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.
There’s no age restriction on style, so we’ve complied a list of our favorite kids’ items from today’s top brands, made for tomorrow’s superstars. Browse through our Best Sports Gifts for Kids below to find all of this season’s hottest looks and performance gear.
Bring on the winter weather! The Nike Therma Fleece Camo Pullover Hoodie is made with Dri-FIT performance fleece, including a brushed fleece interior, to keep you warm and comfortable throughout the seasons.
Shine bright this holiday season. The Nike Air GX Pullover Hoodie features a shimmering metallic Nike logo and is made with soft French terry fabric for unmatched coziness.
Nike Air Force 1 Low – Girls’
Pay homage to a classic look that’s always fresh – the Nike Air Force 1 shoes are a solid choice for almost any outfit. Made with a stitched rubber cupsole and leather upper, these sneakers provide premium comfort and durability. (Coming soon)
Nike Air Max Plus – Boys’
Treat your feet to a walk on the clouds. Now dubbed as somewhat of a cult classic look, the Nike Air Max Plus shoes offer an innovative cushioning system that provides comfort with every stride. (Coming soon)
Protect your kids’ feet with the Timberland 6” Waterproof Boots. Whether it’s jumping through puddles, stomping in the mud, or just handling everyday wear and tear, these boots are designed with the same top-quality leather and sturdy construction that Timberland’s adult products are famous for.
From the playground to the court, grade school never looked so good. The Air Jordan 1 Mid is the original statement-making sneaker and combines the classic “Wings” logo on the ankle with Nike’s iconic side swooshes to create the hottest retro look. Also available in girls’ sizes.
Rooted in three-stripe heritage, the adidas Originals NMD shoes are fashionable and functional. They seamlessly blend adidas heritage with the latest innovation in lightweight cushioning, so your feet can look good and feel even better.
Named after the Japanese word for “simplicity”, the Nike Tanjun Backpack makes storage easy. This backpack has padded shoulder straps for comfort and all the zippered compartments you need to stash your valuables securely.
Get the sporty style you want for gym class or practice with the Nike Dri-FIT Just Do It T-shirt. Featuring sweat-wicking technology and a loose fit for full-range mobility, this shirt is a must-have for any active kid. Don’t think twice about scooping up the T-shirt – Just Do It!
Shopping for other sports or styles? Check out our full list of gift guides here.
holidays are approaching, and athletes everywhere are preparing for another grinding
season. You’ve been putting up shots all summer, working on tightening your
handle, and now you’re ready to take the season by storm. If you want to play up
to your peak though, you’ll need the best performance gear. Whether you need to
upgrade your apparel, or the latest shoes from LeBron, Harden, or Curry Eastbay
carries all the best basketball gear so you can maximize your talent.
Whether you’re shopping for yourself or another athlete in your life check out our Top Basketball Gifts below to see what you need to win the holidays.
Take to the court in the newest shoe from LeBron and Nike. It features the largest Max Air unit ever in a basketball shoe, providing unprecedented cushioning while still delivering stability and comfort. Now you can step up and deliver in key moments just like The King.
New city, same Paul George. Lace up the PG 3 for the ideal balance between support and freedom of movement. With a lower cut silhouette, the 3 allows your ankle to have more natural movement within the shoe. Plus, the shoe features a mesh upper for improved breathability. Eastbay also carries the entire bank of team colors for the 3 making them perfect for your season
Express your creativity on the court with the redesigned Harden 4. Built with Lightstrike cushioning to deliver explosive energy return while not weighing you down, these shoes will allow to dominate late into the 4th quarter. The 4 is also available in the entire bank of team colorways.
Keep it casual off the court with apparel inspired by LeBron’s style. Block out the cold with this hoodie made from thick, heavyweight fabric to keep you warm as you transition from the gym to the street.
With a design reflective of the merging sport and popular culture worlds in the early ’90s, these fleece pants celebrate the past while being tailored for today’s world. A brushed interior gives you that ultrasoft feel while a tapered, cuffed leg allows you to show off your kicks.
Kevin Durant wanted to be more involved in the design of the KD 12 and his influence shows. Full length Zoom Air cushioning was stitched directly into the upper to create more responsive, explosive energy return. In order to better lock down your foot the 12 uses Quad Axial Flywire cables that relax when you’re not moving and then engage when you spring into action.
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.