Finding the ideal Christmas gifts for your friends and family members can sometimes be challenging, but if your loved one is a sports fan, there’s always something special you can buy. If you’re looking for last-minute sport-themed present inspiration, read on to find out about our five favourite gift ideas.
1. Treat a Football Fan to His or Her Club’s Christmas Jumper
Once confined to the bargain bin, the Christmas jumper is now a seasonal wardrobe essential, and football fans can join in the Yuletide fun by donning their club’s very own version of the festive classic.
Every Premier League club except for Stoke now has its own branded Christmas jumper – or, in Swansea’s case, Christmas t-shirt – and many clubs in the lower divisions sell them too. You can also find some great stocking fillers, such as Santa hats and Christmas socks, in various clubs’ online stores.
2. Spoil a Motorsports Fan with a Silverstone Driving Experience
Whether its single seaters, bikes or supercars that thrill the petrol-head in your life, you can indulge their need for speed by giving them the chance to tackle one of the most famous racing circuits in the world.
Home to some of the biggest events in the motorsports calendar, including the Formula 1 British Grand Prix and the British MotoGP™ Grand Prix, Silverstone offers a wide range of driving experience packages, including options for under-17s. Whether your loved one wants to feel the power of a Ferrari or test their rally driving skills, you’ll find a Silverstone experience that they’ll adore.
3. Give Them Something to Treasure – and Add a Personal Touch
While not all sporting practitioners have the ability to win glittering trophies and medals, everybody can have something beautiful to display in his or her home. If you want to mark Christmas by telling your mum, dad, sister, brother, friend or sports coach that he or she will always be your champion, a personalised gift is just the thing.
At Challenge Trophies, we have everything from tankards, hip flasks and glasses for those who like to enjoy their favourite tipple while watching sporting events, to gorgeous crystal bowls and vases, which can be presented to coaches and managers on behalf of entire sports clubs. We can personalise them in-house using the latest engraving techniques and we’ll deliver them straight to your door.
4. Provide Them With Some Boredom-Busting Sports-Themed Games
There’s only so many times that you can play charades before tedium begins to take its toll, so give your favourite sports fan games as Christmas gifts and they’ll certainly be thankful. There are plenty of options available for video game lovers, including Football Manager 17 (which recently hit headlines for its inclusion of Brexit scenarios), FIFA 17, Madden NFL 17, NHL 17 and WWE 2K17, so no matter what platform they prefer to use, there’s something suitable.
For more traditional family fun, try the Lord’s Owzthat Cricket Game or MotoGP Monopoly, or help junior sporting trivia buffs to boost their knowledge with the BrainBox Sport and BrainBox Football games.
5. Give Them Something to Look Forward To – Get Them Tickets to a Sporting Event
Nothing excites a sports fan more than going to see their favourite stars in action – and a trip to a sporting event makes a wonderful family day out. Boxing aficionados may enjoy watching David Haye vs Tony Bellew at the 02 Stadium on 4 March 2017, while football fans will love finding tickets to see England v Lithuania at Wembley on 26 March amongst their Christmas gifts.
Look out for offers at your local clubs too. Some rugby teams, such as the Exeter Chiefs and Harlequins, offer half-season tickets which can be used from January until April, for example, so the recipient can enjoy attending home ties for the remainder of the year.
What will you be buying the sports fan in your life this year? Which sports-themed Christmas gifts are you hoping to receive? Share your sporting Christmas gift ideas below, or tell us all about them on Facebook or Twitter.