5 favorite gift ideas for your child’s coach

After 28 years of being a coach’s wife, I’ve seen a variety of coach’s gifts.

My husband was grateful for each gift because of the kids it represented and the relationships he had built with each athlete.

But he had a few favorites, and I’m guessing many other coaches might agree with his choices.

1. Framed team photo. My husband always enjoyed pictures of his team. After all, most coaches are in it for the kids, aren’t they?  Here’s some fun frame ideas. Click on each one to learn more.
Coach Autograph Picture Frame – Baseball, Football, Basketball, Hockey, Soccer, Cheer, Tennis, Volleyball, & Lacrosse

“YOUR PHOTO Home Plate 5″” Width. Great for game balls, gifts, coaches, players, fans, awards, contests, graduations, seniors, leagues, high school, college, varsity, holidays, parents, trophies, clubs. Print pictures, individuals, teams, logos.”

Hockey Team Picture / Photo Frame – Coach – Player Gift

Vintage Style Baseball Picture Photo Frame – Team – Coach – Player Gift Idea

2. Dinner gift certificates. Always a favorite with the wives. After all the missed dinners and late nights, he owes the wife a nice dinner. Order online now and save yourself time and gas. Some of our favorites:

Outback Steakhouse Gift Card

Red Robin Gift Card

Chili’s Gift Card

Applebee’s Gift Card

3. Funny gifts. To be given along with a gift certificate of course!

I’M THE SOCCER COACH Warning Sign funny gag gift (comes in all sports)

Coach Coaching Degree: Custom Gag Diploma Doctorate Certificate (Funny Customized Joke Gift – Novelty Item)

WORLD’S HOTTEST COACH Mug Coffee Cup 11 oz

COACH ~Novelty Sign~ parking signs sports sport gift

4. Signed balls. A great reminder of a fun year.

“YOUR PHOTO Volley Ball 6″” Size. Great for game balls, gifts, coaches, players, fans, awards, contests, graduations, seniors, leagues, high school, college, varsity, holidays, parents, trophies, clubs. Print pictures, individuals, teams, logos.”

BallQube UV-Protected Baseball Display (sign a baseball and put it in a case)

Grandstand Football Qube Case (have the guys sign a football)

BCW Deluxe Acrylic Ball Stand – Hold Football, Basketball, Volleyball or Soccer Ball – Display Stand or Holder

5. The rare really useful gift. My husband always preferred gifts that memoralized his coaching seasons, but there are a few gifts that a coach would find useful.

Basketball Portfolio & Notepad – Sport Book – Padfolio – Great Player Team Coach Gift Idea

The Greatest Coach Ever: Timeless Wisdom and Insights of John Wooden (The Heart of a Coach Series) (if your coach likes to read)

Life Wisdom from Coach Wooden (Hallmark Gift Book Series)

Basketball Team Journal & Notepad – Sport Book – Great Player Team Coach Gift Idea

Baden Pebbled Football Notebook

So what if you didn’t like your child’s coach? He still deserves your expressions of appreciation for giving hours of his time to your child. Let him know in a unique way when this season ends.

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  1. says

    As a mom whose kids are just nearly old enough to start playing sports, I love these ideas! As parents we tend to focus on our kids and reward them for their hard work. But the coaches need encouragement, too!

    • Janis says

      Beth, for sure the coaches need encouragement. I know they are all not good, and you will have issues with some of them that need to be addressed. But their sacrifice of time and effort for little to no pay should always be recommended.

  2. says

    This is timely! Great post!

    We just purchased a gift card for our coach at Academy Sports and Outdoors. I will definitely keep this in mind for the future. Great suggestions!

    • Janis says

      That’s a great idea, Nikki. We did that once for my daughter’s coach. He loves golf, so we bought him a gift card to the new golf store in town.

  3. says

    Great ideas! The dinner gift certificates are a hit with my wife since it helps us reconnect after a long-season.
    I have kids who come up to me after every practice and say “thank you”. My dad made me do it when I was young. Now I see why it was so important.

    • Janis says

      For sure, Jim. We always make it a point to thank the coach even when we didn’t agree with the way she coached. We know the value of a “Thank you.” Coaches sacrifice so much time to help kids and a heart felt thanks is sometimes the only thing they really want!

  4. says

    The framed photo of the team and/or signed memorabilia are definitely my favorite options – anything to commemorate the season and the players for the coach to remember them by. Great article!

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