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    With the growth we’ve seen in pickleball this year, it’s no surprise that you’re doing some holiday shopping for someone obsessed with it. Whether it be for your husband who convinced you to join him at open play or a son who’s on his way to going pro, there are so many great options out there for pickleball-related gifts!

    Men say they’re easy to shop for but will rarely give you a wishlist or ideas for specific things they might like. So, we took it upon ourselves to curate the best pickleball holiday shopping guide we could, featuring gifts all of us would love to open during a gift exchange!

    Paddles

    PCKL Pro Series 13 Pickleball Paddle

    We had a chance to test drive this latest release from PCKL, and we believe that it's an excellent paddle for players of all backgrounds looking for a new paddle that could take their game to the next level.


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    Upgrade his pickleball game with the newest PCKL Pro paddles, now with incredible new features, such as a brand new raw carbon fiber face and comfy, ergonomic grip. Choose the 13mm for a thinner paddle focused on power or the thicker 16mm core for incredible control at the net.

    JOOLA Ben Johns Perseus

    Their attention to detail is unparalleled, and the Perseus exemplifies the saying that, when it comes to paddle design, the devil is in the details. You can tell they went all out to make sure everything felt perfect about this paddle before it hit shelves, and they knocked it out of the park.

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    This is the chosen paddle of #1 pro pickleball player in the world, Ben Johns, and is built to enhance a player’s game with its elongated shape and grippy, carbon fiber surface. Clocking in at 8 ounces, this paddle has a 5.5” handle and is perfect for two-handed plays at the net.

    Franklin STK

    Not only is it notably cheaper than our top two picks, but it’s just as trusted by the pros. One of the best sibling teams in pickleball, JW and Jorja Johnson, both use the STK, and have been at the top of their game this year!

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    This robust paddle has a textured facing made from high-quality carbon for maximizing spin and is used by pickleball pro, JW Johnson. This paddle strikes a balance between power and control but truly shines at the kitchen line, delivering deadly dinks with precision. Perfect for all skill levels, this performance paddle is a gift worthy of the pickleball enthusiast in your life, and clocks in at an affordable price.

    Volair Mach 1 Julian Arnold Signature Pickleball Paddle

    Having played 50+ hours with it, we've found that the Volair Mach 1 lives up to the hype. With a ton of control and plenty of power, you'll find that it meets your needs regardless of your playing style. Oh, and we love the soft oversized grip.

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    This innovative paddle is ready to rock and elevate his game. This paddle offers the perfect balance between power and spin. Choose between a 14mm for heavy hitters or the thicker 16mm core for control-focused players.

    CRBN-3X Power Series

    As a logical continuation of the "Power Series," the CRBN-3X Power Series Pickleball Paddle is a freshened take on the CRBN-1X, that now boasts a larger face (more surface area) and a massive sweet spot for all-over response.


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    The third paddle of the Power Series from CRBN, this Toray Carbon Fiber paddle has a larger face with a massive sweet spot for the most responsive paddle yet. It offers an elongated face with a shorter 5.25” fortified handle and reinforced unibody construction for precise dinks and drops.

    Vice Pro Carbon Fiber Pickleball Paddle

    Walking onto the court with the VICE PRO in your hand is like walking onto a battlefield with a secret weapon. Perfect for all skill levels, this USAPA-approved paddle has the advanced features you need to emerge victorious at a price that won't break the bank.

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    The Vice Pro is a paddle for pickleball legends in the making. This carbon fiber paddle has all the advanced features he needs with a precision-cut Aerocurve paddle shape that increases swing speed for lightning-quick volleys at the net.

    Pickleball Balls

    PCKL Elite 40 Pickleballs

    The PCKL Elite 40s very quickly became one of our favorite pickleballs to play with. They're rated for high performance even in rough and cold weather conditions and are even the official ball of APA and Southern Pickleball leagues!

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    If he’s ready to play longer, hit harder, and wants a ball (almost) as tough as he is, the PCKL Elite 40 pickleballs are a must-have. They come in convenient packs of 4, 12, 24, 48, and 100.

    Franklin X-26 Indoor Pickleballs
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    One of the best indoor pickleballs on the market, the X-26 from Franklin is USAPA approved, durable, and has precision machine-cut holes for a balanced flight pattern and results he can count on game after game.

