Have no fear because Tailgating Ideas is here to save the day. As we have done in the past three years, we offer you a quick reference guide of the latest and greatest gear that any tailgater or sports fan on your shopping list would love. In case you missed the previous years’ gift guides, you can also reference those gift guides for tailgaters from 2010, 2011 and 2012. Without further delay and superfluous introduction, here is the Tailgating Ideas Holiday Gift Guide for Tailgaters – 2013 Edition.
Don’t let the name fool you. This little party starter is not just for sharing kamikazes. It used to be called the Party Starter but has since been renamed to the Kamikaze. This versatile mixed drinks and shots dispenser is actually dual-chambered and the liquor and the mixers only come together when the trigger is pressed. Fill up the rear reservoir with the liquor of your choice, the front reservoir with the mixer, pressurize the chambers with the plunger and that is when the fun starts. There is an intensity dial on the Kamikaze that you can determine how strong or weak of a shot you want to give out… or serve to yourself. With measuring lines and drink recipe suggestions on the back, the Kamikaze is truly the one party tool your tailgater on your gift list would love to receive. Priced at $25, the Kamikaze can be found HERE.
You have a tailgater or a sports fan on your gift list that says they are a die hard fan and are not afraid to show it? Make them prove it by getting them a set of Game Bibs. These bib overalls come in a variety of colors to match any professional or college football team your fan can imagine. Not for the wallflower on your list because Game Bibs will definitely get your sports fan noticed. They’ll feel like an A-list celebrity while out tailgating because everyone will come up and want to take their picture with him/her. A wide variety of sizes for women, men, infants, toddlers and youths are available. Game Bibs cost about $50 per pair and they even offer cargo pants and shorts, sundresses and fitted skirts. Get your tailgater their own pair of Game Bibs HERE.
The reason why tailgating is called tailgating is because people used to unfold their pick-up truck tailgate and have a party in the parking lot. People still do that but the tailgate party has evolved. You no longer have to have a sore butt from sitting on that cold hard truck tailgate anymore. There is the Tailgate Couch that now makes tailgating a lot more comfortable. With a Tailgate Couch in the bed of the truck those old school folding chairs are now obsolete. The best part? The Tailgate Couch is a chick magnet. Seriously, if given the choice of sitting on a hard metal tailgate or on the soft comfort of the Tailgate Couch, I am betting all the women will opt for choice No. 2. I hate to stereotype but I am willing to bet on this. Priced at about $200, the Tailgate Couch comes in Camo and classic red colors. You can find the Tailgate Couch HERE.
It may be cold outside right now and the furthest thing you can think about is playing beer pong in the pool but Spring will be here before you can say “bringbacks”. (Hard core beer pong players will know what that means.) The main difference between the Pool Pong Party Barge from other floating beer pong tables is they essentially built the better mousetrap. There are the recessed cup holders on each end as with most inflatable beer pong tables but that is where the comparisons end. The Party Barge has additional cup holders around the sides and the real genius of this design is the sunken central cooler. The capacity on the central ice chest is 18 canned beverages plus ice. Now you never have to get out of the pool to refill the cups when it is time for the next game to begin. Priced at $55, the Pool Pong Party Barge can be found HERE.
Pro Football Cookbook
Books are always a popular holiday gift item but this is one book that the tailgater on your list will love this year. The Pro Football Cookbook is a compilation of 32 main dishes, 32 sides and 32 cocktail recipes all inspired by the 32 NFL franchises and the city from where they hail.
For tailgaters stuck in a rut, this cookbook would be great for some new recipe ideas to make everyone in the parking lot stand up and take notice. The Pro Football Cookbook is a fantastic road map for tailgaters to have a built-in menu to reference for a meal theme based on that weekend’s opponent. Your team is playing the Washington Redskins? Make Hogs Sandwiches, Roasted Redskin Potatoes with Mustard and a Red Gin Rickey (pages 160 – 163) to wash it all down. When it comes time for your Super Bowl party, find the section of the two different teams playing and make those recipes for your guests and people will think you are a world traveling genius. Stadium Journey Pro Football Cookbook is available in hardcover from Amazon.com and would make a great gift for any tailgater this holiday season.
