potentially less sad news, our good friends at BreakingT have kicked off their Black Friday sale. It’s a 15% discount on every item in their store. Just use discount code BFSAVE15 at checkout. There’s no minimum purchase required and the discount applies to their clearance items, too. It ends Monday, 12/2 at 11:59pm.
The Bay Area store has Warriors, Sharks, Niners, A’s, and Raiders gear, too. You may remember some of their Giants-themed items:
And danged if this one isn’t poignant. It could also make a good gift for that one Braves fan you know.
But if you’re not in the mood for wearables, how about some readables? This marketing firm put out a book about Bruce Bochy’s managerial principles and leadership qualities:
But maybe you’re over Bruce Bochy and want to stay on the cutting edge. Sorry, sorry. Maybe you know someone who’s over Bruce Bochy and wants to stay on the cutting edge. Maybe this person you know hasn’t quite cracked the nut that is Farhan Zaidi and wants to see if they can think how he thinks. Well then, you can’t go wrong buying this for this person you know:
Zaidi admitted in a recent KNBR interview that he gifts this book to all his coaches and execs. You might not crack the code and figure out the Giants’ next move, but if you — ahem, or someone you know — has some downtime this holiday season and wants to try to stay on top of their favorite baseball team’s evolution, then you can’t go wrong looking at the front office’s reference material.
But if you or someone you know who loves the Giants just wants to stick with Giants stuff, then consider perusing the Junior Giants auction block on sfgiants.com. Proceeds go to the Junior Giants program. Most of the auction materials (which ends 11-30-2019) are autographed bats and balls, but if you click the Buy Now tab, a far more interesting array of immediately available goods appears.
Hmm... maybe not that one. Although... what if... Bumgarner leaves in free agency and Puig comes to the Giants and — no, no. Can’t think like that. Consider this a very expensive gag gift from a Dodger fan who might be reading this to their local Giants fan.
So, how about these? I admit I got a little caught up in all the options. I tried to edit this list down, but these are some legitimately interesting gifts.
- The jersey Austin Slater wore when he hit his first major league home run - $350
- Joe Panik’s 2017 road pants (size 36-39-36) - $100
- (Actual, not replica) 2018 Spring Training Line Up Card (chosen at random) - $30
- Autographed Mac Williams baseball (never hit) - $79
- Autographed Willie McCovey & Andrew McCutchen baseball - $300
- Autographed REPLICA Lineup Card from Matt Cain’s Perfect Game - $149
But what if you know the Giants fans in your life still don’t want anything to remind them of the last three years but they still might like Giants stuff? Why not seek out the other big holiday thing — Star Wars — and pair it with sports fandom?
We end as we began with these eBay items:
Topical! The Mandalorian is very in right now on account of Baby Yoda. Also in? The Disney+ version of STAR WARS: A NEW HOPE because of the edit made to this famous scene: