Gift Guide: Jeff’s Picks

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Our resident fantasy football wiz and live music buff shares his picks for the season:

With the NBA season in serious jeopardy, my wife’s already difficult task of buying my December birthday and Christmas gifts this year has become damn near impossible.

Clothes are no fun, I’ll never wait three months to buy Madden, and I always end up buying tickets for any concert I want to go to the minute they go on sale to avoid going the StubHub route for decent seats.

I’m not easy. and I’m sure she would echo my sentiments. NBA tickets could have been her saving grace this year. I understand I’m in a huge minority of people that are upset that the NBA may cancel its season, but have you watched any Eagles games?

Tickets to any Sixers game or a Saturday trip to NYC to see the Knicks would have been great gifts, but I’m closer to signing a long-term record deal than NBA Commissioner David Stern and the players union are to ending the lockout.

So what are some gift ideas for the sports and music fan that buys everything they want when it goes on sale?

Locally, there are a lot of decent options for gift-buyers.

image from web.minorleaguebaseball.comOver the past two seasons, no Double-A baseball team has drawn as much national buzz as the Harrisburg Senators. Minor league affiliates of the Washington Nationals, the Senators have been used to develop top draft picks Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper and rehab 14-time all-star Ivan Rodriguez.

The Senators recently announced numerous different multi-game ticket packages for as little as $50. Buying for a baseball fan? Look no further than City Island.

While it seems like the Eagles will be watching the playoffs from home, barring an epic collapse the Steelers seem poised for another late season run. Playoff tickets are always a great idea if you have the money.

image from www.vibe.comSpeaking of “if you have the money,” the Super Bowl Champion Green Bay Packers are rumored to be opening stock sale to fans for the first time since 1997. Sounds boring, right? Not so fast.

The Packers are the only publicly-owned team in the NFL and each stockholder can legitimately consider themselves an NFL-owner. It may seem on the surface like burning $200 since shares have no cash value and are non-transferrable, but I’m sure most guys would love to introduce themselves as an NFL owner.

image from www.harrisburgsymphony.orgLooking for a music gift? Concert tickets are always great and Hershey always gets the big arena and stadium tours but Greenbelt Events recently floated the idea to sell laminated and personalized passes that would get you into every show at the Abbey Bar for one price. The Abbey Bar is a great place to see a show and you wouldn’t have to attend many concerts before you made your money back. Update: Buy the 2012 Season pass for just $99.

image from www.aroogas.comLastly, if you’re really stuck and it gets to be Dec. 23 and you are still clueless, head over to Arooga’s and pick up a gift-card. With the news that they are opening a 2nd Street location early next year, it seems like no one in the greater Harrisburg area will live or work more than 10 minutes from an Arooga’s location, and that’s not a bad thing.

Until next year — Happy Holidays!

Sara Bozich
Author: Sara Bozich

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