The Best MLB Gifts & Gift Ideas For MLB Fans

So you like tailgate parties and you like MLB? We’ve got a lot in common! In the spirit of this 2016 holiday season when MLB is back in training mode, and 2017 when they are on the diamond again, I’ve put together a list of the best MLB gift list and ideas for MLB fans. The list is family friendly and should make any MLB follower happy if they’re on the receiving end. But if you’re not in the mood for hunting for an apt MLB gift in physical stores, some of these might just tweak your interest.  You can sit right there in your chair as we have done some hunting for you. Note that the MLB gift list is constantly changing and being updated so check back regularly.

MLB Gift – Red Sox Snowglobe – World Series Championship – Rare!

What can I say? This MLB gift is one for all seasons, holiday or not?  It’s rare, limited edition from way back in 2004 so is already an antique and will take pride of place in your home if you are a fan. But they are selling like hot cakes so put in your order fast.

MLB gift - Red Sox World Series Champs Snow Globe Limited Edition

MLB gift – Red Sox World Series Champs Snow Globe Limited Edition

A baseball piñata? Yes please, said the kids.

MLB Gift - a Piñata

MLB Gift – a Piñata

What can I say?  It’s a piñata. Someone will want candy.  Someone at a tailgate party will want to hit something with a big stick when their team loses. For me, fill it with beer flavored candy.

MLB Gift or tailgate party favor – Temp tattoos in your team colors.

MLB team temporary tattoos - great MLB gift

MLB team temporary tattoos – great MLB gift


MLB Gifts – Derek Jeter Final All Star Game Line Up Card Framed Photo And Commemorative Gold Coin – Limited Edition


MLB Gifts Derek Jeter Final All-Star Lineup and Gold Coin framed

Derek Jeter Final All-Star Lineup and Gold Coin framed

This is one for the New York Yankees fans. Most of us have at least one framed commemorative photo of our favorite player. Make sure yours (or your gift) is officially licensed from the MLB. Limited edition is better and adds value!  It doesn’t need to be a New York Yankees player of course. Find your favorite player and favorite team – make sure the seller is legit and you’ll do ok.

Great MLB Gift – Jahlil Okafor Autographed and framed action shot

Great MLB Gifts - Jahlil Okafor Autographed action shot

Jahlil Okafor Autographed action shot

I love a good action photo! Sports photos make a fantastic MLB gift idea, especially when they are signed. This image of Jahlil Okafor of the Duke Blue Devils is in a custom frame and printed in a decent size (16×20). It definitely takes the gift value one step further when it’s a signed image. Find the right MLB player for the right MLB fan and you have one of the most awesome gifts you can buy.

MLB Gift -Women’s Baby Jersey Short Sleeve Scoop Neck Tee

MLB Gift - Women's Baby Jersey. Dress like a fan!

MLB Gift – Women’s Baby Jersey. Dress like a fan!

For the ladies – you can’t really go wrong with a top quality team tee! There are a lot of different styles so pick the right one that suits! It’s all about letting the MLB fan show their team pride while looking goooooood. You want top quality cotton, the right fit (figure hugging or relaxed – which would she be comfortable in?), color, v-neck or round, and of course the right MLB team! Remember, an officially licensed MLB shirt can make an awesome gift for the MLB fan. They might not be expensive but, if you pick the right one, a good tee can be a companion for many years! Every time the person on the receiving end of this gift wears the shirt they’ll not only think of their favorite MLB team, but also of you!

MLB Gift – Men’s Back the Field Fleece Hooded Sweater

Great MLB Gift - MLB Men's Back The Field Hooded Sweater

Great MLB Gift – MLB Men’s Back The Field Hooded Sweater

Hey – it’s cold out especially at night games! So maybe a tee isn’t the best MLB gift idea… you might want to check out some of the cool MLB themed hoodies and sweaters. There are a lot to choose from – so find the right MLB team and the right style (and the right color!) and you’ll have the perfect present! Hoodies are so cool because they suit men and women. Men love them, women love them. Pretty sure even animals love them. Come to think of it – who doesn’t love a hoody?!

Best MLB Gift for kids – Franklin Sports MLB Youth Team Uniform Set

Great MLB Gift - kid's uniform set

Great MLB Gift – kid’s uniform set

Well this is too cute! For the junior MLB fan what could be a better gift idea than these MLB Youth Team Uniform sets?! They have versions for every team and they are made in the USA too! These are the perfect MLB gift for the little baseball fans in your life! Each set includes a team batting helmet, team shirt, and team logo wristbands. These MLB uniforms look like the perfect gift for little MLB fans – I’d say you could also describe them as happiness in a box!

 MLB Men’s Colorblocked Raglan Button Down Jersey

Great MLB gift - colorblocked raglan button down for guys

Great MLB gift – colorblocked raglan button down for guys

Let’s not forget the men ‘cos we like gifts too! And, since we’ve been looking at clothing, these are some of the best MLB jerseys you’ll find. They come in all the team colors and logos and, let me tell you, these are great quality. Nice and thick, good sizing, great fit. Put one of these on and your team will be sure to win the game!

