A few years ago we began a yearly tradition of dedicating one blog entry during the holiday season to the best wrestling-related gift ideas. Intended more as a template for friends and relatives of wrestling fans than anything relevant to our regular readers, feedback and other data has made it clear that it's become popular with everyone!
One of Mattel's WWE product lines that may be a sleeper is a set of small statuesque figures sold at Family Dollar and Dollar General stores. These figures first showed up earlier this year, but a second series is being sold in many of these discount stores holiday sections. At a little over four inches tall, the figures are only articulated at the waist and neck, but provide an interesting collectible in the days where every other figure seems to be endlessly poseable. A wide variety of WWE superstars are available priced around $5 each, but my favorite is the dancing Brodus Clay, clad in his jumpsuit and fedora.
Figures and games might be a bigger gift, but nothing stuffs a stocking better than packs of trading cards. This October, Topps released a new "Best of WWE" card series focusing on past champions and moments. While it isn't my personal favorite series, hearing complaints by wrestling "fans" that have no clue what they're talking about did bring me a chuckle. Topps cannot release cards of stars who aren't under contract or licensing deal, therefore it only makes sense that the company is going to be limited in who their "Best of" cards contain. Nonetheless, the highlights of the set for me are cards featuring moments from the 2013 WWE Hall of Fame ceremony as well as the first ever Topps cards of Bruno Sammartino.
Finally, we have the most traditional gift for the wrestling fan: the ticket. Although a fan can no longer attend a live event on Thanksgiving or Christmas, there are plenty of events held throughout the holiday season. These days it's even possible to give tickets for events in 2014 such as the Royal Rumble or WrestleMania with how early they go on sale. Couple that with an event program and foam finger and you have quite the impressive stocking stuffer!
No matter what the wrestling fan in your life celebrates, there's a gift listed here for it. Most importantly, keep in mind that despite gifts big or small, it's actually the time spent with each other that is most precious of all, especially at this time of year. That being said, since most of you cannot spend time with yours truly, birthday and Christmas gifts are ALWAYS accepted! Happy shopping!