The 10 Best Nike Gifts for Footballers
From boots to equipment, the top football gifts from Nike are meant for players at every level. If you're shopping for someone who lives for the game, these gifts won't disappoint.
Whether well-loved (but seriously worn-out) boots need replacing or a new team (and shirts) are on the horizon, avid footballers are the types of athletes always in search of fresh gear.
Of course, this tends to be good news for the gift giver in their lives when holidays, birthdays or championships come around.
From tech-infused balls to gear that channels a favourite style of play, check out the best Nike football gifts for the footballer in your life.
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1. Nike Football
The beauty of football is that it only requires a single piece of equipment to make a match happen: an inflatable ball. Nike footballs are designed with special grooving and textured casing to maximise their grip, control and flight as they soar into the back of the net.
2. Nike Football Duffel
Ensure the footballer in your life has space to carry all of their gear with a Nike football duffel bag. The Nike Brasilia Duffel, for example, can hold up to 95 litres of gear (think: balls, shinguards, boots, shirts, slides and more). With a zipped bottom compartment, sweaty post-match gear can stay separate from clean items on the way home.
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3. Nike Hip Pack
For those last-minute kickabout games in the park with friends, a Nike hip pack is a practical and hands-free way to carry essentials such as keys, a phone and sun cream. Nike offers a range of different hip pack styles, but the 3-litre Nike F.C. hip pack was designed specifically for football enthusiasts.
4. Nike Cold-Weather Gloves or Mitts
The last thing a player wants during a cold-weather match is to fumble a throw-in due to flimsy hand coverings or gloves. Nike gloves and mitts offer textured areas to ensure their grip stays put throughout the game. And they're made from thermal materials and with flexible cuffs for a secure fit.
5. Nike Football Sweatshirt
A Nike football sweatshirt takes a player's warm-up or cool-down look to the next level. Shop styles they can wear on the pitch. Or, for when they're off the pitch and want to show their allegiance to their favourite professional club, check out football hoodies and crew-necks from teams like F.C. Barcelona, Liverpool F.C. and Paris Saint-Germain.
6. Nike Football Pants
Another pre- and post-match essential, Nike football pants are designed with both an athlete's comfort and high-level performance in mind. Opt for a roomy pair that they can comfortably slip on and off over their football shorts.
7. Nike Football Shirt
Whether they want to tap into their favourite player's energy in a park kickabout game or sport their team's shirt at a match, Nike football kits are the ultimate gift for any fan of the game. With sweat-wicking technology that's designed to perform and keep an athlete cool, wearing these shirts is about as close as you can get to stepping out on the pitch alongside the pros.
8. Nike Football Boots
Nike offers football boots and shoes for all kinds of surfaces (artificial grass, firm ground, turf, multi-ground and indoor court), and they come in a variety of colours and designs. A fresh pair makes a great celebratory gift for a birthday, holiday or championship season.
9. Nike Football Cap
The perfect pairing for any professional team kit, especially while watching a midday game in the sun? A cap to match. Sweat-wicking fabric keeps moisture away from the face, while glide closure on the back offers a secure fit.
10. Nike Football Headband
As seen on many pro players, snug-fit headbands can help keep distractions like sweat or flyaway hairs away from the face so players can keep their eyes on the ball. No matter what colour their shirt is, chances are there's a Nike football headband with a hue to match.
Words by Julia Sullivan, ACE-certified CPT