9 Great Gift Ideas for Coaches and Team Parents
Say Thank You to Your Sports Crew Leaders
It’s (almost) a wrap – what a season! You’ve watched the coach and/or team parents these past several months as they wrangle your team of toddlers, teens, and every age in between. How do they do it with such patience, grace and enthusiasm? We’ll never know, but as the season comes to a close, it’s the perfect time to say ‘thank you’ for all they’ve done! Check out these gift ideas for coaches and team parents.
An oldie but goodie, create this special gift that can be enjoyed literally year round! Rally up photos from the other parents – game shots, sideline photos, and favorite snapshots from that wild pizza party. Pick photos of the season’s best memories.
Add a personal touch to reusable, everyday-use items, like a towel, whistle, gear tote, hat, water bottle, fold-up chair, or cooler by having “Coach”, “Team Parent”, or a relative saying monogrammed on it. At the end of the season, you can also have all the players sign a team ball or shirt to present to the coach.
Who doesn’t love a 2-in-1, especially when everyone seems to always have their hands full? Check out chair wagons (or lounge wagons), a buggy with wheels to haul balls, cones, and gear that turns into a chair for taking a break. Too cool for your coach or team parent!
Find a company (like Bobble Gifts) or search on Amazon for “custom bobblehead” to have a bobblehead made of the coach or team parent – so fun!
Team Chore Day
Coordinate a time for all teammates and a couple of parent chaperones to show up at the coach’s or team parent’s house for a day of chores. Do the leaves in the yard need to be raked? Does the kitchen need to be swept and mopped? Use SignUp to gather your cleaning crew!
Oh, the tried and true clipboard – still very much needed for managing maneuvers and game day tactics. Spice up a boring clipboard with the team colors, team name, and coach name on the front or back. If parents are willing to pitch in big, go upscale with an iPad update with sports case.
What collegiate or professional team is your coach’s or team parent’s favorite? Get them a jersey, hat, house slippers, or another gift that represents their fan status. Extra wow ‘em with tickets to an upcoming game.
Spa Gift Card
Treat the coach or team parent with the gift of relaxation – present to them a gift card for a massage at a local spa to help the stresses of the season melt away.
Invite them to leave all the kids behind and splurge for a gift card to a local restaurant the coach or team parent can enjoy with their significant other. Throw in tickets to a show or other local happening and offer babysitting as needed.
Pro Tip: Whatever gift you decide on, use SignUp to easily collect gift money from other parents!
There’s so much for your kids to learn in team sports and it takes a special person (or small village) to lead the way. However you say thank you to your coach and/or team parents, make it heartfelt and memorable!