Sports Christmas Gift Guide: From Portable Chairs to Vodka and Gin | sport
Style and substance
Always distinctive, it’s hard to go wrong with some of the new offerings from PhilosophyFootball.com. Manchester United fans will hesitate, but Liverpool fans will love the limited edition jersey celebrating their 5-0 victory at Old Trafford in October. There is a glorious bicycle-wheel-shaped tribute to Mark Cavendish tying Eddie Merckx’s 34 stage victories in the Tour de France and Emma Raducanu’s US Open victory is also celebrated.
With the Ashes starting this week, greet one of England’s greatest batting cameos, the undefeated Jack Leach at Headingley in 2019 from PunkCricket.com with a delightfully minimalist batting cart wheel.
Cyclists looking to make a fashion statement will find a plethora of brilliant designs at Paria.com. This Yorkshire-based company has teamed up with local designers to create some truly remarkable equipment. Women’s jerseys in particular are eye-catching but also functional, warm and well-designed for a perfect fit.
Gadgets and Equipment
Make the standing viewer an altogether more relaxing experience with the Campster portable chair from Sitpak.com. Inventive and comfortable design, it weighs 940g and folds up into the size of a 1.25 liter bottle. For walking to any game, the Thunder GTX hiking shoes from Hotter.com are a good choice. Sturdy Gore-Tex construction, they are waterproof and durable, yet very comfortable to wear.
Stay warm in plush merino wool leggings and underwear from HellyHansen.com. Providing excellent insulation without being bulky, they wick away moisture and breathe, ideal for any activity. Pair them on the links with something from Soundergolf.com, which strives to bring a new, fashionable take on the sport and their navy socks are a feast for the feet.
If that isn’t enough to keep the cold at bay, the Clapdale sweater from family business Glencroftcountrywear.co.uk is made in Yorkshire with British wool, looks great and is a delight, slim and comfy under a coat. winter. All of this can be accessorized with the Icebreaker Flexi Chute snood from Wiggle.co.uk. Soft and warm, it’s a treat of merino wool for the neck.
If you ride a bike, make sure you get maximum visibility with one of the wonderful jackets from Provizsports.com. Their Reflect 360 CRS Plus looks great, is waterproof and warm but above all completely reflective. Coated with tiny glass beads, the jacket reflects light at night like a must-have luminous beacon. Serious cyclists will also appreciate the well-designed, lightweight but nicely padded Castelli Entrata V gloves from Probikekit.co.uk.
For any activity that requires special attention to the environment, the Aeropex open-ear bone conduction headphones are perfect. The high end for listening on the go, they use conduction through the cheekbones to transmit sound vibrations directly to the inner ear, instead of the atria in the eardrum. The sound quality is superb but above all the wearer is not cut off from external stimuli.
Get in shape and shape
Committing to a New Year’s workout is superbly served by the Vantage M2 multisport watch from Polar.com. The fitness tracker has a sleeker look than many competitors and is a complete package for taking a healthy step forward. With a wrist-based heart rate monitor and built-in GPS, it offers a remarkable range of tracking facilities, including 130 different sport profiles and programs which are detailed on its app.
The GPS and heart rate monitor are solid, and the Fitspark option suggesting personalized activity-based workouts is a great tool. The battery life is also good and makes it an impressive, complete and competitively priced device. Less expensive as an entry point, the Polar Ignite 2 has similar characteristics and the Fitspark system but on a more elegant model. Ideal as a complete option for anyone about to make fitness a priority
Make good use of trackers with proper footwear. For stability and support over a wide range of distances, the Swiss company ON offers exemplary driving with its Cloudstratus trainer. Designed for an easy to medium run, comfort is here with a smooth, easy pace, few bumps, and a sleek, fitted upper.
For performance gains, the 361europe.com Meraki 4 is the latest version of an extremely popular trainer. Versatile, light and responsive, it offers a very smooth and well-cushioned experience. With a dual density midsole, it’s nice on the foot, comfy right out of the box at a very competitive price. Combine the two with the Enertor.com Energy Run socks. Carefully designed, they’re lightweight with an energetic knit band that flexes throughout the walk.
Equally innovative, CXPofficial.com Core Underwear features a multi-panel, deep waistband to distribute pressure evenly, it is lightweight, durable and comfortable to wear. Just like the wonderful Maaree.com Solidarity high impact sports bra. It features a curved fabric band across the upper chest to stabilize upward movement when exercising. It’s a smart idea, designed and built to withstand the rigors of real exercise.
Leggings made from organically grown bamboo from Boody.co.uk are also a wonderful addition to any gym kit. They’re fully durable, with the full-length Active offering a pointed design, while the high-waisted iteration looks great, has a stretchy fit to fit snugly and convenient pockets. They act as an excellent base layer with thermoregulatory and moisture wicking properties and are deliciously soft to the touch.
To get the most out of competition and exercise, Skinscompression.com compression garments look great and have a solid scientific foundation for their design. The Series Three is perfect for mid-level activities, aiding blood circulation and recovery, and boasts a sleek, slim look.
Fun and unique games
For a truly personal gift, Sarah Pennell of Pegboarders.com brings beauty and functionality to her stunning hanging display cabinet boards. Handcrafted and etched from durable birch plywood, they are a striking sight using dowels and shelves for display and storage. Sarah will build any design – soccer trophies, race tracks, indeed any sporting motif of her choice and engrave personal details on it. A real eye-catcher and really stylish, they bring charming life to any wall.
Equally striking is racecutz.co.uk’s Tom White handcrafting beautiful laser-cut car racing tracks from all over the world. They come with stainless steel wall brackets that separate the circuit from the wall, a distinctive and innovative feature. There is also some intriguing art for football fans at Prezzybox.com. Their football field prints are stylistic and graphic representations of championship and league fields. Much like the impressions of the Subbuteo team, a selection of classic lineups rendered as kick figures is a new take.
Celebrate the New Year with Bohemianbrands.co.uk’s selection of football-themed vodka and gin. There is a selection of clubs, alcohol is a premium drink but the bottles, especially the Crystal line, sport glorious glitzy club badges.
Budding young players will have a blast with the Kicker Ball from Smythstoys.com, a smart idea for kids who have not yet upgraded to a full match ball. The light panels are designed to allow players to swerve and lean easily.
Equally fun is the Footy Airflow Ball at Bigpotato.co.uk. Made from modular plastic panels, it folds up and can be taken anywhere for an improvised kick, a great idea.
Finally, for the football-mad kids stuck inside, Johnlewis.com offers Brainbox Football, an entertaining memory game based on the players and the history of English clubs that is easy to understand and fun to play.