Holiday Gift Guide: Sports

Wherever your loved ones land on the sports-spectating spectrum—from fair-weather all the way to superfan—just about everyone can find something to enjoy in a live sporting event. They may go so they can loudly question the refs’ judgment, or just so they can get boisterous with good friends and indulge in some guilty-pleasure eats, but chances are, most of the people on your Christmas list will be thrilled by tickets to a sporting event or a Ticketmaster gift card. #TixTheSeason to surprise the sports fan in your life with the thrill of chasing a win and cheering on their favorites.


NCAA Football 

Prep your team spirit and excitement for the upcoming estimated 41 FBS bowl games that arrive around the New Year – like the essential New Year’s Six face-offs, including the Allstate Sugar Bowl, Capital One Orange Bowl, and Goodyear Cotton Bowl to name a few. Staying loyal to your favorite conference and tracking each towards their championships is a great way to stay supportive when the competition gets heated, and to get psyched for Bowl Season. The CFP National Championship is truly at stake every week as players lay it all out to rank and deliver towards getting that precious ring.


NCAA Basketball

There are many highlights worth planning some gift-giving for on the road to March Madness. January brings about special conference face-offs, where the flavors and styles of elite collegiate regions clash in neutral territory. The SEC-Big 12 Challenge is slated for January 26th, when teams like Kansas vs. Kentucky face off with their fierce, storied history behind them on this special day. The NCAA schedule also includes highlights with legendary-fueled tip-offs like Syracuse at Duke on January 14th, and Kentucky at Florida on February 2nd.



Buying gifts for the NFL fan is ideal ahead of the holiday. Give a gift on the early side and start your holiday season early to see if your team makes it to key divisional matchups at the end of the season, and playoffs provide a chance to double down on gamedays for the most passionate fan among your friends or family, especially as the season barrels towards some key rivalries and traditions left in the schedule. Plus, NFL stadiums present huge opportunities for the foodie in your life with local and larger-than-life delicacies inspired by local teams. The NFL offers excitement for all the senses, no matter how large or small a fan your gift recipient may be.



The NHL has its own winter traditions, the principal one being the Winter Classic game; this year the Boston Bruins play the Chicago Blackhawks at Notre Dame Stadium on January 1. February 23 brings the annual Stadium Series matchup, this year with the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Philadelphia Flyers. If you know your gift recipient can’t make either of those dates, take a look at the schedule of your nearest franchise and start planning.  



The NBA owns Christmas Day, now scheduling five star-studded games on December 25. Gifting tickets to these games will take a little advance planning, but the upshot is that it’s a full-on holiday experience (watching LeBron James and Steph Curry should be memorable). But even after December, fans of the Wizards, the Celts, the Heat, and beyond will be fired up to have a game to look forward to if you tuck some tickets in their stocking.


Other Ideas

Of course, buying for a sports fan doesn’t necessarily mean taking him or her to a traditional sports event. The Ring of Honor and New Japanese Pro Wrestling at Madison Square Garden on April 6 promises an adrenaline rush, or you can wrap up a package of earplugs and nestle them in a box with tickets to a Monster Jam monster-truck event—the most fun anyone will ever have watching people deliberately drive as recklessly as possible.


Ticketmaster makes it easy to find the perfect gift for anyone you want to celebrate. Choose from VIP packages, general admission tickets, gift cards (for your pickiest pals). Get ready to #TixTheSeason with some of the most exciting traditions and once-in-a-lifetime events in sports.

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