Pickleball Equipment and Accessories Gift Guide for Every Type of Player

By now, you’ve probably heard of the pickleball hype currently sweeping the nation. Whether it’s for the pickleball enthusiast in your life or for feeding your own pickleball addiction, this is your go-to pickleball equipment and accessories holiday shopping guide. These gifts will help improve your game and make you look as stylish as young Anna Leigh Waters while playing it.

Pickleball equipment and accessories

What is Pickleball?

Likely, you know at least one person who has recently taken up the sport. What’s even more likely is that you’ve become addicted to the game yourself. If by some miracle you’ve managed to miss the hype, pickleball can be described as a smaller version of tennis that’s played with paddles and a wiffle-like ball. Pickleball is usually played in pairs, and is so easy to learn that people anywhere from 10 to 80 years old can pick up a paddle after just one lesson. Although most Americans enjoy this sport recreationally, we are seeing more pro players emerge, major league team investments being made, and corporations riding the tsunami-sized pickleball wave each day.

I have played the game semi-religiously since the pandemic began in 2020 (around 3-4 times a week). Although I’ve played my fair share of sports (volleyball, soccer, softball, and basketball), none have become as addicting as pickleball. Since starting out, I’ve gone through at least four paddles and pairs of shoes. I’ve thrown away countless cracked pickleballs and played on many different pickleball courts. I have experience playing with permanent and collapsible nets of varying quality and have played in three tournaments to date. The gift suggestions below are both based on my own personal experience throughout the years and on recommendations from other avid pickleball players.

Gifts for the beginner

Multi-use Pickleball Net

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Boulder Badminton Pickleball Net - Height Adjustable Portable Net for Junior Tennis, Kids Volleyball & Soccer, and Backyard Games - Easy Setup Nylon Sports Net with Poles 10 ft/14ft/17ft Wide
  • GAME ON - More than just a badminton net, our versatile portable net is ready to play pickleball, tennis, soccer tennis and recreational volleyball. With an adjustable height (from 34 to 60 inches high) you can instantly transform the net from high to low.
  • VERSATILE - Our portable net packs down to just 3ft long, or smaller than a standard camping chair. With its convenient carrying case and shoulder strap, you can bring the fun anywhere. It's the perfect sports net for driveway, backyard, beach, or any other flat area!

These nets are great for beginner pickleball players and children because of their easy setup and multi-use functionality. You can easily go between playing pickleball, badminton, and kid’s volleyball all in one afternoon.

Fila Court Shoes

Fila Men's Volley Zone Pickleball Shoe, Citrus/Black/Citrus (US Men's Size 9)
  • leather / synthetic / textile
  • herringbone rubber outsole for added traction and durability

Both the men’s and women’s Fila Volley Zone shoes feel great on most feet and will withstand the endless pivoting at the net.

Onix Paddle

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ONIX Graphite Z5 Pickleball Paddle (Graphite Carbon Fiber Face with Rough Texture Surface, Cushion Comfort Grip and Nomex Honeycomb Core for Touch, Control, and Power)
  • LEADING PICKLEBALL MANUFACTURER – ONIX is the leading manufacturer of performance pickleball paddles; balls; and accessories that enable players to compete at their highest level.
  • MOST POPULAR PADDLE – The Graphite Z5 Pickleball Paddle is the most popular paddle coming from ONIX. With its spectacular touch and control; it is the ultimate pickleball racket for every stage of pickleball player from beginner through advanced.

This medium-weight USAPA-approved honeycomb core paddle is a quality paddle that won’t break the bank. It will likely take a new player into their mid to late 3.0 stages.

Onix Pickleballs

Onix Fuse G2 Pickleball Ball 6 Pack - Offical Ball of The APP and PPA Tours, Neon Green - 6 Pack, One Size (KZ41006N-G2)
  • ONIX FUSE G2 – Pickleball Balls are ready to play immediately out of box
  • CONSISTENT PLAY – Fuse G2 ball creates consistency between the indoor and outdoor game

Pickleball players are always in need of extra balls, especially when they are playing outdoors in cold weather. Onix makes high-quality pickleball balls that any player will be grateful to add to their stash.

