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An untraditional -- but cool -- way to show your college spirit

September 12, 2015

With the college football season underway, it’s also the time of year to show your school spirit. That’s why the college collection from Smathers & Branson is intriguing.

The company has licenses with dozens of universities to put school logos on many of its needlepoint offerings. In addition to standard pillows ($135), totes ($145) and belts ($165), Smathers & Branson has developed a variety of more unusual items, including key fobs ($29), hats ($35), cufflinks ($55), coasters ($75) and wallets ($115).

The bright colors and unique texture of needlepoint gives the pieces a handmade feel that sets them apart from just another logoed shirt or hoodie sweatshirt as quality gifts. Plus, you don’t have to worry about buying the right size.

For more, go to www.smathersandbranson.com.