What paintball products make the best Christmas gifts?

Paintball and Airsoft players have a lot of gear - and they always want more! That gives you an advantage when it comes to Christmas shopping as there’s no shortage of things you can buy, from smaller stocking fillers to bigger items.

It’s always a good idea to get a list of things they might need, but an expert will be able to offer some suggestions based on how often they play, and even where. If you’re stuck, contact our team to see if we can help with ideas.

For paintball beginners

It might seem like a daunting prospect, but getting into paintball is easier than you think. While most arenas have paintball guns and gear to borrow, those who really enjoy it and play often will prefer their own equipment. As Christmas approaches, there’s no better time to splash out on a loved one, and this is just the start.

The first thing any paintball player needs is a paintball gun. There are plenty of options out there, and they all have different uses and advantages. We could go on for hours about which model does what, but for someone looking to get started, a paintball rifle is a good place to start.

With so many products out there, it can be hard to know where to start. Going for the most expensive option isn’t always the best idea until you know for sure this is something that will get lots of use. That said, you get what you pay for. We recommend the Planet Eclipse EMEK 100 .68 Cal Paintball Gun for a good starting point. It’s sturdy, reliable and perfect for getting more experience.

If you want a step up, then try the Etha 2 Pal Paintball Gun, which builds on its predecessor’s benefits and adds even more. It’s easy to see the difference straight away using a model like this.

Paintball Pistols are a top choice because everyone needs and loves a sidearm. They're also a lot easier to use in the garden, which makes them easier to practise with, as they don't have to be powered by a large air tank.

In a game, being able to switch to a small, lightweight paintball gun can really change the balance of the game. Some players carry two or more sidearms, so they’re prepared for any situation. What they take into each game is up to them, but they won’t complain at having those choices!

There are plenty of paintball pistols to choose from, such as the UMAREX T4E HDR .50 Cal Paintball Revolver. Not only is this great for paintball games, but it can also work with rubber rounds and other projectiles, giving you great versatility.

If that’s not to your liking, we suggest the First Strike FSC Paintball Pistol, which is one of the most popular paintball pistols out there. It’s fully customisable and uses both First Strike Rounds and .68 calibre paintballs, so it can suit your needs easily.

Something for more seasoned paintballers

For those with a bit more experience behind them, they’ll most likely know the kind of player they are and what they need to really up their game. This comes with a price, but it can be well worth the investment. Even if you collaborate with a group to fund such a gift, or put money towards it, it can be just what your loved one needs.

The 468 Billet is a great choice and we can’t recommend it enough. It’s a durable and versatile paintball gun that gives complete flexibility in how it is assembled. Different parts change how it handles and performs to suit any style of play. Of course, it comes with parts to make a fully usable paintball gun, but these parts can be replaced as needed.

For complete immersion into the paintball experience, however, there’s no better option than the MCS RAP4 468 RIS Paintball Gun. It’s the most realistic model available and has a load of features to suit any play style.

There are also more specialised paintball guns that can mix up any game. Paintball shotguns are one option, and they bring an instant cool factor to any player. The UMAREX T4E HDS68 Paintball Shotgun Marker is our choice. It can be set to fire from single or both barrels at a time and uses a fairly standard .68 calibre paintball round, like many other paintball guns.

Another specialised paintball gun is the paintball sniper rifle. Designed for longer range targets in arenas with a lot of distance to cover, these models give improved accuracy to help turn the tide of any paintball game. When it comes to our recommendation, there’s only one clear choice; the First Strike Bolt Action Paintball Scout Rifle. You won’t find a better option, and it can be used in any number of paintball arenas and games to boot!

Getting geared up

Make sure your loved one has the right gear to play. Not only can this enhance their experience, but it’s something they can add to ovr time and find their real style.

The absolute must for any Paintballer is a good mask. If someone you know has a mask that's tired or just plain old, then why not treat them to a new one? We promise you they’ll thank you for it!

A good paintball mask can mean the difference between victory and defeat, with scratched lenses and goggle fog being two big problems. Good quality masks can reduce the risk of this, with the Dye I4 or Dye I5 being popular choices.

After a mask, the right vest is a good choice. Not only do they provide great protection from incoming paintballs, but they also allow for additions and pouches. This makes it easier to carry equipment and supplies into the arena, offering more options in every game.

The USMG Tactical MOLLE Vest is a great option for this, and is available in different colours to suit style and arena. It can be customised easily and offers the protection you want. Alternatively, look at the RAP4 Tactical Ten Paintball Vest with Tank Pouch, which is a different style but with plenty of customisation.

Paintballing gifts as stocking fillers

There are plenty of great stocking fillers that any paintball player will appreciate - and they won’t break the bank, either.

Every paintballer needs a squeegee. Paintball can be messy and balls break, so you'll need to clean your paintball barrel - and we've got the best barrel cleaner in the business, the Exalt Supreme Swab.

We've also got a wide range of hats and caps, as well as colourful branded beanies. There are also bounce caps, which protect your loved one’s head.

Another great option you could slip into a Christmas stocking would be a paintball barrel, which gives the player more options during a game. You can also look at paintball hoppers and loaders, as well as paintball pods.

These are all smaller items, but can make a big difference during a game, so they’re not to be underestimated.

Whatever you decide to get your loved one this Christmas, you can be sure they’ll get a lot of use out of their paintball gear.