With the holiday season rolling around, everybody is scrambling trying to figure out what to get for who. A common problem that arises is this: you don’t really know what to get someone every time.
For some, it’s an obvious blend of practicality and need that allows you to find the perfect gift. Other times, it might be more difficult.
What do you give someone who has everything? Or even more difficult, what do you give someone who is interested in sports if you don’t know anything about sports?
Well, we are here to help you out.
Here is a list of the best Christmas gifts for sports fans in 2016.
This is a great gift for the longtime sports fan in your life. Throwbacks have been popular for a long time and they don’t appear to be going away anytime soon. It can be any combination of an older design jersey or a beloved ex-player who hasn’t played for many years. Just remember, when buying a player specific throwback jersey, the more obscure, the better.
If you can find one of the long-snapper from the ’92 season, you’ve hit the jackpot.
Right now there are three different sports with regular season games remaining on their schedule: NFL, NBA and even the NHL. Baseball will be starting up it’s preseason in March and playing actual games by April, so if you’re looking for a gift specifically for the baseball fan, we’ll get to that in a bit.
For a fan of any of the other major American sports, tickets to a game are a great option.
Everybody wants to root for their team, and with the travel schedules in the NBA and NHL being so torrid, their favorite team is sure to be in town eventually, even if you live elsewhere.
For the Baseball fan, there is no better easy to immerse yourself and develop a deeper understanding for the game from behind a computer screen.
OOTP Baseball is the single most detailed and intricate general manger simulation game on the market. Baseball fans are notorious stat junkies who are liable to spend hours pouring over stats and data to try and determine who is best.
OOTP Baseball gives users unprecedented control and will satiate any baseball fans dreams of owning their own team.
Running Shoes/Gym Clothes
One of the main problems with sports fans is that they spend so much time watching sports. Santa isn’t the only one with a belly that jiggles like jelly this year, is he? Fitness is one of the most important aspects of a persons life, though one we often neglect. Give someone the initial push to they might need to get off the sofa and improve their health.
Try getting your sports fan a gym membership if they could use a little toning. It’s by no means a hard and fast rule, but usually sports fans were in at least decent shape at some point in their lives. Love of sports usually starts as a child, when you are still able to run and jump regardless of what you’ve eaten.
Give someone the chance to feel that kind of vigor again. With and endless number of affordable gym plans to choose from, this is a fairly low cost/high return gift. Something that will benefit you from the price point, and them in their health.
UFC Champion Replica Belt
If you’re having a hard time deciding on a gift for the MMA fan in your life, this could be the ticket. This replica belt will make the perfect addition to a “man cave,” or the most cool/ineffective way to keep your pants up.
When you leave the house, I can guarantee they will strip down to compression shorts and brandish this handsome Champions Belt replica around the living room as if they just won the title in an upset.
ESPN 30 for 30 Collection
ESPN has commissioned a high caliber and award-winning series of documentary sports film in a collection called “30 for 30.” Sports fans love these documentaries because it allows them to learn intimately about a subject they are already interested in. It is a collection of films they will appreciate owning, as the films can often times be difficult to find online if they are not currently airing regularly.
The sports fan in your life likes to be surrounded by beautiful things, too. You just might find different things beautiful. This year, try getting them a beautiful panoramic photograph of their favorite teams stadium. Usually these are aerial shots on games where the seats are packed.
They make a great addition and it is something they will truly appreciate having on their walls.
It doesn’t need to be so complicated. Something with a practical purpose that has the teams logo is often enough to illicit that Polaroid reaction you are hoping for. Slippers from the team store online, or a new team coffee mug or a team bathrobe. Really die-hard fans hope to integrate their team into as many facets of their life as possible; the right item for the home can effectively brighten a dull moment.
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