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Gifts for Sports Fans

Updated on November 15, 2014
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Sports Fans Love Sports-Related Gifts

I'm crazy about Baseball; my son loves pro-football, our family all enjoyed soccer, and my grandson now plays baseball. Our family is full of sports fans and we enjoy receiving gifts related to our favorite sports.

There is probably at least one sports fan ... possibly several ... on your shopping list. Here I have compiled a group of sports gift suggestions, including some that are unique and different you might not have thought of, to make your shopping quicker and easier, whenever a gift is needed for the sports fan on your list. Also included are a few personal pictures and sports stories from our 'sports-minded' family.

*Images are from my personal collection, unless otherwise stated. ~Wednesday-Elf

FOOTBALL Fans love Sports Gifts

Chris With His First Football and Helmet

Chris With His First Football and Helmet
Chris With His First Football and Helmet

It's a Touchdown!

Wilson F1415 NFL MVP Football (Official Size)
Wilson F1415 NFL MVP Football (Official Size)

An official size and weight football by Wilson. Official game ball of the NFL!

 

A Fanatical Football Fan

Who STILL wishes he could have played football!

None of the 'kids' in our family ever played football on a team, although my youngest son dearly wanted to. When he was 8-years-old there was a sign-up for recreational football in our area. He wanted to play so badly, but the weight requirements were between 65-95 lbs. He was small for his age and weighed just 60 lbs. He begged and begged the couch to consider him, saying he'd eat a bunch, drink lots of milk... whatever it took! But couch explained ... gently, to this disappointed boy ... that he had to enforce the weight requirement. He said if a 95 lb. boy landed on a 60 lb. boy, he'd get 'hurt'!

My 'very disappointed' boy finally ended up playing soccer, but he always wished he could have played football. Today he is a huge pro-football fan, following his favorite teams and keeping up with player stats, etc. He's now the father of two teenage boys and hoped that one of them would want to play football -- but as fate would have it, the oldest boy prefers 'baseball'!

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NFL Finger Football Game - Choose your favorite NFL Team

NFL San Francisco 49ers Finger Football Game Mat
NFL San Francisco 49ers Finger Football Game Mat

NFL finger football. Includes playing surface, game rules, parts bag, dice, slider football, foam football, line of scrimmage marker, 8 yellow rings and Team-decorated playing surface. Endorsed by NFL Packers QB Brett Favre.

 

SOCCER Gifts for Soccer Fans

Chris on the High School Soccer Team

Chris on the High School Soccer Team
Chris on the High School Soccer Team

Kick a Goal with your Traditional Soccer Ball

Wilson Traditional Soccer Ball
Wilson Traditional Soccer Ball

The traditional soccer balls have an updated traditional look. Shiney material cover and 32 panel machine sewn construction..

 
Let's Hear it for the Youth Recreational League Soccer Referees!
Let's Hear it for the Youth Recreational League Soccer Referees!

Playing and Refereeing Soccer

When our youngest son played soccer in the Central California Youth Recreational Soccer League, hubby & I were talked into becoming referees. Turned out to be the most fun ever! We had a great group of dads (and one mom - ME) who volunteered their time every Saturday for 4 months each year. A better, more involved group you'll never find.

Bob & I were referees for two years while our son was in the 6 to 12 year age group for this league. That's US, in the back row - Bob second from the right, Pat (the Elf) third from the right! Weren't we 'cute' in our ref uniforms? :)

Soccer Guys

Between both my boys playing soccer and their dad & I being soccer referees for two years, soccer gifts play a big part in our gift-giving.

Kaskey Kids Soccer Guys - Inspires Imagination with Open-Ended Play - Includes 2 Full Teams and More - For Ages 3 and Up
Kaskey Kids Soccer Guys - Inspires Imagination with Open-Ended Play - Includes 2 Full Teams and More - For Ages 3 and Up

Soccer Guys Play Set contains 2 soccer teams, referee, field, soccer ball and goals. Encourages children to use their imagination. The easy carry box is perfect for storage and clean up. Coaches use "Soccer Guys" as a training tool. Set has 29 pieces with 2" figures. Ages 5+

 

BASEBALL Fans Love Baseball Equipment and Memorabilia

Jacob Plays Recreational Baseball

Jacob Plays Recreational Baseball
Jacob Plays Recreational Baseball

Play Ball!