MLB Gift –  ’47 Franchise Hat

Great MLB Gift - '47 Franchise Fitted Hat

Great MLB Gift – ’47 Franchise Fitted Hat

Ok, let’s keep things simple and get back to the basics. If you’re a fan of MLB you’re gonna want a good hat. So, when you’re thinking of the right gift for that die-hard MLB fan, then don’t look past these hats from ’47 brand. They have a classic, vintage look and feel and are super soft. The fit is relaxed and they come pre-bent! The design has a unique interior sweatband with a custom bronze button. These just might be the perfect MLB hat. Just make sure you pick the right team and the right size. I know some guys who bring a heap of these to their tailgate parties and award them as prizes along with the beers of course.  It really spices up the day when, no matter if your team wins or loses, you go home with some goodies.

MLB Baseball Card Collector’s Box with Over 600 Cards – Great Mix of Rookies & Stars

Great MLB Gift - a box of vintage baseball cards

Great MLB Gift – a box of vintage baseball cards

This could just be the ultimate MLB gift for the diehard fan. Sometimes it’s just too darn hard to find the right gift that brings the kind of excitement that we associate with the holiday season and gift-giving. You know, most of us these days can buy anything we want online so, being on the receiving end of most gifts can be a bit of a let down. That’s where these baseball card collector’s boxes come in. Each one is unique! How awesome is that?! And the exciting part is that, on top of the massive 600 card count, every collection has a bonus Babe Ruth baseball card as well as one unopened vintage pack of baseball cards that is at least 25 years old! These collections are great fun to go through and you can all do it together. What fun! You’ll never know what you’ll find and that’s what I call a great gift. Love it.

Rawlings Official Major League Baseball

Great MLB Gift - Rawlings Official Major League Baseball.

Rawlings Official Major League Baseball.

Ok – this is the MLB gift we all came to see. The perfect stocking stuffer actually. No one should be without a good baseball so get the right one. It’s official and it’s top quality. This is the perfect gift for the kid who wants to make the transition from Little League to High School ball. Get it signed and you’ll be the perfect parent! And get an extra one to play with. Oh and an extra one that replaces the one that went through Mrs. MacGillicuddy’s window …

MLB Gift: Hand signed autographed bats

Great MLB Gift - hand-signed bat from a champ

Great MLB Gift – hand-signed bat from a champ

For the one you love. And I mean, reeeeeeally love. A hand-signed autographed bat is probably the perfect gift for any MLB fan. This one is Carlos Correa of the Houston Astros. Absolutely unique, these are a treasure that will also improve in value. Some are really just priceless like an autographed Hack Wilson Bat which has such a beautiful patina and evokes the feeling of the old game. Make sure the bat you buy is 100% Certified Authentic as well as backed by an Authenticity Guarantee.

There are more here.

MLB gift – Official Hugh Special tote for women.

MLB Gift for ladies - Hugh tote

MLB Gift for ladies – Hugh tote

Here’s a really nice-looking selection of totes/handbags for that female MLB fan in your life.  Follow the links to dredge up the team of her choice.  She will be happy.  It’s lightweight and 14 x 15″ in size so will be a handy stash for her essentials.

Game Time MLB Gladiator Series Watch

MLB Gift - Game Time Men's MLB Gladiator Watch

MLB Gift – Game Time Men’s MLB Gladiator Watch

You want a great MLB gift idea? Check out the Game Time official MLB watches. The Gladiator series is very cool – check out the pictures here where yu can look for your own team! Super rugged and water-resistant and they look awesome. Game Time have a few different styles of MLB watches but I think the Gladiator series is by far the best looking. Each team is represented too so pick the team your loved-one follows!

So there you have it – the big list of MLB gift ideas! Not just for the holiday season but for birthdays and special days too. For host gifts at tailgate parties. I’m sure your dad will love one of these on father’s day. I hope it’s helped you get some great ideas and I’d love to know what great gift ideas you’ve discovered in your search for top quality MLB-themed presents.

Leave a comment and come back to visit when you need some more great ideas because I’ll be adding to this list regularly.

Happy tailgate partying!


Tailgate Party Recipe: Beer Punch & Spicy Hot Dogs!

Check out this video from Nicole and Ari of Drink and Dish with two great recipes for your Tailgate Party. If you love hot dogs and you love beer then you’ll want to see this (so, basically that’s everyone!). It’s a nice twist on two traditional tailgate party staples and looks like a lot of fun to prepare. Plus it only takes them about 5 minutes while chatting…

Oh, and I looked into what beverage dispenser they are using because I wanted to know where you can get one like that with the cool little spout build-in. Looks like it’s the Anchor Hocking Beverage Dispenser.  I’ve already ordered mine!

If you have any tailgate party recipes that you want to share leave a comment below with your favorite food, recipe or go-to site for tailgate party recipe ideas.

The Best Beer Koozies To Keep Your Drink Frosty.

Keeping beers cold (in your hand) is an important skill at tailgate parties.  It has led to the invention of that customizable commodity, the ‘Koozie’. And here’s a list of the best beer koozies to keep your drink frosty for the tailgate party.

Yes, now ‘Koozie’ is a real word, in Urban Dictionary!  It’s not too long before someone will open a Koozie exhibit in a museum as the inscriptions, logos, pictures and shapes of these items tell lots of stories about their owners.  They’ve come a long way from those old-timey knitted or crocheted drink holders.

Here’s the official definition:

‘A cylindrical insulator for beer can and beer bottles (it probably also works with other beverages in aluminum cans or glass bottles). Usually made from foam and cloth and sold at convenience stores.’

