We don't have to tell you that it's been a crazy year and some months. We know you've been under a lot of stress. We've spent a lot of time praying for you. But, you know who has also been under a lot of stress? Your wife.
If you didn't know it before, 2020 was the year that you confirmed you outkicked your punt coverage when you married your wife. We know you're already aware of this, but we're going to document it for posterity. While coaches have been figuring out how to maintain team morale over zoom, install new plays over Hudl and execute team practices without contact your wife has had a lot on her plate too.
Coaches' wives have adjusted to daycares and schools shifting to online schooling while still maintaining jobs, ministries, and volunteer positions. More than that, wives have mourned the loss of seasons, jobs, family, and friends with you.
Coach, we know you are always grateful for your wife. But some years it's nice to pause and really say thank you. As we start to see signs of "normal life" returning and we all exhale in relief, we want to encourage you to say thank you before the season's craziness requires you to dive back in full force. (We know you have a lot of catching up to do!)
We're making things really easy for you coach! We've gathered all our best suggestions into one post.
Gift Suggestions for the Coach's Wife Who Deserves a Huge Thank You
We've given your wife gift ideas before and we've offered some general guidance on gifts for wives.
This year we're getting very specific with suggestions for wives you can use for Mother's Day, Anniversaries, and birthdays. You may want to bookmark this one!
The Gift of Music and Podcasts
There are some pretty awesome podcasts out there designed specifically to encourage your wife. The Coach's Wife Podcast is a favorite if you're curious. But in addition to podcasts when you have a Spotify Premium membership you give the gift of gab and tunes on the go without taking up your phone data. (For $2 more a month you and your wife can both enjoy memberships!)
Get Away or StayCation for RealWe know travel is complicated right now, but if you can find an Airbnb near a spa your wife would love the time away with your undivided attention.
If you can't find a sitter for the kids or prefer to invest in something for your backyard there's nothing wrong with a staycation. However, make sure your staycation also includes eating out or GrubHub delivery!
Tips for a Great Staycation:
- No smartphone
- No email
- No working from home
- No cooking
- No cleaning
- No laundry
Consider these Items for a Backyard Staycation that Lasts all Summer:
- Hang in the backyard and read in a free-standing hammock.
- We also love this outdoor futon for two.
- Make s'mores in a firepit.
- Create outdoor seating for evenings with outdoor string lights.
Clothing and Jewelry Are Always a Winner
Over in the Friday Night Wives Marketplace, we also have the opportunity for you to support other coaches' wives and small business owners. Check out Celia Bella Designs for some jewelry in your team colors. If your wife likes to work out Caylar Harper sells Zyia activewear which is super comfortable and very well made.
As you're browsing the FNW Marketplace you'll notice there's a lot of opportunities for your wife to pamper herself! Whether your wife loves to dive into a new book or likes to pamper herself with spa products you will find a gift for your wife.
Are you on the move? Check out Lavender and Lemonade Design Co. Haylee Pitts custom home decor is beautiful. We are partial to the His Mercies Are New Every Morning sign for this season. But if your wife can always choose her own sign. Haylee also offers gift cards.
Maybe this move has sent your wife into a season of feeling a little lost? Gift her a session with Beverly Phillip. Sometimes the best thing a coach's wife needs to hear is that her husband believes in her and is cheering her on in the middle of the unknown.
Well, Coach, we hope we've given you a few suggestions. We encourage you to bookmark the Friday Night Wives Marketplace and Shop and check frequently because we are always adding new items to both spaces!
Remember you have one more day to order the Summer Bleacher Box!