15 gifts for the sports lover in your life

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The NFL and NCAA are selling "ugly Christmas sweaters"

Tailgating fanatics might enjoy the gift of a barbecue guide

CNN  — 

Wondering what to buy a football fanatic or basketball booster for Christmas? This holiday season boasts a boatload of niche, customized and fashionable sports-related gift ideas.

Sports retailers have taken the ugly Christmas sweater to heart and are selling winter-themed knits adorned with college and pro team logos.

For the bookish fan, the coffee-table reference guide “Super Bowl Gold: 50 Years of the Big Game” offers a game-by-game retrospective alongside Sports Illustrated’s dramatic images of the most prestigious event in football.

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If your loved one could take or leave the game, but tailgating is more their bag, football-shaped cookie cutters would make a good stocking stuffer. Or the cookout guide “Franklin Barbecue: A Meat-Smoking Manifesto” could blow their stack – in a good way.

Take a look at the gallery above for more sports-themed gift ideas.

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