(alternative spelling ‘coozie’)

The beer koozie (koō-zie), “beer hugger”, or “beer huggie” is a misnomer as it is not always used for an alcoholic beverages. Other names are “coastie”, “cozy”[ “coosie”, “coolie”, “coldy-holdy”, “can cooler”, “beer sleeve”, and “bottle jacket”. In Australia it is called a “stubby holder” due to the shape of the 375 millilitres (13.2 imp fl oz; 12.7 US fl oz) bottles of beer being shorter and fatter compared with the more slender 330 millilitres (12 imp fl oz; 11 US fl oz) bottles.

 Simply put, the ‘Koozie’ is an insulated, sometimes ornamental slip-on cover to keep a can of beer or other drink cool while hand-held.

Do they work?  I’ve tested a heap of these of different types.  They are all effective in varying degrees.  The very best is not necessarily the most fun and it is:

Thermos Stainless steel can insulator

Thermos Stainless Steel Can Insulator

Thermos Stainless Steel Can Insulator

Yes, it works – it keeps drinks cold for hours, even in extreme heat, the Middle East, Mexico and the Mojave Desert which is what you may want.  It’s almost indestructible and holds your cans tightly, almost vacuum sealing them into the Koozie.  Icy cold for an hour and cold for two hours and cool for two more hours. It fits into most cars’ drink container (an elastic band will keep that tight or a sheet of paper towel, but really, you don’t need it to be that tight.)  The can will sit quite low in the koozie but don’t push it in all the way and it is fine.  If you are using non-standard small cans, try putting a paper towel beneath, folded small into a little mat.  MSRP = $14.75

But for those who don’t need an extreme beer cooler and prefer that added zing of fun … there are many alternatives.  Any party or group of friends wanting a bit of a laugh while enjoying a cold beer is somewhere you can often see a wide range of Koozies. They can be personalized, printed with messages, logos or anything and you will find them among team licensed merchandise such as this Raiders one:

Oakland Raiders Koozie Soda Can Holder

Oakland Raiders Koozie Soda Can Holder

Oakland Raiders Koozie Soda Can Holder

Definitely, you can add to your atmosphere by choosing your Koozie collection with some plan in mind.  If you want everything to look like it coordinates with your team, that is an easy task.  You can buy Koozies that have you team logo, or just in team colors.

But here are some that really made me laugh.  I think they’d be terrific hostess gifts or stocking stuffers.  Oh, and you can use them for any cans – mixed spirits, soft drinks, mineral water… some are a little on the adult side though and if political correctness is your thing, you’re not coming to my tailgate party anyway!

A word about their ability to keep beer cold: they do an average job.  They are not expected to stay cold for hours, but they do stop your hands from warming the contents of the can and keep the chill in quite efficiently for an hour or more.   That is more time than it takes to drink a beer.The plastic can be a little slippery with condensation, but, well,  there’s plenty to grab hold of.

Average price is around $9.

DCI DrinKooliez Drink Sleeve Koozie, Assorted

DCI DrinKooliez Drink Sleeve Koozie, Assorted

DCI DrinKooliez Drink Sleeve Koozie, Assorted

These come in a few different designs and the one shaped like a coconut cocktail with an umbrella on the side cracks me up as does the Don Draper Bourbon glass …

Next is a simple red plastic cup approach.  Don’t over-think this one!

Big Mouth Toys Kool Koozie, The Red Cup

Big Mouth Toys Kool Koozie, The Red Cup

Big Mouth Toys Kool Koozie, The Red Cup

The red cup style may just be the ultimate post-modern piece of self-reflexive design.  But wait, there’s more …

Big Mouth Toys Prescription / Pill Bottle Drink Kooler

Big Mouth Toys Prescription Pill Bottle Drink Kooler

Big Mouth Toys Prescription Pill Bottle Drink Kooler

Think your beer is therapeutic?  Now you can make it look the part with this Koozie that looks like a prescription pill bottle.  Tailgate party stress will be relieved in an instant!

Big Mouth Toys The Beast Giant Fist Shaped Drink

Big Mouth Toys The Beast Giant Fist Shaped Drink Kooler

Big Mouth Toys The Beast Giant Fist Shaped Drink Kooler

Does this one confuse you?  At your tailgate party you could embellish the fist adding chains, dog tags, a watch, a bracelet, a hand-cuff or … well, you decide!

Boobzie – Classic Collection

Boobzie Can Koozie

Boobzie Can Koozie

Ah, now we come to the classy ones!  They will certainly be a talking point at your tailgate party.  The more worthy among us have made a nice link between these and breast cancer awareness while others just state that the combo of breasts and beer is a tailgate party must!

Boobzie – Classic Collection

Boobzie Can Koozie

Boobzie Can Koozie

 Insert your own boob joke here (though it’s a bit redundant as the Koozies above and below ARE the joke).  Besides, I’ve probably heard them all at some tailgate party or other.

“World Cups” (Sporty collection) Boobzie Can Cover / Koozie

"World Cups" (Sporty collection) Boobzie Can Cover / Koozie

“World Cups” (Sporty collection) Boobzie

Boobzie – Special Occasion Collection

"First Aid" Boobzie Can Cover / Koozie

“First Aid” Boobzie Can Cover / Koozie

There are many more in this range and as a novelty with a purpose, they will add some laughs to your event.

Big Mouth Toys Toilet Shaped Drink Kooler

Big Mouth Toys Toilet Shaped Drink Kooler

Big Mouth Toys Toilet Shaped Drink Kooler

Some drinkers wait until after the party to have their heads in the toilet.  With this one, you can remind yourself where you don’t want to end up

Finally, just a word of warning if you have to travel to your tailgate party … don’t take this last one to the airport!  It needs no further comment!

