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Happy Birthday Gritty! We have some gift ideas for the Flyers mascot

A day this big deserves a little recognition and a lot of presents

by Dan O'Leary @DanOLeary25 / NHL.com Staff Writer

It is the celebration of the day that changed life as we know it forever.

It's Gritty's birthday.

But before you run out and buy a gift for the Philadelphia Flyers mascot, there are some things you should know.

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So now that we know what Gritty doesn't want, what does he want? That question may be tougher to answer, but we are going to try it anyway.

Here are a few suggestions:

Clothes

Who couldn't use a new sweater now and again? And after Gritty famously streaked at the 2019 Stadium Series, sending him a few extra outfits could never be seen as a bad thing. He also needs suit pants, clearly.

But what size to get? We are not sure but we imagine it will be from the Big & Tall shop.

Running Sneakers

The Gritty 'anti-runners' 5K is coming October 13 and Gritty has said he will do whatever it takes to win it. So a new pair of boats couldn't hurt his chances.

More Silly String

You know, for the next time the Los Angeles Kings broadcast crew is in town.

Something Cookie Monster-related

OK, so this gift should only be bought if you want to troll or tweak the big orange furball a little bit. He'll get the joke since he saw and responded to the viral video of a two-year-old Flyers fan calling him "Cookie Monster."

Luggage

For Gritty's next vacation.

A Tribute Tattoo

This one may seem a little outlandish, but it's been done before, most famously by Jimmy Lardani, the operator of a Philadelphia-area bar, who inked Gritty on his calf and may have very well started a trend.

A Claude Giroux Jersey

Just because.

Happy birthday, large orange friend.

Tweet from @GrittyNHL: HBD to ME pic.twitter.com/LANRgRril2

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