Beginner Pickleball Set

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JOOLA Ben Johns Pickleball Set with 2 Fiberglass Paddles - Includes 2 Indoor & 2 Outdoor Pickleball Balls & Pickleball Bag - Lightweight Pickleball Racket Set for All Levels - Honeycomb Polymer Core
  • OFFICIAL PADDLE SPONSOR OF WORLD #1 PICKLEBALL PLAYER BEN JOHNS & THE PPA TOUR: An innovator & global leader in table tennis for 70+ years, JOOLA teams up with Ben Johns to create a new line of pickleball equipment that will forever change the game.
  • INCLUDES 2 PADDLES, 4 BALLS, & PADDLE BAG: You'll have all you need to hit the pickleball courts with your family and friends with this convenient pickle ball raquette set. With 2 paddles, 4 balls and an easy to carry pickleball case, you'll be ready to start playing immediately.

This JOOLA starter pickleball set is perfect for that couple that recently discovered pickleball and can’t get enough. The set comes with everything but the net and is approved by the king of pickleball himself, Ben Johns!

Sporty Visor

The “pickleballers” that play outdoors require plenty of sun protection in both summer and winter. This classic Adidas visor will make them look sporty while keeping the sun out of their eyes on those lob shots.

Gifts for the Pickleball Fashionistas

Pickleball Dresses

If you follow the pickleball pros, you’ve probably noticed that Anna Leigh Waters and Parris Todd always look like queens of the court in the most fashionable sports apparel. Recently, Fila and Brandon Maxwell Apparel collabed on pickleball-specific athletic dresses, shirts, and skirts. Even if you can’t play like Anna Leigh and Parris yet, you can certainly dress like them!

Cute Pickleball Bags

These pickleball bags are so cute and versatile that you can take them straight from the pickleball court to a brunch date with friends. They have room for a paddle or two and all of your extra playtime gear.

Athletic Skirt

BALEAF Women's Tennis Skirts 14" High Waist Athletic Skorts Skirt with Pockets Running Sports Black M
  • [Double Ruffle Layers] - Tiered ruffle hem matching high waist essures your legs look slimmer and longer, while a flattering figure
  • [Built-in Short Liner] - Secure & comfortable shorts inner, you can enjoy yourself without worries

These athletic skirts look great as part of a stylish pickleball ensemble, come in a variety of colors, and are very functional.

PKLBLR Gear

The PKLBLR brand has an array of great pickleball gear, from graphic tees to hats and backpacks. Check out this cool minimalist repetition tee and this knit beanie that is perfect for cold-weather play this winter.

Pickleball Jewelry

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Gold Pickleball Necklace with paddle and ball charms
  • This Pickleball necklace makes the perfect gift for the pickleballer in your life.
  • Get your mom, wife, daughter, or friend this fun, casual statement necklace that show how much they love being a pickleball player.

This gold pickleball paddle necklace would make a thoughtful gift for anyone who loves to accessorize on and off the court.

Gifts for the Wanna-Be Pros

Pickleball equipment and accessories gift guide for every type of player 3 by now, you've probably heard of the pickleball hype currently sweeping the nation. Whether it's for the pickleball enthusiast in your life or for feeding your own pickleball addiction, this is your go-to pickleball equipment and accessories holiday shopping guide. These gifts will help improve your game and make you look as stylish as young anna leigh waters while playing it.

Try Before You Buy Paddles

Players can be picky about their paddles, and for good reason! A small difference in weight, core design, handle length or spin capability can make a real difference in someone’s game. Instead of pulling the trigger on a top-of-the-line paddle, just pay the $15-25 shipping fee to send up to three different paddles to your pro-bound “pickler.”

Pickleball Machine

If you have a serious pickleball player in your life who is always looking to up their game, a pickleball machine is one tool they will be especially grateful for. This certainly isn’t a budget-friendly buy, but it’s one investment that any hardcore pickleball player will cherish.

