If scoring a gift-giving home run isn’t as easy as you’d like it to be, you need to take a different tack. Focusing on a passion, such as sports, gives you scope to be thoughtful, imaginative and supportive. But what works best? Take a look at our ideas for surprising the sports fan in your life.
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Blow them away
Reviews of Acme Whistles suggest that sporting enthusiasts of all kinds love loud presents. A specific sports whistle, perhaps engraved with something personal, would be an incredible gift for a referee, or someone who enjoys making a big noise in the stands. You can get as fancy as you dare too, with sterling silver options that add some luxe into the equation.
Dress it up
It wouldn’t be unique to buy your sports fanatic a football shirt from their favourite team, but think a little more outside the (penalty) box and you could be onto a winner. What about a shirt from the kit that was worn the year your recipient was born? Or trying to find a shirt they used to own that got lost in house moves etc? Love for a team can only be topped by a heartfelt sentiment, so combining the two means you’ll be able to buy a truly memorable gift.
We have a proposal
Not for the faint-hearted, a game-side proposal would certainly be something nobody could ever forget. Consider the carefully chosen ring the gift itself, with the promise of a lifetime of love and support being the cherry on the cake. Beware though! While a proposal at a sporting event can be fun and memorable, should a favourite team lose, or the proposal not be expected/wanted, that’s going to be a very awkward drive home!
Autographs are great, but Sports Fan In Your Life is the really unusual memorabilia pieces that stand out the most, especially if you display them in a way that’s unusual. How about finding a pair of shoes belonging to a favourite sports pro and mounting them in a glass display case, on top of a section of grass from a place where they’ve played? Tennis players frequently play on grass, so no problem there, and football and rugby clubs often let fans buy a piece of turf too. This could even work for horse racing enthusiasts!
Peek behind the curtain
With so many venues offering tours now, you should be able to find an experience for Sports Fan In Your Life that will give them access to previously unseen areas and team history. Ask about seeing more than just trophy cabinets, as real fans want to see every inch of the club, from the locker rooms to the canteen and everything in between. You wouldn’t believe how much joy treading on the same hallowed ground as some idols can create either. Just send a footie fan out onto their team’s home pitch to see what we mean.
Say it with food
We’ve saved the weirdest for last! Pancake art is amazing, with full-on portraits of famous people looking super simple to create, so why not spend some time practising, so you can present the sports nut in your life with an edible version of their favourite pro? You’ll need squeezy bottles and some time to watch YouTube videos on pancake art. From there, you should be able to manage something that will at least raise a smile. Honestly, what could be better than a piping hot coffee and a plate of Ronaldo pancakes?
From silly to deeply personal, there are lots of ways to show a Sports Fan In Your Life that you know and care about their interests, so don’t just plump for a season ticket!