Well, somehow the holidays are upon us once again. It’s time to make your list, check it twice, and decide who gets the best gifts. Unless, of course, they are a US Senator.
We’ve looked, read about and tested hundreds and hundreds of baseball and softball related gear this year. We also have children, lots of them. Such elements are the perfect combination for determining the best gifts for baseball and softball related gear this holiday season.
Baseball & Softball Holiday Gift Guide
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Lizard Skin Grip
Lizard Skin grips are super soft and tacky. They are also super popular. We suggest the 1.8mm version for just about everyone. If you want an athletic tape type feel then feel free to go to the 0.8mm or 1.1mm. These grips improve the hitting experience and customizes a player’s bat for something close to $12.
ProHitter Thumb Guard
The ProHitter is another rock solid gadget every player needs. That is, they need it once they know it exists. Look closely, and you will see that close to 50% of MLB players use the thumb protector.
What is the ProHitter? The ProHitter closes the gap between the natural shape of the top hand of your grip with your bat’s knob. In turn, better contact increases grip strength and means less pain on mishits. As well, some argue, the little item can help with more consistent swings. And $12 later, you’ve got yourself the perfect gift for the baseball or softball player. Especially those who thought they already had everything. $12
Wilson Premium Glove Oil
What says “I Love You” more than helping a player protect their $400 glove? Take it from us, everyone knows they should be conditioning both new and old gloves with oil to both work in and protect it, yet few really do it consistently. There are a lot of other oils on the market and we suspect some may be similar in premium quality. But, none we’ve ever seen also use a clever spray bottle like the Wilson Premium Glove Oil applicator. This Wilson Premium Glove Oil is the best applicator on the market and, at less than $10, makes the perfect little gift for any baseball or softball player, coach or parent. $10.
Boombah Baseball Face Guard
When we were kids, a face guard on your helmet meant you had some problems. But, ever since Stanton and Baez in the pros got their own version of helmet face guards, the market has seen a steady rise. We are in love with Boombah’s new face guard. It is meant to attach directly to their helmet but, we have found it does work on several other helmets too. The three holes usually line up. If your helmet only has two holes it might still work too.
And, for all of $10? This may be the easiest gift on this entire list.
$20 to $50
Performance Batting Gloves
Almost any quality batting gloves will price you out between $20 and $50. Ones we like to recommend are the Pro Lite batting gloves from Marucci. They have a unique feature the camera can’t pick up. A breathable mesh on the back of the hand wicks away sweat. It really does feel like you are not wearing a glove at all. As a result, these are one of our most favorite batting glove designs of the year and, for the record, Jose Bautista of Blue Jays fame thinks so too.
Any player who has yet to use a real legit pair of batting gloves will never go back. At $49 they make a solid gift. $49.
EvoShield Wrist Guard
The Evoshield Wrist Wrap is a sweet grab for any serious baseball or softball player. Good news is, at least in some models, the wrist wrap is closer to $10. There are some colors and sizes in the $25 range. The wrap easily attaches to your bottom hand wrist and gives that added layer of security on the arm for errant pitches. It doesn’t hurt that wearing one looks pretty sweet and a number of pros use them too. At Most $25, Maybe $15.
When you run a blog dedicated to baseball and softball bats you tend to see a number of bats, and maybe surprisingly, a number of batting practice jackets. Our far and away favorite is Marucci’s half sleeve jacket. It comes in a few different colors, and for around $30, we think every parent of serious baseball players on the planet should own one of these. It’s well constructed and feels great.
It is the perfect gift for a dad who spends a lot of time on the field, and if we didn’t already own it, you would find it on the top of our personal wish list. Turns out there are some youth versions of the jacket too. $29.
$50 to $75
Axe Composite Fungo
You don’t have to know what a fungo bat is to buy this for that favorite coach in your life. This Axe Maple Fungo is a very well crafted pure maple fungo bat with the famed Axe Grip. The bat, used for fielding practice, has a great balance and great control. We are also in love with the asymmetric handle on the bat.
If you don’t have a fungo bat in your bag and/or never used a true maple stick to hit with, we’d highly suggest this little gem move up on your list. $60.
