Hit a home run with your sports fa­natic friends

The Morning Call (Sunday) - - ULTIMATE HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE - By Chris­ten A. John­son

Sports sea­sons come and go, but a love for the game is ev­er­last­ing. So what do you get for the sports fa­natic in your life when game tick­ets and jer­seys just won’t cut it? Here are some ideas that are sure to be a slam dunk with your sports fan.


Ditch the tra­di­tional per­for­mance­brand, ny­lon duf­fle bag, and give the gift of fit­ness fash­ion. The mo­ti­va­tional mes­sage across the side, sub­tle-yet-no­tice­able color, and comfy, cot­ton straps will have him or her set­ting trends on the team. $26, bando.com Help your be­gin­ner or in­ter­me­di­ate skiers make a state­ment on the slopes in these Jean­Michel Basquiat-in­spired skis. The elab­o­rate and art­ful top, paired with the blood-red base, will give ski bun­nies the con­fi­dence to go beyond the bunny slopes. $2,500 at bomberski.com



This of­fi­cial-size, gen­uine-leather foot­ball by Leather Head Sports is al­most too beau­ti­ful to touch. Foot­ball fa­nat­ics will go crazy over this gem, es­pe­cially if gifted in an acrylic ball case for dis­play. $175, leather­head­sports.com


Whether a run­ner or weightlifter, Nike’s Flyknit Train­ers will have ath­letes in your life — and their feet — thank­ing you long af­ter the bru­tal workout has ended. $150, mr­porter.com


Morn­ing cof­fee, af­ter­noon hot choco­late and post-din­ner ice cream just got way more com­pet­i­tive. Kids will have such a fun time with these ceramic sports mugs, par­ents may just let them play with their food. $25, un­com­mon­goods.com


Too afraid to watch your loved one sky­dive or BASE jump in per­son? The GoPro Hero7 will cap­ture ev­ery­thing you want to see but can’t bear to watch live. $399.99, shop.gopro.com

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