The tailgater on your list says regular old beer pong has gotten a little dull lately? Maybe they have gotten so good at beer pong they need an added element of challenge? Or maybe they just want to stand out from the rest of the tailgate parties with a regular beer pong table and want look just a little bit different? No matter what they’re looking to do to spice up their beer pong game, Spin Pong has got you covered. Simply stated, Spin Pong is a battery operated beer pong rack that rotates the cups clockwise while you play. Just insert two AA batteries, load up your cups, fill your cups and let the balls fly. The level of difficulty increases while the fun level is raised as well. Spin Pong is priced at $17 for one rack or $30 for a set of two, one for each end of the beer pong table. Spin Pong can be found HERE.
Do you know a tailgater that is not a beer drinker? If the tailgater on your list likes mixed drinks, the Cocktail Gator is the one gift you have to get him or her. Basically it is an insulated soft sided cooler that has compartments to hold a full liquor bar and ice on the go for your tailgate party. The CocktailGator comes in two different models: the Walkabout Cocktail Gator and the Mega Cocktail Gator which is larger and holds more. The Walkabout Cocktail Gator costs $85 and the Mega Cocktail Gator costs $159. You can purchase both models of the Cocktail Gator HERE.
For some reason, hot dogs just taste better at the stadium. They don’t use magic hot dogs and buns made from an age old secret recipe. Stadiums use steam to prepare their hot dogs and it is the reason why you can’t duplicate the same taste at home or in the tailgate parking lot. That is until now. The Steemee Wonder is a stainless steel hot dog steaming system that can prepare six hot dogs and six buns in six minutes. They taste exactly like the hot dogs you have grown up eating inside the stadium but at a fraction of the price. The Steemee Wonder sells for under $35 on Amazon.com.
By nature, tailgating is a social activity. What could be more social than doing a beer bong with five additional friends all at the same time? That’s what the Bongzilla is all about. The Bongzilla is a pole mounted beer bong with six hoses coming off the bottom. The pole lowers and extends for ease of filling in the lower position and once filled, raise it up to the full height and bring in your friends. The pole extends and raises the funnel up to six feet in the air to allow gravity to do it’s thing. Did we mention that the Bongzilla funnel can hold 144 oz of liquid? That’s a whole 12-pack of beer for those of you math challenged. At the end of each drinking tube is an open/close valve so everyone can start drinking at the same time. Also, if you don’t have a total of six people wanting to drink, you can plug the tops of the hoses from inside the funnel to block any liquid going into the hoses that will not be used. The Bonzilla is priced at $55 and can be found HERE.
It is no secret that Honda generators are the gold standard by which all generators are compared. Packing a max load of 2200 watts and extremely quiet, the Ryobi RYI2200 is the new kid on the black that may knock Honda off as king of generator mountain. The Ryobi is more than affordable priced under $550 and can be found at your local Home Depot.
Before we were introduced to BasketPong, beer pong was only played on a flat table. Now here comes MegaPongo and it turns the beer pong world on it’s ear. With backboards and a ball collection system, this is the new age of beer pong. Or if you are not a beer pong player, you can still play it by making up your own rules and standards for play. Numerous cup configurations are only limited by your imagination and it all packs up and is easily portable to any tailgating location. Priced at $135 for a complete set, you can buy MegaPongo HERE.
Tossing games are a main staple in the tailgating parking lots but the same ones you have seen are getting about as fresh as a Billy Idol concert. Hi-Tops is a new tailgating game that combines elements of other popular tailgating games like cornhole and beer pong but puts a new twist on it to make it a fun and unique tailgating game. Hi-Tops is priced at $129.99 and that includes two official Hi-Tops Towers, two official Hi-Tops Playing Balls (foot bags), six stakes and one package of Hi-Tops playing cups. For more information or to buy a Hi-Tops game set for someone on your list, visit: playhitops.com
Mini Beer Pong
Some say “Bigger is Better”. And in most cases they are right. But when it comes to tailgating, smaller is normally better because of size constraints placed on getting everything you need into your tailgating vehicle. Sometimes not only smaller, but something that is mini, may be the best choice for tailgating. Mini Beer Pong is a smaller wooden game that is roughly 24 inches long. A “regulation” beer pong table is 2′ wide, 8′ long and 27 1/2″ high. Mini Beer Pong is four times smaller than a standard beer pong table making it more portable and can fit into the tightest spaces within your tailgating vehicle. If the tailgater on your list is looking for something different that nobody else has, Mini Beer Pong is the gift for them. Mini Beer Pong is priced at $60 and can be found HERE.
Make sure to come back early next week when we publish another edition of our Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Tailgaters. In the meantime, you can also check out the Stocking Stuffer Guides from years past including last year, 2011 and 2010.
