Christmas Gift Guide for Sports Lovers

We are now firmly entrenched in November. Halloween has gone, Bonfire Night is now a distant memory, so we can now firmly turn our thoughts to the most wonderful time of the year, at least in my eyes. Yes, Christmas is now just over a month away, and for some, this might mean that the panic is starting to set in. Because, although some people are very easy to buy a gift for, others can lead to many sleepless nights.

I have been writing a series of posts giving pointers to gift ideas that may be a little different from the norm. This post is some ideas for gifts for sports lovers. This can be an idea for something for those who partake in sports, or those who just enjoy it from the comfort of the stands, or even just get a thrill from watching it on their TV. There is just a football in this post – look out for a full football gift guide coming very soon, but there are other ideas that may just tick the box this Christmas.

A gift for a golf lover

Golf is one of the most popular sports and there are a range of gifts for the golf lover. A really popular and practical choice is a golf sweater. These come in a range of designs, from thin knits using Merino wool, to thicker, more winter friendly designs of lambswool. There are a range of patterns to suit all tastes, or you can opt for a plain version. If you know someone who truly loves their golf, this could be the perfect gift idea.

 

A Gift For a Darts Fan

Now, this could be something obvious, like a dartboard, or a set of personalised darts. But Christmas is the time of major darts tournament, with both the PDC and BDO hosting huge tournaments at the Ally Pally (Alexander Palace) and the Lakeside respectively. Tickets to watch these events could be a much appreciated gift  that is welcomed far more than chocolates or aftershave yet again.

Football…

Season tickets for your favourite teams can be very expensive, but many teams will sell a half season ticket as a Christmas gift idea, obviously this is much more affordable and you still get to see the rest of the season. This might be a good idea for someone who has only ju

st got into football and so may not have thought of getting a season ticket before.

 

If you are interested in woman’s football, the team is currently playing a series of qualifiers for the World Cup. Tickets are so much cheaper than for the National Men’s game, and in every likelihood the game will be better and more exciting. A family ticket could be a great idea for a Christmas gift to a sports loving family.

There are many more Christmas gift ideas that have a sporting theme. These range from novelty socks and slippers, rugby ball shaped washbags, replica retro football shirts and even aftershave that gives you the chance to smell like Beckham and Ronaldo. Whatever you give, the chances are that you will put a smile on someone’s face this December 25th.

‘Parcel for Me’ changing online shopping

If you were asked what is the one thing that puts you off online shopping, what would you say? For me, it is very simple, it has to be the current delivery services offered by online stores and companies.

I will give you a clear example that has happened just this morning. I have had some boots delivered on a next door delivery service. Unfortunately, despite the fact that I will be in for the majority of the day, they have turned up just before 9am – the one period of the day I’m not in due to the school run. The boots are now sitting in a neighbour’s house, a neighbour I don’t actually know too well and hardly ever seems to be. So now my much wanted boots are almost in a kind of quarantine, and this might just remain the case for a few days, until I can track down my ever elusive neighbour. Frustrating isn’t it?

Parcel for Me may well be the answer to this sort of problem. An App which allows you to store all your delivery preferences, from place, time and day, Parcel for Me wants you to get your parcel first time, every time. By connecting the retailers, carriers and consumers the delivery experience becomes more personalised and therefore improved for everyone.

Parcel for Me would certainly help me avoid parcels during the school run, and struggling to get things I have tried to get delivered quickly. The idea is simple and yet so effective and useful. It may well just revolutionise our online shopping experience.

 

Gifts through the post are sorted with Postboxed

We’ve all had a problem when we try to send a gift through the post. We choose the gift carefully, make sure we send it with plenty of time to get there, and also send it recorded so that it arrives safely. And then it happens, the recipient happens to be out on the day the postman arrives, and the gift ends up sitting in on a post office shelf, waiting to be collected. Somehow, that special occasion comes and goes without your gift being there to enjoy. Annoying isn’t it?

But fear not, there is now a wonderful solution that means that you can choose a gift and it will arrive on time, and be posted, even if your loved one is not home. Postboxed offers a service where they choose a specially curated range of gifts that will fit through the letterbox, even when they are gift wrapped. The gifts have been chosen from premium brands and sources, and they have choices that will suit both men, women and children.

The service is really easy to use. First you select your Letterbox Friendly Gift, you can then add a gift-note and delivery date on the shopping cart page. You fill in your recipients’s address and the gift is then sent First Class with the Royal Mail within one business day unless a later date has been requested.

I tried the service choosing a gift for my hubby Pete. I’m a huge fan of Alphabet Bags, loving the wit and humour of the brand, and I knew Pete would appreciate their man’s washbag, but wasn’t sure how this would fit into a box that would slip through the letterbox.

"Exceptionally Handsome" Wash Bag £22 Click to visit Postboxed

“Exceptionally Handsome” Wash Bag £22 Click to visit Postboxed

The gift arrived very quickly, within a day of being sent. I loved the Postboxed vintage style stamp on the box, it makes the present look very retro and cool.

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Inside the box, the gift is beautifully gift wrapped in tissue paper. Being slightly bigger than the box, the bag had been carefully folded, but was easily reshaped once items were added to it.

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With Mother’s Day and Easter both coming up in March, Postboxed is a great way to show a loved one you love them with a very special gift. With gifts from brands such as Azuni London (a Kate Middleton fave), Moleskine, Sloane Stationary and Ted Baker, you will be able to find the perfect gift for even those who are difficult to please. And it will be delivered on time too!

 Aqua Athena Drop Earrings Azuni London £25.00 Click to visit Postboxed

Aqua Athena Drop Earrings
Azuni London
£25.00 Click to visit Postboxed

 Travel Journal Moleskine £13.50 Click to visit Postboxed

Travel Journal
Moleskine
£13.50 Click to visit Postboxed

 Shadow Flora Manicure Set Ted Baker £35.00 Click to visit Postboxed

Shadow Flora Manicure Set
Ted Baker
£35.00 Click to visit Postboxed