Regardless of your preferred sport, for many young people (or people of all ages, actually), their coach is one of the most important influences, mentors, and friends.
When the season’s over and it’s time to celebrate, finding the right gift for your amazing coach is a great way to let them know how much you appreciate them for everything they do.
So let us show you a few unique gift ideas for coaches that go way beyond a “world’s best coach mug” or a boring old gift card. You’ll find some thoughtful gifts, useful gifts, and a bit of both on our list here. No matter which route you choose, they’re sure to love it.
Gifts Your Beloved Coach Will Cheer For!
1. Smart Ball Pump
The perfect gift for your football coach, soccer coach, basketball coach or even your kickball coach! Welcome to the future, guys—there’s no reason to use a lame hand pump anymore!
This smart pump does all the work. All coach has to do is input the correct PSI and hit start, and the pump will automatically stop itself when the ball is properly inflated. If they’re unsure what the appropriate PSI is, they can use the digital sensor to find it.
2. Coach Clipboard
There’s no better keepsake to celebrate a great season than a clipboard with a pic of the team! This one holds all their practice plans snugly and is personalized with the coveted title of #1 coach and their name. All you need to do is send in a group picture, and you’ll have a wonderful gift from the whole team.
3. Engraved Whistle
by Trophy Depot
What’s a coach without their whistle? Great for any important mentor from softball to baseball to cheer coaches—this whistle comes in a solid wood case with a thoughtful message inside. You have the lid engraved with your coach’s name, too.
4. Sideline Chair
Coaching is hard. Why not give the coach or assistant coach a place to rest. Whether it’s for regular weekday practices or weekend games, Football, baseball, cheer, and soccer coaches know that a comfy folding chair is one of the most valuable things a coach can own. (Not to mention lacrosse, rugby, and every other sport that requires long hours of outdoor shouting!)
This one is lightweight and small enough to carry around easily and has all the bells and whistles (pardon the pun) a coach could need for a long day on the field. It features mesh pockets, an oversized cup holder, and padded arms and comes with a carry bag and strap for easy transportation.
5. Wrist Playbook
Football coaches know how awkward it can be to carry around a notebook for recording plays during a game or practice. This nifty little gift fits on the wrist and has three windows to easily reference up to 100 plays, even in the middle of the action.
6. Team Photo Collage
Get all those action shots together—this coach gift is the perfect way to display every notable moment of the season! This framed, glass front matboard comes in six colors so you can showcase the team color and can be laser cut to feature any team name. All you need to do is provide the pics!
7. Soccer Coach Organizer
For the soccer coach keeping it all together! The zippered case features a magnetic dry erase board with 25 magnets (12 yellow, 12 red, and one black) to stage plays, a play notepad, and a pen and dry erase marker.
How To Choose The Perfect Coach Gift
When we consider the gifts that sports coaches love the most, it’s important to note that more than anything, they’ll want to celebrate the wins of the season as a team. Organizing an end-of-the-season party for your coach is a great way to gather together, relax, and reminisce over the great moments.
Take that time to acknowledge every coach, assistant coaches, team mom, and anyone else who played a vital role in the team’s success that year. Letting them know how much you appreciate their support is possibly the best gift a coach can receive.
Beyond that, the perfect gift for your coach depends upon your sport and their personality.
Pitching in for a team gift is a wonderful, memorable way to celebrate any coach with a lot of players to look after. Still, an individual gift may also be prudent depending upon the role your coach plays in your life or your child’s life.
Hail to the Chief
Sports, particularly team sports, are so beneficial to the growth and development of kids of all ages.
Sports build physical stamina, mental strength, and interpersonal skills. Often, they’re where a kid meets their closest lifelong friends. It’s where many also figure out how to deal with rejection and defeat- and come out on the other side a better, more well-rounded person.
It makes sense that the adult(s) who make it all happen are essential figures to growing, developing players. Hopefully, we’ve given you some ideas for gifts for coaches that’ll show them just how appreciated they are.
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Laura resides in the fantastic city of Nashville, TN with her very, very patient husband, three well above average boys, a dog the size of a dinosaur, and a fleet of cats. When she’s not writing for work, she’s writing for fun. When she’s not doing that she enjoys reading, fine dining, copious amounts of wine, and philosophical conversations with her children. And some adults on occasion.