It’s been a little while since our last Johnsonville post, but I’m excited to share a review of a couple of their new products. I’ve long been a fan of precooked food when it comes to tailgating, because there are so many things that could go wrong with raw food. Luckily Johnsonville has added several new precooked offerings to their already stellar stable of products.
Disclaimer: We were given samples of the Johnsonville Meatball and Sausage Slices free of charge. This in no way affected our evaluation of the product, nor did it affect the objectivity of this review.
One of my favorite things about testing these new products for Johnsonville is that when they’re released they always have a lot of recipes to try them in. The new meatballs and sausage slices were no different. However sometimes I like to put my own spin on things, which is precisely what I did with this review.
The first of the two products I tested was the “Mild Italian Sausage Slices.” As you might have guessed from the name, these are simply slices of italian sausage. While there are a few things you could do with these I decided to try them on a pizza. I found them super easy to use for this purpose, just grab them from the freezer and top the pie, and my results were quite nice. While I made this particular pizza in my home oven, it could easily be done on the grill. The sausage itself was surprisingly juicy considering it had been cooked, frozen, and then baked in the oven, all while maintaining a pleasant flavor. If mild sausage isn’t your scene, they also offer a hot and spicy variety.
The next products I tried were the “Three Cheese Italian Style Meatballs.” For these I decided to make something on the grill, and the best thing that came to mind was a meatball sub. I didn’t follow any specific recipe for these, but they turned out great just the same. Even after grilling them a little to add some additional flavor they were still plenty moist for being precooked. Now what you need to know about these is that they’re made from pork, which is probably different than what you would expect. As such they have an entirely different texture and taste than similar products made from beef. Not a negative to the product, more of an FYI. If “Three Cheese” isn’t your scene they also offer “Classic Italian” and “Homestyle” which I’m sure are equally as good.
Based on my findings, I’m going to deem the Johnsonville Meatball and Sausage Slices “Tailgate Approved.” I think they’d be a welcome addition to any tailgate menu and, even as we near the end of the football season, they would be equally welcome as part of your indoor gameday spread. These products are gluten free, and are made to the same quality standards that you would expect of a company like Johnsonville.
To learn more about the product you can visit the product page here. I would also encourage all Johnsonville fans to check out their social media sites for the latest news, tips, and contests. You can find their Twitter pages @JvilleGrilling and @JvilleKitchens. Their Facebook pages are here and here, and a personal favorite of mine is their Instagram page.
We sports fans and tailgaters show our spirit and support for our team in lots of different ways. You can always paint your face or your body. (I think the episode of Seinfeld pretty much covered the face painting thing.) You can always buy out the team store and wear a jersey, a hat, Mardi Gras beads, etc. All of those options are pretty easy and quite honestly, a bit overdone. Why not show your love and devotion to your team in a way that can not be mistaken or ignored?
We as tailgaters like to stand out, be unique and let everyone in the parking lot know that we support our team, rain or shine and in good seasons and bad. We recently had the opportunity to test and try out Game Bibs which are bib overalls decked out in any stripped combination to match your team’s colors.
(Disclaimer: We did receive samples of Game Bibs for free. The fact these samples were provided to us free of charge in no way influenced our opinion of the product nor did it impact our ability to test and review the product fairly and objectively.)
Upon hearing that we would be testing out Game Bibs we immediately checked out their website, GameBibs.com. We were immediately struck with how many color options there were and even tried to come up with a professional or college team color combination that they did not have. We were stumped as to what team or school you could possibly come up with that did not have a Game Bib color combination. They even have black and white checkered bibs for the race fans out there and also an orange and white checkered game bibs for those Tennessee fans that want to wear the iconic orange and white checkerboard end zone design at Neyland Stadium. Speaking of college football icons, there is nobody more iconic than college football coaching legend the late Paul “Bear” Bryant and his famous houndstooth hat. Game Bibs even has a Black and White Houndstooth Game Bib for the ‘Bama fans that want to pay homage to the Bear.
In addition to the wide variations of color options, we were impressed with the variety of sizes Game Bibs offers. Ranging from XS to 3XL, Game Bibs can fit almost anyone. Game Bibs also offers smaller sizes for the littler fans in your family or tailgating group. Game Bibs are also sized for infants, toddlers and youths so there is no reason the whole family can’t show off your team pride in style. They have some sizing suggestions for adults when picking out your Game Bibs that we thought would be helpful to share.
