Christmas is a festive occasion celebrated across the world. It is a great time to express our love and affection towards our loved one with apt gifts. It is not always easy to find a gift that will win the admiration and gratitude of the recipient. It should also be something we can afford to buy. If any of your dear ones happen to be lovers of cricket, you can relax. Here are 35 great gift ideas to chose from and impress them.
Life of famous cricketers:
A cricket fan would love to pore through any recently published biography or autobiography of an acclaimed cricket star. Two recent publications to consider are: No Spin: My Autobiography – by the great Australian spinner Shane Warne and Life of Moeen Ali, the rising English all-rounder.
Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack
It is considered the most authentic and authoritative record of the year’s cricketing events and highlights. It is packed with the most relevant and fascinating statistics from across the world of cricket. Any cricket lover will be delighted to receive the latest edition of this valuable Yearbook.
The Night Watchman – from Wisden
This is a quarterly publication from the reputed Wisden house. It offers in each of its edition, a wonderful collection of interesting and thought-provoking articles on cricket, especially the Test matches. These articles are generally written by well known cricket journalists and past cricket stars. Sometimes they publish writings of poets, academic experts, novelists and artists as well!
Wisden Monthly Magazine:
The monthly issue of the respected sports magazine form Wisden carries the best of the cricket action in England and across the world and perceptive articles and analysis by sports columnists. It helps a cricket lover to update his cricketing knowledge with ease. Hence, the gift of a yearly subscription to this magazine will be highly appreciated.
Cricket – Official Code:
This is a small but handy book published officially by the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) of London. MCC is the custodian of the famous Lord’s Cricket Grounds. The book presents all the Laws of Cricket in a concise form. MCC are the owners of Lord’s and custodians of the cricket Laws. It is moderately priced but it is valuable for any cricket lover.
101 Cricket Drills:
This book is meant to be used in coaching youth cricket players. It is one of the coaching books written by Luke Sellers, a seasoned cricket coach. You can gift it to a cricket enthusiast who also carries out coaching of youngsters or to a youth relative who wishes to improve his game. The techniques are well explained and illustrated.
Cricket Quiz Book:
The Test Match Special Quiz Book is a comprehensive quiz book on the long form of cricket. Written by Dan Waddell, cricket lovers can hours of fun and entertainment using the book as a reference for a quiz session on Test cricket.
Cricket Top Trumps:
This is a cricket home based card game. Each card carries the statistics (runs scored, wickets taken etc) about international superstars of cricket. The objective of the game is to compare the statistics on your card’s stats against your opponent’s. The one with the best scores wins the other cards. It can be played by any number of players and the whole family can join in.
Owzthat – Dice Game:
It is a board game and comes with two, octagonal dice. The best thing is any number of players can be involved. You can take an imaginary Ashes Test between England and Australia or a classic India vs. Pakistan match. Young and old can play this game indoors.
A Ticket to an important cricket match:
A cricket lover will be thrilled to receive as a Christmas gift an admission ticket to a big international cricket match. If it’s a test match a season ticket to watch all the 5 days will be simply fabulous. Even a day’s ticket will be appreciated. If it happens to be a Boxing Day Test match between Australia and England it will truly marvelous. A ticket to an ODI (One day International) will also be equally beautiful.
Video/DVD of vintage ODI World Cup matches
Another lovely gift for the cricket enthusiast would be a set of DVD/CDs of historic world cup matches of yester years. It would help the person to re-live the excitement of the great matches of the past.
A Good Pair of Binoculars.
Having a good pair of binoculars is a big help while matching cricket matches in a big stadium or grounds like Eden Gardens in Kolkata. Or the Lord’s in London. A cricket lover will be delighted if you gift with such a pair and add to his enjoyment of key action during a match.
Team shirt or T-shirt:
Any sports fan would love to wear the shirt or T-shirt and show his support for his favourite national or county team. This is true of a diehard cricket fan as well. Thus gifting such a team shirt will be received with joy by your dear one.
Personalized /Customised T-shirt or Shirt:
Another alternative to the Team shirt is the gifting of a personalized cricket related version of a T-shirt tor shirt. You can have a picture of your dear one in cricketing apparel, or a cricket-themed image or slogan printed on the T-shirt.
You can buy authentic wristbands of the person’s favourite cricket team and present it to him. That will give him a pleasant surprise. He can wear it and show his support to his team. You can also think do getting wrist bands that carry slogans like ‘I love cricket’. As an ardent fan, he will be happy to show them off to his friends.
You can think of gifting attractive cricket-themed Coasters to a dear one who is passionate about cricket. These can be engraved or even hand-painted. He may love to use it functionally or have them on display at home.