Big Mouth Toys Gun Shaped Drink Kooler

Big Mouth Toys Gun Shaped Drink Kooler

Big Mouth Toys Gun Shaped Drink Kooler

Tailgate Party Video: How To Do A Keg Stand

What’s that? You’re in college and you don’t know how to do a Keg Stand?!!? Well, lucky for you video jug have put together this informative guide to one of the toughest manoeuvres in the world of college drinking games.

You will need:

  • a tapped keg
  • two spotters
  • a pumper
  • an appetite for beer

The technique:

  • Place your hands on the handles on top of the keg
  • The spotters lift you up by the legs, moving you into a handstand over the keg
  • Drink! Get someone to place the working end of the tap into your mouth then the pumper will pump a steady flow of beer into your mouth while you perform the handstand over the keg.
  • The audience will count the number of seconds you continuously drink before stopping, regurgitating, drowning, passing out, or possibly dying.
  • You can let the spotters know that you are done by shaking your legs and they will let you down.

Remember: a keg holds the equivalent of 165 cans of beer so drink in moderation and don’t waste beer by vomiting!


Tailgate Party Games: Flip Cup

Flip Cup Rules:

Flip Cup is an awesome tailgate party game for a large group since you need at least 6 people to play (yes, it’s possible to play 1-on-1 but you will be hammered after a few games). So, that’s at least 3 on each team who line up on each side of a table. One end of the table is the start and the other end is the anchor. The anchors begin the game by either a toast (a chant) or via the “gentleman’s start” which is both players tap each other’s cup and then the table. Each player has a cup filled with their beverage of choice (usually beer) and the game works kind of like a relay except, rather than pass a baton, players chug the drink, place it on the edge of the table, face-up, and flick the cup from underneath so it lands mouth down and then it is the next player’s turn.

You can only use 1 hand to flip the cup (the other hand can only be used to prevent the cup from falling off the table). The cup must be touching the table when you flip it: mid-air flips are not allowed. It is also illegal to interfere with the opposing teams cups.

The aim is to be the first team to finish. For the next round, player #2 now becomes the new ‘anchor’. You can have up to 2 reserves/alternates and, officially, a ‘match’ is defined as best out of 7.

aka Taps, Flippy Cup, Tippy Cup, Boat Race, Beer On A Table Race

Equipment Required: Table, Plastic Cups, Beer

The Best Flip Cup Tables & Accessories

You need a long table to play flip cup. The more people playing, the longer the table should be. The best tables to play flip cup on are the beer pong tables–these are usually high quality, light, portable and are built to cope with lots of beer spills. Also, once you’re done with Flip Cup, you can start a few rounds of beer pong (which is always funnier when you’re drunk). You don’t really need a dedicated Flip Cup table since any long table space will do. But if you are out at the tailgate then you need a good portable table that’s sturdy and balanced.

Go Pong 8-Foot Portable Flip Cup Table

Go Pong 8-Foot Flip Cup Table

Go Pong 8-Foot Portable Folding Beer Pong / Flip Cup Table The perfect 8-Foot table for Beer Pong is also the perfect table for Flip Cup. Built to be very sturdy, with a strong aluminum frame and a water-proof (read: beer proof) melamine MDF surface it is also ultra portable, folding up to the size of a briefcase for easy transportation and storage.

  • Pros: Solid construction. Portable. Easy to Clean. Also Beer Pong table.
  • Cons: Regulation Beer Pong means it’s a low table.
  • RRP = $89.99
Flip Cup Red Plastic Cups

Flip Cup Red Plastic Cups

Bakers & Chefs Red Plastic Cups – 18 oz./240 ct. These are the cups everyone uses for playing flip cup. They are heavy duty enough to be smacked around and don’t squish when you grab them. But they are cheap enough to be disposable. Remember not to fill them to the top when playing flip cup! Just a quarter or a third is plenty if you want to last more than a few rounds.

  • RRP: $14.35 (for 240 cups)
Flip Cup Flipadelphia Shirt - Men's

Flip Cup Flipadelphia Shirt – Men’s


Flipadelphia Flip Cup Shirt - Ladies

Flipadelphia Flip Cup Shirt – Ladies


If you want to get really serious about your Flip Cup game (while not being at all serious) then grab a couple of these cool It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia shirts, dedicated to the game. You too can be the Flip Cup Legend of Flipadelphia.

Flip Cup Champion ShirtFlip Cup ShirtFlip Cup Champ ShirtFlip Cup Shirt Cafe PressFlip Cup Apron

Or this series from Cafe Press which have a heap of shirts, sweaters, hoodies and other tailgate themed gear.

Flip Cup Tips:

  • Don’t fill the cups with too much beer. No more than a third of the way up. Otherwise you won’t last many games.
  • When flipping the cup, just a light tap is enough to flip the cup properly. Too much force will make it fly into the air.
  • Control the flip – that’s the key. You don’t want to be chasing the cup around during play.
  • Learn how to intimidate your opponent. Or, make them laugh. It’s a lot harder to chug when you’re laughing.
  • Come up with a great Flip Cup chant. It makes a big difference to the fun of the game when you kick it off with a funny chant that everyone knows.
  • Flip cup gets messy since cups of alcohol end up flying through the air and there can be a lot of spill. Get a good waterproof table and don’t play on carpet!

