Handing Out Some X-mas Gifts
By Nick Mallard
Let’s not mince words here: sports fans are greedy.
We want wins. We want championships. We want to be entertained. We want athletes to stop being human and be superheroes.
It’s why Christmas and any time a gift is to be given is a perfect time to be a sports fan. We want, we want and we want some more.
But picking out the right gift, especially with Christmas fast approaching, isn’t always easy. And for a unique, custom gift, it’s likely already too late.
So if you’re in search of a last-minute offering but can’t bring yourself to give a tie or a bath kit, here are a few ideas that will require an “IOU,” but will thrill the ardent sports fan in your life -- listed by sport for your convenience.
BASEBALL: Know a Red Sox supporter who’s annoyed the team didn’t make a push for slugger Giancarlo Stanton and his big bat? Get them a piece of lumber of their own. Head over to lumberlend.com and order a baseball bat mug. The company makes customized drinkware from the barrel of bats, leading to a 12-ounce mug that’s both eye catching and functional -- even without a MLB license, which means the company can’t use team logos.
They run from $50 to around $75. It’s too late to snag one for this Christmas, but for the baseball fan who has it all, it could be worth the wait.
BASKETBALL: You can’t buy the Boston fan in your life Banner No. 18, but Celtics fans can take to parquet for just under $400 for an unforgettable experience. American Express offers a VIP experience that includes the chance to play on the floor at the TD Garden prior to an upcoming game, as well as a meet and greet with Boston legend Cedric Maxwell and a dinner reception with former Celtic Leon Powe.
Recipients also get a practice jersey to go along with admittance to one of a handful of games for an experience they’ll never forget.
FOOTBALL: Let’s be honest: Patriots fans are pretty spoiled. There’s no shortage of Super Bowl victories or memorable highlights in recent memory. And most New England fans have a plethora of T-shirts or jerseys adorned with the numbers 12, 87, 11, etc. But what they probably don’t have is a wallet lined with a game-used Pats jersey, which is available from uncommongoods.com . Now your friends won’t just be impressed with the stack of currency in your wallet; they’ll be jealous of the chunk of jersey snuggled up alongside it.
HOCKEY: Want a chance to work on your wrist shot and have fun at parties at the same time?
Look into the “Sauce Kit,” a game similar to the currently popular bag-toss cornhole games. Instead of tossing beanbags, you use a stick to shoot a puck onto a small platform and into a net.
Or, for a low-cost option, Kerry Keene’s “Tales from the Boston Bruins Locker Room: A Collection of the Greatest Bruins Stories Ever Told” is a pretty fun read and look into the world of pro hockey.
They’re all unique and memorable gifts that most sports fans would appreciate. And if you happen to buy something listed here and the recipient isn’t impressed, feel free to re-gift it my way.
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