It’s less than a month until Christmas, which means it’s time to start thinking about buying presents (and writing your own Christmas lists too). So what are the best Christmas gifts for a table tennis player?
In this article, I’ll go through some of my favourite table tennis gift ideas and show you a few of the things that have made it onto my Christmas list. There’s a mixture of stocking fillers (small/cheap gifts) and more expensive presents.
This post was originally written in November 2012 but was revised in December 2018 to keep it up-to-date.
The Best Table Tennis Christmas Gifts
Here are my top ten Christmas gifts for a table tennis player…
- Eastfield Offensive Bat
- Joola Tour 2500 Table
- Butterfly Amicus Prime Robot
- Nittaku Premium 3-Star Balls
- Eastfield Original Bat Case
- Expert in a Year Book
- Butterfly Tenergy 05 Rubbers
- Mizuno Wave Drive Shoes
- Eastfield Play Fearlessly T-Shirt
- Table Tennis University
1. Eastfield Offensive Bat
The Eastfield Offensive is a professional-quality table tennis bat aimed at players with good basic technique looking to take their game to the next level. This is the bat that I’m currently using for all of my training, coaching and matches – and I love it!
2. Joola Tour 2500 Table
Provided you’ve got the space for it, a table tennis table is a brilliant Christmas gift. I recommend getting a tournament-ready table with a 25mm tabletop.
If you’re in the US, the Joola Tour 2500 is definitely your best option. This is the cheapest 25mm table I’ve found for my American readers.
If you’re in the UK and want the best value 25mm table, the Dunlop Evo 8500 is the one for you at £499.99. This is the table they use each year for the World Championship of Ping Pong in London.
And if you’re feeling flush with cash, the Killerspin Revolution is the most beautiful table tennis table money can buy. It’s been referred to as ‘the Ferarri of table tennis tables’.
3. Butterfly Amicus Prime Robot
This is the ultimate table tennis robot! The Butterfly Amicus Prime has every feature you would expect from a top-of-the-range robot – 8 balls per drill, memory space for 99 saved drills, and three heads that can produce every spin and no spin balls.
The Amicus Prime is amazing but very expensive. If you’re looking for something a bit more affordable, the iPong Trainer (at under $100) is without a doubt the best value table tennis robot on the market.
4. Nittaku Premium 3-Star Balls
The perfect Christmas stocking filler! The Nittaku Premium 3-Star is my favourite 40+ table tennis ball. It’s quite expensive because it’s made in Japan, but it’s worth the price. The roundest and hardest ball, with great durability.
5. Eastfield Original Bat Case
Are you fed up with ugly looking table tennis bat cases? I was, so I created my own! The Eastfield Original is a racket case that will protect your bat and look good doing it. My favourite is the black on black, but it’s also available in grey and navy.
6. Expert in a Year Book
Expert in a Year: The Ultimate Table Tennis Challenge is the story of Sam Priestley’s journey from table tennis newbie to competitive player, detailing all of his ridiculous training methods, unreachable goals, and the surprising lessons he learnt from playing table tennis every day for a year.
7. Butterfly Tenergy 05
We all need to change our table tennis rubbers at least twice a year – so new rubbers can make a great Christmas gift.
Tenergy 05 is the most popular table tennis rubber of all time! It is used by most of the best players in the world. The only downside is the price. It’s not cheap…
8. Mizuno Wave Drive Shoes
Most of the top Chinese table tennis players choose to wear Mizuno Wave Drive shoes. If they’re good enough for Ma Long and Zhang Jike, they’re good enough for me! The Mizuno Wave Drive is low, lightweight, and grippy. It also has plenty of mesh – to allow your feet to breathe.
9. Eastfield Play Fearlessly T-Shirt
10. Table Tennis University
Finally, you don’t want to be “all the gear but no idea”. How about gifting someone (or yourself) the most comprehensive online table tennis training programme in existence!
Coach Tao Li’s ‘Table Tennis University‘ curriculum will transform you into an elite player in just 52 weeks. It also comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee.
Need some more table tennis gift ideas?
Online table tennis retailer Megaspin have been kind enough to create a specific ping-pong gift ideas page, full of great products and categorised based on ability level. Nice idea Megaspin!
Alternatively, check out the special offers currently available at Tabletennis11.com!
Disclaimer: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links, which means that if you click through them and buy something I receive a small commission. Just thought I’d let you know!