One of the great parts about bowl games isn’t just that your team’s season is extended by one extra game. It’s that the players get some awesome free gifts with their participation.
Some of these gifts range from watches and pullovers to gift cards and shopping sprees. Morgan Moriarty of SB Nation assembled a list of all the various bowl gifts that will be given out this season.
And since everyone loves some good power rankings, why not rank the top 12 bowls by the gifts they’ve lined up for the players? There are over 40 bowls, so there were some tough choices to make.
12. Heart of Dallas Bowl, Army vs. North Texas:
Players receive: Gift suite; Amazon Echo Dot; football
Our take: It depends what is in the gift suite, which is rather ambiguous and is a set of items that the participants pick from a list that does not exceed $550. The Amazon Echo Dot is also cool because it’s a bigger version of Siri.
11. Hawaii Bowl, Middle Tennessee State vs. Hawaii:
Players receive: Electronics gift suite; Oakley backpack and Holbrook sunglasses; Tori Richard aloha shirt; beach towel; Pro Athletics surf trunks; team performance gear
Our take: A little more specific of a gift suite and you get a Hawaiian shirt. While Hawaii players may have a few, it could be a sweet addition to the wardrobes of Middle Tennessee State players.
10. TaxSlayer Bowl, Georgia Tech vs. Kentucky:
Player receive: Fossil watch; carry-on bag; Under Armour sunglasses; football; bobblehead with player’s face, name and uniform number
Our take: The reason this makes the list is the bobblehead. It’s a little self-indulgent, but that will be something cool to have around years from now.
9. Outback Bowl, Florida vs. Iowa:
Players receive: $150 Best Buy gift card; Outback Steakhouse gift card; Fossil watch; Jostens ring; bowl hat
Our take: The Best Buy gift card is nice, but so is the Outback gift card. If Florida wins, those who head to Outback Steakhouse the following day get a free Bloomin’ Onion. An Iowa win means free coconut shrimp for everyone.
8. Fiesta Bowl, Clemson vs. Ohio State:
Players receive: Gift suite or PS4 game and accessory bundle; OGIO Throttle backpack; Fossil watch; football
Our take: This gets docked because we can only assume the gift suite includes a PS4. Even if players already have a PlayStation 4 or an Xbox One, that is an awesome regift.
7. Liberty Bowl, Georgia vs. TCU:
Players receive: Bass Pro Shops shopping trip; Oculus Pro Team HD binoculars; Bulova watch; Nike athletic shoes, sport sandals, backpack and sunglasses; football
Our take: The trip to Bass Pro Shops could be hit or miss for some players, but the Nike shoes and sandals are also nice throw-ins.
6. Belk Bowl, Arkansas vs. Virginia Tech:
Players receive: Shopping trip to Belk department store; Fossil watch
Our take: Similar to the Liberty Bowl, but Belk has a little wider of an appeal than Bass Pro.
5. Quick Lane Bowl, Boston College vs. Maryland:
Players receive: $200 Best Buy gift card; JBL headphones; life-sized Fathead decal for each participant of his likeness; hoodie; winter hat; Rock ’Em Apparel socks; backpack; vintage football
Our take: Again, similar to the TaxSlayer Bowl, but the $200 Best Buy gift card and the Fathead help edge it out over the bobblehead.
4. Russell Athletic Bowl, Miami vs. West Virginia
Players receive: $300 Best Buy shopping trip; Timely Watch Co. watch; ISlide sandals; beach towel; athletic performance pullover
Our take: The $300 gift card is one of the biggest, and Best Buy has just about type of electronic you could want. A watch and pullover are nice supplemental gifts as well.
3. Peach Bowl, Alabama vs. Washington:
Players receive: $300 Vanilla Visa gift card by InComm; JBL Bluetooth speaker; Fossil watch; football
Our take: As opposed to just a Best Buy gift card, Washington and Alabama players can buy just about whatever they want with their Visa gift card. And they’ve earned it, given that both teams will be playing in the College Football Playoff.
2. Alamo Bowl, Colorado vs. Oklahoma State:
Players receive: Apple Watch Nike+; $110 Best Buy gift card; myCharge HubPlus portable charger; team panoramic photo; mini-helmet
Our take: The Apple Watch goes for $399 at retail. Throw in a Best Buy gift card and these players have it pretty nice.
1. Citrus Bowl, LSU vs. Louisville
Players receive: $305 Best Buy shopping trip. Timely Watch Co. watch; EA Sports video game; ISlide sandals; $25 Buffalo Wild Wings gift card
Our take: The $305 gift card to Best Buy is nice and similar to the top prize from the Russell Athletic Bowl. But what puts this over the top is the $25 gift card to Buffalo Wild Wings. Free wings are huge for college students, and why the Citrus Bowl boasts the best gifts of bowl season.