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Best Hardware Retail BlogTailgating Ideas is proud to announce that we have been named one of the 40 Best Hardware Retail Blogs of 2014 as chosen by Industry Edge.

Industry Edge serves the hardware industry with daily reporting and analysis of new product trends, industry insights, and business smarts. Associated with the National Hardware Show, Industry Edge is the communication force behind hardware retailing and over the recent years has been promoting tailgating and the tailgate party lifestyle within the hardware industry.

Named along with us in the Outdoors, Tailgate & Recreation category was CBS Local and their Tailgate Fan series of videos. We have featured numerous videos from Tailgate Fan on our website since they started and we are honored to be included with CBS Local on this list.

Thank you to Whitney Richardson for including us and for more information on Industry edge and the National Hardware Show, visit: industryedge.nationalhardwareshow.com

Holiday Gift Guide For tailgaters 2014
According to xmasclock.com, you only have roughly 7 days and a few hours left before Christmas. That means if you have not purchased all your holiday gifts yet, you better get on the stick. We empathize with you the procrastinating gift buyers and proudly offer this year’s edition of the Holiday Gift Guide for Tailgaters. If you don’t find anything in the 2014 edition that your tailgater might enjoy, check out our previous years gift guides (2013, 2012, 2011 and 2010) and we are sure you will find something they will love. Without further delay, here is the 2014 edition of the Tailgating Ideas Holiday Gift Guide for Tailgaters.

Tailgate TV Stand Featured
Tailgate TV Stand

If you want to step up your tailgating game, bringing a TV to the tailgating parking lot is a must. And if you are going to bring a TV to the tailgate, you don’t want it taking up valuable table space. You want to mount your TV at your tailgating space much like you would mount it at home. Up and out of the way and safe from errant footballs that may accidentally come in contact with your TV. That is why you need to get a Tailgate TV Stand. The Tailgate TV Stand is a hitch mounted TV stand that holds your flat screen TV and can rotate 360 degrees. The Tailgate TV Stand is essentially three pieces that assemble quickly in order to mount your TV for viewing off the back of your vehicle so long as it has a 2″ tow hitch receiver. $169.99

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VersaPong

They always say, “People tend to give gifts they would like to receive themselves”. This one falls directly into that category. VersaPong is beer pong racks that quickly mount and are easily removed from the tops of PVC pipe that makes tripod stands. The set up is a breeze and the space it takes up in your tailgating vehicle is minimal. Plus your tailgater will be the coolest tailgater in the parking lot or the backyard BBQ when they break out these bad boys that no one has ever seen before. Comes in multiple color options including black, red, blue, green, purple and yellow. 69.95

Texas Sucks Tailgate Tag
Tailgate Tags: Novelty License Plates

Tailgate Tags are aluminum U.S. State background license plates that can be customized to reflect a slogan or message of your choice. They even have a variety of pre-made tailgate tags geared towards specific fan bases, i.e. Alabama license plates that say “Roll Tide” or a Louisiana plate that says “Who Dat?” for the New Orleans Saints fans. Tailgate Tags have the option of the lettering sublimated or with vinyl lettering. All 50 states are available and some states even have multiple background options (California, Maryland, Nebraska, New York, New Mexico and Ohio) if you prefer an old school plate. Sublimated Customized Plates cost $19.95 and Vinyl Customized Plates run $17.95.

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Stocking Stuffer Guide 2014

Posted by Dave On December - 10 - 20141 COMMENT


It’s that time of year again. Time to shop for that person on your gift list who has everything and is impossible to buy for. On top of that, you need to find something that is small enough to fit into their stocking. Have no fear because this is our fifth year publishing our annual Stocking Stuffer Guide for Tailgaters. (Our previous guides are still excellent for ideas as well… 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2010)

Grab these ideas and make sure to order these items to arrive in time to stuff them in the tailgater in your life’s stocking.

Lotion Flasks Combo
Lotion Flasks

Everyone hates the high prices of food and drink inside the stadium or concert venues. Why not fight back and smuggle your booze into events using these stealth flasks made to look like hand lotion tubes? Each one is made of food grade plastic, holds 4 oz. of liquid and comes in a 3-pack. A total of 12 ounces of booze smuggling between all three lotion flasks. The box also includes two mini funnels to fill them up easily at home before heading to the game or concert. $15

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The TailGator Beverage Glove

These gloves are warm and comfortable with a soft microfleece shell, Thinsulate insulation, waterproof lining and soft rubber-tech grip. Oh, did we mention it also has a cup holder built right in to hold your favorite beverage? The elastic stretch beverage holder accommodates all types of beverages – bottles, cans, plastic cups and water bottles all fit snugly in the holder. Simply flip the holder around to the palm side of the glove and attach it to the Velcro tab. When not in use, the holder attaches to the back of the glove, completely out of the way. Comes in a number of colors including Midnight Black, Gripper Green, Glacier Blue and Cardinal Red, so you can be sure to coordinate with your favorite team. Or go for the Highland Timber Camo if you are trying to remain properly hydrated while hiding from deer… or your wife with that “honey do” list in her hand. $24.99

