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The Best Bowl Gifts of the 2017-18 season


Half of the fun of bowl season is breaking down the gifts that each bowl gives to the teams that participate. Last year, Kentucky players each got a bobblehead of themselves from the TaxSlayer Bowl, a cool and unique souvenir they’ll have on their desks or nightstands for years to come; what gift awaits them in Nashville at the Music City Bowl?

According to Sports Business Daily, a Fossil watch and a trip to the bowl’s gift suite.

Oh. Well, to be fair, that gift suite could include a lot of cool stuff (per NCAA rules, up to $550 worth of cool stuff per person). According to KnoxNews.com, last year’s Music City Bowl gift suite featured 70 items, including flat-screen TVs, mountain bikes, recliners, watches, electronics, headphones, and apparel. Schools can also add up to $400 for each player, meaning that the Cats could have up to $950 to spend in the gift suite.

That’s enough to make you forget about the Fossil watch, which might make for a nice Christmas gift for Dad, but it’s hardly as cool as a personalized bobblehead or some of the swag other bowls are handing out. Such as…

 

Cactus Bowl (Kansas State vs. UCLA): Yeti cooler and tumbler; Fossil watch; Ogio backpack; Legendary hat; JBL Flip 4 speaker; blanket

Shoutout to the Cactus Bowl for going all out. As anybody with a Yeti cooler will tell you, they’re not cheap, so to pair that with a Yeti tumbler (also not cheap), a backpack, a hat, a really nice bluetooth speaker, and a blanket? That’s all you need for a fun day at the beach or park. And, of yeah, the requisite Fossil watch (14 bowls are handing those out this year).


Quick Lane Bowl (Duke vs. Northern Illinois): $175 Best Buy gift card; JBL bluetooth headphones; life-sized Fathead decal for each participant of his likeness; Ogio backpack and tag; mini helmet; hoodie; workout shorts; winter hat; vintage football

The Quick Lane Bowl compensates being located in Detroit with an amazing gift set. Not only will players get a $175 gift card to Best Buy, nice bluetooth headphones and other swag, they’ll get a life-sized Fathead of themselves. That is awesome. Can you imagine Stephen Johnson’s?

That could be worth going to Detroit for.


Citrus Bowl (Notre Dame vs. LSU) & Camping World Bowl (Virginia Tech vs. Oklahoma State): $400 Best Buy player shopping trip; Timely Watch Co. watch

You can get a 43″ Samsung LED 4K Ultra HD TV for $379 at Best Buy right now. No gift will get more use than that.


PlayStation Fiesta Bowl (Washington vs. Penn State): PlayStation PS4 PRO bundle; Fossil watch; Ogio backpack

See above. College boy’s dream right there.


Alamo Bowl (Stanford vs. TCU): Amazon Echo Show; $175 Amazon gift card; Fossil watch; mini-helmet; Rock ‘Em socks; team panoramic photo

I doubt anybody under the age of 45 is going to use an Amazon Echo Show (why when you have a phone?), but it would make a nice gift for parents or grandparents. Plus, $175 will get you plenty on Amazon.


Peach Bowl (Auburn vs. UCF): $300 Vanilla Visa gift card by InComm; Ultimate Ears Wonderboom bluetooth speaker; Fossil watch; football

Money, money, money. MONEY!

…oh, and a Fossil watch.


Bahamas Bowl (UAB vs. Ohio): Gift suite; iSlides sandals; drawstring backpack; beach towel; bowl pin

Also, being in the Bahamas.


Outback Bowl (Michigan vs. South Carolina): Jostens ring; Fossil watch; $125 Best Buy gift card; Outback Steakhouse gift card; hat

You had me at “Outback Steakhouse gift card.”


Gildan New Mexico Bowl (Marshall vs. Colorado State): Gift suite; Oakley sunglasses; Oakley 5-Speed backpack; Lit tumbler; beanie; Gildan stadium blanket; cap; Fidget Spinner

To be fair, the fidget spinner will be the most used gift on that list.


Belk Bowl (Wake Forest vs. Texas A&M): Shopping trip to Belk department store; Fossil watch

Somewhere, Jim McElwain is really jealous.


AutoZone Liberty Bowl (Iowa State vs. Memphis): Bass Pro Shops shopping trip; Bulova Caravelle watch; Nike athletic shoes, sport sandals and backpack; football

Somewhere, Kash Daniel is really jealous.

 

For a complete list of the bowl gifts this year, check out SportsBusinessDaily.com.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

7 responses to “The Best Bowl Gifts of the 2017-18 season”

  1. East Ky Wildcat Blue

    Our players should give there gifts back cuz they dont deserve it with barely winning a weak schedule and poor coaching stoops has got to go

    1. Graczyk

      You’re jackass

    2. macsauce13

      You’re a tool and an embarrassment to our fanbase.

  2. My Dixie Wrecked

    What do the good bowls get?

    1. JTHinton

      Meaningful trophies

  3. kycats13

    The Ball family thinks the entire city is a gift suite.

  4. kwagmyr

    You couldn’t have done this without insulting Detroit?