The World Cup may be wrapping up, but you can still keep the football fever going while you do your Christmas shopping. These are five gifts that any football fan in your life will be chuffed to receive.
1. A signed shirt
See if you can get a signed football shirt from one of your recipient’s favourite players – or all the players in their favourite team if you’re really lucky. What could be better than that?
However, to make sure the shirt can really be preserved and cherished, make sure you invest in professional framing. This also allows you to add extra personal touches if you want to. For example, experts at SohoFrames explain that when framing a football shirt, “you may also want to incorporate related items alongside your framed football shirt, such as engraved metal plaques or photographs. Many clients choose to emphasise the jersey’s significance by including a picture of it being worn by the relevant player during a game.”
2. Stadium tour tickets
Most clubs allow fans to tour the stadium and this is bound to be an unforgettable experience for any football fan. Take them behind the scenes where they could see everything from the changing rooms and player’s tunnel, to the manager’s dug-out and maybe even a trophy room. These are some of the best stadium tours in the UK.
3. A football video game
If your football fan is also a keen gamer, why not combine the two? FIFA, the world’s best-selling sports video game franchise, is the go-to football game, but odds are they’ll already have that. So, consider games like Football Manager if you think they’d like to be the big boss, or wackier concepts such as Rocket League (a high-powered football meets vehicular mayhem hybrid) or Behold the Kickmen (a tongue-in-cheek game about football made by someone who has no interest in football). Check out Games Radar’s top 10 football games for inspiration.
4. A foosball table
For something a bit more hands-on, you can’t go wrong with a foosball table. Table football can provide hours of fun and you can also get other friends and family members involved by organising a tournament. If your football fan has a competitive streak, this will be right up their street.
5. A football book
You’ll be spoilt for choice once you start looking for a book for your recipient. From current football stars such as Marcus Rashford and Beth Mead, to legends of the game such as Ian Wright and Gary Neville, many a player has given writing a go. Other options include Fever Pitch by Nick Hornby (an award-winning autobiography centred on Hornby’s relationship with football) or books focusing on the technicalities of football, such as Inverting the Pyramid by Jonathan Wilson.