Best Gifts For Sports Fanatics

The perfect sports gift for any budget.

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JACKSONVILLE, FL - DECEMBER 12: A fan of the Oakland Raiders cheers during the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field on December 12, 2010 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
MLB Schedule Watch: With this watch, the die-hard baseball fan in your life will never again wonder what time the game is. In fact, the watch will play "Take Me Out To The Ball Game" to let you know when it's first pitch. Perfect for: The MLB fan who asks 50 times a season when the game starts. Find it:
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Zamboni ride: You can't go to a hockey game without thinking, 'Who is that guy driving the zamboni?' It could be you. Perfect for: Any hockey fan. Seriously. They'd love it. Find it: Your local hockey team might offer Zamboni rides for a donation to its charity (i.e. Blackhawks or Rangers, $500). If not, check local rinks - some even offer driving lessons.
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Instant NCAA Fan Kit: Just because NBA teams aren't playing doesn't mean NBA fans have to go through a basketball drought. Pick a team, then buy a few key items to transform your NBA fan into an NCAA fanatic (like the West Virginia fans pictured) -- a T-shirt, face paint, maybe a giant foam finger. Perfect for: Your buddy going through basketball withdrawal. By the time March Madness rolls around, they won't even remember how to spell NBA. Find it: Any college campus, or piece together on
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Bucket List Ticket: There are some must-see events every sports fan should attend at some point in this lifetime -- our list includes the Super Bowl, the Rose Bowl, the Kentucky Derby, the Olympics. This gift is simple: Pick one, buy two tickets, invite a friend and go. Perfect for: Anyone who's ever watched a beautiful New Year's Day sun setting over the edge of the Rose Bowl in Pasadena and thought, "I should be there." Find it: <a href=" for tickets to most events. Prices will range from free (infield at the Kentucky Derby) to a small fortune (50-yeard-line at the Super Bowl).
NASCAR Racing Experience: Drive fast and turn left. Seems so simple. The NASCAR Racing Experience lets race fans find out. After some one-on-one instructions, racers spend five minutes pushing the limits of a car once driven by NASCAR legends like Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon. Perfect for: Your friend who watches "Talladega Nights" three times per day. Find it:, $329 and up.
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LG Infinia 65-inch 3D TV: You haven't really watched football until you've seen a running back bust through a hole and run right at you. That's right: Football in 3D. Because that big, beautiful 1080p TV you have is so 2009. Perfect for: The sports fan who loves the latest tech gadgets -- the one who lingers on ESPN 3D every time going through the cable system's channel guide. Find it: Amazon, $2515
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A WSOP Bracelet and a Massive Pile of Cash: OK, you can't buy someone the coveted World Series of Poker bracelet that goes to the tournament's winner each your, or the accompanying mound of cash the winner gets. But, if you're really generous, you can give someone a shot to earn it. An entry into the World Series of Poker, held July 6-17, goes for $10,000. Too rich for your blood? You can buy your friend a seat at a satellite tournament instead. Perfect for: Anyone with pocket aces tattooed on their arm. Find it:, $10,000 for a seat at the main event; satellite tournaments start at just $125.
Stadium Seats: You can own a piece of sports history that doubles as a beautiful furnishing. Perfect for: Someone who doesn’t live close enough to her favorite team, eternally disgruntled Brooklyn Dodgers fans. Find it: Collectible Stadium Seats, Authentic Stadium Seats, Ballpark Seats, starting at $349.
Trading Cards: For a lot of us (guilty) a fat stack of musty smelling cards bearing lousy photos and illegible typeface inspire a flood of nostalgia. Perfect for: Anyone who fondly remember the way stick of Topps bubblegum shattered. Find it: eBay is brimming with new sets, old sets, odd lots, and individual cards at all price points.
Sponsorship of a Player Page: You can place a message and/or link to the stats page for a specific baseball, football, hockey or basketball player. Most of the super famous players are taken or wildly expensive, but there are plenty of lovable scrubs out there. Perfect for: The stat geek in your life. Find it: Sports-Reference, as low as $2.
Books: This season brings NBA legend Jerry West's autobiography, "West by West," "The Best American Sports Writing 2011" and "Wonder Girl," a biography of Babe Didrickson Zaharias, probably the greatest female athlete America has ever known. Perfect for: Any sports fan. Find it: Powell's or Amazon.
Slingbox: Tired of your loved ones complaining about not wanting to go visit Aunt Edna cause she doesn’t have cable and the game's is on? This thing will let you watch anything that's on your TV on your tablet or smartphone. Heck, you can even hook it up to your nanny cam. Perfect for: Anybody who wants to watch anything live. Find it: Slingbox, Best Buyor Amazon, starting at $179, requires an app for your individual mobile devices.
Fathead: What better way to show your fealty to a group of strangers chasing ball than emblazoning your driveway or wall with a gigantic sticker?. Perfect for: Kids, overgrown kids. Find it: Fathead, $99.99.
Game-Used Sports Cuff Links: Finish off a nice French cuff with a link made from an actual piece of equipment used by the pros. Perfect for: Anyone who loves French cuffs and basketball, golf, football and baseball or hockey. tk. Find it: Red Envelope, starting at $79.99.
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