When your dear one dresses formally he would love to wear a suit and matching neck tie. But he can reveal his love for cricket by wearing a cricket-themed tie. This is exactly what you can gift him this Christmas and win his affection and admiration.
Tie-pins add to elegance wearing a good necktie. I may be possible to find tie-pins that are shaped like a cricket bat or a similar theme. Go ahead and make such an elegant and small abut beautiful gift to make your loved one really happy and cheerful
Finding a set of cricket-themed cuff links and presenting to your cricket loving relative will be a wonderful gesture. He can wear it proudly at a party and be the centre of attraction of like-minded friend.
A personalised Coffee cup:
We all find added pleasure in sipping coffee from an attractive and personalized coffee cup. A cricket lover is no exception. He will be thrilled to be presented with a cup that carries a picture of his holding a cricket bat or the like. You just need to get the right image printed on a plain cup. If it is a thermally sensitive cup, so that the image appears when hot coffee is poured in, it is more thrilling.
Magnetic fridge clips/stickers:
A set of Cricket relevant clips and stickers would be a simple but welcome gift for a relative of yours who is an ardent cricket fan. Even a schedule of upcoming cricket matches could find a place there.
Autographed ball or bat or a replica bat
A wonderful gift idea is to buy an autographed bat, a miniature bat or a ball and pass I ton to your dear one at Christmas time. The item could be the one autographed by his favourite player.
Thematic Key chains:
Personalized key chains with a tiny cricket bat or ball attached can be appealing gifts. These can be set in silver or ivory to make it more valuable. Your friend or relative is sure to always carry it around with him.
A die-hard cricket fan is likely to enjoy wearing silver or gold plated badges with cricket-related engravings. He would pin it on to his suit when going for semi-formal dinners. Thus gifting your relative or friend with a couple of such unique badges will be a great idea.
If the person is a cricket enthusiast who not only watches big matches but also plays the game as a hobby you could surprise him this Christmas by gifting him with a basic cricket kit that has all the key items you need to play the game.
If you feel buying a whole cricket kit is beyond your budget, you could select a fairly good quality cricket bat and present it to your cricket crazy relative. He would definitely appreciate your thoughtful gesture.
If you think buying a cricket bat may look too common, you could go in for a cricketer’s good helmet with a face guard. He would love to do it the next time he goes out to bat for his local team or keep the wickets.
If you don’t like to buy a bat or helmet, you could go in for a pair of special padded gloves. Your friend could use it effectively when he goes out to bat for his team or serve as a wicket keeper.
If you have the time and inclination, it will good to look round and buy a set of cricket memorabilia and present it to your cricket-loving relative who you know enjoys collecting such stuff. Just try to make sure he doesn’t already have the piece you plan to buy.
Tour of the Lord’s:
The Lord’s Cricket Ground. London is considered the Mecca of cricket and a conducted tour of the facilities can be a lifetime experience for a cricket lover. If your friend has not yet experienced this, it would be a great idea to gift him a booking/ticket to do so. He will get to have a look at the dressing rooms. The famous Long rooms, Media centre, the Museum and the stands.
Replica of Cricket trophies:
Which cricket lover wouldn’t love to have and display at his home the miniature replica of famous trophies given away for international or bilateral events like the ICC World Cup, Frank Worrel trophy, and Gavaaakr-Border trophy and so on?
Fire 7 Tablets from Amazon
This is a large screen tablet and has long battery life. It will help cricket fans to watch all the cricket action they like in a very convenient manner. The added attraction is that it comes along with Alexa, the smart assistant developed by Amazon. It will also keep the fan updated with cricket scores and provide enthralling music.
Bose Sound Sport Wireless is a wonderful set of Bluetooth headphones. The sound quality of a Bose equipment is of course well known and unmatched. Your cricket loving buddy would spend hours enjoying the great sound quality of the live cricket commentary even when he is on the move.
Portable DAB radio:
For a cricket lover who enjoys listening to the live coverage of cricket matches, while on the move, the high-quality portable DAB radio makes a wonderful gift. The View Quest Blighty model is a good choice. Your dear one can also listen to joyful Christmas music when no matches are on.
Echo Spot from Amazon:
Amazon Echo Spot is a leading voice assistant available in the market. It carries out amazing tasks like answering all kinds of questions, playing music of your choice, reading out current news and the latest cricket scores of important matches. Who wouldn’t love to receive such a gift at Christmas?
The gift ideas cover a wide variety of items in different price range to suit your pocket. Choose judiciously and provide the prefect surprise to your loved ones who happen to be die- hard cricket lovers. They are sure to be delighted by your thoughtful gift and will always appreciate your loving gesture.