FORT WAYNE – Somewhere to the north of here, tiny people with bells on their shoes are pulling beaucoup overtime. A fat man in a red suit is carb-loading. And a gang of ’roided-up reindeer is deep into its Rocky training montage.
Which is to say: It’s time to talk holiday gift-giving again.
Gifts for fishermen. Gifts for golfers. Gifts for outdoors people. And, in this season of revival for America’s most iconic college football program, gifts for the Notre Dame fan, who, as it turns out, does not have everything, nor possibly could judging from everything that’s out there.
Including, ahem, filmy ND unmentionables from Victoria’s Secret.
And so, with that as a launch point, a few ideas for Fighting Irishmen and others.
Notre Dame national championship gear
A wide-ranging genre that includes T-shirts, sweatshirts, hoodies, caps, etched acrylic stands ($39.95), gold coin photomint sets ($99.95), bumper stickers, parking signs, license plate frames, car flags. For the supremely optimistic only, because, should Notre Dame lose to Alabama, you might not want to have a lot of reminders around.
Available, among other places, at Rivals.TeamFanshop.com
General Notre Dame gear
Also available at Rivals.TeamFanshop.com (and myriad other places), everything from the aforementioned Victoria’s Secret collection to shower curtains and toilet seats and lamps and spatulas to a nifty Notre Dame snack helmet, available for $64.99 at FansEdge.com.
18 Greatest Golf Holes Tabletop Book Series
Just in time to get your household golf addict through January, February and most of March in winter-bound Indiana, the 18 Greatest Golf Holes series kicks off with 18 Greatest Scottish Golf Holes and 18 Greatest Irish Golf Holes.
The limited-edition volumes go for $199 and are available at www.18GreatestGolf.com or golf shops everywhere.
And if that’s enough of a golf fix, there’s always
Hotel Fitness Championship Tickets
The Web.com Tour (formerly Nationwide Tour) event is one of four newly created events that will determine the 50 players who earn PGA Tour cards for the 2013-14 season, and it’s coming to Sycamore Hills Golf Club from Aug. 26 to Sept. 1.
Tickets can be bought online at www.hotelfitnesschampionship.com.
Rapala Lithium Ion Cordless Fillet
The fun part of fishing is catchin’ ’em. The nonfun part is filletin’ ’em.
Here’s the solution: a cordless electric fillet knife with a 7-inch reciprocating blade, for a suggested retail price of $89.99.
Available at local sporting goods stores or by going onto www.rapala.com
Rapala Pro Bass Fishing for Wii U
And because it’s 2012, here’s a little virtual fishing for the nonoutdoors type.
Pro Bass Fishing allows gamers to test their skills against actual fishing pros on freshwater lakes all over North America. And you never have to leave your couch.
Although it would be nice if you did once in a while.
And for that
DNR Holiday Gift Packs
Take advantage of Indiana’s sweeping diversity of outdoor venues and activities with a variety of gift packs from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.
Packages include a $99 State Park Holiday Gift Pack (2013 annual entrance permit, $70 Indiana State Park Inns gift certificate, one-year subscription to Outdoor Indiana magazine, 2013 Outdoor Indiana full-color calendar) and the $129 State Park Holiday Gift Pack, which includes all of the above but upgrades the State Park Inns gift certificate to $100.
Holiday shoppers can also order State Parks & Reservoirs GO! Packs.
Starting at $99, these packages include swimming passes, lake permits and horse tags. GO! Packs are available year-round.
Order any or all of the above at InnsGifts.com through Dec. 31.