Selkirk Sport Gift Guide
What to gift the pickleballer in your life
It’s no secret that pickleball is a rapidly growing sport that has captured the hearts of many, and the odds are, you know someone who is crazy about the game.
If you have a pickleball enthusiast in your life but don't play yourself, choosing the perfect gift might be a bit challenging.
However, this gift guide will help you navigate the pickleball world to find the ideal gift for your loved one. Whether you're shopping for a beginner, a dedicated player, a tournament enthusiast, someone who has it all, a newbie, or even a seasoned pro, we've got you covered.
If you're still looking for more inspiration, take our Pickleball Gift Guide Quiz for some recommendations tailored to your pickleballer.
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What to buy the beginner pickleball player
If the person you’re buying a gift for is just starting their pickleball journey, they'll need some essential gear to get them started on the court. Here are some thoughtful options:
SLK Latitude 2.0 or SLK EVO 2.0 paddle
A beginner-friendly paddle like the SLK Latitude 2.0 is a fantastic choice. The Latitude 2.0 is designed to make learning the game easy and enjoyable, ensuring a smooth and fun-filled experience on the court. For players who have been playing for a few months, consider the SLK EVO 2.0. It offers a great balance of power and control, making it easier for newcomers to learn the ropes of the game.
Pickleball starter bundle
Consider getting them a complete pickleball starter set, which typically includes paddles, balls, and a backpack. This all-in-one package comes with two paddles to help your beginner dive into the game without any hassle.
No beginner can truly enjoy the game without quality pickleball balls. Many generic online starter packs come with lower-quality balls, so be sure to set up your beginner with a game-proven ball from the start.
Essential gear for dedicated pickleball players
For the pickleball enthusiast who can't get enough of the game and plays several nights a week, upgrading their equipment can greatly enhance their performance and enjoyment. Here are some options:
Selkirk Luxx Control Air
Premium pickleball backpack
Dedicated players tend to have more equipment than a single paddle. A high-quality pickleball backpack can help them keep all their equipment organized and protected. Look for one with compartments for paddles, balls, and personal items. Choose from a range of colors and size options.
Portable pickleball net
It’s no secret that many cities do not have enough pickleball courts to keep up with the growing demands of the game. A portable pickleball net makes the perfect gift so that your pickleball players can catch a game whenever and wherever they want.
Perfect gifts for the pickleball tournament player
If your pickleballer competes in tournaments, they'll appreciate equipment that can give them an edge on the court. Here are some ideas to help them take home gold:
Tournament-approved pickleball apparel
Although most clothing is allowed in pickleball tournaments, players are not permitted to wear colors that closely resemble that of the ball. Tournaments can be long and the weather often changes, so make sure your tournament player is prepared for it all with items like a Stretch-Wik T-Shirt, petal-cut shorts, and fleece hoodie.
Gift ideas for the pickleball player who has everything
Some pickleball players seem to have it all, which can make gifting difficult, but there are always innovative accessories and unique items that can surprise and delight them.
Portable pickleball net
Avid pickleball players typically have the latest and greatest paddles and equipment, but many do not have a way to play outside of the often-crowded courts. Consider gifting a portable pickleball net so your pickleball players can have a game wherever they choose.
Look for stylish pickleball-themed clothing, such as shirts, hats, or socks, to add to their collection. Check out this crew neck shirt and pickleball skirt, which are some favorites among our professional athletes. These items can help them showcase their love for the sport and their favorite brand, even while off the court.
If you’re unsure what equipment your player already has, you can never go wrong with a gift card. They’ll be excited to have money to shop their favorite brand and add to their growing collection.
Best items for senior pickleball players
One-third of all pickleball players in the U.S. are over the age of 65, and there are many thoughtful gifts that can enhance their comfort and enjoyment on the court:
Lightweight and longer pickleball paddles for seniors
Look for a lightweight pickleball paddle with an extended handle, also known as a "long handle" paddle, such as the SLK Halo XL. This design is lightweight and provides more reach, which can be easier to maneuver.
Compression gear for pickleball
Consider gifting the older player in your life compression sleeves or compression socks. These items can help improve circulation and reduce muscle fatigue during play, which can be especially beneficial for older pickleball players.
Top pickleball gifts for kids
If you have youngsters in your life who are passionate about pickleball, consider these kid-friendly gifts that will make their pickleball experience even more enjoyable:
Pickleball outfits for kids
To help your kids stay active and stylish on and off the court, consider investing in quality youth athletic apparel. Selkirk teamed up with clothing powerhouse Champion to create an array of youth activewear, including T-shirts, hoodies, and shorts. Fun colors can add a touch of excitement to their game.
The Holderness Family pickleball bundle
Fans of the Holderness Family's fun and engaging online videos can bring that excitement to the court with the Holderness Family SLK bundle, curated by the family themselves. This bundle is designed to provide your family with everything it needs to enjoy the sport of pickleball while adding a touch of the Holderness charm to your game.
