From pumpkin spice lattes, bonfires and comfy sweaters to brightly colored leaves, mums, pumpkins and gourds, fall is in full swing! And one of our favorite fall pastimes is football! So we put boots on the ground, scouring Birmingham’s coolest boutiques in search of the best ballgame accessories and most clever tailgating paraphernalia. Whether you’re into cooking up a tailgating feast, cheering on your team in the stadium among thousands of fans or enjoying the game from the comfort of your couch, we’ve got you covered with our football-inspired November FINDS.
This adorable, pigskin-shaped cooler is for the most enthusiastic football fan. It will treat you well all season long, and hopefully on Monday, January 11, when the 2016 College Football National Championship takes place in Glendale, AZ! Find it at Smith’s Variety for $59.99.
Team spirit napkins
Whether your football battle cry is “war eagle,” “hotty toddy” or “rammer jammer,” these custom-printed party napkins can be emblazoned with your favorite team spirit slogan. Have fun choosing your color scheme and verbiage, and place these around the tailgate party for a fun touch of football spirit! Find them at The Scribbler for $12 per package.
Football field runner and team straws
Add a playful touch to your tailgate party’s tablescape with this football field runner. And serve the party punch with these paper straws with team logos. While these pieces are great for a tailgate, they are also terrific for a football-themed birthday party. Find the runner, $20, and paper straws, $6.95 per package of 24 at Lamb’s Ears.
Built to withstand grizzly bear abuse, as well as the most intense football fan excitement, these soft and hard Yeti coolers will keep your tailgating beverages and snacks cold for days. Yeti Hopper soft cooler prices range from $299.99 to $349.99, and Yeti hard cooler prices range from $249.99 to $899.99. Find them at Alabama Outdoors.
Custom-printed Styrofoam cups
Leave no surface untouched by college football pride! You want your team to win, right? Customize your party cups with your team’s mascot, logo or team war cry for added good luck. Serve up your party drinks, and cheer your team on to victory! Find these custom-printed Styrofoam cups at Please Reply for $8 per sleeve.
SEC team logo spatulas
Trick out your grill accessory lineup with your SEC team’s spatula, then flip your burgers with team pride! Trust me. Your burgers will taste better when flipped with your team’s spatula, and you’ll be fueled with an extra dose of team spirit. It’s your new secret weapon to a winning game. Find these SEC team spatulas for $29.95 at Seibels.
Auburn and Alabama cupcakes
Add a sugar high to the game-day rowdiness to ensure full-on, no-holds-barred cheering for your team! Choose your favorite cake flavor, and have Savage’s top the treats with creamy, delicious icing in your team’s colors. These tasty cupcakes will satisfy your sweet tooth and rally your football spirit. Find them at Savage’s Bakery for $1.95 each.
Auburn and Alabama stemless glasses
For the more formal tailgate party, or for game-day wine-lovers, serve up some vino in these team-branded stemless wine glasses. Sip in SEC style as you cheer your team on to victory! Find these, as well as the Alabama version, for $23.95 per glass at The Blue Willow.
Keep your beer nice and frosty in these stainless steel, double-wall, vacuum-insulated Yeti Rambler tumblers and colsters. This Yeti drinkware is super durable, so you won’t have to worry about accidentally knocking your drink over as you cheer for your team’s mind-blowing play for a touchdown! Find them for $29.99 each at The Pants Store.
AT THE GAME
Claudia Nichole cashmere gloves
As the temperature drops, game-day tailgate tents are prepared with blankets and you can see the players’ breath in the frosty air. If you’re in the stadium, you’re not going to be able to tuck your fingers in your pockets for all the cheering and clapping. So make sure you keep your digits warm with these ultra-plush cashmere gloves by Claudia Nichole. Find them at Marguerite’s Conceits for $75.
Domino wristlets and wallets
Bring your essentials into the stadium with these chic wristlet clutches, wallets and change purses by Domino. Choose your desired style and size in your team’s color palette and head for the stadium in style! Find the wristlet clutch, $38; wallet, $18, and change purse, $10, at Betsy Prince.
Make sure you stay hydrated with — ahem — water in these adorable flask-and-shot-glass pouches. They are ecofriendly, too, so you’ll be saving the planet while you wet your whistle and root for the team! Find these flask pouches for $15 each at At Home Furnishings.
Team pride hanging sign
Hang these wooden Alabama and Auburn signs in a charming spot in your home. It’s also the perfect man-cave bling for the die-hard Alabama or Auburn fan. Wait, is there any other type of Alabama or Auburn fan? We think not, and that’s why you’ve gotta display your team pride with these cute signs! Find them at A Little Something for $25.
Carpet Chunks Auburn and Alabama coasters
Invite your friends over to watch the game, and supply them with helmet-shaped Auburn coasters or elephant-shaped Alabama coasters. The Alabama-based Carpet Chunks company gives brand new carpet that is rejected due to minor flaws a second chance as these adorable coasters. Adopt a batch of carpet-turned-coasters for your home! Find them for $7.99 for a set of four at Alabama Goods.
Kids’ sports robe
Make sure the kiddos get in on the football spirit, too! This robe is riddled with sports of all stripes, making it perfect for wearing year-round. Find it at Swoop for $46.
Auburn and Alabama art
Show your love for your team — and for dogs — with these 11″ x 14″ mixed-media paintings by South Carolina-based artist Robin Anne Cooper. Her whimsical folk art appears in galleries and shops across the Southeast. Find these at A’Mano for $95 each.
SEC mascot nutcrackers
Keep the football spirit alive during the holidays. Hopefully, your team will be playing in the National Championship game in January! Adorn your mantel with these one-of-a-kind SEC mascot nutcrackers, because the holidays aren’t complete without that heartwarming touch of SEC football. Find them at The Dande Lion for $42 each.
War Eagle AND Roll Tide!