18 Gifts to Get the Sneakerhead in Your Life
At a loss as to what to get the sneakerhead in your life this holiday season (besides for a stern talking-to and maybe a few vouchers for free therapy)? Join the club. I mean, what can you possibly give the insufferable little—or not so little—snot who shows up to every family gathering in a new pair of Js and cares more about scuffing his kicks than he does his kid sister? C'mon. That guy/gal doesn't deserve shit.
But guess what? Sneakerheads are people, too. And in the spirit of the holiday season, I say you take the high ground and suck it up. Let bygones be bygones. Try and get past the time your punk cousin dunked on you in front of the whole family for showing up in a cooked pair of GRs. Or hit you with a loud "What are thooose?!" when you showed up in some sweet new hard-bottoms last Hanukkah. Or, for that matter, asked your befuddled grandpa if he could scoop his "sick" collection of New Balances after he "like, passes away, or whatever."
The point is, sneakerheads have feelings just like you and me. And the one you love to hate—but mostly hate—is probably going through some shit. This year was a tough one for all of us, and even sneakerheads deserve a little hard-earned holiday cheer. We were all young once. So scroll through our selection of certified sneakerhead-approved gift choices and put a smile on that hooligan's face. (Or don't. Forget all that. Really want to piss of the sneakerhead in your life? Get him a pair of grown-ass shoes.)
Ikea Shoe Trees
Surprise, surprise: when it comes to shoe trees, our Swedish friends at Ikea provide some of the best bang for your buck, proving once again you don't have to break the bank to make someone happy this holiday season. ikea.com
Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike by Phil Knight
An oldie but a goodie. amazon.com
The Container Store Large Drop-Front Shoe Box
Consider it an airtight vault for the most precious kicks in your closet. containerstore.com
Jason Markk Essential Shoe Cleaning Kit
Everything you need to keep a rapidly growing collection clean. nordstrom.com
Private Laces Air Jordan Replacement Shoelaces.
Because sometimes a simple lace swap is all you need to make your GRs look like limited-edition bangers. amazon.com
Archived Jewellery Swoosh Logo Stainless Steel Ring Silver
Kiss the ring. etsy.com
Adidas Face Covers (3-Pack)
If the sneakerhead you're shopping for is Team Three Stripes, Adidas' face mask happens to be one of the best of the season. adidas.com
Complex 'Sneaker of the Year: The Best Since '85'
Get the conversation going. (And then ready yourself for a long, heated debate.) amazon.com
Angelus Acrylic Sneaker Paint Starter Kit
If the sneakerheads in your life are arts and crafts-oriented, Angelus' specialty paint allows them to kit out their own kicks with the DIY designs of their choice. amazon.com
Nike Shoebox Bag
Protect your heat at all costs. nike.com
Busy Coalar Sneaker-Smart 3D Lamp
Laser-engraved acrylic plates let your precious little sneakerhead broadcast his passion for all to see. etsy.com
Nike Asuna Slides
A soft foam underfoot made for puttering around the house while you do your weekly chores, like, y'know, cleaning your sneaker collection. nike.com
Songmics Shoe Rack
Storage space for your collection that doubles as a conversation starter (provided, of course, you can ever convince an actual human being to come over). amazon.com
ESPN+ Annual Subscription
Chances are, if you're shopping for a sneakerhead, they'll have a passing interest in at least one of the sports that first made the styles they love so damn popular—if only to see who's wearing what in the NBA tunnel. espn.com
Levitate Apparel Co. Premium Sneaker Bag
Because life's too short not to take 'em all. amazon.com
Greats The Foster Slipper
This year, DTC darling Greats introduced the one shoe silhouette we've all been wearing the most: slippers. (Needless to say, they got it very, very right.) greats.com
CustomRugsTo Jordan 1 Rug
A floor mat that makes the process of taking off your sneakers in a strict "shoes off" home marginally more bearable. etsy.com
MiniPewUSA Levitating Shoe Display
Because when you're a sneakerhead, your kicks deserve an absolutely bonkers display system befitting their status as wearable works of art. etsy.com
This story originally appeared on Esquire.com. Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.