Birthday Gift Ideas For Dads Who LOVE Sports

Man watching tv cheering for team

Does your dad enjoy showing up to the airport 4 hours early? Perhaps he likes to “sleep in” till 7:30 am on the weekends, just to stand by the porch with his morning cup of joe analyzing the grass?

Does his Sundays consist of watching football and repeatedly telling the whole family that he is doing nothing else that day? Do you find yourself praying that (insert team) wins to reduce the amount of grumpiness the following week?

I’m asking a lot of questions here, but I can sense this man’s persona all the way from here — because we all know the type. We also know that frustratingly, when we ask them what they want for their birthday, they’ll always say “nothing, I have everything”


Luckily for you, Gift-Ideas is here for you to ensure that you have some solid options to choose from for the sports dad who has everything.

Let’s get started!

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#1 gift him the obvious: Tickets to the game

Treat your dad to a live sporting event of his choice. Whether it’s baseball, football, basketball, or any other sport he enjoys, getting him tickets to see his favorite team in action is truly the peak of what being a sports fan is like.

Of course, this one only applies if you live in your team’s city, but if you wanna go all out — you could even plan a bigger trip to travel to whichever city his team is in.

Cheaper Alternative

Take him out to watch the game at a sports bar on your tab!

An audience of sports fans watching an NFL football game in a stadium
(I hope for your sake that he is not a Texans fan)

#2 gift him some team representation with Team Memorabilia

Consider getting him a piece of autographed memorabilia from his favorite team or athlete. It could be a signed jersey, a baseball bat, or a football helmet. Anything game-worn is always a big plus, and can be a great thing for your old man to put on display.

I always recommend getting vintage stuff, from players that are legendary in their franchise – instead of newly drafted kiddos. For example, if your dad was a New York Jets fan you’d want to get him a Namath or Revis jersey, not a Wilson or Gardner one (see, this lady knows her sports!)

Two american football helmets and between them a american football

#3 make it classy with Team Engraved Cufflinks for his birthday

For the classier pops out there, I really recommend getting some subtle team-inspired cufflinks for those more formal occasions.

They can be designed with team logos, miniature sports equipment, or sports-related motifs and is a subtle way to rep your team during events where a jersey might not be appropriate.

#4 help him rep his team even more by gifting him some quality Team Gear

I have learned over the years that there is no such thing as too much sports gear. This is always a big hitter because I guarantee you he does not have every jersey, sock, pajama pant, or hat out there.

I swear they put team logos on any piece of materialistic equipment you can think of. And if you don’t want to go the clothing route, there are sport-themed grill sets, tools, glasses, headphones, board games, or anything else the old man might like.

All professional sports have their own team store that tends to have all sorts of options, and Amazon will often have some slightly cheaper options.

Male football fan cheering for his team

#5 help him improve his own game by gifting some professional Lessons

If you have a dad that is exercising his right to a midlife crisis through golf, tennis, squash, softball, or whatever else – consider paying for some lessons with a professional coach!

These are usually affordable, fun gifts that will not only be a fun experience for your pops – but also make him better at something he loves.

#6 let him learn how it’s done with a Sports Photography Workshop

This is a fun one, especially if your dad is into photography as well. In these classes, he can learn techniques for capturing action shots – which even though he might not use, is just such a fun thing to know about!

Almost all cities have photography workshops that focus on different areas, and Sports is always the most fun. Just google “sports photography workshop near me

#7 a fun and easy gift he’ll love: Team Literature

Almost every franchise has tons of books that cover team history, stories, players, and the fan experience. If your pops enjoy reading, look into his favorites team library, pick whatever is highly rated and I guarantee you he’ll love it.

They’re all over Amazon.

#8 gift him access to his team with a Sports subscription TV service

For example, things like the Sunday Ticket are one of the few ways to watch almost every single NFL game throughout the season. This saves the old man a lot of hassle and he can watch any game at any time!

Other sports also have different sports packages associated, so make sure to check those out as well!

Beer and snacks prepared for watching american football on TV

#9 gift him the most pleasant surprise of a Cameo from his favorite athletes has some great affordable options for a personalized birthday greeting from some of the professional sports’ finest players. They’re always kind and excited to talk to their fans, and it’s super fun to have athletic demigods wish you a happy birthday!

Football player getting tackled during a pass reception

Men’s 50th Birthday Gift Ideas That Can’t Go Wrong!

There you have it! 9 great ideas for his birthday gift that just cannot go wrong.

Picking out the perfect present is always difficult, but I guarantee you that by simply catering a little bit to his interests and putting in the effort, he’ll appreciate it more than he lets on.

Looking for other gift ideas? Check out our library of gifting guides here!

See you around!

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