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Ranking every bowl game's gifts, from Best Buy shopping sprees to custom cowboy boots

Bowl season is upon us, which means the careful and thought-out ranking of the gifts players will receive. Some bowls did very well and deserve our applause. Others might as well have not shown up.

Good gifts!

Congratulations to the following bowl games that both show an understanding of what college-aged kids want and give them some swag for a hard-fought year.

1. Russell Athletic Bowl

$350 Best Buy shopping trip; Timely Watch Co. watch; ISlide footwear; beach towel; Russell Athletic performance pullover

2. Citrus Bowl

$315 Best Buy shopping trip; Timely Watch Co. watch; EA Sports video game; ISlide footwear; beach towel

3. Peach Bowl

$300 Vanilla Visa gift card; Fossil watch; Bluetooth speaker; commemorative football; $10 Chick-fil-A gift card

4. Quick Lane Bowl

JBL headphones; custom-made, life-sized decal for each player with his likeness; hoodie, winter hat, baseball cap; Ogio backpack; vintage football; $200 Best Buy gift card

5. Alamo Bowl

Beats Studio Wireless headphones; Fossil watch; $125 Best Buy gift card; team panoramic photo; commemorative mini-helmet

6. Military Bowl

Microsoft Xbox One with Kinect bundle; Under Armour duffle bag

7. Outback Bowl

$150 Best Buy gift card; Outback Steakhouse gift card; Fossil watch; Jostens ring; cap

8. Liberty Bowl

Bass Pro Shops gift card and shopping trip; custom-made Oculus Pro Team HD binoculars; Bulova watch; Nike athletic shoes, sport sandals, sunglasses and custom-made backpack; commemorative game ball

The gift suiters

toiletry kit

This is where things get dicey. Gift suites can be very nice or completely tragic. Also, it's a pot luck. Who knows what they're going to get? You do not get points for secrecy in these gift rankings.

9. New Mexico Bowl

Gift suite; Oakley Holbrook sunglasses, Blade Wet/Dry 30 backpack and fine knit beanie; cap; Sound Pop portable speaker; Ogio toiletry kit; Gildan stadium blanket

10. Hawaii Bowl

Gift suite; Oakley sunglasses and backpack; Tori Richard aloha shirt; surf trunks; team performance wear; Urban Barrels beach bag and towel

11. Camellia Bowl

Gift suite; Fossil watch; commemorative game coin and case; cap and beanie; Ogio duffle bag; Big Game autograph football

12. Orange Bowl

Gift suite; Tourneau watch; Schutt commemorative "split" helmet (half one team and half the other, perfect for Brent Venables)

13. St. Petersburg Bowl

Gift suite; Oakley backpack and Turbine sunglasses; commemorative football

14. Bahamas Bowl

Gift suite; Oakley backpack; cap; Rock 'Em Apparel socks; Jabra Bluetooth speaker

15. Sun Bowl

Gift suite; Timely Watch Co. Silvertone watch; Majestic Pro Base fleece pullover; Ogio Politan backpack; cap; commemorative coin

16. Rose Bowl

Gift suite; Fossil watch; Ogio backpack; New Era fitted 59 Fifty cap

17. Fiesta Bowl

Gift suite; Fossil watch; Ogio X-Fit backpack

18. Sugar Bowl

Gift suite; Fossil watch; New Era Cap; commemorative coin

19. Independence Bowl

Gift suite; Timely Watch Co. watch; New Era knit skull cap; commemorative football

20. Cactus Bowl

Gift suite; Fossil watch; Ogio Excelsior backpack


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T21. Poinsettia Bowl

Gift suite; Fossil watch; cap

T21. Holiday Bowl

Gift suite; Fossil watch; cap

T23. New Orleans Bowl

Gift suite; Fossil watch

T23. Music City Bowl

Gift suite; Fossil watch

T23. Foster Farms Bowl

Gift suite; Fossil watch

26. Potato Bowl

Gift suite; Coleman two-person tent; beanie; Oakley backpack; Big Game football

27. Las Vegas Bowl

Gift suite; Oakley backpack; trucker mesh snapback cap; beanie

T28. Armed Forces Bowl

Gift suite; Ogio backack with hydration bladder; commemorative football; beanie

T28. Heart of Dallas Bowl

Gift suite; Ogio backpack with hydration bladder; commemorative football; beanie

30. Boca Raton Bowl

Gift suite; beach towel; beach bag; Tervis tumbler; sunglasses; sports flip-flops

31. Birmingham Bowl

Gift suite; ESPN beanie; Ogio backpack; Big Game football

32. Texas Bowl

Gift suite; belt buckle; duffel bag; alpaca throw; selfie stick

How did you make a worse gift suite?

33. TaxSlayer Bowl

Panasonic gift suite; Fossil watch

You're not even trying ...


Special shout out to the Belk Bowl, who avoided being our worst gift after earning it in 2014.

34. Miami Beach Bowl

Bluetooth speaker; Oakley Blade Wet/Dry 30 backpack; Under Armour bucket hat and sunglasses; beach towel; waterproof cellphone case; commemorative football

35. GoDaddy Bowl

Timely Watch Co. watch; Sol Republic Punk speakers; 32-quart Lit cooler; Wilson official souvenir game ball

36. Belk Bowl

Shopping trip to Belk department store; Fossil watch

37. Cure Bowl

Nike pullover; flexfit, flat bill cap; watch; Tervis tumbler; commemorative metal ticket; chill towel; keychain

38. Pinstripe Bowl

Variety of New Era products

39. Arizona Bowl

Cowtown custom-made cowboy boots. This game has been called a "travesty" by the Mountain West's commissioner, and the gift choice falls in line.

Which leaves us with the mysterious two ...

iconic gift

What are they hiding? These are scary. It's like a game show where you trade all your winnings for what's in the box.

40. Cotton Bowl

Would not disclose.

41. National Championship

Iconic gift

"Iconic gift" is no gift at all. This is the kind of phrase you hear when you're told you're getting "the most valuable gift of all," and it's a lesson about humility or some crap.

An iconic gift could be something dope like a private jet, or a cat-sized top hat full of half-chewed Captain Crunch. This is not okay, National Championship. Step your game up.

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