Your 2017-2018 Guide To The Best Soccer Gifts Online
Whether you're reading this during the holiday season, or just before your best friend's birthday, we know why you're here. You've been racking your brain to figure out what on earth you’re going to get that special soccer fan or player in your life – whether that person is a family member, friend, significant other, coach, teacher, boss, estranged lover or mortal enemy. If only there were some sort of guide to the best soccer gifts online to help you find presents for everyone on your list. Oh wait, there is. This is it.
A good gift-giving tip is to take the recipient's favorite thing (we're going to assume it's soccer since you're here) and find a present to match. Whether you're shopping for a soccer gift for him or her, The18 has got you covered. For 2017-2018, we're putting together a comprehensive set of guides to help you pick out the perfect soccer gift. And, if you missed, check out our No. 1 ranking soccer gift guide from last year. Many of those items would still make a great present this year.
For this guide, we've focused on the best soccer gifts online. After all, as of this writing, Black Friday and Cyber Monday are fast approaching and chances are you’ll be doing some shopping online. Who wants to go outside and fight crowds of human beings when you can browse in your underwear while fighting your cat to get off the dang keyboard for the last time or I swear I’ll kick you to the curb? This soccer gift guide focuses on items easily found and purchased online, preferably with speedy and free shipping. (Amazon Prime anyone?) And because your name probably isn’t Roman Abramovic or Dmitry Rybolovlev, we’ve tried to pick out some pretty decent deals for the soccer shopper on a budget.
Here are the 18 best soccer gifts online for 2017-2018:
Below are the items that made the list. Check out the pictures, details and more that follow.
- PopSockets: Expanding Stand and Grip for Smartphones and Tablets
- Vintage MLS Bobbleheads
- Mini Soccer Stress Balls
- Panini Road To FIFA World Cup Package
- Nerf Dog Soccer Crunch Ball
- Tangle NightBall Glow in the Dark Light Up LED Soccer Ball
- FIFA 18
- PlayStation 4 Slim 1TB Console
- Nike Women's U.S. Jersey
- Goalrilla Striker- Soccer Rebound Trainer
- Fox Soccer Match Pass
- Amazing Hover Ball with Powerful LED Light Size 4
- TeamSnap App Subscription
- Franklin Sports Backyard Foot Golf Set
- Bean Box Subscription
- New Potato Technologies Classic Match Foosball for Ipad
- The18 Soccer Apparel
- FIFA World Cup Tickets
With as much time as everyone spends on their phone these days (shopping for gifts, reading gift-giving guides, checking out The18.com religiously), soccer fans need a good way to grip their device while also showing everyone what their favorite sport is. These PopSockets do just the trick, providing both a handle and a prop stand so you can watch Christian Pulisic highlights hands free.
These little trinkets attach to the back of your phone or tablet and extend to create a handle to more comfortably hold your device. When you're done, you can fold it back up and slip your phone back into your pocket.
Everyone loves a good bobblehead and the folks at the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum (yes, that’s a thing), have a series of Vintage MLS Bobbleheads for all 23 MLS teams. Yes, 23, because even LAFC is available, though it wont ship until May 2018. Expansion clubs Minnesota United and Atlanta United are available.
Each figure features a retro design reminiscent to Fallout bobbleheads minus the radioactive fallout. While the bobbleheads themselves are of vintage design, the uniforms each figurine wears are current. They’re so cool we don’t even mind that MLS wasn’t even around when this style of bobblehead was popular.
Soccer fans go through a lot of emotions during a match. Turning to alcohol is not really a good way to deal with negative sentiments, so help your friends out by buying them a soccer stress ball. The balls can be squeezed, thrown, bounced or kicked to get out all the stress of watching your team lose.
This 12 pack comes with a variety of colors and is cheap enough you can buy some for your entire team and even keep one for yourself.
For the collector fan on your list, this impressive package includes 480 stickers and a 64-page album in which to put them. All the top teams (and some of the bottom teams) are included. This is the only 2018 World Cup sticker pack that will include nations like Italy, the Netherlands and the United States.
Smaller packages with fewer cards are also available for those on a budget. The stickers are surprisingly fun to peel off and place in their respective spots in the album, whether you're 7 or 37.
Don’t forget to buy a gift for your pets too! Fido has had to put up with you waking him up early every weekend to watch soccer, so return the love with a soccer ball made just for him.
Made from weather and water resistant rubber, the dog soccer ball makes squeaking and crunching sounds so now Fido can turn the tables and wake you up early in the morning.
Cats might like it too, but you'd never know because cats will never let you know their true emotions.
As winter approaches the days grow shorter. But less daylight does not mean you have to stop training if you have this light-up ball. With this light-up ball, playing outside doesn’t have to stop when the sun goes down. It can also be used indoors when the lights are off.
It’s not quite regulation size but the receiver of this gift can still work on those all-important technical skills. Make sure your son or daughter becomes the next Christian Pulisic or Alex Morgan with this ball, which comes in three different colors.
This was the #1-selling item on our 2016-2017 soccer gift guide, so get the soccer lover in your life the best-selling gift of last year.
Whether your friend is Team Xbox or Team PlayStation, chances are he or she is Team FIFA and not Team PES. No offense to Pro Evolution Soccer, but all the cool kids are playing FIFA and you can help your friend become cool with this awesome gift. Just make sure you buy it for the right console (and do note digital codes versus physical copies).
