Not sure what to gift a basketball player for their birthday or holidays? Well, you’re in luck because we’ve scoured the web for the absolute best gifts for basketball players that will be sure to win you points with the scorer in your life. Check out the best gifts for basketball players!
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Whether they need to work on their jump shot, their defense, or their ball-handling skills, these gifts have you covered. Any basketball player or fan would be lucky to get one of these gifts that are nothing but net, including ideas for Christmas gifts, stocking stuffers, school graduations, and so much more.
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Here are the best basketball-themed gifts to get your friend, teammate, family member, or significant other that loves everything hoops related. From virtual basketball courses by Stephen Curry, to defensive training gear, we found the best gift to show you care. If your hooper is a fan of the WNBA, check out the best WNBA gifts.
Hoop ‘Til It Hurts! Basketball Graffiti Socks are made for you to look good and play your best while giving back to an important cause. These socks are made with never slip gip and air vents for stability and breathability, featuring graffiti designs inspired by Chicago street artists. Plus, 20% of all sales are donated to the Hoop ‘Til it Hurts Foundation, a non-profit organization that helps kids alleviate the financial burden associated with playing basketball. You can’t go wrong with a great sock and a great cause. They also have cool shirts, hoodies, masks, bucket hats, stickers, and more!
Why it’s unique: Hoop ‘Til it Hurts! provides grants to pay for apparel, league and travel fees as well as private academic tutors for kids who have the drive to play hard. So your gift will be twice the gift!
Pro tip: If you spend $40 you get free shipping too. And enjoy 20% off with the coupon code ‘Madness20’ now through March 30th.
Get a card deck in the theme of their favorite NBA team from the Golden State Warriors to the LA Clippers. These officially licensed NBA playing cards are perfect for parties, game day events, and more. The deck includes 52 cards and 2 Jokers, suitable for all card games, and comes in the standard size of 2.5″ x 3.5″.
Why it’s unique: Pick their favorite team. These cards are a versatile gift because they can be added as a piece of a collection of basketball memorabilia or they can be used everyday.
Pro tip: Perfect for parties, game day events and more!
Hoopers go through basketballs at least once per year. So they always need another! Get them a basketball featuring their favorite WNBA or NBA team. The NBA Team Alliance basketball or the WNBA Tribute basketball. Wilson is the official basketball of the WNBA and the NBA, so your hooper is sure to know the brand.
Why it’s unique: Put their team spirit on display! The cover features your team’s logo and team colors.
If they might need a basketball break from studying or work, without having to step outside, this mini-basketball hoop is the perfect gift. The mini hoop fits in on room or office door. Not to mention the net and basketball glow in the dark! Needless to say, the customer reviews are absolutely glowing. Reviews say that it’s super easy to assemble, it’s super durable, and it looks awesome. Talk about a slam dunk.
Why it’s unique: Umm… hello, it’s glow-in-the-dark! Very cool because it means hoopers can ball all night.
Pro tip: Encourage them to use it for 15 minutes every day. It’ll refine their shooting mechanics.
This nightlight is baller. It has 7 different colors to select from, and four different color-changing modes. This 3D night light is soft and uniform, non-flicker, and won’t hurt eyes. The ball is a flat piece of glass, about 6 inches round that sits on a 4 inch base, so it won’t take up too much room on a nightstand or dresser.
Why it’s unique: It has a remote control and touch control, and it instantly makes a room look twice as cool.
Pro tip: It sits on a black base powered by either 3 AAA batteries (not included) or hooked up to a computer with a provided USB cord. So be sure to buy the batteries for your gift recipient too.
This basketball return net is great for any player that wants to perfect their shooting. The net works with almost any existing basketball hoop and will save you from chasing after basketballs! Ideal for shooting free throws or jump shooting, either solo or with friends.
Why it’s unique: Players can work on their “A” game without needing to call their buddies over. So they can spend less time retrieving balls and more time practicing for better skill retention.
Pro tip: The arms and net easily folds along the main pole of goal for discreet storage. So mom and dad won’t have to worry about any eyesore from this basketball net backstop. But you might want to clear this purchase with them ahead of time anyway.
7. Their favorite basketball player’s jersey
Every basketball player has to own at least one professional basketball player jersey. Ideally a WNBA or NBA player’s jersey from the WNBA Fanatics Shop. Help your friend, nephew, or significant other build their collection. Get a special one, like Kobe Bryant’s high school jersey. Or a signed Sue Bird jersey.
