Shopping for the baseball player in your life has never been more fun! With a wide variety of bats, gloves, and full customization options you’re sure to find the perfect gift. The problem can be selection paralyzation. It can be hard to pull the trigger on a particular bat, glove, or accessory when there’s so much to choose from. That’s why we’ve put together this post to help guide you to the top holiday gifts for 2020.
Keep in mind that every player’s game is different. This gifting guide is designed to educate you to all you to determine the best gift for your player. While we will mention specific items, keep in mind that these are some of our most popular baseball bats, softball bats & accessories. If you are looking for something more unique be sure to use the Bat Coach feature on JustBats as it will guide you through a series of questions to best determine the perfect bat gift for your ballplayer.
The Best USA Bats for the Holidays
The 2020 DeMarini CF has everything you could want in a bat. It’s controllable through the zone, hot on contact, and even comes with a fresh, cool colorway. The Paraflex Plus Composite has seemingly cracked the code of performance for the USA game, putting the CF squarely in the middle of the “Best USA Bat” conversation. It is the most expensive bat within the category, but that price continues to be justified by the players and coaches that have bought and reviewed this model in the past. The DeMarini CF is a sure-fire holiday winner!
Designed for 12-14 year old players, the Easton Beast Pro is built to provide power all the way through every swing. The one-piece alloy is stronger and more durable to give you the most bang for your buck. One thing to keep in mind with the Easton Beast Pro is that it does have a slightly end-loaded swing weight. As a result, only players who can confidently handle the bat will be able to “unleash the Beast.” But with a full slate of 5-star reviews to its’ name, the Easton Beast Pro makes for a great bat present this December.
This might just be the most complete bat currently on the market. Boasting a smooth, yet powerful multi-piece hybrid design, the Louisville Slugger Select 719 delivers in every facet. The large alloy barrel arrives game-ready without any break-in period needed. The composite handle nullifies any of those unwanted vibrations to allow for a confident swing every time. And lastly, we’ve marked the Select 719 down over 50% to save Santa some extra money too!
The Best USSSA Bats for the Holidays
Marucci is back at it again with another Cat. If you haven’t heard about the Cat 9… You will. Designed with a traditional one-piece alloy construction, the Cat 9 is anything but traditional. It sports a sweet spot that rivals composite models while the anti-vibration knob technology creates one of the smoothest swings in bats. This bat has it all. It’s also able in multiple drop weights (-10, -8, & -5) to allow all young players to take advantage. In short, if you want your player swinging one of the best, grab a Cat 9 for the holidays.
The Solo from Louisville Slugger has a need… a need for speed. Arguably the lightest swinging bat USSSA bat, the Solo gives optimal control through the zone for major contact. The SL Hyper Alloy reacts powerfully to launch balls deep into the outfield. If you’ve got a player looking to gain confidence at the plate you can be sure they’ll find more barrels with the Solo. And to add icing to the cake, the black and red graphics are sure to make your player feel like a baaad dude each time they step into the box.
Players love the 5150. It’s as simple as that. For less than $100 you can win the holiday season by grabbing this 5-star reviewed USSSA baseball bat. It arrives hot-out-of-the-wrapper to start doing damage straight from the box. The pOp 2.0 technology in the barrel allows for a massive sweet spot, especially for a one-piece aluminum alloy model. Add in the balanced swing weight and it’s easy to see why the Rawlings 5150 is such a popular bat.
Looking for more options? We’ve got a full breakdown of our favorite 2020 USSSA bats waiting for you.
The Best BBCOR Bats for the Holidays
Based on player reviews, the Axe Elite is one of our top BBCOR bats. It sports a hybrid (alloy barrel / composite handle) design to allow for premium POP and maximum comfort. More energy is now absorbed at the connection point for an even smoother feel on every swing. The Elite does have an end-loaded swing weight to provide the absolute pinnacle of performance. However, smaller players may want to steer clear as a result. Grab an Axe Elite for Christmas and your player will not be disappointed.
You could swing for the fences with the Louisville Slugger Meta also, but given the market-high price point of the Meta we decided to suggest one of Louisville Slugger’s legendary bat lines here instead. Toting a ridiculously large composite barrel, the Prime continues to set the pace as one of the game’s top BBCOR bats. The VCX technology allows for a uniquely powerful feel for every player while the latest graphics give it a fresh new look. You just can’t go wrong with a Prime.
