Gift Ideas for the Sport Fan

The 2019 Galway Races in numbers.

Buying a gift for a sports fanatic, there are plenty of options whether they are a spectator or a competitor as well.

Everyone has a sports fan in their life, most of us know someone who stays up to 7am to catch the national rugby team take on Japan, or who knows all the stats for their favourite GAA player or the person who has, or once had when a child, posters of the athletes they most adored plastered around their room, or maybe you are looking for a gift for your boxing, tennis, hockey, golf, rowing, cricket, hurling or camogie coach. These are the sports fans who are passionate, dedicated and not difficult to shop for.  

Sports equipment

For those new to sports, it is sometimes necessary to build up strength. Wall balls are ideal for beginners to build up strength and stamina and are a key accessory for building explosive power by throwing them at the wall or floor. Maybe they need an upgraded camogie or hurling sliotar a new indoor hurley so they can join in play at the sports centre when it rains. 

For those retiring from competitive sport or coaching, a trophy to mark their love of the sport can be displayed at home as a reminder of the high esteem in which they are held. Alternatively, an unusual gift for someone regularly on the links is a gold dipped golf ball. This is also a good gift for those retiring from competitive play, but will still play a course with friends, impressing with a playable golden ball. 

Take a trip

Plan a weekend away and incorporate a sporting event they will love. A trip to Dublin could incorporate a six nations rugby match or perhaps to Tipperary for the Munster Senior Hurling Final in the spiritual home of the GAA, Semple Stadium. The Summer Festival of Horse Racing in Galway sees some of the finest thoroughbreds from not only within Ireland but also from all corners of the world thanks to prizes amounting to EUR2 million. For the non-sporting fans in the party, there are side events at the Summer Festival, such as Ladies Day and the Super Saturday family event that showcases the best of Irish fashion fun and of course craic.

Watch all games live

Games should be watched live for best effect. No one wants to be the person who missed the team’s game-winning goal or any intense moments throughout the match. You can now stream live sports, so all you need to do is find the best fit. You may find that your sports fan has previously dropped hints about this or ask their friends who share the same passion for the game. Fubo TV is the most comprehensive for sports fans, ESPN is affordable, though doesn’t offer the big network games, Hulu Live offers access to a number of live channels, on-demand movies and shows, original content, and sports, including events like the Super Bowl and World Cup which works well if you are looking for a family gift.

Signed memorabilia

In your search for the perfect gift for the sports fan in your life who has everything, a piece of memorabilia related to their favourite sport, team or athlete could be the best gift. This could be a signed Lennox Lewis boxing glove, a personally signed U.S. Open cap by Padraig Harrington or a signed and a framed photograph of former Celtic and Manchester United football player Patrick Timothy “Paddy” Crerand or a signed jersey from a current player in their favourite team.

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