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If you know a football mad child, the chances are it's all the think about, talk about and want to watch. When it comes to birthdays or Christmas, there's a high chance that football-related gifts will be at the top of their wish list.
Football presents can range from football toys for their bedroom, additions to their playing kit or even computer games. Although it can be difficult to endure the endless football chatter, encouraging boys and girls to play and interact with football has benefits for their communication skills, physical health and mental wellbeing as they learn how to be part of a team.
When selecting a present amongst the football stuff for boys and girls out there, where do you begin? If you're looking for gift ideas for boys or girls that will have something for everyone, including the child that has everything, then look no further. We've rounded up the top football gifts for kids, from shin pads to computer games, to help you find the perfect gift for the football fan in your life.
Kidadl's Top Pick
Whilst all the football gift ideas on this list come highly recommended, this is our top pick. This popular goal set is good value for money and allows kids to practice their skills anywhere they go.
1. Ball, Pump And 3 x 4ft Pop Up Football Goal, Opti
A pop-up goal is an easier to transport and more garden-friendly option than a permanent goalpost. Thanks to its easy foldable design, this bestselling Opti pop-up goal allows kids to practice their skills and shot accuracy without being a permanent fixture in the garden . The set comes with two goals, a ball and pump and is built to endure even the speediest of shooters with solid fibreglass poles.
- Price: £19.99
- Ages: 3 +
- Size: H76cm, W122cm, D76cm
- Pop-up and foldable design
- Ground pegs and net included
- 2 goals included
- PVC ball and pump
Best For Protection When Playing Football
2. Aircell Carbon Shin Pads, Mitre
Keeping little legs protected whilst playing football is essential. These Mitre shin pads are professional quality and completely breathable. They come in a large range of sizes making them perfect for children and teenagers. Plus, the cool design will make them stand out on the football field.
- Price: £9.99
- Sizes: XS - XL
- Professional quality
- Totally breathable
- Extra cushioned
Best For Taking To Football Practice
3. Personalised Children's Boot Bag, Absolutely Top
Boot bags help keep kids transport their boots safely from practice to home, or from match to match. Even better than a cool new boot bag? A personalised one with their very own name on it. With this boot bag, you can select the name to go within the football boot and choose from the range of unisex colours. It's durable, has a zip fastening and a handle too. Warning: this boot bag is sure to cause jealous eyes across the changing room.
- Price: £10.95
- Size: 35cm x 19cm x 12cm
- Personalise with chosen name
- 16 colour options
Best For The Child Who Has Everything
4. Custom Contemporary Print Of Any Football Stadium, Turf Football Art
The playing ground of their favourite football team will be a special place for your young football lover. With this modern print, you can give them a unique gift that will look great on their bedroom wall and be a constant reminder of their home from home.
- Price: £9.50
- Contemporary graphic illustration
- Your chosen stadium
- Personalised text option
Best For Relaxing
5. XL Faux Leather Black And White Football Bean Bag, Argos Home
Relaxing after a long day playing football is easy when you've got a large bean bag to come home to! A soft, faux leather bean bag that moulds to a kid's shape, it's perfect for relaxing or watching a big football game. Any spillages? No problem; the removable cover is wipe clean.
- Price: £40
- Size: H70cm, W70cm, D70cm.
- Leather effect
- Wipe clean
- Removable cover
Best For Accessories
6. Kids' Black Football Watch Set, Tikkers
A watch is a must for any football fans for checking when the match begins or how much longer they have left on the field. This football-themed watch has an easy to read dial marking the seconds as well as minutes, for those all important final match moments. The set comes with a football-themed wallet and necklace too, so kids can show off their favourite sport.
- Price: £14.99
- Ages: 6 +
- Analogue quartz watch
- 38mm wide case
- Easy to read dial
- Rubber strap
- Plastic case
Best For Families On A Budget
7. Football Activity Book, The Future Teacher Foundation
Packed full of fun activities, games, puzzles and doodles, this value for money book is designed by teachers to keep young football fans busy for hours. Kids will be learning as they work through the activities all related to their favourite topic: footie.
- Price: £4.23
- Ages: 6 - 12
- 64 pages
- Colouring, games, puzzles and more
- Designed by education experts
Best For Outdoors
8. Football Kick Throw Solo Practice, Global Park
Using a football training aid can be a good place to start to help kids practice their technique. This one, with an adjustable waist belt and stretchy strap, will help them perfect their shooting, passing, receiving and more.
- Price: £9.99
- Adjustable waist belt
- Sizes 33" - 39"
- Adjustable stretchy strap - 6ft - 18ft
- Fits ball sizes 3,4 and 5
Best For Beginners
9. My First Football Friend, VTech
Any very young football fans might struggle with bigger and more dangerous footballs. VTech's beginner football is designed for children aged one and over, with a soft face which lights up and offers encouraging responses and music when they touch or dribble the ball. A lovely combination of learning and playing that also develops early language and motor skills.
- Price: £18
- Ages: 1 +
- Light-up face
- 3 songs, 15 melodies and rewarding responses
- Removable electronic module so can be washed
Best For Gamers
10. Football Manager 2020, SEGA
For kids that would rather be inside in their girls' or boys' football onesie than outside, Football Manager is a classic PC game that allows them to take control of one of 2,500 global football clubs for the upcoming season. Making important decisions, discussing tactics for games and managing a team will also encourage their problem-solving skills.
- Price: £21.99
- Ages: 3 + (but we think older kids and teens will love this the most)
- Features 50 worldwide footballing countries
- 2,500 clubs at every level
- Suitable for PC
Kidadl Best Buys selects the top parent-recommended products across the web for families of all ages. If you liked our suggestions for gifts for football fans, then why not take a look at our guide to the best basketball best basketball hoops, or the best shin pads for kids?
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