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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 paddleSLK Latitude 2.0 or SLK EVO 2.0 paddle

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

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.


Pickleball balls

Pickleball balls

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. 


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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

Selkirk Luxx Control Air

The Selkirk Luxx Control Air is a great paddle option for dedicated pickleball players. Designed for balanced players and players transitioning from tennis, the Luxx Control Air offers an expanded sweet spot, ample power, accelerated spin, and unequaled control. Plus, Jack Sock endorses it.


Premium pickleball backpack

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

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.


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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:

Selkirk Vanguard Power Air

Selkirk Vanguard Power Air

The Selkirk Vanguard Power Air paddle is designed for players who demand nothing less than excellence on the court. It's a favorite among tournament players and top professionals for its power and spin. Professional players like Catherine Parenteau use this paddle.


Selkirk Luxx Control Air

Selkirk Luxx Control Air

For players who desire more control in their game, the Selkirk Luxx Control Air is a great paddle option. Designed for players transitioning from tennis — like Jack Sock — the Luxx Control Air offers an expanded sweet spot and ample power to help game tacticians excel.


Tournament-approved pickleball apparelTournament-approved pickleball apparel

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.


Pickleball court chair

Pickleball court chair

Tournament players may have long waits in between matches and there often needs to be a better place to sit. Make sure the tournament player in your life has a comfortable wait with this portable court chair that collapses to easily be added to their tournament bag.


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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

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.


Pickleball apparelPickleball apparel

Pickleball apparel

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.


Gift card

Gift card

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.


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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

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

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.


Comfortable pickleball clothingComfortable pickleball clothing

Comfortable pickleball clothing

As pickleball is largely an outdoor activity, players often have to contend with the weather. To keep your player warm and comfortable, consider a pickleball sweatshirt or pullover.


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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:

Beginner pickleball paddles for kidsBeginner pickleball paddles for kids

Beginner pickleball paddles for kids

The SLK Latitude 2.0 paddles are lighter and easier for kids to control, making it more fun for them to play. While these Riley paddles aren’t designed for playing, they make a cute toy for children to have when off the court.


Pickleball outfits for kidsPickleball outfits for kids

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

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.


The Dude Perfect starter set for kids and families

The Dude Perfect starter set for kids and families

Selkirk teamed up with internet sensation Dude Perfect to create a starter bundle perfect for children and families. Designed with Dude Perfect’s signature colors, the set comes with two paddles, a bag, and pickleballs.


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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:

Men's pickleball apparelMen's pickleball apparel

Men's pickleball apparel

It’s no secret that players will get sweaty on the court. Look for comfortable and stylish men's pickleball clothing, including moisture-wicking shirts, shorts, and pants. These pieces of apparel are designed to keep players cool and dry during intense matches.


High-performance paddle

High-performance paddle

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

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.


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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:

Women's pickleball apparelWomen's pickleball apparel

Women's pickleball apparel

Consider fashionable and functional women's pickleball apparel, such as moisture-wicking tops, skirts, and dresses. These options provide comfort and allow players to express their personal style, both on and off the court.


Top-quality pickleball paddle

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

 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.


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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

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

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 apparelIndoor court apparel

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. 


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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

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.


Sun protection gearSun protection gear

Sun protection gear

Players who enjoy the game in climates that remain warm year-round need items that can protect them from the sun’s harmful rays. Gift them sun protection gear, such as caps, wide-brimmed hats, and sun shields.


Portable pickleball net

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.


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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:

Pickleball balls

Pickleball balls

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

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

Pickleball hats

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

 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

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 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

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.


Portable pickleball court chair

Portable pickleball court chair

Perfect for players who participate in open play or tournaments, this portable court chair can easily fit into any pickleball bag. Ensure the player in your life has a comfortable place to rest in between matches.


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