As you count down the days until winter break and the holiday season, don't forget about that special someone in your life who devotes his or her time to help you become a better athlete. As you head out to do your holiday shopping, consider these simple yet meaningful gifts for your coach.
STACK Tip: No need to tackle gift-buying on your own. Take up a small collection from your teammates in the locker room and buy the gift as a group.
New Whistle: Nothing says "keep doing a good job" like a shiny new whistle. Every coach has one, but who knows how old it is? A clean new whistle could replace an old, germ-infested one—which means you'd be helping coach stay healthy and preserving his or her ability to continue teaching you and your crew.
Bag/Briefcase: Lots of coaches are walking around with the same beat-up bag or briefcase they've been using for 20 years. Select a nice, new bag for coach's gear—and step it up a notch by customizing it with his or her initials and school logo.
Clipboard: A personalized clipboard will help keep coach organized and prepared for any game plan. Some clipboards double as dry erase boards for quick sideline diagrams. Have coach's name printed on the side for easy identification.
Coffee Mug: It's a bit corny, but still a useful gift. You could embellish it by having your team photo reproduced on the mug. Nearly every mall has a small kiosk where you can create a personalized mug—or try online at sites like snapfish.com.
New Kicks/Training Gear: Coaches may not physically work as hard as their athletes, but they still move around constantly at practice. New performance gear, like a pair of training shoes, will keep your coach looking and feeling good throughout the season.
Personalized Team Items: Websites such as bestcoachgifts.com and coachgifts.com offer a wide variety of personalized plaques, balls, posters and other gifts appropriate for a coach's office. Just be aware that most of these companies require a week or two for customizing and printing.
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