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The Best Gifts for Sports Fans

While we can’t promise these gifts will take the sting away after a tough loss, unwrapping a present inspired by a favorite team or sport is always reason to cheer

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What do you get the sports fan who already has everything? More sports stuff, that’s what. But this time around, instead of merely adding another jersey to her closet or supplying his man cave with more coasters, step up your gift-giving game with something that’s a bit more creative from the playbook.

The following roster of sport-specific treats, ranging from functional face coverings to jaw-dropping home appliances, is filled with fun gifts for a birthday, Valentine’s Day or any other occasion when you’re trying to score a few extra points with your ESPN-obsessed partner, colleague or friend. While we can’t promise these trinkets will take the sting away after a tough loss, we know that having your special someone unwrap a present covered in his favorite team logo is always reason to cheer.

1. Sports Team Face Masks

Even in this new normal, it’s wonderful that some companies understand how important individuality still is. One way to make a statement, of course, is with your face covering. This three-pack of masks, available in a host of NBA teams, says everything without uttering a peep. The set’s colorful variety will scream to your loved one’s fandom while the masks’ breathable material and filter pockets will speak to safety and convenience. The durable construction holds up to repeat usage too, and the masks are all machine-washable.

Multiple teams/franchises available at FOCO.com. Our suggestion: pick one up for your next in-person game or just to rep your favorite team while running errands around town.

Note: while these are great masks to wear to protect you from dust, debris and airborne particles, they are not meant to be used in medical settings.

FOCO

FOCO

Buy: FOCO NBA Team Face Masks at $14.99

2. NFL Wireless Earbuds

Yes, you’ve already got a good pair of wireless earbuds. But do you have one with your favorite football team’s logo on it? Didn’t think so. And just because these lightweight wonders from Prime Brands Group aren’t terribly expensive, it doesn’t mean that they don’t pack premium sound or promise sharp, hands-free calls. While the battery is said to last up to 10 hours, when it does need a charge, you can just plop them into the handy portable charging case, that comes included with your purchase. Choose from multiple teams online.

Prime Brands Group

Prime Brands Group

Buy: Prime Brand Group NFL True Wireless… at $39.99

3. NFL Checkers Set

The Queen’s Gambit this isn’t. But then again, this checkers set done with a fun football twist isn’t trying to take itself too seriously. Available in many of the top NFL teams’ colors, this take on the classic game plays out on a football field (with the appropriately shaded boxes, of course) and comes with king pieces done in the shape of helmets.

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Buy: MasterPieces NFL Checkers Board Game at $17.99

4. Dugout Mugs

When it comes time to celebrate a big victory (or drown sorrows after a heartbreaking defeat), the Dugout Mug may be the best way to do it. A baseball bat that’s literally been hollowed out and double-sealed for wood protection, these containers keep drinks at perfect temps (both hot and cold) for the whole game. Laser-engraved signatures of MLB’s top players (like Mike Trout, Mookie Betts and Ronald Acuna Jr.) give the mug a nice, polished finish.

Dugout Mugs

Dugout Mugs

Buy: MLB Dugout Mug at

5. Pet Basketball Toy

If you’re shopping for someone who has a thing for felines and fast breaks, you’re in luck. This multipurpose gadget keeps our four-legged friends occupied with a catnip toy, jingling ball and back scratcher. Two-legged owners will stay entertained because it’ll all be happening on a basketball court with their favorite NBA logo on it.

Pets First

Pets First

Buy: Pets First Cat Basketball Toy at $24.99

6. Stanley Cup Popcorn Maker

The Stanley Cup is one of the most recognizable championship trophies in all of sports. Help the hockey fanatic in your life celebrate the perfect evening snack with a popcorn popper constructed in the exact likeness of the iconic NHL trophy. The machine, which makes up to 128 ounces per batch, includes a removable serving bowl and a measuring cup for spot-on portion sizes.

Pangea Brands

Pangea Brands

Buy: NHL Stanley Cup Popcorn Maker at $79.99

7. NFL Toaster

Your favorite fans might already have an apron or a set of dishcloths splashed in their team’s colors, but if you don’t see branded toast on the counter, their kitchen is still missing something. Available in a host of NFL and MLB likenesses, this sleek appliance seers the logo onto bread, muffins or waffles. It comes with a removable crumb tray, too, ensuring things stay tidy. Talk about your breakfast of champions.

Pangea Brands

Pangea Brands

Buy: NFL Toaster at $53.81

8. Hover Helmets

The secret to this gravity-defying helmet, offered in nearly 80 NFL and NCAA options, is in the electromagnetic field in the upper stand. The half-scale replica helmets don’t just suspend in air, though; with a flick from the finger, they will also spin in space. And if that weren’t enough to get a conversation going during a commercial, the company also a Bluetooth-enabled version that plays music from a football levitating over a football field.

Hover Helmets

Hover Helmets

Buy: Hover Helmet at $119.99

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