Inside Sports for Wednesday — December 21, 2005

• It’s crunch time for sports gifts

It’s crunch time for sports gifts

By Duane Shimogawa Jr. – The Garden Island

After today, there are only three days to buy that sports nut in your household a gift for Christmas.

So to give you a little help, I’ve prepared a short list of what some of Kaua’i’s sports fans would truly want this year.

  • Sports Illustrated subscription: What better way to keep the sports fan in your family in touch with what’s happening throughout the season than a subscription to the best sports magazine around.

Plus there’s always a handy gift that comes with the order, but best of all and probably the highlight of my subscription is the annual swimsuit edition. It’s great reading material in the restroom.

  • Golf Balls: First off, don’t get the cheap ones, because most golfers could afford the cheap ones anytime during the year. So don’t be thrifty — go for the more coveted Nike, Top Flite, or Titelist balls. Trust me, they’ll like the extra time you took to get the best type of balls!
  • Any Lihu’e Patriots Pop Warner Superbowl Champion apparel: Forget the New England Patriots Superbowl sweatshirt or San Antonio Spurs NBA title t-shirt, or even a Chicago White Sox World Series blanket. Go local and buy something from the Lihu’e Patriots team that won the division II national title. Plus, all the proceeds go to the program; now that’s a great deal!
  • An NFL Pro Bowl package deal from Mokihana Travel: I’ve been to my share of these games with my family and they are definitely worth going to.

Where else do you get the chance to see the top NFL players? Plus, for the non-sports fan, there’s always Ala Moana and Pearl Ridge to shop, while the sports nuts go nuts at the game (that’s how my family did it).

  • Office or home putting green from WalMart: Any golf fan could use one of these.

No matter how good they tell you they are around the greens, everyone needs practice and what better way to help them out than to give them a chance to practice anywhere, including work (ask boss’ permission first).

  • A used Andy or Bruce Irons surfboard: I live next to a surfer (Jon Lucas) and he has about 20 of them lying around, so I can’t even imagine how many boards the Irons brothers have in their Hanalei high risers.

Even better yet, get them to sign the board and guard it with your life, because it’ll price as much as the vehicle in your garage someday.

  • Bowling gift certificate at Lihu’e Lanes: Great sport to get involved with.

Bowling is also one of the fastest-growing sports in the country, so don’t be surprised if one of your friends asks to hit the lanes someday.

  • A lifetime membership to the Kaua’i Athletic Club: This is probably the best gift of all. Why? Because this one might add years to your life.

Phyllis Stanwood and the gang at KAC offer holiday specials and this gift is good for both the young and the young at heart.


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