For college football players it can be nearly as exciting as their postseason games.
NCAA rules allow bowl game organizers to present players with gifts valued at up to $550. Gifts range from speakers, gift cards and video game consoles to water bottles, hats and fidget spinners.
The most common present is something called a gift suite. What’s this? It’s essentially a free shopping spree in a temporary store stocked with a variety of items. The stores are sometimes set up on campus before they bowl trip or at the venue. Sometimes the shopping is done online.
So what do the Washington Huskies and WSU Cougars players get?
For starters, according to sportsbusinessdaily.com, players from both teams score a Fossil watch and Ogio backpack.
The Huskies, who play Penn State in the Dec. 30 PlayStation Fiesta Bowl, also get a gift from the title sponsor: A PlayStation 4 Pro console with accessories.
The Cougars play Dec. 28 against Michigan State in the San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl. Their big-ticket present is access to a gift suite. Details on the gift suite are scarce at the moment, but the 2016 Holiday Bowl gift suite was a $425 shopping spree sponsored by Best Buy.
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram offers a rundown of what bowls are giving players:
Las Vegas Bowl, Saturday (Boise State vs. Oregon): Gift suite, Oakley backpack and tag, hat, Rock’ Em socks, beanie.
New Mexico Bowl in Albuquerque, Saturday (Colorado State vs. Marshall): Gift suite, Oakley sunglasses, Oakley 5-Speed backpack, Lit tumbler, Gildan stadium blanket, cap, fidget spinner, baseball cap.
Camellia Bowl in Montgomery, Ala., Saturday (Arkansas State vs. Middle Tennessee State): Gift suite, Fossil Watch, a beanie, Ogio duffle bag, Big Game autograph football.
Frisco Bowl, Wednesday (SMU vs. Louisiana Tech): Commemorative football with bowl logo, Justin cowboy hat, swig stainless steel bottle with commemorative bowl logo, beanie cap with bowl logo, commemorative coin with bowl logo, commemorative lapel pin.
Gasparilla Bowl in St. Petersburg, Fla., Thursday (Temple vs FIU): Gift suite, Oakley backpack, neck pillow.
Bahamas Bowl in Nassau, Friday (UAB vs. Ohio): Gift suite, ISlide sandals, beach towel, bowl pin, drawstring backpack.
Potato Bowl in Boise, Idaho, Friday (Wyoming vs. Central Michigan): Gift suite, Oakley sunglasses, Under Armor backpack, beanie.
Birmingham Bowl, Dec. 23 (Texas Tech vs. South Florida): Gift suite, Oakley sunglasses, beanie, Big Game football.
Armed Forces Bowl, at Amon G. Carter Stadium, Dec. 23 (Army vs. San Diego State): Gift suite.
Dollar General Bowl in Mobile, Ala., Dec. 23 (Toledo vs. Appalachian State): Amazon Echo, Maui Jim sunglasses, Timely Watch Co. watch, Wilson football.
Hawaii Bowl, Dec. 24 (Fresno State vs. Houston): Gift suite, Oakley backpack and sunglasses, Tori Richard aloha shirt, beach towel, Pro Athletics surf trunks, performance T-shirt
Heart of Dallas Bowl, Dec. 26 (Utah vs. West Virginia): Gift suite, mini helmet with logo, mini football with logo.
Quick Lane Bowl in Detroit, Dec. 26 (Duke vs. Northern Illinois): Fathead custom wall decal of each player with his likeness, $175 Best Buy gift card, JBL E55BT premium blue-tooth headphones, Quick Lane Bowl backpack and luggage tag, Quick Lane Bowl merchandise package, Quick Lane Bowl commemorative football, Quick Lane Bowl mini helmet.
Cactus Bowl in Phoenix, Ariz., Dec. 26 (UCLA vs. Kansas State): Yeti cooler and tumbler, Fossil watch, Ogio backpack, Legendary hat, JBL Flip 4 speaker, blanket.
Independence Bowl in Shreveport, Dec. 27 (Florida State vs. Southern Mississippi): Gift suite, Timely Watch Co. watch, New Era skull cap, football.
Pinstripe Bowl in New York, Dec. 27 (Boston College vs. Iowa): A variety of New Era products.
