Sport Gifts for Men
by Kelly S. Croslis
Birthday for Dad, Husband or Boyfriend? The stores are flooded with the best sports paraphernalia "you can find anywhere." Each team, player and sport is promoted - but what about the extras? What could make the ultimate present, yet last long?
The possibilities are endless -
Tailgating is one of the favorites, so why not outfit him with the ultimate tailgating package? Purchase a portable grill, charcoal and grilling tools. Include a large cooler stocked with all the essentials, plates, napkins, and cups. To make a true tailgate party, include things from his favorite team, maybe a flag, chair, and fleece blanket for the cold mornings in the parking lot.
Tailgating, however, is not for football only. NASCAR fans make a whole weekend out of it; nothing is done half-way. For the racing dad, plan a weekend trip. Rent a motor home and "camp" on the infield for the weekend, enjoying every second of the racing experience. Find a flag with the favorite driver's number and set up your home away from home.
Even with these ideas, however, that someone will always be left out in the cold. For some, sports on the water are their thing - why not find the perfect fishing trip and add a new rod and reel. While some only enjoy sports during the winter, or sports that are played indoors. For winter sports lovers, plan early. Since the camps for pro football begin in August, put together a package for a trip to see his favorite team prepare for the upcoming season. Many offer times during the day for autographs and pictures with the players. Fantasy camps are also a wonderful idea and are becoming more popular. Being able to attend Spring Training with a favorite baseball team is a once in a life time opportunity and will offer a lifetime of stories to share of when he "played" in the big leagues.
While some men like to watch sports, there are others who enjoying coaching even more. Find ways to make their job easier, offer to find classes to further their interest and help the team, or just for their own knowledge. Gather the team together and plan a cook-out to honor the "head of the team."
No matter the sport, the season, or interest there are many ways to celebrate - and avoid the old shirt and tie gift.
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Kelly S. Croslis is a Kelly S. Croslis and stay-at-home mom to 3 active teenage girls. She uses much of what she learned and experienced in her 20 years of military life and raising her girls. Kelly is a columnist for several Online magazines and Freelances for her local newspaper. She lives with her husband and 3 girls in Pennsylvania.