Whether buying gifts for the holiday season or that basketball lover in your life’s birthday- it can be quite tricky to come up with basketball ideas that are better than some basketball socks (although those are a great gift too).
Surprisingly, there are actually a load of gift options out there that are related to basketball.
Basketball equipment and clothing are a couple of great ideas, along with actual basketballs, basketball shoes and shorts are gifts that your basketball lover will think is a slam dunk.
However, there are other more unique ideas out there and depending on your budget, you can go all out for your basketball fan. Keep reading to get an idea of what to get for your basketball fan.
Basketball Gear Must-Have Gifts
The first item on the list is the ideal gift for basketball players. These shoes feature Max Air cushioning to absorb impact and provide responsive movement on your feet.
They allow the player to be light and quick on their feet whilst having a lot of traction on the court. These shoes are made of extremely high quality materials and come in a variety of colors.
Usually a gag gift at Christmas or even for a birthday (and not something that is usually on the gift list), but these Nike Everyday Crew socks are the gift that keeps giving on the court. They offer a ton of comfort and support while playing the game.
If you are looking for festive season specific socks, these Nike Elite socks will do the job, and they are dual purpose-good for on the court but also just wearing around the house.
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Compression sleeves are used by the pros as they keep your hands fresh and working at peak performance when you are playing.
They work by keeping the blood flowing to all areas of the hands and fingertips, which allows for peak performance on the court. Although not one of the unique gifts out there, your basketball player will thank you.
Perhaps the fan you are buying for is not playing basketball so much anymore and just likes to get into the spirit of things and go to games. One of the best gifts you can get is their favorite NBA team jersey or t shirt. This attire is usually comfortable and breathable and made out of high quality materials.
Make it super personalized by getting their favorite player’s name and number on the back or, even better, get their own name and favorite number on the shirt.
Favorite NBA Player Merch
As with YouTuber’s, most of the NBA superstars have merch- but as the biggest names, James Harden, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Russell Westbrook, you will catch their merch on the runway at Paris Fashion Week.
It is one of the best gifts you could give a basketball fan The most stylish pro sports league in the world, the NBA’s transition into a sporting runway continues apace.
Check out Russell Westbrook’s brand, Honor The Gift, here.
There is nothing better than a throwback, and vintage is super fashionable these days. You can find just about any team jersey on Amazon-from retro jerseys, old icon names and funky color combinations and old-school styles.
With a busy lifestyle and most ball players always being on the go, one of the best basketball gifts you can get is a Jordan Backpack.
The main area of the backpack is spacious and can store up to a 15-inch laptop and has multiple easy to access pockets with padding and adjustable shoulder straps.
Basketball Hoodies or Sweaters
Keeping warm after practice is best done with this basketball-themed Love Basketball Sweatshirt.
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Another great option to buy for your fan is this relaxed and comfy hoodie that will keep you warm on and off the court. It is a stylish hit which is sure to be a hit for all.
Goggles are a great tool for improving ball handling, as they help the player to keep from looking down while dribbling.
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It is especially useful for younger kids as they have a habit of focusing their eye line on the ball instead of dribbling while having to look around the court. It is a fantastic tool for adults too.
Whomever you are gifting these goggles to, they will appreciate you trying to help them improve their game.
Ball Hog Gloves
Training gloves are also a great pair of kit to hone your handling and dribbling skill set. They work by making it trickier to dribble the basketball and that way when they get into a game or practice match without the gloves, their handling will be much improved.
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Wearing weights during training sessions will make the body work harder than it actually would during an actual game.
This means that when the vest is removed, the player will be much faster and lighter on their feet-able to make quick, jagged movements on the court.
It is a great gift for younger players of the sport, or is a great training tool for coaches to use.
A quick ladder is there to help with being quick on your feet and really works on the player’s athleticism and overall speed on their feet.
This gift includes the ladder, some cones, jump rope, a running parachute and resistance bands to help improve strength and agility.
Although a pragmatic gift, it is one that is likely to be used for a long time for different purposes and sport training and will really make all the difference to your game
SKLZ Dribble Stick
Basketball is a lot about hand positioning, stance, ball control and speed. Dribble sticks allow basketball players to improve on all of these aspects of the sport.
