November 13, 2023
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 Viouri to choose from. Nadal backers will prefer this hat from Nike and Djokovic fans will love this option from Lacoste. Did you catch the bucket hat mania courtesy of Carlos Alcaraz during Wimbledon? Nike offers a variety of different colours and materials. We love the Nike Apex style which is reversible with both fleece and nylon sides.
Shopping for someone that prefers visors? We like the subtle branding and quality of this visor from Lululemon which has a handy removable sweatband.
Hate the fact that your grips get dirty a mere 5 minutes into your hit? You're not alone. We have a solution for unsightly grips that you’d rather not have sticking out from your bag and are a brilliant and unique gift idea.
Designed to be "one-size-fits-all", the neoprene grip covers work for all grip sizes so you don't have to worry about whether they will fit and come in 12 colour options. An added bonus? The neoprene is water resistant so if you get caught in the rain traveling to play tennis, your grips won't be water logged.
The grip covers ship worldwide from the UK and USA. Depending on the shipping option, your order can arrive in 3 days or less.
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.
Falling into both the gag and functional gift categories, you can arrange personalised tennis socks to be created for someone in your life. Upload an image of your choice and it becomes incorporated into a tennis-themed pair of socks which is sure to make the recipient smile.
Have you clocked one of the new title sponsors for the ATP Tour? Waterdrop offers innovative electrolyte products aimed to get your to drink more water. We love the compact cubes and wide variety of flavours on offer. They are made from natural extracts, are vegan friendly, have zero sugar and calories and valuable vitamins for athletes. Gifting a taster pack is the ideal stocking stuffer.
Also a great stocking stuffer: luxury hand cream from Aesop. With an incredible scent and rich formulation, this balm is a winner for hands that suffer a lot of wear and tear from racket sports.
'The Stylish Life - Tennis' is a stunning coffee table book depicting our inherently stylish sport. According to the synopsis: "Crisp, sporty tennis outfits by the likes of Lacoste and Fred Perry ― beautifully showcased here ― epitomise a relaxed yet active life."
In a similar vein, consider a subscription to Racquet 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.
Published in 2022, The Master: The Brilliant Career of Roger Federer is an updated edition of Clarey's previous biography of the Maestro. There are no shortage of biographies of the legendary player to choose from but Clarey's access to his subject (the content is sourced from 20 years of one-on-one interviews with Fed and his inner circle) places this book in a different league. Needless to say, this is going on our wish list!
Buying some original (and reasonably priced) art is a solid option to consider. For the massive Andy Murray fans out there, you can buy an infographic of the final rally of the 2013 Wimbledon final. If you are shopping for a Fed fan, the striking colours in the photo of the Maestro in full flight is a compelling option. Conversely, you can choose a piece that is an ode to the game itself. There are a multitude of options to be found here.
Yeti water bottles are stylish, environmentally friendly and incredibly durable. Available in multiple sizes, shapes and numerous striking designs, they keep drinks hot for 12 hours and cold for 24. With Tumblers, Bottles and Mugs to choose from, there is surely a winning gift in the mix.
Sticking with the beverage theme, the Official Wimbledon Store offers an elegant set of 4 mugs each bearing one of the four official Grand Slam logos.
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 personalised official towel from Wimbledon? This will surely add a little inspiration for the gift receipent during the changeover. Is the person you are buying for more of a RG fan? We love the shades of blue on the 2024 RG player's towel.
Epirus makes the most technically-advanced, functional tennis wear. Case in point: the brand new Cropped Tennis Leggings. The four way stretch fabric is figure flattering, breathable and fluid with every movement. These are the only leggings that can hold two tennis balls in place and out of the way. When the ball pocket isn't used it lies flat and is virtually invisible. Playing in cool weather? These leggings are warm without being bulky. Playing in warm weather? The cropped fit prevents overheating. Needless to say, the cropped legging style is right at home in the gym, at spin class or at yoga practice.
Designed to wear with the leggings, the Timeless Tennis Tank is made from a buttery-soft, performance fabric with plenty of stretch for a flattering fit. Slightly cropped so that it's the perfect silhouette for tennis (it doesn't need to be tucked in but doesn't ride up too high while hitting serves or overheads) this is a classic piece that has staying power. You can't go wrong gifting a high quality staple that works both on and off the court.
Play tennis, train or relax. You can wear this pro short for pretty much everything which makes it a great gift. Modern fit means just the right amount of room, in just the right places. Lightweight and quick drying materials make these shorts a go-to option.
