You linked to a search for all questions containing the word "Buy", and made the claim that those questions were like yours. That is incorrect. There is a difference between your question and the ones that are open.
As the blog post says, there are two types of shopping questions: Those that can be answered with a link, and those that can be answered in a lesson. The "Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day, but teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime" parable has a similar theme. I tried to answer the recent RGB LED question with a lesson. Using the information contained in the answer, the user should then be able to navigate the parametric search features of his or her favorite distributor, find a part in a catalog, or converse intelligently with a sales rep. With a good lesson on low-light photography (for the blog post) or photometry (for the LED question), a reader can go to any store or website, at any location around the globe, at any time in the reasonably near future, and make an intelligent decision. That is a question that we want to have here!
With a link to, say, this surface-mount, 120 degree viewing angle, low-power, 26-cents in single quantities IR LED, you could get your problem solved. Unfortunately, the time it took me to find that answer would be a waste for everyone except you, because it would do little good for future readers of the question. I'm a nice guy, but I don't have the time to be a personal search engine for random people on the internet.
On the other hand, with the information that:
- According to IEC 60050-845, LEDs do not include infrared emitters. IR LEDs are usually called "IR Emitters" or infrared emitting diodes [IREDs], and they're usually used for communication. The term "IR LED" is therefore a misnomer to the professional community, and you won't find IR emitters in the LED section of a good catalog. Instead, you need to look here on Digikey or here on Mouser.
- A round package like a T1 or T1 3/4 usually has a viewing angle under 30 degrees, so you need an straw-hat LED or SMD LED to give the gloves a reasonably constant viewing angle.
- The warning "Type 1 Laser Product" that you see on low-power laser pointers also applies to IR emitters (It's based on IEC 60825-1). No emitters sold as such are able to exceed this rating. However, an array of emitters could do so, and burn your eyes without activating your blink reflex. Therefore, if you want to put several emitters on your glove, you'll need to space them out well (so they don't focus on your retina in a tight spot) and choose the lowest power emitters that will do the job.
...you could find it yourself without much trouble, and so could someone with different requirements.