Sturdy Pickleball Net

Any dedicated pickleball player will appreciate having their very own net to set up for a pick-up game with friends. We use this Delux PickleNet at my local court, and they are very sturdy while also being simple to set up. The locking wheels make it easy to move around the court and the aluminum poles prevent it from sagging in the middle. Overall, this is a great net if you are looking for a semi-permanent place to play throughout the week. It doesn’t matter whether it’s in a nearby park or in their very own driveway, a serious player will make room to play this addicting sport.

Price: $389.95

JOOLA Paddle

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JOOLA Ben Johns Hyperion CFS 16 Pickleball Paddle - Official Ben Johns Paddle - USAPA Approved Racket - Edge to Edge Sweet Spot, Max Spin Surface & Elongated Handle - Comes With Custom Paddle Cover
  • OFFICIAL PADDLE SPONSOR OF WORLD #1 PICKLEBALL PLAYER BEN JOHNS & THE PPA TOUR: An innovator & global leader in table tennis for 70+ years, JOOLA teams up with Ben Johns to create a new line of pickleball equipment that will forever change the game.
  • BEN JOHNS SIGNATURE PICKLEBALL PADDLE: JOOLA collaborated closely with the world's #1 player to design his new pickleball paddle. The result is a racket that gives aggressive, offensive players every technological advantage over their opponents.

The 2022 JOOLA paddle is approved by the king of pickleball himself, Ben Johns. This USAPA-approved paddle encourages a lot of spin with its carbon friction surface and suits a more aggressive player with its polypropylene honeycomb core. As a bonus, it also comes with its own paddle cover.

Gifts for the Practical Player

Sporty Pickleball Bags

These Paddletek, Franklin, and Selkirk pickleball bags are all quality choices for someone who’s always toting around a lot of gear. With a plethora of accessible pockets for all of your gear, these will help them keep their powders and sweatbands organized.

This Selkirk Performance backpack is the largest of the bags, and is my recommendation for serious players this season. In addition to water bottle holders and a small front pocket, it also comes with an internal laptop sleeve and a protective cell phone pocket on top. This bag provides plenty of room for multiple paddles and is everything you need in a sports bag.

Price: $99.99

Sweatbands

WILLBOND Wrist Sweatbands Sports for Football, Basketball, Running Athletic, White, 6 Piece
  • Material: The sweat wristbands are made of good quality cotton, 85% cotton, 12% spandex, 3% nylon
  • Function: Their double layers are designed with organic cotton material, which is non-slip and light-weight

Those players who leave it all on the pickleball court are probably leaving behind some sweat as well. These wrist sweatbands, available in multiple colors, are great for wicking up sweat and maintaining a solid non-slip grip on the paddle.

Electrolyte Powders

Liquid I.V. Hydration Multiplier - Lemon Lime - Hydration Powder Packets | Electrolyte Drink Mix | Easy Open Single-Serving Stick | Non-GMO | 16 Stick
  • Hydration Multiplier is a great-tasting, non-GMO electrolyte drink mix powered by CTT to deliver hydration to the bloodstream faster and more efficiently than water alone. With a sunny mix of citrus notes, Lemon Lime is equal parts zesty and refreshing.
  • Cellular Transport Technology, or CTT, is the breakthrough delivery system, used in all of our products, designed to enhance rapid absorption of water and other key ingredients into the bloodstream.

Electrolyte powders are an essential part of maintaining good hydration on and off the court. Liquid IV tastes good, has multiple flavor options, and will help replace vital electrolytes that people lose during games.

Insulated Water Bottle

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Fishot Half Gallon Insulated Water Bottle, 64 oz Stainless Steel Vacuum Water Bottle, Big Double Wall Gallon Water Jug Keeps Cold Hot, Wide Mouth Metal Canteen for Sports, Fitness (Blue Black)
  • 🌈【Vacuum Insulation】The unique double-walled vacuum insulation of the metal water bottle keeps the beverage hot for up to for 12 hours and ice-cold for 24 hours. This stainless steel water bottle does not have any strange taste or smell, and the liquid can be fresh in its best taste for a whole day.
  • 🌈【Travel Friendly】The large capacity of 64 ounces reduces the number of refills of water. The metal water bottle makes it easier for you to enjoy traveling, hiking, and camping, helping you to stay refreshed and hydrated to lead an active lifestyle.

