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 choose 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 Moreen Ali, the rising English all-rounder. They are going to have a great time reading stories about their favourite cricket players.
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. It is a home for cricket scores, fixtures, news, features and statistics. It is published annually in the United Kingdom. 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! It is heart wrenching, heart warming and life affirming 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. It is a must have for a 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. These are perfectly designed for age groups of 7-11 and 12-16 and they contain a wide variety of progressive drills to help young cricket like warming up, batting, bowling, fielding, wicket games, conditioning and cooling down.
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. It contains questions on all aspects of the game. And is useful for enhancing the knowledge regarding the game of sport.
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. It is a quite educational game. 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 and can also be played at any time and anywhere. A ticket to an Odi will be equally beautiful as well.
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 marvellous. A ticket to an ODI (One day International) will also be equally beautiful. It is going to fill excitement and enthusiasm in the heart of the cricket lover.
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. DVD and Cd’s can be found online as well as offline and they make an awesome gift as the stimulate the memories of the recipient.
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 them with such a pair and add to his enjoyment of key action during a match. These help in giving comfort to the eyes as they improve the vision of the viewer and the viewer is able to enjoy his vision in a better manner.
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. The T-shirts are a tribute for the cricket lovers. These can be found easily and are quite reasonably priced too.
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. It could be a T-shirt with a photo of their favourite cricket player. It is a must have for a cricket fan.
You can buy authentic wristbands of the person’s favourite cricket team and present it to him. You just need to find out which time they religiously follow. That will give him a pleasant surprise. He can wear it and show his support to his team that he loves. 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 and will be happy and cheerful to receive it as a gift and will leave him feeling quite satisfied too.
It is even a better idea of a gift. 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 at purpose or have them on display at home to decorate their display panel. It is definitely a collectible and is going to bring back a lot of memories. It is quite reasonably priced too and will bring a smile on the recipient’s face.
As we know, every cricket lover ought to look at his best, which is when a tie comes in a handy. When your dear one dresses formally, he would love to wear a suit and matching neck tie. Neck ties symbolize honor and nobility. All you need to do is that present a tie related to cricket to him. 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 which is unique. Tie pins are also an essential accessory with neck ties, which is why they are easy to present.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. And also it conveys your love as is.
Aging an accessory to complete the cricket lover’s look for the after event party, cuff links can save your day. This is an easy pick for the ones who take their game seriously and love playing cricket in their free time. 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 large variety of handmade pieces is also available which adds a unique sense in style and is definitely a hit gift to give someone.
A cricket set makes a perfect gift as it is ideal for the beach, park or even for the back garden. You should choose a perfect size for the recipient that is it should neither be too big nor too small for the recipient. Several guides are available for help. You can easily find them in a store in the market and it is the most useful gift anyone could ever ask for. It is a beautiful thing and every cricket fan should have at least one set.
A personalised Coffee cup:
Everybody loves a coffee mug, so your cricket fan friend is no different. 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.
Cricket Ball shrink bottle
These bottles are made of silicone and are very light in weight, also they are handy and can be carried easily with you. These are better than plastic bottles and are a gift for the planet too. The very best part about them is that they can easily be shrinked and thus are super comfortable to carry around. It can be a cool style statement for your batsman friend. It is the best gift someone can ask for.
Autobiography of their favourite cricketer
It would be a brilliant idea to give a book having autobiography of their favourite batsman. It will have their life journey, their struggles and achievements and it will make the perfect gift for your loved one to ask for.
Cricket card game
That’s not all, you can personally take out time and plan to give your cricket fan friend a set of cricket card game which is sure to make him feel special. Every cricket lover had their own set of cards in their childhood. It is a great idea to rekindle their memories of childhood by gifting them a set of cards which they can use for playing games with friends and family . You can never go wrong with this idea of a gift.
Magnetic fridge clips/stickers:
Magnetic fridge clips/stickers make interesting gifts to present to a cricket fan who drinks, breathes and eats cricket. It is always a great feeling when you hold the clips in your hand. This is a perfect collectible for a cricket lover as it sums up all their emotions It will also help in keeping a schedule of the matches on the fridge. 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
If you want your cricket fan friend to go all smiles, all you got to do is find his favourite player and get a ball autographed and then present it to make their day more special. 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. Try choosing a good quality bat with a rare and authentic signature of their favourite batsman. The item could be the one autographed by his favourite player.
Thematic Key chains:
Key chains are for cricket lovers. 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 and are an interesting gift to present to your cricket fan friend. Your friend or relative is sure to always carry it around with him. The key chains are always special for anyone who is a fan of cricket. It could have a ball or bat attached to it.
Cricket Wall decal
Home is where we generally catch a match with our friends and family. Why not we make the living area show love for cricket. The wall decal can be designed in a manner to show the love for cricket.
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. Cricket badges let us show humour and affiliation. There could not be anything better than a set of two round shaped personalized pin badges. He would love to flaunt the badge when ever he goes out with fiends or family for fancy dinners and this gift will leave him smiling from ear to ear.
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. It is moderately priced and is valuable for a cricket lover.
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. Many bats even have a personalised message engraved on them.
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. It provides a protective gear and ensures safety, coverage and comfort. It is quire reasonably priced as well. Moreover, if your friend loves playing the match as much as watching it a helmet is going to make a perfect gift for them as it acts as a guard as well. And ensures safety while playing.
If you don’t like to buy a bat or a helmet, you could go in for a pair of special padded gloves. Gloves are a component in the bat and ball games sportswear and are quite important in the game. Your friend could use it effectively when he goes out to bat for his team or serve as a wicket keeper. By maintaining a good grip it will be easier for your friend to win the game and will increase the results on their plates. You can shop from a range of cricket gloves available online or from a store located nearby to you. These are a must have for every cricket fan. And you can do the needful by gifting them these. Hence, this gift will be highly appreciated.
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. They feature the most respected players and teams. You can explore from a variety of options that are available in the market a well as online and they are the best deal to make. Just try to make sure he does not already have the piece you plan to buy. It is a great way of expressing love and affection to your loved one.
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 and get to learn about history and architecture and ven the current events at sight. 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 Worrall trophy, and Gavaskar-Border trophy and so on? Trophies are generally for celebrating the top performers so they are going to give a sense of achievement to your friend too.
Fire 7 Tablets from Amazon
Choosing a right gift for your loved one always takes time and effort. This is a large screen tablet having an amazing display and has up to 8 hours of battery life with 1GB of RAM and is also WI FI enabled. 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 and has a VGA front faced camera and 16 Gb of internal storage. It will also keep the fan updated with cricket scores and provide enthralling music on the go which will make the and it everyday easier. It is available easily and is perfectly priced with amazing features in hand.
This is a perfect worth the money gift to give to your loved one. 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. They have good battery life and are quite handy with an easy charging option. These are quite impressive as the sound quality is nice as well. Your cricket loving buddy would spend hours enjoying the great sound quality of the live cricket commentary even when he is on the move. He can even listen to some of his favourite music tracks.
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 as it has many potential benefits. The View Quest Blighty model is a good choice to make for as a gift for your loved one. Your dear one can also listen to joyful Christmas music when no matches are on. It is a perfect gift as you can store it easily as well.
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.