Help a keen pool player become a pool shark with a gift that will be the envy of their friends at the local bar or pool hall.
My Top Gift Choice For Pool Players
Resting pool cues against tables or bars as they play can easily lead to them crashing to the floor and damaging the shaft or tip. So a portable pool cue holder such as the Q-Claw is a great gift idea for a pool player, as this will give them a safe and secure place to leave their cues between shots.
Now I'm sure many of us have enjoyed a few games of pool with our buddies over a few beers.
As it's great fun and the ideal bar game.
However, for some people it's more than just a bar game, with many enthusiastic pool players meeting up a couple of times a week for games at pool halls, and entering into local pool leagues tournaments.
So if you know a pool player who loves to play and takes it seriously, then there's no gift they'll enjoy more than one that can help them with their game.
With the following gift ideas for pool players all being ones that fit the bill nicely.
1. An Upgrade To Their Favourite Pool Cue
The most obvious gift to get for a pool player is an upgrade to their current pool cue.
Because although each player will have their favourite trusty cue that they've become used to over the years, getting them a better one could help them to improve their game even further.
As the better the cue is, the better it handles, the more consistently it plays, the better the tips are, and the more they can rely on it to never let them down at a crucial stage of a game.
So if you're planning to go down this route, ask them which type of cue they'd like, as there are many different brands, weights, lengths, and styles of cue to choose from.
However, for some top brands to look for, check out McDermott, Mezz, Predator, and Lucasi, with a great all round choice being the McDermott G-Series pool cues.
2. A Break Cue For More Breaking Power
While casual pool players will just use one cue when playing, the more serious players will have a separate cue for breaking off.
As break cues are designed to give them more power, and they won't damage the tip of their playing cue by hammering the cue ball at each break.
So they'll get the advantage of getting off to a good start in their game, which is vital when playing against higher standard players, and not be obstructed by a dodgy tip later in the game by using a specialized break cue.
Which makes a break cue a top gift idea for a serious pool player, with the Cuetec Meteor break cue being our recommended choice.
3. A Case For Their Pool Cues
Once a pool player has their main pool cue and break cue, they will want to keep them safe and in top condition as they go from bar to bar, and pool hall to pool hall, to play their games.
And this is where a good pool cue case is vital, and this is our next gift idea for pool players.
As by using one of these cases, their cues and tips will be covered and stored away in padded compartments, which makes them easy to carry and keeps them safe from bumps and knocks on the way.
And for a good looking and classy case to give as a gift, look no further than the Lucasi Tournament Pro pool cue case, which has compartments and space for up to 4 pool cues.
4. Some Fancy Chalk To Use
Keeping the tip of your cue well chalked is crucial when playing pool to give you friction between the tip of the cue and the ball, which makes it easier to play and control the shot.
However, some of the standard pool chalk at bars and pool halls leave a lot to be desired, which means getting a pool player their own chalk to take with them is a top gift idea.
As a top quality chalk will be finer than regular chalk, will stick to the tip of the cue better, and won't need to be applied so often.
So they can gain a bit of an advantage this way, and feel confident in every shot they take.
And for a fancy chalk that is popular among serious pool players, check out the Kamui Roku billiard chalk.
5. A Magnetic Chalk Holder
A great gift idea to pair their fancy chalk with is the Kamui Chalk Shark.
As this is a magnetic chalk holder that clips onto the pocket of their jeans, shorts, or pants, meaning their chalk will always be in reach and they'll never lose it or leave it behind after their game.
And the one above is the perfect size and shape to fit the Kamui Roku chalk into, meaning together these would make a lovely little gift package for a pool player.
6. A Cue Tip Tool For Maintaining Their Tips
Looking after the tip of their pool cue is absolutely crucial for a pool player, as this is what gives them the power, control, and accuracy when taking shots.
So they'll need a good cue tip tool in their kit bag so they can keep the tips of their cues well maintained, which means getting them the Felson pool cue scuff and shaper tool is a really useful gift idea.
As this is a 3-in-1 tool that helps them to shape, scuff, and poke their cue tips to get them just right for their games.
7. A Towel For Cleaning Their Pool Cue Shaft
Keeping the shaft of the pool cue smooth and free from sweat or moisture is key to playing consistent and reliable shots.
