Football art gift guide - What to look for when buying football gifts and art prints online
Here’s a gift guide with a bit of a difference - it’s all about football prints. There’s tons and tons of football art out there on the web, so how do you know what to look for and separate the great stuff from the poor quality (there’s a lot of that too).
We started The Football Gallery as we wanted to give people the best choices when looking to buy football gifts and prints online. We have worked hard to curate football art collections from some of the best creatives around, all in one place. As Dinkit, we’ve been selling our own football art prints online since around 2012 and in that time we've seen it all and we felt there was a need for a place to give customers the best options, as afterall, the gift recipient (the football fan) also deserves the best.
Every football fan is different. Whether it’s the team they support, the age they are, how much wall space they have and their personal likes when it comes to football art. So we’ve put together a range of options so you can make a more informed decision when choosing what to buy as that next football gift item.
1. Football legends artwork
A football legend is a player that has reached the top of the game and sustained that position for many years. They often score a lot of goals, make a lot of goals, or equally stop a lot of goals. As fans, we put them on a pedistal as we think they deserve the recognition for what they have achieved. Football legends can be from a given club, a national team, or a player that has excelled at all clubs they have been to, Christiano Ronaldo (by Jamie Orrell) is a great example of this. He’s a legend and he’s not even stopped playing yet! There’s generally two types of football player prints - action and portrait. Both of these types would suit a younger generation of football fan who has bedroom wall space for that inspiring legend of the game.
2. The football stadium print
This has to be the most covered theme of all football art themes. We’ve seen them all and we think we have picked out the very best around. There’s a variety and it really depends on personal taste as they would work for most generations of fans. There’s the highly detailed technical drawings of Jonny Adamson, the flat colour retro looking illustrations by Matthew Wood, or the hand-drawn pencil creations by Matt Brown. If you are looking for a bit more subtlety, you have the stadium coordinates prints by Matt Berry which appeal to people who like a bit of contemporary typography or the terrace soundwaves if you like something a bit more classic and timeless and a bit more subtle when it comes to football wall art.
3. The football kit print
We’ve seen this tackled by many, but the ones we think are top of the league when it comes to football kit prints are created by Good Team On Paper. They are outstanding, full of detail and beautifully crafted. They go to a lot of effort researching each teams kit history, before illustrating them and then displaying them in order on each print.
4. Photography prints
If you are looking for something a bit more generic when it comes to football gifts, you could look at Liam Bailey’s “Footballs I have found” project. He’s collected many old knackered balls over the years and professionally photographed them like portraits. They are photographed beautifully, bringing out the texture and detail in these old footballs. They would make a great focal piece of football art in a room for any football fan or player.
4. Personalised prints
Some people look for artwork that has a bit more of a personal touch when it comes to buying gifts. We recommend the A to Z of Football. You can pick a team and have any initial you like, so the artwork is tailored perfectly to the person receiving the football gift. These are also great for fans of all generations as they use the graphics of teams kits and heraldry in a way that makes them feel timeless.
So, if you are looking for 2020 Christmas gifts with a difference, something a bit more unique or quirky, or a gift for a person who already has everything you can think of, a print from The Football Gallery might be a great starting point for you.