Gifting made easy for every football/soccer fan.
One of the questions I get most this time of the year is “what should I get for my football crazy friend/significant other/Secret Santa”. It’s definitely a tricky one, because with the diversity among us football fans, it’s not an easy task to pick out something that we’d use frequently. You definitely don’t want your Christmas gift becoming an expensive paperweight.
No matter your budget, if your giftee plays football, or is just a fan in general, we’ve got a gift idea that works best for them. Here’s BOOTHYPE’s list of Christmas Gifts for the football fan.
Christmas Gifting Ideas – Football Boots
Starting off with the piece of equipment that launched out site – football boots. The piece of equipment that turns every one – teenager, adult, weekend warrior, into a child when they’re unwrapping it. No matter your budget or your giftee’s preference, we’ve got something for everyone.
Prices quoted are the lower tier models, but may be cheaper on the respective websites as the Christmas sales begin to kick in.
Nike Tiempo Legend 9 – from S$130
Nike Tiempo Legend 9 Elite
I tend to recommend leather boots when it comes to the cheaper models, because leather uppers generally fit most foot shapes over time. This means that you giftee get an comfortable boot in the Legend 9, regardless of which tier of boot you go.
adidas X Speedflow – from S$130
adidas X Speedflow.1
The adidas X Speedflow a leading contender for BOOTHYPE boot of the year and arguably the best “speed boot” (i.e light and makes you feel fast) on the market today. If your giftee is one that loves to go on those lung bursting sprints, you can’t go wrong with the X Speedflow.
Puma Future Z – from S$130
Puma Future Z 1.2
The Puma Future Z is a superb all-rounder that does it all. Its got a nice comfortable fit for everyone, making this one of the best choices for all types of football players regardless of position and playstyle.
Nike Premier 2.0 – from S$165
Old school performace
Nike Premier II FG
No list can be complete without the Nike Premier, which is pretty much our go to recommended boot for anyone who’s not looking to splurge on top grade boots, yet doesn’t want to scrimp on quality. The Nike Premier 2.0 is made of kangaroo leather, which is the best leather for football boots.
It’s durable, soft and shapes to the wearer’s feet quickly, making it one of those boots that can’t go wrong and will show your giftee the level of thought that went into purchase his/her gift.
Christmas Gifting Ideas – Football Kits/Jerseys
With brands all upping their kit game, football kits these days are now functional on pitch and stylish off it. Here, we’ve picked out 5 of our favourite kits that look as good as they feel.
Inter Milan Home 21/22
Inter Milan Home 2021/22
BOOTHYPE writer Nosaj’s personal favourite kit of the season, the Inter Milan home kit has major high fashion vibes and wouldn’t look out of place on the runway. One of the most original football kits in years, Nike have weaved in a gorgeous snake skin design with 2 tones of blue, for a pseudo stripe formation. Bellissima
Bayern Munich 3rd 21/22
The Next Peak
Bayern Munich Third 2021/22
Moving from animal inspiration, to landscape homage, the Bayern Munich 3rd kit pays tribute to its mountainous surroundings. The kit beautifully draws from the mountain panorama of Munich’s surroundings through gorgeous sublimated graphics and hopefully inspires the team to hit even higher peaks with new coach Julian Nagelsmann at the helm.
Barcelona Away 21/22
Barcelona Away 2021/22
We’re going to give huge credit to the Nike design team here. Purple kits are not easy to get right, which is why, outside of a few teams, most teams tend to steer clear of them. The Barcelona away kit knocks the ball
out of the park into goal with this gorgeous pastel purple piece that’s further elevated by a monochrome club crest.
Manchester City Away 21/22
Manchester City Away 2021/22
You’d be forgiven for accusing us of having a slight monochrome bias, but hear us out. Not only do we think the City away kit beautifully blends in that iridiscent effect with the white base, it’s also got a great story behind it.
The kits are more environmentally friendly, consuming less water during production through a special Dope Dye manufacturing process and are also a tribute to the Manchester City’s global charity initiative – Cityzens Giving, which raises awareness through football to helps millions across the world have better access to safe water.
Christmas Gifting Ideas – Goalkeeping Gear
Adidas Predator Gloves – from S$75
adidas Goalkeeper Gloves Predator
Similar to their on feet counterparts, the adidas Predator series GK gloves come with Demonskin rubber “spikes” to give you a stronger punch and strike fear in your recipients opponents on pitch.
Just like most specialised equipment, we recommend using dedicated goalkeeper glove cleaners to wash them, as normal soap can run the risk of removing the grippy layer from the gloves itself. These cleaners sanitise and keep the gloves clean and fresh for the next victory.
Finger Protection Tape
We all love a spectacular finger-tip save from a goalkeeper at full stretch. What that also means is that keepers have an elevated risk of finger injuries. That’s where your finger tape gift comes in handy as it provides an added layer of protection for their money makers.
Christmas Gifting Ideas – Training Kits
Football isn’t just about the match day experience, there’s also the hard training behind the scenes to ensure that one is in tip top condition once match day hits. Here’s our favourite training gear.
Nike Aeroswift training top
Best Training Top
Nike Aeroswift Training Top
When it comes to dri-fit clothing, there’s one that’s just way ahead of the competition in both quality, function… but also price. Since its introduction in 2016, the Aeroswift (now called Dri-Fit ADV or Vaporknit) has consistently been the most comfortable training top, while being extremely breathable without feeling like it weighs you down when it gets soaked from a hard training session.
Definitely one that will be appreciated by all athletes, and especially the footballers out there!
Compression Tights (Bottom)
Once seen as an extravagance, tights have grown into an essential part of an athlete’s gear, due to its compression attributes helping to enhance performance and reduce injury. Whether it’s the longer tights for extra protection from turf burns, or just the shorter ones to help prevent abrasions everyone who engages in sports would love one.
Locked In Fully
There are socks, and there are socks. Undoubtedly, the best grip socks on the market today for us are the Falke, Liiteguard and Trusox. The former two have excellent compression which eliminates that pesky bunching of material when slipping into tighter boots, while the latter is the undisputed champion when it comes to grip elements which prevent any slippage in the boots.
Christmas Gifting Ideas – Football Accessories
Wrapping up the list, we’ve also picked up some accessories which works for just about everyone, from your semi-pro 11-a side player, to your average weekend futsal warrior.
Massage guns are the rage these days and for good reason. They’re a useful piece of equipment that helps replicate some of the perks that professional footballers get, i.e a dedicated masseuse to help them knead out those pesky knots.
For the rest of us, weekly visits to sports massages might not be the most economically viable, so these massage guns help to target those tighter areas and break up those scarred muscle tissue.
Player GPS Tracker
Track your statistics
GPS Player Tracking
For those with fancys of being a pro footballer, the GPS Trackers is probably top on their list. Used by many professional clubs to track their player’s performance and individual metrics such as top speed, acceleration and distance covered, now even amateur players can feel like a pro too.
Nike Strike Football
Best performing training ball
Nike Strike Football
While we love our elite match balls, let’s face it, they’re often pricey and you run the risk of losing it if you’re playing with strangers. For us, the best takedown ball that gives you a 70-80% feel of an elite match ball has to be the Nike Strike ball. It’s got a nice punchiness to it, without feeling like a balloon when you shoot it.
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