The best gifts for tennis players and fun presents for tennis fans

The best gifts for tennis players

by Kristin October 19, 2019 5 Comments

We’ve all been there. You need to find a gift for a friend, partner, sibling or parent who loves tennis. But you’ve already bought the tennis-themed cuff links, the necklace with the racket and ball charm and a DVD of the 10 best matches of all time (which are surely collecting dust somewhere now). 

To help you find the perfect tennis-related present, here’s a list of fresh ideas for Christmas 2019 organised into different price bands.

Tennis Gifts Under £25 ($35)

Hats, visors and beanies (toques) 

Tennis Hats Great Gifts under 25 pounds dollars

Hats are always a safe bet. It’s a banal comment but outdoor tennis basically requires head gear for protection from the sun. Hitting outdoors can also get your kit surprisingly dirty – especially if you’re playing on clay or grass. Thus, it’s always nice to have a couple of different hat options in the rotation.

Here's a couple of options to get you started: for people that gravitate towards a chilled out California style, there are a range of hats from TravisMathew to choose from. Nadal backers will prefer this hat from Nike and Djokovic fans will love this option from Lacoste.  Newly launched luxury tennis apparel brand Castore has a range of hats to choose from. This one featuring 'anti-bacterial tape' is our favourite.

Shopping for someone that prefers visors? We like the subtle branding and quality of this visor from Lululemon. Solbari has created a visor with UPF50+ for those especially concerned about sun exposure.

In the vein of 'everything old is new again' and the fashion world's current obsession with the '90s, take a trip down memory lane and consider this Nike hat worn by Pete Sampras in his heyday, this classic Fila cap or alternatively, this microfibre Sergio Tacchini option (yes, this brand still exists).

Have individuals to buy for that are into platform tennis? Although slightly more expensive than $35, a breathable, lightweight cashmere beanie is your best bet. We like this style from Castore and this reversable beanie from Lululemon.

 

Vibration dampeners with personality

Gamma String Dampners

Most of us play with vibration dampeners on our strings, but they’re often uninspired logos corresponding to your racket frame (or maybe even a plain elastic band!). Various companies have realized this and now there’s a wide variety to choose from, including virtually every emoji you’ve encountered online.

Personally, we think Gamma is by far the most creative with options ranging from alcohol (beer and wine) to spirit animals (pandas, koalas, hippos and more) to a milky way and spaceman duo because.... why not? Check out all the options here which make great stocking stuffers.

Protect your racket handles with leather or neoprene grip covers

Epirus leather grip covers for tennis rackets are a great gift for tennis players

Hate the fact that your grips get dirty a mere 5 minutes into your hit? You're not alone. Available in 4 different colours, Epirus leather grip covers are the solution for unsightly grips that you’d rather not have sticking out from your bag and are a brilliant unique gift idea.

Designed to be "one-size-fits-all" the grip covers fit all standard grip sizes so you don't need to do investigation work to find out the size the person you're buying for uses. The electric blue and cherry red options add a pop of colour to otherwise plain bags. Also available in neoprene for an extra sporty look. 

Epirus Neoprene Grip Covers Great gift for tennis fans for less than 25 dollars


Travel-size massage ball

In an ideal world we would all dedicate time to stretching before and after playing tennis. However, the reality is that most of us aren’t quite that diligent (ourselves included!). After the lactic acid sets in, its handy to have a massage ball to work out the knots and prevent further tightness that can lead to injury. The one we found is nice and compact and falls into both thoughtful and functional gift categories.  

Travel sized massage ball

 

Tennis-themed books

String Theory by David Wallace is the compliation of five essays, which include profiles of Roger Federer and Tracy Austin. The NYT calls Wallace 'the best tennis writer of all time' and the book has received a tremendous number of accolades.

In a similar vein, consider a subscription to Racket Magazine for the friend that loves the sport but gets bored reading banal commentary on topics like 'who is the GOAT this month?' and similar.  Launched a couple of years ago, the publication stands out from the crowd of generic tennis magazines and is a publication celebrating the art, ideas, style and culture that surround tennis.

Finally, if you're buying for a Federer fan, this coffee table book published in 2018 is a no-brainer. Federeresque celebrates an unparalelled career with photos taken by the award-winning tennis photographer Antoine Couvercelle. Needless to say, this is going on our wish list! 