Boombah SuperPack Roller Bag
We tested every roller bag we could find a few months back and, while there were plenty good ones, we settled on the Rolling Superpack from Boombah as our favorite. Great design and very durable, the roller bag allows for you to store the contents of a small apartment as well as several bats and myriad baseball and softball related gear.
Boombah is a direct to consumer related company so their site is the only place you can pick them up. They come in a multitude of colors and camo designs. Last we checked there were something like 60 different designs. If you’re in need of a roller bag this is an easy decision. $69.
The $75 to $100 Category
Series 9 Slugger Bat Pack
Easily our most favorite bat pack in all of baseball. The Series 9 Louisville Slugger Bat Pack looks great, feels perfect, and carries everything you could imagine. The bag is breathable to help with odors. It uses 4 neoprene bat holders to protect the sticks, a hard case to hold breakables (like a phone) and a number of little side pockets which are easily accessible.
The only downside may be the fact it only comes in the steel grey look. Luckily we love that color for a top shelf bat bag. If you really need other colors, Slugger makes a Series 7 version with fewer bell and whistles but a lot more colors. It will also save you about $30.$79.
Custom Pure Maple Sam Bat
If you are looking for a real unique solution to your holiday gift woes this year then may we suggest a custom maple bat from Sam Bat, the original maple bat company? The bats are gorgeous and game ready and come in a number of sizes and options for all. You can even make trophy or memorabilia bats as keepsakes.
The bats from Sam Bat are made to professional standards. In fact, they are made on the very same lathes, and with the very same wood, that MLB players use day in and day out. They do take a couple weeks for production and delivery. So, get your order in sooner rather than later. $95.
$100 to $200
MLB TV Subscription
There isn’t an easier decision on this entire list. MLB.tv changes the game and continues to be the leading service among all professional sports content providers. It’s app available on whatever device you have and gives you access to games and data you would never see otherwise.
The only real caveat is the blackout restrictions found in your area. Depending on where you live, local teams are blacked out for live use on the service. Meaning, if you’re a huge Yankees fan and live where Yankees games are often broadcast, then it is unlikely you’ll be able to watch on the app. But if you live outside a major market or want to follow a team or set of teams outside your TV market, then this service comes 100% recommended.
The $200 to $400 Category
The Best Infield Glove
If you want to impress even the largest Grinches then why not buy them the best infield glove on the market today. That is the Wilson A2000 in a 1786 pattern. This 11.5 inch middle infield and utility glove comes in Twix type colors and is absolutley BEAUTIFUL. Take it from us, this thing is smoking hot and any player and dad will drool over this bad boy. $249
Easton MAKO Beast
As long as you’re not buying BBCOR, you can get what may be considered the best baseball or softball bat for 2017 this holiday season. The Easton MAKO Beast is a proven workhorse. It is often rated the best bat by those who claim to know. And any trip to the ball park will prove the bat to be everywhere. The BBCOR version of the Beast is over $400 brand new, but if you are buying anything but that version then you’ll be closer to $349. Expect some deals on this bat as the holidays get closer too.
Boombah DEFCON Cather’s Gear
We reviewed a few types of youth catcher’s gear. This year we fell in love with the price point, look, and quality of Boombah’s DEFCON Catcher’s Gear Set. It comes in Red, Black and Gray as well as this Navy Blue Color. It’s a quality product rivaling any catcher’s gear on the market. And, compared to some, it comes at a fraction of the price. It runs About $240 for the entire set.
The $400 to $600 Category
Custom Wilson Glove
The Custom Glove site from Wilson is a beautiful thing and anyone who plays or coaches the game would love, and we mean LOVE, a custom made A2000 or A2K from Wilson. The glove itself is a top of the line construction made with decades of experience. The combination of colors and designs are straight out off the chain.
Money is No Object
The Hack Attack is a three wheeled pitching machine that can pitch any type of pitch you can imagine. For a machine, it treats real baseballs relatively nicely and can be adjusted to shoot softballs too. That softball extension is an additional cost. The Three Wheel Attack has great top end speed and allows the hitter to see the ball well before it’s delivered through the shoot. Also, you can add an automatic ball feeder. It moves easily with roller wheels attached to the front for easy storage. If your cage is less than 50 feet from mound to plate we’d suggest the Junior Hack Attack to save a few bucks. Around $3000.