2013 college football bowl gift guide

Mark Kolbe

The rewards of going to a bowl game is the upwardly of $550 worth of gifts that the players get.

Bowl games offered a reward for teams who have a good -- or in some cases a .500 record season -- with a nice gift pack from the bowl games. These gifts are worth $550 and usually there are some really good stuff, and sometimes not as good.

The best items are the gift suites, or shopping sprees, that the players get a set amount and can spend as they wish. Others like New Era Pin Stripe bowl elect to give out a bunch of, you guessed it, New Era merchandise; there must be a limit on how many team hats, sweats or socks one can have.

Of the Mountain West bowl games the best gifts come from the Las Vegas Bowl which gives out a Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 or the Poinsettia Bowl which has a $205 Best Buy gift card.

Out of the non-Mountain West bowls the Military Bowl which gives out a Playstation 4, or the Russell Athletic Bowl which has a $450 Best Buy gift card.

Here are what the Mountain West players will be taking home.

Gildan New Mexico Bowl
Sat., Dec. 21, 2 p.m. (ESPN); Albuquerque, N.M.
Gift suite, portable mobile device charger, 8 GB USB; Oakley Breadbox sunglasses; cap, Oakley Fine Knit beanie; Oakley Flak Pack XL backpack; Gildan stadium blanket

Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl
Sat., Dec. 21, 3:30 p.m. (ABC); Las Vegas
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3; beanie, cap; Oakley Flak Pack XL backpack; football, Zappos gift card

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
Sat., Dec. 21, 5:30 p.m. (ESPN); Boise, Idaho
Gift suite; Port Authority winter coat, Tiger Woods Nike Golf beanie, Scott winter ski gloves; iPack backpack; Big Game football

Sheraton Hawaii Bowl
Tues., Dec. 24, 8 p.m. (ESPN); Honolulu
Gift suite; Oakley sunglasses; Tori Richard aloha shirt, Pro Athletics shorts and performance T-shirt; Ogio backpack; beach towel

San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl
Thurs., Dec. 26, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN); San Diego
$205 Best Buy gift card; Reactor Heavy Water watch; Maui Jim sunglasses; cap

Heart of Dallas Bowl
Wed., Jan. 1, 12 p.m. (ESPNU); Dallas
Gift suite; Fitbit Flex watch; ESPN cap; football

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