The First Question you should ask is: Does my Sports Fan (which you have challenged yourself to buy a gift for) actually participate in any sports? Many who do participate in sports, like to emulate their sports heroes and reap the benefit of exercise at the same time. If the answer is yes, this group is the easiest to buy for since you have options galore. Perhaps they are a runner and could really use a new pair of running shoes (running shop gift cards are great for this), shorts or lightweight, breathable running socks. Maybe they are a swimmer and could really use a new pair of goggles or some training equipment. A biker might need new biking gloves to pad their hands or a new helmet.
The Second Question you should ask is: Does my Sports Enthusiast's wardrobe already contain a few pieces of clothing, headwear etc., which depict their favorite team's colors, name or logo? If the answer is yes, then your sports enthusiast is definitely more than partial to their team and would most likely enjoy any Sports Memorabilia such as a current jersey, hat, jacket or t-shirt depicting his favorite team's logo, name and color. Anything your sports enthusiast can wear, especially if their team has recently won a World Series, NBA Championship etc., would be appropriate. That way they can easily show off to friends and family their new team wear.
The Third Question you should ask is: Does most of my Die-Hard Sports Fan's wardrobe consist of their favorite team's color and or contain their team's logo or name? If so, you definitely have a die-hard Sports Fan to buy for. Die-hard sports fans can be a little fickle, but are generally pretty easy to buy for. It would be best to find out what they have already and what they don't since the odds are stacked against you that you will buy something they already have. Usually if a new team design has come out and the season for their team has not yet started, you are safe to get almost anything with the new logo or color on it. By the beginning to mid-season the die-hard sports fan already has these items. However, when shopping for the die-hard sports fan, the sky is the limit. You can choose from collector plates, sports figurines, NASCAR merchandise, NFL collectibles, including Dallas Cowboys merchandise, NBA collectibles and so on.
In a nutshell, buying a gift for a sports fan used to be a great challenge. It can actually be a lot of fun now since there are more items produced each month for sports fans. The search for that perfect gift should get easier each and every year. If you can identify the type of sports fan you are buying for and follow the simple advice above, buying for a sports fan will be one of your easiest gifts to purchase.