Ultimate Holiday Gifts Ideas for the local sports fan

With the holidays fast approaching, many undoubtedly still have some shopping to do for your loved ones.

For the sports fans among you, here’s a handful of suggestions to consider before going on that final gift-finding mission.


FITNESS COURSES —  Zombie Apocalypse Training Course at CrossFit Pacific Coast will make a great gift this season. Purchase this item before Christmas and save $100! The six-week course consists of three one-hour group sessions per week for the temporarily reduced price of $225.  Participants will engage in workouts that improve overall fitness and prepare you for surviving a Zombie Apocalypse.  The program is designed for ALL fitness level and will kick of January 8th, 2013. More information can be found at www.zatsb.com, by calling CrossfIt Pacific Coast at 845-4171, or email crossfitpacificcoast@gmail.com

GET OUTSIDE — Elings Park and Channel Islands Outfitters offer a great way to get outdoors in 2013.

  • Elings Park Membership $50:  Entitles you to a 10 percent discount on EPDOG, tennis, softball, soccer, paragliding and one of our many picnic areas.
  • Join Channel Islands Outfitters co-op program and receive great benefits this holiday season including: Access to Paddle Sports Center for 2 hour use of all equipment on weekdays. Free lockers, towel service and filtered water. 10% of all CIO adventures. 25% of rentals for guests. 20% of REI member rates for equipment at the Santa Barbara store.
VIDEO GAMES  — A popular item on many wish lists. Sports video games can be amazing entertainment for the sports enthusiast. Madden 2013, NBA 2k13, UFC Undisputed 3 are three options currently on the top-seller lists.

SANTA BARBARA SURFERS — Sundance Beach has all the latest fashionable surf wear in stock. A big item for the season is the GoPro HD Hero 3. The new and improved model is in high demand and Sundance Beach has them for you. The Hero3 is 25% lighter and 30% smaller than ever before.

GYM MEMBERSHIP — Santa Barbara’s sports medicine center, The Training Room, has a great reputation in the Santa Barbara area for their work with athletes in physical therapy. The Training Room is expanding and offering open gym memberships in addition to the sports medicine and training already offered. A gym membership is a great gift to start off a healthy new year.

SPORTS EQUIPMENT — Play It Again Sports is a great place to save on NEW and USED  sports equipment. They have a huge selection of affordable gifts for your athletic loved ones. Owner Greg Vance highlighted their stock of baseball gloves and bats for the upcoming spring season. Play It Again Sports also offers a glove repairing service, in case you want to preserve dad’s favorite glove.

PLAN A TRIP — Going to a Laker or Dodger game in 2013? Rockstar Transportation is there to ensure your trip is as smooth a ride as possible. Check out their special packages designed specifically for Lakers, Dodgers, Angels, Clippers, and Galaxy games. Root for your favorite team in style. Dont worry about paying for parking or having a few drinks. Rockstar Transportation will drop you off and pick you up right outside of the venue.

SEASON TICKETS — It’s not too late to secure your seats for this year’s UCSB men’s basketball season. Season tickets are a great option for the local sports fan to get in on the action. The Big West Plus One Package includes tickets for UCSB’s nine home games this season for only $99 and can be purchased here.

ATHLETIC ACCESSORIES — Track every step taken and calorie burned with the Nike+ FuelBand. The Nike+ FuelBand tracks your daily activity while also serving as a watch. The band can track dozens of everyday activities including running, walking, basketball, dancing and more.  Set goals, see progress and stay motivated this holiday season for just $149.

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