Football kicksoff the holiday shopping season as usual this Thanksgiving. Football and the holidays have become inseparable in America, with the traditional two NFL Thanksgiving games expanding to three in 2006. In fact, nearly twice as many Americans watched football than went shopping this Thanksgiving. The National Retail Federation reports that 43.1 million shoppers descended on stores as compared to 84.3 million who caught this year’s games.
All of this means that combining football and holiday shopping is a natural way to find the perfect gift for the sports fans on your shopping list. Here are a few high-tech items that make great Christmas gifts for football fans:
4K TVs for Watching Games in High Resolution
One of the hottest-selling items on Cyber Monday was 4K Ultra HD TVs, according to digital provider Adobe. With four times the pixels and twice the resolution of standard high-definition TVs, 4K TVs bring the football viewing experience to new levels of lifelike clarity. A few years ago UHD TVs were luxury items that cost thousands or even tens of thousands of dollars; however, this year prices have fallen to record lows with quality TVs available for $550 to $800. The website 4k.com provides a review of some of today’s top affordable options as well as higher-end models that can bring football to your favorite fan’s living room.
Mobile Devices for Playing Fantasy Football
The iPad Mini and iPad Air 2 were also among Cyber Monday’s hottest items, according to Adobe. For football fans, iPads represent an opportunity to watch games and get updates even when they’re not at their TV set. For instance, with NFL Game Pass, they can use any connected device to watch replays of all 256 regular-season games on demand as well as tune into radio broadcasts and watch Super Bowls and other games from the 2009 to 2015 seasons.
Mobile devices also provide fans with a way to keep up with their fantasy football leagues. T-Mobile’s website provides a holiday gift quiz you can use to find a wide selection of mobile devices and accessories for playing fantasy football. For example, the Samsung Galaxy S6 has a 5.1-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED display. TechRadar provides a rundown on the best mobile deals this shopping season, which includes the iPad Air 2 going for as low as $399 and Samsung Galaxy tablets selling for as little as $349.
Video Games and Consoles for Simulating Game Play
Video game consoles are also hot this year. Microsoft‘s Xbox One and Sony’s PlayStation 4 came in high on Adobe’s list of Cyber Monday’s best-selling items. Both platforms support “Madden NFL 16,” which lets you bring your fantasy football picks to life with Draft Champions. “Madden 16” also gives you unprecedented new quarterback controls to let you control passing action along with letting you act as your team’s GM, watch highlight reels and build your ultimate team with history’s greatest players. Both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 are currently going for about $300, with some Cyber Monday sales going even lower. Madden 16 was selling for as low as $47 on Cyber Monday.
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