The 16 Best Pickleball Gifts for Players
Following pickleball’s recent explosion in popularity, there are a mountain of new players flooding the market. Enjoyed equally by young and old, male and female, there is a lot of demand for pickleball equipment. While the likes of pickleballs and pickleball paddles are well discussed, other pickleball gifts do not receive the same spotlight. And we feel that this is a damn shame.
This is why we decided to put together a list of our top pickleball gift ideas for your friends and family. We’ve separated each pickleball gift as best we can by gender but a lot are unisex in our opinion.
Pickleball Gift Tips
The first thing to consider is your budget. Set a price and stick to it — don’t get tempted into buying something you can’t afford. Most of the gifts on this list come under $25 which we feel is a good price for a pickleball gift.
Type of Player You are Buying for
An easy mistake to make is buying an inappropriate gift for a pickleball player even if it is pickleball-related. Consider the ability of your recipient and what will be useful/enjoyable for them.
If they play at an advanced level, for example, avoid the likes of paddles and balls as they will already have what they need. Instead, we recommend more unorthodox/funny gifts like a pickleball drink container.
Besides ability, you need to consider the style of the receiver. A hilarious pickleball shirt will be a great gift for most players, but if your receiver has a picky fashion sense they will likely not wear it. There is nothing worse than buying a gift that will not be used, so think long and hard before buying anything bold.
Where They Play
Do they play indoors or outdoors? Is the climate hot and humid or cold? These are vital questions you need to answer if you want to choose the right gift.
Those who play outdoors in the heat will likely make great use of hats, shorts, sunglasses, hey, even sun-screen! On the other hand, players who play indoors or in colder conditions may prefer jackets, tracksuits, and gloves.
Best Pickleball Gifts for Him
I’d Rather Be Playing Pickleball Chrome License Plate Frame
- Chrome-plated frame
- Pre-drilled holes for simple installation
License plates have always been a fun way to express yourself wherever you go. However, while custom license plates are pricey and rather restrictive, this funny pickleball license plate is not. Particularly great for car lovers.
Franklin Sports Pickleball Single Glove
- Choose from S to XL
- Premium leather
- Padded thumb and index finger
- Adjustable wrist strap
Pickleball gloves are great for players who profusely sweat. They soak up sweat to prevent players from losing grip. This glove in particular, which sells in singles, caught our eye. It is made by one of the top pickleball manufacturers: Franklin Sports, is rather eye-catching, and features a wrist strap to keep the glove secure.
An elite gift for pickleball players who want a competitive edge.
Shadow Ball Glow-in-the-Dark Pickleballs
- 4x USAPA standard glow in the dark pickleballs
- Charges quickly with included batteries and flashlight
- High-quality box
This is a standout pick for players who play outdoors in the evenings when light is dwindling. Usually unusual balls tend to be fairly low quality, but these glow-in-the-dark balls by Shadow Ball impressed us.
They charge very quickly and you can easily ensure you always have bright pickleball balls by charging those that you are not using in the included high-quality box.
These glow-in-the-dark balls make for a great pickleball Christmas gift as evening light does not last for very long at that time of year.
Franklin Sports Pickleball Bag
- 5 colors to choose from
- Official bag of the US Open Pickleball Championships
- Fits 3 paddles, 2 cans of balls plus accessories
The Franklin Sports pickleball bag is our favorite bag on the market. Available in 5 colors, and used by the top pickleball player in the world Ben Johns, it’s a cracking buy. The grey version is our favorite and the only people that we feel this bag might not suit are those who carry a lot of equipment with them to and from the court.
- 4 straps to choose from
- Tracks calories burnt, steps, distance, heart rate, and more
- Compete with friends using the Fitbit app
- 5-day battery life
A smartwatch is a great gift for a pickleball lover. And you need look no further than the Fitbit Luxe. As the company’s second most recent release, it boasts some of their top engineering at an affordable cost. As a Fitbit owner myself, I love their smartwatches, and I feel the Luxe is a great universal pick as it is not as bulky as some of their other models. In my opinion, it’s one of the best pickleball gifts you can buy, and one they might not see coming.
NVJUI JUFOPL Baseball Cap
- 100% cotton
- Available in multiple colors and styles
- Built-in headband wicks away sweat
Anyone who plays pickleball outdoors needs a hat and we think this “JUST DINK IT” cap is a great choice, particularly as a pickleball gift for dads. It’s made from 100% cotton and you’ve got multiple colors to choose from. There are even ponytail versions for women or men with long hair.
What made us choose this hat over others was the fact that it is embroidered rather than screen-printed, and its exemplary reviews. It is rated 5 out of 5 stars by buyers!
