It’s now just over 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. The first five are stocking fillers (small/cheap gifts). The next five are bigger and more expensive presents.
This post was originally written in November 2012 but was revised in November 2017 to keep it up-to-date.
The Best Table Tennis Christmas Gifts
Here are my top ten Christmas gifts for a table tennis player…
- Table Tennis Balls
- Table Tennis Socks
- Table Tennis Book
- Table Tennis Rubber Cleaner
- Table Tennis T-Shirt
- Table Tennis Bat/Racket
- Table Tennis Rubbers
- Table Tennis Shoes
- Table Tennis Table
- Table Tennis Robot
1. Table Tennis Balls
Treat yourself, or whoever you are buying a present for, to some of the new plastic 40+ table tennis balls. After all, you can never have too many balls. These are a perfect Christmas stocking filler! Here are the balls I recommend…
Nittaku Premium 3-Star
My favourite table tennis ball is the Nittaku Premium 40+ 3-Star. It’s quite an expensive ball, made in Japan, but it’s worth the price. If you are interested in learning a little more about the new plastic table tennis balls, and why I prefer these, have a read of my article The Best Table Tennis Balls.
- Buy from Amazon.com for $11.60 (3 balls)
- Buy from Amazon.co.uk for £6.98 (3 balls)
- Buy from Megaspin.net for $8.95 (3 balls)
- Buy from TableTennis11.com for €7.50 (3 balls)
Xushaofa Seamless 3-Star
- Buy from Amazon.com for $12.50 (6 balls)
- Buy from Amazon.co.uk for £11.97 (6 balls)
- Buy from Megaspin for $11.95 (6 balls)
- Buy from TableTennis11.com for €9.00 (6 balls)
2. Table Tennis Socks
I love getting new socks! Especially at Christmas. It might sound a bit over the top getting specific table tennis socks but they are no more expensive than regular sports socks and I really like the cut. They come slightly further up your ankles than standard trainer socks – which stops them from slipping down whilst you’re playing. You can buy table tennis socks from…
3. Table Tennis Books
There are loads of great table tennis books covering everything from technique to tactics to training ideas. Here are three of my favourites…
Expert in a Year (by Sam Priestley & Ben Larcombe)
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.
Bounce (by Matthew Syed)
Bounce: The Myth of Talent and the Power of Practice isn’t strictly a table tennis book but it is authored by Matthew Syed, a two-time Olympian and former English national table tennis champion. This is essential reading for table tennis players with big long-term goals for their game.
Table Tennis Tactics for Thinkers (by Larry Hodges)
Larry Hodges is a well-known and respected USATT national-level coach. He has written a number of table tennis book but Table Tennis Tactics for Thinkers is probably his most popular. It’s a brilliant book that really digs into the tactical side of the sport.
4. Table Tennis Rubber Cleaner
Another great stocking filler is table tennis rubber cleaner. This product helps you to keep your rubbers clean and grippy, which is very important if you’re going to play with lots of spin on your shots. I like the Butterfly Racket Care Kit which is available from Amazon. It includes Butterfly’s Spin Refresh foam cleaner and a sponge for wiping your rubbers after application.
5. Table Tennis T-Shirts
A t-shirt is always a good present. How about buying a table tennis t-shirt this Christmas? There are loads of different options from performance/competition tops to novelty ones.
Eastfield Play Fearlessly T-Shirt
6. Table Tennis Bats/Rackets
If you’re buying a gift for a new table tennis player, a professional quality table tennis bat (or racket) could be the perfect present. They aren’t expensive (if you choose wisely) and will have a big impact on the quality of your strokes.
Palio Expert 2 Bat & Case
The Palio Expert 2 has been the best-selling table tennis bat on Amazon.co.uk since its release in 2015. It is one of the bats I recommend to beginners new to table tennis in my popular blog post, ‘The Best Table Tennis Bat for Beginners‘. Not too fast, but plenty of spin! The Palio Expert 2 is available from Amazon…
Eastfield Allround Professional Bat
The Eastfield Allround is a bit more expensive than the Palio Expert 2 but it is a professional quality custom-racket (the rubbers and blade are sold separately). Don’t worry, though. A skilled member of the Eastfield team has glued and cut the rubbers to the blade for you.
7. Table Tennis Rubbers
As a kid, my parents would often buy me new table tennis rubbers for a birthday or Christmas present. We all need to change our rubbers at least twice a year – so new rubbers can make a great Christmas gift. Here are my two favourites…
Butterfly Tenergy 05
Tenergy 05 must be 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…
Tibhar Evolution MX-P
There are, of course, other rubbers available. As I wrote in a recent blog post, I have switched from using Tenergy 05 on both sides of my bat to Tibhar Evolution MX-P. Perhaps now would be a good time to try MX-P for yourself?
8. Table Tennis Shoes
Lots of table tennis players play in any old pair of generic trainers. But table tennis is a strange sport that involves a lot of quick lateral movements. Table tennis shoes are designed to handle the demands of high-level table tennis and protect your feet.
Mizuno Wave Drive Table Tennis 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, that’s 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. Treat your feet!
9. Table Tennis Tables
Provided you’ve got the space for it, a table tennis table is a brilliant Christmas gift for any keen table tennis player. Here are a few options…
Stiga Advantage Table Tennis Table
Is it possible to buy a competition-ready table tennis table for less than $400? It is now! The Stiga Advantage is surely the best budget table tennis table on the market and would make the perfect Christmas present for the home of a table tennis player. It features a 16mm table top, a professional Stiga net and post set, and can be assembled in less than 10 minutes.
Joola Tour 2500
Dunlop Evo 8500
If you’re in the UK and want the best value 25mm table, the Dunlop Evo 8500 is the one for you. This is the table they use each year for the World Championship of Ping Pong in London. It’s sold by SportsDirect via Amazon for less than £500!
If you’re 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’ and will add a level of flair to any club, office or upscale games room. If you can afford it, this is the ultimate table tennis table.
10. Table Tennis Robots
Table tennis players often struggle to find other people to play with. That problem can be solved by the purchase of a table tennis robot. Here are two robots that sell for very different prices…
The iPong V300 is without a doubt the best value table tennis robot on the market. It can produce both topspin and backspin balls, and has an oscillation feature which can move the balls from side-to-side!
Butterfly Amicus Professional
This is the ultimate table tennis robot! The Butterfly Amicus Professional 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. You won’t find a better table tennis robot. The Amicus Professional is almost as good as training with a professional coach!
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!
Have you got any other good gift ideas?
If you have another good Christmas gift idea for a table tennis player I’d love it if you could leave a comment below and share it with us. This will help other readers get new ideas and if I like the gift I may even add it to the post.
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