The 10 best gifts for padel players

The 10 best gifts for padel players

by Alan January 26, 2020

What are the best gifts for padel players? You've come to the right place.

If you have someone who is passionate about padel to buy for but you’re lacking inspiration, you’ll love our curated list of gift ideas.

Here are the top 10 gifts that different types of padel and fitness addicts will love to receive:

1. An environmentally friendly water bottle that self-cleans   

It’s become quite a faux pas to use plastic water bottles in recent years (and rightfully so!). Cue a wide variety of stylish, reusable and insulated bottles flooding the market.

After doing some research we found LARQ, which has made the first self-cleaning bottle we’ve seen.  The bottle intelligently turns on every 2 hours to purify both the water you put inside as well as clean the bottle surface itself. Beyond this unique feature, insulation keeps cold liquids cold for 24 hours and enables hot liquids to maintain their temperature for 12 hours. 

LARQ Self-cleaning water bottles

 

2. Technical layers you can actually play in 

Like lawn tennis, padel can be played in a variety of climates. For the truly hardcore padel or platform tennis fans that play in near freezing weather, consider getting them high performance outerwear. Arc’teryx is a premium outdoor apparel brand which has created thin, breathable yet astonishingly warm vests and mid-layer jackets.

We love the mid-layer Atom LT vest, available for both men and women. If they aren’t the vest / gilet wearing type (some people aren't!), consider a jacket designed for trail running or a cosy hoodie made of technical fleece

Arc'teryx Atom LT Vest

Arc'teryx Fleece Hoodie

 3. A versatile racket bag for juggling work, travel, padel and more

Does the padel player in your life juggle work, travel and other active pursuits? The Epirus racket bag collections were created with this exact lifestyle in mind.

The range covers a wide variety of use cases: the Borderless Backpack has a modern, sleek shape which sets it apart from sportier options on the market and has a gender-neutral feel. The Transition Tote is an obvious choice for someone that is dedicated to both padel and yoga.

The 24 Hour Bag was designed with the daily commute yet is large enough to elegantly stow padel essentials without any excess bulk. The Weekend Bag comes in 2 sizes and allows for seamless transition between business, sport and travel.

All of the bags in the Signature Collection are made with Italian canvas and calf leather and carry at least 2 rackets. The bags are handmade in Europe in small batches, so the gift recipient gets the added cachet of carrying something completely unique.

Epirus London Everyday Racket Bag Collection

 Epirus London Signature Racket Bag Collection

 

4. Luxe, high performing socks that give back

We’ve recently stumbled across Bombas, which is a comfort-focused sock and apparel brand. We were impressed by both the engineering and aesthetics apparent in a multitude of sock styles which are lightweight, purpose-built for running, working out and movement.

Which model is the most on target for padel players? The Performance Running Ankle Sock has features such as strategic zone cushioning and airflow ventilation which are vital during long, intense matches. The best part? Bombas donates a pair of socks in tandem with each pair purchased. 

Bombas Performance Running Socks

 

5. Comfortable (and stylish) flip flops to slip on post-match

Shoes for racket sports have come a long way in recent years. However, given the rigidity needed for both the durability of the soles as well as support for lateral movement, they simply aren’t the most comfortable type of footwear around. Knowing this, a great gift idea is a pair of stylish and cushioned flip flops that match activewear. This pair from Toms checks all the boxes plus has the laudatory charity angle covered.

Toms Flip Flops

6. A pair of flattering white leggings (AKA the holy grail)

If you’re buying for a person that lives in a locale with four seasons AND plays at a club with a white apparel requirement, we can bet they have a conundrum around outerwear. Sweatpants are great for the first five minutes and then rapidly become too hot and bulky to wear. Leggings are built for movement but can be quite unflattering in white.

After searching high and low, our favourite leggings are the Train Times ⅞ Pants from Lululemon. Why? They encompass a multitude of features that make them as flattering as white leggings can possibly be: high waist band, 7/8 length and a subtle netted insert giving them a bit of style with minimal exposure. Check. Check. Check.

Lululemon Train Times ⅞ Pants 

7. A mini bike computer with superior navigation 

Is the person you’re buying for an avid cyclist? Consider buying them a Velo from Beeline that helps simplify navigation while recording speed, distance and time. Addressing the pain point of endlessly stopping to check that you’re headed the right way on your phone, this device allows you to confirm your route at a glance. Route planning is done quickly and simply in the companion app and then the user just pops the phone safely away in a bag or pocket, and they’re ready to go. 

Beeline Velo Bike Computer


8. An intelligent skipping rope 

Whether it’s for a practice session or a match, it’s never a good idea to walk out onto the court without a proper warm up. Skipping ropes are an extremely efficient option and super compact to pack. In the category of a functional gift that someone wouldn’t automatically buy themselves, consider the smart skipping rope from Tangram.

The rope is connected to the Smart Gym app which collects data about workout time, number of jumps and calories burned. For the ambitious skipper, the app also suggests a variety of interval cardio workouts beyond merely using the rope for warm up purposes. 

Smart Skipping Rope

 

9. Powdered shampoo that activates with water 

Two things are undeniably true: it’s very rare to find quality toiletries in gyms and racket clubs AND shampoo escaping it’s bottle and spilling in your bag is THE WORST. With this in mind, we were very intrigued when we came across powered shampoo from OWA Haircare.

The concentrated powder shampoo turns into a sudsy lather when mixed with water and has the same benefits of a liquid shampoo, but in a more sustainable, powder form. The powder is formulated with milk surfactants derived from coconut oil, plant-based rice protein, and aloe vera to condition and hydrate locks. Light and easy to port around with none of the risk of spillage? Great innovation. 

OWA Haircare - Dry Shampoo


10. A compact microfibre sports towel that holds 4x its weight in water

This convenient travel gym towel folds into a tiny pouch, making it super portable and saving space in a racket bag. The pouch is made of breathable mesh to help keep odors and bacteria from festering, and it features a handy carabiner you can use to clip it onto your bag. Made with 100-percent microfiber, this towel is a great size to use at changeovers during intense matches. 

Microfibre Sports Towels

 

Bonus gift ideas

11. Padel wristbands 

Accessories are always a great option for padel players and lots of people use sweatbands when playing. Large or extra large sizes are especially good for warm locations. These Adidas Padel wristbands come in a variety of colours and sizes.

 

Adidas Padel wristband sweatband white large

12. Tacky Padel Overgrips

Every avid Padel player replaces the overgrip on their bat regularly. So a pack of overgrips is another great little accessory to give as a gift. 

Tournagrip's “Mega Tac” overgrips are particularly sticky and last longer than the average tacky grip.
Tourna Mega Tac Extra Tacky Overgrips 10 pack rolle White

 

What are your favourite padel gifts to give or receive? Let us know in the comments below.




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