An article from soccertoday.com:
It is that crazy time of year again. What to get your favorite soccer player, coach or fan? Whether you play or enjoy being an armchair coach, or call it football or soccer, here are the ULTIMATE BEST EVER gifts for fans of the beautiful game.
Editor’s Note: This is my annual guide with our editor’s picks of the best gifts for this holiday season!
The most wonderful time of the year is even better now with SoccerToday’s Soccer Lovers BEST EVER Holiday 2018 Gift Guide.
Love a soccer player? Relax this year, soccer fans can delight in a great selection of possible presents — celebrating Christmas, Chanukah or just the spirit of giving is now easier.
Check out our carefully creative list to help you brings smiles to soccer fans of all ages. Just click on the image to see where you can buy the item.
The items on this list are exclusively selected by our editors.
Cap Culture Heaven
The joy of wearing a cap has never been so wonderful as it is this holiday season with a choice of great styles and colors. Here are a few of the more stylish picks from MLS (LAFC’s “Icon” earns the top spot) plus the best from U.S. Soccer and International teams:
*LAFC New Era Black Icon 59FIFTY Fitted cap is $44.99 or there is the similar Mitchell & Ness Black Logo Snapback Adjustable version on sale for $23.00.
The Best Improve Your Fitness Gift
Created by a professional soccer player for soccer players, Kris Barr’s simple, flexible and ingenious Penalty Box is on sale for $21.97 ($31.95 with bag).
Barr studied Exercise Science in college, became a certified trainer, and believes that the Penalty Box will transform your body.
Star-Kick Touch Trainer
A fun gift, this helps increase foot-eye coordination in both feet and improve passing, control, rhythm, and touch. With 360º swivel power, it is a great gift to build confidence and improve passing.
YOU ARE THE REF 300 Footballing Conundrums
Keith Hackett and Paul Trevillion’s new book You Are The Ref 300 has 300 of the best and most tricky footballing dilemmas — giving soccer lovers an insight into the unpredictable challenges a referee can face and the tough decisions he or she has to make.
KICK LIKE A GIRL Shorts
It is all about: Dream. Believe. Achieve. Great slogans for every player but these cool shorts are designed for girls!
Manchester City Christmas Crackers
Back again on our list: Manchester City Christmas Crackers – 6 Pack. Fabulous English Christmas tradition, Christmas Crackers are fun for the whole family. Each cracker contains a trivia question, small gift, and a paper hat.
And, double check the Manchester City website. Great travel bags, baby plate, bowl and cup, and even a PS4 Controller Skin for your soccer-loving gamer.
Blusol Heat Shield Insert
Ok — so it may not be blisteringly hot of the soccer fields right now, but we all know that it will be. Invented by U.S. Soccer Technical Adviser Rob Becerra, Blusol is an adhesive insert applied directly to the insole of any cleat.
The former Stanford coach who now heads up the Girls program at Surf SC knows how hot the field gets and has solved the problem with temperature regulating technology. Blusol reduces the heat that is normally transferred from the turf to the athlete’s foot. For $29.99, this will be a favorite stocking stuffer for your soccer player.
Monopoly – Manchester United Soccer Edition
This special edition of a famous board game has the stars of the Manchester United FC squad as well as iconic locations, from Old Trafford to the AON Training Complex.
Move around the board, buying and selling players and building stands and stadiums. Perfect for the soccer fan, you can then sit back and accumulate a fortune from your football empire, but make sure to avoid taxes, penalties …. Age 8+ Players 2-6
Special edition Monopoly versions are also available for World Cup 2018 Edition if you want to be reminded that the USA (or Italy) didn’t make it.
Nothing is Impossible – Motivational Medal Hanger proudly displays your medals — Made of lightweight high-grade aluminum and holds 16-20 medals.
Want to stay Warm in Seasonal Holiday Green?
One of our favs: Portland Timbers Fanatics Branded Green Primary Logo Pullover Hoodie
Or are you more of an LA Galaxy Zlatan Ibrahimovic Hoodie fan?
The LA Galaxy’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic Navy pullover hoodie is available for men, youths, and women. *Prices may vary depending upon sales.
What could be more sought after than FIFA? From building dream squads to competing against rivals this year’s new FIFA19 takes gaming to a new level.
Chose from the Standard, Champions and Ultimate Editions … available in PS4, Xbox and Nintendo Switch.
14k Yellow Gold 3-D Soccer Ball Charm
Looking for something for the woman who loves soccer or encourages your soccer passion? Fine jewelry is always a great gift at the holidays and here is a 3-D 14-karat yellow gold with fine detailing soccer ball charm — hang on a chain for a soccer lovers’ necklace or add to a charm bracelet!
Professional quality soccer ball with a free app for iOS and Android that allows you to track your ball control and shooting workouts on your phone. It is compatible with iOS 10+ and Android 7 and all TVs. Balls available in a size 4 or 5.
There are even 75+ interactive workouts and 30-day programs with clear video instructions. And, coaches have told us that this ball really does help players improve their soccer skills while having a lot of fun challenging themselves. We have tested this ball and like it a lot! *There is an optional $15 charge for an upgraded stand that fits all phones.