Foster Farms Bowl in Santa Clara, Calif., Dec. 27 (Purdue vs. Arizona): Sony XB0951 extra bass noise canceling headphones, Fossil watch, Timbuk2 backpack, commemorative coin, $25 Apple iTunes gift card.
Texas Bowl in Houston, Dec. 27 (Missouri vs. Texas): Gift Suite, Academy Sports gift card, Adidas duffel bag, belt buckle.
Military Bowl in Annapolis, Md., Dec. 28 (Navy vs. Virginia): PS4 Star Wars edition, a Star Wars PS4 game, American Express gift card and Rock ’Em socks.
Camping World Bowl in Orlando, Dec. 28 (Virginia Tech vs. Oklahoma State): $400 Best Buy player shopping trip, Timely Watch Co. watch
Holiday Bowl in San Diego, Calif., Dec. 28 (Michigan State vs. Washington State): Gift suite, a Fossil watch and Ogio backpack.
Alamo Bowl in San Antonio, Dec. 28 (Stanford vs. TCU): Amazon Echo Show, $175 Amazon gift card, Fossil watch, mini football helmet, Rock ’Em socks, team panoramic photo.
Belk Bowl in Charlotte, N.C., Dec. 29 (Wake Forest vs. Texas A&M): Shopping trip to Belk department store, Fossil watch.
Sun Bowl in El Paso, Dec. 29 (North Carolina State vs. Arizona State): Gift suite, Timely Watch Co. watch, Majestic Pro Base fleece pullover, Ogio backpack, Under Armour cap, coin.
Music City Bowl in Nashville, Tenn., Dec. 29 (Northwestern vs. Kentucky): Gift suite and a Fossil Watch.
Arizona Bowl, Dec. 29 (New Mexico State vs. Utah State): Gift suite, an Oggio backpack, Fossil watch, beanie and Oofos slides.
Taxslayer Bowl in Jacksonville, Fla., Dec. 30 (Louisville vs. Mississippi State): Gift suite and Fossil watch.
Liberty Bowl in Memphis, Dec. 30 (Memphis vs. Iowa State): Commemorative football, Bulova Caravelle watch, Nike sports pack (includes athletic shoes, sport sandals, a backpack and sunglasses)
Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, Ariz., Dec. 30 (No. 11 Washington vs. No. 9 Penn State): PlayStation PS4 PRO bundle, Fossil watch, Ogio backpack
Orange Bowl, Dec. 30 (No. 6 Wisconsin vs. No. 10 Miami): Gift suite; Tourneau watch, Lyfe Brand hat, Ice Shaker water bottle and Shaker cup
Outback Bowl in Tampa, Fla., Jan. 1 (Michigan vs. South Carolina): Jostens ring, Fossil watch, $125 Best Buy gift card, Outback Steakhouse gift card, hat.
Peach Bowl in Atlanta, Jan. 1 (No. 12 UCF vs. No. 7 Auburn): $300 Visa gift card, Ultimate Ears Wonderboom bluetooth speaker, Fossil watch, football.
Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Fla. Jan. 1 (Notre Dame vs. LSU): $400 Best Buy shopping trip, Timely Watch Co. watch
Sugar Bowl (No. 4 Alabama vs. No. 1 Clemson): Gift suite, Fossil watch, New Era cap, Rock ’Em socks, panoramic game photo.
And, according to sportsbusinessdaily.com:
New Orleans Bowl in New Orleans, Saturday (North Texas vs. Troy): Gift suite; Fossil watch
Cure Bowl in Orlando, Saturday (Georgia State vs. Western Kentucky): Watch; backpack; warm up suit pants and jacket; Dri-Fit shirt long-sleeve shirt; hat
Boca Raton Bowl in Boca Raton, Fla., Tuesday (FAU vs. Akron): Online gift suite "and an assortment of bowl-branded items"
Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., Jan. 1 (No. 3 Georgia vs. No. 2 Oklahoma): Gift suite; Fossil watch; Ogio backpack; New Era 9Fifty snapback adjustable hat
The Cotton Bowl Classic in Arlington, Texas, Dec. 29 (No. 8 USC vs. No. 5 Ohio State): Would not disclose.