If you have a loved one or friend that’s into fencing it can be really difficult to know what to get them. Fencing is a niche sport and they’re far more likely to know what they need or want than you. You also don't want to be wasteful and buy a cheap novelty item they’ll never use.
Thankfully we at FencerTips have gathered a list of quality fencing-themed gifts for you. All prices are quoted in dollars for ease, but all options should be available internationally.
See our top fencer gift picks below!
1. Massage Gun
Fencing is a physically demanding sport and what better way to help their recovery than a massage gun. Designed to speed up muscle recovery, a massage gun is easy to use and much more efficient than manual massage tools.
2. Book - The Duel in European History: Honour and the Reign of Aristocracy
An ideal gift for the history buff or bookworm, The Duel takes a historical look at duelling and its role in European society. It’s a fascinating look at the origins of what fencing is today, and is a nice book around the subject of fencing without being too instructive.
3. Allstar Fencing-Themed Jewellery
As one of the top fencing brands, Allstar Uhlmann has a range of fencing-themed jewellery available on their website. Pins, tie pins and ear studs are all available and are even available by sword - foil, epee or sabre. Before buying this classy gift be sure to check what sword your fencer uses before buying.
4. Leon Paul Water Bottle
Leon Paul, another top fencing brand, has a quality branded water bottle available on their website. Dishwasher safe, super secure lid, side grips and easy access for glove-wearing fencers and a removable fruit infuser - what’s not to love!
5. Hand Grip Strengthener
Hand grips are ‘handy’, portable exercisers that help improve your grip strength. Ideal for fencers who need strong, flexible wrists. By improving grip strength, you’ll be helping the fencer in your life improve their hand and finger muscles and reducing fatigue. From experience, all-metal hand grips are the best to buy due to their added durability (and increased risk of plastic ones breaking).
6. Film - The Fencer
One for the movie lover, the 2015 film The Fencer is one of the few dramatic films that put fencing at the centre of the narrative. It’s based on the true story of fencer Endel Nelis, who escaped from the secret police following the Second World War to teach fencing in Estonia.
It’s available in Estonian and Russian, with English subtitles. It was also nominated at the Golden Globes and Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film.
7. Branded Fencing Towels
Towels are handy for any athlete to wipe away sweat, or soak in cold water to keep cool. Both Allstar Uhlmann and Leon Paul have their own range of fencing towels. This gift could be the perfect choice to upgrade a raggedy towel they normally use to something more elevated.
8. Novelty Fencing Socks
Fencing socks are normally white, but why not put some fun into their fencing clothing with Leon Paul’s range of brightly coloured fencing socks?
Maybe not their first choice for competition, but they could be very handy week to week at their local club.
9. Fencing Medal Display
If your fencer is competing and has won a few medals, why not help them show them off with a medal display? Wall-mounted or standalone, there are many decorative and plain options to help them show off their achievements.
10. Custom Fencing Caricature
If you’re looking for a fun fencing gift, what could be better than a custom fencing caricature? All you need to do is submit a photo of the recipient and the artist will create and send you a cartoon of them as a fencer. It’s then up to you whether you gift it as a print or buy a frame to go alongside!