Tailgate Party Video: An Art & A Science

This is a neat little report from ABC news on the evolution of the tailgate party titled Art of tailgating: Pre-game partying to the extreme. It’s a short piece about how the humble beer and burger have been replaced by extravagant tailgate gear and gourmet foods. As the host says:
“When I was in college tailgating involved a 6 pack of beer in the parking lot… now they are doing some incredible things.”

And, incredible things at these tailgates means chandeliers, barbeque alligator, jumbalaya, pastalaya, seafood dishes and incredible drinks.

There’s some awesome footage from the Washington tailgate where at least 200 boats turn up and they have the tailgate party on the water! Awesome.

But the report is best summed up by Ole Miss Tailgater Curtis Wilkie who emphasizes that the tailgate party is more like a family reunion or a class reunion.

“We may lose the game but we’ve never lost the party.” – Curtis Wilkie, Ole Miss Tailgater.

What do you think? Are you into gourmet cooking at the tailgate party or still devoted to beer, burgers and wieners? Do you have any tailgating recipes to share or some great ideas for the pre-game party? If you’re looking for inspiration, head on over to our tailgate food section which has some great tailgate food ideas, tailgate recipe book reviews as well as some delicious recipes of our own!

Tailgate Party Video: Amazing Cornhole Tricks

Checkout this video for some amazing Cornhole tricks ever! This is really taking one of the most popular tailgate games to the next level. Crazy stuff – especially the 109ft toss! For any of you who don’t know cornhole or haven’t played it before then this should be inspiring – or maybe frightening! The players are from team Toss.0 and they are all about playing extreme cornhole shots like shooting through a basketball hoop. Jason Vadnie was the long toss thrower, breaking what was at the time the Guinness World Record for Longest Cornhole shot ever.

There are no rules in cornhole regulating how you toss the cornhole bag but many purists believe it to be traditionally underhand. So, as you can see in the video, Jason’s shot was thrown underhand whereas the previous records of 100 and 106 feet were thrown overhand which is much easier to get distance with.

Keep an eye out on their wrist action and see how it affects the way the cornhole bag moves through the air and ultimately lands. Sometimes it bounces, sometimes it spins and other times it comes to a dead stop or it slides. All these factors affect your game of cornhole so learn how to throw the bag correctly and reap the benefits! Watch master cornhole players in videos like this one and you will soon be playing like a pro!

And note that there are a few comments in the video questioning how good these guys are in an actual match. Um, I’m going to guess they’re pretty good since they seem to have full control over exactly where they want to put the cornhole bag regardless of whether they’re throwing from a balcony, a baseball field, basketball court, a bridge or a tunnel! That’s some sweet cornhole wrist action guys!

Tailgate Food: Deviled Eggs – 50 Great Recipes

Eggs are very cheap, super high in protein and low in carbs making them a tailgate food staple. There are infinite things you can do with them and, apart from having a grilled one on top of a burger, one of my favorites is deviled eggs. They make a perfect snack, can be plain or spicy, simple or inventive. In fact, some deviled eggs recipes are so tasty that you could easily eat 10 in one sitting.

Deviled Eggs are definitely one of the most easy and satisfying tailgate recipes you can take to the parking lot. You’ll be surprised how quickly you can make them and even more surprised how quickly they disappear on game day!

For those of you who have never made Deviled Eggs before, here’s a very simple (but delicious) recipe to start you off. Remember that you can be very playful with the recipe and add or subtract things to your liking (like Tabasco Sauce for example).

For those who want to get a little more adventurous with their tailgate food then I highly recommend Deviled Eggs: 50 Recipes from Simple to Sassy by Debbie Moose. No stranger to the tailgate lifestyle herself, Debbie has put together 50 great recipes from the classic, to the exotic and to the painful (read: chilies, wasabi and jerk seasoning!).

Oh, and don’t forget to get yourself a good quality Deviled Egg Tray.

Simple Deviled Egg Recipe


See – it’s already looking so simple! Just 5 ingredients so far! And remember, if you want to get inventive you can simply chop and change this recipe. Instead of American mustard, try Dijon. Add some dill or Tabasco sauce. I’m sure you’ve already decided you’re putting bacon bits on top!


  1. Place eggs evenly in a large saucepan and pour enough water to cover them. Bring to a boil and then simmer for 9 minutes. When eggs have cooked, cool them by placing them in a bowl of ice-cold water.
  2. When the eggs have cooled, peel them and cut them in half lengthwise. Remove the yolks and mash them until smooth and then mix in the mayo, mustard, salt and pepper.
  3. Transfer the mixture to a piping bag. If you don’t have a piping bag, improvise by using a Ziploc Bag and snip the corner out. Squeeze (or ‘pipe’) the yolk mixture into the empty egg white halves where the yolk previously lived.

So simple yet so tasty! If you really want to complicate things a little more then sprinkle a little paprika for garnish. And if you want to go even further, then get your hands on a copy of Debbie’s book Deviled Eggs: 50 Recipes! Is this the perfect tailgate food? Let me know what you think by leaving a comment below – perhaps you have a favorite take on the recipe that you’d like to share!

Tailgate Food - Deviled Eggs: 50 Recipes

Deviled Eggs: 50 Recipes

Tailgate Party Games: Washer Toss

The great thing about washer toss is that you can play it anywhere–you don’t need stakes or a sand pit: just 10 feet of space. Anyone can learn how to play as there really isn’t much to the rules. It just takes some time to develop the technique which is half the fun.

