Holiday Gift Ideas for the Sports Fanatic | The Ultimate Guide

If you have a sports fan on your gift list, look no further. You can cross them off in one simple move: by gifting them tickets to a live sporting event. Whether it’s football, basketball, or hockey that puts a smile on your loved one’s face, we’ve got you covered. Here are just a few upcoming matchups to inspire what you put under the tree.

For the Football Fan

If you want to make this the best Christmas ever for the football fanatic in your life, you have plenty of options. Specifically, Houston and Philadelphia residents can make the holidays extra special by grabbing game seats for Christmas Day. The Steelers will go head-to-head with the Texans in the Lone Star State, while the Raiders are scheduled for a matchup with the Eagles in Philly. New Year’s Eve falls on a Sunday this year, so gifting NFL tickets for the Chicago Bears at the Minnesota Vikings or the Arizona Cardinals at the Seattle Seahawks could be a festive treat.

 Pittsburgh Steelers at Houston Texans

 Oakland Raiders at Philadelphia Eagles

 Chicago Bears at Minnesota Vikings

 Arizona Cardinals at Seattle Seahawks

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While we don’t know who will be paired up for the NFL Playoffs, they’re right around the corner and timed perfectly for the gifting season. Now, if you want to go for a G.O.A.T. gift, splurge on Super Bowl LII tickets. Luxe packages include noteworthy seats, NFL alumni appearances, a three-hour VIP pre-game party with live musical performances, high-end eats, and more. This is a gift that’s sure to impress. 

 Super Bowl Single Tickets

 Super Bowl Packages

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If college football is more their thing, give your football fan tickets to a big college event like the  Sugar Bowl, Orange BowlPeach Bowl, or even the College Football Playoff National Championship game.

 2018 Sugar Bowl

 2018 Orange Bowl

2018 Peach Bowl

College Football Playoff National Championship

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For the Basketball Fan

If you like the idea of gifting tickets to a Christmas Day game but your fan is more into 3-pointers than touchdowns, there are several great choices. The Knicks are hosting the 76ers, the Wizards are at the Celtics, the Timberwolves are up against the Lakers, the Cavs are facing off with the Warriors, and Rockets are battling the Thunder on December 25. NBA tickets are a guaranteed way to spread holiday cheer, plus the games are indoors so fans can keep warm while they root for their favorite team.

 76ers at Knicks

 Wizards at Celtics


 Timberwolves at Lakers

Cavaliers at Warriors

 Rockets at Thunder

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For the Hockey Fan

If hockey is more of your sports fan’s speed, score tickets to an Oilers, Penguins, or Bruins game for a gift that’s sure to please. Or, you can take your holiday present to the next level by buying tickets to the NHL Winter Classic in New York or Stadium Series in Annapolis. Featuring a matchup between the Rangers and the Sabres, this year marks the 10th anniversary of the Winter Classic, so it’s a particularly special event. Meanwhile, the Capitals will face-off with the Maple Leafs, the Washington team’s third NHL outdoor game at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.

 Edmonton Oilers Tickets

 Pittsburgh Penguins Tickets

 Boston Bruins Tickets

 2018 NHL Winter Classic

 2018 NHL Stadium Series

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For the Extreme Sports Fan

If you have an adrenaline junkie on your list, access to an extreme sports event will be a sure hit. For the best mash-up of action sports and live music, you can’t go wrong with tickets to X Games Aspen or the Air + Style Festival. But, if your fan loves the drama and excitement of the ring, WWE tickets are a no brainer.

 X Games Aspen

 Air + Style Festival


Ticketmaster Gift Card

What happens if your gift list includes a fan of all sports? Two words: gift card. With a Ticketmaster gift card, your loved one can choose the game of their choice. Problem solved. Get a physical gift card in the mail or download and print a last-minute gift card before the holiday clock runs out. To add some holiday cheer, you can download and print this colorful personalized gifting certificate to go with your tickets.

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