The Green Easton is back. Some of you may remember this monster from the 80s and 90s when the likes of Will Clark and Rafael Palmeiro were destroying baseballs at the college level. Well, Easton brought the B5 Pro back! The extra stiff handle allows you to get “through” the ball as you drive it to the outfield. This bat has one thing in mind every time it’s swung -- hit the ball hard. If you wanna turn some heads next Spring, grab the B5 Pro and start crushing.
Only available at JustBats, the Combat B2 is a perfect gift for any high school or college baseball player. The one-piece composite design is unique in that most composite bats are multiple pieces with a connection point on the taper. The B2 however, does not have this flex/connection point. As a result players are able to drive through the ball similar to that of a traditional alloy model. It also rivals the aforementioned Meta as the biggest barrel in baseball. Look for the B2 to be one of the hottest items this holiday season.
We entertained the idea of throwing the Cat 9 back into the BBCOR list, but since we already covered it in-depth in the USSSA section we decided to give you a nice alternative. The F5 may not have quite the sweet spot or vibration-dampening technology as the Cat 9, but at half the price there isn’t a better value in BBCOR. It’s a one-piece alloy bat that provides tons of POP along with a comfortably balanced swing weight. If you don’t wanna spend up this year, grab the F5 and don’t look back!
We recently released our list of the Biggest BBCOR Bat Releases for 2021 if you’re looking to get the latest bats for the holidays.
The Best Fastpitch Softball Bats for the Holidays
Easily one of the top bats in all of softball, the Easton Ghost Double barrel is redefining the way softball bats are constructed. Utilizing a “double barrel” design the Ghost requires no break-in period and delivers major results. The balanced swing weight allows both contact and power hitters to maximize their performance. It’s also available in (-11, -10, -9, and -8) sizes to comfortably be swung by players anywhere from 10 years old to college. The Ghost Double Barrel is a holiday winner.
Some of the game’s top programs like LSU, Georgia, Florida State, and many more continue to turn to the LXT line for their bats. That’s saying something right there. The three-piece composite design of the LXT’s allow for an easy, balanced swing with a reactionary “jump” on contact. Expect the 2021 version of the LXT to feel similar to years past, but keep in mind that the new COPA End Cap that Slugger added is designed to expand the sweet spot for even better results.
Every year the CF Zen’s seem to get better and better. 2021 appears to be no exception as the early returns on DeMarini’s latest composite softball bat have been exceptional. Construction specifically to maximize bat speed without sacrificing any performance, the 2021 CF Zen is any serious softball player’s dream bat. The 3-Fusion technology returns in ‘21 to optimize energy transfer and provide at-bats that’ll soon turn into those “do you remember...” kind of moments!
Led by the Quatro Pro, Rawlings fastpitch softball bats continue to challenge the levels of bat performance. This unique four-piece design takes advantage of an inner suspended barrel to optimize the swing balance and expand the overall sweet spot. The Focused Flex feature delivers a precise flex on contact to nullify vibrations. Rawlings also has an end loaded Quatro for players looking to get the most out of each swing. Don’t believe the Quatro Pro is great? They’ve even got a 30-day performance guarantee on each of their bats.
It’s not every day that you have a chance to swing a 5-star bat for less than 50% of the original price. Well, today isn’t just another ordinary day. Grab the perfect holiday gift for the softball player in your life when you buy the Cat FX Connect. The two-piece composite softball bat shock dissipating technology along with the largest barrel allowed in fastpitch. It’s got a balanced swing weight, a high performing barrel, and players love it.
The Best Additional Baseball & Softball Gifts
- Lizard Skins Bat Grips
- JustBats Batter’s Box
- Two Seam Bat Bag
- Customized Bat Knob
- New Batting Gloves
We get that holiday shopping can be stressful, but hopefully this gift guide will help you navigate through some of those stressful situations. Also, if you ever want to talk to an expert feel free to contact our team at JustBats. You can call down to the ‘pen by phone (1-866-321-2287), email (firstname.lastname@example.org), or Live Chat. We’re just here to help, from click to hit!