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26 Thoughtful Gifts for Coaches

Gone are the days when coaches stood on the sidelines in suits and ties like Tom Landry and Vince Lombardi. Now they look just like you and me. Think Bill Belichick in his hoodie. But they still need the tools of the trade, just like the old days. This list of gifts for coaches has everything they’ll need to keep the team motivated and on track.

Personalized Coach Whistle

Personalized Coach Whistle

A whistle is one of the most essential pieces of kit a trainer uses – apart from their voice – which makes it a great gift for coaches. Make sure it’s a special one like this beautifully engraved version, which can be personalized with their name or a message on the top and side.

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Basketball Coaching Board

Basketball Coaching Board

This Electronic Tactical Board is a great training tool for coaches of both football and basketball. Supplied with two styluses and a one-touch erase function, the tablet will allow coaches to show players what they mean when they talk strategies, instead of merely telling them.

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Electric Hand Warmer

Electric Hand Warmer

Spending hours on the field can be a cold and uncomfortable task, but the Ocoopa Hand Warmer will make it a much better experience. With three levels of heat – from 95˚F to 131˚F – the ergonomically-shaped unit will provide up to 15 hours of heat on one charge, and can even charge their phone.

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Coach's Coloring Book

Coach's Coloring Book

Anyone who coaches does it for the love of the job, but sometimes it can get super frustrating. Give them a way to get rid of that stress with this hilarious sweary coloring book. With 50 unique coaching-related pictures to color in, it also contains phrases they simply can’t say to their team!

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Every Moment Matters Book

Every Moment Matters Book

Help them to be even better at what they do with Every Moment Matters. This book features stories from some of the world’s most successful coaches and trainers, as well as top athletes, psychologists, and scientists, who share their wisdom with readers who want to be the best in their chosen field.

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Coach Bobblehead Trophy

Coach Bobblehead Trophy

Have the team say thank you to the best coach they have ever had with this super cute Bobblehead Trophy. Available with both male and female options, this trophy stands at approx. 6 inches tall, and comes with a plate attached that can be customized with three lines of text.

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Coach Wood Word

Coach Wood Word

Appreciation and recognition will go a long way towards making a coach even better at their job, so get the team to club together and present theirs with this unusual gift. Made from wood with a black chalkboard finish, the word ‘coach’ can be signed by all of their appreciative players.

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Flash Reflex and Reaction Training

Flash Reflex and Reaction Training

The BlazePod Flash Reflex and Reaction Training Set is for the coach who is serious about getting the best out of their team. Paired with the included app, this set will sharpen their reflexes and improve their reaction times in a totally unique and exciting way.

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Electronic Whistle

Electronic Whistle

The next best thing to a real whistle is an electronic whistle. This gift for coach will save his lungs for teaching, and can coach without a whistle between the lips. Simply press the button, and the whistle sounds. It’s the perfect solution for the 21st century coach.

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Coaches Organizer

Coaches Organizer

This excellent coaching notebook comes with a zip-closure and includes a notepad and a magnetic soccer board with two colors of magnets to separate offense from defense. This makes the ideal gift for a soccer coach who wants to map out the x’s and o’s during timeouts and halftime.

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Bucket Organizer

Bucket Organizer

Coach needs a way to keep everything all in one. Shorts with enough pockets to keep whistles, clipboards, and notes simply don’t exist. This organizer fits around a ball bucket or a drink cooler, and has pockets for all his coaching needs.

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Because I'm the Coach T Shirt

Because I'm the Coach T Shirt

Save them from having to reply over and over again to the question ‘but why?’ by giving them this funny t-shirt. Available in three colors for both men and women, the shirt comes in a range of sizes and reads ‘Because I’m The Coach, That’s Why’ which they can simply point to, instead.

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Fitness Dice

Fitness Dice

The latest science proves that a good m ix of calisthenics is what keeps a body strong and in shape. Coaches have to change it up. When strength and conditioning time rolls around, these dice will come in handy. Coach can roll the dice and call out an exercise: no planning needed; job simplified.

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Team Photo Gift

Team Photo Gift

Get all the kids together and give coach a gift that will touch his heart. This DIY is the simplest one you will ever find. All you need is a picture, writable matte material, and time to get all the kids to sign the matte. A simple wood frame finishes the gift, and you’re done!

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Coaches Chair

Coaches Chair

Even though we know all the best coaches spend the game pacing up and down the sidelines, this DIY chair makes a very nice gesture. This simple tutorial shows you how to take a regular spectators chair and jazz it up with a team logo or name that will make coach feel like a real boss.

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Coach Appreciation Plaque

Coach Appreciation Plaque

When the end of the season rolls around, the coach is usually the one who gives out the awards. But coaches need love, too! This plaque is a great way to say thank you for a wonderful season and has a wonderful inspirational quote inside a nice wooden frame.

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Coaches Briefcase

Coaches Briefcase

Coach doesn’t want a leather briefcase—not sporty. Plus, you can’t get a leather briefcase all muddy. Nor does coach want something like a messenger bag, because he’s not a hipster. This coach’s briefcase is the ideal balance between business and athletics.

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Coaching Binder Kit

Coaching Binder Kit

Coaches have to keep track of rosters, practice plans, game dates—they’re the chief administrators of the sports world. This binder is specially designed so coach can have all the information organized and easy to access, which means more time for the real matter at hand: coaching the sport.

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Coaches Clipboard

Coaches Clipboard

Every coach needs a clipboard to draw up plays and show players where they need to be and when. They also need something to throw to the ground when they get frustrated, and to give their hands something to do to cover their nerves. This one is for baseball, but they’re available for every sport.

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Coaches Pendant

Coaches Pendant

This pendant makes a lovely heartfelt gift for that coach who’s gone the extra mile for the team. It’s a simple, silver plated ring that can be personalized to meet the specific message you want to give your beloved coach. Choose from a nickel chain, a silver chain, a pink cord, or a black cord.

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Race Bib Clipboard

Race Bib Clipboard

Here’s a great homemade gift for a track or cross-country coach. All you need is an old clipboard and a number, and you can create a coach’s clipboard they’ll remember. If you have a number from a state championship or some other special, memorable occasion, then all the better.

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Light Up Cones

Light Up Cones

Coach will appreciate these cones, because they’ll add a little fun to a youngster’s practice. They light up! The little ones will love the flashing lights, and they can be used as special markers to make everyone’s favorite drill—wind sprints—seem that much less onerous.

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Megaphone

Megaphone

Sometimes players can get spread out across a wide area during practice. One group does drills on one side of the field, another does shooting practice on the other side of the field, and yet another group might be running bleacher stairs. With this electronic megaphone, coach can get them all back to the huddle without screaming.

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Stopwatch

Stopwatch

As essential as a coach’s whistle, the stopwatch is another piece of gear no coach should be without. This gift for coach will let the big kahuna time scrimmages, drills, timeouts, and everything else that happens in practice. And it will make them look totally official on the sidelines.

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Coaches First Aid Kit

Coaches First Aid Kit

Make sure they’re prepared for any emergency with this comprehensive Coaches’ First Aid Kit. Packed inside a vibrant orange EMT-style bag, this kit contains in excess of 300 medical supplies, including splints, bandages, gauze, alcohol wipes and more, so they can treat the minor injuries that occur on the field.

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Rolling Beverage Cooler

Rolling Beverage Cooler

A cooler filled with Gatorade or ice water can be a back breaker. Since mom and dad don’t want to visit the chiropractor after a Saturday game, coaches have their hands full, and you don’t want to injure players before a game, this rolling cooler is the answer.

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