Rawlings Official Major League Baseball
Rawlings Official Major League Baseball

The Rawlings RLLB1 baseball features a full grain cover, a composite cork and rubber center, and the Rawlings raised seams for excellent grip. This baseball is fantastic as a cost effective baseball for regular season play.

 
101 Baseball Places to See Before You Strike Out
101 Baseball Places to See Before You Strike Out

This Kindle edition of the book will be handy while you're traveling to visit these 'baseball' places!

The game of baseball has launched thousands of attractions that reflect the game’s rich history and quirky lore: shrines and gravesites, museum exhibits, statues, plaques, bars and restaurants, pop culture landmarks, and more. Josh Pahigian has gathered 101 of the very best of the best along with a collection of essays that explain where to find these sites and how they reflect the soul of this classic American sport.

Among the top places to visit are the St. Paul Saints’ Midway Stadium, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, the Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center, the Billy Goat Tavern, the Field of Dreams movie site, the Jackie Robinson Center, Lenny Dykstra’s Car Wash, and Shoeless Joe Jackson Memorial Park.

 

A Perfect Gift for Me! - The Family Baseball Fan

I love all things Baseball -- watching MLB games on TV and at the stadium, when possible, reading baseball books, viewing movies about baseball, and learning trivia and tidbits about baseball places and players.


My Dream would be to visit all 30 MLB Baseball stadiums and see all things related to baseball. I've already been to TWO stadiums, Busch Stadium in St. Louis, MO (home of the St. Louis Cardinals) and Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri (home of the Kansas City Royals). Only 28 more to go!

This book looks like the perfect beginning, spotlighting some wonderful baseball-related places to visit. I've already been to the Field of Dreams movie site in Dyersville, Iowa. This book will be a 'for sure' addition to my library!

*Now all I need to 'follow my Dream' is to win the Lottery!

More Baseball Gifts... Us Baseball Fans Love

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Sports Gifts for BASKETBALL Fans

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Dribble the Basketball... - Down the Court

Spalding TF-1000 ZK  Basketball - Full Size
Spalding TF-1000 ZK Basketball - Full Size

This Spalding Basketball is official-size at 29.5-inches, made of ZK microfiber composite leather that plays like broken-in leather for unmatched feel and performance. The deep channel design helps players control the dribble and is the #1 choice for college and high school play.

 

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Ice hockey at the XIII Olympic Winter Games

And my brother-in-law, Michael, was there...

My sister's husband, Michael, has been a fan of Ice Hockey his entire life. In his youth, he played hockey in amateur competition and later was a coach for his son's team. Michael lives in western New York State and when he learned that the 1980 Winter Olympics were to be held in Lake Placid, NY, he immediately set about getting tickets.

Between February 12 to February 24, 1980, Michael was present in the Olympic Fieldhouse and the Olympic Arena in Lake Placid, NY to watch twelve ice hockey teams from around the world compete for a medal in the final rounds. The 'highlight' of his trip was the day the United States won the gold medal with a win over the Soviet Union that became known as the "Miracle on Ice".

If you don't have access to an Ice Rink, there's always Street Hockey!

"Miracle on Ice". Or How I Became a Hockey Fan!

I'd never been a hockey fan, except for watching my brother-in-law play, but the 1980 Winter Olympics hockey changed all that. While watching all the Olympic Hockey Games leading up to that 'Miracle' game, I even looked up hockey rules so that I would understand terms like 'face off' and 'icing'.

Today I'm a much more informed fan!


Do You Believe in Miracles? The Story of the 1980 U.S. Hockey Team
Do You Believe in Miracles? The Story of the 1980 U.S. Hockey Team

You don't need to know anything about hockey to be moved by this hourlong documentary about one of the greatest upsets in sports history: the United States' defeat of the vaunted Russian Olympic hockey team at the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, New York.

 

The Beginning of a Baseball Fan!

Sports Gifts for even the Youngest Fan!

Calling all Sports Fans!

What's your Favorite Sport?

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St. Louis Cardinals Baseball
St. Louis Cardinals Baseball

Sports are Fun...

And Sports Gifts are Special to Fans

If you're a Sports Fan, the most enjoyable gifts are those that relate to your favorite sport. Mine is BASEBALL and I love the baseball memorabilia I've acquired over the years.

