The footy-mad person you’re buying for this Christmas has probably been kitted out since the summer, and has a room in the house (at the very least) which is plastered with memorabilia, signed prints and programmes. So what could you possibly buy them? Well, from mementos, fashion and artwork, we’ve done some digging and found loads of amazing and unique gift ideas from some of the Premier League’s big hitters. Here’s the pick of the best...
The Arsenal Shirt - New Edition Book
From the classic strips worn by Charlie George and Liam Brady which oozed Arsenal in red and white slick simplicity, to the JVC and Dreamcast-sponsored efforts either side of the 21st century, the Gunners have always had iconic shirts. And who can forget the 91-93 bruised banana effort which was reimagined last season?
This book profiling the best Arsenal jerseys is a must for every Gooner, with details on each kit and this latest edition boasts one-hundred new pages. Bright and vibrant, just like the north Londoners with Thierry Henry hurtling and slaloming past helpless defenders, this was nominated for Best Illustrated book at the British Sports Book Awards in 2015. Perfect for the coffee table and a peruse.
Leeds United Centenary Jeroboam
Leeds fans have much to celebrate. After returning to the big time in the summer after 16 years of exile, the Yorkshire club are scoring goals for fun under the astute management of the enigmatic Marcelo Bielsa. All of that during a Centenary season deserves a toast.
Supporters can raise a glass or two to Bielsa and the boys with this Centenary Jeroboam which contains three litres of red or white wine (we know which colour Leeds followers will prefer) and comes encased in a custom designed wooden box featuring the crests through the club’s 100-year history. A lovely keepsake from an unforgettable two seasons.
Liverpool Dream Scene Canvas
Liverpool supporters have already had a dream year as Mohamed Salah and Co ended the club’s 30-year wait for a league title in scintillating fashion. Now, for Christmas, fans can enjoy the present glory and past successes (of which there have been many) with this mesmerising Dream Scene canvas.
The Merseyside club commissioned renowned sports artist Jamie Cooper to create a ‘defining image that distilled the essence, spirit, past, present and future of this great club’ and he delivered with Anfield legends Bill Shankly and Bob Paisley joined by Jurgen Klopp in this updated print following the Reds’ triumph.
Manchester City QNET Triumph Blue Watch
This is Manchester City’s time. Having lived in the shadow of fierce rivals United for decades as Sir Alex Ferguson led the Red Devils to countless Premier League titles, two European Cups and a host of domestic cup trophies, the blue half of Manchester reign supreme finishing top dogs four times since 2012.
For any City fans still pinching themselves (seriously, imagine watching Sergio Aguero and Kevin de Bruyne led by Pep Guardiola every week) they can check what time it is (it’s their time still and they’ll enjoy every second) with this brilliantly inspired QNET Triumph Blue watch. The Swiss Quartz timepiece features the club crest, a silver-tone finish and comes in a stylish stainless case. The glass is scratch proof sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating and comes with a black rubber strap.
Manchester United Sunglasses
Part of the official Manchester United Maui Jim collection, these summer specs have been expertly-crafted to ‘celebrate your passion for the game’ and will help the Red Devil in your life ‘see the beauty of the world the same way Manchester United players and coaches do’. Although not sure how beautiful that view is right now!
Coming with a gold frame, it will remind them of the club’s former glories, which is the best they can do following their elimination from the Champions League this week.