Buying gifts for the football fan can be too easy. Sure, anyone can buy a personalized jersey with "DICKFACE" on the back and become the holiday hero for their friend who roots for the Giants and secretly always loved the nickname he was given when he rushed Sig Ep freshman year. You're not that person, though. You want to give a gift that has a little more thought into it. But sometimes, you don't have time to think. That's where we come in. Here are some gift ideas for the football lover in your life:
Ugly Christmas Sweater
For the liberal, casual football fan, we humbly suggest the ugly Christmas sweater. Think of this gift as an investment. Your educated friend may scoff at wearing such branded apparel now, but in 12 years, the sweater will become a go-to for that friend still trying to be the center of attention at parties by way of absurd outfit. (Seriously, you can pick any team, and designs like the Packers and 49ers look legitimately cool.)
A Nerf football is a timeless classic. Every human being should own one at some point in their life. This would be a great gift for your married friend with football-loving kids, your college roommate or that one friend who really needs to move out of his parents' house. This particular football can be used in the pool and such, but don't be afraid to switch to a vortex.
With the sequel to this documentary scheduled to air this month, it's a great time to revisit and gift The U, one of the most successful (and praised) films from ESPN's 30 for 30 series. Director Billy Corben chronicled the rise of the University of Miami's program in this doc, and it's worth it for the number of characters Corben was able to wrangle for interviews.
League of Denial
For your thinking football fan friend (who maybe hates the NFL a little bit), League of Denial is an incredible piece of journalism and a fascinating read. Mark Fainaru-Wada and Steve Fainaru use their renowned reporting chops to dive deep into the NFL's mishandling and denial of the sport's concussion issue. This book was outstanding.
If you have any better ideas, let us know in the comments.
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