Sports Gifts

Written by Jeremy Horelick
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Sports gifts are the perfect alternative to the same stale books, CDs, DVDs, and gift certificates. The best part of giving sports gifts is the choice granted to the giver. In addition to big-ticket items such as hockey sticks, football helmets, and season tickets to a recipient's favorite team, there's a host of more reasonable gifts such as card sets and even individual trading cards.

For those tired of giving these more generic sports gifts, there are also quirky and fun substitutes such as bobblehead dolls, helmet phones, and replica stadiums. A true collector won't rule out any sort of tribute to his or her cherished team or favorite players, no matter how outre the gift. Such is the nature of fandom.

Buying Sports Gifts

Some gift-givers are continually plagued with the same problem: what to buy. One solution is to come right out and ask the recipient what he or she likes, though this indeed kills the element of surprise. As a second resort, try asking the mother, father, boyfriend, girlfriend, or child of your "target" and take advice from a reputable source. That way, if you err, you can always pin the blame on your counsel. As a last resort, speak with the actual vendor and ask him or her about items that stand out or are newly offered. It helps in this case to know, at the very least, your recipient's favorite sport, team, or player.

Remember that the idea of sports gifts is to help bring the game closer to the person who spends so much time studying, researching, watching, and playing it. Most sports gifts do this naturally, either by incorporating "action" shots from a particular game or the season and career statistics of the athlete playing it. More impressive sports gifts such as original apparel worn by the athletes don't synthesize this information into one neatly printed archive but are documents in an entirely different way.


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