    ONIX Dura Fat 40 Outdoor Pickleballs
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    Dura outdoor pickleballs are a great choice for recreational and elite players. The neon color makes tracking the ball easier while the precision, bounce, and durability make these balls a top pick for all serious picklers.

    Portable Pickleball Nets

    Picklin - The Dink Net

    Looking for a way to improve one of the most important aspects of your game? Look no further than The Dink Net! This innovative product is designed to be your go-to practice net, providing you with a small and portable solution perfect for sharpening your dink game!

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    Practicing pickleball at home was never easier! There’s no need to have space for a full net – the Picklin’ Dink Net™ has a convenient, 5 foot width and can be assembled in less than a minute!

    Franklin Portable Pickleball Net System

    The Franklin Portable Pickleball Net System with Wheels is wonderful for players who enjoy having access to a court, and will enjoy the ease with which this net sytem can be deployed, moved, and packed away.

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    The Franklin Portable Pickleball Net System is a budget-friendly net with incredible features, including frame-mounted wheels. This tournament-sized net weighs only 29lbs, and has a steel frame with center support. It includes a weather-resistant carrying bag for easy transport and storage.

    Douglas Premier Portable Net System

    The Douglas Premier PPS-22SQ Portable Pickleball Net System is the closest you can get to a permanent net’s durability and quality without having to deal with the expense of drilling and pouring concrete.

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    This portable pickleball net is as close to a permanent net as it gets, with incredible craftsmanship, and high-quality, durable materials. With posts made from powder-coated steel, and a rigid net structure that can be tightened to rival permanent nets, this net is for serious players or clubs looking for a long-lasting net option with a professional look and feel.

    Selkirk Labs 001 Pro Net

    Whether you want to play for the afternoon or the whole summer, the semi-permanent Selkirk Labs 001 Pro Net "revolutionizes the pickleball experience."

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    The forward-thinking design and precise engineering of the Selkirk Labs 001 Pro Net impresses with the non-corroding carbon fiber frame for incredible durability and strength at a minimal weight. It maintains regulation height and keeps a taut top cord for performance consistent with permanent, professional-grade nets and can be set up in 30 minutes.

    Pickleball Gear Bags

    RuK Infinite Solar Backpack

    This is the ultimate pickleball travel bag! It features solar power charging, multiple compartments for all your gear, and is TSA-approved for easy travel for all your tournaments.

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    This weather-proof, solar-powered pickleball bag is perfect for everyday use, with adaptive pockets, meal compartment, laptop sleeve, and room for storing all his pickleball essentials. He can charge his electronics while dominating the court with this attractive and durable TSA-friendly bag.

    Electrum Pro Court Bag

    The Pro Court Bag from Electrum has a sleek design with plenty of space so you'll be ready to meet every challenge on the court.

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    This premium pro court bag from Electrum will keep his gear secure. Made from durable synthetic leather, this bag can be used as a backpack or carried as a duffel, has room for 4-6 paddles and a separate shoe compartment.

    Training Devices

    Enhance Pickleball - The Dink Master

    The Dink Master Is one of our favorite training devices due to its simple and intuitive design. It's easy to set up and get right to training; for just a few minutes a day, you can really up your game!

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    Help him work off that heavy holiday dinner with a little pickleball target practice at home! This epic training tool from Enhance Pickleball can improve accuracy, boost reaction time, and help him master the soft game in only 5-10 minutes per day.

    Erne Pickleball Machine

    Erne is one of the best pickleball machines on the market, with a sleek design. It boasts the highest ball capacity on the market, with over 150 balls, making it perfect for long training sessions.

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    This machine is perfect for the pickleball enthusiast dedicated to improving his game. The hopper on this machine stores 150 pickleballs for uninterrupted drills. The oscillation and random elevation settings ensure dynamic training sessions, while the intelligent smartphone controls allow for customization of speed and settings with the touch of a button.

    Sports Tutor Pickleball Tutor Plus

    The Pickleball Tutor Plus is an exciting new version of the standard Tutor that adds minimal weight but lots of functionality. The Tutor Plus comes with topspin/backspin capability so you can practice against an even greater variety of shots.

