11 Better Gifts for Sports Fans
By Editorial Staff
Gifting the sports fans in your life used to be as easy as ordering up a magazine subscription that came with a free football phone. While those days are long gone, there are still plenty of ways to defy convention and come up with something a little more inspired than a team jersey. Check out some ideas sure to score points with any sports lover.
1. BAM VINO WINE BOTTLE HOLDER; $39.99
Grab a conversation piece with this wine bottle stand. The bronze-finished statue grips the neck of a bottle like a bat, with a swing—or a swig—pending. The hat can bear the inscription of most any big league team.
Find it: MLB Shop
2. GOLF BALL PERSONALIZER; $22
This nutcracker-esque device will put an end to any discussion over which golf ball belongs to which player. The stainless steel tool stamps up to three initials on a ball using ink and a finishing lacquer coat.
Find it: Restoration Hardware
3. COLLEGIATE TEAM FIRE PITS; $249.99
No matter what your team’s record is, a good backyard fire is always fun. Patina fire pits are assembled and welded with safety in mind; their line of college units features 24-inch diameter bowls with team names and logos etched out and covered in mesh to prevent sparks from escaping.
Find it: Patina Products
4. FIELDER’S CHOICE WALLETS; $125-$155
Hitting both the nostalgia and recycling buttons, Fielder’s Choice curates and transforms old leather baseball gloves into rugged, stylish wallets that come with that familiar broken-in feel. The company also offers leather belts ($120) that blend glove leather with cowhide.
Find it: Fielder’s Choice
5. BALLPARK BLUEPRINTS; $60
In addition to hosting a lot of game-day drama, stadiums are also amazing architectural achievements. Get the details with these 18 by 24-inch schematics that are printed on high-quality stock and ready to frame.
Find it: Ballpark Blueprints
6. HOME PLATE DOORMAT; $22
Shaped like home plate, this weather-resistant coconut fiber mat lets houseguests who bother to wipe their feet feel like they’ve scored every time they come into your home.
Find it: Uncommon Goods
7. LAWN STRYPER; $49.99
Ever wish a suburban yard looked more like a golf course or ballpark, with patterned grass? It’s no longer a pipe dream. The Lawn Stryper is a simple roller attachment for your mower that pushes down on grass blades to create lined, waved, or circular patterns.
Find it: Lawn Stryper
8. ROW ONE TICKET POSTERS; $199
These wall decorations spotlight pivotal college games by reproducing the ticket artwork from the era. The twist? Each one is made from actual game tickets—up to 3000 per poster.
Find it: Row One
9. STANLEY CUP POPCORN MAKER; $99.99
While it may not become a permanent fixture of your kitchen, the official Stanley Cup popcorn popper does fit in nicely with the stainless look. It also pops your snack roughly as quickly as a microwave bag.
Find it: NHL Shop
10. TOKENS AND ICONS CUFFLINKS; $150- $170
You’ve undoubtedly seen sterling-silver sports cufflinks made to resemble baseballs or basketballs, but Tokens and Icons has done them one better: Their links are made from actual game-used equipment, giving them a distinctive and colorful look for the minimalist sports fan in your life.
Find it: Tokens and Icons
11. TICKET STUB DIARY; $120
Sports fans who spend the time and money it takes to see a game up close tend to collect mementos of the occasion. Now they can keep them all in one place with this scrapbook that features clear sleeves for tickets and margin areas so they can jot down the exorbitant price of a hot dog.
Find it: Uncommon Goods