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It’s gift-giving time, and you have the task of shopping for the man who loves tennis, yet it seems he has everything.
Every guy is different, but there’s one thing that’s certain: we like fun tennis gifts that we can use, that have a purpose.
If you’re not a fan of the sport or you don’t have experience in this area, that’s completely okay because we’re here to help.
We’ve taken the guesswork out of finding a gift for the man in your life. In addition to providing you with the ten best tennis gifts for guys, we’ll run you through how to determine which is best for that specific tennis player on your list.
Here’s a quick breakdown of what we’ll cover in this article:
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How to Find the Perfect Gift
The goal here is to ensure you get the perfect gift for Father’s Day, birthdays, or Christmas without needing to know too much about the sport.
To start, you’ll want to do a little reconnaissance and learn a few minor details about their current tennis gear.
Without being too conspicuous, find out what the tennis player on your shopping list already has. Chances are, they already have what they need to play the game, but that doesn’t mean they’re in love with their current tennis gear.
Maybe their tennis bag is outdated, or their shoes are wearing and starting to fall apart. Look for the little details.
Often, men enjoy gifts that they can use – functional items. If it’s going to improve their skills or make their time on the court a little more enjoyable, it’s safe to assume that they’re going to love it.
Our 10 Favorite Tennis Gifts for Men
Here’s a breakdown of our top 10 tennis gift ideas for men.
Babolat Pure Drive VS 9 Tennis Bag
If they’ve got a bag, but it’s tattered, dated, or they don’t have an official racquet bag, and they’re using an old backpack to carry all their gear onto the court, then this could be the perfect gift.
For starters, this isn’t just a single racquet bag; it’s designed to hold up to nine of them with ease, making it a perfect tennis gift for dad if he’s heading out with his buddies.
Most tennis players don’t own nine racquets, but they can use this additional storage space for a variety of different tennis gear. That means they can use one bag for all their essentials.
Here are a few features that we love about this bag:
- Backpack straps for easy carrying
- Thermally insulated section for protecting the tension of their strings
- A ventilated pocket for stashing shoes and sweaty gear
- Hardshell pocket to protect delicate accessories like sunglasses
Of course, the Babolat Pure Drive VS 9 is as stylish as it is versatile and functional.
Whether the player in your life is a beginner or a veteran with years of experience, it’s hard to go wrong with a tennis bag. Especially one that has all the bells and whistles.
Gamma Progression ST II Stringing Machine
Stringing machines are an excellent gift for the serious tennis player who requires frequent replacement of their strings and loves to fine-tune their racquets.
While there’s no doubt that a stringing machine is a luxury for most players, they’re also incredibly practical. Here are three great reasons to invest in a stringer as a gift:
- Save time: by not having to drop off and pick up his racquet for restringing
- Save money: by avoiding the service fee that comes with a fresh string job
- Performance: he’ll be able to more readily try out new strings and various tensions to fine-tune performance and know that he’s always has a consistent string job
I’ve been using a Gamma Progression stringing machine for years, strung hundreds of racquets, and it’s still in great shape. My favorite time to string racquets is while watching tennis or listening to one of my favorite podcasts.
In college, it was also a useful skill-set to have. Not only could I keep my strings fresh, but I could help my teammates out, restring their racquets, and earn a few bucks a pop in the process.
The one thing to keep in mind is whether stringing will feel like a burden or not. For starters, there’s a learning curve. Beyond that, some players will feel like restringing is a burden and would rather drop it off and have someone else do it for them.
With that in mind, be sure to get a feel for whether he’d enjoy the idea or not. Assuming that’s the case, if you’re in a position to spring for a stringing machine, then there’s not many better gifts you can buy.
Hawson Tennis Cufflinks & Tie Clip
You can go with something tennis-themed that still serves a purpose, and in this case, it’s making him look sharp in his dress attire.
These cufflinks are subtle elements of their evening attire that allow them to show off a bit of personality. They come in a black jewelry gift box and are made of copper for long-term luster. As an added benefit, the entire design is nickel-free to avoid skin irritation.
Hawson even offers a 90-day money-back guarantee to ensure the gift hits the mark.
These cufflinks would work as a gift for an anniversary or serve as a thoughtful novelty tennis gift for him.
Zepp 2 Swing & Match Analyzer
Well, it’s time for the recipient to get technical. Every man who loves playing tennis is looking for a way to improve his technique, mental performance, and overall game.
Zepp hits the mark with a few different ways to track a player’s performance.
This nifty gadget attaches at the but cap of the racquet’s handle and sends information to the player’s smartphone with data to help improve their game. Here are a few metrics the Zepp 2 will track for a player:
- Sweet spot
- Ball speed
- Ball spin speed
- Active time
Data is powerful, and this lets the player understand and track their performance on their court so they can improve their game. Plus, we think it’s fun and the perfect novelty gift for guys.
Winning Ugly by Brad Gilbert
I can’t recommend this book enough. It’s on my list of best tennis books for a reason. Regardless of the player’s current skill level, this book is a must-read.
It’s not just a simple overview; it’s in-depth, practical information that helps a player understand opportunities for increasing the likelihood of winning a match.
One of my favorite parts about the book is that it’s incredibly actionable, and most of his strategies and tactics can be put to use without even having to step foot on a court.
