Tailgating 2013: Christmas Shopping 101 for the Tailgater

2013-12-09T00:00:00Z 2013-12-11T17:24:44Z Tailgating 2013: Christmas Shopping 101 for the TailgaterJoe Drozda and Bob Bley nwitimes.com
December 09, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Joe Drozda and Bob Bley are writing the third edition of The Tailgater’s Handbook which will be published in 2014. Drozda is considered the “Father of American Tailgating” by many including The Wall Street Journal. Drozda and Bley both grew up in NW Indiana and attended Indiana University together.

Now is the perfect time to think about Christmas gifts for the tailgater. The pre-Christmas sales are in full swing and tailgating gear, a lot of which is camping gear, is out of season and marked down in price for clearance. With plenty of opportunities for good buys, make sure you put some thought into your gift choices.

The important thing to remember, buying tailgating gear for a loved one is like buying a tie - they usually will not like your choice. To minimize that risk, why not have them indicate what they would like? Go online to tailgatershandbook.com and check our Christmas gift suggestions. Ask them to pick out items they want and then you can buy online, or look for these things in local stores. Next week we’ll highlight some specific products. Here’s a general-category, starter list to get the discussion going:

• Coolers

• Tailgating flags and poles

• Folding tables and chairs

• Grills or portable stoves

• Tents or canopies and weights to hold them down in the wind

For that big shopping day you can start things out right with these Cinnamon Bars and a good cup of coffee.

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