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    The Pickleball Tutor Plus is for serious pickleball players that want to practice drives, dinks, serves, and groundstrokes with topspin or backspin. It holds up to 110 pickleballs and has a top speed of 65 MPH with a built-in oscillator that throws indoor and outdoor pickleballs at varying speeds and heights.

    Pickleball Court Accessories

    Dropshot Scoreboard

    Dropshot is one of the most uniquely designed products in modern pickleball. It's a Bluetooth-enabled digital scoreboard that you can track via your Apple Watch!

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    Keeping score can be hard in intense pickleball matches, but no more! The Dropshot Scoreboard is the best way to have instant score updates and keep track of who should be serving. The water-resistant design means you can play rain or shine, and it offers comprehensive analytics to help him improve his game.

    OnCourt OffCourt Coach's Clipboard

    The Coach's Clipboard is a fantastic teaching tool that offers tons of functionality. It can be used as a standard clipboard to hold sign-up sheets, teaching resources and beyond, but the body shows a picture of a tennis and pickleball court on each side respectively.

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    For the player who is a strategist or loves to discuss shots with their doubles partner, the Oncourt Offcourt Coach’s Clipboard is the perfect way to diagram and plan their next match.

    Court Shoes

    Skechers Viper Court Pro

    The Skechers Viper Court Pro Shoe is an update on the classic Viper Court Shoe designed to provide you with more support, stability, cushion, and control. These low top court shoes boast ample technology to keep your feet happy and your mind focused.

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    The official footwear of the US Open Pickleball Championships, and worn by pro pickleballer Tyson McGuffin, these shoes were built for elite pickleball athletes and those with a genuine love for the game. The lightweight ULTRA FLIGHT cushioning and removable Arch Fit® insole provide superior comfort, while the adjustable laces and breathable mesh synthetic overlays keep feet cool on the court.

    K-Swiss Express Light

    The Men's K-Swiss Express Light is a responsive shoe with a weightless feel, breathable design and protective construction. They require little breaking in while helping to improve reaction time.

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    These highly rated pickleball shoes have a weightless feel, along with a breathable design, and are highly responsive despite their solid construction. They feel great right out of the box, with a support chassis and EVA midsole for incredible comfort during long matches at the net.

    Babolat SFX3 All Court Shoe

    The SFX3 Pickleball Shoe is true to size on length, and is the widest shoe in the Babolat line. These shoes run slightly to moderately wide, but it's recommended you order your normal size.

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    This all-court shoe is perfect for men with a wider foot, and heavy strikers. The midsole is built with stability and support in mind, with Active Flexion tech and a Kompressor System to minimize shock.  The outsole is made from Michelin rubber for solid footing, while the upper promotes airflow, keeping feet cool and comfortable.

    Headwear

    The JOOLA Perseus Hat

    The JOOLA Perseus Hat is what you need to complete the Triple Crown winning, center court look that Ben Johns sports nearly every weekend. Spec for spec, not only do you get his style and look, but also the performance features that help propel him to the podium.

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    Straight from the official paddle sponsor of the PPA Tour, this JOOLA hat matches the incredible Perseus pickleball paddle used by Ben Johns, the #1 player in the world. Practical, durable, and stylish, the clean lines of this hat will keep his head cool and comfortable on the court.

    Selkirk Straw Hat

    The Straw Hat from Selkirk provides a lightweight way to keep the sun out of your eyes. Instead of wearing a cap with thick fabric that could cause additional sweat, this breezy option is great for days when you want to keep as cool as possible.

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    For warm weather pickleballers, this cool and classic straw hat from Selkirk is a superior option for protection from the sun. It offers an adjustable drawstring, perfect for windy days, and is made from a lightweight material that breathes better than any fabric cap.

    Heritage Shade Cap

    The Heritage Shade Cap is a smart and comfy way to protect your skin when you're playing pickleball outdoors. These caps come with ventilated mesh siding to allow increased airflow.

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    This must-have hat is the best way to protect the nape of his neck from UV rays while keeping him cool so he can concentrate on the game. It comes in two sizing options for the perfect fit.

