Shopping for a sports enthusiast seems like an easy task. From video games and logo underwear to sports-themed tree ornaments and Christmas stockings, sports-related merchandise is everywhere. Unfortunately, so are potential sports gift pitfalls–is a signed poster too obvious? Is a scoreboard clock too tacky? Here are some suggestions for thoughtful, unique gifts the sports lover in your life will truly appreciate.
For the Stylish Sports Fan: A Souvenir Jacket
Face it; a replica jersey isn’t the most original gift. Instead, opt for one a nostalgia-cool souvenir jacket. These stylish bombers boast a retro vibe that’s appropriate for every occasion, so your friend can show his team loyalty even when it’s not game day.
For the Couch Coach: Team Barware
If your sports lover’s favorite way to cheer on his team is from the comfort of his own sofa, consider upgrading his home bar with some team-branded barware. This crate comes with enough snacks to get him and his buddies through overtime, or, for a more sophisticated and personal touch, go for a monogrammable vintage beer stein.
For the Die-Hard: A Stadium Tour
Nearly every dedicated sports fan harbors secret dreams of playing pro ball. A stadium tour is the closest most of us can come to making that dream a reality. Give your sports-loving friend the opportunity to walk on the field where their favorite athletes play; it’s an experience they will never forget. Depending on your friend’s location, you might want to stick with a tour of their local team’s facilities, but if they are based in a major city or your budget allows for plane tickets, check out the tour options at major arenas like the MetLife Stadium, the Angels Stadium, or Yankee Stadium, all of which are cited as some of the country’s best stadium tours.
For the Collector: Stadium Memorabilia
Is a stadium tour a little beyond your reach? Instead, you can bring your friend’s favorite arena into his own home with a piece of stadium memorabilia. Imagine him accessorizing his best dress shirt with cuff links made from salvaged stadium seats, or sitting at his breakfast bar on a stool crafted from authentic game-day bases.
Whether your budget is big or small, whether your friend is a devoted baseball lover or prefers the NFL, these ideas can point you in the direction of the perfect holiday gift for the sports fan in your life. If your budget can’t afford an elaborate gift, even nosebleed seats to the home opener will be greatly appreciated by a true fan!