18 Gifts to Get the Sneakerhead in Your Life

Because even your punk cousin deserves some end-of-year cheer.

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.


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The Container Store Large Drop-Front Shoe Box

Consider it an airtight vault for the most precious kicks in your closet.

Jason Markk Essential Shoe Cleaning Kit

Everything you need to keep a rapidly growing collection clean.  

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.

Archived Jewellery Swoosh Logo Stainless Steel Ring Silver

Kiss the ring.

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.


Complex 'Sneaker of the Year: The Best Since '85'

Get the conversation going. (And then ready yourself for a long, heated debate.)

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.


Nike Shoebox Bag

Protect your heat at all costs.

Busy Coalar Sneaker-Smart 3D Lamp

Laser-engraved acrylic plates let your precious little sneakerhead broadcast his passion for all to see.

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.

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).

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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.

Levitate Apparel Co. Premium Sneaker Bag

Because life's too short not to take 'em all.

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.)

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.

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.

This story originally appeared on Minor edits have been made by the editors.

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