Pickleball has taken over the country. The fastest growing sport in the United States, it has inspired resorts – and cruise ships! – to make room for pickleball courts in order to meet the demand of travelers who just want to play.
“I have been in the pickleball business for 16 years and its huge growth continues to amaze me,” said David Johnson, CEO of Pickleball Central, a one stop shop for everything you need to get in the game. “Going into 2023 we expect to see more growth across all aspects of the sport: recreation, coaching, travel and vacations, pro play and products.”
Here are some products that would make thoughtful gifts for the pickleball players in your life to take on their next vacation. You may want to grab a paddle (and some pickleball apparel and accessories) for yourself, as well, so they invite you along.
Sure, Swinton makes some of the most beautiful paddles on the court but don’t let their good looks fool you: they’re also workhorses that offer power and precision. The starter bundle comes with their signature Hero paddle in your choice of eye-popping designs, a protective neoprene cover, three balls and a sling bag to hold it all. Price: $145
Paddles have become as individual a means of expression as a player’s serve and Recess offers a fashionable line of them that look as good as they play. This set lets you choose two paddles – each featuring a sweatproof grip and honeycomb interior – and a box of balls, and includes a mesh court bag to hold it all. Price: $180
This bestselling paddle earns high ratings for both its power and control, making it ideal for all-around play. It’s available in standard and lightweight models with your choice of a standard or thin grip, and it comes in a wide variety of colors so you can truly make it your own. Price: $149.99
A must for any pickleball vacation, this great-looking bag (available in five colors) is roomy enough to hold four paddles so you can bring along gear for the whole family – and let someone else hold it. It’s lightweight, eco-friendly, water resistant and gorgeous. Price: $188
With its advanced Pro-Spin textured surface providing increased spin and proprietary bi-directional, cross-weave carbon fiber technology creating a larger sweet spot, this paddle definitely lives up to its Epic name. Designed by and for women (but don’t be surprised if the man in your life decides to borrow it), it can be customized for weight, grip and color and will appeal to players of any skill level. More advanced players may also want to check out the Vanguard 2.0 Mach6. Price: $200
Designed for all-around play, this set is great for anyone looking for an upgrade from their beginner paddles. These paddles are lightweight, with a solid, comfortable grip for control, and they come with four balls in your choice of color. Price: $142.97
One of the reasons pickleball has become so popular is because it’s just plain fun – as this brand can attest. In fact, they’ve put the “fun” in “functional” with this high quality set that includes two USA Pickleball-approved paddles with covers, two outdoor pickleballs and a pickle-green carry bag. It’s likely to be quite the conversation starter as you place it in the overhead bin. Price: $114.99
You can never have too many pickleballs so a dozen of these high performance balls will always be a welcome gift. Durable and considered a tournament style ball, they will help you play like a pro at any level. Price: $36.99/12
For those playing indoors during the winter, these vibrant balls will let you stay in the game without missing a step. Designed for wooden surfaces, they offer accuracy and dependability so you can play anywhere all year round. Price: $31.99/12