Some holiday gift ideas for the sports fanatic on your Christmas shopping list

By Doug Halberstadt
Sports Columnist

Today is Dec. 1. Why is that significant for a sports columnist? It means we are down to three weeks until Christmas, and it’s time to take a look at some gifts for the sports fan on your shopping list.

New sports equipment is always a welcome gift. What true sports enthusiast wouldn’t want a new (insert ball of your choice here) or perhaps your fan would prefer a new hockey stick or a faster pair of skates.

If they’re not opposed to waiting a few months to use their gift, how about wrapping up a new 9-iron or putter? You could also surprise him/her with the latest technology in tennis racquets.

If they simply can’t wait until the weather warms up, the Nintendo Wii system has some pretty cool games, including golf, tennis, baseball and bowling. They even have a fishing game. If Wii is not your cup of tea, there’s a ton of other video games simulating every sport known to man. I think there’s probably even Madden Badminton 2010 out there someplace.

For the fan who is more suited to watching sports, rather than participating, I’d recommend a high-definition, big-screen television. Not only your fan, but also it’s a fairly safe bet the entire family will enjoy watching sports in extreme clarity on one of those babies.

For the more budget-conscious, there’s a huge variety of great books and/or videos about anything and everything to do with sports. Another great gift that isn’t a budget-buster is a subscription to a sports magazine. I’ve always enjoyed receiving those in the past.

Tickets to a future game or event make a great gift, especially if your fan is wearing some of their new gear from one of their favorite professional or collegiate teams.

Another cool idea is a gift card to their favorite sports-themed restaurant or the place where they go to watch the games.

I hope that helps to give you a few ideas for the sports fan on your list. Now, get out there and get shopping—you only have three weeks left.

Doug Halberstadt can be reached via e-mail at

From the Dec. 1-7, 2010 issue

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