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Gator Nation Gift Guide 2021

A dog bed that looks like Ben Hill Griffin Stadium? Fighting Gator cufflinks? An official UF diaper bag with sports-themed zipper pulls? Spicy chocolate alligators?

Find the perfect UF-themed holiday gift for everyone on your list this year, no matter your budget. Browse gifts for Mom, Dad, kids, pets and more. Or get unique ideas for stocking stuffers and personalized gifts.

Our curated guide includes more than 30 NCAA officially licensed products, whose proceeds support programs and services for Gator student-athletes.

Shopping perks from the merchants are available. See the 2021 Shopping Perks at the end of the article.


Gifts for Dad

Fighting Gator Cufflinks

Let Dad sport some throwback Florida Gator gear with his button-down by gifting him these vintage-style cufflinks, featuring the Fighting Gator logo in bright enamel on silver-plate metal. NCAA licensed.

Gator Sportshop

Florida Gators Travel Hoodie

This black hoodie features team graphics on the left chest and a midweight design that will keep Dad toasty on travel day. Grey-on-black graphics of Florida Field let him show his Gator spirit while maintaining his fashion edge. 80% cotton, 20% polyester. Sizes S-3XL. By Jordan. NCAA licensed.

Gator Sportshop

Custom-Designed Cap by Dome

We know your dad is special. That’s why he deserves a hat designed exclusively for him, preferably in his favorite Gator colors. Visit Dome Headwear’s website and create one-of-a-kind gifts using Dome’s custom hat builder, which lets you personalize the style, visor shape, fabric, colors, artwork and more. Recognized for four years as a Gator100 company, Dome is led by UF alumni Chris Hetland (BA ’07) and Jeff Whitaker (BA ’04), who take pride in crafting headwear for top companies as well as for their fellow Gators.

Dome Headwear

Saturdays in The Swamp Polo Shirt

Gators’ Game Day stories — Mr. Two Bits, fans cheering in the stands, the French Fries statue, etc. — inspired the new Saturdays in The Swamp short-sleeved polo illustrated by Gainesville artist Ashley Gillen. This shirt is made of breathable fabric. UPF 30+ rating. In white or blue, by Mayor. Sizes S-XL.

Ilene’s Gator Store

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Gifts for Guys

Vintage Football Gator T-shirt

You can’t go wrong with T-shirts with vintage Florida Gators logos. This heathered grey T-shirt features an old-school Albert logo. Sizes S-2XL. By Original Retro Brand. NCAA licensed.


Florida Gators “Man Cave” Area Rug

This area rug marks off his territory in Gator style. It’s made of tufted nylon that cleans up easily and measures 5 feet by 6 feet — perfect for man cave, bedroom or tailgate turf. The non-skid recycled backing makes sure the rug stays firmly in place. A smaller version is also available. NCAA licensed.


Men’s Fossil Florida Gators “The Minimalist” Smoke Watch

Ensure he stays on trend with this sleek Florida Gators wristwatch made of smoke stainless steel. New from Fossil, this timepiece – with a minimalist face and discreet Gators logo – is water resistant to 5 ATM. NCAA licensed.

Gator Sportshop

Men’s Knit Lounging Pants

These comfy Gator pants would work well on a weekend or tucked under a desk during a Zoom meeting. By Concepts Sports. Sizes S-2XL, colors royal blue and charcoal. NCAA licensed.

Gator Sportshop

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Gifts for Mom

“Fashionable Fan” Gators Charm Bracelet

This new Bradford Exchange Florida Gators bracelet features 16 handcrafted, free-moving charms with team logos, football helmets, enameling, crystals and more. Adjusts from 7” to 8” long to fit most wrists. Comes in a velvet pouch and gift box. NCAA licensed.

The Bradford Exchange

Florida Gators Mom T-shirt

Celebrate the maternal side of her fandom with this royal blue “Florida Mom” T-shirt. It features a Florida Gators logo graphic and V-neck styling. 100% cotton. Sizes S-3XL. NCAA licensed.

Gator Sportshop

Sequined Xmas Alligator Top

Adorned with a Santa cap and bearing a gift, the sequined alligator on this shirt will bring a literal sparkle to her holidays. The fit is relaxed and it comes in S-3X. Call Ilene’s at 352-378-1611 during EST daytime hours if you need personal help choosing a size.

