Football, the beautiful game and the national obsession. Today’s gift guide is dedicated to football, with some fabulous gift ideas that you could choose if you can’t actually get tickets to the big game (which is WBA v Aston Villa on the 7th December in case you were wondering.)
This guide has gifts for football fans of all ages and some personalised options that will put a smile on the face of any football fan.
A Football Team History Book From In The Book
In The Book sells a wide range of personalised books for both adults and children. For football lovers it has a beautiful hardback personalised football book which traces the history of your favourite club through newspaper stories and headlines over the years, and is right up to date to the 2017/18 season.
The book is high in quality and has both black and white and colour stories. It makes a fascinating read for any football fan, and with over 60 teams available, including Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal, you should be able to find the club of your choice. The book is made even more special by the chance to have a personalised frontispiece with the name, and a message for the recipient.
The books start at £39.99 and are a gift that will last forever.
A Football Water Bottle From It’s Your Story
Another personalised football gift, this one is super cute and practical too. It’s Your Story has created a water bottle that is ideal for school, days out and when playing sport, but the beauty of this bottle is that your child will never get it mixed up with others as it has their face and name all over the front, in the guise of a goalkeeper. It is brilliant!
The bottle is made of aluminum and can come in silver or white. There is also the choice of two lids, both a plastic flip-top lid and a screw-top lid with a fob attachment. The bottle is tough and durable so will be hard wearing and long lasting.
The bottle costs £15 and would make a great stocking filler for a football fan.
World At Your Feet By Rob Parker
A beautifully illustrated story book with fabulous illustrations by Lawreta, ‘World at your Feet’ is a story about football that puts your child right into the heart of the action. Written in rhyme, the story takes 16 of the world’s most iconic goals and makes them yours.
Famous goals scored by the likes of Pele, Diego Maradona and Dennis Bergkamp are among those that are now rendered in rhyme as part of this enchanting story.
This is a lovely book that will make the perfect bedtime story to be enjoyed by both parents and children.
ONE WORLD FUTBOL™
Footballs that are forever going flat must be one of the banes of a parents life, but the One World Football may well be the answer to this age old problem. It was conceived by inventor Tim Jahnigen and developed with his friend and world-renowned entertainer and ardent football fan, Sting, the One World FutbolTM is durable, unpoppable and will never need to be pumped up as it never goes flat, making it ideal to play just about anywhere.
Every purchase is with purpose as a donation of 5% of the price is donated to support play projects and organizations working with children in disadvantaged communities worldwide, where play is scarce or non-existent.
The cost is £35, which is pretty impressive for a ball that will last forever.
Beautiful Gifts From Art of Football
Four Four Two magazine described Art of Football as “…where the beautiful game comes to life”. Famous moments in football, the games iconic players and legends from both the past and the present are brought to life in the form of incredible artwork that is then produced on sweatshirts, t-shirts and art prints,
In this wonderful World Cup year, when England restored some long lost pride to the game for their long suffering supporters, there are designs dedicated to the Three Lions, including a Gareth Southgate Man of the year t-shirt and print. More poignant is the print dedicated to the legendary Cyrille Regis, who we lost in 2018.
Paul Smith at Selfridges
Selfridges has a good range of Christmas items that fall into the football category this year, but my key picks are from iconic British designer Paul Smith. Cufflinks and ties with a football print will appeal to the most stylish of football fans when they find them in their stocking.