So a little stocking stuffer gift idea for a pool player is to get them a pool cue towel. such as the one above by Cuppa Billiards.
As this will allow them to give their cue a quick wipe every now and then, guaranteeing slick and smooth shooting.
8. A Glove For Smoother Cueing
Another gift idea to ensure a consistent and slick cueing action is to get a pool player a billiard glove to wear on their cueing hand.
As the smooth fabric ensures that the cue will glide smoothly over their hand, giving them more accuracy, speed, and trust with their shots.
And a great glove to go for is the Kamui billiard glove, which is comfortable to wear and very well made.
However, wearing a billiard glove divides opinion among pool players, with some loving them and others absolutely hating them, so check which camp your pool player falls into before getting them one as a gift!
9. Magic Ball Racks For A Tighter Rack
Getting a tighter rack of balls when breaking off leads to more consistent breaks and less clusters of balls that can hinder a pool players progress in the game.
However, many wooden or plastic racks in bars and pool halls make it impossible to get the balls racked tightly together, meaning you never truly know what you're going to end up with after a break.
So getting a pool player a set of magic racks such as the ones above is a top gift idea.
As these racks are designed to get their pool balls as tight as can be for each and every break.
10. A Portable Pool Cue Holder
Pool cues are precious to their owners, and many pool players will want to do all they can to look after their cues and protect them from damage.
With one of the easiest ways to damage their cues being leaning them up against tables and walls in between shots as they play.
As they can easily get knocked down, or simply fall down to the floor, which can damage the shaft and tips, making them harder to play with.
So an absolutely brilliant gift idea for a pool player is to give them their own portable pool cue holder to take to the bar or pool hall with them.
As by placing one of these on the table, they'll have a safe and secure place to rest their cues when they're not using them.
And for this you should check out the Q-Claw pool cue holders, which you can find for 2, 3, 4, or 5 cues, depending on their needs.
11. A Pool Table For Their Home
If you are buying a gift for a pool player that lives in a big enough house, then the ultimate gift you can get them is their own home pool table.
As this way they can practice their game and play whenever they like, all in the comfort of their own home.
And there are plenty of options here, from beginner tables all the way to super expensive tournament standard tables.
With one that makes for a great choice being the Barrington 90" pool table, as this one is really well made, with high quality cushions and felt that provide consistent play.
And as an added bonus it comes with as dartboard and cue rack too, so they can set up their own games room with this gift.
12. A Wall Mounted Cue Rack
An attractive cue rack that they can mount on their wall is a good gift idea in itself for a pool player with their own pool table at home or in their man cave.
As not only does this give them a safe place to put their cues, it also makes an attractive decoration for a pool or games room.
So the XCSOURCE billiard cue rack might be something that a home pool player would appreciate.
13. A Set Of Tournament Quality Pool Balls
The quality of pool balls that you play with can make a massive difference, as the better balls will be more consistent and better balanced than regular balls.
Meaning better players can play with more control and accuracy, being able to trust how each and every ball will react.
So getting a serious pool player their own set of professional quality pool balls can make their games much more enjoyable and rewarding for them.
And you can't go wrong with Aramath pool balls, such as the Super Pro set above.
As not only are these perfectly rounded, weighted, and balanced, they also have an attractive glossy finish that is resistant to scratches, and will last 5 times longer than regular pool balls.
14. A Book To Improve Their Game
While pool is definitely as game that you get better at by actually practicing and playing, there are strategies you can learn to help your game too.
So getting a beginner or intermediate pool player a book to help them to improve can be a nice gift idea for them.
And a popular book among this level of pool players is 'The 99 Critical Shots In Pool' by Ray Martin.
As this book talks them through how to approach common shots in pool, learning how the ball will react, as well as perfecting their nudge and jump shots.
15. A Card Challenge Game For Fun And Training
The final gift idea for pool players on our list is the Ultimate Pool Challenge Card Game.
As this is a way that a pool player can mix things up when playing with their friends, as well as serving as a practice tool to make them better players.
With each card challenging them to play different types of shots to earn points, with guidance to help them on their way.
Pool is a wonderful game that anyone can enjoy over a few beers with their friends.
However, for more serious players it's a passion, and if you have an enthusiastic pool player in your life then getting them a pool related gift is a great idea.
And each of the gift ideas for pool players that I've given you here will be ones that will help them to enjoy their games even more.