For many of us, Christmas is the time for mince pies, warm fires and a tipple with Christmas dinner.
But for sports lovers, Christmas means more. For them, it’s a time to take their game to the next level with a much-needed upgrade to their kit.
Buying the perfect gift for your sports fan isn’t always easy, so we’ve put together a guide to help. That way, you can find the perfect gift for your sports lover, whether they’re braving the elements on a Christmas run, getting excited about a Boxing Day kick-off, or preparing to tee up on a frost-speckled golf course.
THE GIFT OF RUNNING
Nothing stops a born runner, not even those icy winter mornings.
Give them something they’ll really want on Christmas morning, so they can hit the track in style and burn off all those Yorkshire puddings.
The women’s Accelerate Hi-Viz jacket from New Balance is proof that you don’t have to sacrifice style for functionality. It’s tailored to an athletic fit that hugs your body, offering you a slimline look without compromising on the warmth needed to smash that winter run.
The Accelerate Hi-Viz jacket also features reflective trims for visibility even in the darker months, along with zippered hand pockets for storing accessories — the perfect place to keep some much-needed hand warmers!
There are few Christmas gifts better for a budding athlete than a pair of winter-ready running trainers.
That’s exactly what you get with the Nike Zoom Pegasus 35 Utility. With weather-resistant seams and a G.90 water-repellent upper, these cleverly designed trainers keep feet dry so the wearer can run further and faster.
Worried about those icy mornings? Don’t be. Nike’s Storm Grip technology gives you maximum grip even on slippier surfaces so you can take on winter without fear.
THE GIFT OF FITNESS
All the turkey in the world couldn’t stand a chance against a fitness lover. Come Boxing Day, they’ll be hitting the gym hard, filling the ‘crimbo limbo’ with some new exercise regimes.
With these great gift ideas, you can help them get what they really want for Christmas: a stronger, fitter self.
For training that goes beyond the gym, you need gear that can stand strong against the elements.
Under Armour’s Storm Cyclone Pants do just that. Storm Cyclone gear is built with lightweight, water-resistant materials to keep the wearer warm and dry, even while they’re training outdoors.
The Storm Cyclone pants aren’t just comfortable: they’re hard-wearing, too, made with a durable stretch-woven fabric that’s as tough as it is breathable.
Help them hit the gym ready for 2019 with the stylish Gymana tank top from Reebok. The Gymana is designed to match comfortability with freedom of movement to help your fitness fanatic achieve a new personal best.
Speedwick technology combines with a racerback construction will keep them dry and agile during even the most intense workouts, while the slim fit will have them looking great and feeling confident.
Got a fitness lover close to your heart who likes to make a statement? These High-Rise tights are part of a daring collection from adidas, designed by Stella McCartney.
The unique print and mesh side panels on these high-quality training tights give them the flair they need to stand out, while stretchy Climalite fabric offers the freedom of movement they need to get to the top of the leaderboard.
THE GIFT OF FOOTBALL
For football fans, Christmas is only a small break in a vast and exciting football season. As soon as Boxing Day hits, many fans show their support for their favourite clubs by donning their team colours — and they’ll brave ice and snow to do so.
Get them ready for their next big game with the best football gear so they can proudly show their support wherever they go.
Help your budding superstar dominate the pitch like Barcelona dominate La Liga with the latest Nike Barcelona kids’ squad tracksuit.
This sleek, comfortable tracksuit comes with a zip-up top and slim-fitting tracksuit trousers, finished with the iconic Nike logo and Barcelona FC emblem. Better still, Nike’s signature Dri-FIT technology keeps your football hero dry even when they’re racing down the wings.
With Liverpool vying to top the Premier League this season, it’s never been a more exciting time to support the Reds. And with the new Liverpool home shirts available in kids’ sizes, your budding footballer can feel like they’re walking through those iconic Shankly gates.
Engineered with NB Dry moisture-wicking technology and a breathable mesh back panel, the Liverpool home kit shirt is great in the heat of play, too. So, whether they’re watching in suspense from the stands or tearing up the pitch with their friends, this Liverpool top makes the perfect gift for a dedicated fan.
THE GIFT OF GOLF
Golfers love getting out onto the green whenever they can. The Christmas season is a great excuse to take some time to play with friends and work on their swing without the pressures of work or school on their shoulders.
These fantastic golfer’s gift ideas will help them take two strokes off their swing in time for the Queen’s speech.
Long days on the course require something that’s as comfortable as it is functional. And with this Heather Block polo top from adidas, comfort is the name of the game.
This 3-stripe polo is made with soft, lightweight fabric that wicks away moisture for comfort and breathability. And the heathered upper front body is more than just for show: there’s SPF 50 UV protection woven into the material to keep you protected in the sun so they can wear it every season of the year.
What really stands out about the Nike Roshe golf shoe is its unique sole. Not only is it highly textured for maximum grip but it also has a custom Nike design for superior stability when teeing up for the putt.
On top of the shoe, there’s breathable mesh panelling and the iconic Nike swoosh branding — a hallmark of quality that’s bound to be a winner with your favourite golf fan on Christmas morning.
The best golfers want maximum control of the club whenever they play. The Cool Switch golf glove from Under Armour promises to provide that added level of mastery to each stroke.
The Cool Switch glove features a premium grip system constructed on a soft Cabretta leather and a moisture transport system to keep the hand comfortable. It all adds to a smoother, more controlled game — what more could a golf lover want?
UP YOUR GAME THIS CHRISTMAS
Whatever sports your loved ones are fanatic about, step up your gift game this Christmas by getting something they’ll truly appreciate.
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