It has adjustable arms, which enables the player to train for a wide variety of drills for ball control and overall agility. After using this in training a few times, your basketball lover will fall in love with what this gift has done for their ball skills.
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No matter your age or where you put this mini hoop, be it in the home or office, it can provide hours of endless entertainment.
What is great about this gift is that it is easily put up and then disassembled at a moments notice-great for days at the office when the boss is not in!
This is truly a gift that keeps on giving.
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Remember the days you would go to the arcade with your friends and play the basketball hoop-shooting game?
Well, this gift idea is exactly like that, except the basketball hoop game is in your house. It is a perfect addition to a game room or man cave and allows for a multiplayer opportunity.
It can be fun to play at a party-where you can engage in a free throw contest, and so this is why it makes the list.
As far as in game features and details in a video game goes, the NBA 2K22 Basketball video game revolutionized the gaming industry for basketball and hits on that sweet spot between someone who loves gaming but loves basketball just as much.
This game is great to play on either Playstation, Xbox or Nintendo Switch – it doesn’t matter. Additionally, the Legend edition of the game allows the player to play with and take control of some of the most iconic teams in basketball history.
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This basketball hoop is perfect to house in the driveway, and what kid or adult wouldn’t love this as a way to unwind at the end of the day?
Even though this is a bit pricier than most of the gift ideas on this list, it will last for a long time and will provide hours of fun and practice.
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Bored at the office? This gift is perfect for any basketball enthusiast. It works by having the hoop attached to a trashcan of any shape or size, and it makes throwing away trash that much more enjoyable.
Don’t be surprised when this little addition to a trashcan sparks up a rivalry though!
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A multiplayer game is a perfect game for anyone over the age of three to play. If the basketball fan in your life loves to take shots at a hoop, this is a great gift option for them
Kids will especially enjoy this game, and it comes with four colorful balls, so the whole family can get involved. Although, it is a great stress reliever for adults as well.
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This 64-card deck of exercise cards is tailored to basketball enthusiasts and allows the players to test their basketball knowledge while having a great time.
They are a fun way to improve the fan in your life’s game and are useful for coaches as they provide coaching tips with guided instructions on how to adjust drills and make them single or multiplayer.
The cards are great for any skill level player and can be used to shape and perfect practice routines.
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This desktop or tabletop basketball game is suited for two players and allows you to practice layups, mid-range jumps and 3-pointers with a flick of your finger.
It is a great alternative to a fidget spinner and is a great game to have at home as part of entertainment for a hangout session or a game at the office. It is portable and easy to assemble and makes for a great hoop-oritentated game for friends and family.
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This customizable, handcrafted and fun basketball dartboard is a great take on the casual bar game. The game starts by throwing a dart to the “Jump Ball” space, and players shoot at their own basket to try and score as many points as possible.
The game then follows the same format as a regular basketball game. It comes with a rule book and scorecard and is a superb way to unwind with a few friends.
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A classic game for family games night, although it can be exciting one-on-one too, this dice game allows players to slam dunk, perform 3-pointers and hit jumpers.
The game teaches kids concepts of math all the while engaging them with their favorite sport.
The classic board game is back-with a twist. An NBA kind of twist and turns the board game into a contest between the biggest names in basketball today going head-to-head.
It is a great game for kids and adults alike and can be enjoyed by the whole family. It is great for a rainy day inside and will really bring out the competitive streak in everybody who decides to play.
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Perfect for a quick spurt of water during practice or a game. The bottle is made from food-grade silicone and is super lightweight and can be attached to a backpack with a clip.
The bottle holds 18 ounces of liquid but can be collapsed to a fraction of its size into a little ball that looks like a basketball.
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A practical gift, yet, a basketball obsessed person will adore travelling anywhere with this toiletry bag.
They are made from waterproof, light and durable materials with a large main compartment and several loops inside to hold things like nail clippers.
Because it is waterproof, any spills inside or out are easy to clean and will make road trip travel a breeze. It is a great birthday gift or great for a “thought of you” occasion as well.
