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When Sunday Comes - Sporting Father's Day Gifts

Jonathan A Smith

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Father's Day is basically about making dad feel great for a whole Sunday before he goes back to work on Monday to start another year of feeling miserable. And if there's one thing guaranteed to satisfy the average dad, it's sport. In fact, something with a sporting theme has been the mainstay of Father's Day presents for decades, and not without reason. It is, after all, what dads in particular and men in general choose to talk about when they're not talking about women, traffic congestion and what they used to get up to when they were in their prime. And frankly, they don't make very appropriate themes for presents. But finding a great sport-related gift isn't as easy as it sounds. Let this guide help you find the right gift.

The primary question you need to ask yourself is what sport or sports does dad actually follow? There are still plenty of grown men who have not been dragged onto the football bandwagon but remain avid sports fans. Note that football doesn't feature in the old adage that there are only two sports: mountaineering and bullfighting. Then again by this definition he probably isn't a sport fan at all, especially if he's an animal rights protester who lives in Norfolk.

Old sayings aside, we know perfectly well what we mean when we say sport. We're talking golf, football, cricket, motor racing, rugby, boxing, snooker . . . You know, the ones that don't involve crampons or peeved livestock. The events that get his heart racing and can affect the national mood; the games he plays at weekends to a disturbingly poor level but treats as though his life depended upon them.

Once you've established what sports your dad likes, it's time to go online. Sport related Father's Day gifts are not easy to find, but with a little digging you'll start to find a treasure chest or two. Searching for websites that specialise in gifts is a great way to start. You'll be able to find some gems that aren't available in the shops to create a unique, even personalised, gift. Because these presents are not bought off the shelf, you can often have personal messages or your dad's name printed on it at no extra cost, making a gift that's extra personal.

So what kinds of sporty personalised Father's Day Gifts can be found? We can start with things like sporting calendars and mugs containing messages and names spelt out in highly imaginative ways. Then there are the compilations of newspaper articles dating back a century or more featuring not only his favourite sport but often his club or national team, too. Anyone who's interested in the history of his team will find it a fascinating read.

Merchandise with the names of clubs on them can also make great presents. Wallets, pens and keyrings are the kind of gifts that he'll carry with him everywhere and use with the kind of pride only avid team followers can muster.

Perhaps the ultimate sporting Father's Day present is the opportunity to become the next Roman Abramovich - or at least a small version of him. Yes, it's now possible to give the gift of part-ownership in a football club so the recipient can really feel like a part of the sporting fraternity rather than merely a spectator. Winning and losing will suddenly take on whole new meanings.

Invest half an hour of your time and you'll be able to source some amazing Father's Day Gifts.

Written by John Smith co-founder of are one of the UK's leading on-line retailers of Gifts, personalised gifts and Fathers Day Gifts . Their website is packed with over 1,500 gifts for any special occasion.

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