Choosing gifts for friends and loved ones can sometimes be stressful. Finding gifts that are unique and they’ll love takes time and plenty of research, and can sometimes feel like a guessing game.
But if the person you’re shopping for loves sports, you’re in luck. We’ve compiled the ultimate list of the best gifts for sports fans. Keep reading to learn 11 unique, creative gift ideas every sports fan will love.
As any sports fan will tell you, you can never have too much spirit wear. From jerseys and hoodies to hats, socks, lanyards, and more, when in doubt, spirit wear always makes for great gifts for the sports fan in your life.
If you know that the person you’re shopping for has tons of gear already, consider getting creative with where you shop. Etsy is a great spot to find unique spirit wear that your friend likely doesn’t already have.
A Branded Cooler
If the sports fanatic you’re buying for loves tailgating, this next gift is a great choice. A branded cooler, with their favorite team’s colors and logo, is certain to be a hit.
Many major brands, including Igloo and Yeti, offer customized coolers with most major MLB, NFL, and collegiate teams. If you’re on a budget, you can purchase customized tumblers or personal-sized coolers instead.
For many sports fans, the connection to the stadium that their favorite team plays in is almost as strong as their connection to the team itself. If that’s the case for your friend or family member, this next gift is certain to be a popular choice.
A stadium print is the perfect piece of decor to commemorate their love for their stadium and team. Prints are available in a wide variety of styles. Choose a blueprint-style plan, or opt for an artistic rendering of the stadium. For an added touch, place it in a beautiful custom frame.
Custom Sports Coins
Perhaps the best gifts for sports fans are those that are unique. Anyone can purchase a jersey or t-shirt. Creating a customized gift is a great way to show that you’ve gone the extra mile to get the sports fan in your life something that they’ll love.
Custom sports challenge coins are one great example. These small, but meaningful mementos can be customized with your friend or loved one’s name, as well as their favorite team, the name of a sporting event like a wrestling match or golf scramble, and your choice of images. Commemorate a big moment—like their first hole in one or a tournament that their team swept. Or just showcase their team.
The gift recipient can hand out their custom sports coins to their teammates, or carry them with them to hand out to new friends while playing their favorite sport.
Repurposed Sports Gear
An autographed ball or picture from a favorite player is often a treasured keepsake for sports fans. But what about an item made from balls, bats, jerseys, or other sports gear that’s been repurposed?
From bottle openers to ink pens to cuff links, there are a variety of repurposed gifts available on the web for sports fans. You can even search for gifts made from baseballs, hockey pucks, or other gear that was used in a specific game or by a certain team.
A Custom Jersey
Most avid sports fans will already have a jersey with their favorite player’s name and number on it. But if you want to get them a special gift, you can order a jersey with their own name on it instead.
This fun, custom gift is great for wearing to games or for keeping as a keepsake. This is also a great gift for a newlywed couple to showcase a name change after marriage.
From jerseys to autographed gear, vintage sports items are also a great gift idea. These are the perfect choice for that sports fan who seems to have everything, as every item is likely to be unique.
Depending on your budget, you can find vintage gear like old spirit wear and player gear or splurge on old stadium seats, vintage autographs, and more.
A Subscription to ESPN+
ESPN+ is a streaming service that’s part of the new Disney streaming service. It features all things sports, from live games to reruns and other programming. You can purchase gift subscriptions for a full year of streaming.
This is a great gift for sports lovers because it allows them to tune in to their favorite games and sporting event from anywhere, thanks to the service’s app. But you will want to make sure that they aren’t already subscribed before purchasing this gift.
Many of these gifts are great for individuals. But if you’re looking for a fun gift for a family of sports lovers, a personalized piece of artwork is a great choice.
Using sites like Etsy, you can order customized, cartoon-style or artistic prints of the family decked out in their favorite gear. Add a frame, and you have an awesome gift that the family will love to display, and no doubt treasure for years to come.
Coffee Table Books
Home decor might not be the first thing that you think about when shopping for gifts for sports lovers. However, some of the best sports gifts are those that help them showcase their passions.
Sports-themed coffee table books make for great gifts, as they can not only be enjoyed but also displayed in the person’s home. These books aren’t something you’ll find in your standard sports gear shop, so they’re less likely to be something that your sports fan already has.
Tickets to a Game
Sports fans in the U.S. spent more than $56 billion a year on sporting events. Whether you want to help your friend or loved one save some money or allow them to go to a special game or event they otherwise couldn’t attend, tickets always make a great gift idea.
Choosing the Best Gifts for Sports Fans
Choosing the best gifts for sports fans means considering what your recipient might like, as well as what they are likely to already have. From customized sports coins to coffee table gifts to spirit wear, you can’t go wrong with these fun, unique gift ideas!
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