There’s always that one person that’s notoriously difficult to buy gifts for, who is always the last person on your holiday shopping list. Say no more — we’ve got you covered this year. The most obvious gift to give this season is the one of experience, and what experience could be better than watching your favorite team play?
The year’s biggest sporting events are just around the corner, so you’ll want to snatch up tickets quick before you lose out on your perfect gift. Here are the upcoming games to give to the sports nuts in your life — let’s just say that tickets to one of these matchups will crown you MVP of the holidays.
NHL Winter Classic
Sure, you could get the hockey fan in your life tickets to an NHL game for the holidays — or, you could one-up every other gift-giver in your life with tickets to the upcoming NHL Winter Classic. What makes the event bigger and better than any ol’ NHL game? For starters, it’s played outdoors, this year at Citi Field, reminiscent of games when the league first started. Plus, this season’s game is an intrastate rivalry between the New York Rangers and the Buffalo Sabres — sure to heat up an otherwise cold winter night. And it certainly helps that the game is on New Year’s Day, perfect for ringing in 2018.
College Football National Championship
The perfect antidote to post-holiday blues is obviously college football and bowl season. Everyone this year will be watching to see if the Clemson Tigers can hold on to their championship post-Deshaun Watson, so naturally the college football fans in your life will want to see the action in person.
Super Bowl LII
It’s hard to compare any other gift to tickets to the Super Bowl — and for good reason. We don’t need to tell you how coveted tickets to each year’s Super Bowl are (and depending how certain late-season games shake up, the 2018 game is sure to be one for the history books), so just do yourself a favor and buy you and your lucky (gift) receiver tickets now. Your recipient will be talking about this game until next holiday season.
NBA All-Star Weekend
The 67th NBA All-Star Weekend is already one of the most talked-about upcoming sporting events, thanks to the format change. This year’s game will be the first time that the East Conference won’t play against the West Conference; instead, two captains with the most votes will draft players regardless of conference. Imagine the shockwaves when your favorite players from opposing conferences join forces — this is not a game to be missed, and certainly one your NBA junkie family member won’t soon forget.
MLB Opening Day
Opening Day is especially special this year: For the first time since 1968, all 30 teams will play on the same day. So whatever team your baseball nut roots for, you can get in on the league-wide buzz and find an opener near you.
Your NCAA-obsessed friend or family member likely has their team’s games already on the calendar — so why not get them tickets to the Final Four tournament in San Antonio? After all, the whole country will be watching to see whether or not North Carolina will hold on to their title for a second year, or if another upset is on the table. Give them the gift to experience the drama of the Final Four in person.
Last year’s Masters Tournament ended in a sudden-death playoff between Sergio Garcia and Justin Rose, after the two golfers completed the 72 holes in nine-under-par, with Garcia declared as the winner. What upset could happen in this year’s tournament? Get tickets for the golf fanatic in your life so they can see if Garcia can hold on to his title for a second year (it only took him 74 starts in other championships to get there).