There is no better time than now to start shopping for your loved ones. Get a jump start on the season and get your gear while it is still available.
If someone in your life is a hockey player, and they’ve done a particularly good job this season - or not - you might want to give them a little something just to show your appreciation. Giving hockey gifts to that special hockey player in your life is a great way to show them that you’ve been paying attention and that their chosen sport matters to you!
Whether your special hockey player is in youth high school, college, or even professional hockey, it can be a very meaningful gift, knowing that you support them. With that being said, the art of gift-giving definitely isn’t something that everyone is born with, and for those of us that don’t have that gift, this can feel like a huge challenge. Hopefully, we can help point you in the right direction so you can be sure that the special hockey player in your life feels appreciated.
Sometimes the actual process of finding a good hockey gift can be a little intimidating, especially when there are many options to choose from! Fair warning, though, finding holiday gifts for hockey players may be a little more fun than you would anticipate.
Get Them Some At-Home Hockey Training Aids
One of the easiest and best ways to show the hockey player in your life that you appreciate what they do and understand their accomplishments is to get them some tools that they can use to further their training while in the convenience of their own home. Getting training both on and off the ice is incredibly important for hockey players because they need to hone their skills so they can always be as sharp as possible during matches. With that in mind, you have a lot of options to choose from in this category, and picking the right one can be as simple as knowing what your player needs to work on.
It is common knowledge that the only way to get really good at something is to practice. When you give the gift of a training aid, you are also giving the gift of excellence. If your player needs to work on ice skating skills, shooting skills, passing skills, or whatever...the best way to hone those skills is to work on them.
Here are our top 5 hockey training aids that make magnificent gifts!
1. Sniper’s Edge Synthetic Ice Flooring
What greater gift to give a hockey player than to give them the type of flooring they can use to build their own ice skating rink? Synthetic ice panels are lightweight but very durable. It only takes a little while to place them on a flat surface and snap them together in order to create a seamless flooring that allows for hockey players to ice skate in the comfort of their own homes.
Sniper’s edge synthetic ice panels are created with the type of technology that not only lasts a long time, but provides hassle-free self-lubrication so that you can enjoy a smooth, slick surface without ever having to add any extra additives or gliding agents.
Synthetic ice flooring is a perfect gift for somebody that wants to be able to ice skate at any time no matter what part of the season it is...hot or cold.
Although there is a slight difference between the way the skates glide across the ice flooring and the way that they glide across synthetic ice flooring, the extra little bit of resistance that the flooring puts off, actually strengthens and tones the skater in a way that helps them to become better, stronger skaters when it is time to play a real game and win.
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2. Sniper’s Edge Slick Tiles Dryland Flooring
For the hockey players that prefer to play hockey on inline skates, or in sneakers, Sniper's Edge Slick Tiles are an incredible gift idea. These compact, durable, yet lightweight dryland hockey flooring tiles are easy to install and tough enough to withstand even the rowdiest hockey players, not to mention your Hockey Dad’s pickup truck!
The slick surface of the flooring is smooth enough to shoot pucks across with accuracy and flawless grace. You can practice shooting, stickhandling, passing all while protecting that expensive stick! “It all starts with the flooring.” The Slick Tiles are semi-permanent, you typically “set and forget” them, but should you need to move your area, you can disassemble and reset them up easily! Slick Tiles are designed to be used with both tennis shoes or in-line skates.
Once you have your flooring, you have a designated area in your garage, basement or driveway to hone your skills. Once the flooring is installed, it’s very easy to add other items such as a hockey passer (link to PM), stickhandling aids (link to SweetHands) and a hockey target (link to Ultimate Goalie) or goalie (link to Shooting Tarp) to shoot on. Think of this process similarly to setting up a home gym.
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3. Sniper’s Edge Hockey Shooting Tarp
The Sniper’s Edge hockey shooting tarp is the perfect gift to go with a synthetic ice rink, or a dryland hockey practice area, or even just a regular old garage floor. It is built to endure even the toughest hockey shooters regardless of skill level.
