True story: when I was 16, I asked my dad to get me a car for Christmas. Unfortunately, a car was out of his price range, so he got me an electric blanket instead (while still suggesting that a car was a possibility, up until the moment I opened the box). It was the worst Christmas ever.
Sports fans and gift givers, take heed. This experience could have been avoided had I just given my dad a range of different gift ideas, with prices both high and low. To that note, if making a wish list or asking for suggestions isn’t your specialty, and you’d like to avoid your own electric blanket horror story, we’ve got you covered!
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It’s The Thought (Under $25)
As a kid, getting clothes for a gift was the worst. But as an apartment-dwelling adult, anything that keeps you out of the laundry room is more than welcome. So, whether that sports fan in your life is an actual NASCAR fan or just an admirer of Ricky Bobby, this Chase Authentics Tony Stewart Americana T-Shirt is worth every penny ($21.95). At the very least, it’s one more day that he doesn’t have to search for quarters.
NASCAR isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but what about NFL cheerleaders in bikinis? Decades of instant access to the Internet may have ruined his ability to appreciate the art form that is the swimsuit calendar. But at the very least, he can pretend it’s still 1996 and support his favorite team at the same time. Take a gander at the San Francisco 49ers Official Gold Rush Cheerleaders 2012 Swimsuit Wall Calendar, a steal at $15.99.
Now, let’s say that fan on your list thinks NASCAR isn’t a sport. And the idea of a calendar might make him feel bad about spending too much alone time. The best remedy is to support the court out on the course and grab a gift by the balls… literally. He can get his PGA on NBA-style with a Miami Heat 3-Pack Team Logo Golf Balls. At only $12.95, it’s so cheap that even NBA owners couldn’t lock it out.