Father's Day Gift List: Top Ten Sports-Fan Gifts
This gift list isn't about tickets to sports games or picking out new sporting equipment. Consider, for example, that if your father is a golf fan, he doesn't need drivers, chippers or putters because he probably already has those things. And have you ever tried to pick out a club for a die-hard golfer? It's tough, to say the least. The same thing applies to other sports. In terms of gifting, it's much better to leave the actual equipment to the player and outfit him with accessories. And we're sure you could have come up with the gift idea of tickets to a game on your own.
Ballpark Pens let you give the gift of a baseball stadium - or at least a little piece of it. Each pen is made of wood from the salvaged seats at historic ballparks, obtained during demolition or renovation. They are laser engraved with the name of the stadium, and the years that it was in existence. Available parks are Yankee Stadium ($125), Wrigley Field ($150), Dodger Stadium ($125) or Ebbets Field ($200).
Golf Bag & Ball Cuff Links are made of rhodium plated sterling silver. The front of the cuff link is a golf bag, complete with clubs, while the backing is a golf ball. It's the perfect way for Dad to bring a little fun into his everyday wardrobe. $235.
If Dad is a swimmer or just enjoys relaxing in the pool or at the beach, check out the SwiMP3 Underwater MP3 Player. It combines goggles with a waterproof mp3 player that uses bone conduction technology to play up to 30 songs. $250.
Just because it's summer right now does not mean that we've forgotten about dads that like winter sports. This handmade box is made of vintage hockey sticks. Strangely, each box opens with either a faucet handle or a door knob, rather than wood, but the look of the box is fantastic. $230.
The automatic golf tee perfectly tees a golf ball with just the press of a lever. This makes it ideal for practicing drives because the golfer does not have to get out of position to reset the ball after each swing. It holds 35 balls. $49.95
With the Extreme Action Camera, Dad can record some of his greatest exploits. It attaches to a helmet, handlebar, arm or leg - though we recommend the helmet for dangerous stunts - and is both shock and splash resistant, allowing it to go virtually anywhere. It has 265mb of memory on its SD card, but can be upgraded to 1G, and can connect either to the computer or to the TV for replays. $145.
The Adidas 2006 FIFA World Cup Teamgeist Ball is the official match ball of the games. The panel shape is designed for optimal play and it's a great souvenir if Dad isn't going to any of the matches in person. $130.
Autographed White Sox World Series memorabilia, like a group photo or a baseball, can be a huge hit with a baseball-loving father. It's something he'll get to look at and enjoy every day. Provided he's a White Sox fan, of course. $2,600 (ball is $2,500.
If Dad has any interest in boating - on in toys, for that matter - he'll love this 54 Inch Gas-Powered Remote Controlled Speedboat. It gets up to 40 minutes of running time on a full tank and can reach speeds of up to 35 mph. It's super sleek and requires a lot less maintenance than its full-sized counterparts. $1,500.