The task is up to you to find stocking stuffers for your sports-enthused family member or friend. Have no fear, a smile on their face is ensured this Christmas by simply bookmarking this page and and grabbing a few items from my list.
Subscription to their favorite sports magazine.
People who love sports also love to read about sports. That’s why buying that person a subscription to their favorite magazine or newspaper is a great idea. It’s also a gift that keeps on giving all year round. Unlike Clark Griswold’s Jelly of the Month Club, this is something you know they want.
Murphy’s Pick: Sports Illustrated- One Year Subscription $39.00
Tickets to sporting events
The person on your list loves basketball. Why not buy that person tickets to a game later in the season? Better yet, buy two and go with them!
Murphy’s Pick: Detroit Piston single game tickets – $10-175 per game.
Season tickets to minor league team
Minor league sports are growing fast and the best news is you can take your whole family without as big of a dent in your wallet. This is also great if you live too far away to make frequent trips to the ‘big city’ to check out your favorite team. Season tickets are a great way to get the entire family excited about your local team.
Murphy’s Pick: Saginaw Sting of the Continental Indoor Football League – On sale Friday, Nov. 30.Upper bowl general admission $40, lower level reserved $65, two front rows $110
If the person on your list enjoys the game of golf, why not buy them something to enhance their game. Maybe it’s a new driver, putter, a sleeve of balls or another piece of equipment. Whatever it is, there’s a good chance they’re going to use it.
Murphy’s pick: Distance Calculating Golf Caddy – $179.99
It may be hard to shove in their stocking, but the tight fit will be worth it once you see the excitement on their face with a brand new piece of clothing sporting their favorite team’s logo and colors. Visit the team’s website for official gear or try your luck at any number of retail stores.
Murphy’s Pick: Detroit Tigers hoodie – $59.97
If your sports fan is also a gamer, then picking up the newest version of their favorite game is another sure bet to please the person on your list. If they have all the newest games try changing it up by buying an old-school title. Just make sure they still have the outdated system.
Murphy’s Pick: Tecmo Super Bowl for NES- $20.00 average on EBAY
Can’t get your sports fan away from the stadium? Then bring it to them with a poster of their favorite venue or player. This is also great way to remember stadiums that have been demolished.
Murphy’s Pick: Tiger Stadium Poster – $24.99
Super Bowl Watch Party
Still not sure what to get them? Well, try throwing a Super Bowl watch party for them. Assuming they are patient enough to wait for the big game, let them know how many people they can invite, give them list of their favorite beverages to choose from and what food they want. Now, how big is your T.V.?
Murphy’s Pick: Little Caesars – Prices vary by location
Rare sports Book
Chances are, you can find a book that they don’t have. Take a look in the bookstore or browse online and find a hidden gem.
Murphy’s Pick: Bang the Drum Slowly by Mark Harris (1956) – $11.53
Ticket Stub Book
If your sports fan loves to attend live sporting events, purchase this book for them to permanently enshrine their ticket stubs. It’s a trip down memory lane each time they crack open the pages.
Murphy’s Pick: Ticket Stub Diary – $11.00
The truth is, it’s hard to go wrong when it comes to buying for your sports fan. Anything that has to do with their favorite sport, team or athlete should get them excited. Their excitement is guaranteed to be worth the pain of excessive shipping costs.
Ben Murphy is a freelance sports writer in Michigan.