This year’s edition features Cristiano Ronaldo on the cover, so you know it’s special. There are Ronaldo deluxe editions available as well for those who are into the FIFA Ultimate Team aspect of the game and want some extra card packs.
While some may complain about buying a new FIFA game every year, the attention to detail (except for Christian Pulisic) is staggering, with thousands of players, teams and stadiums to play out any soccer fantasy you desire.
Act fast during Black Friday to get the game for $35.99.
What if the person you're shopping for doesn't have a PlayStation 4 or Xbox One and you want him or her to be able to play the above FIFA 18 game? The simple answer is to just buy him or her a PlayStation 4. There's a great Black Friday deal going on for the PS4 Slim 1TB Console for $199, which is a fantastic deal. For comparison, the old model PS4 with a 500 GB hard drive (half the memory) is being sold for $299.
PlayStation 4 is the best way to play FIFA 18 and many othe games. Unless you're an Xbox fan boy, in which case you probably vehemently disagree with that statement. Regardless, anyone would be more than happy to receive a PlayStation 4 as a gift, especially in conjunction with FIFA 18 or Pro Evolution Soccer.
For the American fan who wants to root for a team that actually wins at the highest level, look no further than a replica jersey for the U.S. Women’s National Team.
The American women won the 2015 World Cup. The American men failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup. Whose shirt do you think your loved ones would rather receive?
The jersey comes in home white and away black. And yes, the women can wear away black and still win in Trinidad and Tobago.
OK, let's set aside the goofy name of this product and get right down to what makes it so cool. The Goalrilla (we know, it's hard to say without giggling), is one of the best training goals around.
As the non-silly part of the name suggests, this goal rebounds every shot right back to the shot taker, allowing for more time practicing and less time digging the ball out of the net. The durable design means you can pound away shots for hours without having to ever worry about fetching your ball (unless you miss, so don't miss).
What's more, the goal is two-sided, meaning you can use the back to practice volleying or other tasks with the ball again coming right back at you. Place the goal inside a regular-size goal and you can practice aiming for the corners. Or set it up in front of a goal and practice shooting over a wall.
Or, put your friend in goal and laugh as he or she gets hit in the rear end when you score and it bounces back!
One thing every soccer fan wants is the ability to watch more soccer. With the Fox Soccer Match Pass, you can give the gift of Champions League, Bundesliga, FA Cup, MLS, World Cup and more.
The Fox Soccer Match Pass gives users access to dozens of events to be watched on a computer, tablet, phone or TV through streaming devices. And the best part is, you can go over to your friend’s place and watch with them.
Who wants to kick around a round soccer ball when you can kick a hovering soccer ball?! Powered by what we assume is magic (batteries not included), this padded disc glides over any smooth surfaces.
You can kick it just like you would a soccer ball except instead of rolling it glides. LED lights allow you to play in the dark. The foam rim prevents injuring your foot or harming walls or whatever else gets in the way of your fun. Dogs will probably love it too.
Full disclosure, TeamSnap is an advertising partner with The18.com. But even if they weren’t, we’d suggest this app to anyone involved with playing, coaching or running a soccer team.
This app makes being a player or a coach a much easier process, streamlining everything from registration and fees to game and practice times, all rounded out with easy-to-use communications for things such as rainouts and field changes. Obnoxious group texts are a thing of the past with TeamSnap.
This great little gift is useful for soccer players of all ages and skill levels, turning the world’s most inclusive game into the world’s most exclusive game: golf.
But don’t let the name fool you, this can be used in more than just the backyard. Get creative by taking it to the park, bringing it inside or even using it in the office or classroom (with approval). The possibilities are endless.
Living in the United States as a soccer fan can be tough, especially on the weekends when you’re forced to wake up before the sun shines to watch matches in Europe. The solution? Coffee.
Caffeine is vital to stay awake for those early morning matches and a subscription to Bean Box is the perfect way to gift coffee to a loved one. The monthly boxes allow you to choose a sampler box or coffee of the month with your choice of roast. No more dozing off during a drab 0-0 draw at Stoke with Bean Box on your side.
Not everyone has the space or disposable income for a full-sized foosball table. With this little add-on for your iPad you can give the gift of foosball in a more economical size and price.
The Classic Match Foosball app allows you to customize your team and field, keeps track of scores for tournaments and provides a crowd to cheer all your goals — try doing that on a real foosball table.
Looking for some fashionable clothing to give to that special someone? Look no further than our very own online store.
Maybe we’re a bit biased, but we think this is one of the best collections of soccer clothing available online. We’ve got hats, shirts, shorts, hoodies, scarves and pants in a number of styles and sizes.
Our office favorite? Soccer Dog.
If you really want to make an impression with a gift, you can’t do better than buying tickets to the World Cup. As outlined here, tickets are on sale from Nov. 16-28 and will go back on sale after the World Cup draw on Dec. 5, so plan ahead for this purchase.
While the U.S. won’t be in the tournament, there are plenty of teams to root for, including the Americans’ neighbors to the south. Plus, if you’ve ever wanted to visit Russia, 2018 is the perfect time to go, with ticket holders not needing to go through the laborious process of applying for a visa.
You should know, mainly because we're big on ethics here, if you happen to like one of the gifts on this list (you will) and click on one of the Amazon links to buy said gift (you should), we may receive a small payment. And, seriously, it will be small. But it will help us create more great content like this.