What can you get for the sports fan who has everything? Jerseys, towels, and memorabilia are the obvious choices. But if you’re trying to think outside the box this year, we’ve got you covered with some of the coolest holiday-themed gifts from North Carolina’s beloved college and professional sports teams (plus one minor-league baseball team).
The “Sock Puppets” might be the best team nickname in NC sports. Named as a tribute to Burlington’s textile heritage, who wouldn’t root for two talking socks? Bonus: Even if you’re not a baseball fan, this snazzy top could help you win an Ugly Christmas Sweater contest. And it’s definitely a conversation starter.
Neck gaiters are a clutch gift this time of year. You can show your HBCU pride, get protection from the cold weather, and use it as a facemask alternative in most places. This accessory is a must for Rams fans.
Carolina boasts one of the best teams in the NHL this season, and you may already have Hurricanes tickets on your wishlist. Whether or not you attend a game, this tee featuring Saint Nick with a red, black, silver and white puck is a great way to rep the Canes.
It can be tough to find holiday-themed warm weather apparel, but the Charlotte Hornets have you covered with these slide sandals. If you’re a fan of nostalgia, you’ll love that they feature the classic Hornets logo the basketball team used from 1988-2002.
We tried our best to find a Cam Newton elf on a shelf, but since that doesn’t exist, treat your favorite Panthers fan to this festive Santa hat. Admittedly, Newton and Co. haven’t given fans much to cheer about lately, but don’t let that stop you from adopting a cheerful style.
Appalachian State Mountaineers Holiday Face Masks
Bring some joy to the Appalachian State fan in your life with one of two holiday-themed face masks. One is designed with Christmas trees and the other has a repeat logo with trees and snowflakes. Either (along with the vaccine) is perfect for protection against COVID-19, and a cool accessory if you’re out watching the Mountaineers take on Western Kentucky in the Boca Raton Bowl!
It’s early, but it looks like UNC-Chapel Hill may have really good men’s and women’s basketball teams this year. Cheer them on with the family in these reindeer and snowflake pajama sets from Johnny T-Shirt, a Chapel Hill-based retail staple for Tar Heel fans since 1983.
It may not be holiday-themed, but we had to include this snazzy JCSU scarf on our list. Whether you’re a student, alumnus, or just a fan of the Golden Bulls, you can proudly rock Smithite colors in this scarf.
Who doesn’t love a pom pom beanie? Help your ECSU Vikings fan show up and show out with this stylish cold weather gift.
As the saying goes, keep your friends close and your enemies closer. Keep the rivalries alive with this Blue Devils nutcracker that reminds you just how close Duke’s biggest foes are.
The locally-owned Red and White Shop has the sock game on lock this season. Choose between three different options: wolf-head, holiday pattern, or reindeer. Socks may not be the most exciting gift, but these should warm your Wolfpack fan’s toes and heart.
Show your Braves pride with this sparkly ball ornament from the UNC-Pembroke bookstore. While you’re at it, check out our recent video on the significance of the UNCP emblem.
We gave love to the App State ugly sweater face masks, but North Carolina Central’s may be even uglier – er, we mean better. NCCU nails the theme with these masks. The best part is, they’re sold in packs of two!