Tennis Identity

Gift Ideas for Tennis Lovers. Holiday 2008.

Looking for gift ideas for the tennis player in your life? Practical makes perfect with these suggestions, both small and large:

Case the joint. 24 cans of balls. Any player would be psyched to get a case full. Check out Penn, recently named as the official ball of the BNP Paribas Showdown or Dunlop named the official ball of the Blackrock Masters, over on the other side of the pond. Check Tennis-Warehouse, around $60 USD.

Offer a little TLC.  Most players suffer a few aches and pains after a hard game. New, ALCiS Pain Relief Cream does the trick. This cream, neither hot, nor cold, lacks that tell-tale pungent smell and works on contact. Our aching muscles loved it. A 2.0 oz tube is $19.95 USD. Find a retailer or order at ALCis.

A healing hug. Another new pain management alternative comes from Draper Body Therapy. Draper's therapeutic sportswear range includes close fitting ankle, elbow and wrist supports and tees that are worn before or after play under street clothes. All products use "smart fiber" proven to increase the circulation of oxygenated blood (up to 29%). Translates to faster healing and less pain. Buy at Draper Body Therapy. Products range from $5 – $59.

Bjorn Borg Under-love 'em. Ja! Help your tennis friends feel a little Swedish in Björn Borg. Available at, these undies are under-art to wear for both men and women. Plus they look and feel fab. Prices range from $25 – $50.00 USD. 

Time with Nick. No not St. Nick, Nick B. For the player who wants to hang with Nick Bollettieri but knows  it’s never gonna happen, put a smile on his or her face with the Bollettieri Bobblehead. Not practical at all, but hey it’s as close to the real deal as most of us will ever get. Available at ISD Store at IMG Academies, $20.00 USD.

Glove It Cap Top 'em off.  Glove It offers a wide variety of freshly patterned womens sports accessories including great hats and visors. With over 30 patterns to choose from, you are sure to find something for the woman who prefers her very own unique style, hats run $14.95 USD.

Protect them. Oakley lenses were all over the Olympics this summer. If they worked for the athletes, you can be sure they will work for your player. Visit Oakley and check out the “Enduring” and "Flak Jacket." They stay put, truly cut glare and look super cool. Range $140 and up depending on technology.

Gamma Zo Tour Rough String 'em along. Did you know that there are a myriad of string choices out there? Gamma's Zo Tour Rough string is new. This is a funky orange 16 gauge polyester string that is textured to provide maximum bite, spin and control. Any topspin generator would love to give it a try. Visit Gamma Sports to learn more or buy at Tennis Warehouse, $13.95.

Sock it to them. Socks sound super boring but believe it when we say, if your player is still wearing bulk pack socks from Wal Mart they will thank you forever for turning them on to the best.  Among our favs are Thorlos and Euro Sock available at Tennis-Warehouse. PowerSox are another great brand, available at Gold Toe Moretz.  With unique left and right foot fit technology, they stay put and never bunch up. Sock prices range $6 – $12 USD.

Visionset Give fitness and agility. The Sport Vision Set includes a reaction ball, stability ball, wobble board, juggle balls and how-to booklet to tie them all together. Designed to help with tracking, stability and agility, this set, available at Jump USA ,$79.95 USD  is a great for the serious-on-improving player.

Treat your teen. For the sweats loving teen who wants to make her passion known, visit Sweet & Powerfulfor brightly colored TENNIS sweats that offer a warm, cozy tennis identity. $29.99 USD.

Tie one on. Nothing wrong with this steadfast gift, as long as it's creative. Out of the thousands at Ties they’ve got some fun yet classy tennis ones for the office-going tennis lover. 100% silk, $19.95 USD.

Ticket them. No one would turn down the opportunity to see the sport they love played by pros. Visit the website of your favorite local tournament. Most have tickets for pre-sale right now. Price varies.

Rafa Calendar Help them to worship. Daily adoration is possible with pro themed calendars. Tennis-Warehouse has Rafa and R Fed 2009 calendars, $19.99-25.00 USD.

Brick and mortar. The Billie Jean King National Tennis Center is looking for donors. Pave the way for future generations by making a gift in someone’s name. With a  donation between $1,000 and $25,000 your special someone will get their name inset in the walkway to the renowned tennis center. The more you give, the nicer the brick, the better the placement. Learn more at USTA Serves.

Give game to a child. Other tennis organizations looking for financial assistance include the James Blake supported harlemjuniortennis

Check 2008 posts on for more great gift giving ideas: tennis totes, water bottles, racquet bags, gear, clothing, ball hoppers and more.

Happy holidays.

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