    Sunglasses

    Model One by RIA Eyewear

    The Model One [Court HD+] frame comes with our Court HD+ lens, which is in the brown-amber color family and adjusted precisely in collaboration with ZEISS™ to give the optimal contrast of the ball against the tennis and pickleball court background.

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    The Model One pickleball sunglasses from Ria Eyewear offer superior sun-glare protection and feature Court HD+ amber lenses to easily track the ball, even in the brightest conditions. These non-polarized glasses maintain the integrity of depth perception, vital on the pickleball court, while offering 100% UVA/B protection.

    ONIX Pickleball Falcon Eyewear Modern and Lightweight Design

    The ONIX Pickleball Falcon Eyewear sunglasses are built to withstand the rigors of competitive pickleball play. The glasses feature 99.9% UV protected and durable anti-scratch/anti-fog treated lenses.

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    These Onix Falcon glasses are lightweight and comfortable, with soft rubber on the nosepiece and behind the ears. The anti-fog, anti-scratch lenses are built to last and offer 99.99% protection from harmful UV light. These sunglasses have three interchangeable lens color choices for flexibility depending on weather conditions.

    Apparel

    Selkirk x Champion Triumph Fleece Joggers

    Experience unparalleled comfort and functionality with the Selkirk x Champion Triumph Line Men's Fleece Joggers. These joggers are crafted to elevate your performance while maintaining your love for the game.

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    The weather outside may be frightful, but that’s no reason to stay off the court! These cozy joggers will keep him warm and comfortable with an adjustable drawstring waist and have pockets perfect for extra pickleballs and other court essentials.

    A Day Without Pickleball T-Shirt

    Express your pickleball dedication and humor while you're on the court with the "A Day Without Pickleball" shirt. After all, why risk it?

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    This fun t-shirt says, “A Day Without Pickleball Wouldn’t Kill Me, but Why Risk It?” and we agree. Made from a poly/cotton jersey knit, this stretchy tee features reflective taping at the shoulders and along the seams for easy visibility.

    JOOLA Ben Johns Fluid Shorts

    Shirts seem to get all of the accolades and attention in sportswear—at least they did, until people start rocking the JOOLA Ben Johns Fluid Shorts.

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    These cool and comfortable fluid shorts from Joola are made from anti-pilling sports fabric, which pulls sweat away from the skin. It features an elastic waistband with a drawstring and dual side pockets with a zippered back pocket to hold necessities while playing.

    CRBN Essential Men's Pullover Hoodie

    Gear up for the court with the CRBN Essential Hoodie. This sweatshirt is a winning choice for any activity.


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    This versatile men’s hoodie from CRBN is crafted with a 60/40 cotton/poly blend fleece for ultra comfort and is perfect for pickleball games in cool weather or lounging at home in style.

    Staff Pick
    Selkirk Pro Line Short Sleeve Crew Shirt

    The Pro Line Short Sleeve Crew Shirt balances a laid-back look with technical performance to keep us covered on the court. Comprised of a moisture-wicking, easy-breathing, slightly stretchy fabric, this simple top allows us to workout, practice, or play in uncompromised comfort.

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    This stylish crewneck t-shirt is made with premium performance fabric to keep skin cool and dry. Pickleball Central is currently featuring the brilliant Prestige Blue colorway, proving that both style and function can coexist on the pickleball court.

    “I have this shirt in every color-way available. Whether for pickleball, running, strength training, or just hanging out, I love these shirts. They are sturdy yet flexible, and the additional panels on the side make it comfortable for every activity I have in my day!”

    Brady, Pickleball Union’s Personal Trainer

    Socks

    OS1st Pickleball Crew Socks

    The Pickleball Crew Sock from OS1st (pronounced "O.S. First") does work to support your feet and lower calves so you can spend more time enjoying your favorite sport.

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    These crew socks from OS1st socks are perfect for long days on the court and offer supportive features to help with stability. Made from nano-bamboo charcoal fiber, these socks wick away moisture and protect sensitive skin while offering light compression across four zones.

    Thorlo Pickleball Light Cushion Ankle Socks

    While socks may seem a dime a dozen, having the right socks under your trusty pickleball shoes can make or break your time on the courts.

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    These socks were designed for pickleball players and offer extra padding in the heel, arch, and forefront around the toes. They protect from hotspots and blisters during extended play by integrating cool Thorwick fibers.

