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The best jiu jitsu gifts for 2023

All the best gift ideas without the cringe

Jiu jitsu is a martial art and sport with a thriving gift scene. There are endless gifts to choose from to help your loved one or friend on and off the mats. Here are some ideas grouped by prices, and directly below you’ll see some recommendations if you’re running low on time.

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Gifts under $50


Hats are an easy gift idea and are available from most major BJJ brands.

Maeda Logo Trucker Snapback

Scramble Hard Wearing Beanies

Hyperfly Bucket Hat

Nine Lives Cat Hat

Grappling underwear

Grappling underwear is a surprisingly underestimated piece of gear for many BJJ students.

Tatami Grappling Underwear

93 Brand V5 Grappling Underwear

93 Brand V5 Grappling Underwear Womens


Stickers are probably the cheapest gift you can get for someone who loves jiu jitsu.

Leg Lock Demon Glossy Vinyl

Japanese Demons

White belts are friends not food

BJJ Girls Rolling

Patches and pins

Gi patches can be a great idea as a gift, although it may be good to check with your loved one or friend first as some gyms may not allow custom patches.

Snuggle Struggle Cuddle Time Jiujitsu Patch

Goonies Never Tap

Wrist Lock Demon

Leg Locks Demon Enamel Pin


A jiu jitsu themed mug is a great idea for someone who also has a coffee or tea addiction.

Always Rolling mug

Shrimp Out mug

Even My Bones Will Roll mug

Lets roll mug


T-shirts are an easy gift for someone who loves jiu jitsu. You can select from a subtle jiu jitsu brand name design all the way up to loud novelty designs with inside jiu jitsu jokes scrawled all over.

Tatami Takedowns Ain’t Dead

93 Brand Leg Locks Tee

Meerkatsu Puss’s Revenge Tee

Nine Lives Explosive Tee

Half Sumo Black Mamba T-Shirt

Scramble Base Tee

Prints, Displates and signs

A nice poster or plate can be a wow-worthy gift for a jiu jitsu athlete.

BJJ Displate

The Legend Displate

Always Rolling Jiu Jitsu Wall Art Print

BJJ Watercolor print


Keychains are another great cheap gift idea for those who love jiu jitsu.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Paracord keychain

Jiu Jitsu Belt Keychains

Custom portrait

For a novelty gift, consider buying a caricature of your loved one or friend in a jiu jitsu setting.

BJJ Custom Caricature

BJJ Custom Caricature

Jewellery and charms

A small piece of jewellery can be a good gift idea if your friend or family member regularly wears bracelets or necklaces.

Wood Necklace-Jiu Jitsu Pendant

BJJ Custom Caricature

Coasters and coolers

A coaster or cooler is another unique jiu jitsu gift idea to consider.

Cork Coasters

Jesus Has Your Back Cooler


There are some excellent BJJ and martial arts books out there for all ages. If your friend or family member enjoys a good book consider the following as gift ideas, or read our full list of the best BJJ books for more ideas:

The Blackbelt Blueprint

A great book covering some of the most important concepts in BJJ to help your loved one improve their game.

Master Jiu-Jitsu Master Life

This book digs into the journeys and success principles of some of the greats in BJJ including Marcelo Garcia and Roger Gracie.

Jiu-Jitsu University

This is a technical manual of important BJJ positions techniques from legendary competitor Saulo Ribeiro.

Breathe: A Life in Flow

This book by Rickson Gracie covers his interesting life from childhood up to becoming a BJJ legend.

BJJ soaps

There are a number of brands making soap for BJJ practitioners. Many of these soaps include specific ingredients such as tea tree oil to help protect the skin against nasties caught on the mats.

Soap bars

Armbar Soap Company Hawaiian Batch

Defense Soap Original Bar

Gold BJJ Submission Soap

Armbar Soap Company Supreme Clean

Defense Soap Bestseller Box

Shower gels

Armbar Soap Company Original Potion

Defense Soap Original Shower Gel

Gifts between $50 – $100


A hoodie can be an excellent gift for your friend or family member to wear when travelling to training in colder months.

Half Sumo Jiu-Jitsu College Crewneck

Tatami Byakko Hoodie

Medal holders and hangers

If the person you’re buying a gift for is an active or aspiring competitor, a place to hold their medals could be a great gift idea.

PromiDesign Medal Holder

AlliedMedalHangers Medal Hanger

Rash guards

Rash guards wear out over the course of a year of frequent training, so they’re always a great gift idea. Not every gym allows their students to wear non-gym rash guards or non belt-level rashguards though, so it might be worth checking (without ruining the surprise). 

Here are some options to get you started, but you can also check out our full list of the best rashguards for more suggestions:

Phalanx FC metric rashguard

Raven Fightwear Nordic

Tatami Chess Gorilla Rash Guard

Future Under Dawg 2.0

No gi shorts

Quality no gi shorts are a great gift idea to add some variety to your friend or family members’ rotation, and like rash guards, they often wear out.