Speaking of hydration, this 64 oz insulated canteen is perfect for someone who always ends up running out of water or purchasing plastic water bottles on a whim. Like any good water jug, it’s BPA-free and will keep drinks cold for up to 24 hours. Pair this gift with a few pickleball-themed stickers and electrolyte powder for the ultimate athletic gift!

Paddle Cover

Selkirk Premium Pickleball Paddle Cover (Black/Red) | Durable Leather Pickleball Covers for Paddles | High-Quality Pickleball Accessories and Pickleball Equipment Made in the USA | Pickleball Case
  • 【PADDLE CASE COMBO】 - Get your free paddle case with the purchase of any SLK Evo paddles or any Selkirk Amped or Vanguard “Factory Second” Paddles - This promotion is not applicable to any amped or vanguard paddles sold by 3rd party sellers
  • 【STYLISH AND PRACTICAL 】 Proudly show that your paddle is better than the rest with the Selkirk brand proudly displayed on the front.

Most quality pickleball paddles aren’t cheap, so it pays to keep them protected from any drops or scrapes. This durable Selkirk leather cover will help ensure that any and all wear and tear only happens during play.

Cooling Towels

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[4 Pack] Cooling Towel (40"x12"), Ice Towel, Soft Breathable Chilly Towel, Microfiber Towel for Yoga, Sport, Running, Gym, Workout,Camping, Fitness, Workout & More Activities
  • INSTANT COOLING, REUSABLE - Hyper-evaporative breathable mesh material makes it easy to activate the chilling towel when you simply soak, wring out and snap it. The unique cooling system uses moisture from the towel to draw the sweat away from your skin to keep you cool. Everyone can use the cooling towel, even pets.
  • KEEP CHILLS - The towel stays chilled for up to 3 hours (depending on conditions). No chemicals are used in the making of the cooling towels. It's perfect for hot flashes, outdoor activities, indoor exercise, fever or headache therapy, heatstroke prevention, sunscreen protection, cooling while absorbing.

This 4-pack of cooling towels is a great stocking stuffer for anyone who gives it their all on the pickleball court. They will help them keep cool while playing (especially in the summer months), and come with convenient carrying pouches and carabiners.

Pickleball Balls

Pickleballs tend to have a short lifespan, especially if you play outdoors multiple times a week. These Onix, Durafast, Joncaye outdoor and indoor pickleball sets are a practical gift that any player will enjoy receiving. They are all USAPA-approved and the Onix brand is used on professional pickleball tours.

Paddle Overgrip

Gamma Sports Pickleball Supreme Overgrip, Black
  • The GAMMA Pickle ball Supreme Over grip is a best selling over grip with soft foam ridges
  • The soft foam ridges add cushion and absorbency for greater feedback and ball return on shots while the tackiness of this grip ensures a firmer hand-to-paddle connection

Overgrip is a great tool for those players with larger hands or those who would like to adjust the weight and feel of their paddle handle.

Gifts for the Player Who Has It All

Out-of-the-box Pickleball Presents

It’s hard to buy pickleball gear or knickknacks for those pickleball enthusiasts who seem to already have it all. Instead of purchasing a physical present that they may or may not get use out of, create a hand-made certificate offering to pay for registration into their next pickleball tournament! Tournaments cost anywhere from $20-150 to enter, and they are popping up all over the country year-round.

Another non-traditional gift option is offering to pay for a membership to a nearby pickleball club or gym with pickleball courts. Due to the popular demand, gyms around the country are adding indoor and outdoor pickleball courts for summer and winter play.

Pickleball Paddle Charcuterie Board

Pickleball gift guide paddle charcuterie board

This custom pickleball paddle charcuterie board made with cherry wood is the gift they never knew they needed. This conversation starter is great for backyard pickleball parties and potlucks.

