So you’re looking for the perfect basketball present for the child in your life for a birthday, Christmas, or holiday? No worries, we’ve got you covered. Today we’ve pulled together a helpful gift guide packed full of basketball gifts for kids that are sure to be a slam dunk. From a fun mini-hoop to a custom water bottle, and even awesome ping pong paddles, find something every kid will love!
Of course, we have to tell you about our WNBA sweatshirt featuring the awesome Diamond DeShields, and one-of-a-kind hooper shorts featuring both NBA and WNBA players to start. Besides that, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite gifts for children that love basketball to save you some time.
We’ve included items our team has tried and enjoyed, as well as items with strong reviews from customers. We’ve also been sure to include gifts you won’t find on other lists, so your gift feels like one-of-a-kind to its special recipient!
Looking for a small gift or stocking stuffer? This cool booklet is a fun gift for younger basketball players (ages 6+ – so ideal for elementary schoolers). It features 94 pages of basketball activities to enjoy including Themed basketball mazes, coloring pages, search and word counts, design challenges, math challenges, and more. It’s great for road trips before games, or for any down time around the house. For your young artist hooper check out basketball coloring books, or for aspiring WNBA pros, check out the best women’s basketball books.
Reviews: The books in this author’s shop have a 4.5 to 5/5 rating on hundreds of reviews
Most basketball players go through a ball a year, so this will be a handy and cool gift. Customize a Wilson Evolution – one of the best balls on the market and the best-selling game ball in the country – with your kid’s jersey number, favorite team logo, AAU team logo, or anything you can dream up! Your logo will be roughly 2” in size, direct printed in full color above the Wilson wordmark. The Evolutions signature feel can’t be beat. The secret is in the cushion core carcass that provides the softer feel that gives hands more control. It’s designed for indoor use, but can be used outdoor as well – it will just wear a bit more quickly. Don’t forget to help them restock on a net too.
Reviews: 4.5/5 rating based on 298 reviews
Exciting basketball game for all ages and great indoor entertainment. The backboard, rope and basketball are all made with luminous materials that glow in the dark! This basketball hoop is made of a clear shatter resistant polycarbonate with good durability. Thick dense foam padding on the backboard and brackets protect you door from damage and reduce the noise. come with a clear instructions and all tools necessary, the basketball hoop toy can be assembled easily. For more ways to deck out their room, check out basketball posters.
Reviews: 4.5/5 rating based on 2,473 reviews
Every hooper needs tons of socks, and these come in all sorts of awesome basketball designs. These feature a breathable construction, and have soft padding and a formed sculpt to maintain comfort throughout every game and practice. Chose from NBA socks and WNBA socks to find your child’s favorite team.
Price: Around $15 depending on the pair
Reviews: 4.5/5 rating based on 567 reviews
EDGE is a new breakthrough product for indoor hoopers. Your gift recipient can just spray their sneaker soles and kick the floor a few times to instantly improve their sneaker grip. The formula was engineered to enhance agility and minimize injury and leaves zero stickiness or residue so it will not increase dust pickup. It even works on dusty, poorly maintained courts and restores grip on worn-down sneaker soles. A single bottle will last a full season for most athletes, which makes it the perfect gift! Other popular gifts for helping serious basketball athletes train and work out include a rung ladder and a weighted jump rope.
Price: Typically $35 – on sale for $28 with EDGE’s current promotion of 20% Off and Free Shipping
Reviews: 5/5 rating on 19 reviews
Get your hooper a personalized piece of jewelry they can wear anytime. This cool custom basketball necklace comes in your choice of sterling silver, rose gold, or gold plated. You can include both a name (theirs or their favorite player’s) and a number. And it can be made in 3-5 days and ships quickly too. You’ll find it’s very nicely made, with a well done engraving, and a great overall size.
Reviews: 5/5 rating based on 11,339 reviews
The perfect gift for any basketball fan or player to take their outfit to the next level.!These super cute, tiny basketball earrings are fade and water resistant, and titanium posts make them comfortable enough for all day wear. And they’re hypoallergenic for sensitive ears.
Reviews: 5/5 rating on 52,277 reviews
Started in 2016, Overtime today is a lifestyle brand, community and has its own hooper league. They got their start with iPhone highlights, and are very popular on social media especially with young male basketball players. Overtime has a nice selection of T-shirt to chose from. For fans of the WNBA, we recommend checking out Playa Society tees. Former WNBA player, Esther Wallace started Playa Society back in 2018, and their shop features cool tees with icons such as Sylvia Fowles, Sue Bird, and more. Playa Society also has a few hoodie and shorts sets on Fanatics. If sweatshirts are more their jam, check out these basketball sweatshirts for some fun options.
Reviews: Lots of “Dis hard” and “Sheesh!” from commenters
Keep their hair out of their face and help them show off their team spirit with these cute hair ties! Each card comes with three elastic hair ties: one basketball hair tie, one solid color hair tie of your choice, and a second basketball hair tie or a second solid color hair tie of your choice. For hoopers with tighter cuts, cap off their head with a great cap instead. Choose from all sorts of NBA designs on Fanatics or WNBA designs.
Reviews: 5/5 rating on 11,168 reviews
Designed by STEM toy company KiwiCo, kids can aim, shoot, and score with this physics-friendly crate! With this kit they’ll be able to engineer an adjustable catapult and play a spirited game of basketball. Along the way they’ll learn about the science of sports, and experiment with different angles and arcs until they’re a hoop superstar.
Reviews: 4.6 rating out of 20 reviews
Great for displaying in their room! Choose an 8-inch, hand-painted bobblehead from tons of awesome NBA and WNBA players. Each bobblehead features the player posing with a basketball in their game day uniform, and a cool backdrop – sometimes featuring their SLAM Magazine cover, other times featuring iconic moments (such as the Sky winning the 2021 WNBA Championship). There are even adorable teddy bears sporting top teams too.
Reviews: Not a lot of reviews on the site, but many items are sold out already
Get your child a personalized water bottle for all their games and practices! Most options include the ability to personalize them any way you would like in your choice of bottle color, vinyl colors, and name and number font. There are stainless steel and plastic options to chose from.
Reviews: 5/5 rating on 3,124+ reviews
Get them cool paddles featuring their favorite basketball team! Every round21 x NBALAB paddle is hand-assembled making it a unique 1 of 1 for every collector. Artist Vic Garcia custom designed these works for art only for this round21 x NBALAB drop. Choose from Chicago Bulls, Golden State Warriors, and more.
Reviews: 5/5 rating on 2 reviews
Take your hooper’s basketball knowledge to the next level! This set features 64 waterproof cards full of guided drills and workouts for at home, practice, and the gym. Includes 5 categories with illustrations and step-by-step instructions. It’s even fun for beginners!
Reviews: 4.5/5 rating on 187 reviews
If your child wants the latest in basketball technology – this is it. The huupe is the world’s first smart basketball hoop, with a high definition screen for a backboard, that allows kids to train like a pro, track their performance and play basketball against other huupe users right from their driveway. For a similar but much less experience experience, recommend your young hooper download Nike’s HomeCourt app – it’s free and can track all your shots, plus has fun workouts.
Reviews: Hard to find reviews because it’s so new, but you can check them out on social media
Snag your favorite gifts fast! Some items are sure to sell out. Still looking for more inspiration? Explore more of the best basketball gifts here – for “kids” of all ages.