50 Caliber Bullet Bottle Opner Featured
.50 Cal Bottle Opener

Yeah, we know. Ho hum. Who needs another bottle opener? The tailgater that wants to look like a bad ass opening up beer bottles, that’s who! Nothing says bad ass like a bottle opener made from a previously fired .50 caliber shell. .50 Cals are the guns they mount to the top of Humvees and can rip a hole into a telephone pole the size of a grapefruit. If you want to see a single .50 Cal bullet vs 18 inches of solid ice, check out this video HERE. Suffice to say, you open up your beer bottle with a previously fired .50 caliber shell, that pretty much shows everyone you are a bad ass tailgater. $15
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RampShot

Posted by Dave On December - 9 - 2014ADD COMMENTS

Ramp Shot Featured

Often times we come across tailgating games that can be considered relaxing like Cornhole or Ladder Toss and others that are quite strenuous like the most recently reviewed, Slammo. We recently discovered a game called RampShot that falls somewhere in the middle between relaxing and strenuous.

Now that you have seen how RampShot is played, here are some aspects you may want to consider while taking it tailgating. Many times people need a break from playing because they want to get another beer or have some food. RampShot’s “odd man out” allows for a quick break to grab a beer, scarf a hot dog or say hi to those new arrivals that may have come by while you were playing.

The portability of RampShot is good in that both ramps can be stacked one on top of the other for ease of storage and transport in your tailgating vehicle. In regards to playing surfaces, RampShot would be best played in tailgating environments that have grass. You could play it on asphalt parking lots but take it easy on those errant bounces that would require a dive to catch.

RampShot is patent pending at the moment and was designed and developed by a physical education teacher, Joshua Bonventre, along with his good friend, Kevin Texeira. Both Josh and Kevin are big fans of cornhole and Kan Jam and anything related to BBQ’s and tailgating.

As we do with all of the products we review here on TailgatingIdeas.com, we personally were sent a sample of RampShot so that we could test it out in a real tailgating environment. The thing we liked most about RampShot was the game includes three people on every play which keeps players engaged. Games like cornhole, the two players on the opposite end are just standing around waiting for their turn to throw the bags. The uniqueness of the game in which points can be earned by tossing as well as catching makes it rather different compared to other “traditional” tailgating games.

After testing out RampShot we are going to give it the Tailgating Ideas “Tailgate Approved” stamp of approval.

For more information or to get a set of RampShot for yourself, visit: rampshot.com

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Pounce Game Review

Posted by Dave On December - 3 - 2014Comments Off

Pounce Game
Many times when we post about a product or a game that is currently undergoing a Kickstarter crowd funding campaign, we do not have the opportunity to test the product. Normally these entrepreneurs are seeking funding because they do not have the upfront capital to have samples available for testing and review. We mention this because we were lucky enough to personally sample the game Pounce before they started their Kickstarter campaign.

Pounce is a simple and fun, fast-paced skill-based game involving hand eye coordination, team work and can be played by anyone of all ages. Combining elements of the drinking games quarters and beer pong, the simple object is to bounce a ping pong ball into a cup before your opponent can block you. Before we get into the nuance of the game Pounce, take a look at their Kickstarter video.

As you can see in their Kickstarter video they have been producing Pounce on their own and funding will help take it to the next level. If their desired funding level is reached, the game specifics will not change but will be easier to mass produce. Take a look at the “How to Play Pounce” instructional video to understand the pace and game play of Pounce.

As you can see from the video, even with three players, the game is rather fast-paced and is quite fun. If you were to take Pounce tailgating, all you would need is a flat surface and you are playing Pounce. Any utility table or even a Beer Pong table you would take tailgating would be the prefect surface to play Pounce.

Prior to the makers of Pounce getting on Kickstarter, we tried out Pounce for ourselves. We found we had to channel our days of playing quarters back in college to gain some skill in the game of pounce. Unlike in beer pong where you bounce the ball harder to reach the cups at the other end, Pounce bounces are shorter and require a little more finesse.

Another aspect of Pounce we enjoyed is that all ages can play. Obviously beer pong excludes the under 21 crowd but we played pounce with my six year old and eight year old kids. Lastly, we also tailgate with Jeremy McGhee who is in a wheelchair. Although Jeremy has overcome incredible odds and participates in numerous sports, some tailgating games can be exclusionary to people with disabilities. Pounce is a great game for someone like Jeremy.

After testing and playing Pounce for ourselves in a real tailgating environment, we are going to give pounce the Tailgating Ideas “Tailgate Approved” stamp of approval. The compact size makes it perfect to place in your tailgating kit and the opportunity for many people of all ages and skill levels to play it, makes it a great tailgating game.

We would encourage anyone who is interested in playing this game for yourself to visit the Pounce Kickstarter campaign page and contribute to the effort. As of post time they have 28 days left in their funding campaign and they are already off to a good start.

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