It’s almost bowl season, which means that the holidays are coming fast as well. We all know from that last sentence what I feel is truly important this time of year, but some people get messed up priorities and start buying their friends and family silly things like soap/lotion/body wash baskets, ceramic figurines, or scented candles. We can do better, Bronco Nation!
(Disclaimer: We at Blue Turf Nation are receiving no kickbacks or merch for this. However, we probably wouldn’t argue… just saying. Call me if you have that hookup, Nike!)
So, here’s The Ultimate Boise State Fan Holiday Gift Guide for 2014, broken out by fan type.
The Little Ones First – For The Kiddos
Kids love dressing like their heroes, so why not give the gift of Matt Miller’s jersey? Can knock out football, superhero, and cowboy all in one fell swoop!
Yay, action figures. Also, it’s the Fox Robot so breaking it is kind of the least big deal ever. Win-win!
This is adorable. Someone please buy this and send me pictures of your uterus-flippingly cute kid in this getup.
Boise State Toy Train – $17.90
C’mon. It’s a wooden toy train, painted in blue and orange and the Bronco logo. A kid’s very own J-Train, baby! Choo-Choo!
This looks like a typical Amazon knockoff poster, but who knows. The logo is a little off, the words blue turf are just shoved on there without context, and Buster looks strange as a cartoon but it is a unique looking piece.
College Dreamin’ – Young Adult
Boise State Shockwave – $24.99 (sale)
Oh, hey. A speaker to work with a phone or mp3 player in the only appropriate color scheme. Neat. I bet T-Swift sounds even better through this. That is what the kids are listening to these days, right?
Boise State Player Knit Hat – $28.00
There isn’t much that’s better than wearing the same stuff as the players. This beanie has been keeping the Broncos warm on the sidelines since the weather got cold and looking good doing it.
Boise State Stealth Backpack – $44.95
Sure, a backpack is boring. But add a Bronco logo and all of a sudden it becomes…well, still a backpack but one that will likely get used a ton.
Just hear me out. I know this one seems like a reach, but I would’ve loved this thing as a teenager. Friend sleeping over? Hey, Bronco couch! Dorm room needs some extra seats? Hey, lookie here! Even has cupholders. There are so many options for today’s young adventure seeker with this thing! Sledding, floating the river, camping, tailgating, partying, trying to ride it down a flight of stairs…no, wait. Forget I brought any of that up. Of course, dear reader, your wonderful, responsible young adult would never be involved in such unsafe shenanigans. Hey, look! Bronco couch!
Broncoistas – For The Ladies
Boise State Rah-Rah Necklace – $16.16
There is lots of Bronco jewelry out there, usually covered in plastic and bling. This piece is not the usual “Bronco head with two blue and two orange fake jewels glued on” and therefore is awesome.
Knit Hoodie Infinity Scarf - $29.95
It’s a scarf! A gorgeous blue one! With a hood, and a prominent Bronco logo on the side! This is the perfect statement piece for those 8 pm kickoffs. May the recipient of this gift’s ears and neck never be cold again.
BSU Full Zip Tunic Hoodie – $69.95
Don’t let the URL frighten you. Victoria’s Secret PINK campaign is a fully licensed partner of Boise State and isn’t the type of stuff that requires a half-nekkid girl in angel wings to model. This tunic zip hoodie does not use the usual BSU logos, and looks like the best thing ever with a pair of leggings and boots this winter.
“All About That State” T-Shirt – $26.95
A legit funny play on the Meghan Trainor song “All About That Bass,” this shirt is almost sure to amuse almost anybody with some pop culture chops.
Boise State Western Boots – $327.99
If these are in your budget, they’re worth every penny. It would be nice if they would update the logo, but it’s not a deal breaker. If you know a Bronco inclined lady who can rock the hell outta a pair of cowgirl boots and you want to really treat her to an unforgettable gift…these are the way to go.
Dude Gear – For The Guys
Broncos Fiesta Bowl Hat (Charcoal) – $29.99
This hat is the answer to a question we didn’t even know we needed to ask. If its possible for a cap to be sexy, this one has pulled it off admirably.
Glow In The Dark Boise State T-Shirt – $19.99
IT GLOWS IN THE DANG DARK!
There are guys who go to the stadium shirtless when it’s 9 degrees, and then those who need to bundle up a bit more. This Pro-Combat undershirt is the perfect layer to wear to add warmth but not bulk, and we all know how much better it makes life to not be walking around looking like Maggie Simpson in her starfish snowsuit at a tailgate party.
Boise State Broncos Pewter Ring – $74.95
It’s not quite as pretty as championship rings, but is still pretty dang sweet.
Throwback yet fresh, with the BSU logo and the raring horse from the mid-80’s? Yes, please.
The Coolest Cooler – $349
Yes, it’s a $350 cooler. It also has more options than the car I’m driving right now. It’s got fat tires to help wheel it with more stability through whatever terrain you happen to be around. It’s got tie downs and oodles of storage. An integrated cutting board. It’s got LED’s in the lid to help you see in the dark so you don’t end up with your brother-in-law’s cheap beer. It’s got USB ports to charge your phone. It’s got bluetooth speakers to play your tunes. Heck, it’s even got a blender! This thing is no joke and should be on every tailgaters wish list.
BSU Grill Set – $49.95
Pretty standard bbq tool set, but with a logo on it, and a bottle opener. YAYYYYY!
Sunscreen Flask – 2 for $10.95
Uhhh, yeah. Tailgating. That’s all this could ever be used for.
Steam Cleaning Grill Brush – $15.95
A clean grill is a happy grill. Other possible uses: messing with opposing fans by shooting steam at them, staying warm on cold nights, facial treatments to open up those pores.
Redneck? Possibly. We’re Idahoan and that comes with the territory. However, these look super useful, especially once the gloves come out in the cold. Imagine a world where nobody fumbled with massive ketchup bottles and surprise mustard juice ever again!
Bowl Gear, The One Thing Everybody Wants, and Other Cool Stuff
Commemorate the first outright MWC championship with a t-shirt! Or wait until next fall and get it on clearance. I’m not here to rush anybody in to anything.
Orange “Broncos Love Fiestas” Hoodie – $44.99
This is going to be the piece of gear to have from Fiesta 3.0.
Nike Women’s Fiesta Bound T-shirt – $26.00
Go Big Blue, indeed. Nike is doing good work for us this season.
Got a slightly morbid Bronco fan in your life? Here’s the perfect gift! It’s a hand painted horse skull, with a gorgeous leather piece affixed to the front bearing a tooled Boise State logo. Is this guy sanctioned by the university? Probably not! Is he awesome for putting this art out in the universe? Yes he is!
…and now to the big one that everybody wants:
On the entire internet, there are apparently only women’s size medium and large at this time. Protip: if you want this hoodie for someone special who are not those sizes and might also carry a y chromosome, you’re going to have to stalk The Bronco Shop, The Blue and Orange Store, and Dick’s Sporting Goods like it’s your job. They go extremely quickly.
Treat the Broncos in your lives (or yourselves!) to something special this holiday season. Socks are great and all, and everybody loves homemade baked goods, but sometimes, the greatest gift is the one of gear. Or a horse skull. Whatever floats that particular boat.