Tennis Novelty Gifts

Updated February 21, 2017

If you have a friend who loves to hit the courts to play tennis, give him a tennis-related gift for his next birthday, big holiday or special event that he celebrates. Tennis players often are athletic, competitive and playful. Incorporate those elements into a novelty gift that is both entertaining and useful to your friend's game.

T-Shirt, Mug, Water Bottle or Key Chain

Purchase a novelty T-shirt, coffee mug or water bottle with a tennis-related message, or design one with your own message at a site such as or a local shop. Try messages such as "LOVE means nothing to a tennis player" or "Tennis Chick" with a baby chicken image. You could also buy a key chain with a miniature tennis ball.

Tennis Gumball Machine

Purchase a tennis gumball machine for a tennis player's desk at work or study at home, as seen at It features a tennis racket as the shaft for retrieving the gumball and is topped with a tennis hat. Fill the machine with custom gumballs made to look like chartreuse tennis balls.

Glow-in-the-Dark Tennis Balls

Purchase a set of glow-in-the-dark tennis balls for a tennis player who is serious about his game--and has a silly side. These balls, which can be found at and other sites, can be used to play night tennis without court lights, a game of catch or fetch if your friend has a dog.

Tennis Ball Cake

Make or purchase a three-dimensional tennis ball cake. If you make it, you'll need to buy a specialised pan from a cake pan manufacturer, such as Use various colours of icing and piping tools to decorate the three-dimensional ball to look like a real tennis ball.

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Vera Leigh has worked as a professional freelance writer since 2008. Her work has appeared in "Learn Overseas" and "Grad Source" magazines. In addition, she received an honorable mention in "Newsweek's" My Turn contest. She has written features for nonprofits focused on literacy, education, genomics and health. In her spare time, Leigh puts her English major to use by tutoring in grammar and composition.