I never thought I’d say it but…I’m a Soccer Mom and I LOVE IT! I always played sports as a kid and I was always playing outside. I grew up in Cleveland and my dad and I were big Browns, Cavs and Indians fans and that was back when they ALL stunk! I was definitely more tomboy and less girlie girl.
As an only child, I was my father’s son and daughter so I helped him with home improvement projects more than I helped my mom in the kitchen (which in retrospect, I really should have paid more attention when she cooked since she’s an AMAZING cook but doesn’t use recipes). So to say sports was a big part of my life growing up was an understatement.
Fast forward years later, and each time I brought a baby home, the doc had announced …IT’S A BOY…IT’S A BOY…And IT’S ANOTHER BOY! I was excited and ready for a life of lugging kids to practice and watching them play. My oldest son showed an interest in soccer and even though I knew nothing about it, my soccer mom career had begun. As he was joined by two little brothers, it was just easier to keep all 3 boys in the same sport, they had fun playing together and more importantly, I could handle it. Now I’m firmly cemented in the soccer mom club and I can be found at the soccer field 6 out of 7 days of the week in the fall and spring.
With Mother’s Day around the corner, I thought it would be fun to come up with some soccer mom gift ideas and soccer mom survival guide, if you will. Things I’ve found useful and fun in my 10+ years as a soccer mom, wait a minute…don’t I deserve a trophy too?!?
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25 Soccer Mom Gift Ideas
First, we’ll go for the practical gifts …I’m all about getting people gifts they will use and love. Here are some of my favorites and can be found in my car during soccer season. Don’t worry the fun gifts are at the bottom and the thing I ALWAYS get laughs and compliments on (that I stole the idea from another soccer mom).
Practical Soccer Mom Gift Ideas…AKA the Soccer Mom’s Game Day Survival Guide
Folding Cane Chair
I’ve sung the praises about this folding cane chair* in my Gift Guide for Rheumatoid Arthritis patients too because this device can be used as a chair or as a cane when my feet are killing me. Let’s face it, as a soccer mom, sometimes I have to park on one end of the fields and “hike” clear across the complex lugging gear so I need some extra support.
This little chair has saved me at soccer games, Black Friday shopping and amusement parks alike when I need a place to sit. It’s the size of a golf umbrella and unfolds in a snap. Instant relief from aching feet, this little guy is always in my car trunk.
Stadium Seats and Cushions
My littlest son practices in a stadium with bleachers twice a week and the stadium cushion is a must when I’m sitting there for an hour and a half! This isn’t the one I have, I think I paid more and it doesn’t have back support. So if I had to do it again, I would get totally get this Coleman stadium seat*!
They roll up so it’s easy to carry multiple seats and water resistant, because inevitably it only rains when he has soccer (and he plays on turf so they don’t get rained out).
If your bleachers don’t have a back support, then these cushions* without the back look great too. It says they don’t absorb moisture in the rain, how is that possible? I’m going to have to try it out!
Pop Up Tent
This may seem like overkill to some soccer families, but when you’re in rain or 100 degree F heat/humidity and have at least 3 games a weekend, this pop up tent* is this soccer mom’s lifesaver. We make sure to have a cooler full of food and water too, because inevitably we’ll have other people sneaking some shade in our tent. That’s ok, we just have a party!
Now the description says “pop up” but really it requires some assembly. My Superhubby makes sure to bring a rubber mallet* too just to make sure the stakes are in the ground well.
Warning: the tent may not help you if your soccer game is during a tornado watch. True story. It could become more like a parasail or a kite than a tent. Had to take it down in that case before Superhubby went sailing off with it. Take it from me, happened to us a couple weekends ago. #soccermomlife
So as long as you don’t have tornado or hurricane force winds, you’re good.
Folding Chairs with Canopy
My Superhubby snagged these folding chairs* during an Amazon Lightning Deal and they are great! It protects you from the sun, rain and the occasional errant soccer ball hurtling towards your head. Last weekend, our seats were with our back to another game in progress and no choice but to sit to the side of their goal. Yep, canopy saved us on more than one occasion from getting blindsided by a missed shot on the other field.
Depending on the time of day, the canopy won’t keep you completely in the shade, so that’s when the tent comes in handy to ensure you’re protected and as cool as can be on hot or rainy days.
Now, we don’t have a folding wagon* but we saw a ton of people with them at a kids’ football game we went to…where EVERYONE had the tent, chair and wagon combo. Superhubby carries all our equipment on a rolling luggage carrier but it’s eventually going to break, and then I’m getting one of these babies to carry all the gear. It doubles as a gardening cart too so it’s great for moms who like to play in the dirt too. 🙂
Notice the theme here? Everything folds and is portable. With a minimum of 3 games every weekend, we are at the soccer fields for hours at a time. Sometimes we don’t get home for lunch so we pack a picnic. We love spending time outside as a family so the boys are bound to get hungry and I’m going to need to feed them. Inevitably, even if I feed them before we leave home, someones is hungry as soon as we get to the fields. Another Superhubby deal discovery, the table* isn’t a necessity but it sure is nice to have when I’m trying to make sandwiches. Great for tailgating too!
We pack lots of water for during the game an Gatorade or chocolate milk for a post-game treat and enough lunch meat, cheese and fruit to feed the hungry little superstars/beasts. No telling how far it is between the parking lot and the field so this rolling cooler* we have is easy enough for one of the kids can pull.
Yep, we prepare for extreme weather because it is also inevitable that it will be freezing cold or rainy or both so we keep some blankets in the car just in case. With an autoimmune joint disease, my body and cold do not work well together. I have been known to wear thermals, boots, a full winter hooded jacket and a snuggie type blanket with sleeves* to stay warm enough! But if my kid is out there, then I try to be too.
Fun Soccer Mom Gift Ideas…AKA Don’t Hide That You’re A Soccer Mom, Flaunt It!
Flaunt your soccermom status loud and proud with these fun soccer mom gift ideas!
I saw another mom on another field putting up a tent with her 3 boy soccer players running around while wearing this shirt and I knew I found my people. I asked her where she got it and promptly got back to the field and ordered one from Amazon for myself. I have a red one because my kids wear either red or navy but this black I Can’t Keep Calm, I’m a Soccer Mom shirt* goes with all! And I get compliments, laughs and exclamations of “I need that” whenever I wear it! Comes in lots of colors to match your little superstars’ jerseys.
More Fun Soccer Mom T-shirts
Bling for Your Soccer Mom
Funny coloring book for after stressful and exciting games, a soccer for Dummies because I still haven’t quite figured out the rules of the game and a funny ebook soccer mom adventure series.
I love coffee as much as I love watching my kids play soccer, these soccer mom mugs* are awesome! I think the kids would love the soccer goal mugs for hot chocolate on snow days!
I hope this gives you some practical and unique gift ideas for the soccer mom in your life. Be sure to grab the free Getting Ready for Game Day Survival Checklist with tips to help you get organized for game day.
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