You can’t show up empty-handed to any party, let alone a tailgate. At least not if you expect to eat. So how can you avoid being THAT person? Duh, bring something.

But what exactly should you bring? The host might farm out responsibilities to round out the menu. Someone grabs chips; someone else makes a salad. And someone else bakes up a dessert. Then again, the host might not ask you to bring anything.

This is when you have to get creative. Luckily you have Tailgate Fan to do the heavy lifting. Here’s some stuff to bring to a tailgate that will certainly be appreciated.

Chocolate-Covered Oreo Football Cookies

Photo Credit: Mona’s Chocolates

Chocolate-Covered Oreo Football Cookies ($24.99)

A tailgater cannot live on wings alone. Dessert deserves a place at the table, and you, as a guest, can make that happen. Satisfy the sweet tooths with these Oreo cookies hand-dipped in gourmet chocolate. Each is decorated on top with black and yellow sprinkles and topped with a sugar-candied football. Delicious and tailgate appropriate… what more could we ask for?

Buy Oreo Football Cookies.

Just Pop It Hot Air Popcorn Popper

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Just Pop It Hot Air Popcorn Popper ($29.99)

Every tailgater needs something to munch on. After all, eating is the best way to pass the time until, you know, the food is ready. And why buy a $17 bag of warmed-over popcorn in the stadium when you can pay a little more for your very own air popper. And then bring it to the tailgate. Pop that crunchy goodness fresh and right on the spot. The football-shaped lid doubles as a serving bowl. There’s even a built-in well for melting butter.

Buy the Just Pop It Hot Air Popcorn Popper.

Cathy's Concepts Tailgate Backpack Cooler Chair

Photo Credit: Cathy’s Concepts

Cathy’s Concepts Tailgate Backpack Cooler Chair ($48.00)

There are two things every tailgate needs more of: beer and places to sit. Enter the backpack cooler chair. This handy gadget provides the transport and folds up flat when empty. There’s an outside pocket for holding a bottle, water or otherwise, too. So buy the beverages on your way to the tailgate. Carry them to the party on your back. And then take a load off and have a cold one. Because you’re a guest at this tailgate.

Buy the Tailgate Backpack Cooler Chair.

iDevices iGrill Grilling-Cooking BBQ Thermometer

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iDevices iGrill Grilling/Cooking BBQ Thermometer ($99.99)

Every host forgets something. And a thermometer, to help determine when the meat is done, ranks high on the list of things that get left at home. Do your host a huge favor and bring this Bluetooth-powered electronic thermometer to the tailgate. It has dual probes to gauge two different pieces of meat. And the accompanying iPhone and iPad app lets him keep an eye on the grill from the other side of the party.

Buy the iDevices iGrill BBQ Thermometer.

Happy tailgating!

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Marshal M. Rosenthal is a technology, gadget and lifestyle writer based on the West Coast.


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