Ilene’s Gator Shop

Heathered Grey Florida Gators Cardigan

Keep Mom toasty with this Florida Gators cardigan made of heathered grey poly/rayon blend. Good for slipping on at The Swamp or for sipping coffee in the breakfast nook. Purchase women’s sizes S-XL here, plus sizes 1X-3X here. Longer duster-style cardigan also available in S-XL. Made by UG Apparel. NCAA licensed.

Gator Sportshop

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Gifts for Her

Gators Rara Purse

This transparent Gators purse is 100% stadium-approved and features faux-leather trim and tassels. No more holding up the line to get into The Swamp! Measures approx. 12″ x 3″ x 8″. Made by Desden. NCAA licensed.

The Gators Sportshop

Reversible Gators Bucket Hat

If she likes versatility, she’ll appreciate this reversible bucket hat by Top of the World. One side is bright orange with a Gators logo; flip it inside out for royal blue with logo. 100% polyester twill. Adjustable. NCAA licensed.

UF Bookstore

University of Florida Julia Gash Tote Bag

Julia Gash is a British artist whose map-illustrations capture the character and cultural heritage of specific locations. This tote bag features Gash’s unique take on the UF campus, with playful depictions of The Swamp, Newell Hall, the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, and more. Good for carrying groceries, books or a sweater for chilly nights. NCAA licensed.

UF Bookstore

Florida Gators Personalized Rose Gold Tumbler

This 24-ounce personalized Florida Gators tumbler is made of stainless steel finished in rose gold, with a silicone grip and spill-resistant acrylic lid. Customize it with the name of her choice. By Great American Products.


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Gifts for Kids & New Parents

Infant 3-Pack Florida Gators Onesies

This three-pack of Gator-themed onesies by Genuine Stuff will be appreciated by the new parents on your list. Sized for newborns and infants, the 100% cotton bodysuits come in blue, orange and heathered grey, and feature Florida Gators graphics. Sizes 0-9 mo. NCAA licensed.

The Gators Sportshop

Florida Gators Baby Diaper Bag

This washable diaper bag is enhanced with football zipper pulls, top zipper closure and lots of pockets. Embellished with the Florida Gators logo, the 100% polyester bag includes an extra-large embroidered portable changing pad. Visit the site to choose your color (orange, blue or pink) and to customize zipper pulls (football, basketball, hockey or lacrosse). For a bonus, include a Florida Gators burp pad or Gators newborn bib. NCAA licensed.

College Baby Shop

“Chomp Goes the Alligator” Board Book

“One shiny, blue fish / swimming in the swamp. / Along came the alligator . . . chomp, chomp, chomp!” Written and illustrated by Matthew Van Fleet, “Chomp Goes the Alligator” is a “big, playful counting book that’s great for reading aloud” (Booklist). The touchable board book has a big die-cut “chomp” taken out of the side, thanks to the book’s star character — a cute alligator who gobbles up his fellow swamp animals. For toddlers 2 and up.


Florida Gators 11" Plush Albert

This stuffed plush toy stands 11 inches tall and depicts Florida’s mascot decked out in team shirt and blue F cap. Felt teeth, nostrils and talons give Albert his fighting spirit. For ages 3 and up. NCAA licensed.

Sports Seasons

Florida Gators Lego Football Kit

Fourth and goal. No timeouts left. Game on the line. Don’t bother checking the playbook — building this Florida Gators BRXLZ Football is the ultimate play. Hope you’ve got that touchdown dance ready! A total of 704 Lego pieces, plus Florida Gators decals for team spirit. For ages 8 and up. NCAA licensed.


Florida Gators Customizable Youth Jersey

Encourage their dreams of playing at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium with this customizable jersey by Jordan. This royal blue shirt features the number “1” front and back, plus room for their first and last name. Ages 6-12. Youth sizes S-XL. NCAA licensed.

Fans Edge

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Gifts for Everyone

UFAA Paver Brick

Support UF’s future and become part of its history by participating in the UFAA Emerson Alumni Hall Plaza Brick Program. Purchase a paver brick to honor someone on your list, a business or an organization, or to commemorate a birthday, anniversary or graduation day. Your brick will be nestled in the courtyard outside EAH, not far from the iconic statue of Albert and Alberta. Proceeds enhance alumni and academic programs and support general university needs. Only a limited number of brick spaces are available, so order yours today!

$200-$840 per brick
UF Alumni Association

Chomp & Chill Swag Box

We know all good Gators love Gator goodies, so we’ve created Swamp Swag, a seasonally themed stash of unique UF gear, sent directly to you or your designated giftee. A gift of $35 to the UF fund of your choice gets you this winter’s Chomp & Chill box, complete with our cozy, redesigned Swamp Socks. For a gift of $75, you get three boxes: Chomp & Chill, with spring and summer deliveries following. The best part? Your donation keeps UF Top 5 strong!

