15 gifts for the sports lover in your life

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  • The NFL and NCAA are selling "ugly Christmas sweaters"
  • Tailgating fanatics might enjoy the gift of a barbecue guide

(CNN)Wondering what to buy a football fanatic or basketball booster for Christmas? This holiday season boasts a boatload of niche, customized and fashionable sports-related gift ideas.

Sports retailers have taken the ugly Christmas sweater to heart and are selling winter-themed knits adorned with college and pro team logos.
    For the bookish fan, the coffee-table reference guide "Super Bowl Gold: 50 Years of the Big Game" offers a game-by-game retrospective alongside Sports Illustrated's dramatic images of the most prestigious event in football.
    If your loved one could take or leave the game, but tailgating is more their bag, football-shaped cookie cutters would make a good stocking stuffer. Or the cookout guide "Franklin Barbecue: A Meat-Smoking Manifesto" could blow their stack -- in a good way.
    Take a look at the gallery above for more sports-themed gift ideas.