It's Christmas time, and you know what that means.. It's time to panic as you frantically try to find the right gift for your loved ones.
Football gifts for boys who love the sport is a great idea. After all, it's the most popular sport on the planet with 3.5 billion fans, including boys (and girls) the world over.
However buying football gifts for boys can be a bit tricky for those not sure what footie addicts would actually like, or even what team they support. We're here to make the process less stressful by guiding you to some gifts that will be well received by a massive fan of the beautiful game.
Trusox are so good that professional footballers cut off the bottom of their club socks with a pair of scissors and wear these instead, like so:
The reason is because Trusox offer a grippy surface that ensures your foot does not slide around in the boot. Anyone who plays 5-A-Side or Sunday League will be more than familiar with the slipperiness of a pair of football socks inside a boot, these things stop that.
They will set you back €36, but if the recipient plays football regularly then they will get great use out of them.
As seen on Dragons Den. An easy tool for cleaning mud covered football boots quickly instead of getting mud everywhere. Just fill it with water and scrape off the mud, then use the brush to clean up the boots until they're looking brand new again.
A Trendy Personalised Third Kit Shirt
You can never have too many football shirts. Not sure if they've got the latest shirt for their favourite team? Get them a trendy colourful third shirt. For example Liverpool's classy green third shirt or Arsenal's dashing pink kit. Then there's Newcastle's special edition fourth shirt to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the club.
Want something more personal? Both JD Sports and Sports Direct offer personalisation of kits so you can get a favourite player name or whatever name you like on the kit.
A Special Edition Ball
The amount of weekly 5-a-sides and Sunday morning matches where nobody turns up with a football in Ireland is staggeringly high. This colourful 2022 World Cup ball will inspire them to get out for a kick-about on Christmas day.
A World Cup Shirt
Ireland aren't playing in the World Cup, so it's a perfect opportunity to support another team. Japan's kit is a favourite, as are many of the Adidas designs. Not sure what to pick? Read the guide to supporting any World Cup team.
Browse World Cup shirts at Adidas
Browse more World Cup shirts at Sports Direct
A Pair Of Quality Boots
There are two types of football player when it comes to the choice of footwear, those who like to make a statement, and those who like to keep it simple.
If you know someone who takes their football seriously, and also likes to live on the flashier side of life, then blow them away with the Nike Mercurial Superfly. Alternatively there's Adidas Predators.
Match Attax Mega Tin
The target demographic of Match Attax is kids who are football mad. If you've got a son, nephew, brother, godson etc that you need to buy for, then you can do much worse than a big tin full of football cards for only €12. Even better, buy yourself a tin and make a load of fun memories by playing Match Attax with them.
Also, I can honestly say as an adult if someone got me this for a Kris Kindle I would be over the moon. Think about it, it's a chance to relive the glorious nostalgia of opening packs of Premier League cards again. A great gift.
A FourFourTwo Magazine Subscription
Obviously this doesn't replace Balls.ie as their main source of football news and analysis, but a FourFourTwo subscription makes a great gift for an avid reader and footie fanatic. Plus it's the gift that keeps on giving for 12 whole months (or more!). Get it in time for them to receive a copy they can read by Christmas too.