Federeresque Coffee Table book

 

    Tennis Gifts Under £50 ($70)

    Water bottles with a cause

    S'well bottles aren’t only stylish and environmentally friendly, they have some impressive USPs. Available in multiple sizes, shapes and numerous striking designs, they keep drinks hot for 12 hours and cold for 24. The company is also socially conscious and has partnerships with UNICEF USA, American Forests, Drink Up and (RED).

    S'well Bottles


    Personalized Wimbledon towels

    It can be a struggle to find a towel to bring on court, so carrying your own is a definite time saver. Why not up the ante and get a personalized official towel from Wimbledon? This will surely add a little inspiration for the gift receipent during the changeover.

    Wimbledon Towel


    Updated & upgraded warm up gear

    Full-sleeved sweat shirts and hoodies aren’t ideal for tennis. They feel cumbersome around your wrists and are too warm to play in except in the coldest conditions. Nike has come up with the ideal piece. The cut of this shirt is perfect to play in and balances warmth without adding too much bulk. Another option from Sweaty Betty features anti-bacterial fabric and can certainly be worn both on and off the court. 

    We are fans of wearing warm up items made from merino wool because it's simultanously warm and breathable. And added bonus? If the gift receipent is a skier they will get loads of use out of the top as an underlayer. 

    If you're in the market for an modern take on a track suit, check out this jacket from Nike which comes in three colors. Addias has a similar jacket which has a comparable aesthetic. 
     

    Nike tennis 3/4 sleeve top

     

    New (classic) tennis apparel 

    A fan of classic tennis apparel but know that the person you're buying for already has a closet full of Lacoste, Sergio Tacchini and Fila kit? Why not give a new brand a try? Play Brave’s Men's Polo is made from superlight 100% woven polyester. It is easy to care for, you just have to pop it in the washing machine in cold water. Sounds like a winner to us!

    We also like the Luca Dress from Castore which has a very flattering silhouette and is an attractive option for someone that doesn’t want to wear the same Nike tennis dress as everyone else at the club. Hedge - another new apparel company - has a collection of chic country club attire that looks stylish both on and off the court with a bit of a vintage aesthetic. 

    If you're aiming for a vintage feel with quality construction, Ellesse is having a renaissance with people sporting pieces as a part of a trendy streetwear ensemble. 

    Play Brave Men's Polo

    Tennis Gifts Under ‎£100 ($135)

    A modern racket bag from the Everyday Collection

    These stylish tennis bags are specifically designed for working professionals who want a bag they can carry anywhere and it doesn't look out of place. Tennis bags make great gifts as they don't need to be play-tested like rackets. Browse the Everyday Collection here.

     

    Everyday Collection Black Tennis Bags for working professionals perfect gift for tennis players
    Wearable tech made specifically for tennis

    Know someone always trying to troubleshoot their game and improve their tactics? They will be surely be a fan of the data collected by Babolat POP. The sensor located in the wristband connects to your smartphone and accumulates a wealth of data about your game including spin and impact differentiating among all of your strokes. There’s also an activity score to give you a sense of just how intense your footwork was during that last hit…

     

    Baboloat POP Tennis Tracker

     

    A subscription box for tennis fanatics

    The Tennis Trunk is the only tennis-themed recurring gift we’ve come across and it looks perfect for the avid player. The trunk always includes 2 cans of balls in addition to an assortment of other items relevant to our sport like grip tape, sunscreen, snacks for changeover and much more. 

    Tennis Trunk Subscription


    Functional pieces of tennis history

    If you haven’t already bought a HearO tennis ball speaker you’re certainly missing out. Made from upcycled tennis balls, these Bluetooth-enabled speakers are a functional piece of tennis history. They’re made individually and the sound quality is excellent. Check out the website and you’ll see how each one comes together.

    Hearo Tennis ball speaker


    24/7 tennis coverage

    This is an excellent gift idea for someone that enjoys watching tennis but is often indisposed during matches they want to see. It's doubly attractive for people that have a favorite player that doesn’t reliably get shown by the major TV networks. Subscribing to Tennis TV is gift that allows the recipient to get their tennis fix on demand.