Below are some options to consider, but you can also read our full guide to the best no gi shorts for more ideas:

Gold BJJ Fight Shorts

Phalanx FC SQUAD RIZR Ultralight Shorts


Spats or compression leggings are popular for many no gi BJJ students due to the added protection they give against cuts and scratches when training. They often wear out at the knees over the course of the year, so they’re always a useful gift for a student who wears them.

Here are a few options to consider:


93 Brand ‘Standard Issue’ Spats 2-PACK

FUJI Sports Baseline Grappling Spats V2


93 Brand ‘Standard Issue’ Spats 2-PACK

Tatami Kanagawa High Waist Spats

Gear bags

A training bag is an excellent gift, especially if your friend or family member trains immediately before or after work and lugs around a lot of items.

We’ve put together a full round up of great gear bags, but here are some of our picks to get you started:

Elite Sports Warrior Series Duffel Training Gear Gym Bag & Backpack

Gold BJJ Gatame Training Backpack

Instructionals or gift card for instructionals

There are hundreds, maybe even thousands of BJJ instructionals covering every aspect of training from esoteric guard styles like xanadu guard all the way to nutrition for BJJ athletes.

If you’re not sure what topic might interest your friend or family, you could consider buying a gift card for an instructional on some websites:

BJJ Fanatics gift card

BJJ Fanatics is one of the largest BJJ instructionals marketplaces. Instructionals vary in price from under $50 per instructional all the way up to $200 for the more sought-after teachers, and it has regular sales of as much as 40% off.

Digitsu gift card

Digitsu is a smaller instructionals marketplace with on-demand videos and DVDs available.

Jiu Jitsu X gift card

Jiu Jitsu X is another instructionals platform with many well known competitors and teachers.

Relaxation and recovery gifts

It’s no secret that BJJ is a tough martial art and can occasionally result in injuries like any sport. There are some great gift ideas to help with recovery and relaxation for the BJJ athlete that trains frequently including:

  • A voucher to a local sports massage therapist
  • A voucher to a good physical therapist/physiotherapist
  • A voucher for a float tank/sensory deprivation tank session
  • A massage gun or hand massager

Foam rollers

Amazon Basics High-Density Round Foam Roller

321 STRONG Foam Roller

A training journal or tracker

Some BJJ practitioners benefit from writing down the techniques they’re learning each week, or just marking down their progress each month.

Jiu-Jitsu Training Journal

Jiu-Jitsu Training Diary

Jiu-Jitsu Journal

Jiu Jitsu: Training Journal and Log Book

Grip trainers

Grip strength is a key component of jiu jitsu, so if your friend or family member is interested in training off the mat to get better at jiu jitsu, consider one of the many different types of grip trainers on the market:

SUPERBJJ Jiu Jitsu Grip Trainer

Scramble Grip Trainers

Gifts over $100


There’s nothing like a brand new gi. It can be a little tricky buying a gi for a family or friend because of two reasons:

  • Gi sizing can be complex depending on their body shape (some brands have “long”, “husky” and other size variations)
  • Some gyms have rules about what colours you can wear

But once you find out the above, you can look into the following gis or read our full guide into the best gis out there:

FUJI Sports All Around Gi

Hayabusa Goorudo 3 Gold Weave Jiu Jitsu Gi

Hayabusa Lightweight Jiu Jitsu Gi

Private lessons

An effective way to improve in jiu jitsu quickly is via private lessons, where your loved one or friend will have the full attention of their instructor to focus on whatever part of their game they like. Private lessons vary in price depending on the trainer but can cost approximately $60-100 for an hour depending on the rank of the instructor.

Pay for an event ticket

Depending on where your friend or family member lives, there may be some great grappling events near them. Examples include the ADCC or IBJJF world championships held each year.

Paying for tournament fees

BJJ tournaments can cost anywhere between $80-$250 USD depending on how far in advance you sign up. They cost even more when you factor in the costs athletes already pay for training fees and gear. Paying for your family or friends’ tournament entry fees can be a great way to also keep them accountable for their goals if they’ve mentioned that competing is something they’d be interested in. There are numerous competitions around the world each year, some of the biggest including:

Gym membership fees

BJJ is usually more expensive than regular gym fees and costs around $175 USD per month for unlimited classes, so a great gift for a friend or family member who loves BJJ is to pay for their training fees. Some gyms will offer discounts if you pay for longer blocks of training.

A BJJ camp

If you’re looking to spoil a BJJ athlete in your life with a more significant and expensive gift, consider paying for a camp. There are BJJ camps in many countries around the world each year, standouts included:

  • The BJJ Globetrotters Iceland camp where you train at the world’s largest MMA gym and can even try viking wrestling
  • The Roger Gracie Summer camp in Malaga, Spain where you can train under the tutelage of one of the greatest BJJ competitors in history
  • Grapplers Retreat, where you learn BJJ from legendary competitors and teachers in an intimate setting on the picturesque Northern California coast

Did we miss any great gift ideas? Let us know below!

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