Whether it be for a birthday or Christmas, it is never a bad time to buy a Buffalo Bills-related gift for a Bills fan. In fact, considering that the team has the longest playoff drought in the NFL, many Bills fans would appreciate a gift for no other reason than to make them feel better about being a Bills fan. If you are looking to make a Bills fan happier with such a gift, here are ten suggestions for what to get him or her:
E.J. Manuel Jersey
The 2013 season is setting up as a year of change for the Bills. The is a hope that a new coaching staff and new quarterback will lead the franchise on the right track towards success. What better way to celebrate this transition than to get on the bandwagon early with an E.J. Manuel game jersey? There can be no denying that this version of the Bills will only go as far as Manuel takes them, so the jersey provides the perfect gift for fans ready to jump on board.
Buffalo Bills Navy Zubaz Pants
While looking forward to the Bills’ future with the Manuel jersey, you can complete your loved one’s outfit by giving him or her a chance to celebrate the Bills’ past with a pair of Zubaz. The pants were a staple of the 90s, around the same time Jim Kelly and the Bills were dominating the AFC in making it to four straight Super Bowls. A gift of these pants won’t help but bring happiness to a Bills fan yearning for those better times.
Standing Buffalo Wall Decal
There can be little argument that the Bills have some of the best looking uniforms in the NFL. This includes the alternate retro uniforms they wear from time to time, with the “standing buffalo” white helmet. This retro logo is so impressive that it can double as fine art. As a result, the 4’3″ tall standing buffalo wall decal serves as the perfect gift for a Bills fan who could use some more color on his or her wall.
Ralph Wilson Stadium Framed Panorama
Do you know a Bills fan who works in an office? If so, there may be no better gift that this panorama picture of Ralph Wilson Stadium for him or her to hang in that office. The gift is perfect because it will allow your friend or loved one a chance to daydream about one of the most intimate and special venues in all of football while he or she ticks down the seconds left each work day.
Puffy Bills Winter Jacket
If the person you are getting the gift for is a Bills fan, odds are that he or she lives someplace cold. Whether it be in snowy Orchard Park or somewhere nearby, that person is likely going to need to be prepared for frigid winters. Considering this, the Pro Line Buffalo Bills Systems Jacket may be a good option. Not only will this coat help keep your Bills fan warm, but it will also come in handy during fall tailgating season, as it includes a pull-out fleece coat.
Buffalo Bills Chef Hat and Apron Set
Speaking of tailgating season, Bills fans are some of the best in the NFL when it comes to celebrating before the game. If you walk around Ralph Wilson Stadium on game day, you will be sure to see an endless amount of great times and, perhaps more importantly, great food. Therefore, if you are looking to get a gift for a tailgating Bills fan, it only makes sense to get this chef hat and apron so that the fan can continue to look the part while concocting whatever delicacies his or her tailgate party is eating.
Jim Kelly Signed “To Katy” Picture
Is the Bills fan who you are buying a gift for named Katy? If so, this Jim Kelly autographed 8×10 photo is the perfect gift for her. Kelly, of course, is the greatest and most recognizable Buffalo Bill in history, so any autographed Kelly memorabilia is certainly going to be the perfect gift for a Bills fan. When you can go one further and tell a Bills fan named Katy that you got this signed specifically for her, you are sure to have her heart forever. Just be sure to keep your Amazon purchase history away from her.
“Where Else Would You Rather Be” Book by Marv Levy
Looking for a more traditional way to help your friend or loved one reminisce about the glory days of the Bills? Try the book written by their legendary hall of fame coach Marv Levy that recaps those amazing seasons. “Where Else Would You Rather Be?” is described on its Amazon page as a outlining “the character, persistence, and personalities of those incomparable Buffalo Bills of the 1990s who so resolutely pursued their impossible dream.” Those are the kinds of words sure to make any Bills fan tear up when reading through the pages.
J.P. Losman Autographed Card
Does your Bills fan have a sense of humor about the Bills’ recent struggles? If so, this J.P. Losman autograph card may be the perfect “gag” gift. Representing the lean years in Buffalo, Losman struggled when given a chance to be the starting quarterback and can’t help but be seen as a first round bust. Best yet? This is also (understandably) the cheapest gift on the list, as it will set you back about two bucks plus shipping.
Tickets to a Bills Home Game
All kidding aside, there is no better gift for a true Bills fan than tickets to a game at Ralph Wilson Stadium. While the venue is not the most modern or flashy in the NFL, it is one of the best to watch a game, and a mecca for any true Bills fan. Between a one-of-a-kind tailgating experience and great views of the field from all angles, there is no place a Bills fan should rather be on a Sunday. And, to make things better for the gift giver? The Bills have some of the lowest ticket prices in the league, so you don’t have to break the bank to make the Bills fan you know very happy.
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Del Pearson is a lifelong Bills fan from Upstate New York. He has been attending games since childhood and idolizes Jim Kelly. Follow Del on Twitter @DelPearson44.