Just about everyone who attends Illinois State University leaves with at least one Redbirds T-shirt they can throw on before heading to Redbird Arena or Hancock Stadium.
But for you die-hard Redbird fans out there, your Illinois State collection doesn’t have to stop at shirts, sweatshirts, and hats.
With that in mind, the STATEside crew put together this list of the Top 10 Redbird products you probably didn’t know existed, in no particular order:
Sportula Products: $24
Show up for tailgating next fall with this sweet heavy-duty stainless steel Illinois State Sportula, featuring a unique laser-cut design with the Redbird logo It’s got a hard maple handle with durable brass rivets and, of course, a bottle opener on the end.
Wouldn’t your office, den, kid’s room, or man cave look that much better with a giant Illinois State Redbirds Fathead on the wall? Fatheads are nice because you can move them and reuse them and they are safe for walls. And, yes, they’re big. This one measures more than 4-feet wide and almost 3-feet tall.
SkinIt: Price varies
One of STATEside’s favorite unsung Redbird products. SkinIt makes Redbird cases and skins for smart phones, tablets, laptops, and more. Several varieties for almost any electronic device. Cool designs too.
Official Athletics Photo Store: Price varies
Search through thousands of photos in multiple formats from multiple Redbird teams. Search from best-sellers or search for player or game images. Download and share as you’d like. Perfect for fans, former athletes, and parents of current Redbird players.
Spirit Products Ltd.: $25
A classy gift for any Illinois State alumni in your life. And, technically, they don’t even have to put it on a mantel, in case you were wondering.
Collegiate Bead: $59
This Illinois State Redbirds charm is made in solid sterling silver with an enameled background. Illinois State charms can be worn on a chain or dangled from a bracelet. Also check out their necklaces and earrings.
Already got the Sportula? Then pull into your tailgating spot next fall decked out in SkinIt Redbird decals. They come in three packs of varying sizes. All tailgate packs are made of premium quality automotive grade material ensuring easy application and simple, residue-free removal.
Meijer: Regularly $124.99; on sale for $106
Show off your Illinois State pride with this handsome set that fits in any game room or basement. Made of solid pine, the cabinet comes with two sets of steel-tipped darts, door-mounted dry erase scoreboard, and mounting bracket.
Barnes and Noble Bookstore: $175
This is one of the pricier finds on our list, but it’s almost one of the classiest. Great for your office to show off your Illinois State degree alongside a photo of Fell Hall.
Weibring Golf Club: Price varies
The gift certificate is good to use for golf, merchandise, breakfast or lunch at Illinois State’s 6,915 yard, par 71 golf course. And don’t forget: Students, faculty, staff, seniors and alumni already get discounted rates at Weibring. Call (309) 438-8065 for more details.
Find more Illinois State merchandise on our Gear Up board on Pinterest.
Ryan Denham can be reached at email@example.com.