Whether it’s for your coach or for the coach in your family, you know they deserve something totally awesome. One thing that athletes often forget is how much time their coaches put into helping them become the best they can be. They sacrifice their time, time with their families, and many other things to spend countless hours working with us. Make sure this Christmas you take some time, get together with your teammates, and figure out a fun way to say “thank you” for all the work they put into the past season/year. The tricky part is figuring out what to get for the coach that seemingly has everything.
One of my favorite rowing traditions is seeing teams get one of their blades, sign it, and present it to their coach. Not only is it a really creative gift, but it’s also unique to your team. If you have some old oars lying around, you can use one of those or you can get a custom miniature one made.
Don’t be turned off by gift cards, they’re a great gift if you’re stuck on what to get. Do you know your coach’s favorite restaurant? Get them a gift card so they can go and have a nice dinner. Are they constantly talking about how they need to get some new cold weather gear? How about a gift card to Dick’s Sporting Goods? The options here are endless. Starbucks, Dunkin’ Donuts, etc. is always an easy go-to though.
For more gift ideas, check out the “rowing gifts” tag.