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Best Gifts for College Alumni Association Members

Is there someone on your gift list who’s an avid fan of their college? Are they a proud and active member of their alumni association? This guide is going to make it super easy for you to buy your college alumni friends a holiday gift this season that they’ll love for years to come:

Psst… Everything in this gift guide is personalized with their college in some way, whether through maps, colors, or logos. If you’re not interested in gifting them something college-specific, check out these 51 gifts for college grads on Wirecutter to get some more gift ideas. 


For the Fan Who’s the Ultimate Tailgater

Can Cooler Variety Packs 

One of our newest and most popular offerings at Campus Colors is our cooler tailgate bundle. This has a four-pack variety of can and bottle coolers in fun college color designs (licensed by the NCAA). It comes with two small can warmers for standard cans, a large school “jersey” for bottles, and even an additional cooler for slim 12 oz cans. These vivid team colors will stand out at tailgates, backyard parties, and alumni association events, so your recipient can show off their school pride in style.   

At the time of writing, we offer this pack in 28 college themes—but keep checking back, because we’re in the process of adding more!

Is your recipient a huge tailgate fan? Check out these other essential tailgating accessories you can give to make their partying a whole lot easier and way more fun!


University Lanyard Keychain 

Everyone can get use out of a lanyard keychain. Whether they use it to hold your keys, ID, or even your dog’s treats (so you can bring them with you to the tailgate before the big game), a university lanyard keychain with detachable buckle streamlines everyday tasks—with lots of school spirit along the way. These lanyards are among our bestsellers because they’re a high-quality, easy gift that college fans love every single time.


For the Style-Minded Fan

Custom College Keychain 

This is an understated, sophisticated keychain by Maven Metals that can be personalized for recent grads or distinguished alumni association members alike. With a monogrammed leather accent strap and solid brushed stainless-steel ring, this is a stylish keychain that can be personalized with college, dates, or other words.


College Town Glasses

College Town glasses are a unique, stylish gift for people who like to enjoy their beverages with a side of school spirit. These collector’s sandblasted glasses celebrate the recipient’s local college town with detailed downtown maps. If you want to get a distinctive gift for your alumni association friend, these glasses are a showstopper. 

Complete the gift basket with a set of collegiate shot glasses. You’ll help fill their bar cart with unique and beloved alumni association gear. 


For the College-Loving Decorator

Personalized University Map

Like the idea of giving them a map of their college but you’re not sure they’ll enjoy bar glasses? Give them a custom map of their college campus and surrounding area that they can hang on their wall. We like that this Etsy seller lets you pick the size and color, and you can input any university and location/address, so it’s totally personalized to you. This is also a great idea for college sweethearts, since you can put a heart on the exact location on campus where you two met! 

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Holiday College Ornament 

If you’re looking for an elegant yet simple holiday gift that all college alumni will love, get them a college ornament for their tree. This year’s Campus Colors ornaments display the NCAA school logo paired with adorable candy canes that add a festive spirit to your tree. These are a distinctive gift that college fans will love donning on their tree. 

Psst… Check out more gift ideas with the official gift guide for college sports fans here


School Street Sign 

Street signs aren’t just for dorm rooms. They’re great for decorating home offices, basements, sunrooms, and more. College alumni sometimes outgrow their large school flags, but they still want to exhibit their school pride. An NCAA licensed street sign in team colors is a subtle yet distinguished way to put their school’s name on the wall of a game room, office, or kitchen.


Wall Bottle Opener  

Another unique and beloved gift, perfect for game rooms and wet bars, is a team bottle opener wall sign. This is a wooden sign with school colors and graphics that goes perfectly with rustic or themed décor. It has a durable cast opener, so everyone in the “fan cave” can open their brews right on the wall. It also comes with two mounting holes for easy hanging. We’ve given these wall signs as gifts before and they’re always a huge hit. 


Personalized Collegiate Architectural Print

This is a really special gift that members of the alumni association will fawn over. This framed print spells out the name of their college, with each letter represented by an architectural structure on campus. Looking at this print will instantly bring the recipient back to their college days, and they’ll love having something so special and elegant hanging in their home. This site also lets you personalize it, so you can add their name, graduation year, or inside jokes and memories you two might share. 


For the Athletic College Fan

Golf Gift Basket

Does your alumni association member like to golf? Give them a sense of school pride while on the green with a basket of college logo golf balls and a matching golf driver head cover. The golf balls are quality two-piece construction balls with great distance, and the driver head cover is esteemed for its high quality stitching and material. And since all of Campus Colors’ products are NCAA-licensed, you know you’re getting the very best quality and logos. Round out the basket with a matching college baseball cap that will let them share their spirit while playing a round or two.


College Alumni Hat

Hats are one of the best ways to show off college alumni pride. Your recipient might like an ultra-soft fleece lined knit beanie in their school colors to keep them warm during the coldest winter gamedays, or they might like a mesh back cap with a dynamic 3D logo on the front. Browse our NCAA licensed selection of hats to find an easy, simple, and guaranteed-to-please gift. 


For the One You Want to Keep Safe and Warm this Winter

Cozy Collegiate Blanket

Give them the gift of warmth and comfort this holiday season with a school-themed blanket. Campus Colors offers sweatshirt blankets with prominent logos, ultra soft throws, or frosty fleeces with a small logo in the corner. Anyone and everyone will love receiving a collegiate blanket they can cozy up with for those chilly winter nights. It’s a simple yet thoughtful gift.


School Logo Socks

The easiest and best stocking stuffer is always socks. They’ll be thrilled to get college logo socks from Santa, whether they’re crew socks that they can wear under their suit or fuzzy sleep socks to keep them cozy. Check out our wide array of socks for a crowd-pleasing stocking stuffer.


Logo Face Mask

Another great stocking stuffer for 2020 is an NCAA face mask. This will let your loved one show off their school pride while giving them the gift of safety and health. We like these 3-pack face coverings from Dick’s Sporting Goods because they come with three different logo designs, so your recipient can get a little variety in between washings.


Search Their School

Still not sure what to get them? Just select their school from this list and then see what awesome and unique options Campus Colors has available. Each school has its own offerings, like some have stadium puzzles while others have gorgeous windbreakers and wind-shirts. Browse your recipients’ school to get inspired with some easy, cost-effective, and unique gift ideas for the college alumni in your life. 

What are you gifting your college alumni friends this holiday season?

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