Editor's Note: We're rolling out 10 Days of Indie Merchant Gifts, in our annual celebration of the artists, craftspeople, designers and other independent merchants who make one-of-a-kind products. See gifts in the categories of pets, jewelry, kids, quirky, food, eco-friendly, beauty, practical and apparel.
The holidays are meant for sports. Think college-football bowl games and sledding. Skating on your town's ice rink. Playing touch football in the backyard, Kennedy-style.
So what's more perfect than an athletic-themed stocking stuffer?
Here are 5 entries that we selected as the best gifts for sports lovers this holiday season. See our accompanying slideshow to hear about the stories behind the products, and why we chose them.