Christmas Gift Ideas for Pickleball Players

Written by Adam (HV)

December 3, 2021

It’s that time of year again. Are you looking to surprise the pickleball addict in your life? Or maybe you want to encourage the budding beginner to pick up a paddle. If you’re like me, maybe you need a way to give a few friendly gift hints to your family. No matter your situation, I’ve got you covered with gift recommendations for beginners, intermediates, traveling tournament players, addicts, and everyone in between.

 

Pickleball Paddles for Beginners

two graphite pickleball paddles and a bucket of pickleballs

Do you know someone who is just starting out with pickleball? Or maybe you’re looking for a good deal on a pickleball package?

Based on the cost and quality, I would recommend skipping the wooden paddles and go straight for a graphite paddle.

A good option for sets would be Amazin’ Aces. You can get two graphite paddles with balls for a reasonable price. They also come with a 1-year warranty.

These paddles last longer and the handle is nicer than most beginner paddles. The only potential downside with this brand is that they tend to be on the heavier side at 8.3 oz.

Pickleball Paddles for Intermediate to Advanced Players

two graphite pickleball paddles and a bucket of pickleballs

Your pickleball paddle is essential to your game and there are many variables to consider: weight, face width, handle length, paddle surface, and more. If you want to gift someone a paddle, you could spend anywhere between $80-$200 on brands like Selkirk, PaddleTek, Onix, Franklin, Engage, and ProKennex.

Instead of guessing, I would recommend a gift card to your local tennis store. Check to make sure they have pickleball gear first. Also, many stores have a demo program where you can “rent” a paddle for a week for cheap to determine if you want to make the purchase.

Gifts for the Person Who Wants to Practice or Drill All Day

For the person who is always looking to drill and practice, consider the essentials:

Getting Started

Getting Serious

  •  Pickleball machine: Most pickleball machines are expensive, but with the tutor plus, it is worth the money. This is great for someone who wants to drill but doesn’t have consistent drill partners. This is the #1 selling machine and most reliable for the cost.
  • Pickleball basket: Gamma makes a solid option for holding 250 balls.
  • Pickleball collector: No one wants to pickup 50 balls. Save your back with a ball collector. 

 

Pickleball Bag for the Serious Tournament Player

Any player who is constantly on the move will love a good pickleball bag. I personally use this bag and love it. Not only does it look good, but it has tons of storage and a space for shoes. They come in many colors and are worth the price.

For the Pickleball Player with Pesky Physical Aches

Physical pain management is a major factor for all pickleball players despite his/her age or skill level. Some common chronic issues include elbow pain (tennis elbow), foot pain (plantar fasciitis), neck and shoulder pain, and knee pain. Below are a few gift ideas that could help the pickleball player with all of the aches.

 

Court Shoes for Pickleball Players

Good shoes are one of the top essentials for playing pickleball and thankfully they’re one of the easier gifts to purchase. A few brands that make great shoes are K-Swiss, Adidas, Babolat, and Wilson.

After many months of trial and error, I have personally settled on the K-Swiss tennis shoe because it is light but also durable on any surface.

When making a selection, it’s important to know the surface. If it’s outdoors, go with a heavier more durable tennis shoe with protection around the toebox.

Conclusion

What pickleball gear are you getting for your nearest and dearest this year? Is there anything I should add to the list? Let me know in the comments.

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