Today, I’m concentrating on gifts for the man who tailgates, which is the art of having a party in the parking lot before, during, and/or after a sporting event. If done well, it is very manly and a lot of fun. Tailgating can also be very expensive, but it doesn’t have to be.
Let’s start with a manly folding chair. You and your man are going to be at this for several hours, and standing on hard asphalt for that length of time is difficult for even the most manly man. Besides, this is a party and everyone deserves a bit of comfort. The one below has storage pockets on one side and a small shelf on the other and, at $58, it’ll provide much needed periods of rest between spells at the grill.
Speaking of grilling, while it might be manly to do that job bare handed, the trip to the emergency room after you burn off a lot of skin will spoil the fun. With that in mind, a set of grilling tools is a must, and I recommend this one:
I have a set like this, and can state that it has served me quite well. All the basic utensils are there in one compact and sturdy plastic case, plus it has skewers and corncob holders. My only complaint is with the tongs, which are not easy to work with. Still, at $36, it’s a convenient and functional tailgate accessory.
Of course, you’ll need a cooler. You’ll also need a radio to keep up with the game news. Since part of tailgating well is to keep things as minimalistic as possible, why not combine the two?
This cooler with attached radio is only $60, has wheels and a pull out handle, and can hold up to 60 cans on ice while the AM/FM radio is playing. It also features a jack to accept input from a mp3 player.
Our next item will make your man swell with manly pride by giving his tailgate party that added kick to put it a notch above the others, an oven! This is a Coleman gas powered oven that can reach temperatures of 500 degrees, which is enough to cook pizza! At $110, it’s a small price to pay for making your party better than the rest.
Speaking of party improvement gadgets, Coleman also makes a gas powered deep firer!
It’s a bit more expensive, at $160, but just think of the status you’ll gain when you can serve freshly cooked French fries and hot wings!
OK, while it’s manly to have a good, but small, tailgate party, it’s also manly to feed the masses. It’s also a lot of fun to grill enough brots and burgers for every stranger who happens to walk by to get one or two. Of course, if you’re going to undertake such a challenge, you’ll need heavy duty equipment.
That’s the Brinksman 24” Deluxe Roadmaster Heavy-Gauge Charcoal/Wood Trailer Smoker & Grill. Take a moment to marvel at its beauty. I won’t even go into the details of just how much cooking power this baby has, follow the link for that, but I will say that when you park this monster in the tailgating area, you’ll get plenty of attention, and isn’t that worth $7,300?
Of course, tailgating requires surface area. It’s hard to imagine having too many tables, so you might want to pick up a couple or five of these:
That’s a Coleman Dynasty folding table, which provides a 30″ x 60″ surface area that will support up to 300 pounds and that folds to 30″ x 30″ x 4″. It’s a bit pricey at $50, but it should last a good long while.
You’ll also need shade and shelter during the party,
That’s a heavy duty 10.5′ x 10.5′ canopy for less than $70. It’s a good choice for a gift, as I’m sure you’ll find many more uses for it beyond tailgating.
One of the big problems at a tailgate is finding a place to eat. This item helps with that,
and adds the convenience of providing another cooler. At $50, it’s too cool to pass up!
One of the other problems with tailgating is moving the grill. One that’s big enough to be of much use is difficult to load and unload from your vehicle, plus you have to wait a good long time for it to cool off enough to cease being a fire hazard. The Freedom Grill solves those problems.
For only $310 it ataches to your trailer hitch, and swings out on an arm when you’re ready to cook. Unfortunately, it’s a propane grill, but nothing is prefect.
Stepping it up a notch, it’s important to remember that the only electric power available in the parking lot is what you bring with you. That’s why your man needs a generator.
This one is an amazing value, so much so that you might want to read some product reviews before purchasing it, at $200. It’s not going to run a lot of appliances, but just having a few modern conveniences working is often a must. It also wouldn’t be bad to have one or two on hand during that next power failure at home.
Marking your territory is a very manly thing, and here’s a cheap and fun way to do it:
Yep, branding irons with your favorite sports team logo so all the meat coming off the grill is well marked. For $30, this is a fun gift that your man should enjoy for years.
Men love wearing stuff on their belts. Guns, tools, cell phones, we want it in a holster. Why should grilling tools be any different?
Well, the Original Grillslinger BBQ Tool System, 70 pounds or $140, caters to this need. It may not be practical for the price for every day backyard use, but at a tailgate party, where surface space is almost always limited, it’s quite practical, and really cool.
One of the big problems with tailgating is figuring out how to transport, set up, and re-pack everything. This should help:
That’s a Big Woody Camper. Not only does it have sinks, TV, music stuff, storage, and a refrigerator, it also sleeps two in mighty fine style, allowing you and your man to have a little privacy for that after party action without testing the DUI laws. In many cases, the $12,400 price tag is more than worth it.
Possibly the most inconvenient part of parking lot parties is the lack of restroom facilities. Sure, they usually put up a line of porta-potties, but they are always far away and far from fun to visit. So, give your man his own:
15 pounds, $200, and the latest technology, this little convenience will be something you man appreciates greatly, repeatedly.
For $300, this gasoline engine powered blender is a must! Really, if you just have to serve girly mixed drinks, the only way to man them up is to pull start the mixer.
Of course, if you want to skip all the messy details, and have deep pockets, get your man one of these:
That’s a Gameday Customs Tailgaiting Trailor. While it falls into that range of items that you can’t afford if you have to ask the price, something well over $20,000 in this case, it sure is nice. In a well designed, not too large, package it incorporates everything from an electric generator, beer tap and refrigerator for the keg, bathroom, 26″ TV with satellite feed, and lots of other stuff. If you want to go up a notch from this, you’ll have to look into customized motor homes, and those are in the “if you even have to think about whether you should ask about the price you can’t afford it, ” range. Still, if you have $1,000,000 plus to blow on tailgating, drop me an email and, for a small price, I’ll hunt you up your dream land party barge.