Forget the flowers and chocolate. These are the gifts your sports fan really wants this Valentine's Day:

Valentine's Day Gifts For Sports Fans Slideshow


Bottle-Opening Universal Remote

Sure they have a universal remote, but does it also open their beer bottles? The Clicker remote functions as expected, controlling the TV and DVD player, but it also has been designed with a built-in bottle opener. This device gets your sweetheart one step closer to never having to leave the couch. $24.99.


Nostalgia Retro Hot Dog Roller

Just because your fan may not be able to make it to the stadium doesn't mean they can't enjoy some of the game cuisine. This Retro Hot Dog Roller has a griddle with five rollers to cook up to eight hot dogs at a time. Additionally, a bun warmer is built in. Just add your favorite condiments and enjoy! $48.89.


Stop Talking Cards

This is perhaps my all-time favorite gift. Give your loved one the power to politely shush you with these cards by Jack Spade. Each of the 25 cards is letter pressed with the words "Stop Talking." Allow them to hand you over a card and give them precious silence during that free throw, 4th down, penalty kick or SportsCenter. $15.


Reebok Men's CrossFit Sneakers

If your Valentine likes to keep healthy and loves an intense workout like CrossFit, give these sneakers by Reebok. The men's CrossFit Nano U-Form training shoe will keep him supported, mobile and cool during the workout. In the spirit of the holiday, choose these kicks in red. $119.


College Basketball Gear

The NCAA tournament is fast approaching. Pick up a hat, jersey or tee to show support for their college alma mater during the madness. Champs Sports has the duds for every college team.


Warstic Personalized Bat

Perfect to display in a man cave or office, these Warstic Wood Bat Co. custom bats are gorgeous. Each is made of either American White Ash or Sugar Maple wood and are hand painted (full or half dipped) in the color of your choice. Engrave the bat with your recipient's name or a phrase of your choosing (Happy Valentine's Day, Slugger). Full Dip Color Maple $89 / Half Dip Color Ash $79.


Vulcan All-in-One Tailgate Cooler

If your fan loves a good tailgate, this gift is perfect. The Vulcan All-In-One Tailgate Cooler organizes both beverages and grilling equipment in one place. Easily access a beverage cooler, propane grill and stainless steel BBQ utensils. Just pack up and head out to the parking lot. $139.99.


Callaway Men's X Hot Driver

Make his first tee-off count this year. This Callaway Men's X Hot Driver was just named in Golf Digest's Hot List for 2013. The driver has been described as providing explosive distance. Perfect for all sorts of swings, this gift is guaranteed to be an instant hit. $299.99.


Hockey Cufflinks

Give your hockey fan a new accessory for his wardrobe. These clever links are made of stainless steel and enamel and are replicas of the professional rink. $80.


Born To Run

This book is essential for any sports fan's library. "Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen" chronicles the techniques of the Tarahumara Indians in Mexico who have honed the ability to run hundreds of miles without rest or injury, pushing their bodies to the limit. The research is fascinating and the story inspirational. $10.85.


Peter Luger Steaks

Only recently has Peter Luger made their famous USDA Prime Dry Aged steaks available outside of their Brooklyn, New York, restaurant. If your sports fan enjoys a great steak, this is the perfect gift. As the items are perishable, order one or two days before the holiday. Each order comes with a reusable cooler, two complimentary bottles of Peter Luger Steak House Sauce and milk chocolate Luger coins. Prices vary according to number of steaks and cuts. $134-$410.


Entertainment Cart

For the distinguished fan, give a entertainment cart for cocktails and wine. This cart by Target has ample space for spirits, glassware and storage. With wheels, it's easily portable around the living room. $149.09.


Customized Sports Logo La-Z Boy

Give him the best seat in the house with this La-Z Boy Champ Reclina-Rocker recliner. This La-Z Boy recliner is fully customizable in terms of material and color. The coolest feature of this chair is that during game time, simply "zip in" a panel featuring the logo of your favorite sports team. Once the game is over, zip the panel out to transform the furniture back to an everyday look. Hundreds of team logos are available and your first panel is free. $700-$1,000.


Séura's Storm Outdoor Television

This television is the top of the line when it comes to outdoor viewing. Séura is a company family owned and operated in Green Bay, Wisconsin. As described, "Storm can withstand the harshest weather conditions and temperatures from -30 F to 140 F. Totally protected from the elements, Storm's filters aren't susceptible to damage from leaves, twigs or curious fingers. With twice the filter area as other outdoor TVs, Storm requires less cleaning and more enjoying." The Storm is available in 42", 47" and 55" for $4,999-$10,000.


Throw Out The First Pitch

Has your baseball fan dreamed about throwing out the first pitch at a Major League Baseball game? Well, for the right bid on Charity Buzz they can! Charity Buzz offers a host of once-in-a-lifetime experiences to the highest bidder with the proceeds donated to charity. Right now, you can bid on throwing out the first pitch during a 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates game plus four Lexus Luxury Club seats and Pirates memorabilia. The bid is currently $2,850. Not their dream? Check out the variety of sports experiences available. Happy bidding!


History of Surfing

Give your beach sports enthusiast this book by Matt Warshaw. As described, "After five years of research and writing, Warshaw has crafted an unprecedented history of the sport and the culture it has spawned. At nearly 500 pages, with 250,000 words and more than 250 rare photographs, The History of Surfing reveals and defines this sport with a voice that is authoritative, funny, and wholly original. The obsessive nature of this endeavor is matched only by the obsessive nature of surfers, who will pore through these pages with passion and opinion. A true category killer, here is the definitive history of surfing." $22.60.

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