Wracking your brain for great gift ideas for the badminton lover in your life and falling short?
We’ve been there.
That’s why we solicited the help of a true expert. Reaching a career high of 23 in the world badminton rankings and representing Ireland three times at the Olympics, Scott Evans generously gave us his thoughts on a badminton-specific holiday gift list.
You still have time, so this list should prevent you from roaming around the shops aimlessly on Christmas eve.
According to Scott, not only are Salming shoes built for high performance players, they’re also great value. Lightweight, cushioned and created with stability in mind, these kicks make a great gift. We particularly like the Cobra-themed ones for men and the turquoise / pink combination for women.
The X-Fire is a new performance frame by Ashaway which balances power and forgiveness. Suitable for the top amateur to professional player, if the goal is considerable power without added weight, this racket will be a solid choice.
Balance: Head Heavy
Flex: Extra Stiff
Frame: Nano Carbon - High Modulus Graphite
Head: Phantom AirFlow
If you’re not as clued up on badminton as the individual you are buying the gift for, you might not be familiar with Lin Dan. Basically the GOAT / Roger Federer of badminton, he is a five-time World Champion, as well as a six-time All England Champion. Also similar to Roger, Lin Dan has off court singing aspirations (and isn’t half bad!). YONEX has a Lin Dan apparel collection and our favourite item is the warm up jacket that works for both men and women (including at racket clubs with restrictive clothing regulations).
Here at Epirus, we are Thorlo superfans. The socks are incredibly soft, comfortable and durable. Cushioning is added to all of the vital places. The two-sock blister prevention strategy is unnecessary with socks this well-made. Needless to say, the gift recipient will be extremely appreciative of their Thorlo socks’ performance at the end of a long practice session.
Why not pop a sleeve of premium feather shuttlecocks into the stocking of your favourite badminton player? Used in all top international tournaments, the YONEX AS-50 birds have unparalleled durability and flight consistency. Just like opening a new can of tennis balls, there’s something a bit magical about that first strike of an immaculate shuttlecock…
If you really want to impress, then this is the ‘unique and thoughtful’ gift you’ve been looking for. The Epirus racket bag collection allows for seamless transition from the badminton court, to work, to the gym and out to dinner in style. If the person you’re buying for leads a busy, active life, an Epirus bag will be a godsend for them.
Prefer to go the experiential gift route? Why not buy tickets to the All England Badminton Championships that will be held in the spring of 2018? With a heritage dating back 1898, the YONEX All England is held in the highest esteem as the oldest and one of the most prestigious badminton events in the world. The tournament is only one of three top-tier tournaments convened each year by the Badminton World Federation. Tickets start at just £15 (GBP) per session.
Full-disclosure - this item was not pointed out to us by Scott. However, when we saw the colorful bejewelled keychains, we knew that they would appeal some badminton players out there. Created in three sizes - small, medium and large - these are another stocking stuffer contender.
S’well insulated water bottles have been in our bags for quite a while. We like the environmentally conscious aspect of the product as well as the sleek design and high quality fabrication. Now they make even better gifts by offering a personalisation service. Choose the size, color and text on the bottle to comprehensively tailor the gift.
The only thing worse than forgetting your towel on the badminton court is having to use a big, unsightly one that has seen better days. The upgrade? A compact, high tech towel from Lululemon. Offered in 3 colors and made of absorbent microfibre, this towel falls into the category of a practical gift you wouldn’t automatically buy for yourself but one which is highly appreciated.
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