Why it’s unique: They can rock it to practice, to cheer on their team at a game, or just lounging around the house.
Pro tip: Compliment your gift recipient on their shirt one day and ask them what size it is. Then you’ll know the perfect size to order. To support the WNBA, check out the jerseys of Sue Bird and Sabrina Ionescu which have been top sellers (shop here). Also, the most popular NBA jerseys tends to be Kobe Bryant and LeBron James.
Rep the Chicago Sky’s greatest gem with our new limited edition hoodie. This unisex adult-sized sweatshirt features a brilliant graphic on the front of an incredible WNBA player, and a logo on the left side of the hood. Enjoy a heavyweight, comfortable, eco‑friendly Champion sweatshirt. Perfect for the court and the couch!
Why it’s unique: This colorful basketball hoodie design will stand out everywhere you go.
Pro tip: NBA player Coby White wore it to a Chicago Bulls game with gray sweatpants, for a nice combination.
9. Basketball mug with a hoop is a great basketball gift
Hoop there it is! Help your favorite sister, brother, nephew, and more start their day with a hot cup of basketball. Get their head in the game early in the day, with this adorable ceramic coffee or tea mug. Plus, not to worry: it’s ceramic and dishwasher safe.
Why it’s unique: It’s funny and cute!
Pro tip: Add in a box of hot chocolate and some marshmallows. So your gift recipient can shoot some shots.
The Smart Ball works with a smartphone or tablet, and comes with a stand for their device. The app features daily live and on-demand classes. And players dribble the ball along to see how well they can do, getting instant feedback. The ball and classes are great for any skill level.
Why it’s unique: It can be used rain or shine because it works both inside and outside. And it only requires 6 feet of space.
Pro tip: It works with any phone or tablet with iOS 10+ or Android 7+. So make sure your gift recipient’s phone is compatible.
Give the gift of a real-life game situation. Help them lose the defense and get better, faster shots off with a basketball defensive mannequin. This training aid is perfect for ballers in middle school and older, and can ensure they perfect their arc, practice breaking around players, or improve their floaters.
Why it’s unique: It can be adjusted to any height. And is the perfect tool to work on their offense, even when no one else can play.
Pro tip: Practice basketball handling drills such as cross overs (including between the legs). And shoot right in front of it.
This is a great idea for a basketball player who’s trying to get more in shape and become more bouncy or shifty in their game. Crossrope’s Starter Set is our favorite kind of jump rope for basketball players because it’s super easy to grip, durable, and smooth. Plus it works well on any surface from concrete to a padded mat. And it’s quite a challenging workout – seriously, that can improve a hooper’s game pretty quickly in a matter of weeks!
Why it’s unique: Crossrope’s ropes are weighted so they make the workout a little tougher than a typical rope – which helps hoopers get better faster. They also come in specific sizes based on the user’s height, so you don’t have to mess around with complicated set up – trimming it – like some others. And the feel just can’t be beat. The handles are comfortable, and the rope doesn’t get tangled.
Pro tip: Let your gift receiver know there’s a corresponding app that has tons of workouts which we recommend downloading. When you make your purchase you can get the premium version of the app for free for 30 days, which just unlocks a ton more content. When you do that, you can find and record drills you can do again, even after your access expires.
13. NBA 2K22
This is the perfect gift for a gamer who’s also a gamer. NBA 2K22 is a basketball simulation video game based on the NBA. In 2021, a more in-depth WNBA experience was added too.
Instead of just a season, players can now play through a unique WNBA MyCareer mode with a created player. This mode, called “The W,” allows players to create their own WNBA player and turn her into a star at the highest level in the league. Users will play in WNBA games to progress their player. And, Candace Parker recently became the first female hooper to ever grace the cover.
Why it’s unique: It gives kids and adults alike great experience learning about the details of the game.
Pro tip: Make sure they have the console needed to play it: PS5 and Xbox Series X.
14. A shirt from a player’s clothing line
Many WNBA and NBA players now have their own clothing lines or custom shirts. Check out Diana Taurasi’s GOAT shirt. Or Kyle Kuzma’s Childhood Dreams shirt. You can also shop the entire WNBPA collection on Breaking T. And see every WNBA player’s merchandise across all sorts of shopping platforms here.
Why it’s unique: These make great gifts because not everyone knows about them.
Pro tip: Check out sizing information before you order, as these could be fairly non-traditional.
