Coaching Families 2021 Christmas Wish List

It’s time to start hunting for gifts for your favorite coaching family again! There are two types of gift-givers. Those that opt for cash or a gift card and those that prefer to select gifts that require wrapping and opening. If you are in category number two this list is for you!

Christmas Gifts for Coaching Families

So one thing to remember with coaching families is that they move frequently. Because of that, it’s great to consider practical and useful gifts that are evergreen.

Years ago everyone was gifting digital picture frames because they were new. I think they are still the perfect gift for families who move because they can add new photos to their collections without adding nails to walls in every new home.

Check out this Sylvania, 10-inch frame with Bluetooth!

For an extra fun surprise send it with some preloaded photos.

electronic handwarmer

OCOOPA Hand Warmers Rechargeable, 5200mAh Electric Portable Pocket Hand Warmer/Power Bank, Great for Outdoor Sports, Hunting, Golf, Camping, Warm Gifts for Women, Men are a great environmentally friendly option to help your cool weather coaches’ wives stay warm in the bleachers.

Of course, regular hand warmers and foot warmers also make great stocking stuffers!

wall decor

Having just moved this summer I’ll admit that we needed to update our wall decor. I was so excited to see these vintage-style travel posters on Amazon very reasonably priced. With a little hunting, I was able to find one that represented every location we’ve lived and where our sons were born.

These also make a great welcome to the community location if you can find them in a reasonably sized version!

Books for Coaching Families

Find Your Identity In Christ Ten I AM Statements that Clarify Jesus's Character and Your Relationship with Him Book Cover

I’m so excited to share that you can now order a brand new devotional written by coaches’ wives for sports families! The women who contributed to this devotional have all shared personal stories about their experiences in the coaching life. Each devotional includes a lesson they learned about God’s character through their situation and how by focusing on Scripture they have grown in their understanding of Jesus’s character.

There are reflection questions that make this devotional a great option for group discussion as well.

You can preorder the Kindle version or order the print version now!

31 Days of Praying for Your Children During a Move updated cover

Y’all it’s moving season and I’ve given my devotional for moving with kids an update.

Here’s a book synopsis:

31 short prayers for families in transition. Each day begins with a verse for reflection.

Whether this is your first move or your tenth, there are a few things that you likely dread every time the moving process begins. One of the things that top our list is breaking the news to our kids that they have to say goodbye to yet another home.

Even if they have only settled into a community for a short season, what our kids know is always better than facing the unknown. It’s in these hard times that we may question if we’re making the right decisions.

I hope that by spending time praying over your kids this next month, God will comfort you and your children as you prepare to move and enter a new community.

Finding a new normal is never easy, but it is always possible with God.

Gifts for Coaches who aren’t Coaching

Coaching families are used to having full schedules and being on the go all the time. With all these stay-at-home orders popping up and restaurant rules, it’s difficult to even have a normal date. Many families are being encouraged to stay home for the holidays this year which will lead to some feeling out of sorts with the loss of traditions. Consider buying gifts that encourage families to spend time focusing on hobbies or developing new skills.

Self-Care Focus

Anything you can do to help anyone remember to take time and rest these days is a gift in itself. There are so many great books that encourage this such as John Mark Comer’s book The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry pair that with a practical opportunity for silence such:

Coaches Can Cook (and Smoke and Grill)

I continue to say the BEST gift I ever gave Ordell was a smoker. It was such an amazing gift we recently upgraded to a pellet smoker and grill after watching the clearance sales and now he has more surface space to do his thing.

Here are few tools every great grill master can use:

Grill Gloves

There are a ton of options on these, I suggest getting ones you can throw in the dishwasher because let’s face it, you really don’t want them running through the laundry. This Waterproof, Oil Resistant pair is similar to what Ordell uses.

Digital Thermometer

A great meat probing thermometer will allow you to know when all the meat is ready. I love my Pampered Chef one as well!

Meat Claws

If you love pulled meat sandwiches then it’s worth getting claws to get the right shred. Pork can be especially tough if it’s not smoked properly. Check out these BBQ Dragon Claws or these Quick Shred ones from Pampered Chef that we love!

Toss in some wood chips or pellets along with Omaha meats and sides, and you’ve gifted the entire family a wonderful gift.

Still Hunting for Ideas?

Check out my past gift list! They include small businesses run by fellow coaches’ wives, must-have memberships for everyone in the family, and personalized gifts for your favorite family members.

Looking for a New Bible Study?

Embracing Holy Interruptions Bible Study

As Christ’s ambassadors (2 Corinthians 5:20), we’re all called to “make disciples of all nations” wherever we live. God invites us to partner with him and live on mission every day, even in the mundane moments of life. We do this when we love people as Jesus taught the disciples to do, without stipulations.

Embracing Holy Interruptions: How Jesus Used Mundane Moments to Love People Deeply is a six-week Bible study that teaches people how to develop a disciple-making movement.

This is not a step-by-step instruction manual.

Jesus modeled using mundane moments to love people, build tension, and point them to God in a way that caused many of them to step from a curiosity about God to a fully surrendered faith. We can adapt his methods and learn from the examples in the Gospels today. This study aims to help people keep their eyes on Jesus and improve their inductive Bible reading skills while also learning to love their neighbors to the best of their ability.

This 6-week study is available in both print and Kindle formats.

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