UF Annual Giving

Music Everywhere: The Rock and Roll Roots of a Southern Town

This book by Marty Jourard traces how Gainesville changed the course of rock music by incubating greats such as Tom Petty, Stephen Stills, and the Eagles’ Don Felder. If someone on your list lived through Gainesville’s golden age of live music (1960s-1990s), they’ll appreciate this well-researched trip back in time. Order through UPF website by Dec. 16 with code XM21 for discount and free shipping.

University Press of

Chomp Shirt

Your brother, your roommate, your BFF: Everyone can do the Gator Chomp in this official long-sleeved Florida Gators jersey in white. 95% polyester, 5% Spandex, wind-resistant and wrinkle free. Unisex sizes XXS-XXL. NCAA licensed.

Ilene’s Gator Store

Emmitt Smith Ring of Honor Bobblehead

Is #22 their #1? From The Swamp to their desk, let your giftee celebrate a Gator GOAT with this Emmitt Smith Ring of Honor Bobblehead. Part of UF’s limited-edition Ring of Honor bobblehead series, which includes this year’s Steve Spurrier and Danny Wuerffel. By FOCO. NCAA licensed.

UF Bookstore

UF Custom-Woven Afghan Throw Blanket

Cozy up their couch, chair, bed or stadium seats with this afghan throw. The all-cotton, woven blanket features Century Tower and other UF landmarks, with blue-and-orange fringe. Measures 48” x 69”. By Pure County. NCAA licensed.

UF Bookstore

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Gifts for Pets & Pet Parents

Ben Hill Griffin Stadium Pet Bed

Make sure your furry friend is part of the game with this Florida Gators stadium pet bed. It’s encased in a removable cover for easy cleaning. Sizes S, M, L. NCAA licensed.

College Logo Stuff

UF Pet Bandana

Get your pet decked out for the big game in this official team bandana. It slides onto the pet’s collar and features “Florida Gators” embroidered at top. Measures 7 1/2” W x 6 1/2” H. Made by Spirit. NCAA licensed.

UF Bookstore

Pet’s Cheerleading Outfit

Your pet will be able to show off their team spirit with this NCAA cheerleader dress. Made of polyester, this Florida Gators cheerleading outfit features an orange-and-blue pleated skirt with Velcro closure front and official logo. Sizes XS, S, M. (Sorry, no sizes for large dogs. Try this football jersey instead.) Made by Pets First. NCAA licensed.

Pets First Store

Florida Gators NCAA Field Tug Dog Toy

This Florida Field pull toy is made of heavy-duty nylon with a strong web trim. Created for powerful chewers, it’s a fan favorite for dogs who are tough on their toys. For medium and large dogs. Made by Pets First. NCAA licensed.


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Gifts for Nature Lovers & Gardeners

The Art of Birds: Grace and Motion in the Wild

This new book by Brandon-based photographer Jim Miller captures Florida birdlife in all its splendor, with evocative images paired with observations of wildlife from past centuries. “Miller shows us the aerodynamic perfection of the wings of the black skimmer, and the plunge of a pelican like a javelin into the waters of the Gulf. We see the spiraling feathers surrounding the piercing eye of the great blue heron, the singular linear patterns formed by the legs of wading birds, and the delicacy of the snowy plumage of egrets.” (Ron Yrabedra).

Order through UPF website by Dec. 16 with code XM21 for discount and free shipping.

University Press of Florida

Florida Museum Canvas and Cork Tote

Support the Florida Museum and its mission to inspire people to care about life on earth by gifting this tote bag, made of canvas and cork. The straps are reinforced with metal grommets for increased support. The cork-coated, box-cut bottom combats moisture and dirt, and is a durable and sustainable vegan alternative to leather. Order by calling the FM gift shop at (352) 273-2041 (Mon.-Sat, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. 1-5 p.m.). You can also gift a museum membership here.

Florida Museum of Natural History

Florida Gators “Keep Off the Field” Garden Gnome

Help your giftee keep their lawn or garden free of rival team fans with this handcrafted Gators gnome. One foot on a Gator helmet, he’ll fend off intruders with his fightin’ attitude and “Keep Off the Field” sign. Approx. 8” high. By FOCO. NCAA licensed.


