Alabama fans looking for the perfect gifts for friends and family this holiday season should head to local fan stores in Tuscaloosa (or shop online, safely) to find the exact gear that will make for terrific presents this year.
With Christmas just around the corner, we asked a few different Tuscaloosa stores specializing in Crimson Tide apparel and asked employees for recommendations on what to give loved ones this year.
Alabama Express, JNJ Apparel, The Locker Room and the University of Alabama Supe Store shared their picks with us, but you should also check other great local stores like Alabama Book Store, Alumni Hall, Mobley & Sons, The Shirt Shop and others where you can find great selections in Tide items.
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JNJ Apparel will offer the following products for a limited time only ahead of the holidays. The order cutoff will be in time for the items to be printed and shipped within the U.S. in time for Christmas.
The owners launched JNJ Marketplace in Spring 2020 and for the first time their designs are available to Alabama fans everywhere. All designs and products are original and are printed at their production facility in Northport, Ala. Learn more.
Alabama Alumni Pocket T-shirt, $26
Alabama Alumni Sweatshirt, $27
Roll Tide Dancing Elephants Mineral Washed Hoodie, $40
Roll Tide Dancing Elephants T-Shirt, $26
Iron Bowl 2020 Pocket T-Shirt, $27
Walk of Champions Pocket T-Shirt, $27
Nike Dri-Fit hats with Velcro back come in crimson, white and gray. Perfect for gameday, golf, everyday wear. Clean and simple.
A scarf always make for a perfect gift, if you’re ever stumped. Nice for slightly breezy tailgating as autumn sets in.
Slick Nike Dri-Fit T-shirts perfect for casual wear any idea, but especially for football games early in the season, or any Alabama sporting event.
Another clean and simple T-shirt, says all you need to know, and at a great price.
That there’s a fancy brown leather collar for Fido.
Alabama super fan Walt Gary, who passed away in 2019, worked at the Supe Store for 15 years. From the Supe Store website: “To know Walt was to love him. He was a model of courage, enthusiasm, and optimism seeing the ‘glass half full instead of half empty.’ He was born with Down Syndrome, but he called it Up Syndrome. He lived life to the fullest having a positive influence on others, especially The University of Alabama football team.” All profits from the sale of this merchandise will benefit the Walt Gary Scholarship in Special Education.
Let your fan friends and loved ones choose their own item from the Supe Store either online or the next time they visit the Capstone.
The store has sold more than 2,000 of these elephant face masks as of now, according to co-owner Rush Crawford, with 20 percent of all sales going to the West Alabama Food Bank. Made of 100 percent Kona Cotton with pocket for removable washable filter. These are also made locally in Tuscaloosa.
Slick look for cooler gamedays.
“Impossible to keep in stock,” according to Alabama Express. They come in Adult Small through Adult 3XL. Small-XL are $25 each, 2XL is $27 and the 3XL is $29.
“The girls cheer dresses and boys collared shirts have been a good seller this year,” according to the store. “Cheer dresses come in 3-6 months up to youth extra large. Dresses range in price from $38-$45. Boys shirts are available in 3 months to youth extra large. The polo prices vary from $37-$38.
The Franchise Polos (back row) cost $50 and are available in small to 3XL. The Nike Coach’s Polos (front row) cost $75 and are available in small to 3XL.