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Basketball coaches can have a profound impact on the lives of lots of young people. In some instances, basketball coaches are parental figures and role models in their players’ lives.
With that being said, why not show your basketball coach how much you value and appreciate them by getting them a gift? Here is a list of 25 unique basketball gift ideas for your coach.
Table of Contents
- 1. Practical Gift: A New Dry Erase Clipboard
- 2. Useful Gift: Custom Engraved Whistle
- 3. Thoughtful Gift: Best Coach Ever Tumbler
- 4. Perfect for His Office: Personalized Coffee Cup
- 5. Best Gift for Winter: Coach Hooded Sweatshirt
- 6. Perfect Accessory for GameDay: Basketball Socks
- 7. Great for Offseason Reading: NBA Coaches Playbook
- 8. Constant Appreciation: Basketball Coach Keychain
- 9. Sentimental Gift: Customized Plaque
- 10. Best Birthday Gift: Basketball Wall Clock
- 11. Perfect Office Gift: Personalized Poster
- 12. Great Gift From the Whole Team: Signable Plaque
- 13. Best Gift for Lunchtime: Mug with a Hoop
- 14. Thoughtful Gift: The Perfect Picture Frame
- 15. Funniest Gift: Yelling T-Shirt
- 16. High-Tech Gift: Electric Ball Pump
- 17. Best Notebook Gift: The Playbook Journal
- 18. Best Gift for a Kids Coach: Basketball Lanyard
- 19. Classy Gift: Personalized Pen
- 20. Best Gift for a Female Coach: Desk Sign
- 21. Best Headgear Gift: Coach Cap
- 22. Sweet Tooth Gift: Cookies
- 23. Perfect for the Trophy Case: Signed Basketball
- 24. Simple Gift: Oversized Card
- 25. Best Gift for Game Strategy: Basketball Board with Magnets
1. Practical Gift: A New Dry Erase Clipboard
Most basketball coaches have broken a clipboard or two in their careers out of frustration. If your coach has done that lately or his clipboard is looking old and worn out, buy them a new one.
This clipboard is double-sided and comes with two dry-erase markers. Every coach will appreciate this gift because they will put it to good use.
2. Useful Gift: Custom Engraved Whistle
This is a gift that is both thoughtful and useful for a basketball coach. Every good coach needs a good whistle for all practices and drills. The cool thing about this gift is that you can engrave it with whatever you want on it.
For example, you can simply put the coach’s name, team name, and year. That way the coach will always remember your team when he or she puts on that whistle. This very well could be the perfect present.
3. Thoughtful Gift: Best Coach Ever Tumbler
Almost all basketball coaches are avid coffee drinkers. That means this stainless steel vacuum insulated tumbler is the perfect gift for coaches.
Your favorite basketball coach will get to enjoy hot coffee for several hours on those long road trips to away games. This tumbler is dishwasher safe and has a nice jet black color. It only weighs 1.9 pounds so you won’t have to pay a ton in shipping either.
Price: $24.97 for a 30 ounce Tumbler / $22.99 for 20 ounce Tumbler
4. Perfect for His Office: Personalized Coffee Cup
Sticking with the caffeine theme, here is another great gift idea. Buy your amazing coach a personalized coffee mug with either his name or your team name.
This type of gift would look great sitting on your coach’s desk in his office. This gift isn’t very expensive but it’s a very nice gesture.
5. Best Gift for Winter: Coach Hooded Sweatshirt
Since basketball is played during the winter months, this hoodie makes a great gift idea. Your coach can enjoy wearing this during team practices or even during their personal workout.
This sweatshirt is nothing fancy, as it simply has the word COACH on it. However, all good coaches know the importance of that word and they’ll appreciate the gift.
6. Perfect Accessory for GameDay: Basketball Socks
Does your coach like to dress up a bit on gameday? If so, these dressy basketball socks are a great gift idea because they are the perfect mix between style and comfort.
Why should your coach settle for boring dress socks when they can wear this pair that shows their passion for the game? At only around $12, you can’t beat the price either.
7. Great for Offseason Reading: NBA Coaches Playbook
Basketball coaches are naturally innate students of the game so they’ll love this inside look at some of the most popular NBA plays and strategies. Your coach may just find two or three new plays for your team to run for next season.
