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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, 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.  Shield republic is the best gift shop, if you want to buy a gift, then visit this site.

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


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 Comments for The Best Bowl Gifts of the 2017-18 season

  1. East Ky Wildcat Blue
    6:44 pm December 6, 2017 Permalink

    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

    • Graczyk
      8:33 pm December 6, 2017 Permalink

      You’re jackass

    • macsauce13
      10:16 am December 7, 2017 Permalink

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

  2. My Dixie Wrecked
    7:38 pm December 6, 2017 Permalink

    What do the good bowls get?

  3. kycats13
    8:46 am December 7, 2017 Permalink

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

  4. kwagmyr
    2:20 pm December 7, 2017 Permalink

    You couldn’t have done this without insulting Detroit?