Shopping guide for men who love pickleball
Men who enjoy playing pickleball need gear and accessories that not only enhance their performance but also suit their style. Here are some must-haves for male pickleball players:
Consider gifting a high-performance pickleball paddle designed for power and precision, such as the Selkirk Vanguard Power Air. Male players often rely on power shots to end long rallies, and the Vanguard Power Air is a favorite among many for its power and spin.
Durable pickleball bag
Off the court, men might be able to fit everything they need into their pants pockets, but on the court, a durable and spacious pickleball bag is essential. Choose a bag with compartments for paddles, balls, shoes, and personal items, ensuring they have everything they need on the court.
Must-haves for women who play pickleball
Women who love the sport deserve equipment and accessories that cater to their specific preferences and needs. Here are some top recommendations:
Top-quality pickleball paddle
Women want a high-quality pickleball paddle to help them dominate on the court. Consider the Vanguard 2.0, designed for players who seek consistency and power in their game. Selkirk’s AvaLee line — which is designed by women for women — offers the paddle in a variety of eye-catching colors.
Stylish pickleball bag
A stylish pickleball bag is a practical accessory for female players. Choose a bag that's both functional and fashionable, with compartments large enough to hold all the items they need to dominate on the court, including paddles, shoes, equipment, and personal items.
Recommendations for indoor pickleball players
Although indoor pickleball players get the benefit of controlled lighting and climate, they often have to contend with flooring that isn’t optimized for pickleball, so it’s important to gift options that will help them succeed inside. Here are some recommendations for those who primarily play indoors:
Indoor pickleball balls
Select indoor pickleball balls designed specifically for indoor play. These balls have a slightly different weight, hardness, and bounce than outdoor balls, ensuring a smooth and consistent game on indoor courts.
Paddle with control
Although any type of pickleball paddle can be used indoors, indoor players may benefit from paddles that prioritize control over power. This is because the ball indoor pickleballs player slower than their outdoor counterparts, which means indoor players focus more on finesse than sheer power. Look for paddles like the EVO Control 2.0 or Luxx Control Air with a balanced design that allows for precise shots and placement.
Indoor court apparel
Because indoor players have the benefit of a climate-controlled environment year-round, they often prefer pickleball apparel that will keep them cool and comfortable while playing. Choose breathable T-shirts and shorts, but don’t forget to throw in a hoodie to get them to and from the court in style.
What year-round outdoor pickleball players need
Pickleball is a year-round passion for many players, even in varying weather conditions. Here are recommendations for those who play outdoors in various climates throughout the year:
Outdoor pickleball balls
Opt for durable outdoor pickleballs designed to withstand the elements. The Selkirk Pro S1 is designed to withstand even the harshest weather conditions, ensuring consistent performance and gameplay.
Portable pickleball net
For dedicated outdoor players who live in cooler climates, consider a portable pickleball net. Many outdoor courts in colder climates take down their nets for the winter. A portable net system can be easily set up and taken down in different outdoor locations, allowing players to enjoy the game year-round.
Small gift add-ons perfect for any pickleball player
No matter where your player is in their pickleball journey, there are a number of small gifts that can be a great addition to their equipment lineup. Here are just a few ideas:
This is a no-brainer — every type of pickleball player needs pickleball balls to play. Pro S1 pickleballs are built to withstand every type of environment and provide superior game play. As an added bonus, they come with an industry-first one-year, no-crack warranty.
Raw carbon fiber cleaning block
Pickleball paddles can accumulate dirt and grime over time, affecting their performance. A paddle cleaning block for carbon fiber paddles is a simple yet effective tool for maintaining the quality of the paddle's surface.
Pickleball hats are more than just a fashion statement — they serve a practical purpose on the court. Hats with wide brims or UV protection help shield the player's face from the sun's harmful rays during outdoor matches. Moisture-wicking pickleball hats keep sweat away from the face, preventing discomfort during intense games.
Pickleball grip tape
Grip tape provides a tacky surface that helps players maintain a firm and comfortable grip on the paddle, reducing the risk of slipping during play. As players use their paddles, it’s natural for grip tape to lose its tackiness, so it’s important to swap them out.
Pickleball lead tape
Lead tape is a versatile accessory that allows players to adjust the weight and balance of their paddle to suit their playing style better. These days, most paddle companies use tungsten tape, rather than lead, because it’s a safer alternative.
Pickleball water bottles
Pickleball can be physically demanding, so having a water bottle on hand ensures players stay hydrated throughout their matches. Choose an insulated bottle to keep water cool throughout long rallies.
A decorative pickleball paddle
These Riley paddles aren’t meant for playing the game, but they sure are cute. They make the perfect novelty gift — adults can use them to decorate their home or office, and children will enjoy having them as a toy.