I also have special memories of my time as a soccer referee in our youth league in California. My favorite momento is a regulation soccer ball signed by all the referees I worked with in our youth soccer league as a 'going-away' gift when we moved.

In addition to the wonderful memories of my children's days on sports teams, we have a wide variety of sports-related gifts to remind us all of those fun days.

Whether you are a sports participant, a parent or grandparent of a child participating in a sport, or a sideline fan of sports, sports-related gifts are a special reminder of your favorite sport.

© 2009 Wednesday-Elf

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      Wednesday-Elf 2 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      I think that baby sports bag is adorable @Brite-Ideas . And I know just who needs one - my brand-new baby boy grandson who will be 7 months old for this, his first Christmas! Grandma is going to have a ball (pun intended!) :-)

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 2 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Baby's First Sport Bag is really cute! good gift idea for a new baby

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      Wednesday-Elf 2 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Thanks, Mouse. Aren't there just the cutest things for 'little' sports fans these days?

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 2 years ago from United States

      Great gift suggestions for all of those big (and little) sports fans out there!

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      Wednesday-Elf 3 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      @Ruthi: Hmmm.... since I'm NOT a Nascar fan, it never even occurred to me. I have a friend who is NASCAR Crazy, and I imagine there are many others in the same 'fan club', so looks like I'd better find some good Nascar stuff for this page! :)

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      Ruthi 3 years ago

      I love that photo of Chris with his first football and helmet! A shame he couldn't play the game due to his weight. No surprise to me that baseball is your game! Now, where are the gifts for Nascar fans?

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      Wednesday-Elf 3 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      @DANCING COWGIRL: I knew that, DancingCowgirlDesign. :) Thanks for visiting.

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      Dancing Cowgirl Design 3 years ago from Texas

      Rodeo and dancing are my favorites.

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      Wednesday-Elf 3 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      @esmonaco: Thank you. Nothing us sports fans like better than sports-related gifts. :)

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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 3 years ago from Lakewood New York

      A lot of ideads for sports gifts, I like it very nice story and wonderful pictures

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      happynutritionist 4 years ago

      Wow, I see things here my SIL would love, our family isn't big into sports, but my daughter married into a sports loving family, so we are learning:-))

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      BuckHawkcenter 4 years ago

      Since, I'm a really big sports fan, I found tons of great gifts for me! Hint, hint...try a football for me :)

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 4 years ago from United States

      These are wonderful gift suggestions for sports fans! I cannot choose a favorite sport without feeling disloyal to someone I love :) Ummmm, no ice skaters in the family! That's it!!! My favorite sport to watch is ice skating! lol

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      NickyT LM 5 years ago

      Great lens! I love the vintage pictures and the overall layout. Really nice job :)

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      Mary Crowther 5 years ago from Havre de Grace

      I like football gifts! Great lens and gift ideas!

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      MartieG aka 'survivoryea' 5 years ago from Jersey Shore

      Football season is the best!!!

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Basketball is my favourite. Your lens will go well with my lens on gifts for divers so I'll feature this there.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      You guys as a family are having a ball i guess! Rock on... I am a sport, but far from sports! :)

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      momsfunny 6 years ago

      I like balls, any kind of balls, throw me a ball.

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      Jimmie Lanley 6 years ago from Memphis, TN, USA

      I'm not a sports fan, but I know a good lens when I see one.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      How wonderful that you have family member models, love it! It looks like you have something available for every sports lover, nicely done!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      love the High School soccer pic.

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      MikeEssex 6 years ago

      Great idea, with lots of different examples. It helps that you split everything up in to different sports accordingly.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Very creative lens, covers a lot of sports and gift ideas! Thanks!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 6 years ago from United States

      Adorable pictures! Thank you for your gift suggestions. I never know what to give a sports fan that will truly be a hit.

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      June Campbell 6 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      My favorite sports are kayaking, golf and Tai Chi. I don't know if Tai Chi is a sport, though. I'm lensrolling you to my gift for golfers lens.ge

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      MagpieNest 6 years ago

      We're thinking of getting our boys a football (soccer) goal set for Christmas. And we live very near a golf course so it would be convenient if they like golf! Great gift ideas here.

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      norma-holt 6 years ago

      Lovely personal story and nicely featured products. Love the children, they look like they come from good stock, which is obvious. Featured this lens on Snowy-Mountains.