We made this Modern Tennis Crew with innovative yoga fabrics that stretch and feel comfortable all day. Set after set, this abrasion-resistant fabric never stops feeling buttery soft against sweaty skin. This naturally breathable crew moves from workouts to whatever's next.
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. One of our favourite solutions is to wear a lightly insulated vest made for hiking or running. For women, we love the "Down for it all" vest from Lululemon which has space for 2 balls in each pocket. For men it's hard to top the versatility of Arcteryx's Proton Vest.
We are fans of wearing warm up items made from merino wool because it's simultaneously warm and breathable. And added bonus? If the gift recipient is a skier they will get loads of use out of the top as an underlayer.
Since we last wrote this list, a new brand has taken the athletic apparel world by storm: Viouri. We can vouche for the high quality and excellent fit of the pieces. This classic women's skirt and dress are modern and flattering. The brand offers a vast array of athletic bottoms for men, which can clearly do double duty on court and off. The Sunday Performance Jogger will get a lot of mileage.
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.
Available in Black or Grey, this backpack is designed for cyclists or those who want their hands free.
The tote is the perfect bag which your day includes tennis, work and a yoga session.
Need extra space? Still more compact than a traditional 6 racket bag, the duffel holds everything you need.
We were thrilled to be the recipient of an Oura ring last Christmas. Lightweight and holding a charge for up to two days, the ring collects all sorts of useful data for individuals interested in living a healthy lifestyle. Our favourite aspect of the accessory is the ability to track sleep quality and patterns (something that is cumbersome to do with bulky smart watches).
If the person you're buying for prefers wearing activity trackers on their wrist, look into WHOOP. WHOOP outperforms other leading wearables, delivering over 99% heart rate and HRV tracking accuracy and gold-standard sleep tracking, making it one of the most powerful, most accurate, and most wearable human performance tools you can buy.
A subscription to Tennis TV 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.
Designed by the Functional Tennis Team, the Tennis Pointer and brand new Saber are brilliant tools to hone one's game. Have someone on your list that is prone to shanking the ball but constantly working on fine tuning their technique? How about a player that would benefit from improving their footwork or precision of their ball toss whilst serving? These modified rackets could be a game changer for them.
We are shameless On Running evangelists. Their extremely well-designed, stylish and durable products have made us repeat consumers of their brand. We are big fans of The Roger for both men and women. Lightweight, chic and extremely comfortable, these shoes come in a variety of colours and styles that can be worn nearly year round.
Even if the person you are buying for isn't a specifically into racket sports, they will certainly appreciate the theraputic benefits offered by Theragun products. We are specifically a fan of the mini model which is compact yet powerful. The device offers three different settings to help you release your fascia after an active day (or many hours spent seated at the desk...!).
The brand recently launched the RecoveryTherm Cube which we love. Charged by USB and with dual heat and cooling settings (with three levels of each), you can strap the device to your ailing body as you walk or drive away from a session giving you unparallel convenience. Contrast this option with sourcing ice or heat post-match and it's clearly a game changer.
If you considering spending over £100 on a gift, you want it have longevity and versatility. On Running 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.
In this price range, you can find some great jacket options from a variety of brands that focus on quality and technical detailing. On Running is famous for their high tech running shoes but have recently expanded into apparel. Many of their pieces would work well for playing tennis and travelling to and from the club in less than pristine weather.
About the same weight as a checked bag and easy to transport and store, the ball machine is truly in a category of it's own. The battery life lasts 4 hours (longer than any civilised session!) and the bag stores about 75 tennis balls. It has a remote control which is ideal for using it alone, as well as a detachable piece that allows the bag to swivel and deliver deadly kill drills. Find out more here.
For the environmentally conscious person in your life, consider learning more about a braned new tennis racket from Wilson.
Highlighted by an eco-friendly design the first of its kind, the Ultra 100 v4 Naked strips out the paint, dyes and one-use plastics in favor of biodegradable, recyclable solutions. This racket sports a water-based protective coating instead of the traditional painted finish, lending a subtle, yet powerful look on the court.
Wilson has partnered with tentree to plant 2500 trees for every racket sold, adding up to more than 1 million new trees.
Pickelball has become all the range in North America, so why not choose an entry level set of equipment to get someone started with a new hobby? Recess offers the ability select paddles, balls and bags which constitute a ready-made set.
If you're shopping for someone that appreciates functional gifts which save them money on inevitable expenditures. A reel of string and big container of overgrips fall into these categories. The perforated, slightly tacky overgrips from Wilson are our favourite as is Alu Power string from Luxilon.
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.
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