Price: $35.95 plus
No matter the opponent, Allen Iverson always brought heart and hustle to the floor. This Reebok gear including sweatshirts, pants, tees, and more celebrates the Hall of Famer’s legendary play. Allen Iverson graphics stand out throughout, and make for very original looking items, great for any hoopers wardrobe. For example, check out this cool shirt.
Why it’s unique: This exclusive line from Reebok celebrates all the things that made “AI” one of the greatest players to hit the hardwood.
Pro tip: If you see something you like get it right away (or buy two). They’ll probably sell out pretty quickly.
16. Basketball socks
Get them socks with their favorite NBA or WNBA team on them from Fanatics! Crisp graphics and colors ensure everyone knows where their allegiance lies. Help them add some much-needed team spirit to any outfit with these socks.
Why it’s unique: Stylish, durable, and comfortable. What more do you need? Plus, they’ll use them every single day.
Pro tip: Get them a few pairs because we all know how socks get eaten by the washing machine.
Bonus. PUMA Melo basketball tee
For the freshest fashion fanatics out there, now you can look every inch the true basketball fan in the Melo Fade collection. Puma’s Melo Fade Short Sleeve Tee features attention-grabbing graphics and fierce style accents perfect for those with a taste for the edgier side of street style.
Why it’s unique: LaMelo Ball won the 2021 NBA’s Rookie of the Year, and this is a great way for your hooper to rock his style.
Pro tip: It’s 100% cotton so you might want to size up because it’ll shrink a bit in the wash.
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Who says “Diamonds are a girl’s best friend”? That’s not in our playbook. These incredible basketball gifts for her are a girl’s best friend. Spoil your favorite lady hooper with these gifts that will not disappoint.
Let her keep basketball close to her heart with this dainty, 16 inch handmade necklace. This adorable 925 sterling silver and 24K gold plated necklace makes the perfect gift for niece or sister, or your favorite coach.
Why it’s unique: It’s sleek and an absolute game-stopper. It’s also available in silver or rose if that’s more of her preferred color palette.
Pro tip: Get one for her and her best friend. There’s nothing like a gift that keeps on giving.
These sleek and stylish basketball shorts will score your gift recipient points all day, any day. These shorts are the perfect blend of performance fabric, unique design, and a breathable, loose cut. And they’re custom made in the USA, so they’re good for the planet.
Why it’s unique: It’s hard to find shorts that fit female athletes well. And in interesting color patterns no less. So these one-of-a-kind shorts really stand out and make an impression. And it’s our sister company. So when you buy a pair of shorts, you help support our reporting.
Pro tip: These shorts come with deep front pockets, so stick something fun inside like your hooper’s favorite candy.
Give the gift of knowledge to your favorite hooper! Shop the best women’s basketball books (or for stress relief and creativity shop the best basketball coloring books). From a look at the start of the WNBA, to a behind the scenes look at the lives of storied WNBA players, such as Elena Delle Donne, coaches like Pat Summitt, and teams, including the Gamecocks, you’re sure to find the perfect women’s basketball book. Help your player discover the rivalries of top colleges, or get them a book to improve their game.
Why it’s unique: Knowledge is the gift that keeps on giving. Learning from others will hone their game. Plus, reading is a great activity anyone can do alone, anytime.
Price: $12 plus
Get them a cuffed knit hat featuring a fun pom pom. This cozy cap instantly elevates any game day look! You can get the iconic orange WNBA design or pick their favorite from any NBA team, such as the Charlotte Hornets, The hat is 100% soft acrylic fabric, is one size fits most, and is surface washable.
Why it’s unique: Easily customize it by selecting the version of their favorite NBA team or the WNBA.
Pro tip: Pair it with a T-shirt to give them a whole fit!
This fun fanny pack is great for carrying basketball snacks, a phone, keys and wallet. Made using slick, sporty fabrics, with cool color contrasting, collection-specific squiggles, eye-catching graphics, adjustable closure and plenty of zip pockets for secure storage of your belongings, your hooper will rock retro-inspired style with street sophistication.
Why it’s unique: Fanny packs have made a come back and are quite popular right now.
The Linnaeus Short is designed for all day wear and made in the USA. You’ll find it provides the perfect blend of cozy cotton fabric, original design, and standout details. The short features a washed out Carolina Blue pattern with bold bursts of red Chrysanthemums. Enjoy a relaxed cut that provides both comfort and performance options all day long for lady hoopers.