HULISLEM S1 Sport Polarized Sunglasses
- TR90 frame
- UV protection
Much like a hat is a solid pick for outdoor players, so are a pair of sunglasses. The S1 Sport sunglasses are an inexpensive reliable pair for your pickleball needs. The frame is made from TR90, a highly durable, flexible, and lightweight material, while the lenses are HD grade, polarized, and provide full UV protection.
This means you can not only be sure that they will last for a long time, but also your eyes will not feel fatigued after long pickleball sessions.
- Easily picks up pickleballs
- Does not interfere with play
Know someone who is tired of bending down to pick up pickleballs? Then this could be a great buy! The PickleUpper seamlessly attaches to the end of pickleball paddles and saves your knees and back when you retrieve pickleballs.
The top target audience that comes to mind is older players, however, speaking as a 25-year-old, I kinda want one too!
A11N Portable Pickleball Net System
- Easily portable — weighs just 20lbs
- Choose from yellow and black or black and white
- Carry case included
- No tools are required for assembly
As the most expensive pickle ball gift on this list, we recognize this will likely be out of a lot of people’s price range. However, we have found this to be one of the best pickleball nets available, and it makes for a great gift so we are including it.
It’s very lightweight, meets USAPA regulations, and you can pick it up in either yellow and black or black and white.
Best Pickleball Gifts for Her
Tourna Hipster Pickleball Holder
- Available in S to XL
- Holds up to 2 balls
- Snug comfortable fit
Playing without pockets is a bit of a nightmare, you just spend way too much time retrieving balls which cuts into your playtime. This is where the Tourna Hipster ball band comes in. It’s an elasticated band that fits over your skirt or shorts.
It fits up to 2 pickleballs and is comfortable to wear.
Pickle Baller Wine Tumbler
- Made from 100% stainless steel
- Keeps beverages hot for 3 hours and cool for 9 hours
- BPA free
It’s hard to go wrong with a quality tumbler, and this model ticks all of the boxes. With its funny pickleball text on the front and 100% stainless-steel build it makes for a great gift. Whether you are buying for someone that loves wine, cocktails, smoothies, or a hot coffee, the Pickle Baller tumbler is a solid choice.
Werena Pleated Skirt
- Choose from XXS to XXL
- Made from 95% polyester and 5% spandex
- 20 colors
- 3 pockets
After reviewing all of the skirts on the market for our pickleball skirts guide the Werena pleated skirt topped our list. It’s a best seller on Amazon, has a wide selection of colors to choose from, and simply looks great. It has a very flattering fit and is a great choice for all sports, not just pickleball.
Mini Pickleball Earrings
- Measures 1cm in diameter
- Available as dangles or studs
These cute pickleball earrings are just to die for! You can also almost be certain that your intended recipient doesn’t own anything like this as it’s certainly a quirky gift.
Available as either dangles or studs (we are particularly fond of the dangles).
Queen of the Pickleball Court Towel
- Made from cotton and embroidery thread
- Includes a clip for hanging
Help your friends or family up their towel game with this funny pickleball towel. A great gift for players who play outdoors or who sweat a lot.
Pickleball Paddle Necklace
- Made from .925 sterling silver and cubic zircons
- Pendant measures 15mm x 30mm
For our classiest gift recommendation, we have the pickleball paddle pendant. It is made from .925 sterling silver and features dazzling cubic zircons. Equally great for a day out on the court or an evening meal at a restaurant.
KCT Store Ceramic Coasters
- 6 funny designs
- Highly absorbent
- Cork backing to protect surfaces
- Includes steel holder and box
Integrate your love for pickleball into the home with these stylish pickleball coasters. Made from ceramic they are very high quality — condensation takes just 10 seconds to soak up!
They are also cork-backed as you would expect which ensures they don’t scratch any surfaces.
We really like the included black steel holder. It’s very fancy and a surprising addition given how cheap the coasters are.
So those are our top 16 pickleball gifts for players. We’ve tried to keep them as affordable as possible and provide a range of different products to appease any type of player. Some of our favorites include the Fitbit Luxe which is a great choice for players without a smartwatch, and the pickleball earrings which are simply adorable!
What Do You Get a Pickleball Lover?
The best gifts for pickleball players are something that they will find useful that you are certain they don’t already have. You might have to ask one of their pickleball friends for help with this. You can opt for a more obvious gift such as a skirt, or choose something more unorthodox like earrings or coasters.
What to Get People Who Play Pickleball?
If you are buying for an advanced player, steer clear of more serious equipment such as paddles and balls, instead choose something more fun such as a pickleball tumbler or pickleball license plate frame.
If you are buying for a beginner you have far more freedom. Just choose something that matches their style and personality.
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