    Tennis TV


      Luxury Tennis Gifts Over £100 ($135)

      Stylish tennis bags that work both on and off the court 

      If you really want to impress, then the Epirus Signature tennis bag collection is your best bet. These beautiful bags allow tennis players to go from the court, to work, to the gym and out to dinner in style. They are perfect for players that live busy, active lives and need a bag that can keep up.

      There are 3 styles to chose from: the backpack24 hour bag and weekend bags each of which is designed for everyday life whether it's business, tennis or travel.

      Featured in Vogue, Forbes, Men's Health Magazine & GQ, all of the bags are made with Italian canvas and supple leather and carry at least 2 rackets. 

      Epirus designer tennis bag collection

       

      Hand-crafted beach tennis rackets

      It’s fun to play tennis during beach vacations but it’s also great to mess around hitting volleys on the beach. The problem is that the cheap versions of beach tennis rackets first tear up your hand then dissolve as soon as they land in the sea water.

      Now there’s a solution: Fresco Bolcarica beach tennis paddles are hand made in Brazil with several layers of wood off-cuts and covered with a strong resin coating, to make them sea and sand-resistant. All bats are unique in colour, shape, details and weight and finished with a colorful neoprene grip that won’t give you blisters minutes into your fun.

       

       Frescobol Carioca Beach Tennis Paddles

       

      Luxury warm up gear for both & off the court

      If you considering spending over £100 on a gift, you want it have longevity and versatility. Lululemon makes a series of althleisure vests (gilets) made for active individuals and they are seriously stylish. We love this option for women because it's super warm whilst having a flattering shape. For men, this streamlined vest would be perfect for travelling to and from a hitting session as well as wearing during the office commute. 

      The collection isn't cheap, but Stella McCartney for adidas remains the most stylish tennis-specific gear out there in our opinion. For women, we love this dress because of the flattering shape and modern material selected which doesn't look so trendy that it's going to go out of style soon. 

      In this price range, you can find some great jacket options from a variety of brands that focus on quality and technical detailing. Castore's Lorenzo waterproof jacket comes with a 5 year performance guarantee and is designed to be incredibly versatile. Alo is known for their premium yoga wear but many of their pieces would work well for playing tennis, including this funky and functional jacket. L'Etolie Sport made a fleecy pullover that certainly crosses over from court to the street. 

      L'Etoile Fleecey Pullover

      Tickets to pro tennis events

      Organising an experience-based gift always goes over well - they're inherently thoughtful and the memories from the event last longer than physical presents. In the case of tennis fans, getting tickets to a pro tennis event is the ultimate present. 

      Some events are more challenging to attend than others (ahem, Wimbledon!), but we have researched and documented the various avenues available to secure tickets so you don't have to spend hours undertaking that work yourself.  

      US Open

      For Wimbledon 
      Guide to getting tickets
      Event guide to attending the event

      For the US Open 
      Event guide including how to get tickets

      For Top ATP 250 & 500 Events 
      Event information including how to get tickets

       

      What do you think are the best gifts for tennis players? Have you received the perfect present as a tennis fan? Or have you given a great gift to a tennis player in your life? Let us know in the comments section below.




      Kristin Price
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      5 Responses

      kathryn
      kathryn

      November 21, 2019

      Great Ideas. I just bought my dad (life long tennis player) this unique tennis themed belt. https://brewsterbelt.com/tennis-needlepoint-belt/

      Ronny
      Ronny

      September 20, 2019

      Awesome thanks, I just read the article on Tennis Racquet Central but this has given me even more great ideas. My wife loves tennis and has a birthday coming up next month so I’m thinking of getting her the Babolat POP.

      Lynne Hartmann
      Lynne Hartmann

      August 09, 2019

      Fabulous gift under 15 pounds:
      The izzers Tennis Score Keeper. Easily mark and easily see the tennis game and tie-break score.
      https://www.amazon.com/izzers-tennis-score-keeper/dp/B07HLB11XV

      kayvon
      kayvon

      December 17, 2018

      Hi, we also came across these guys that also give out tennis gift boxes monthly at www.courtcrate.com.

      Adeline Arjad Cook
      Adeline Arjad Cook

      July 01, 2017

      Well if you love your doubles partner – then I recommend www.ilovemydoublespartner.com

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