Senior Night Gift Ideas for Senior Athletes (Updated May 2021) | Collage and Wood

Senior Night Gift Ideas for Senior Athletes (Updated May 2021)

Looking for the best Senior Night gift ideas for Senior Athletes that they want to keep forever?

You are in the right place! Basketball gifts, coach gifts, team gifts: there are so many stakeholders for whom to shop for on senior night. If you are the mom of a senior football or volleyball player looking for senior night ideas, your senior will celebrate at the first of the year, so it's good to get started planning early!

What do parents do for Senior Night?

Planning ahead for gifts for senior night in the fall can help you feel prepared as a football, volleyball or soccer mom. The athlete's senior season is different from the other year: it's the final year of firsts. You may buy senior sports gifts on behalf of a booster club for your football team or just for your senior as a mom of a senior football player. 

In the past, some teams have saved the big gift for the end of year celebration, like a high school football banquet. Sometimes booster clubs foot the bill for gifts for senior night, so you will want to check with your school. You could approach senior gifts the same way for the end of basketball season for your special senior group.

If this is your first go at Senior Night, you may be wondering, where can I find senior night ideas? And maybe: what gifts do parents give their athletes for Senior Night? You may be shopping for senior gifts for your son or daughter. Or maybe you are the #bestgirlfriendever looking for the best basketball Senior Night gifts for your boyfriend!

Why is the best place for Senior Night Gifts:

As a former athlete, coach, and a maker of custom Senior Night gifts, I have a few senior night ideas for you! Read on to learn about what to say to a senior on senior night, what you can do for your senior on senior day, and what exactly a Senior Night is! Beyond gifts for senior night, I want to show you that you can celebrate your senior athlete in the off-season, like Christmas!

For my spring sports moms, you will typically have a little more time to plan before baseball season and softball season. If you are the ultimate baseball mom, you'll have a few things on your checklist: field decor, walkout music (maybe!), and the actual gifts for senior night. Read on for more senior night ideas and more information on senior sports recognitions.

What is Senior Night?

According to WikipediaSenior day or senior night (depending on the time the game is held) is a term used in high school sports and college sports, most notably football and basketball, to describe the team's last regular season home game of the season. When I coached, we held senior night as part of the regular season, usually against a rival. (Most teams like to set their senior night up for a game that they will win, though!)

Senior Night Ideas

Senior Night can look different for different sports, but here are some senior night ideas for you:

  • Senior Night Posters - these can feature your senior athletes solo or as a team, hung up around the gym or field. Signs for the football field are a must-do!
  • Senior Night Speeches - you can give your seniors time to share what is on their heart or create a questionnaire to let them share memories from their playing years.
  • Senior Night Gifts - this was my favorite part of senior night! Parents can bring balloon bouquets, flowers, and/or a gift and present it to their senior. As a coach, I LOVED learning about my players and gifting them something representative of their team and something of individual interest to them. For instance, one of our players was an artist and I included some high-end art supplies in her gift.

Senior Recognitions can also become quite emotional, so make sure your players, moms, and dads all have plenty of tissue!

Senior Night Gifts from Collage and Wood

Since my specialty is senior night gifts, I wanted to show you some of the senior night posters and collages that I have made to help get your creative juices flowing for your own senior night gift ideas!

I make collages for all sports but here are a few examples:


I hope you enjoyed this quick walk-through of senior sports night! For you crafty ladies, I also sell the wooden numbers unfinished with a step-by-step guide for you to make your own collage! 

When is your senior night? Do you have to pictures to share? I would love to see how you celebrate!


Hey Jacquie!

You can find all of our senior night gifts at:

Talk to you soon!

Crystal Waddell

Could you please give me a way to see the different things available and pricing.


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