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9 of the Best Promotional Products for Tailgating Parties

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Watching football is as American as Thanksgiving. It’s a tradition passed down from generation to generation, just like family recipes and customs. A father teaches his son to love the team he and his father and grandfather loved, and it becomes a bond. They can talk all night about the big game in ’73 and about the horrible coach they had in ’91. And every Thanksgiving there was so much to be thankful for, great family and friends, great food and great football.

Of course, with great football comes great parties, big and small. Some are inside around the old 72” flat screen and some are outside the stadium hours before the game…you guessed it: tailgating. These parties have become part of family traditions all over the US. A family that drinks beer together will cheer together!

To be sure you throw the best house party or tailgate football party, I have put together a few item suggestions to keep your team spirit alive and well every year. I decided to start with the Spectator Cooler Chair. It is exactly what it says, a sweet chair and cooler combo. This will come in handy for you and your friends! If you’re going to tailgate, you’ll need a cooler (or two) and chairs and snacks, but where do you put everything if all your friends are riding in the same car? With the cooler chair combo, it takes all the guess work out of packing so you’re not playing Tetris in the trunk. It’s also great for a house party because while you’re watching the game, you won’t have to get up and get a drink or snack! Awesome!

Speaking of awesome, another great way to get the party started are games and noise makers. I think the Ladder Toss and Washer Toss games, the Fun Flinger, Banger Styx, and the Football Clapper are great. The tailgate parties are a great way to mingle with other fans, so invite them over to join you in a game of ladder toss or to throw around the football-shaped fun flinger. And whether you’re at home or the stadium, when the game starts get your noise makers out to pump up the crowd and cheer them on!

When hosting a party, it’s always nice to offer a small token to thank your guests for coming. Custom Glass Tumblers are a great gift. Have them imprinted with your favorite team’s mascot or city and state to show your pride. They can be used over and over again for years to come. Pass them down to your kids, to make them a fan just like you, and keep the tradition alive.

If you live in the Midwest and cheer on the Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Detroit Lions, or the Indiana Colts, you know how cold it can get from November to February. That’s why the Reversible Fleece/Nylon Blanket with Carrying Case and the 128oz Bubba Keg Cooler are so wonderful to have for tailgating. The blanket is great on a cold day because it’s warm and it folds up into itself to easily be carried to and from the stadium, and the Bubba Keg can hold a large amount of hot cocoa or coffee to keep you warm the whole game. But if you’re lucky and you don’t live in the Northern part of the US, the Bubba keg will also keep your beverages ice cold, so you can enjoy the game under the warmth of the sunshine (while we freeze in the blizzards here in Midwest – grumble, grumble, grumble).

Tailgating parties are only going to grow in popularity, so stay on the ball by taking advantage of this advertising opportunity. Whether you’re throwing a blowout party for that upcoming football game and need gifts for your guests or you’re a corporation looking to sponsor such an event, promotional products are the way to go! The giveaway ideas I mentioned are only the tip of the iceberg — just ask us if you have any specific products in mind for your needs.

Do you have any traditions with your family or friends? Have you ever been tailgating? Can you think of any other promo items that would be great for football parties? Let us know below!


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  1. Amy Swanson

    Great post, Jen! I think this one deserves a touchdown 😉

    All of your suggestions are spot on, especially the reversible fleece/nylon blanket. High school football games get pretty chilly as well since they’re played on Friday nights, ::shudder::.

    No one in my family is a huge sports fan, except for my brother-in-law so we don’t do much for the games. We’ll watch them, and use them as an excuse to eat chicken wings and drink beer. Apart from that tradition though, we don’t do much.

    • Jen

      Thanks Amy! My family doesn’t have a football tradition either, except for the Super Bowl. My dad usually makes chili or ribs, and we just casually watch the game…nobody really cares about the score, it’s all about the food!

  2. Jill Tooley

    I love the items you picked! Especially the Bubba Keg. Those things hold crazy amounts of liquids! 😀

    The Football Flip Game would be fun for halftime or commercial breaks, too. Even I could get into something like that, as it requires little physical skill (WINK).

    Oh, and how about the brick stress ball for at-home parties? People can throw them all they like when the ref makes a bad call! Although, they still shouldn’t be thrown AT the actual TV…

    Nice post!

    • Jen

      Bwahahaha! The brick stress ball idea is too funny! Good suggestion!

  3. Joseph Giorgi

    Great picks, Jen! My favorite is the “Fun Flinger” — which looks suspiciously similar to the Nerf Vortex if you ask me. 😉 I used to have one of those growing up, and I loved it! I was never any good with the traditional pigskin, but I could sure as heck launch the Vortex like nobody’s business. Good times, good times.

    • Jen

      Me too! My hands were always to wimpy and small for a real football, so the Nerf Vortex was my kinda ball. 🙂

  4. Mandy Kilinskis

    I’m not really a football fan, but all of these sweet promo items for tailgating almost make me wish that I was. That Spectator Cooler Chair is really cool. You can just preload snacks, and then never get up during the game!

    Also, I imagine that the Ladder Toss would be tons of fun if you coupled it with a pregame drinking game. 😀

    • Jen

      I think you might be on to something Mandy…

      Ladder toss + drinking = amazing!

      Great suggestion 🙂

  5. Amanda

    Great suggestions Jen! Any of these items would be welcome at my football parties. =) We have a few each season, and they’re lots of fun! Just having friends over, and making stuff like chicken wings or ordering pizzas are reason enough for me to have them over on a Sunday. Football is by far the best sport to watch on TV! Yay Football Season!

  6. Jane Schultz

    I had gone to party with my friends and they amazed me with the exciting tailgate items they brought from beatbox beverages in the party like party pitcher, beach ball, flags, shapit tattoos and more. They were damn cool and awesome. We can use this anywhere on the beach or party or playing games with family member’s. Everybody should try at least once.

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