Creative Gift Ideas for Coaches

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Coaches play a significant role in children’s lives. Two to three hours a day, three or four days a week plus lengthy bus and car trips adds up to a lot of time spent together. Giving a special gift to a coach allows you to say thank you for all the hours and hard work.

Creative Gift Ideas for Coaches
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If you bring a camera to games throughout the season, you are bound to find some good shots among the photos, which will make a creative gift. If the coach has a child on the team, a photo of the two of them would be especially meaningful. Find a shot that shows the coach at her best or choose a great photo of the coach with some players. The best photo for a special gift is a close-up shot of players that shows their faces and conveys emotion. You can create a unique frame by using stickers of the coach’s sport or smaller photos of each of the players around the photo. You might write “Coach of the Year” at the top. Ask each player to sign the matting around the photo. You can use a photo website to transfer photos onto mugs or large canvas wall prints.

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If you live near to a city with a professional sports team, give your coach two tickets to a game. Of course, it would be great if you are able to give tickets for the same game she coaches, but if you know your coach loves all sports, two tickets to any game gives the coach a chance to fun. To present the gift, buy a gift certificate from a general-event ticket retailer and include the season schedule for all the sports teams in your area. The coach can choose which event to attend.

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The coach probably already has a plastic whistle, but a silver one would be a unique gift. Other tools of the trade include a stopwatch with multiple features; a wristwatch that includes a stopwatch as one of the features; books about coaching techniques; or the inspirational biography of a sports hero. For any books, have all the players sign the cover page, and write a short note to the coach.

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Once the season is over and the coach has a chance to relax, create a gift basket that includes all his favorite foods and activities. If he is a beer drinker, include a sampling of beers from around the world. If you know that he loves the movies, include a pair of movie tickets, some popcorn and a couple of candy bars.

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