Gifts For Football Fans
The holiday season doesn’t have to be difficult, especially if your family members or friends are sports fans. Buying gifts for football fans couldn’t be easier these days thanks to Amazon and there extremely fast shipping. While the NFL has gone overboard with merchandise of all kinds, making the search for football gift ideas somewhat overwhelming, I have handpicked 17 awesome gifts to streamline the process and make things easy. I also added 6 hilarious overpriced gifts worth a laugh a the end.
Online Shopping Tips & Advice
- NFLShop – A lot of people buy merchandise from NFLShop. They are the hub for the latest designs of NFL official merchandise, but they aren’t my top choice for buying sportswear online. I have placed about five or six orders with NFLShop over the years, and my overall experience hasn’t been great. My biggest beef with NFLShop has been watching the quality go down, and the price go up. I have seen the best and worst of this website. In my opinion, the transition from Reebok to Nike was bad for the sports fan. Nike changed the way NFL jersey’s we’re made. They went from a thick material with sewn-on numbers to a Synthetic Fabric sports shirt with pressed on numbers. NFLShop also isn’t great for buying gifts for sports fans in a pinch, their shipping is slow and can’t compete with Amazon’s free shipping.
Other Online Stores for Football Gift Ideas
There are two other large online stores for finding NFL apparel or a gift for a football fan. Both offer promotions that compete with NFLShop, however, a lot of the products they’re selling are Nike made NFLShop type stuff. You might want to check out these stores to compare prices, but overall they are very similar to NFLShop.
- Fanatics – Has a wide range of sports merch for all major leagues. Shopping at this store would allow you to potentially save big if you were looking to get gifts for football fans and fans of other sports, or college football. Fanatics might have some different things than NFLShop, but I would say 80% of their stuff is the same
- Fansedge – Very similar to Fanatics.
Alternative Options (NFL Officially Licensed)
In the last few years, the NFL has allowed third-party companies the right to produce their own clothing lines. This has been a nice alternative. The best part about these companies is there are teamed up with Amazon, which means fast (and sometimes free) shipping. This makes buying gifts for football fans or yourself a quick and easy process. Here are a few I’ve found:
- Amazon Partners: OTS and Ultra Game seem to be third party companies that produce official NFL licensed clothing that sell directly through Amazon. They don’t even bother having their own eCommerce website. At first, I thought this was strange, but I guess there would be no point to sell your clothing from a website if you were accepted into the world’s biggest online store. I don’t have as much experience shopping from these companies, I did buy a hat from OTS, which not only showed up in two days from Amazon’s lightning-fast shipping, but I loved the hat. I found it to be so much nicer than the stuff NewERA is making these days. But that’s just my personal take, a lot of people still like NewERA. In terms of cost, OTS and Ultra Game offer competitive prices.
The following are 17 great Football gift ideas for any true NFL fan.
NFL Socks15 Amazon Reviews
The older you get, the more you appreciate socks and underwear. Amazon has a wide selection of team-specific socks that make a perfect gift for any football fan. I’m not saying you should stop buying the jumbo bag of socks from Costco, I’m saying grab a pair of NFL socks for gameday as a new lucky charm. There are dozens of different types of NFL socks available, from compression socks to ankle socks, all great and inexpensive gifts for football fans.Buy Now
NFL Team Coffee and Travel Mugs125 Amazon Reviews
NFL team specific coffee mugs or travel mugs can be an underrated practical gift that someone will use almost daily. I personally still have my Eagles coffee mug given to me by my wife from three Xmas’s ago. However, I will say that you should pay attention to the size of the mug. Some of these mugs are a little small. If you prefer a big mug, brush up on your measurements for ounces. Quick tip: 16 ounces is 2 cups of coffee. Anything less and your looking at a small cup. Obviously, if you’re buying a gift for a football fan, maybe find out what they prefer.Buy Now
NFL Men’s Mesh Baseball Jersey93 Amazon Reviews
This is a little different. Every diehard football fan likley has at least a couple NFL jeresys, and ever since Nike took over, the cost has gone up and the quality has gone way done. As I mentioned at in the intro, recently the NFL started alowing third party companies the right to create officially licensed NFL apparel and some of them are getting really clever with the opportunity. This NFL baseball jersey is different, and might not be for everyone, but if you’re looking for a gift for a football fan that has everything, this might be it.