Washer Toss Rules:

Basically, in washer toss, players must toss metal washers toward a hole in a box. There are 3 ways you can play the game which allows for different skill levels: Tub, Flat or Slanted. Increasing or reducing the distance between the boxes controls the level of challenge but the official distance between boxes is 30 feet (which has usually been pre-measured using a string attached to the front of the box).

Pitching is normally done underhand from behind or next to one of the boxes with the aim to toss the washer at the opposite box. The second team to throw can rebut any points (or ‘wash out’) from the first team and add to their total. 3-points for a washer in the cup (a ‘non-rebutted ringer’); 1-point for a non-rebutted washer inside the box. First to 21 wins.

It’s very easy to build your own set but considering you can buy a good quality, lightweight unit for less than $50 it’s probably not worth the hassle, especially since many are made from molded plastic (which I’m assuming most people don’t have the industrial tools to do at home).
Standard Box size for one-hole washers is 16 X 16 X 4 inches. Standard cup is 4.5 inches in diameter & 5 inches high.

aka Washer Pitch, Holeyboard, Portuguese Horshoes, Washers

For: Singles, Doubles, Triples etc.

Equipment Required: 2 x Washer Boxes; Carpet; Pipe; 4 x Washes; scoreboard; drink holder

Look For:

  • High quality, weather-proof game boards (like polypropylene) that resist sun-damage and is water-proof.
  • Quality landing surface which provides grip for the washers and reduces impact noise (like rubber or felt).
  • Stable, well built design that prevents movement during play.
  • Versatility – can it be played Tub (easier, for beginners as you aren’t trying to land it on the surface), Slanted (a fun variation that requires a different technique), Flat (traditional)?
  • Storage, portability (does it fold up and come with a carry-bag?)

 The Best Washer Toss Sets

Washer Toss Premium GoSports

Washer Toss Set – GoSports

GoSports make a bunch of different Washer Toss Games which are all perfect for Tailgate Parties, and most sell  for under $50. They are hand-made with quality materials (like Birchwood) and built for durability and come fully assembled. All the joints are screwed and counter-sunk with trim head screws and they are built for use outdoors. They are regulation 16-inch x 16-inches and include painted washers.  The boxes are hand stained with a clear stain, leaving the grain of the wood visible and meaning that you can custom the washer boxes with your team’s logo. The inside bases are carpeted for friction. The retractable rope handles make it portable and storage is easy with the built in clips. Washer Toss Games include instructions as well. The washers that come with the set are power-coated for durability.

  • Pros: Durable, quality set. Portable. Affordable.
  • Cons: No customized.
Octagon Washer Pitching Washer Toss Horseshoes Game

Octagon Washer Pitching Washer Toss Horseshoes Game

Ohio Games Washer Toss A beautiful Octagonal set from Ohio games with strong build construction and light-weight materials as well as gate-hooks for safe storage and durable rope handles for portability. The wood is sourced from kiln-dried 2x4s and clear stained for weather-proofing. All joints are strengthened with indoor/outdoors glue glue for added durability. The idea behind the octagonal construction is to increase the challenge with you are playing at regulation 30feet. The washer boxes are 15-inch x 15-inches, meaning they are slightly smaller than regulation and require a high amount of skill to use. The washers are not powder-coated: they are yellow and silver zinc which means paint won’t chip and won’t need repainting though they won’t be as durable as other quality powder-coated washers.

  • Pros: Well Built.
  • Cons: Not true regulation 16×16.
Hole Slant Washer Pitching Washer Toss Horseshoes Game

Hole Slant Washer Pitching Washer Toss Horseshoes Game

Ohio Games Slant Washer Toss Another interesting innovation in Washer Toss from Ohio games, the slant-version is fully carpeted measuring 12″x18″ with a 4-inch incline and 4-inch PVC hole. The frame is plywood and parts are glued, nailed as well as stapled for added strength. The wood elements are stained for weather-proofing and the carpet is out-door proof. Slant Washer Toss is more difficult since the washers must land on the playing space which isn’t bordered by walls that will help keep the washers in play. For some this is only possible at 20 feet but more die-hard players can opt for 30 feet playing space.

  • Pros: Well built. More challenge.
  • Cons: Not so portable.
River City Washer Toss

River City Washer Toss

RiverCity Washers Molded Plastic A virtually indestructible Washer Toss set from River City since it’s made out of molded plastic. This means it truly is a weather-proof board but is also light-weight and stackable. The washers that come with the set (4 red and 4 white) are rubber-coated and have added texture for grip. The boards are slant-style and non-regulation 21.5 x 18.5 inches.

  • Pros: Truly weather proof and almost unbreakable. Will last forever.
  • Cons: Not regulation. Expensive.
  • RRP = $94.95
Back Door Sports Ultimate Washer Game

Back Door Sports Ultimate Washer Game

Back Door Sports Ultimate Washer Game A super cool looking Washer Toss set with a great design that enables you to play all three different versions of the game: slant, tub or flat. It’s a nice looking grey & black and made from thick, molded polypropylene so it is truly weather-proof and durable. The landing surface is industrial felt which means good grip for the washers and less clanging as they hit the surface. The legs are made from quality steel and are rubber coated so the set is sturdy and won’t move around during play. The washers are, however, not as durable and long lasting. Lucky these are easily replaced!

