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, 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.
1. DribbleUp smart basketball
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.
Price: $99.99 plus
Steph Curry, one of the best shooters in the NBA and player for the Golden State Warriors, reveals his awesome shooting tricks. In this MasterClass video lesson series players will learn more about efficient dribbling and strong shooting. It’s great for any basketball player working on their game, or just anyone who loves Stephen Curry.
Why it’s unique: Learn basketball from one of the best. Steph’s MasterClass is packed with tips on shooting, ball-handling, scoring, and more. This virtual course can be watched anytime, anywhere, and is perfect for all experience levels and ages.
Pro tip: Encourage them to watch the lessons where Steph breaks down game film. It’ll really improve their game IQ. And smart play is the best play.
Price: $180 for one year
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. But you might want to clear this purchase with them ahead of time anyway.
4. Their favorite basketball player’s jersey
Every basketball player has to own at least one professional basketball player jersey. Ideally a 2021 WNBA player’s jersey from the WNBA shop. Help your friend, nephew, or significant other build their collection. Get a special one, like Kobe Bryant’s high school 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. Also, the most popular NBA jerseys tends to be Kobe Bryant and LeBron James.
Price: $28 plus
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.
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.
See all the best women’s basketball socks here! If you need a recommendation – the Elite’s are a true favorite for any ball player. Made with Dri-Fit, these socks pull sweat away and has cushioning that softens the impact right where they need it. They even come in all kinds of different colors. Buy these Nike socks for birthdays, holidays, and more – just do it!
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.
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.
9. Greatest UCONN plays coasters
These unique leather coasters come with four laser-etched plays from UCONN’s men’s team’s best basketball games. A truly awesome and special gift for any UCONN or college basketball fan. And a great dad’s birthday gift.
Why it’s unique: These coasters are sure to make a classy touch at any NBA and WNBA watch party.
Pro tip: Include a print out of the play by play for each, and make your gift recipient guess before looking. For example: 1990 Sweet Sixteen, UCONN vs Clemson 71 – 70, 22 March, 1990: There was only 1 sec left and UConn was down by one point with the ball under their own basket. Scott Burrell took the ball and threw a full court pass to George Tate, who grabbed it, squared up and hit the game-winning jumper at the buzzer. The shot sent UConn to its second Elite Eight ever.)
10. LeBron James prayer candle
Do they have a big game coming up? Help them light a prayer with this ballin’ LeBron James prayer candle. Or complete their favorite team’s shrine (let’s go Lakers) in their home with this classy and illuminating touch.
Why it’s unique: It ships quickly, and they probably won’t have seen it before.
Pro tip: Pair it with a lighter so they have everything they need.
11. 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.
12. 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.
13. 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
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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.
14. SleeperBear’s Pippin Short
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.
15. Women’s basketball books
Give the gift of knowledge to your favorite hooper! Shop the best women’s basketball 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
16. A WNBA replica basketball
The Wilson WNBA authentic indoor/outdoor basketball is perfect for any lady hooper. It showcases the WNBA’s orange and oatmeal pattern, and is designed for indoor and outdoor use. It’s a game ball for all-surface outdoors play. So you can hoop whenever, wherever. Plus, it’s the official WNBA 28.5-inch size and weight. And it features patented two-panel construction for strong grip and feel. Or, check out any of the best women’s basketballs – which would each make a great gift!
Why it’s unique: Laid-in-channels and 100% composite leather combine for extra grip points across the ball’s surface providing unparalleled ball control on both indoor or outdoor courts.
Pro tip: If you need something a little cheaper, check out the all-teams WNBA ball by Wilson.
17. A basketball necklace
Let her keep basketball close to her heart with this dainty, 15 inch handmade necklace. This adorable necklace makes the perfect gift for niece or sister, or your favorite coach.
Why it’s unique: It’s sleek, hypo-allergenic, and an absolute game-stopper.
Pro tip: Get one for her and her best friend. There’s nothing like a gift that keeps on giving.
