Haven’t had a chance to find the perfect gift for the sports enthusiasts in your family? We’ve spent the past year searching for the best items for the 21st installment of the Only A Game Holiday Gift Guide. Here’s our list, from small stocking-stuffers to items for those with larger budgets.
The Boobzie is a drink koozie in the shape of a rather unnaturally voluptuous woman. Boobzie’s Debbie Clark says the neoprene drink holders are injected with “enhancements” to add to their appeal. The Boobzie is available in a “Sporty Six Pack” and can be used to show support for football, basketball, baseball, soccer, golf, fishing, and motor sports. The company also makes custom Boobzies for those interested in purchasing 500 or more.
For $50, Lisa Williams of the Etsy shop LamandaDesigns will paint a custom portrait on a softball. Lisa taught herself to paint in the round while attending Savannah College of Art and Design, where she was on the softball team. Lisa says the portraits make great coach’s gifts, and she’s often also asked to paint the faces of Major League Ballplayers on baseballs.
This product is made by the same company that makes toasters that will burn the logo of your favorite team onto a piece of bread. The popcorn maker separates into two parts. The bottom section makes the popcorn, and those interested in a smaller portion can eat their popcorn direction from the Cup. The Stanley Cup popcorn maker is new this year, but Jeremy Bartfield says it has already been enjoyed by the President of the United States.
The Graterhead is another new product this year. It’s the brain child of Jeran Dahlquist, who describes his product as “a cheese grater that you wear very much like a Cheesehead.” Jeran says the Graterhead is perfect for Bears fans, or anyone who opposes the Green Bay Packers. Check out Graterhead’s Facebook page for proof that when a Cheesehead and a Graterhead face off, no one gets hurt.
Drew Bledoe’s Doubleback Wine: Currently out of stock
For the football fan with a refined palate, we suggest the viticultural offerings of one Drew Bledsoe, former NFL quarterback. Bledsoe and his wife, Maura, planted their estate vineyard in the Walla Walla Valley in 2007 with the goal of producing “ultra-premium Cabernet Sauvignon.” Bledsoe recently visited Massachusetts, where he played for nine seasons, to lobby against laws that forbid his company from shipping wine to that state.
94Fifty Basketball: $295
The 94Fifty carries a steep price tag for a basketball. But when paired with the free smartphone app, InfoMotion Sports founder and CEO Mike Crowley says the nine sensors inside the ball act like an elite coach available to your child 24/7. The role of “coach” is played by Princeton coach Mitch Henderson. The ball won’t make your kid smarter, but it might give him good enough basketball skills to get into Princeton.
Multi-Sport Backyard Stadium: starting at $30 million
For the Robb Report’s annual Ultimate Gift list, Ryan Sickman and the inventive folks at Populous came up with the ultimate backyard stadium. The venue would feature a fully immerse LED environment. So, at the push of a button your backyard flag football game could move—virtually—from Lambeau Field to Wembley Stadium. The technology isn’t quite ready for market yet, so Sickman says the final price could eventually exceed $30 million.
Helmet Guitars: $150
For the sports fan who’s also a rocker, designer Rich Roland and violinist Joel Derouin have come up with the Helmet Guitar. The fully functional musical instrument features a 2 ½ inch speaker (cleverly hidden in the helmet’s earhole) and a jack for those who wish to plug into an external amplifier. The guitar ships with football shaped guitar picks. Roland and Derouin have already sold out in Vikings purple, but the guitar is still available in the color of pretty much every other NFL team.
The Tailgater Apron: $35
Wondering what to do with your loved one’s old smelly hockey or football jersey? Well, first stick it in the wash, and then send it off to SOCK-cessories, where it will get transformed into a stylish and functional tailgating apron. Linda Dunda and Esther Brooks are two Canadian hockey moms who founded SOCK-cessories as a way to put their sons’ old hockey gear to good use. Now they occasional strong arm their sons into modeling their products.
Zombie Targets: $49.95-$69.95
Nicholas Iannitti of Zombie Industries believes a zombie is the perfect gift for the guy who has everything. The company sells zombie themed targets in a variety of price points, from the economical paper target to the more high-end mutilating or bleeding zombies. Don’t worry. Cleanup is a breeze, Iannitti says, especially if you add on a couple of ZOMBOOM!s and blow your target to smithereens. Iannitti warns that the zombie targets should only be used at shooting ranges or other safe sites for target practice.