  • Pros: Quality materials. Durable and weather-proof. Versatile. Great price.
  • Cons: Washers imperfect.
3 Hole Washer Toss Boards Game

3 Hole Washer Toss Boards Game

Ohio Washer Games 3 Hole Washer Toss Boards This great set has three holes for added difficulty and gameplay. It’s the same quality construction as the other Ohio Washer Games sets with glued, nailed and stapled joints and carpet. This box is also extra-supported with cross-braces. It’s regulation 12-inch x 32-inches and includes rope handles for easy transport though it doesn’t include the string on the front which allows quick measuring of the regulation distance required between the boards.

  • Pros: Well built. Hand made in the USA.
  • Cons: Relatively Expensive (but it’s handmade!)
  • RRP = $69.99
Triumph Sports 2-in-1 3 Hole Bags and Washer Toss Combo

Triumph Sports 2-in-1 3 Hole Bags and Washer Toss Combo

Triumph 2-in-1, 3 Hole Bag Toss & Washer Toss Great little set from Triumph that combines a 3 Hole Washer Toss with a 3 Hole Cornhole. It’s easily converted simply by using a different pitching weapon: bag or washer. The nice thing about the set is the color coded holes which you can use for different point systems. Another great feature is the netting in the holes to catch the washers which many sets seem to be missing for some reason! It’s a very light, portable and packable set and has a really great price as well.

  • Pros: Versatile. Well made.
  • Cons: Not regulation.

2-Hole Washer Toss

2-Hole Rectangle Washer Game is the more challenging version of the single-hole version of washer toss. The 2-hole requires you to pitch the washer into the smaller, 3-inch tube in the rear. The rectangle shape and larger size means that it is easier to play on this set than a regulation set. So it’s great for beginners or younger folk. At the same time, there is more challenge attempting to get the washer into the 2nd hole. Same great construction as all Washer Toss Games sets.

  • Pros: Great construction. Different gameplay.
  • Cons: Not regulation.

2 Hole Octagon Washer Game is an upgraded version of the original washer toss game, with the added challenge of a 3-inch pipe which sits behind the standard 4-inch essentially giving you a smaller space to aim the washers into. The materials and build quality are the same as the standard washer toss game from the same company. Washer Toss Games also have a Single Hole Octagonal version of the set which is cheaper.

  • Pros:Durable, quality set. Portable. Added challenge.
  • Cons: More expensive than the standard set.

The Best Washers For Washer Toss

When you’re playing washer toss it’s perfectly natural for the washers to get chipped and scratched. The best ones should last quite a few games before you have to replace them though and these tend to be powder-coated. Cheaper washers will simply be painted. Always make sure your washers have a consistent weight. It’s when they start to bend that you need to look for some replacements! Or get some in great colors so you can have more players!

River City Pitching Washers For Washer Toss

River City Pitching Washers For Washer Toss

RiverCity Pitching Replacement Washers River City makes some of the best Washer Toss washers around. They’re grade-5 hardened rolled steel with a consistent weight and are powdercoated. They are always regulation 2.5 inches in diameter and come in all sorts of colors: yellow, orange, blue, white, pink, purple. As a bonus they are shipped to you in a collectible storage tin which also includes instructions.
RRP = $18.95 for 8 (in 2 colors)

Washer Toss Tips:

  • Learn how to hold the washer correctly. The right grip is your first step to a good toss.
  • To achieve correct grip, wrap your pointer finger and thumb around the washer’s edge. Rest your middle finger underneath to hold it in place during the toss.
  • When you toss the washer, the best technique produces a steady flight where the washer doesn’t wobble.
  • Correct pitching/tossing is achieved by keeping the movement of your arm on a straight plane toward the washer box.
  • When you release the washer, do so from the hip area and make keeping a straight arm movement and following through toward the target. The pointer finger should be the last digit to touch the washer as you release.
  • The angle of the washer during your toss affects how the washer lands on the washer toss box. Pitching it from a more horizontal plane will cause the washer to move more on landing than if you were holding it on a more vertical plane. A steeper, vertical angle will cause the washer to stop dead, or ‘sit’, when it hits the washer box.

I hope these washer toss tips help you! Leave a comment below if you have any tips for washer toss gameplay of your own or if you have any great tailgate party experiences playing the game that you’d like to share!

Tailgate Party Games: Ladder Toss

Ladder Toss Rules:

Ladder Toss (or Testicle Toss as it’s known as in some parts) is played by throwing two balls connected by a string (a ‘bola’) at a ladder with three rungs. Each rung has a different point value (usually 1, 2 and 3 from top to bottom). The awesome thing about ladder toss is that you can play either offensively (by aiming to get the highest points in a round) or defensively (by knocking your opponent’s bolas off the ladder).

Ladder Toss combines skill with luck since you often don’t know what’s going to happen to the bola as it’s spinning around the ladders. So it tends to be a very evenly matched game no matter who the opponent since bolas can be knocked off, fall off or bounce up into the ladder for a winning shot.

The first to 21 points is the winner.

aka Ladder Ball, Football Toss, Balls Awesome, Hillbilly Golf, Testicle Toss, Ghetto Golf, Dog Balls, Lasso Golf, Dangle Ball, Sling Nuts.

For: Singles (but you can have more than just two teams if you have more Bolas)

Equipment Required: Two ladders, 6 bolas, scoreboard, drink holder.

