Gift giving can be difficult, especially when it comes to your coach. You want to say a big “thank you,” but what do you really know about them besides their favorite sport? So the end of the season rolls around and you just pick up a card for everyone to sign and put some cash inside. But with a little planning, you can find the perfect gift that you enjoy giving and your coach will appreciate receiving. So peruse the list below, find the description that best fits your coach, and check out our top gift idea.
For The Sentimental Coach
Most likely to be heard saying: “I said it to last year’s team, and I may say it to next year’s team, but that doesn’t mean I don’t mean it now: you guys are the best team ever.”
A simple, yet special, gift idea is a signed ball – not only is it personal, but it’s unique to this season. Plus, if anyone on your team ever makes it to the big leagues, it could increase in value. Sports using larger balls are easier for a whole team to sign, but a baseball could be difficult, so consider having each player buy their own ball and decorate it as they want with their signature and maybe a favorite memory or inside joke. Then you can drop the whole lot of them off at your coach’s office for a nice surprise.
For The Always-Prepared Coach
Most likely to be heard saying: “Don’t worry, I’ve got an extra pair of socks.”
You know this coach. They’re the one who’s car trunk looks like chaos with extra gear for players who may have forgotten to thoroughly pack their duffle bag. So for this coach, we’ve got an easy and fun gift idea. Find a bag in your team colors and fill it with an assortment of goodies – a water bottle, a funky pair of socks, sports drinks, snacks, small sports items like a whistle or stopwatch, and for extra “aw” – cards from the whole team.
For The Fan-damn-tastic Coach
Most likely to be heard saying: “Did you see the game last night?”
If your coach has a favorite college or professional team, you probably know it. You’ve seen them sporting a hat or jacket with the team logo, seen their car bumper sticker, or heard a rant at practice after a rough weekend loss. If this is your coach, consider gifting them a new piece of professional or collegiate fan gear.
For The Sneakerhead Coach
Most likely to be heard saying: “Watch the shoes!”
Help your coach stand out on the sidelines with a gift they’ll love – a new pair of sneakers. We’ve got everything from the latest Jordans to Brooks running shoes to classic Stan Smiths. No matter what brand or style your coach prefers, you’re sure to find them the perfect pair of shoes.
For The Practical Coach
Most likely to be heard saying: “I don’t need a gift. The best present you can give me is a championship.”
Sometimes the best gift is the one that lets your coach pick out exactly what they want. Sure, it may not be exciting to purchase or fun to put together, but when all else fails, there’s gift cards! Let your coach spend the money however they choose, whether that’s a piece of clothing for themselves or a piece of equipment for the team.
We want to hear the best ideas, comment a gift you gave (or received) that was a hit! And check out our other gift guides to find something for everyone on your list.
is back in full swing as teams everywhere are taking the court for the first
time with the optimism that comes with a new season. After a busy offseason
full of stars joining up and switching teams, fans are ready to see how their
favorite team will come together. Show off the pride you have in your team or
favorite player with authentic fan gear from Eastbay.
Whether you’re shopping for yourself or another athlete in your life check out our Top Fan Gear Gifts below to see what you need to win the holidays.
The reigning MVP has one mission this season, to be standing under the confetti celebrating his first championship. Show your support for the Greek Freak by rocking Milwaukee’s colors. You can find jerseys and shorts for all your favorite teams and players at eastbay.com.
There is perhaps no player capable of more jaw-dropping moves and shots than The Beard. James Harden has shown there is no such thing as a bad shot for him, and you can rep that confidence in a throwback Houston jersey.
Scottie Pippen showed that it doesn’t matter where you’re from as long as you can ball. One of the greatest defenders ever at the point of attack, Pippen was an integral part of Chicago’s dynasty and now you can be too.
Built with fierce precision in mind, the Nike Phantom Vision Elite Dynamic Fit cleat features a foot-hugging quadfit mesh bootie concealed in a flyknit-constructed outer layer. This boot was created to provide the most consistent finish in the game.
Soccer season never stops. Elevate your indoor game with the Nike Mercurial Superfly 7 Elite built for court or inside surfaces. Based on the Nike Sports Research Lab’s analysis of play movements, the bottom rubber sole is designed to provide multidirectional traction on any surface. Worn by pros Sam Kerr, Kylian Mbappé, and Cristiano Ronaldo, the limited edition Mercurial Dream Speed model is made for players with speed in their DNA.
Another solid indoor choice is the adidas Predator 19.3. This soccer shoe provides a sock-like fit to securely lock you in, even during quick cuts. Grooves on the forefoot of the shoe grip the ball to add control to your passes and shots.
Three-stripe streetwear style meets adidas performance technology. The adidas Tango Training Jersey is designed with a pixelated camouflage print and is made from lightweight, sweat-wicking fabric to keep you looking – and playing – your best.
Chock-full of new technology, the Nike Strike Soccer Ball is the perfect gift for the serious soccer player. The 12-panel design provides true and accurate ball flight while the machine stitching enhances durability so you’ll be able to use this ball for years to come.
The Nike Mercurial Backpack transports all your gear in style. This backpack offers an elastic front pouch that holds a soccer ball, a ventilated side pocket that keeps your shoes separate, and a large compartment for whatever else you need on game day.
Shopping for other sports or styles? Check out our full list of gift guides here.
If you’re reading this blog post, chances are you’re either a runner looking to treat yourself or you know a runner and are looking for the best gear to gift them. (If running isn’t the sport you’re looking for, check out all our other gift guides.) Below you’ll find our top picks for runners – comfortable and durable gear made to withstand mile after mile of running.