For half the cost of a new NFL jersey, you can get an NFL Baseball Jersey. The company that makes them is called Ultra Game, and they seem to be flying off the shelves. They currently only have 7 teams: Broncos, Packers, Patriots, Raiders, Eagles, Steelers and Seahawks, but they are planning to add more soon.Buy Now
Riddell Mini Helmet124 Amazon Reviews
This is a perfect office gift! Riddell mini helmets are great gifts for football fans. If you’re looking for something that provides a realistic depiction of what the players use on the field without it costing hundreds of dollars, consider a mini helmet. They contain special details such as four-point chinstraps and internal padding that really provide a sense of realism when they’re set next to the television while the game’s on, in a bedroom or elsewhere. And, since they’re miniature in size at about 5 inches in height, they can fit in many more places than a full-size helmet could.
Of course, don’t expect the quality of it to be exactly like a real NFL helmet, just smaller, as these gifts are made from lighter, cheaper materials, but the details are more than enough to make it well worth the purchase. In fact, this is a gift that oftentimes seems moderately cool when considering whether it’s worth a purchase, but, after receiving it or being gifted it, it quickly becomes a favorite item due to this attention to detail.Buy Now
NFL Phone Case124 Amazon Reviews
Do you think that the NFL fan in your life would enjoy receiving an NFL phone case as a gift? Of course. Who wouldn’t want to be able to share their pride in their team every time that they pull their phone out? And it’s even better if that phone case is adorned with the description, “Super Bowl Champions,” considering that few teams are able to reach the mountaintop in this sport, even less so for those who have done so in the past few years.
Just make sure that you buy one that fits the phone that it’ll be used for. Fortunately, that shouldn’t prove too difficult as the selection that’s available is extensive. Regardless, note that the one that’s linked to here is of exceptional quality, works for a variety of iPhones and has been reported by many as being especially sturdy and durable. And, as expected, those who have received this as a gift with their favorite team’s logo on it have received several comments on it, both complimentary and of the ribbing nature from those who support rival teams instead.Buy Now
NFL Cornhole Game Set124 Amazon Reviews
What better way is there to have fun and show support for your favorite team than getting a NFL cornhole set? These can be set up anywhere, ranging from a backyard to while tailgating at the team’s stadium. Some of them, including the one linked to here, includes not only team-emblemed boards but also team-emblemed bags. If your friend or family member loves football, then they’re most likely the competitive type and would love to be able to show that competitive spirit while playing this fun game.
