Looking for unique gifts for the holidays?

Small business Saturday my have passed but a Cyber Monday deal is in the works for this Chicago-area start-up that offers artistic, and even personalized options, of fan wear.

500 Level, offers among other designs, NHLPA player sketches on shirts for men, women, and children.

“Real fans sit in the 500 level. Alright, alright.  Real fans sit anywhere and everywhere in the stadium, but a die hard, passionate fan doesn’t mind being in the nosebleed section – they’re just happy to be part of the action,” according to the company’s bio.  “Let’s be honest, at the heart of every team is its fans.  We travel far and wide to go to the games, we stock our closets with the gear, and we let our favorite teams break our hearts and ruin our weekends over and over again.

“We created 500 Level because we decided it was time to create an apparel company that put the fans right in the mix instead of having to outfit ourselves with the same old gear from major corporations.”

It also gives fans the opportunity to submit designs and vote on submissions.

Looking for Andrew Shaw or Milan Lucic? The site has easy searches by league, city, or player name.

Shaw  lucic

Enter the promotional code Cyber Monday on Dec. 2 only for an additional 40 percent off.

If clothing isn’t on the wish list this year, consider a gift that keeps giving–a beautiful present, plus a donation to charity.

For Blackhawks fans, try a professional 2013 Chicago skyline print Stanley Cup victory print.

The custom “17 Second-City” print, shot by professional photographer Matt Grotto, comes in a variety of image choices. Sizes and styles are customizable as well.

And, 10 percent of profits go to a cause that is near and dear to my heart — The Lyme Disease Association.

Carly Mullady grew up needing to know more about icing than its deliciousness on cupcakes. She's the lone daughter of four children, with a father who was among the last cut from the Midwest tryouts for the 1980 Miracle on Ice Olympic team. And she knows very little matches the thrill that happens from puck-drop to handshakes. A rink didn’t return to her hometown until she was gone, but she’s been able to see two younger brothers on the ice. She's their feistiest fan. Her other hockey loyalty lies with the Blackhawks--whether it's meant seeing games for $8 with student IDs when the Madhouse didn’t have much of a temper at all, or dancing to Chelsea Dagger at standing room only--there’s something magical about a roaring anthem, the Indianhead sweater, and the Original Six. A former journalist and current editor, she carries a penchant for excitement (and maybe even fighting) with a resume that includes working for Chicago-area newspapers, and television, including The Jerry Springer Show, as well as NBCUniversal in New York. After East Coast living and a return to the Chicago area, the new Mrs. is giving Graceland a go with her Southern Gent, who now shares her adoration of the game, and their rescue dog, Doc Holliday. Other interests include Cubs, Bears, Illini, Crimson Tide, Pumpkin Spice Lattes, baking a mean pineapple upside-down cake, Kate Spade accessories, and a properly coordinated cardigan for every ensemble.


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