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Holiday Gift Guide for Tailgaters – 2014 Edition

Posted by Dave On December - 17 - 2014

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 - 2014


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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HotHands Hand Warmers Review

Posted by Dave On November - 20 - 2014

HotHands Hand Warmers BoxDespite all the global warming alarmists telling us that the earth will spontaneously combust into a ball of fire in the next few years, don’t tell that to the tailgaters in western New York this week. The epic snowstorm in Buffalo is on track to set a record…. IN BUFFALO! Even though the snowpocalypse may descend on many parts of the country before the football season is over, that won’t stop die hard tailgaters from braving the elements to grill up some burgers or give some brats a proper Viking funeral.

Just because we tailgaters will go out in weather that is not fit for man nor beast, does not mean we have to handle it like savages. We recently discovered HotHands hand warmers and Toasti-Toes foot warmers and put them to the test.

The first thing you need to know about HotHands hand warmers and foot warmers is that they are disposable and react to the oxygen in the air when taken out of the packaging. The oxygen combines with the contents inside the packet and causes a chemical reaction that gives off heat for about 10 hours. That’s plenty of time for even the longest of cold weather tailgates. Simply remove the packet from the outer packaging, give the packet a shake to expose the contents to the air and they will begin to heat up immediately. The entire process will probably take about 20 minutes for the packet to reach the full heated potential and will stay that way for the duration. While the heating process was taking place, we placed the HotHands hand warmers in our pockets to maximize the heating efficiency. We also could have inserted them into a glove as well.

When using the HotHands, we noticed the heat level was comfortable enough to keep our hands warm but not too hot that it was uncomfortable to hold them directly on our skin. Conversely, the temperature was not too low either that they wouldn’t make a noticeable difference. The heat level the HotHands hand warmers produce was just the perfect amount that it was not too hot or too cold and was a comfortable temperature.

When the HotHands started to lose heat intensity before the 10 hours were up, we just removed the packet from our pocket and shook the contents around a bit. Apparently the packet wasn’t getting enough oxygen in our pocket to keep the chemical reaction going. We exposed it to the air again to get the reaction going and then put it back in our pocket.

HotHands Hand Warmer Specs:

  • Small size (2.25″ x 4″)
  • Packaged in pairs
  • Produce heat (130F)
  • Portable (No wires or batteries)
  • Odorless
  • Nontoxic, nonflammable

Toasti-Toes Foot warmersAfter noticing that the chemical reaction and the heat it produces reduces when the oxygen level is reduced, we tested to see if we could extend the life of the HotHands packets if we didn’t use them the entire time. After about four hours of exposure to the air, we took the HotHands packet and placed it in a plastic zipper bag and took out as much air in the bag before closing it up. The following morning we took it out of the bag and shook the contents to see if the packet would warm up. Indeed it did and we were able to get two uses out of one HotHands packet.

When tailgating, warm hands is one thing but cold toes is a whole different ball game. Nothing makes tailgating in the cold more miserable than if your toes feel like icicles at the ends of your feet.

HotHands also makes toe warmers too called Toasti Toes. Toasti Toes are a packet similar to the hand warmers but instead of being a rectangle shape they have a rounded toe and adhesive backing. They are designed to function in the low oxygen environment of boots and shoes so you don’t have to keep taking them out and exposing them to the air to maintain a constant heat. All you do is simply stick the warmers to the outside of your sock, under or over your toes, and you now have about eight hours of warmth on your little piggies.

Toe Warmer Specs:

  • Size: 5 in x 4.25 in
  • Maximum Heat: 115 Degrees
  • Average Temperature: 97 Degrees

After thoroughly testing the HotHands hand warmers and the Toasti Toes toe warmers, we are going to give them the Tailgating Ideas “Tailgate Approved” stamp of approval. They worked well and lasted quite a long time. We enjoyed the fact that they could be reused if you did not use them the entire duration. They are made in the USA which is a plus and also the price was perfect, especially for a one-time-use, disposable item.

For more information or to buy a box of your own for your next tailgate party, visit: warmers.com

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tailgating beer glove featured

I love coozies. LOVE them. My collection of coozies – or “insulated can holders” – is in the double digits. I’ve got thin sleeve coozies and thick foamy ones. I’ve got coozies with Phillies and Eagles logos, coozies specifically designed for bottles and even a coozie on a necklace for hands-free drinking. I recently got engaged, and received a pair of “Mr.” and “Mrs.” coozies as an engagement present.

I tell you all this because in all my coozie collecting years, I have never owned a coozie attached to my winter gloves. In fact, the thought never even entered my mind until I came across the TailGator Beverage Glove. I quickly realized that I had been missing out, and couldn’t be more excited about adding the “Ultimate Cold Weather Party Glove” to my arsenal of beverage handling.

