Toys for Guys – Beard Head & Tabletop Curling

In Articles, Culture, Toys & Gadgets by Sandy McMurray

Beard Head
According to Wikipedia, the name “balaclava” comes from the town of Balaklava, near Sevastopol in Ukraine. During the Crimean War, knitted balaclavas were sent over to the British troops to help protect them from the bitterly cold weather.

See? This section isn’t just for fun. It’s also educational!

Where was I? Oh yes.

Beard Head makes knitted balaclavas that look like awesome beards. When cold winds blow, they help to protect your face and keep you warm. It’s the perfect gift for anyone who can’t grow an awesome beard on their own (and for men who can’t spell the word balaclava).

Beard Head offers a variety of styles and colors are available, along with extra add-on moustaches. The classic Beard Head goes for about $25.

Tabletop Curling
Curling is part of our national heritage. Since it arrived on our shores in 1759, curling has connected Canadians from all walks of life, in towns and cities all over the country. As a nation, we are strangely obsessed with this simple game.

If your local rink is closed this winter, don’t despair. You can still have a bonspiel at home with this tabletop curling set, officially licensed by Curling Canada. The board is made from quality natural woods, with a smooth playing surface that allows the stones to glide down the board. The set includes an instructional booklet with rules and information about Curling Canada. And if the shouts of “hurry! hard!” are disturbing your neighbors, you can flip the board over for a quiet game of shuffleboard.

Curling Canada tabletop game sells for about $90.

Sandy McMurray
Sandy McMurray writes about toys, gadgets, and games at
Sandy McMurray
Sandy McMurray writes about toys, gadgets, and games at