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.
Avid footballers tend to love their gear. If you're looking for the perfect gift for a footballer or football fan, there is no shortage of gift ideas that will fuel their love of the sport. Maybe their well-loved (but seriously worn-out) football boots need replacing, or perhaps they're eyeing fresh football apparel at the start of a new season.
From tech-infused footballs to fan gear they can wear off the pitch, check out the best Nike football gifts for the footballer (or fan) in your life.
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 sports gear with a Nike football duffel. The Nike Brasilia Duffel, for example, allows a player to haul up to 95 litres of gear (think: football, shinguards, boots, shirts, slides, socks and more). With a zipped bottom compartment, sweaty post-match gear can stay separate from clean items.
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3. Nike hip pack
For the football fan who loves attending matches, a hip pack is a must-have. Nike hip packs come in a range of styles and sizes that are easy to bring into the stadium on game day. With a practical and hands-free way to carry their essentials, fans can focus on cheering.
A footballer who just enjoys a casual game may appreciate this gift, too. For those last-minute kickabout games in the park with friends, footballers can stash their keys, phone, sun cream and other small items in their hip pack and be ready to go.
4. Nike gloves or mitts
The last thing a footballer 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.
If the footballer in your life is a goalie, consider picking out a fresh pair of goalkeeper gloves. Nike goalkeeper gloves are designed to provide optimal grip so goalies are ready to make saves in wet or dry conditions.
5. Nike football sweatshirt
A Nike football sweatshirt takes a player's warm-up or cool-down look to the next level. Moisture-wicking styles they can wear on the pitch make for great gifts. 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 footballer's energy during a casual game in the park or sport their team's shirt at a match, Nike football kits are the ultimate gift for any fan of the sport. With sweat-wicking technology that's designed to keep a player cool and dry, wearing these shirts is about as close as football fans can get to stepping out on the pitch with 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. The Nike Phantom line of boots, for example, is designed to provide high levels of precision and accuracy for drives, passes and shots. Nike Mercurial boots are built for speed and ball control, with a lightweight construction and a grippy surface texture. Finally, Nike Tiempo boots offer comfort and durability, thanks to premium materials (like synthetic leather) in the upper.
Whichever boots you choose, a fresh pair makes a great celebratory gift for a birthday, festive occasion or championship season. To round off the gift, consider a pair of fresh football socks to go with their new boots.
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9. Nike football cap
The perfect pairing for any professional team kit, especially for a football fan 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, anti-slip 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