    Performance & Recovery

    Staff Pick
    Plant-Based & Vegan Clean Protein Powder | Clean Program

    Packed with 21g of protein and gut-loving ingredients like probiotics and prebiotic fiber, Daily Shake is a tasty boost for optimized wellness. Choose from Chocolate, Vanilla, or Plain (stevia-free) and begin or continue your renewing journey with one daily smoothie. 


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    Clean program helps elevate daily nutrition with flavorful smoothies packed with 21 grams of high-quality protein. Not only does the Daily Shake support gut health with prebiotic and probiotic fiber, but the organic formula can help lower bad cholesterol and boost detoxification while helping players feel their best on the court. Available in chocolate, vanilla, or their popular plain flavor, which is stevia-free and fully customizable!

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    “Clean Daily Shake is a game changer and my go-to breakfast before hitting the pickleball court. It helps keep my gut health in check, is versatile, and tastes amazing – chocolate is my favorite flavor!”

    Christina, Pickleball Union Writer

    This powerful app is perfect for picklers and is aimed at changing habits and improving health. Developed by a team of performance experts, it pairs seamlessly with wearable devices such as Apple Watch, Fitbit, Oura, and Garmin to deliver on-demand, personalized daily workout suggestions at an affordable price.

    Incrediwear Elbow Sleeve

    Our semiconductor embedded products help provide greater relief than traditional (and uncomfortable) compression. This process creates cellular vibrations to increase blood flow and speed, resulting in lymphatic drainage, as well as bringing more oxygen and nutrients to the target area.

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    Sometimes our bodies need a little extra support so we can play our best. Whether recovering from an injury or simply being proactive, Incrediwear offers wearable knee, ankle, and elbow supports that will help you continue playing the game you love.

    Takeya Stainless Steel Water Bottle

    Takeya offers the ultimate drinking experience thanks to its Chill-Lock technology, which ensures your beverage stays cool for up to 24 hours!

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    This 32 oz stainless steel, insulated water bottle is the perfect way to stay hydrated while playing pickleball.

    Jigsaw Health - Electrolyte Supreme

    Jigsaw Electrolyte Supreme contains a broad spectrum of electrolytes, minerals and vitamins in each serving. Replenish and rehydrate your body by adding one packet of Jigsaw Electrolyte Supreme to your water for a refreshing and nourishing energy-boosting beverage.

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    This delicious electrolyte drink is sugar free and contains as much potassium as 2 bananas to keep him feeling great while he conquers his competition.

    Paddle Accessories

    CRBN Pickleball Paddle Eraser

    Easy, Fast, & Effective: Proprietary blend of soft rubber quickly removes ball residue, dirt, and minor scrapes/scratches. A few swipes and leave your paddle looking new. Ergonomic size and shape.


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    The perfect solution for keeping the surface of his paddle polished and pristine, this paddle eraser will buff away dirt, grime, and oils, extending the playing life of his favorite paddle.

    PCKL Paddle Weights

    PCKL Paddle Weights allow you to customize the feel of your paddle. These weights were designed with the pros and are legal for tournament play. Their 3-gram strips are precision cut and feature a 3M adhesive to keep them in place during the most intense matches.

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    These paddle weights are perfect to adjust and customize the weight of his paddle so that it feels perfect.

    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.


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    This overgrip tape is easy to apply to pickleball paddles, is durable and long lasting, and offers a comfortable, tacky grip for precision.

    Augment Pickleball Edge Tape

    Protect your paddle - this pickleball edge guard tape protects your paddle from scuffs and damage on the court. Durable and water resistant for a long-lasting life.

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    Protect his paddle with this water-resistant edge guard tape. It comes in two colors and fits paddles from 14mm to 20mm!

    Paddletek Paddle Cover

    The Paddletek Paddle Cover will allow you to show your Paddletek pride while insulating your gear from damage. This durable cover lets you protect your paddle from getting jostled around or nudged up against equipment that could leave a mark while transporting it to and from practices.

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    This paddle cover from Paddletek is a stylish way to insulate and protect his pickleball paddle. The padded material keeps the paddle scratch free, and comes in 6 vibrant colors.