Look For:

  • Robust sets made from thick PVC (or similar materials).
  • Look for Bolas that have weight and can bounce (real golf balls as opposed to foam) – you want to be able to play bounce shots.
  • The more colors of Bolas you have, the more people can play!
  • Bolas made from rubber hurt less when they hit you…
  • Portability and easy set-up is important.

The Best Ladder Toss Sets

GoSports Premium Ladder Toss Game with 6 Bolos and Carrying Case

GoSports Premium Ladder Toss Game with 6 Bolos and Carrying Case

Go Pong Premium Ladder Toss Game The Go Pong Premium Ladder Toss set is the best set on the market by far. It’s a complete set with weather proof targets, 6 Bolas (3 red, 3 blue) a zip up carry case, as well as instructions. It’s very well designed for super quick set-up (many of the joints are pre-glued) and is a very robust set with 2.5mm PVC so the targets can withstand any strength of toss. The bolas are also really robust, being made from real golf balls connected by high density woven nylon that ensure they will securely wrap around the targets. This is a set that can withstand a lot of wear and tear and will last for years.

  • Pros: Very sturdy. High Quality. Weather-proof. Easy Set-Up. Portable.
  • Cons: No Cons!
Ladder Golf Double Tournament Game with 2 Sets of Bolas

Ladder Golf Double Tournament Game with 2 Sets of Bolas

Official Ladder Golf Double Ladder Ball Game A beautiful Ladder Toss set made of solid hardwood with brass hardware and durable unbreakable rungs–it’s designed to last a lifetime. Assembly is relatively easy due to the over-sized 1 piece knobs. Each set of bolas is made of real golf balls with unique brass inserts and joined with premium nylon rope. It’s an expensive set, but it’s also a very classy one.

  • Pros: Very nice looking set. Virtually unbreakable. Robust. Quality.
  • Cons: Expensive


Franklin Golf Toss Game

Franklin Golf Toss Tailgate Party Game

Franklin Sports Golf Toss Game A very affordable and reasonable quality set that includes a messenger-style carry bag for convenient portability. The targets are made from PVC and the bolas connected with rope. The set isn’t designed for the die-hard Ladder Toss player; it’s designed for those who need something portable to bring to the Tailgate Party that sits in the trunk, ready to dust off and quickly set up for a few games.

  • Pros: Includes everything you need. Portable. Affordable.
  • Cons: Not great quality. Not as robust as other sets.
Blongo Ball Complete Ladder Toss Game Set

Blongo Ball Complete Ladder Toss Game Set

Blongo Ball Complete Game Set This is a patented version of Ladder Toss designed by Mike Long. It has become one of the most popular sets because it’s high quality, USA built. The rungs are made from thick plastic and the bolas are real golf balls. If you play on grass the set includes a stake which you can pin the targets into the ground with for added sturdiness. It’s not as robust as the Go Pong but it’s a fine set for the recreational player.

  • Pros: Sturdy. Complete set. Quality PVC.
  • Cons: The joints aren’t glued.

    Triumph Sports Trio Toss - Ladder Toss, Bag Toss, and Washer Toss

    Triumph Sports Trio Toss – Ladder Toss, Bag Toss, and Washer Toss

Triumph Sports Trio Toss, Bag Toss / Ladder Toss / Washer Toss This is a great set and a fantastic idea. Three-in-one Ladder Toss, Washer Toss and Cornhole! Definitely not for the tailgate game purists but fantastic for the recreational players who need something portable and versatile that can satisfy the gaming tastes of several people at the tailgate party. It’s surprisingly well-built with sturdy bases that won’t get knocked over during play. It’s very easy to set up and equally easy to take apart for storage (the pieces velcro together for a tight, secure fit)

  • Pros: 3 games in 1. Sturdy. Portable. Value for money.
  • Cons: Not regulation.
Maranda Enterprises Metal Ladderball Game

Maranda Enterprises Metal Ladderball Game

Maranda Enterprises Metal Ladderball Game One of the only Ladder Toss sets made of metal instead of plastic, the Maranda is very robust and won’t fall apart. Bolas are included in the set but are made of soft plastic for safety. Also included are instructions and a canvas carry bag. It’s very easy to set up and would definitely be worth getting a pair of golf-ball bolas for more bounce.

  • Pros: Robust construction. Steel ladders won’t fall apart. Carry bag.
  • Cons: Soft plastic bolas.

Ladder Toss Bolas

Remember, the more bolas you have, the more people can play! It’s definitely best to get bolas that have some bounce since it adds another element of skill (or randomness) to the game. Golf balls are usually best but these hurt if they hit you so some companies sell bouncy rubber bolas.

Ladder Golf Bola Set

Ladder Golf Bola Set

Ladder Golf Bolas If you are looking for a spare set of Ladder Toss Bolas for extra players, or as a replacement for lost/broken bolas then the best company is Ladder Golf. They sell a large variety of different colored bolas like pink, silver, blue, purple, red, green, black, yellow, white and orange so pick your favorite color! Every player can have their own set. These are real golf balls with specially designed brass inserts and tied with premium nylon rope.

Maranda Enterprises 6 Pack Ladderball Bolas

Maranda Enterprises 6 Pack Ladderball Bolas

Maranda Enterprises 6 Pack Ladderball Bolas These are high quality, durable bolas made for safety. They are designed to have a similar feel to golf-balls but at the end of the day, they aren’t regulation golf-balls. They are, however, great quality, and a good replacement set.