Why it’s unique: They’re super unique and comfy – you won’t find this original design anywhere else. And it’s our sister company so you’re supporting women’s sports reporting.
Pro tip: Make your purchase quickly because these are limited edition. So they’ll sell out fast.
Help your hooper’s performance with a stylish Jacquard elastic band that holds hair in place for secure fit. This 6-pack of headbands is made of polyester, rubber, and silicone and is 8.66 inches in length.
Why it’s unique: A fun twist on headbands with one to match every outfit.
Pro tip: Only 10 left in stock, so now’s the time to scoop them up.
Got a basketball lover who also has a green thumb? Plant one of these bad boys in her hands and she will love it! These are handmade and crafted with care from a Nike Swoosh Mini Basketball. This is a brand new basketball and not previously used for play. This planter has a 5 inch nursery pot built-in, and it is best designed for nursery potted plants 4” and below.
Why it’s unique: It’s made from an actual basketball! How cool. You can also pick your own stand: a round acrylic ball stand or a wall mount : 6″ wide, includes screws and wall anchors.
Pro tip: Plants are not included, so be sure to scoop one up ideally in its own nursery pot.
Price: $45 plus
Give a gift that will help any lady hooper keep her head in the game, and her hair out! These adorable velvet scrunchies will keep hair out of her face while she’s knocking down baskets. And they’re super soft.
Why it’s unique: These basketball hair scrunchies are both practical and adorable.
Pro tip: These would even make an awesome gift for a team.
The perfect gift for younger ballers, this LED hoop light brings some color to the game. Make it easy and fun to play at night with this simple to install light. And it comes with 8 lighting modes. Also it’s solar powered, so no extra batteries are needed.
Why it’s unique: This gift makes it possible to play at night.
Pro tip: Pair this with a glow in the dark basketball for an even more fun gift.
Give the gift of relaxation after an intense game with basketball bath bombs. When you drop one of these into your bath, it fizzes and releases delightful scents for the soothing and spa-level experience your hooper deserves after a W! It includes a pack of 5.
Why it’s unique: Even the biggest ballers deserve to be pampered.
Pro tip: These bath bombs are non-toxic and vegan, so they’re also a great gift for anyone who cares about the planet.
This is a cool mini basketball game your hooper can carry in their book bag with ease. It’s a classic arcade basketball shooting game that fits on a tabletop! This set comes with 1 desktop basketball game and 6 miniature basketballs. It’s great for de-stressing and a fun way to bring teammates together with a challenge.
Why it’s unique: It’s a fun way they can take basketball with them all the time.
Pro tip: Great for beginners no matter the age, and for taking to games.
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29. Basketball cones
These cones are a great gift for players looking to improve their game. The cones’ low profile design keeps the court safe while still serving as durable markers for drills. They’re great for all sorts of agility and ball handling drills. Plus, they’ll improve footwork.
Why it’s unique: These cones help players master a fundamental skill.
Pro tip: Tuck some drill ideas into the carrying bag as a fun surprise.
This personalized acrylic keychain makes a thoughtful gift for any teammate or hooper. Customize it with their last name and jersey number.
Why it’s unique: They’ll think of you every time they grab their keys to head to practice or the big game. And it’s made with care in the USA.
Pro tip: Ships pretty fast so it’s a great last-minute gift.
This adorable necklace would be a hit for any ball players. Each necklace comes with a beautiful inspirational quote. Sure to tug on heart-strings.
Why it’s unique: It’s a meaningful gift without breaking the bank.
Pro tip: Pair it with a silver bracelet to complete the look. Or with a basketball scrunchy.
32. Space Jam poster
This basketball poster would be an awesome addition to any basketball lover’s bedroom. It’s 24 inches by 36 inches and shipped in a protective tube.
Why it’s unique: It wins for nostalgia throwback vibes, and features a basketball great.
Pro tip: Include some wall poster strips to make it easy to hang.
Keep their shooting arm warmed up to sink jump shots with this NBA 2.0 shooter sleeve from Nike. It wicks away moisture using Dri-FIT technology and features a contoured fit for smooth, natural movement. The fabric is also designed to hold up against wear and tear for lasting use.
Why it’s unique: It’s 83% Polyester/17% Spandex so it has the right amount of stretch. And it’s available in black, blue, and red so you can pick your hooper’s favorite color.
Pro tip: Be sure to practice wearing it, and not just bring it out for games.
