Finding the right gift for boxers and fans of boxing can be a true act of love. The “sweet science” attracts a certain type of personality. We call it the “Type D” personality – determined, disciplined, dedicated and driven. Fighters also have pride. Pride in what they have accomplished. The boxing ring helps shape that pride.
Here are some gift ideas for boxers that embody the Type D personality, combined with a healthy dose of Pride:
Gift Idea #1. Choose One of the Best Boxing Books
Here are a few boxing books that any fan is sure to appreciate:
Macho Time (Hardcover Gift Edition)
“In yet another skillful excavation of a dazzling Latino champion, Christian Giudice…follows Hector ‘Macho’ Camacho from his embattled childhood in Spanish Harlem, to the heights of his electrifying yet too-brief stardom and onto his abject end by hail of gunfire in a carful of cocaine. It is a compelling journey.”―Mark Kram Jr., author of Smokin’ Joe: The Life of Joe Frazier
Bundini: Don’t Believe The Hype
“Mr. Snyder writes lyrically, and his research appears to be impeccable: It’s hard to imagine that anyone has slipped through his interview net…When Bundini died―in September 1987, at age 59―Ali was abroad and unable to attend the funeral, but he sent flowers with a card that read: ‘You made me the greatest.’ Many members of the boxing fraternity, George Foreman and Larry Holmes included, think that Ali wasn’t exaggerating. Mr. Snyder’s affecting portrait will convince the rest of us as well.”―Gordon Marino, Wall Street Journal
Hamilcar Noir Books
Hamilcar Noir is “Hard-Hitting True Crime” that blends boxing and true crime, featuring riveting stories captured in high-quality prose, with cover art inspired by classic pulp novels. Prices range from $9.99 to $10.99.
Gift Idea # 2. Amanda Kelley Art
Amanda Kelley is one of the best boxing fine artists in the world. Not an exaggeration. Until recently, Amanda only did paintings on a commission basis. She now has her own online store where any boxing fan would be thrilled to get one of her products as a gift!
Check out this killer face mask with an original painting of the legendary Roberto Duran!
Amanda Kelley Art original Roberto Duran Face Mask >>
Joe Goosen – “You Gotta F*cking Get Inside On Him Now!”
Here is a sketch (available on a t-shirt or pullover hoodie) of Amanda’s favorite moment in boxing – Trainer Joe Goosen telling Diego Corrales to let it all go vs. José Luis Castillo in the 10th round of their first meeting:
Check out the art of this legendary Joe Goosen moment >>
Gift Idea #3. Prizefight Irish Whiskey
Prizefight is an Irish whiskey, distilled at West Cork Distillery and aged in barrels sourced from Tamworth Distilling in New Hampshire, USA. The rye barrel maturation adds some subtle mint and herb notes, giving the whiskey a fresh and lively character.
- Prizefight Whiskey ($67 U.S.; 49.99£)
(They do ship to the U.S.)
Gift Idea #4. Boxing Flask
Closely related to the Prizefight Whiskey gift idea at the top of this list, a flask with boxing imagery and mottoes (or personalized inscriptions) is another idea for someone who enjoys their brown liquids.
Gift Idea #5. Rare Boxing Books
Boxing fans are a passionate breed. And many are voracious readers – check out the crazy list of books this fan has read (scroll down the forum thread a bit). If your boxing fan likes a good read, and deserves something special for their bookshelf, look for rare and out of print boxing books.
- Champions Off Guard, by William Inglis – find it, if it’s not already sold, at Biblio.com.
Gift Idea #6. Boxing Pendants & Jewelry
The phrase “wear it with pride” never had so much meaning as when a boxer wears his or her dedication and drive proudly.
Muhammad Ali Boxing Pendant (Etsy)
Gift Idea #7. Custom Personalized Fighting Trunks (shorts)
Personalized boxing trunks can be the perfect way to pull together your boxer’s unique personality and interests. Even if your fighter might not wear their personalized shorts when training, or even at fight time, this gift is the perfect item that can be hung proudly in their own personal training cave.
Gift Idea #8. Collectible Boxing Figurines
(Bob Pace has been bringing the heat since 1974! Bob, is one of the OG memorabilia experts.) There are many high-quality collectible boxing figurines that embody the spirit of discipline and determination. Whether it’s a historical figure from the the rich boxing lore, or a symbolic figure, this is a great gift to show them that you’ve thought about who they are as a person.
|Ali vs Liston II Collectible Figurine||Jake LaMotta Collectible Figurine|
Gift Idea #9. Coffee Table Picture Book
At the Fights: Inside the World of Professional Boxing by Howard Schatz.
Excerpt from Amazon description:
Schatz takes on the ultimate theater of sport and physique in At the Fights. Schatz has entrenched himself in the world of boxing, photographing and interviewing the game’s biggest stars and newest players as well as managers, trainers, promoters, club fighters and many others. In 256 oversized pages, Schatz’s remarkably powerful images are paired with insightful commentary to provide a truly unique look into the sport. As promoter Lou DiBella tells Schatz, “Boxing is a sport in its purest, most basic form. No sport is more theatrical, dramatic or real.” At the Fights beautifully captures all of those aspects in a striking, deluxe package that includes introductory comments by HBO commentator Jim Lampley.
Gift Idea #10. Title Brand Boxing Gifts
One of the most prolific brands in boxing, Title has earned the right to have it’s own catalog of Title gifts and novelties.
Gift Idea #11. Slone Art Paintings & Drawings
Artist Richard T. Slone’s boxing art has captured the attention of the boxing world and collectors around the globe.
Holyfield vs. Tyson, by artist Richard T. Slone
Richard T. Slone is a multi-award winning painter who has emerged as one of the most intriguing and sought after young artists working today. Known mostly for his entertainment and sports art, his works are appreciated and collected throughout the world.
Richard pursued an offer to become a boxer under the guidance of late boxing great Smokin’ Joe Frazier. Slone went to America and fought under Frazier’s guidance until Slone’s love for art forced him from the boxing canvas onto the stretched artist canvas upon an easel.
Richard’s art has become a much sought after item with notable collectors. His work has graced the covers of numerous publications, including RING Magazine, a boxing publication that dates back to 1922. His work has been used by many companies and advertising agencies, including sporting juggernaut Everlast. For 18 years, Slone has served as the official artist to the International Boxing Hall of Fame, located in Canastota, New York.
Gift Idea #12. Boxing Memorabilia
There are a ton of great places on the Internet to find boxing memorabilia, but Heavyweight Collectibles is one of the best. Their categories include Boxing autographs, books, gloves, pinbacks & medals, postcards, posters, programs, statues & figurines, vintage tickets, and vintage boxing photos.
Gift Idea #13. Boxing Training Equipment
Maybe you know someone who keeps hinting that they want some new equipment? Or, you could ask some subtle questions and see if any of these training items might be on their gift wish list…