Friday Favorites (Father’s Day Gift Guide for the Sports Dad)

Father’s Day is on the horizon so can we take a second and talk about Dads? 

I don’t think I give my Dad nearly enough love around here so today is the day for him. For the longest time I remember thinking that my Dad was hard to shop for, but that’s not true at all. My Dad is actually one of the easiest people in the world to shop for when my Mom lets me shop for him. Since I haven’t lived at home in over a decade she hasn’t really had the leverage to stop me in a long time. 🙂 

When I was growing up my Dad always used to ask for two things – sports stuff or tools. That was it. That was my Dad’s wish list for every birthday, every Father’s Day, every Christmas, etc. Basically, that was his wishlist for every gift-giving event ever. My Mom’s response was always, “Those aren’t gifts!” I would defend my Dad with, “But if that’s what he wants, that’s what he gets!” and it would go ’round and ’round until someone gave in (it was usually her, I’m quite stubborn).   

A gift should be what the recipient wants to receive, not what the giver wants to give.

We fought about it a lot but I just find it easiest to give people the kind of gifts they want to receive.

My Dad took me to my first baseball game (Tampa Bay Rays), tons of spring training games (Texas Rangers) and my first hockey game (Hershey Bears vs Ottawa River Rats, it was minor league). He built me a rocking horse when I was a little girl. He even used to make us wooden swords from surveying stakes but he would wrap black masking tape around the hilt so we wouldn’t hurt our hands on the hard wood. My Dad is the best. He always was, he always will be.

Now, when he asks for sports stuff or tools, that is what he gets because I’m in Atlanta, my parents are in West Virginia, online shipping is a thing, and my Mom can’t stop me (love you Mom). 

One of my favorite places to shop for sports stuff is I started shopping with them a few years ago when I lived in south Florida and was always on the hunt for Tampa Bay Rays gear (I love my Rays. I miss them…). Even though I lived in Florida the stores never had a huge selection so I would shop online for cute shirts and hats to wear to the games.   


I’m convinced that every boy, in his heart, would rather steal second base than an automobile. – Tom Clark

love baseball and if there is anything I miss about living in Florida it’s the Tampa Bay Rays. I basically lived at Tropicana Field when we lived down there. It was even better when they moved their spring training to Port Charlotte, Florida because once they did that we went to all the spring training games since it was only about 15 minutes away from where lived.

Those days were awesome.

Yes, I'm sorry, I'm the noisy person at the game.
Yes, I’m sorry, I’m the noisy person at the game.


Ashley LaMar Touching Tropicana Field

See? I told you. So, I mean, I get my Dad’s interest in sports stuff.

It doesn’t matter that he is a golfer and I don’t know the first thing about golf. It doesn’t matter that he prefers football while I prefer baseball. It doesn’t matter that he prefers NASCAR while I prefer hockey. All that matters is that I DO get it.

In case you have a sports-loving Dad too I put together this super-handy gift guide from my fave,, to help you shop Dad for Father’s Day.  

Ashley LaMar
Ashley bounces between Atlanta, GA + Charleston, WV with her husband and two small dogs for life and work. If she's not writing or blogging, she can usually be found cooking, reading, or watching baseball. Follow her on Twitter @ashleyfromfbl

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