The large canvas is made out of tough material that is built to last. The whole idea of the shooting tarp is to protect the walls, appliances, vehicles - and even people - from being assaulted by fast-flying hockey pucks. Nobody likes to see their walls and other areas of the home scuffed up by black puck marks.
In addition to the protection, the design of the tarp is to help the shooter hone in on the difficult to make shots by practicing with repetition and building muscle memory. After a time of regular practice and perseverance, those one-timers and dekes will come second nature to persons wise enough to regularly train on a hockey shooting tarp.
The Sniper’s Edge hockey shooting tarp is easy to install and even easier to use. It simply hangs from a beam or a stud by strong eyelets that allow the tarp to be pulled away and stored out of sight when not in use.
This is a perfect gift for the passionate hockey enthusiast that wants to learn how to shoot and score with precision and ease.
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4. Hockey Passer / Rebounder
Another no-brainer gift for a hockey player is a Passmaster hockey passer and rebounder. With this heavy-duty hockey training aid, the player can practice the way that they pass and receive pucks. They can also work on shooting one-timers from rebounds from the passer.
They control how fast the puck comes back at them when they pass it.
One of the greatest features of the Passmaster is that it is in the shape of a triangle and has three sides to rebound from. It is designed to be able to mimic real-life situations on the rink when playing a game.
Since passing and shooting are a huge part of the success of the game, every hockey player must master these skills and continue to keep them sharp. A hockey rebounder is a great way to keep sharp during off-times.
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5. Hockey Shooting Pads
A perfect gift idea for an up-and-coming hockey champion is a high-quality Sniper’s Edge hockey shooting pad. They come in three convenient sizes and are built to endure the abuse that a hockey player will supply when they are training to win.
All the player has to do is place the shooting pad on a flat surface where they can get a good swing and they will be able to train for shooting, passing, and stickhandling all at the same time.
Having a hockey shooting pad combined with a hockey shooting tarp is the ultimate way to get the most out of any training session. The player can stockpile an arsenal of biscuits on the pad and shoot shots over and over again without having to skip a beat.
Repetition and practice builds muscle memory that kicks in at the time that the player needs it the most.
These shooting pads are very lightweight and can be used to practice just about anywhere.
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Hockey Balance Board
One of the best ways to build core strength and hone in the balancing skills is to make good use of a balance board for hockey. The Sniper’s Edge hockey balance board is geared to bring the most out of every player’s experience on it. There are numerous exercises and drills that one can use on a daily basis to master the art of balance.
What makes a hockey balance board such an amazing gift is that it can be used just about anywhere a player has a little bit of room. Outside in the grass, inside in the living room, in the garage, on a playground... wherever. It is lightweight and just as easy to carry around as a skateboard.
Building the core muscles is an integral part of being a healthy and strong hockey player. All of the muscles that the hockey balance board strengthens are the ones that keep hockey players on their feet and help them to avoid injuries. A strong core is absolutely necessary to be competitive in the game, so the more it is built upon, the better off the player will be.
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Hockey Merchandise as Gifts
Of course, there is always the go-to favorite Hockey team mug, jersey, or signed Merch by your avid Hockey player. Here at Sniper’s Edge, we wear our hockey merchandise proudly, especially on game days.
There are many retailers online, including Amazon, that we think are a great source for all the Hockey merchandise gifts. Here are some of our favorite places to buy hockey merchandise:
- Pure Hockey
- Dick's Sporting Goods
- Dave's Sport Shop
What is Better than Gifts for Hockey Players for the Holidays? Nothing
Ask any hockey player or fan and they’ll tell you that a hockey gift will always be a one-timer shot. Hockey players love hockey. Plain and simple.
If you get them a gift that they cherish close to their heart, you can’t go wrong. No matter what holiday you celebrate, hockey gifts are the best way to go for real hockey players and fans.
When you are looking for high-quality hockey products the best place for you to find them is somewhere that is just as crazy about the sport as your player is. Sniper’s Edge. Owned and operated by hockey professionals that know all there is to know about hockey. Shop now, and get the best there is.