Cornhole game sets are also great gifts for football fans because it takes them away from sitting on the couch watching games or playing Madden. This can be a great physical activity to take part in at halftime or if the game gets out of hand one way or the other. However, do note that these boards are meant to stay out of the sun when not being used, and they can deteriorate when wet, so don’t play in rainy or snowy conditions.Buy Now
Belichick: The Making of the Greatest Football Coach of All Time – Hardcover124 Amazon Reviews
Love him or hate him, Bill Belichick is easily the greatest NFL coach of all time. This is a perfect gift for any New England Patriot fan or long time fan of the NFL. I wouldn’t recommend this gift to anyone who is a Falcons fan, or Jets, Bills or Dolphins fan, but if you planning a holiday in the new year, this would be a perfect read on the plane or on a beach somewhere warm. This book dives into his Dad’s great influence on him through his Super Bowl wins, Spygate and the deflated football scandals and everything in between. This 455-page documentary pulls no punches and takes no prisoners.Buy Now
Other NFL Coaches Who Wrote a Book
- Bill Walsh – The Score Takes Care of Itself: My Philosophy of Leadership (Link)
- Tony Dungy- The One Year Uncommon Life Daily Challenge (Link)
- Jen Weter – Play Big: Lessons in Being Limitless from the First Woman to Coach in the NFL (Link)
- Vince Lombardi on Leadership: Life Lessons from a Five-Time NFL Championship Coach (Link)
- Bill Parcells: A Football Life (Link)
- Jon Gruden – Do You Love Football?: Winning with Heart, Passion, and Not Much Sleep (Link)
NFL Classic Varsity Jacket124 Amazon Reviews
An NFL classic varsity jacket makes such a great gift idea for any NFL fan. These can be purchased adorned in the colors and logos of any of the league’s 32 franchises and can be worn year around, during and outside of football season, although they may not be warm enough for those enduring a Green Bay winter. The ones linked to here are made mostly of polyester with some wool and provide a “perfect fit.”Buy Now
NFL Beer Mugs and Glasses124 Amazon Reviews
Many football fans enjoy drinking a frosty one while watching the game. The NFL fan in your life can now do so in an NFL beer glass. Regardless of what’s in this mug, this is a great gift for football fans of all sizes.
Take note that the types of beer mugs that are available are plentiful, from the designs to their sizes. Pick a solid and sturdy NFL Beer mug that won’t be damaged by washing in a dishwasher. Its logo is also especially impressive as it really pops out and grabs the attention of everyone within eyesight. So, if you have a football-loving fan who also enjoys a drink or two, what’s keeping you from getting them one of these with their favorite team’s logo on it?Buy Now
Football Gifts for Kids
NFL Gloves for Kids124 Amazon Reviews
Do you have a young NFL fan who wants to be a wide receiver for their favorite team? Consider getting these so that they can make spetacual catches as they dive into the couch in your TV room or makes catches in the backyard or park with friends and family. These gloves make for perfect gifts for NFL fans as they run towards genuine or imaginary end zones for touchdowns. Before purchasing, however, do ensure that they are not too big for the intended recipient as some were. Generally, around 10 years old is when some have hands that have grown too large to be able to use these. But those who they do fit have reported enjoying them.Buy Now
NFL 3D BRXLZ Building Blocks Helmet124 Amazon Reviews
An NFL 3D BRXLZ building blocks helmet is one of the best football gift ideas for boys. These are great for keeping children and adults engaged as they take the 1,200 or so blocks and create their favorite team’s football helmet. Once completed, it’ll be a great item to show off to other fans of that franchise or simply football fans in general. Note that other football-related things can be built with BRXLZ building blocks as well, including NFL stadiums. Regardless of if you buy BRXLZ building blocks to build a helmet, stadium or something else, do take into account that the pieces are small, especially compared to Lego pieces.
What makes this such a great gift is that it combines the passion for a team with the patience and care that it takes to build something like this. With all of the effort that goes into completing this helmet, that sense of accomplishment will be combined with a feeling of pride in the team whenever it’s looked at. However, before purchasing this, do consider that it is not easy to build. Yes, a sense of accomplishment will result, but it’s also possible that it won’t be built, and the experience will simply end in frustration or boredom. But, for those who are especially diligent and dedicated, few gifts can top this one.Buy Now
Random Cool NFL Gift Ideas
**Bonus: 6 Ridiculously Overpriced NFL Items Worth a Laugh**
This mini-section is worth a laugh. The following are six random NFL items that I found while researching this article that you’d never pay for in a million years. These sellers are definitely out of their minds. It’s worth a laugh, enjoy
NFL Team Classic Sofas
It Would Be Cool If: The whole pattern of the sofa was the team logo, like these little kid pajamas (pic). That would at least be an interesting look.
There are also additional benefits to my suggested busy team logo look, as it could be helpful if you or your friends spilled chili or beer on the sofa; the pattern would be so busy that stains wouldn’t stand out as much. As you’re reading this I guess you imagine I spill a lot of food on myself and have learned this life hack by wearing nothing but Fat-Guy Hawaiian shirts. The truth is no; I’m not disgusting, but I do have kids who spill things regularly.
