Be fanatic about gifts
Christmas is just over two weeks away, and that means your holiday gift shopping should be done, well, hopefully a day or two before then.
Worried? We’re here to help, with a few suggestions for the northern Indiana outdoors enthusiasts, athletes or sports fans in your life.
Hunt it down
A weekend hunting trip should be rugged, but not too rugged, right?
A GelPro mat provides a three-quarter-inch foam cushion that will ease discomfort during long periods standing or kneeling. The mats come in a wide variety of colors and designs, including numerous camouflage patterns. Cost varies by size and style of mat.
To order, go to www.gelpro.com/shop/designer-comfort-mat.
2019 is fast approaching, which means it’s time to invest in new state park permits. You can gift your outdoorsy Hoosier a 7 can add up over a year.) The DNR is also selling Golden Hoosier Passports for those 65 and older (20), off-road cycling permits (25 for motorized vessels, $5 for non-motorized). All permits can be purchased at any of the state park inns or online at stores.innsgifts.com/permits/.
For true state park lovers, a 65 gift card to use at a state campground or a $65 gift card to use at one of the seven Indiana State Park Inns.
The offer is available online at stores.innsgifts.com/holiday-packs/ through Dec. 31. Orders ship within three to five days.
Tinsel & TinCaps
If your loved ones skipped dreams of a white Christmas and moved right to dreams of a summer evening at the ballpark, give them something to look forward to with tickets to the TinCaps’ home opener against the Lansing Lugnuts on April 4.
Opening day tickets and multiple-game ticket packages can be bought online at www.milb.com/fort-wayne. If you want to pick out a TinCaps jersey, hat or other apparel in person, the Orchard Team Store at Parkview Field has extended hours in December. The store will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays and until 6 p.m. on Saturdays. It will also be open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 23.
Work up a sweat
They say there is no offseason, but there most certainly is a winter. That’s where The Plex comes in: The two indoor facilities in Fort Wayne offer many leagues, tournaments and skills camps in a variety of sports all year-round. With programs designed for children and adults, newbies and competitors trying to stay in tip-top shape, there’s sure to one that’s right for the athlete on your list.
To see what’s offered, go to www.plexsports.com.
Christmas with the K’s
Well, not technically: The Komets are getting a well-deserved break between Dec. 22 and 27.
But Fort Wayne’s ECHL team does have home dates on Dec. 29 and New Year’s Eve. Celebrate the holiday break by picking up tickets for you and yours. And you might want to buy a few knit caps, too, as hockey arenas can get chilly for those in the stands. Single-game tickets start at 12 for seniors and $13 for adults.
Tickets are available at www.komets.com/en/tickets and apparel at shop.komets.com/.
Mad about the Ants
Fort Wayne’s G League team has three more home games left before Christmas and four in December. The team is owned by the Indiana Pacers so you can get plenty of NBA-inspired Mad Ants gear for the basketball fanatic on your gift list. Christmas knit T-shirts, winter knit hats, team T-shirts, baseball caps and Nike therma tapered pants all available at www.pacersgear.com/mad-ants.html. Single-game tickets range from 31.25. Go to ftwaynemadants.com or call 469-4667.