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If you want to splurge a bit, why not get your basketball player the official headphone supplier of the NBA, Beats by Dre.
These wireless sweat and water-resistant headphones are great to have when practicing your moves and trying to get into the groove and mentality of the game.
They have an exceptional battery life-with over 9 hours of listening time, and they have a built-in microphone as well, so you can take calls while shooting hoops if you are trying to squeeze in a bit of hoop shooting in your busy day.
A head tie is an efficient way to soak up the sweat during a session so that it stays out of your eyes while you are trying to show off your best moves on the court.
This gift, although basic, is a winner and can be used for a lifetime.
Grabbing a drink during practice or during a game needs to be quick and effortless, and boy, do these water bottles by Nike do the job well.
They have a fast-flowing nozzle which allows the drinker to squeeze water into their mouths at a rapid rate to refresh them during a session. They come in all sorts of colors and have a great grip and overall style.
An easy way to transport your ball around- whether you are travelling a great distance or just walking to your local basketball court. It is a handy gift to give any player or coach.
It is made from a very lightweight material and even features two mesh compartments on either side for your water bottles and other items.
A functional alternative to jewelry, this Sportybella charm bracelet can be worn all day every day and allows the wearer to show team spirit and enthusiasm for the game. It also helps that it is pretty stylish as well.
The J&M Dangle Basketball Shot charm pendant is an excellent addition to any bracelet and can be a lucky charm for the fan off the court for those big games. It is an exceptional gift for your loved one for any occasion.
If your basketball lover is mad for bling as well as basketball, then this pendant is the one for them. Crafted from 14-carat gold and filled with rhinestones, it brings a touch of glamour to the wearer.
To help the dedicated ball player in your life practice the sport all day and well after the sun goes down, we suggest the KNOG Run lamp to ensure that time on the court is not interfered with by something so banal as the sun going down.
For that busy coach or player on the go, the Joyclub basketball tumbler is great for coffee or something harder with the whole team, after a hard game. It comes with straws and a straw-cleaner. It is an environmentally friendly option for carrying drinks around.
This interactive hoop over the oversized mug is great for the kids and adults alike. The players can slam dunk cereal into milk or mini marshmallows into hot chocolate for a fun dining experience.
This cute and interactive key ring is a great gift for Secret Santa for that co-worker who loves the game. What is great about this keychain is that the ball actually spins!
Another option you could buy is the Kobe Bryant Motivational Key Chain. Gone too soon from this earth, this beautiful motivational keychain encapsulates the memory of the legend that was Kobe Bryant. This basketball keychain is a great gift idea for basketball fans.
As phones are getting more and more fragile, they need to be kept safe from impact. This stylish phone case will do that and then some.
It is one of those classic basketball gifts that you can make special by personalizing it with the gift-receiver’s name. It is available for iPhone and Samsung phone models.
Another option is the OtterBox case, which has the look and feel of an actual basketball and can be personalized too. This is available for all models of iPhone, Samsung and Google Pixel phones.
How to Be Better At Basketball in 21 Days by James Wilson
As far as book themed gifts for basketball lovers go, who aren’t really that great at basketball and would love to learn more about the technical side of the sport, this book is the perfect gift.
Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success by Phil Jackson
This memoir by Phil Jackson takes you through his whole life story-from a preacher’s kid to one of the most innovative leaders of our time. It takes you through his quest for self and development of leadership styles based on teamwork, authenticity and covers his time as head coach of the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers.
It is a book like no other, and basketball lovers will not be able to put this book down.
The Book of Basketball: The NBA According to The Sports Guy by Bill Simmons
Filled with entertaining opinions and anecdotes on the sport of basketballs’ past, present and future, this book is controversial, hilarious and feels like you are in conversation with the man himself.
It covers rivalries and how the NBA Hall of Fame selection process and the entire institution should be reworked, but ultimately this book revels the secret of basketball.
If you enjoy a story about reformation, Ed O’Bannon’s book tells his story of battling against an exploitative NCAA practices in a class-action lawsuit.
He drove one of the biggest reforms in basketball history relating to college sports and truly paved the way for younger players’ futures in the sport.
