There’s nothing like the run-up to Christmas to have people scratching heads and worrying over exactly what they can buy for their significant other, doting parent, hopeful child – or just a good mate. Or some maybe even seeking inspiration for how to pamper themselves a little, with some seasonally-gifted dosh to spend. It’s a dilemma likely to be a little easier to solve this year than last – IF you have a Leeds United fanatic on your “to buy for” list – and more especially if that Leeds-mad person is one who likes to stand out a little from the crowd.
A relatively new Facebook venture, LUFC Custom, has come to my notice recently – and it’s something I’ve found worthy of looking at time and again as I ponder the question how to bring some Christmas cheer to the Elland Road devotees of my acquaintance. It’s not an easy task, normally. Do you go for megastore stuff and risk duplicating the efforts of others? That’s all good for the club and all that – but come on – this is Christmas. We’re allowed to think of what we really want instead of concentrating on how best to enrich the source of all our many frustrations.
The thing about this LUFC Custom venture is that it does exactly what it says on the tin. Have a glance and see for yourselves. There is a range of basic products – all the usual type of stuff – but here’s the thing. You actually get to embellish your purchase of choice with a range of enhancements: badges, colours, slogans, your own name or that of a gift recipient – you end up with a custom-designed item that’s truly personal to the person it’s intended for. Now, tie me to a stake and burn me for a heretic, but I consider that to be a superior sort of choice. Those relying on the various commercial outlets of the club itself, or on those retailers operating under licence, are likely to find that whatever Santa brings them, he’s also going to have brought for quite a few of their mates, relatives, fellow match-day sufferers, and so on. It’s all well and good, and it helps Leeds United, and we should definitely do it. But there is, perhaps, room for a little individuality of expression too. This is where Custom Leeds might just be able to make that important bit of difference.
Don’t listen to me – really, just have a click and a gander at what this guy has to offer. I’m simply making a recommendation here – because it strikes me as a good idea, a worthy venture and potentially something that will add to the options for showing your colours with pride. The pride will be that bit more keenly felt if you’re sporting something that no-one else is parading around in – just something that bit different and individual to the person who’s designed it.
I’m probably set to take my own advice, as it goes. I’ve got all the replica shirts, most of the t-shirts and sundry other items of apparel and other memorabilia. I don’t have the drawer space or the incentive to add to all that. My next investment may well be something that says something about me and my support for Leeds United – it may even reflect the image of this blog now that it has a respectable number of followers. The possibilities are limited only by my imagination and the by the impoverished contents of my flea-bitten wallet.
Besides, I deserve a treat – and who knows, I could do a little shopping for others too. It is nearly Christmas, after all.