Quirky Stocking Stuffers

Pickleball Sun Glasses

Ria eyewear pickleball glasses

Even those established players, with four paddles to choose from and all the latest gear, may not have a pair of these pickleball-specific RIA sunglasses. These non-polarized glasses can improve visibility on the court by providing optimal contrast of the ball against a pickleball court background. They are 100% UVA/B protective and very durable against rogue pickleball hits to the face. At $200, they are a bit of a splurge, but well worth the price in my opinion.

K-Swiss Shoes

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K-Swiss has made a name for itself as a reliable tennis shoe brand, so it makes sense that they would also make great pickleball shoes. The K-Swiss Ultrashot tennis shoe are durable enough to withstand the wear and tear of constant play.

Gifts for the Retiree

Pickleball Retriever

QOGIR Pickleball Ball Retriever: Easy Pickleball Ball Accessory to Pick Up Pickleball Balls Without Bending Over, Attaches to Pickleball Paddle Bottom, Fits Any Pickleball Paddles, Black
  • LIGHTWEIGHT AND EASY TO USE: QOGIR’s pickleball ball retriever is lightweight and easy to tote in a pickleball ball bag, It can be linked to the round handle.Simply press it on the ball and the ball will stick to the putter sucker to pick up the pickleball balls without bending down. Great for new players, seniors, players with limited mobility, and anyone who wants to spare their back from the chore of picking up balls.
  • NOT BENDING OVER: Never bend over to retrieve your ball again. The countless back aches on the green are over! This revolutionary product well considers your emotional as well as physical needs.With the ball pick-up, you can retrieve their ball while almost standing upright. feel better by giving your back a break and let the and it's unique suction-cup design do the work for you. Provides much convenience in playing golf ball, effortless and saving time.

Chasing rogue pickleballs all over the court can put a real strain on a person’s back. Give their back a break with this convenient pickleball ball retriever that sticks right on the end of their paddle.

Pickleball Pouch

BALLSZIE - The Ultimate Pickleball Holder (White)
  • Three Colors - See our Store for all available colors
  • Men, women and kids - Adjusts 22" to 52"

You can also help someone avoid chasing balls with this convenient pickleball holder pouch. This mesh pouch that cinches around the waist is great for someone who tends to stuff their pockets with multiple balls while playing.

Pickleball Tube

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Franklin Sports Pickleball Retriever Tube + Ball Holder - 12 Ball Pickleball Ball Hopper + Picker Upper - Pickleball Accessories + Gear
  • QUICK AND EASY retrieval of pickle balls from the court! Simply press one end of the tube over the ball and it will store itself in the tube! Remove the elastics from one end to release balls into play
  • EASY USE FENCE HOOK makes storing your pickle balls fast and convenient. Keep them right next to you courtside

There is no better way to gather loose pickleballs than with a ball retriever tube. It eliminates the need to bend over constantly and can hold up to 12 standard-sized pickleball.

Compact Outdoor Chairs

Anyone who’s ever played on a crowded pickleball court will know that there is always a bit of waiting between matches. These lightweight and compact outdoor folding chairs are a convenient way to rest between games and are easy to tote to and from the court.

Long Sleeve Sport Shirt

This moisture-wicking dry-fit long-sleeve shirt from Dinkers & Bangers United will be a lifesaver for anyone who is sensitive to the sun. It has a sporty pickleball logo and comes in multiple cool colors.

FitVille Court Shoe

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FitVille Wide Width Pickleball Shoes for Men All Court Tennis Shoes with Arch Support for Plantar Fasciitis (Black, 10.5 Wide)
  • NEW DESIGN: Casual tennis shoes, simple and straightforward , full coverage of functional attributes required for sports, suitable for daily leisure sports.
  • UPPER: Fashionable mesh and super soft microfiber upper. Anti-odor technology and breathable material keep your feet clean and cool.

These FitVille Pickleball Shoes are great for people with wide feet or anyone who needs a little extra arch support. They are comfy and supportive without sacrificing agility on the court.

Last update on 2022-11-28 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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