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Christmas 2011: Artsy Winter Sports Gifts

Do you have a wintertime sports lover in your family that needs a unique Christmas gift? If you know someone who loves sports and has artistic or sophisticated taste, you can feel a little overwhelmed shopping for this person. Despite this, whether he is cycling in the sleet or bouncing through the snow, even a fashionable hockey fan needs a one-of-a-kind present.

With online retailers displaying some of their best merchandise yet, it is easy to find the gift you need for the holidays.

Etsy has classy winter sports gifts

Football, hockey, snowboarding, skiing, and figure skating fans all must endure snowy and freezing conditions when they watch their favorite games live. Although it might not be the first thing you think of, Etsy.com's long list of handmade gifts appeal to a large range of hard to buy for people on your shopping list. For example, they have a custom knitted drink cozy gloves that are perfect for winter spectator sports.

For the athlete, there is the Cthulhu ski mask, and the dachshunds skiing Christmas card. Other top picks include the Adirondack ski chair made from real skis, and a raccoon on snowshoes Christmas holiday ornament.

Many websites suggest a unique take on figure skating, hockey or ice skating gifts. Despite this, when in doubt, your best bets to satisfy a hipster will be found in over 2,500 items at Etsy.com. Among the wish-listed items included a vintage dictionary page printed with an old-time hockey player, a LEGO figure skater custom necklace, a vintage style sign with ice skates, and a lace ice skate Christmas ornament.

Stylish winter sports gadgets

When all else fails, most connoisseurs of style enjoy nice pieces of technology. This year, there are a few new gadgets on the market that focus on winter sports. In particular, the athlete that rides their bike through the sleet will love the GoPro Hero HD. This video camera captures frames quickly and mounts to almost anything.

Other fun gear for skiing and snowboarding enthusiasts are the Nike Plus sport watch with GPS by TomTom and the Recon Instruments' recon-ready ski goggles. For gifting to spectators that want the best sports watching actions, Popular Mechanics suggests using 3D glasses with the LG Infinia LW5600 Series 3D LED TV. The 47" and 55" models have 1080p and use any type of 3D glasses.

Stylish gifts for winter cycling

Do you have someone on your Christmas shopping list that likes to bike every day? When the weather is dark and dreary, these road warriors are pedaling for the environment or their health. While it is easy to find items for the spandex-loving bike rider, what about someone on your gift list that has top style?

VeloNews.com and Popular Mechanics do a great job of pointing out items that go with specific bikes. As far as gift-giving goes, lists like these could put you in a situation where you could easily buy the wrong gift. Since every biker has his or her own stylish messenger bags and helmet, your present will need to go another direction. For these hard-to-shop-for winter sports gift recipients, consider an assortment of clip-on safety lights or going directly to the underground.

In each city, there is a hard-working bike shop that makes sure each rider is prepared for the snow. During the holidays, some of these bike shops offer gift certificates for repairs and merchandise. To get started, ask the gift recipient about their favorite bike shop or search online for a bike repair store closest to them.

Expanded Yahoo! Sports store

Like other major retailers such as Amazon.com, the Yahoo! Sports Shop is amping it up this holiday season with a range of sports-related gifts. As far as unique items, some of the selection includes fashionable takes on team colors suited for winter weather. For example, Reebok is selling a Buffalo Bills cable knit bunny scarf and Nike has an Iowa State Cyclones ladies ski-knit visor beanie. Yahoo! also continues to offer the cute 2010 Winter Olympics Sumi collectible pins.

If you consider football to be a winter sport, you can now include tasteful art glass decorations in your NFL team's colors. In the end, there are a range of funny gifts presented at the Yahoo! store, like a statuette of an Indianapolis Colts silleto heel.