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First things first, the gloves themselves are awesome. Warm and comfortable and they offer a soft microfleece shell, Thinsulate Insulation, waterproof linin, and soft rubber-tech grip. Even if I was the least-thirsty man in the world, with no intentions of ever handling a beverage, I would feel great about wearing these gloves. And they come in a bunch of great colors like 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).

Tailgator Glove InstructionsWhile these high-quality gloves are great on their own, the built-in beverage holder really puts it over the top. The gloves boast an elastic stretch beverage holder that accommodates all 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.

Having a built-in beverage holder brings a lot of positives to your outdoor drinking situation. First of all, your beverage is going to stay cold and your hands are going to stay warm thanks to the insulated material. If you have ever held an ice-cold beer in your hands on a winter day, you know how important this feature is. Even with gloves on, the cold has a way of getting through to your hands.

In the past, I have tried to combat this problem by putting a regular coozie on my beer and then holding it in my gloved hand. Unless you enjoy broken bottles and wasted beer, I do not recommend this. The built-in beverage holder allows you to keep the beer cold and your hands warm, without having to worry about awkwardly fumbling your drink.

Rob Halloween Tailgator Beverage GlovesI recently tested these gloves out on Halloween, the first big chill of the season here in Philadelphia. Going door-to-door with the little ones, I was able to sip on some refreshing adult treats without having to worry about my hands going numb from the cold.

Everybody was asking me about the gloves, and I even received a few free beverages so people could see them in action. When asked by the other adults, I told them all the same thing – “They are great! Get a pair!”

The only downside I could see is that BOTH gloves don’t come with the beverage holder. You know, for when you really like to party.

The Tailgator Beverage gloves cost $24.99 a pair and that price includes free shipping.

To learn more about Tailgator Beverage Gloves, visit their website: thetailgatorglove.com

Quench products cocktail masters

Veteran tailgaters know that beer is as at home at a tailgate as mosquito bites are at a summer camp. But for some tailgaters, beer just doesn’t cut it. And we’re not just talking a box of wine or doing something overly simple like mixing hard liquor and some soda. We’re talking actual cocktails that even James Bond or Dean Martin would be happy to enjoy if they were out tailgating.

Real cocktails take some effort and preparation to make them correctly. After all, you want to make your cocktails alluring enough to entice that entire sorority pledge class over to your tailgate. But making real cocktails requires some tools and those are in short supply while tailgating. That is until we discovered Quench Products Cocktail Masters.

If you skipped the video, Quench Products Cocktail Masters are a multi-tool specifically designed to make a certain type of cocktail. Let’s start with the Margarita Master.
Quench Products Margarita Master
By looking at it, the Margarita Master looks like a multi-use knife. (Actually all of the Cocktail Masters from Quench look like a multi-use knife.) In one compact package you have all the tools you need to make the perfect margarita. All you need to do is supply the ingredients and the glasses.

Quench Products Margarita Master Uses

Quench Products Margarita Master Uses

What if you want to be James Bond in the parking lot and make a Martini? If that is the case, the Martini Master has your back. Quench Products Martini Master

No matter if you like your Martinis shaken or stirred, you have a way to strain the ice and also make the perfect garnish.

Quench Products Martini Master Uses

Quench Products Martini Master Uses

Now that you have mastered the tequila and the gin standards, time for a rum drink. That’s where the Mojito Master comes in. As much as a margarita brings the ladies to the tailgate party, nothing gets the party mood going like some mojitos.

Quench Products Mojito Master

The best mojitos are made with fresh mint and the Mojito Master will ensure your mojitos are the freshest in the parking lot.

Quench Products Mojito Master Uses

Quench Products Mojito Master Uses

So now that you know you have multiple options to make different cocktails in the parking lot, you probably want to know how well these tools work while out tailgating. That’s what we are here for, correct?

We recently took the Quench Products tailgating to test to see if they could feel at home there as much as they would in your kitchen. Because they are already compact and lightweight, they fit right into our tailgating kit. They did not take up too much room at all making them a great fit for tailgating.

Even though they are lightweight and portable, they are also sturdy. Reaming a half of a lime was easy and the Margarita Master was the perfect tool for the job. The cutting wheel on the Mojito Master sliced and diced the mint perfectly and the muddler smashed them as if a professional bartender made these drinks.

After thoroughly testing the Quench Products Cocktail Masters line of products, we are going to give them the Tailgating Ideas “Tailgate Approved” stamp.

A main factor in these products getting our “Tailgate Approved” stamp was not only their functionality but affordability as well. Priced at under $15 per tool, you can get all three and still stay within budget. And these would make great stocking stuffer gift ideas for any tailgater or party enthusiast on your list. Keep an eye out for the complete line of Quench Products to be included in our Holiday Gift Guide coming next month.

For more information or to buy one of these multi-tools, please visit: quenchproducts.com

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Started in August 2007 by tailgating enthusiast Dave Lamm, TailgatingIdeas.com has evolved into an advocate for tailgaters rights and is not afraid to touch on controversial issues confronting those who frequent the tailgating parking lots.

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