Gift Guide for a Football Fan
If, like me, you know nothing about football, finding the perfect gift for someone who lives and breathes football is a real challenge. I have tried to find out what would make them happy. Here is what I've come up with..
Until recently, my gift picking was more than a little random. I had no clue what to get and invariably my friends would politely express gratitude and appreciation, put it back among the other gifts and resume their electronic gadget game or whatever it was they were doing at the time. This year is going to be different. I set out to learn as much as I could about football fans. This time it is not going to be put in the back of the pile. These are some of the football fan gift ideas I came up with.
First Things First
Jesus said something like: "Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another" (John 13:34). Basically, what this means is that you have to forget about yourself and totally concentrate on your football fan friend. From now on, it is only about him/her. OK, we got the right mind set.
What's so Special about Football Fans?
Here are some characteristics I've noticed about my typical football fan friends:
- A lot of them watch it on TV at home with friends. Junk food such as snacks and maybe chicken wings and alcoholic beverages are involved.
- Many watch it on TV at sports bars. They usually have multiple screens so you can follow several games all at once.
- Some like to watch the games live. Tailgate parties with beer and other alcoholic beverages and grilling take place in stadium parking lots before and occasionally after the games.
- They often have a favorite team. They know, even idolize, all the players, their statistics and history. They wear clothing, hats, jerseys, sunglasses, etc. with the same coloring as their favorite team's uniform.
See if you can tag along to an event. Watch what kind of team apparel they are wearing and what kind of knickknack they have.
What is his or her favorite team?
This is important information. Getting stuff with the wrong team logo is not going to be popular. Here we're just using the New York Giants as an example. Be sure you find out which team to use for your friend.
Watching at Home
The climate in your air conditioned and heated home theater is likely to be dramatically more comfortable than the hot sun, freezing temperatures or driving rain at the stadium. The seats are definitely more comfortable.
At home you have instant commentary, graphics and game stats right at your fingertips.
Some workplaces do not actually shut down when the game is on. If you are one of those unfortunate people who have the work, using a DVR and a TV is one way to get around that. Besides, instant replay allows you to watch each play as many times as you like.
Hook up a few TVs in the same room and you can follow several games at once.
You have complete control over who gets to watch the game with you. Watching the game at home is a great way to fellowship with a dozen of your closest friends gourging on various comfort food items and beverages.
Game Day Party Recipes
- Super Bowl Party Food Recipes
Perfect for your Super Bowl party.
What's your favorite game day snack?
What's your favorite game day snack?
Watching at the Sports Bar
Believe it or not, there are bars catering exclusively to football and/or baseball fans. They go out of their way to give customers what they want, great games, great experience. You can even find them at some stadiums now.
At the bar you can easily follow several games at once, getting instant replays and great commentary.
The bar is probably not cheaper than actual stadium tickets, because you will likely be tempted by a vast selection of delicious snacks and drinks to go with it. You won't have to do a thing. Someone prepared the food for you and someone will come and clean up after you, too.
Watching at the Stadium
As mentioned above, there are lots of good reasons to watch the game at home or at the sports bar.
For some, tailgating is one of those things that makes the stadium experience beat the living room or the bar. Tailgating is essentially a giant picnic in the stadium parking lot before and sometimes after the game.
Nothing beats the crowd, the excitement and noise at the stadium. Some people really enjoy this and are willing to pay the price to get it.
Some of us tolerate getting the family TV commandeered during the game because of the commercials. Some of them are actually quite hilarious. For game fans, however, commercials are unwanted distractions. At the stadium there are no commercials.
Increasingly, stadiums are beginning to bring the living room and sports bar experience to the stadium with big screen TVs. You get the best of both worlds.
Memorabilia and Collectibles
I say don't try to tackle this without expert assistance. It may look pretty or authentic, but it may not be. As the amateurs we both are, stick with basic equipment or consumables anyone will like.