It is an inspiring read full of passion and drive and is one of the best gift ideas for book reading basketball players.
The Mamba Mentality: How I Play by Kobe Bryant
This number one best-selling book details the personal perspective of the great Kobe Bryant on his life and career on and off the court and his mamba mentality.
It is an inspirational read and is a great legacy left by the Lakers’ basketball superstar. As far as gifts for basketball lovers go, this is truly a winner for basketball players and just someone who enjoys the game.
Is your basketball fan a bit of a history buff or has an aptitude for picking up trivia about their favorite team? Look no further than this New York Times Custom Basketball Book.
The book retraces the history of their favorite team with beautifully reprinted news articles from The New York Times. The book can be personalized even further by adding their name to the cover, which makes this an extra special gift for those die hard basketball fans.
“Wooden” by Seth Davis
Arguably one of the best reads for a basketball fan or coach, this biography of John Wooden, a legendary basketball coach, by Seth Davis is a real page turner.
The biography looks at his coaching style and all the life lessons John Wooden picked up along his coaching journey. It is a great book and has something for everyone. Definitely one of our favorite gifts for basketball lovers.
Other Great Gifts for a Basketball Fan
There is nothing better for a basketball lover than to go see a basketball game in the flesh. They get to see the action up close and personal and get to experience the buzzing atmosphere.
An NBA game is one of the best live experiences anyone could ever wish to have. All you need to worry about as the bearer of gifts is which tickets to purchase and how close to courtside you want to get.
We all know that having the right shoes can make the difference in a game-they influence how agile and quick you are on your feet and help you perform at your best, all the time.
That is why Sneakertub, the world’s one and only sneaker subscription, offers a subscription service that provides the newest and freshest shoes delivered to those serious basketballers every 3 to 12 months, depending on how often their kicks wear out.
They have various packages to choose from at various price points, but their Sneakertub Premium includes Nike or Air Jordan sneakers as well as premium accessories that go with the sneakers.
They even have a subscription for kids, which is great to have as they grow!
The fifth cologne in the Michael Jordan collection of fragrances really delivers. This is probably one of the best gifts that you could get your basketball lover- if they identify as a male, of course.
As with most fragrances, it is best to get an idea of what the person you are buying it for likes in terms of scents before purchasing it.
Wall Decor Basketball Painting
For the super fan, there are many basketball art interpretations available online, which depending on your taste can range from modern to street art-esque.
Having a basketball-themed piece in the house can really tie a room together and emphasize the passion the fan in your life has for the sport. We just love this piece Kobe canvas print by Octavian Mielu, which you can pick up on iCanvas.
Lifetime Adjustable Basketball Hoop
The old adage of “Everyone starts from somewhere” rings true with this gift, as every famous NBA star started in their backyard or at the neighborhood courts.
The Lifetime Adjustable Basketball Hoop is great for someone who is just getting into the game and who can grow up with the basketball hoop. This gift has been designed with that in mind and will last you a lifetime or at the very least until the novice becomes a pro at shooting hoops.
Light Up Basketball
Suitable for the entire family, this Light Up Basketball gives novelty to the game and will allow them to hone their hoop-shooting skills all day and all night.
This fun addition to the regular basketball is the same weight and dimensions (a number 7 size) of a regulation basketball. It makes use of two Hi Bright LED lights which have replaceable batteries -which are included in the package.
This unique gift for the fan in your life will make playing ball at night extra fun.
Wilson Evolution Basketball
A classic addition to any basketball lover’s toolbox- whether they are a basketball coach or player-th Wilson Evolution Game Ball is a perfect gift. When focusing on improvement of your basketball game, this ball is the key to success.
The Wilson Evolution Game Ball is the most preferred ball to use in America, from high schools to the NCAA – it is on more courts than any other basketball brands.
If you are after a ball with similar features as the game balls used in official games, then the Wilson NCAA Game Replica Basketball is a great gift for basketball lovers. It is a great gift idea as it features the same moisture-absorbing technology.
Off To The Side
No matter what you decide to get your basketball players in your life as a gift, hopefully this guide has helped you get some idea of what a true fan, lover or coach that is obsessed with basketball would enjoy as a gift!