If you’re not familiar with Brad, he was a top 5 tennis player, who consistently outclassed players with significantly more natural talent than him and with his book, he can help you do the same. These days, Brad is a popular commentator for the ATP tour.
Newer players will benefit from Winning Ugly, but even seasoned tennis players with years of experience have something to learn from Brad Gilbert’s advice.
Huntr Gallon Water Bottle
Whether in the shade or direct sun, the Huntr water bottle keeps any drink cold for hours. One gallon is plenty to get through an entire match without running dry. We can underscore the importance of hydration for a player to perform at the top of their game.
Players that find water too bland can pour or mix in their favorite drink to keep it cold.
Huntr makes this one-gallon stainless steel water bottle with triple insulation and a vacuum seal. Its durable handle makes it easy to carry, and it’s screw top, and large opening makes cleaning it a breeze – it even comes with a handy scrub brush to get the job done.
Give the gift of hydration with this rugged water bottle.
Gamma Pressureless Tennis Ball Bucket
What’s the big deal with pressureless tennis balls? They’re great for practice and cut down on the cost of continually replacing pressurized tennis balls.
Pressurized tennis balls are more common and standard for match play, but their lifespan is surprisingly short. During the French Open, it’s estimated that 50,000 tennis balls are used as they are swapped out by the pros after the first seven games, and then after every nine games.
Pressureless tennis balls, on the other hand, can last for months without requiring replacement. In fact, most players will find the performance of a pressureless tennis ball improves after they break them in from playing with them for an hour or so.
If the player in your life is a casual player or weekend warrior that complains about continually having to pay for and replace their tennis balls, then these can serve as a great gift.
Gexco Tennis Ball Saver
If they exclusively play with pressurized tennis balls, chances are they’re going through a lot of them. Again, they don’t have the longest lifespan.
Gexco made this handy little wonder to preserve them in a vacuum-sealed canister. This inexpensive tennis gift is ultralight, portable, and will fit into their racket bag with ease.
Players who are serious about tennis will spend a few hundred a year on pressurized tennis balls. What’s a better gift than giving someone the ability to save their hard-earned money?
This ball saver isn’t a one-off item that gets used and then tossed; they can use this tennis ball saver for years to come, so it serves as a great investment.
21K Sports Tennis Vibration Dampener
Vibration dampeners are small rubber racquet add-ons that reduce the ping noise that you might be familiar with when a tennis ball comes in contact with the strings of a racquet.
There isn’t any evidence to support these reduce shock to a player’s arm, but they’ll most certainly deaden or muffle the noise, which many players prefer.
This pack comes with three, so even if the player in your life has multiple tennis racquets, you’ll have them covered.
It’s a practical gift, and each dampener is set to last for years. Made of highly durable rubber, they’ll retain their function as they’re continually installed and removed for players that restring frequently.
Hammer Crown Frescobol Paddle Ball Set
With that Hammer Crown Fescobol Paddle Set, you can make it a reality and ensure he hits the beach in style with this beautiful set of two wooden paddles made from pine, Sapele, and beach wood.
Each paddle will weigh in at 11-13 ounces, which is perfectly reasonable considering their wood construction. Plus, they’re 7.5 inches shorter than your standard tennis racquet, so they’re highly maneuverable.
What I love most about this gift is that beach paddles aren’t something most players will have on their wishlist. However, if they enjoy tennis and the beach or downtime at a local park, they’re going to love this unique gift idea.
Need Something Personalized?
Here are two ideas that are both thoughtful and functional.
Custom Wilson Racquet
If you’re after something a bit more customized, we have a few fresh gift ideas up our sleeve.
One tennis gift that we love is a custom Wilson racket. Wilson is one of the most popular tennis brands out there, and currently, they allow you to customize five different models, including the Pro Staff, Clash, Burn, Blade, and Ultra.
Customization of racquets includes the color of the frame, decals, bumper and grommets, Wilson logo, grip size, and color, as well as a personalized message within the throat.
Nike by You Shoes
It’s hard to go wrong with gifting a player a new pair of kicks, but you can take your gift up a notch with custom Nike by You shoes.
Here, you don’t need much more than their favorite colors, what shoe size they wear, and a bit of creativity. The entire Nike By You lineup is designed to be the ultimate way to enjoy comfortable, athletic footwear.
As of writing, their tennis shoes are not available for customization, but we expect this is on the horizon. For now, a stylish pair of lifestyle shoes will have to do the trick. Our favorites include the Nike Air Max 90 and Air Force 1 Mid.
The level of customization is unreal, and you can have a ton of fun creating your design. If you’re looking for some hints, do a quick search for men’s lifestyle shoes on Pinterest to get some ideas.
A New Racquet or Strings
We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention giving a tennis racquet or strings as a potential gift idea.
While it may not be the most creative gift, they’re both practical, worth considering, and a relatively safe choice. Check out our guides on the best racquets and tennis strings to point yourself in the right direction.
He Deserves the Best
How well do you know the tennis player on your list? If you can, take some time to learn about their gear and some of their preferences, which will go a long way to finding the perfect gift.
Hopefully, our list helps you find the perfect gift for any occasion. Have any other ideas for gifts not on our list? We’d love to hear in the comments below. When the time comes, be sure to check out our tennis gifts for women too.
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