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      Senora M 6 years ago

      I don't really have a favorite sport, but my in-laws love them all!! My family loves soccer.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Everything really except basketball, that's when i get a good nap in.

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      hotbrain 6 years ago from Tacoma, WA

      Great lens! I don't come from a sports loving family, but I'm beginning to enjoy watching football :)

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      Linda Jo Martin 6 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      You're making Christmas shopping easy this year!

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      ZazzleEnchante 6 years ago

      Good collection of gifts for my favorite sports - soccer, baseball, basketball!

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      lemonsqueezy lm 6 years ago

      Right now we are into hockey, but football is popular too. Lots of great ideas here. Thanks for sharing!

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      SofiaMann 6 years ago

      I like tennis. Nice lens.

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      rwoman 6 years ago

      I like it, the family photos are nice touches!

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      Anthony Godinho 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      This is a great collection of gifts for sports fans! I have a few favourite sports: ice hockey, soccer and cricket.

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      Mary Beth Granger 6 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Lots of great ideas here. As you probably know or have guessed my favorite sport is baseball:) Blessed by a SquidAngel

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      Indigo Janson 6 years ago from UK

      I hadn't seen this one before, what a great idea, there are so many sports fans out there and you make it easy to find the perfect sports themed gift for them! Personally I like snowsports.

      I enjoyed the personal touches you added and the story about your son's wish to join the football team. Of course here in the UK what you call 'soccer' is what we call 'football'. Your 'football' we call 'American football'. :)

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      Wednesday-Elf 6 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      @DecoratingEvents: Hi Mandee. My Black & Gold loyalties are for "Mizzou" - University of Missouri - where I worked for years!. I envy you having seen so many baseball parks! I'd love to see Wrigley Field as I follow the Cubs all the time :-).

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      DecoratingEvents 6 years ago

      Hey Wednesday! I live with a Purdue University graduate that bleeds black and gold! LOL He loves all things Purdue and has a bit of everything (including a piece of the old gym floor at Mackey Arena when they put a new one down).

      As far as baseball stadiums go, I have personal been to the old Riverside Stadium in Cincinnati (Reds), the old King Dome (Mariners) in Seattle, Petco Park (Padres) in San Deigo, The old Comiskey Park (White Sox) in Chicago and Busch Stadium in St. Louis(Cardinals).

      You better get going girl! You need to catch up with me! LOL

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      WindyWintersHubs 7 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      My hubby is a big sports nut (help me) and my children participated in lots of events and sports in school. As adults they are into golf. I know a lot about sports but I'm not a big fan. I don't mind seeing the odd event in person or on TV. I played softball and skied when I was younger. I have tried all types of sports: lessons and adventures. Help! I would rather walk and go sightseeing! Have a wonderful summer! :)

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      June Campbell 7 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      Great lens, and I'm delighted to see the Vancouver Olympics playing a role.

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      LoKackl 7 years ago

      During football season my favorite sport is football. During basketball season I enjoy the Celtics, especially. I loved baseball when I was growing up and the feel of being around the park was just wonderful. It hasn't carried into adult enjoyment though. I think because like getting half my nourishment from the ambiance in a restaurant, I get the thrill of baseball by smelling and feeling it. Nice lens.

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      oztoo lm 7 years ago

      I'm afraid I have never been into sports much. Love the lens though.5*

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      sukkran trichy 7 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      i love cricket. but this lens gives me some info about baseball. i would love to know more about it. thanks for sharing. 5*

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 7 years ago from Templeton, CA

      I'm a walker -- don't really go for team sports or spectator sports, but I loved that picture of Jacob with the bat.. Looks like that picture on something Zazzle or Cafe Press would tempt a lot of people to buy something. He is so special!

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      WhiteOak50 7 years ago

      You did a really good job putting this lens together! Very useful for sports fans!!

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      luvmyludwig lm 7 years ago

      Football and Baseball are my favs. Go Dawgs and Go Braves!

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      Holley Web 7 years ago

      Football!! No, Baseball!!! Oh shoot... ALL BALL!! Will that work? :)

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      julieannbrady 7 years ago

      Football! Go Jaguars!

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      Kathy McGraw 7 years ago from California

      My favorite sport is baseball.....and I too used to have a dream of going to all the Major fields.