What qualifies as a "toy"?
After the obvious Christmas wish list fodder—you know, the headache-inducing products that circumvent the parent via hyperaggressive marketing—what meets the definition of "toy" is truly subjective.
And I'm just referring to grown men and women who refer to luxury cars and superfluous Burberry products as "toys."
Kids will find more entertainment value in box full of Styrofoam peanuts than anything found on a "big box" store shelf, and a cat will bat around a scrap of paper for hours.
What makes something a toy is a sense of joy—of forgetting about school or a job or an argument in a moment of suspended reality.
For athletes, one of the greatest rewards of forging their innate talent and hard work into a professional career is turning the windfall into virtual wish fulfillment for their friends, family...and, yes, themselves.
Being Santa Claus is awesome, even if the person on the "good list" is yourself.
These are 25 awesome athlete toys.