Whether they’re the star striker on weekends or an armchair manager, here are the football gifts I’d happily receive as a kid or adult. You’ll find everything from games, training gear and equipment, retro gifts, novelty items, secret Santa presents, unique surprise experiences and meaningful gifts for the football fan who has everything.
- The 5-a-side player – Mystery Shirt in a box
- Personalised football gifts – football shirt cufflinks
- The reader – Goal!: Intimate portraits and interviews with every living FIFA World CupTM Final scorer
- The gamer/Secret Santa – Superclub board game
- The football fan who has everything – Mystery Football Weekend
Football game gifts
It’s a really fun card game which involves buying and selling players and improving them via training. It’s like a football version of Monopoly. While it’s for 2-6 players, I created my own solo rules for Superclub in case you’re interested.
Subbuteo football game
Ah, the game I wanted as a kid. Before Fifa, there was the legendary fast finger flicking tabletop game. Nowadays, there’s more than just blues vs reds. Other editions include Champions League, England team (both men’s and women’s) and club versions. Here are the top rated Subbuteo’s on Amazon.
Another retro football game, but one that football fans rush to when they see it in the pub. There’s also table top foosball if you’d rather not have a full sized table too. Here are the best selling football tables on Amazon.
Or build your own football table from Lego (or even a football stadium…)
Stiga Football World Champs
Another old school football game to consider.
Secret Santa and stocking filler gifts
Here is a list of my favourite footballs books, whether for the coffee table or bedside table:
- FOOTBALL: Designing the Beautiful Game
- Remarkable Football Grounds: An illustrated guide to the world’s perfect soccer pitches
- The Football Stadium Guide
- Goal!: Intimate portraits and interviews with every living FIFA World CupTM Final scorer
- British Football’s Greatest Grounds: One Hundred Must-See Football Venues
- World Football Club Crests: The Design, Meaning and Symbolism of World Football’s Most Famous Club Badges
- Zonal Marking: The Making of Modern European Football
- The Mixer: The Story of Premier League Tactics, from Route One to False Nines
- The Expected Goals Philosophy: A Game-Changing Way of Analysing Football
*I’m not responsible if this causes even more time spent away from home
Football experience gifts
Mystery Football Weekends
Has your football fan always wanted to watch a match abroad, but don’t want to organise the trip? That’s where Mystery Football Weekends can help. All you have to do is select the dates and departure airport and they’ll take care of the rest.
Something a little closer to home, gift a Wembley Stadium Tour. I’ve been on ten stadium tours around Europe and Wembley’s is one of my favourites (it pains me to say it as a Scotland fan). While it may not have the original history, it’s an impressive stadium nonetheless. The 90 minute tour includes a tour guide where you can visit the dressing room and even go pitch side.
For all other club stadiums, visit Virgin Experiences
Personalised football gifts
Personalised football gifts
Visit Notonthehighstreet for a huge range of football gifts which you can personalise, everything from footballs, art and chocolates. Here are my favourite products:
Football apparel and training gifts
Retro football kit
You can now buy old football shirts (maybe there’s a meaningful season or favourite player who’s retired?) or even get a mystery box which includes unique and obscure kits from around the world.
Last update on 2023-09-30 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API