Great Holiday Gifts Ideas for Sports Fans
Do you have a sports fan on your Holiday shopping list? Here’s a list of winning gifts to help make the season fantastic for your favorite sports fan.
Jerseys & Other Officially Licensed Clothing
You may be able to find regional team jerseys at some of the bigger brick and mortar retailers in your area like Sports Authority, Dicks, or even Wal-Mart. However, If you want the highest quality officially authorized gear without fighting traffic and lines, check out the jersey offerings from the online retailers for the major sports leagues.
Their prices aren’t what you would consider cheap, but they deliver a variety of officially licensed NFL jerseys right from the NFL itself. Choose from Replica, Premier, and Authentic (what the Pros wear). You can even customize your jersey with own choice of name and number. NFLShop.com even has a Jersey Buying Guide for if you are having trouble deciding which kind of jersey to buy. They periodically run specials during the holiday season, but the deals tend to only last a few days.
From authentic to replica, batting practice, and even customized jerseys, you can get your favorite team jersey the way you want it at MLBShop.com. Keep an eye out for deals such as free shipping and other sales to save yourself a few bucks.
The NBA lockout is over and basketball will be back starting Christmas day. AT NBAStore.com you’ll find a variety of jersey options such as replica, “swingman,” Authentic, and Women’s styles. Choose a top NBA star like LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, or Derrick Rose, or customize your jersey with your own name. They also have throwback styles with legends of the past like Bird, Magic, and Dr. J.
Shop for NBA Jerseys at NBAStore.com.
For the Hockey fan on your list, you can find every team, home and away, with your favorite players name or customized with your own name.
Shop for hockey jerseys at Shop.NHL.com
Exercise and Fitness
P90X and P90X2
P90X has been the hottest product name in fitness over the past several years. The brand new P90X2 is set to be released on December 15th, just in time fore Christmas, and you can order now thru Amazon.com. P90X is a serious workout for those who want to get serious about fitness and transform their bodies in a little as 90 days. A great gift for those looking to make health and fitness a priority in 2012.
I put together a list of the best books for 2011 holiday gift giving, including below are some of the essential reads released during 2011.
Those Guys Have All the Fun: Inside the World of ESPN
By James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales. An oral history of the “Worldwide Leader in Sports” as told through interviews with many current and former employees and influential people. I highly recommend this title for any sports fan who grew during the formative years of ESPN.
Buy Those Guys Have All the Fun: Inside the World of ESPN from Amazon.com
The Last Boy: Mickey Mantle and the End of America’s Childhood
By Jane Leavy. A “warts and all” biography of one of Amercia’s biggest sports heroes, Mickey Mantle.
Through My Eyes
By Tim Tebow and Nathan Whitaker. “Through My Eyes” is Tim Tebow’s own story of his life and how he has chosen to live it.
Buy Through My Eyes from Amazon.com
West by West: My Charmed, Tormented Life
By Jerry West and Jonathan Coleman. West by West delves into some of the dark issues such as physical abuse and depression that have plague Jerry West throughout his life and his NBA career.
Buy West by West: My Charmed, Tormented Life from Amazon.com
Sweetness: The Enigmatic Life of Walter Payton
By Jeff Pearlman. The books covers Walter Payton’s life on and off the field including the tragic illness that took him at age 45.
Buy Sweetness: The Enigmatic Life of Walter Payton from Amazon.com
Basketball Junkie: A Memoir
By Chris Herren and Bill Reynolds. The story of an up and coming basketball star named Chris Herron who lived his dream of playing for the Boston Celtics while secretly battling alcohol and drug abuse.
Buy Basketball Junkie: A Memoir from Amazon.com
At NFL.com, you can purchase directly through each team’s ticket office, or purchase them directly from other fans through NFL Ticket Exchange. This certified buyer and seller process allows fans to instantly print tickets at home to ensure they are legitimate.
As with the NFL, you can purchase tickets directly from the team’s ticket office, or buy and sell tickets through Ticketexchange. Check out NHL game tickets at NHL.com.
Get tickets for NFL, NHL, College Football & Basketball, Golf, UFC, Motorsports and more at this online marketplace where fans can buy and sell tickets. Check out Stubhub.
There are the the sure to please usual suspects in the console gaming world like Madden NFL 12, FIFA Soccer 12, NHL 12, NBA 2K12, but you don’t have to be a hard core gamer to enjoy a good sports video game.
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters (XBox, Wii, Playstation, PC, Mac)
What golfer hasn’t dreamed of playing at Augusta National, the home of the Masters Golf Tournament? This past spring, EA Sports released the first ever golf video game featuring the famed Augusta National Golf Course, home of the Masters. The game is available for Wii, Playstation, Xbox, as well as PC and Mac via download. It’s also compatible with Playstation Move and Wii Remote Plus.
Just the ability to play Augusta National makes this game a big winner and one I’ve consistently continued to play since I purchased it last spring.
Buy Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 12: The Masters form Amazon
Wii Sports Resort (Wii)
Wii Sports Resort expands on the popular Wii Sports title by delivering a dozen different sports titles that are sure to please sports fans as well as the entire family. This game requires use of the Wii MotionPlus, so be sure to get one for each Wii Remote.
Buy Wii Sports Resort from Amazon.
EA Sports Active NFL Training Camp (Wii)
This title is no mere game and not for the faint of heart. NFL Training Camp for the Wii is a true workout. If you are shopping for someone who will like to build up a serious sweat while competing in a variety of football related drills, this game will fit the bill. It’s also plummeted in price since it’s release just over a year ago, so you can pick it up now for a real bargain.
Buy EA Sports Active NFL Training Campfrom Amazon.com.
TV & Online Streaming Sports Packages
You can’t wrap it up and stick a bow on it, but if you’ve got a fan with a high speed broadband connection who can’t get enough sports, these are gifts that will keep on giving throughout the sports season.
NFL Game Rewind
NFL Game Rewind is the NFL’s Online On-Demand streaming video service. Every game on-demand and commercial free for the rest of the season and the playoffs for $29.99. Or, Playoffs only for $19.99. For more information, check out our review of NFL Game Rewind for 2011.
NBA League Pass
The NBA roars back to life beginning on Christmas Day. Give the gift of a season’s worth of Live Out-Of-Market games to the basketball fan on your Christmas list. As of this post, the NBA has yet to post the details for this season’s NBA League Pass, but updates should be forthcoming any day. NBA League Pass is available through your cable or TV satellite provider, or online via NBA League Pass Broadband, and even on mobile devices with NBA League Pass Mobile. For the latest information, check out the League Pass page at NBA.com.
NHL GameCenter Live
Get up to 40 out-of-market NHL games per week with NHL GameCenter Live. Current price is $169.00 for the entire season. You can watch on computer, iPhone, iPad, Android, Apple TV, Boxee Box, and some LG devices. Find out more about NHL GameCenter Live.by