The holidays bring plenty of stress but one aspect of the season should be easy and stress-free is gift giving. Soccer365 has put together our Holiday Gift Guide to make sure you find the perfect gift for every soccer player on your list.
The first question you need to ask is if the person you are buying for is a fan or a player. Does the person on your list eagerly await the weekend and wake up early to catch games in Europe before a nightcap of MLS action or do they train a couple of times per week then play matches on the weekend?
First, we will take a look at the soccer fan on your list.
Official gear is high on the list of every soccer fan. Narrow down the team(s) the recipient follows. Is it a national team or a club team? What domestic leagues do they follow (Premier League, Bundesliga, Major League Soccer, Liga MX, etc)? Or are they a fan of really cool and unusual jerseys from all over the world.
The official team jersey are very popular but for serious fans they may already have one in their collection. Savvy shoppers should consider getting the away or third jersey if available or even consider getting a training jersey. Training jerseys are great options as they stand out in a crowd and are usually priced a little less expensive than the home jersey.
The bigger clubs will also have a selection of training gear from sweatshirts to training suits as well as official soccer balls, scarves, beanies and hats, and more.
With so many national teams and club teams it can be hard to narrow down so to help out we will highlight some of the more popular teams in 2016.
The U.S. national team is hands down the most popular federation jersey. The Stars and Stripes has a great selection with gear for the men’s and women’s team. The Mexico national team with their huge support in the U.S. is the second most popular federation jersey.
Germany, the current World Cup holders, have a classic look that always works well. And with the recently added 4th star and winners badge the jersey has a one-of-a-kind look.
Real Madrid led the way for club teams in 2016 winning their record 11th UEFA Champions League title. Los Merengues boast one of the best known rosters with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, Sergio Ramos et al which keeps the team and their jersey in the spotlight.
But Real Madrid is only the start for a seemingly endless list of club teams. La Liga rivals Barcelona and Atletico Madrid continue to challenge Real in overall jersey sales. The Big 4 of England – Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United still get the job done (off the pitch with jersey sales) and new boy Manchester City is making a statement.
Some fans love to have their jerseys customized BUT be forewarned that customized products entails longer turnaround times so take this into account when ordering if you need to receive it by a specific date.
Next, we will give suggestions on gear for the soccer player on the list.
Soccer cleats are the top of the list for soccer players. These are a great gift but can be hard to buy for others if you don’t know the correct size and can be expensive. If you are going to get a pair of cleats make sure you know the brand the player wears. Players tend to be brand loyal so getting the right pair depends on getting the right brand whether it’s Nike or adidas, Puma or Under Armour or any of the other soccer brands.
Sometimes the best gifts are for items you are need to have but don’t really like to buy. Two items that fall into this category for most players are shinguards and soccer bags or who could forget the must have…soccer balls. Players never want to spend money on shinguards although they are a required piece of equipment. And it doesn’t take long to find a player with a soccer bag that a zipper is broken or that has a frayed strap. And a good supply of balls is critical at any training session.
One popular gift is the You-Build-It-Gift-(Soccer)-Bag. This is when shoppers buy a soccer bag with a ball, training gear, shinguards, and other gear for the player on their list. You can’t go wrong with it.
There are many options but just keep in mind that just like the game of soccer, shopping for the soccer fan/player on your list should be fun.
What gifts have you bought for soccer fans/players on your list in the past? Leave your comments below to help others find the perfect gift.