This running vest is anything but ordinary. ColdGear® Reactor insulation helps your body adapt to the cold by providing both warmth and breathability. If that’s not enough to convince you, it also has quick-drying material, reflective details, and pockets for your necessary bring-alongs.
Though the model above is only available in men’s sizes, we do have a women’s fleece vest from Under Armour that’s worth checking out! (Don’t worry; it still has pockets!)
All the shoes in the Nike Zoom family are pretty great, but the Air Zoom Pegasus 36 is one of the most popular models and for good reason! The mesh-and-synthetic upper features more perforations across the high-heat areas of your feet to increase breathability, and exposed Flywire cables add a secure fit. Last but not least, iconic Zoom Air runs throughout the entire length of the shoes providing smooth comfort to your stride.
Available in both women’s and men’s sizes, these shoes are definitely a winning gift to either give or get.
Defy the weather in style with the Nike Shield Jacket. Weather-resistant fabric blocks out wind and rain so that you can keep after it even in stormy weather, and reflective graphics on the front and back pop when hit by the light, helping you stand out during low-light runs.
The Nike Shield Jacket is available in styles for both men and women.
The Nike Joyride shoes are one of a kind in both look and feel, making them a great gift option. They’re described as having small bean bags under your feet, and when you lace ‘em up for your first run, you’ll understand why. They’re so comfortable, and the four “bean bags” are filled with tiny foam beads that move and conform around your foot as pressure is dispersed during your stride.
These unique and innovative running shoes are available for both men and women.
The Glam Shorts feature many of the same great features as other Nike running shorts including the quick drying Dri-FIT technology and 3” inseam for ultimate mobility. But what makes these shorts special is the design. Taking inspiration from the sport of basketball, these running shorts have wide mesh panels near the bottom for even more breathability and a slightly thicker waistband.
Sorry, men, these Glam shorts are only available in women’s sizes, but if you’re looking for a new pair of running shorts consider these 5” Challenger Brief Shorts from Nike.
The Ultraboost 19 running shoes have 20% more Boost (adidas’ most responsive midsole cushioning) than the previous model. But that’s not the only reason to buy these running shoes. Take the upper for example: It’s made from a seamless Primeknit material, so you know you have breathable and durable comfort. And the outsole is made from Continental™ Rubber to provide phenomenal traction in all weather and on all surfaces.
These ultra-responsive running shoes are available in men’s and women’s sizes and are sure to give your running the boost you need to hit that new PR.
As the weather turns cooler, you start considering putting on another layer before heading out the door for your run. Which sounds like an easy enough decision, but what can you wear that won’t cause your body to overheat, won’t weigh you down, and won’t hinder your movements? This Dri-FIT midlayer top from Nike checks all those boxes offering safety and warmth from wind and rain. The front and back panels are water and wind resistant while the knit sleeves provide added warmth.
The Nike Glam Midlayer Long Sleeve Top for women is a little different but still helps you run comfortably in cool weather with mesh panels for ventilation and a brushed knit fabric for warmth.
Meet the newest running shoes from
Brooks – the Revel 3. The sleek design on the upper gives it a more versatile
look from the traditional running shoe silhouette, so that even before or after
running you can wear it around enjoying the casual look. Not only will they
look great with whatever you pair it with, but it feels great on your foot with
an inner bootie designed to provide a secure fit. The last level of comfort is
found in the midsole cushioning that adapts to your specific running stride to
provide the perfect amount of protection.
These neutral, road-running shoes are available for men and women.
As with previous Clifton models that
have come before it, the 6 continues to provide a lightweight and comfortable
fit with the signature midsole cushioning, full-ground contact, and zones of
high-abrasion rubber on the outsole. Plus, this new update features an
embroidered design on the outside of the mesh upper to provide a secure fit without
any added weight and bulk.
Perfect for road runs, these shoes can be found in both men’s and women’s sizes.
These shorts are a staple for female runners. Made with Dri-FIT technology throughout and mesh fabric on the sides, you’ll stay cool and dry during your entire run. And with built-in briefs and a 3” inseam you’ll experience a full range of mobility so that you can run with ease.
player has left a bigger impact on and off the court in their sport than Michael
Jordan. Not only did he win six rings, but he was able to help build up an
empire that produces some of the best performance gear as well as some of the hottest
casual apparel and shoes. If you want to upgrade your look in the classroom there
is no shortage of classic or modern styles to keep you fresh. If you want to
dominate on the court Jordan has some of the most technologically advanced
shoes so you can take it to your opponent.
Whether you’re shopping for yourself or another athlete in your life check out our Top Jordan Gifts below to see what you need to win the holidays.
Combining elements from the Air Jordan 1, 4, and 5 the B’Loyal should now be a part of every sneakerhead’s closet. Take to the streets in a full grain leather upper and the classic Jumpman logo drawing looks with every step.
Part of the new Retro 4 collection, this Jordan hoodie blends style and comfort so you can wear it wherever you go. With clean graphics and the Jumpman logo emblazoned across the front, this hoodie is dripping with style.
Inspired by the original Air Jordan 1, the Mid 1 holds true to the essential design elements but uses updated materials for a modern take on a classic. This shoe is built for those who are fans of the shoe that started it all but prefer a lower-cut silhouette.
The iconic Air Jordan I is a shoe beloved by people of all ages. It is the perfect shoe for the streets, with the signature Air Sole Unit providing comfort and a low cut to give your ankle greater flexibility. (Coming soon)
The latest performance basketball shoe from Jordan will shatter your expectations. The design team stripped away all non-essential material from the tooling to create one of the lightest game shoes ever. The XXXIV also introduces the Eclipse Plate which creates a smooth transition from the midfoot to the forefoot.