    Gearbox Paddle Case

    This protective Paddle Case by Gearbox Pickleball offers versatility and convenience in a compact package, allowing players to use it for more than just a single paddle. Unlike most options it will entirely cover up to two paddles rather than only zippering around the face of one.

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    This paddle case is perfect for players with 2 paddles to protect. The soft cover offers an additional zippered compartment in the back to store keys and other accessories.

    Sunscreen

    Supergoop! PLAY 100% Mineral Lotion

    BROAD SPECTRUM SUNSCREEN - Supergoop! PLAY 100% Mineral Lotion is a fast-absorbing, broad spectrum SPF 50 sunscreen. Formulated for face & body, it blends in easily, with no greasy residue, and is gentle on even the most sensitive skin.

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    This advanced sunscreen was engineered for athletes and is water-resistant and fast-absorbing. It has an SPF of 50 to protect from harmful UV rays and lasts up to 80 minutes without needing to re-apply. Best of all, it’s suitable for all skin types and is made from gentle ingredients.

    Blue Lizard Sensitive Mineral Sunscreen

    Blue Lizard is a mineral sunscreen with no chemical active ingredients. It protects your skin by acting like thousands of tiny mirrors that reflect UV rays away before they enter your body.

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    This fragrance-free physical sunscreen has a lightweight formula and protects skin from UVA and UVB light with SPF 50+ so you can ensure you never miss a spot.

    Coppertone SPORT Sunscreen Lip Balm

    This Coppertone Sport lip balm provides sun protection and protects your lips from chapping. Broad Spectrum sunscreen offers UVA/UVB protection with Aloe to help keep your lips soft and feeling moisturized.

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    Keep lips hydrated and protected with this specially formulated SPF 50 sunscreen lip balm from Coppertone. Don’t play in the sun without it!

    Must-Have Gifts

    iROCKER SUP All Around 11' ULTRA 2.0 Paddle Board

    Longer and faster, the ALL AROUND 11' ULTRA™ 2.0 Inflatable Paddle Board features a 32”/81cm width for improved stability while the 11'/3.4m length offers a seamless glide. New woven drop-stitch construction enhances rigidity and stiffness.

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    The iROCKER All Around 11’ ULTRA inflatable paddleboard is our favorite way to cross-train for pickleball. Work those upper body, lower body, and core muscles and gain a greater sense of balance, while having a blast on the water.

    Pickles Playing Pickleball Pint Glass Set

    This Uncommon Goods exclusive collaboration with artist Alison DeBenedictis features her playful illustration of a pair of briny buddies relishing a pickleball match. Includes a set of 2 pint glasses, each with its own vantage point from the opposing player’s side.

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    Grab a pint with your doubles partner and reminisce about your latest match with these pickleball pint glasses. Just don’t get too smashed!

    Panvola Tears of My Pickleball Opponents Tumbler

    For Someone Who Always Leaves Their Opponents in Tears: This humorous and tongue-in-cheek tumbler is a playful way to show off their skills and let everyone know that they mean business on the court.

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    Guaranteed to make him chuckle, this vacuum-insulated travel mug is perfect for hot or cold beverages, and comes with a removable lid and straw. Tears of his pickleball opponents not included.

    I'd Rather Be Playing Pickleball Chrome License Plate Frame

    What better way to let the driver behind you, who's also stuck in rush-hour traffic, know that you'd much rather be playing pickleball? If you're stuck in stand still, you could always break out the Picklin Dink Net! 😉

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    This license plate frame is the perfect way to advertise his love of pickleball and may help him meet fellow picklers at tailgate parties.

    Moonlight Makers Pickleball Stickers

    Feel good about your pickleball skills? Let the competition know with this funny food pun design. Perfect sticker to stick on your bicycle, car, water bottle, laptop or any other smooth surface you like!

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    Perfect for his car, laptop, or water bottle, this go anywhere pickleball sticker is a fun stocking stuffer that is sure to make him smile.

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    leland orfield

    From growing up playing baseball as a kid to the weekly ritual of watching the Minnesota Vikings play on Sunday, Leland has always valued sports as both a means of fitness and entertainment. Many of his fondest memories are associated with throwing a football during the fall or swinging a golf club in the heat of summer. He first discovered pickleball in high school and has been hooked on the game ever since.