By: Paul Hewson
It’s always a bit tricky buying holiday gifts for the poker fan in your life. There’s no shortage of cool stuff to buy, but how much of it does the person in question already own? Unwrapping another chip set when you already have a good one isn’t much fun. The same goes with a nice deck of playing cards – unless it’s an antique. If you’re unwilling to ask the poker enthusiast for specific recommendations, you’re going to have to get something weird. Here are five interesting items available online as we go to press.
Poker Plaques by Brybelly
They might already have a set of poker chips, but how many people have plaques? These large rectangular Euro-style “chips” can be added to any set, representing high denominations; each one weighs 32 grams, yet they can still be shuffled like regular chips – with a little practice.
Men’s Cycling Clothes by PaladinSport
This is for the poker/cycling enthusiast in your life. The bib/shorts combo features a large playing-card print on the zip-up shirt; it’s a tight fit, so the company recommends getting one size larger for most people, and two sizes larger for the Dan Bilzerians and Greg Raymers on your holiday list.
Men’s Socks by Good Luck Sock
It wouldn’t be Christmas (or any other festive celebration) without giving someone socks as a gift. These “King of Spades” socks are pretty festive. They’re reinforced at the heel and toe, machine washable, and available in a wide variety of patterns like Hipster Dog and the Kraken.
Poker Tournament Trophy by Straight Poker Supplies
Assuming your intended target hasn’t already won a trophy on tour, this is the next best thing. Standing nine inches tall and weighing about 2.5 pounds, this statuette of a human hand holding a royal flush in spades says “POKER CHAMPION” on the front plate. Make sure to get a photo of your target holding the trophy aloft in triumph – and throw in some confetti for realism.
Daniel Negreanu Card Cover by Trademark Poker
Now you can have Canada’s greatest poker player at your table for every game – in miniature form. This hand-painted card protector looks more like a bobblehead of “Kid Poker” than the player himself, but the details are sharp. Not to worry if you’re not a big Maple Leafs Fan, like Negreanu. His iconic blue-and-white hockey sweater doesn’t have the Toronto Maple Leafs crest on it, in case that would have offended anyone.
Unusual Poker Gifts for 2016
By: Paul Hewson