Surprised By: The fact this sofa exists.
Rather Have: The kid pajamas (link)
6. NFL Team Pool Tables
Has it come to this? Are we just taking random items and slapping an NFL team logo on it? I don’t know about you, but
if when my kids grow up and move out of the house, I’ll be creating an awesome man cave. If I were to ever buy a pool table, I’d get one that’s high quality and decorate the room around it with NFL memorabilia instead. But hey, that’s just me, some people may see this pool table and think it would be perfect for their place.
It is Officially Licensed by National League Football, which means the logos and design aren’t cheap knockoffs and that the NFL has approved it.
It Would Be Cool If: You could pick NFL teams to represent the balls like Raiders are the eight ball, Eagles are the green ball, Steelers are the yellow ball, etc.
I’d Much Rather Have Framed NFL Mini Helmet collection (pic). I used to collect all the NFL helmets. The problem was, in my old place the sun would shine in through the window and the colors started to fade. They don’t look as sharp as they once did. I have the macro-collection, which are a little smaller than the traditional NFL Mini Helmets.
— Mike Rigz (@MikeRigz) September 11, 2014
Dug through my twitter feed and found my collection of NFL team helmets. Kind of cool, right?
- Related link: 6 Man Cave Ideas To Help You Build That Perfect Room
5. Green Bay Packers Tailgate Table
Let me reenact how this will go down:
- You set up your tailgate area and unfold this flimsy 8-foot table with its borderline plastic legs.
- You have a couple of beverages and begin to throw the ball around.
- Your buddy reaches out for a pass (while still holding his beer) stumbles and lands on the table.
- He crashes into the table and bends one of the legs.
- You try to bend it back into place, but the table is permanently wonky.
- Later, you destroy the table in an angry rage. Fire may be involved
Or you’re playing the Bills and turn away for a minute and BillsMafia takes out your table for fun.
San Francisco 49ers Pandora 14kt Gold Football Helmet Charm
What the hell is someone supposed to do with this thing? This is not an Amazon product; this is a product you can buy at NFLShop. In the description it tries to call you out as a poser if you don’t own one:
“Prove you are the #1 San Francisco 49ers fan with this Football Helmet charm from Pandora. Constructed from 14kt gold, this charm features a vibrant San Francisco 49ers logo, so you can add a nice touch of team spirit to any outfit. It’s the perfect accessory to wear to a game or any time you feel like representing your San Francisco 49ers in a classy way. NFL Shop is your source for officially licensed San Francisco 49ers gear.”
What a piece of crap.
2. NFL Team 40-Inch Rectangular Stained Glass Billiard Table Light
Yuck. I’m at a loss for words. I guess if you’re a mega ball winner, and you’re going to get the pool table, you’d have to throw in this tacky stained glass billiard light.
It Would Be Cool If: …I got nothing.
1. NFL Team Guitars
Is it wrong for me to say I want one?!?
This thing is awesome! I would lose my mind if I saw a fan in the Oakland Raiders black hole ripping a solo on this guitar after an Oakland touchdown. I mean, the paint job alone is pretty sweet. In all fairness, I’ve fallen victim to the sex appeal of this item. I’m sure it plays like crap and has like $50 worth of actual guitar parts in it. Still, it’s worth a laugh.
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Thanks for reading 17 Awesome Gifts For Football Fans
Mike is the founding member at Gridiron Experts with over 1000+ articles credited to his name. With over 25 years of fantasy experience, Mike has a very unique style when picking sleepers and gems. He has always had an outside the box look on the NFL and rarely gets sucked into the hype over players or buzzing offenses. Mike has three kids and lives on the West Coast. He’s happily married to a beautiful woman who also loves sports. Sundays are spent with friends and family watching games from opening kickoff to well into the evenings.