Gifts that score big

Super ideas for football fans

I’m not a football fan. Don’t get me wrong, Super Bowl Sunday might be one of my favorite days of the year, but it’s only because I celebrate the end of the season.

My dad is a baseball guy, I have no brothers, my high school didn’t have a football team, and I went to Villanova, where basketball was by far the favorite school pastime. So it’s no surprise I turn to other sports to keep me entertained.

I do enjoy a good Super Bowl party. And bringing a football-themed gift to the host instead of a six-pack is something he or she will enjoy long after the final whistle.

When looking for a present, go beyond the licensed jersey or hat, and think outside the box. The following ideas aren’t just great for a party host, but for any football fan, any time of the year.

Even though I hold no allegiance to any team, I have to admit my current favorite comfort is a cozy Oakland Raiders blanket I bought for my husband for Christmas.

What’s your favorite sports-themed possession? Maybe a hat, cup, sweatshirt? Does it bring you good luck? Feel free to comment below.

This week’s picks:

For him: It’s not a party without music. This pro helmet bluetooth speaker is available in most team styles and plays for about eight hours on a full charge. Mini and full-size varieties available. $39.99-$399.99

For her: Sports fans who need to find calm will enjoy this soy candle in a beer can. Nearly 50 scents are available, from beer to Hawaiian Punch. Select pro teams available. $14.99

For kids: Keep kids’ pro dreams alive with comfy football-themed bedding. The 100% organic cotton sheets feature a fun football pattern, while the comforter resembles a football field. Sheet sets $69-$119; comforters $149-$179

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