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Looking for personalized basketball gifts? Look no further. We’ve pulled together a few one of a kind ideas for extra unique gifts for your special basketball fan.
This 10 inch by 20 inch personalized basketball sign is sure to look baller in any bedroom. This one-of-a-kind gift is great for anyone that wants to bring the magic of the game into their home. These signs are especially great for a teammate gift or school graduation gift.
Why it’s unique: The best kind of gifts have a personal touch. This sign is classy, sleek, and one-of-a-kind.
Pro tip: Since this is custom made, remember to order with plenty of time before the date you need it.
Encourage kids of all ages to drink up in style with this custom water bottle. This water bottle is a 24oz single wall Tritan. Tritan is a tough, shatter-resistant, 100% BPA free polyester that can withstand sub-freezing and boiling temperatures. It comes with a twist-on lid that features a clear flip-up spout with sipper straw. And it’s available in tons of colors: clear, smoke, pink, green, orange, red, aqua, blue, and purple. Everyone will be saying “H2Oh my gosh, that water bottle is so cute!”
Why it’s unique: This water bottle basketball gift is personalized and will be sure to keep your favorite player hydrated during an intense game.
Pro tip: We recommend that you hand-wash for optimal longevity.
Looking for small but meaningful gifts for your basketball teammates or friends? These customizable basketball enamel pins should be your first choice! This high-quality, durable pin can be put on their training bag, hat, or even jersey for long-term use. And if you are a basketball coach or a leader of a basketball club, customize pins with your team name or your club logo for each player to help morale boost and promote your business.
Why it’s unique: You can customize it with their name, jersey number, birthday, team name, or club logo. It’s a cool inexpensive form of art to make someone feel special.
Pro tip: Enjoy free online design on this site with the fastest 2-day shipping, and you can also choose more personalized items to compliment your pins, such as basketball wristbands
Price: Starting from $8.35, custom varies
Every players knows, there’s nothing worse than wiping sweat from your face with your towel, and then realizing that wasn’t your towel. With this gift, the recipient’s towel will now be safe from intruders. This is a lightweight 14″ wide x 32″ long towel with an embroidered basketball design and the player’s name.
Why it’s unique: Customize it with any name, team name, or nickname.
Pro tip: Pick from three colors including white, black, and royal. Try a darker color to help it look clean for longer.
This wall decor is so cool and inspiring for any baller headed out the door to a game! This wall decal is made from premium indoor removable vinyl with a matte finish.
Why it’s unique: You can pick the silhouette color, the player’s name, and the number.
Pro tip: If it’s going on a freshly painted allow at least three weeks for the paint to cure first.
Price: $27.99 plus
This would make a great gift for a grandchild, a sister, or a cousin. It’s a minimalist cabled bracelet, made to order, engraved with the words you select. Encourage your loved ones to wear their hearts on their wrists with this adorable engraved bracelet. Even better, it ships next day, making it a great last minute basketball gift!
Why it’s unique: It comes in silver, gold, and rose gold.
Pro tip: Choose a font to personalize it even further.
Hopefully you’ve found a special Christmas or birthday gift for each basketball player on your list.
Quick answers to commonly asked questions about the best gifts for basketball players
Every basketball player needs a basketball, a pump, and a needle. That’s it! And a water bottle if it’s a hot day.
Get a girl who loves basketball comfortable workout shirts and shorts, new high-top basketball shoes, basketball training classes, a WNBA jersey, or a personalized water bottle.
Basketball players wants basketball tickets, their favorite player’s jersey or autographed picture or ball, new high-top basketball shoes, and training classes.
Shop the rest of our gift guides if you still haven’t been inspired:
- Basketball stocking stuffers: Discover smaller gifts you can fit in a stocking to brighten up anyone’s holidays.
- Best basketball Christmas gifts: Celebrate the most merry time of the year with fun ideas for the hooper in your life.
- Best WNBA gifts: Rep the league you love with a ton of unique WNBA gifts for basketball players and fans.
- Best basketball Valentine’s gifts: Give your love a gift that reps their true love: basketball!
Here are a couple other places to shop for basketball gifts:
- Basketball HQ’s roundup of 25 gifts.
- See what’s new in basketball on Etsy.
- Get 22 ideas from the Hoops Geek.
- Shop gifts for NBA Fans from Dodoburd.
- Shop basketball player gifts from DrDish.
- Explore gifts for basketball fans from Absolute Christmas.
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