This gift is a bit pricey on Amazon, but keep in mind that it’s 368 pages and packed with valuable information. Where else can you learn from a guru like Phil Jackson?
8. Constant Appreciation: Basketball Coach Keychain
Want to get your coach something nice that he or she can enjoy daily? This keychain would make a great gift and it has a low price that won’t break the bank.
This keychain is highly durable and it comes with three nice-looking charms as well. It has a solid 4.7 rating on Amazon.
9. Sentimental Gift: Customized Plaque
Here’s a nice sentimental gift for basketball coaches. This plaque is made of natural wood and has a spot for a photo of the team and a separate spot for custom engraving of the coach’s name.
This is one of our favorite gifts for basketball coaches because they get a nice team photo to keep as a beautiful memory.
10. Best Birthday Gift: Basketball Wall Clock
Want to give your basketball coach a unique gift for their upcoming birthday? This wooden wall clock would go great in their home or office.
The overall design has a basketball player about to dunk the ball through the hoop, which is neat. The clock hands are right in the center and easy to see.
11. Perfect Office Gift: Personalized Poster
Here’s something you can buy for your amazing coach that would look great in their office or classroom. This poster talks about the difference between a good coach and a great coach. You can also put their name or your team’s name on the basketball.
12. Great Gift From the Whole Team: Signable Plaque
This one is a little pricey, but it’s a nice gift because it has room for the whole team to sign it. This high-quality plaque is 8.5” x 11” and would make a great keepsake for any good basketball coach.
13. Best Gift for Lunchtime: Mug with a Hoop
Here’s one of the best gift ideas we’ve seen in a long time. It’s a basketball mug with a hoop as the handle. Since this mug is 16 ounces, your coach could use it for a quick bowl of soup during his or her lunch break.
14. Thoughtful Gift: The Perfect Picture Frame
Picture frames always make a great gift for basketball coaches and this is the best one we could find. It simply says “Thanks Coach” on it and leaves plenty of room for all of the players to sign it.
15. Funniest Gift: Yelling T-Shirt
Want to give your coach a good laugh? Buy them this t-shirt that says, “I’m not yelling this is just my basketball coach voice.” We all know that most coaches can be loud, so why not poke a bit of fun at them about it?
16. High-Tech Gift: Electric Ball Pump
Are the basketballs your team uses in practice constantly going flat? If so, this electric ball pump would make a great gift for your coach. This pump will inflate a basketball in only one or two minutes.
17. Best Notebook Gift: The Playbook Journal
This notebook is great for a coach that loves to draw up new plays. Each page has basketball court diagrams so that your coach can put his play designing skills to good use.
18. Best Gift for a Kids Coach: Basketball Lanyard
Every good coach needs a lanyard for his whistle or gym keys. This lanyard would be a good fit for a kids’ coach because of the basketball logos all over it.
19. Classy Gift: Personalized Pen
This pen has a classy look to it and a sleek feel. You can put your coach’s name and your team’s name on the case and the pen. Your coach can save this pen for signing special documents.
20. Best Gift for a Female Coach: Desk Sign
This pink Coach sign would go great on a desk or shelf. It isn’t overly expensive and is a good option for a coach’s birthday or any other occasion.
21. Best Headgear Gift: Coach Cap
Lots of coaches like to wear caps during practices. This embroidered cap has the word COACH on it but the O is a basketball logo.
22. Sweet Tooth Gift: Cookies
I’ve yet to meet a basketball coach that didn’t like cookies. These will make a great birthday or Christmas gift and most folks will love the basketball emblem on each chocolate-covered Oreo.
23. Perfect for the Trophy Case: Signed Basketball
If your basketball coach has a trophy case in their home or office, this basketball would be a nice gift idea. The ball is made up of two different colors as half is solid white and half is the normal basketball orange. The solid white portion leaves plenty of room for all the basketball players to put their signatures.
24. Simple Gift: Oversized Card
Here’s a gift that is both meaningful and cost-effective. This oversized card is 11” x 17” so it would make a good poster. Have each basketball player sign it with a special note to the coach.
25. Best Gift for Game Strategy: Basketball Board with Magnets
Here’s a neat dry erase board with an added twist. Instead of the coach drawing up a bunch of x’s and o’s, this package comes with a set of magnets. This gift would be great for shaping in-game strategy.