Florida Gators Gardening Clogs

These molded clogs feature air vents and a textured insole and outsole. Useful for pruning crepe myrtle, cooking a batch of chili or kicking back with Netflix. Sizes S-XL. By FOCO. NCAA licensed.


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Gifts for Foodies & Tailgaters

Florida Gators Chip and Dip Platter

Perfect your snacking game with this Florida Fighting Gators platter. Made of melamine with printed artwork, the three-section platter includes spaces for two types of snacks plus a bowl for dips and sauces. Measures approx. 15” x 15”. NCAA licensed.


Orange and Blue Jelly Beans, by Jelly Belly

These Jelly Belly beans in blueberry and tangerine flavors are good for holiday parties, tailgating or any-time snacking. Lorenta Nuts sells them in 1 lb., 5 lb., 10 lb. and 20 lb. pack sizes.

$9.99 and up
Lorenta Nuts

11” Gourmet Chocolate Alligator

Handmade in North Venice, these chocolate alligators measure under 11 inches long from nose to tail. They are available in milk chocolate, 60% dark chocolate, key lime margarita and spicy dark chocolate flavors. Each alligator comes in a green gift box and is shipped in an iced, insulated pack via FedEx or UPS to anywhere in the U.S.

$18.95-$24.95 each
Gabriella Chocolates & Confections

Florida Gators Steak Knives

Tailgaters will appreciate this set of four stainless-steel steak knives. The Gators artwork is printed on both sides of the knife, so no matter how they slice it, their fandom will be undeniable. NCAA licensed.

Gator Sportshop

Silver Alligator Paper-Towel Holder

Paper towels are essential to tailgating, so let an alligator hold yours with this useful item by Arthur’s Court. Made of sand-cast aluminum and measuring 12.5 inches high, it features an alligator balancing on its tail and hind legs, with two legs holding onto the paper towels. Also check out this matching set of alligator serving spoons and alligator napkin weight.

Alumni Hall

Florida Gators Legacy Glassware Set

Let someone on your list cheer on the Gators in style with this limited-edition glassware set. It includes a 25-ounce glass serving container and four glasses adorned with 12K gold rims and Florida Gators icons. The set arrives in a blue satin-lined cushioned gift box. NCAA licensed.

The Bradford Exchange

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Stocking Stuffers

Florida Gators Holiday Crew Socks

Toe ho ho! These Florida Gators socks feature the UF mascot and woven holiday graphics (snowflakes, reindeer and trees). One size fits most. Made by For Bare Feet. NCAA licensed.


Florida Gators Magnetic Player Bottle Opener

This Florida Gators football player may be running for a touchdown, but he can pop open a bottle cap or two on his way to the end zone. Keep the magnetic opener handy by sticking it to your fridge. Measures 6” x 2.5”. NCAA licensed.

My Gameday Store

Colorful Florida Gators Decals

The UF Bookstore sells more than 60 different Florida Gators decals, which make good stocking stuffers for all kinds of people on your list. Dress up their ride or laptop by gifting decals for UF alumni, Gator Grandparent, Gator Dad, Levin College of Law Mom, “I Bleed Orange and Blue,” Rainbow Pride, Chrome Gator, and more. NCAA licensed.

$3.45-$22.00 each
UF Bookstore

Florida Gators Scrunchies

If they do sports or need to keep their hair off their face, they’ll appreciate these official Florida Gators scrunchies, sold at the UF Bookstore. Designs include classic “F” on white, Albert and stars and football spirit. NCAA licensed.

$5.99-$9 each
UF Bookstore

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Shopping perks for 2021 include

  • UF Bookstore gives a 10% discount to University of Florida Alumni Association members year-round on clothing and gifts. When shopping online, input your UFAA member ID number in the comments box to receive the discount.
  • Gator Sportshop regularly offers discounts or free shipping on officially licensed Gator merchandise. Visit the site to view the current offer.
  • Other sites in this guide offering seasonal discounts include Fans Edge and Fanatics.
  • Ilene’s Gator Shop: Use the code “gatorstyle” to receive $5 off your online purchase from this store owned by lifelong Gainesvillian Ilene Silverman.
  • University Press of Florida: Order books directly from Florida’s scholarly publisher at and use code XM21 for discount prices and free shipping through Dec. 16, 2021.
  • Amazon: Give back to your alma mater with your everyday purchases by making UFAA your designated AmazonSmile charity here.

Note: Prices and availability of items are subject to change. Visit product links to view vendors’ details on current pricing, availability and shipping costs.