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Staff Picks: Best Christmas gift for the sports fan in your life

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NFL Gift Box

By Colten Kahler 

The best gift you can get this holiday season for a sports fan in your life is an NFL Gift Box. 

These boxes include all sorts of their favorite team’s memorabilia. There are different boxes for every NFL team to choose from, with jersey, T-shirt and sweatshirt options, all of which feature other accompanying items. Items in this box could include phone cases, puzzles, earrings, keychains and so much more. 

The best part about this NFL Gift Box is that it is a surprise. The only thing you have to choose is the team and if you want the box to include a jerseyif they want a jersey or not. Don’t disappoint this holiday season, and you surely won’t with the NFL Gift Boxes. 

March Madness is a Price Worth Paying

By Matt Lucas

With snowflakes on the verge of falling, marshmallows primed to be dunked into a bath of hot chocolate and bells ringing outside storefronts, let me inform you that if you want to please the sports fan in your life this year, a trip to Louisiana might be where you need to look.

I’m not talking about escaping the cold — though it may aid in your decision-making — I’m talking about tickets to college basketball’s Final Four in New Orleans.

With March Madness being one of the biggest sporting events of the year, a Final Four trip would certainly check a box on many sports fan’s bucket lists. While tickets to the Final Four can be found on SeatGeek starting at $162, it’s a price that I believe is worth paying for a basketball game that will certainly go down in history, no matter who is playing.

Bat Mug

By Mason Klemm 

A christmas gift that is sure to impress the baseball fan in your life is a bat mug.

“What is a bat mug?” you might ask. Well, if you’re not familiar with the TikToks of Lumberlend, this may be new to you. Basically, it’s a mug made from the wood of a Major League Baseball bat, and you can customize it with anything you want. 

While the TikToks highlightinvolve more of trivia and not necessarily the product itself, the authenticity and quality of a bat mug offers a great sipping experience for the baseball-loving coffee or tea drinker in your life. They also offer bottle openers and shot glasses, and there are other sites besides  Lumberlend to purchase them on. 

ESPN+ subscription 

By Jonathan Michel 

If you’re a fan of Bradley sports, chances are you’ve at least heard of the ESPN+ streaming service, where many mid-level colleges like Bradley have their athletic events broadcasted. 

A subscription to the ESPN service is $6.99 a month and $69.99 per year. You can also purchase a bundle that includes Disney+ and Hulu as well, which the family can enjoywatch whenile you’re not watching a six-hour basketball marathon.

Viewers can watch virtually any sport, professional or college, both live and on-demand. If a Thursday night college basketball game between Utah Valley and Texas-Rio Grande Valley is as appealing to you as it is to me, then congratulations; consider your appetite satisfied. 

Tickets and other tangible items are certainly great options but, to quote Cousin Eddie in “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,” ESPN+ “is the gift that keeps on giving the whoooole year.”

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