I come from a family of baseball fanatics. I make sure I never call my parents when the Yankees are playing. During baseball season, whenever I talk to my cousin Joey, the first words out of his mouth are, “Did you see the game?”. Growing up, he and his brother played baseball and would go down to Florida every spring for training. They even had customized baseball cards made one year with their stats. I used my childhood memories of my cousins, as well as my years of gift buying experience for my parents, to come up with these amazing baseball gifts.
I also made sure to get feedback from my dad, (not when the Yankees were playing, of course!) since he played baseball in his youth semi-professionally. I have included gifts for baseball players as well as fans. Some gifts are useful, and others are just for fun.
1. Baseball Bat Beer Mug
Unique baseball gifts
This makes an unusual addition to their barware collection. These mugs are actually hollowed out baseball bats! Choose their favorite team logo. You can even make some into a personalized baseball gift by adding a name, date, or phrase.
You can also get baseball park glassware with their favorite teams. Choose from pint glasses, rocks glasses, or insulated tumblers.
Then get a cool flag made from baseball bats to hang in their man cave. These are some of the coolest things I’ve seen. They use bats to recreate the stripes, and then paint them to look like a USA flag.
For those who like puzzles, give them a puzzle of their favorite stadium.
2. Tickets to a Game
Best baseball gifts
Of course, the best gift of all is tickets to a game where they can see the sport up close and personal. If you want to make the gift a home run, add a stadium tour. While not all stadiums offer tours, many of them do.
Like Grateful Dead fans following the band, some baseball fans try to catch their team even at away games.To help them keep track of all the ballparks they visit, give them a baseball stadium scratch off poster.
Another cool gift is to get them stadium blueprints of their team’s home stadium.
3. Official Autographed Baseball
Memorabilia gifts for baseball lovers
If you want to get someone a luxury gift, a signed baseball will be a hit that will fly right out of the park.
Another baseball gift for an adult is an autographed photo. We ended up picking up an autographed baseball photo for my dad that is now one of his most prized possessions.
For the younger crowd, get some old fashioned trading cards. Make sure to pick up a protective binder and explain that these may be collectors’ items some day.
4. Practice Net
Baseball gifts for practicing
What do you get for a baseball player? Practice gear. These nets are great to practice pitching or for batting practice. Depending on which one you get, it may include a batting tee or extra pitching accessories.
If you aren’t getting a net that already comes with a batting tee, you can get one of those to practice hitting.
For additional batting practice, get a swing trainer bat. These help them practice how to line up the bat with the ball.
5. Gear Bag
Gifts ideas for baseball players
What does every baseball player need? A gear bag to tote their gear back and forth to practice. These bags have separate compartments for shoes, mitt, and bats. They can fit the rest of their stuff inside. These are great for softball players as well.
There are different mitts for different positions. Make sure you know whether they play first base, catcher, or are an infielder or outfielder, so you choose the right one. Mitts are good gifts for kids or new players, but a seasoned player will want to buy their own to get the right fit.
However, you can get them a pair of batting gloves instead, or some extra balls. Batting gloves help the batter maintain a better grip on the bat, even when their hands are sweaty.
6. Baseball Tie
Baseball Father’s Day gifts
This year instead of that boring plain tie, give him one with a baseball theme. Hopefully it won’t distract him too much at work. Add in a baseball themed tie tack to go with it.
For another baseball gift for Dad, get him authentic stadium seat cufflinks. These cufflinks are made from actual recycled MLB stadium seats.
For some interesting reading in his spare time, get Dad a few books about baseball.
7. Heated Stadium Seats
Gifts for baseball fans
These are great for watching your kids play sports. Bleachers can get really uncomfortable after a few minutes, let alone after a few hours. Most of these even have heating elements so they are great for watching sporting events during cold weather. Some have drink holders and side pockets as well.
For watching the game at home, get them a couch caddy to hold their drinks and snacks.
During nice weather, some people prefer to watch the game outdoors on the patio. Get them a cooler table where snacks can be set on top, while the drinks are stored underneath. Don’t forget the Cracker Jacks!
8. Baseball Earrings
Baseball mom gifts
Is mom a baseball fan? Pick out a cute pair of earrings for her for a Mother’s Day gift.
Or give her a baseball purse. There is something to fit every mom’s style. Choose a backpack, tote, handbag, or a cute pouch.
Then get her a baseball mom shirt to wear to her kid’s games or just to show off her love of the sport. Complete the outfit with a cute pair of baseball flip flops.
You can even get her some succulent planters with a baseball theme.
9. Engraved Baseball Bat
Baseball team gifts
For a memorable team gift, get bats printed with the team name, coach, year, player name and number.
Or give them custom baseballs. You can choose photos or an inscription to make personal gifts for the team. Or personalize one with a sentiment for a baseball coach gift.
To keep the team hydrated, give them personalized water bottles.
10. Custom Team Shirt
Personalized gifts for baseball fans
We got these for my parents one year for Christmas. They like to get dressed up in their “uniforms” when watching a game on TV.
Another really cool gift is a custom baseball portrait. Have a piece of art created from a photo where the baseball fan gets depicted in action. This makes a great baseball gift for a boyfriend. You can even get a custom baseball portrait of your pet!
For younger players, have some custom baseball cards made with their photo and stats.
You might want to take a look at gifts for lovers of other sports too!
11. Baseball Bedding
Baseball gifts for boys
What do you get a kid who likes baseball? Some of these sets come with sheets in addition to a comforter and pillowcase. If the set you choose doesn’t include them, add some baseball sheets too.
If that’s not enough, get him a set of curtains as well.
Why not decorate the whole room? Give him a baseball LED lamp. Many of these come with a remote control and options for changing colors.
12. Sport Sunglasses
Baseball gifts for stocking stuffers
Everyone needs to protect their eyes while playing sports. They need polarized glasses with UV protection. This will protect their eyes and help get rid of glare so they don’t miss the ball on bright days. Sunglasses fit perfectly into a Christmas stocking.
Baseball ornaments are a good keepsake gift for players and fans alike. Years from now, when they decorate their Christmas tree, they will think of you and their favorite pastime.
What should I get my baseball boyfriend for his stocking? Slip in a baseball themed wallet. To make the gift more romantic, slip in some love coupons or a restaurant gift card. Then the two of you can spend time together away from his teammates.
13. Dog Shirt
Canine baseball gifts
Here in the U.S. we treat our pets like children. So of course, fans will want to dress Fido in a team shirt. Growing up, my dog actually liked to sleep in an old jersey of my dad’s. Luckily, these are actually made for dog sizes.
While he can’t play in a league, you can also get a cool baseball dog toy for Rover to play with.
Rex wouldn’t be caught dead wearing clothes? No problem, just get him a baseball collar instead.
14. Baseball Shower Curtains
Baseball gifts for the home
We like to decorate our guest bath with themes based on the time of year or favorite hobbies. We used to have Star Wars, but we recently changed it to sea turtles. For baseball fans, get them a baseball shower curtain and bath mat.
Throw in some baseball themed towels to use for the bath or the pool.
15. Mitt Treatments
Inexpensive baseball gifts
Baseball players have a loving relationship with their mitt. It is like an extension of their own hand. To keep their mitt in top condition, or to break in a new mitt, they will need some form of mitt conditioner to keep it soft and supple.
Grip Tape will keep batters’ hands from sliding on the bat, while also reducing vibrations formed when the ball and bat meet.
To build arm strength during practice, you can get them some batting weights to add onto their bat.
Another useful gift is a microfiber cooling towel. These towels can stay cold for hours and will help players prevent heat exhaustion.