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Even if you've never tried pickleball, there’s a good chance you’ve heard of it. Pickleball has become a popular sport for people of all ages because it offers a little something for everyone, regardless of experience levels.
“I think pickleball stands out from other sports and has grown in popularity so quickly because of its versatility. It can be a social way to stay active with friends but can also get fast-paced and competitive really quickly for those more advanced athletes,” says Stefani Sassos, a registered dietitian, NASM-certified personal trainer and director of the Good Housekeeping Institute Nutrition Lab.
If you have a pickleball lover in your life or are one yourself, these great pickleball gifts can help make the sport even more enjoyable. With recommendations from Sassos, guidance from Good Housekeeping Institute testers and ratings from your favorite sites, you're sure to find something that's an ace serve (that means, really good). When it comes to giving a present like this, Sassos says focus on products that are more aesthetically pleasing, like cute pickleball paddles, tote bags and shoes. We have all that and more, so get ready to shop.
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These cute and unique pickleball paddles by Tangerine will add a pop of color and fun to their game. Paddle names are inspired by coastal locations across the world, like Nantucket and Harbour Island. As one of the best pickleball paddles, Good Housekeeping experts say it is lightweight and easy to maneuver, but is ideal for more casual use.
Ashbury Classic Pickleball Paddle
The casual pickleball player looking for a vibrant paddle might be attracted to this eye-catching paddle by Nettie. Besides its style, Good Housekeeping experts raved about the comfortable cushioned grip and fiberglass face to optimize ball control.
Fresh Pickle Pickleball Bag
Whether you’re looking for a sleek black bag or a more colorful and bold look, these pickleball bags by The Fresh Pickle offer designs for everyone. They are made of nylon and can store all essentials. One reviewer says “every detail down to the pickle will make you:) and feel good.”
Pickleball Paddle Bag & Ball Carrier
For something a little more compact, a crossbody carrier that can hold their paddle, set of balls (or water bottle), their phone and keys. According to the brand, it's made with "high-quality neoprene" to help keep everything safe.
This shoe’s bounce midsole and lightweight frame will allow you to run around the court in comfort and flexibility. Good Housekeeping experts say the rubber sole that wraps around the toe protects the shoe from foot drag that happens during serves and quick movements.
With over 15,000 reviews and 4.7 stars, players of all levels called these the go-to ball for practices and tournaments. They’re available in vibrant colors like pink, red, yellow and orange.
Portable Tennis Ball Cart
For a portable yet spacious pickleball caddy, Morvat’s cart provides the compactness and durability they need. This caddy can be used for tennis or pickleball, and comes with a carrying case to make travel even easier.
LED Light Up Pickleball Balls
The fun never has to stop with these light-up balls that make nighttime playing possible. They also can be turned off, which mean they can be used during the day.
Pickles Playing Pickleball Pint Glass Set
For something funny and useful, look this these glasses that feature pickles playing pickleball! They'll get two, and each one shows a different POV of the court.
Portable Pickleball Net
If their nearest pickleball court isn't really that close, a portable pickleball net can be very beneficial. Reviewers of A11N’s pickleball net say it is easy to set up and pack away for both casual or more competitive use.
Pickleball Pickup Tube
Unlike many ball retrievers that can only pick up one ball at a time, this tube by Tourna can efficiently grab and store between 15 and 20 balls. Save time, effort and their back.
Compression Knee Sleeve
There’s a reason why this compression sleeve by Copper Fit has over 22,000 ratings averaging 4.4 stars: it provides all-day comfort and support, and can help relieve knee pain, which can be common for players.
Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle With Spout Lid
They'll be working up a sweat during your pickleball match, and having water on hand is a must. Takeya Sport’s water bottle will keep water ice-cold to help quench thirst and keep them hydrated. Testers in the Good Housekeeping 2023 Fitness Awards like that it’s dishwasher-safe, has a wide mouth design and carrying loop.
Pickle Grips Pickleball Paddle Tape
Whether your paddle’s tape is worn or you don’t like the feel or color of it, Tip Grips’ grip tape can be a replacement option. Amazon reviewers say the tape feels soft and not slippery, and is easy to install.
Pickleball Paddle Necklace
If you’re looking for an elegant and cute gift, this paddle necklace is the perfect choice. Made with 18K gold, it'll really show off their love for the sport.
Personalized Pickleball Towel
They're going to need dry hands during their match. These towels can be personalized with their name, initials or another phrase. They also come in other colors, depending on their style.
The Exercise Dress
Coming in different patterns and colors, Outdoor Voices’ exercise dress will keep them looking sporty and feeling comfortable. The Good Housekeeping Institute Textiles Lab named it the best overall exercise dress, and liked its flattering flared skirt, thin adjustable straps and built-in sports bra and silicone grips on the shorts.
Men’s 2 in 1 Running Shorts
If you’re looking for a pair of shorts that can hold his phone, pickleballs and more, look no further. These two-in-one shorts by Pudolla have a back zipper, phone pocket in the compression shorts and front pockets to help keep everything in place during your match.
Running Ankle Socks
Finding the perfect athletic sock can be hard, and it can take a lot of trial and error to find ones that work for you. As a Good Housekeeping 2023 Fitness Award winner, testers said they loved the breathability and comfort of Bombas’ ankle socks. They even have a blister tab to prevent rubbing at the back of the heel.
Looking for a funny gift for someone who just loves pickleball? Amazon reviewers of this visor absolutely love its adjustable strap and well-made construction. It'll help keel away sweat and block sun.
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