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While the pandemic has taken away mass gatherings, holiday office parties parties, well-structured sports seasons, summer nights at Citi Field, and countless other luxuries, the gift of giving this holiday season lives on.
Here are some ideas on what to get the New York sports fan in your life.
But first, let’s get one thing out of the way:
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- A wide variety of official Mets face masks.
- A wide variety of official Yankees face masks.
- A wide variety of official Knicks face masks.
- A wide variety of official Nets face masks.
- A wide variety of official Jets face masks.
- A wide variety of official Giants face masks.
For the appreciative Mets fan...
Of course, not every Mets fan can own the ball Mookie Wilson hit through Bill Buckner’s legs in Game 6 of the 1986 World Series. For some, an offseason of big-time signings might top any kind of actual gift.
But for those who lean toward the tangible, Etsy has a great collection of prints, cards, and autographed memorabilia of and by the great late Tom Seaver.
This autographed photo is a good place to start for $169.
- Bill Madden’s “Tom Seaver: A Terrific Life.” ($22.18)
- David Wright’s recently released memoir, “The Captain.” ($19.99)
- Bartolo Colon’s recently released memoir, “Big Sexy: In His Own Words.” (Currently only $7)
- Any of these books about the 1969 Miracle Mets.
- A Shake Shack gift card, to enjoy that familiar feeling of waiting in line for two innings at the in-stadium store when fans are finally allowed back at Citi Field.
For the Yankees fan who misses their ballpark…
For the Yankees fan suffering from Yankee Stadium Withdrawal Syndrome (not an official diagnosis), there’s a small way to bring The Stadium to them. Blue Point Brewing sells its Pinstripe Pilsner by the six-pack ($10.99) (or by the keg) -- and it doesn’t cost $12 per beer like it does at the ballpark.
- SNY’s Andy Martino’s new book, “Cheated: The Inside Story of the Astros Scandal and a Colorful History of Sign Stealing,” is available for pre-order on Amazon. ($26.95)
- For the optimistic fan, single-game tickets for the 2021 season.
For the forward-thinking Jets fan…
Jets fans have had a rough go of late, but there’s reason to believe the long-term answer to the franchise’s problems is on the horizon in the form of a 6-foot-6 quarterback named Trevor Lawrence.
Should the Jets finish with the No. 1 pick, they’ll be in line to pick the Clemson quarterback during the 2021 NFL Draft.
Between now and the draft, you can ring in the occasion with any of these countdown clocks.
- An ugly Jets Christmas sweater. (A few starting around $50)
- The classic Jets airplane logo hat.
- A Rex Ryan bobblehead, for old time’s sake.
- Any of these vintage Jets items from the Mr. Throwback.
For the playoff-ready Giants fan…
The Giants are looking to win the NFC East and make the postseason. If they can hold on to their spot, they’ll be hosting a team in the first round of the playoffs in early January. Your favorite Giants fan will be forced to watch the game at home. Why not bankroll the food situation for this viewing party with a gift card to Uber Eats, Postmates or GrubHub?
- A Daniel Jones or Saquon Barkley jersey.
- This framed plaque of the Helmet Catch. ($29.95)
- Tom Brady’s “The TB12 Method,” which, at $20, might just be worth a gag gift.
For the toe-tapping Knicks fan...
Unfortunately, the Knicks won’t actually be hanging a banner at Madison Square Garden for not trading for Russell Westbrook or John Wall, which makes a replica of such a banner as a gift out of the question.
Patience seems to be a virtue for these new Knicks, so, in the meantime, buy the long-suffering Knicks fan in your life some nostalgia in book form.
Author Paul Knepper’s book, “The Knicks of the Nineties: Ewing, Oakley, Starks and the Brawlers That Almost Won It All,” is available on Amazon ($35), and ESPN’s Chris Herring has a 1990s Knicks book coming out in early 2021, as well.
- A Knicks shot glass set ($24.99 for the pair), in case this season gets ugly fast.
- Stance brand Knicks socks.
For the original Nets fan…
Do you know a lifelong Nets fan whose loyalty might finally be vindicated this season? Are they looking to differentiate themselves from the new fans, who weren’t around for the days of Vince Carter, Kenny Anderson or Derrick Coleman? If so, the Nets have a good selection of retro gear for the people who still think East Rutherford when they hear Nets.
- This Durant-Irving NBA Jam-themed t-shirt from Slam Magazine. ($36)
For every New York sports fan …
The reality of the current sports scene is that many live events with fans will be out of the question for the foreseeable future. As such, now could be the time to upgrade your in-home viewing experience.