OK, it’s that time of year again where we’re all procrastinating buying Christmas presents. I don’t know about you, but I always say I’m going to shop during the year and have it ready and have done nothing. Now I go joyfully fighting the crowds to buy presents … can’t I just whittle something out of a stick? I guess not, those days are over when we don’t hear requests for all the latest and greatest, most expensive things out there. Wasn’t it Dolly Parton who sang about a “Hard Candy Christmas?”
What has this to do with sports you’re asking yourself? Well hang on. They pay me by the word so I have to earn some Christmas bonus here.
What to buy someone that’s not expensive, always fun all year and practical? Sports stuff of course, and here’s a list to get you started.
Basketball – How can you go wrong with a basketball? Pros: They’re very affordable. They’re kind of big so if you wrap it up right someone thinks they’re getting something large and expensive. You can play any season, rain or shine, inside or out. It promotes an active lifestyle, unless you use it to sit on and then you might fall off – I guess that might go under cons?
Cons: The person you get it for might think hey, are you trying to tell me something like I need exercise? People tend to abandon old ones and they deflate with sadness. Who hasn’t seen that deflated basketball by the side of the road looking like an old flat tire, poor thing!
Football – Pretty much the same as above for pros and cons. Remember that old “Brady Bunch” episode where Marsha gets hit in the nose by a football? Well, insert someone who is a sibling of the person you buy the football for … they’re gonna get hit in the nose, I’m just sayin’.
Sweat shirt/pants – Pros: probably a little more than a basketball and a football but still not really pricey. You don’t have to be thoughtful and find out what size the person wears, just buy an XXL and that sucker will fit anybody. Sure it might hang down a little, hey they’ll grow into it. You can get one with a team logo on it, and if you do it right find the team you like and they don’t. For example, they despise the Cowboys but you love them. Buy a Cowboys sweatshirt and when they go I’ll never wear that say, well, I’ll take that off your hands for ya.
Cons: Again when they see the lack of preparation in getting something designer they may feel you didn’t try real hard. They may think you are going to jump to the next level and buy a Muu Muu next.
Well, I could go on and on but you get the idea. It’s not that tough to pick out a sports Christmas gift at all. In fact, it’s one of the easiest things you can get and not expend a lot of brain matter in the process.