If you are at the high end of the waist range, it is recommended that you purchase the next size up for ultimate comfort. Your waist size in bib overalls will typically be about 2-4 inches bigger than your waist size in jeans, especially if your belly hangs over your pant waist. To determine the most accurate bib overall fit for women, a general rule of thumb is to add 23 inches to the size you wear in women’s clothing. For example, if you wear a size 6 in women’s clothing your waist in bib overalls would be 29 inches and the recommended purchase size would be a Small.
Being a former college football offensive lineman myself, I went with the 2XL Game Bib size. I chose three different color combos to reflect my allegiance to my favorite teams I would typically tailgate. I got the Royal Blue and Orange Game Bib for when I tailgate and attend the Cal State Fullerton Baseball games and plan to wear my Cal State Omaha T-Shirt underneath. I also got the Navy Blue and Yellow for when I tailgate before the San Diego Chargers games which has been well documented online here. I also received the Crimson and White Game Bibs for those times I tailgate and attend University of Oklahoma football games. (Back in October we traveled to Dallas for the OU/Texas game and documented that trip on our Instagram page. These Game Bibs would have been awesome to wear to that game.)
In addition to the wide variety of colors and sizes just in the bib overalls options, Game Bibs offer up other ways you can express you are a fan. They also offer Fitted Skirts and Sundresses for the ladies. For the guys, Game Bibs also carries Cargo Pants and Cargo Shorts. And for those Grill Sargent tailgaters out there, Game Bibs also carries Cooking Aprons.
As mentioned earlier, we received samples of Game Bibs to try on for size and comfort. As with normal bib overalls, the comfort of these babies are unmatched. Depending on your body type if you have longer legs or a longer torso, the shoulder straps are fully adjustable. The inseam length is plenty long too so if you have shorter legs you may need to hem the inseam or just roll the bottoms. Because the inseam might need adjusting to your personal leg length, I immediately thought Game Bibs would work perfectly in concert with The Whizdom too.
Game Bibs have deep back pockets to hold your wallet and most women like to carry their cell phones in their back pockets. Plenty of room back there even for those larger sized smart phones with the huge screens. Game Bibs have front pockets too for your keys and any other items you want to have with you while tailgating or to take inside the game. Game Bibs also have a front zipper fly for the guys when nature calls. Also, if you want to bring in some extra hooch into the game and not pay the high concession stand prices, Game Bibs would be perfect to bring in and conceal a Freedom Flask.
The front bib has a large pocket too along with a thinner pocket to place a pen or even a victory cigar. When wearing my Game Bibs I preferred to place my smart phone in the front pouch pocket for easy access and also to be able to hear it easier. Sometimes the tailgating parking lot can be a loud place and you can’t always hear your cell phone ring if someone is calling to ask where to meet you or ask directions on how to park next to you. By placing my phone in the front pocket it is closer to my ears and thus reducing the chances of missing an important call because I couldn’t hear it. Also, your phone is right there at your finger tips so you won’t miss capturing your buddy doing his first Flamingo Beer Bong.
The obvious benefits of Game Bibs is not only the comfort of wearing bib overalls but the fact there is NO WAY there will be any doubt as to which team you support. A pair of jeans and a jersey just doesn’t cut it for some people. And for those people, they need to express their love and devotion to their team in a big way. When you wear Game Bibs you aren’t just tapping someone on the shoulder and whispering you are a fan. By wearing Game Bibs you are grabbing them by the shirt collar and getting two inches from their face and screaming “I’M A FAN!!!!“. (Figuratively, of course.)
If you are a bit of a wallflower and don’t want to be noticed while out tailgating, Game Bibs are not for you. But if you are a casual fan and want to up your game and make sure there is no shred of doubt which team you love, Game Bibs are a must have. After thoroughly testing Game Bibs we are going to label them “Tailgate Approved”. The comfort along with the price and durability make Game Bibs unmatched when it comes to expressing your devotion and spirit for your team without saying a word in the tailgating parking lot.
Game Bibs are made from 100% cotton fabric and are priced around $50 for the traditional bib overalls. Infant, toddler and youth sizes along with the women’s sundresses, skirts and men’s cargo shorts and cargo pants are priced less than $50. If you want to save 10% on your first order of Game Bibs, you can get your discount by following Game Bibs on Twitter (@GameBibs) liking them on Facebook or joining their email list.
Game Bibs would make the perfect gift for any tailgater on your shopping list. Just imagine the look on their face when they open up these bib overalls in their favorite team’s colors just in time to go to the game that weekend.
For more information or to buy Game Bibs, visit: GameBibs.com