18. The Linnaeus Short by SleeperBear
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.
19. Through The Lens basketball instruction
Help your lady hooper separate themselves from the pack this offseason. Through The Lens provides video lessons from the best minds in basketball, including the WNBA’s Napheesa Collier and Candace Parker. And you can watch on desktop, smart phone or tablet.
WNBA All-Star, Napheesa Collier, takes you through her path of becoming one of the brightest young stars in the game. She gives her perspective on the necessary steps you need to take on and off the court to achieve your goals. She teaches reading your defender, changing directions, scoring off screens, her to-to move, how to get your shot off quicker, and much more.
Meanwhile, WNBA Champion & 2-Time MVP, Candace Parker, takes you step by step through her career both on and off the court that has helped her become one of the greatest players of all-time. She teaches the dribble handoff, ball screens, transition, how to thrive in a competitive atmosphere, and much more.
Why it’s unique: This is awesome behind-the-scenes access into the mind and moves of some of the greatest players ever in the game
Pro tip: You can purchase an individual course for $90. Then, if your gift receiver likes it, you can upgrade for an additional $90 for All Access.
Price: $14.99 monthly for All Access ($150 per year)
20. Basketball planter
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 basketball planters are made from repurposed, used basketballs and come with an acrylic stand. Plus, the gold paint is high-quality, and will add a little sparkle to any home.
Why it’s unique: It’s eco-conscious and made from an actual basketball! How cool.
Pro tip: Plants are not included, so be sure to scoop one up.
Price: $25 plus
21. Hooper hoodie
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 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.
22. Basketball hair scrunchies
Give a gift that will help any lady hooper keep her head in the game, and her hair out! These adorable 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.
23. Basketball hoop lights
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.
24. Basketball bath bombs
Give the gift of relaxation after an intense game with basketball bath bombs. These scented bath bombs fizz in the bath and are perfect to celebrate gettin’ that W. They give off a light citrus smell, and they’re cute.
Why it’s unique: Even the biggest ballers deserve to be pampered.
Pro tip: Made in the USA with all natural ingredients, they’re a great gift for anyone who cares about the planet.
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If you’re ballin’ on a budget, check out these basketball gifts under $15! Get these affordable gifts without having to jump through any hoops.
Like the legends of the game, Wilson’s Clutch ball is the ideal combo of substance and style for every player. The all-surface cover let’s you play everywhere — schoolyard, sidewalk, gymnasium, and with exceptional grip and feel, you’ll be at your best wherever you play — and that’s clutch.
Why it’s unique: A tacky, pebbled cover provides enhanced grip on all types of courts.
Pro tip: Great for beginners no matter the age, and for playing outdoors.
26. 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.
27. Basketball keychain
This keychain makes a thoughtful gift for any coach, mentor, or teammate. Remind them that they are a key to the team’s ultimate success. Each key comes with an inspiring quote card, and includes a clip-on key ring for easy connection with a key chain, backpack, or purse.
Why it’s unique: They’ll think of you every time they grab their keys to head to practice or the big game.
28. Basketball headband
This design is absolutely electrifying! These sweatbands are sure to keep them dry while their head is in the game. They’re stylish and made of a high-quality non-slip material.
Why it’s unique: They’re easy to clean.
Pro tip: They come in lots of cool colors and designs, so you can personalize them for your gift recipient.
29. 3D basketball charm
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.
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30. 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.
Price: Originally $5.99 now raised to $15.95 since the next Space Jam came out
31. The desktop basketball game
This game is small, but mighty. It’s an easy-to-assemble kit including a miniature basketball hoop, ball, and suction cup base. And it comes complete with a 32-page rule book on desktop basketball. Hoop, there it is – the perfect gift for adults and kids alike.
Why it’s unique: Perfect for a coach, or basketball-lovin’ dad!
Pro tip: It sticks well to smooth surfaces, so make some recommendations on where they can play it. Such as on a desk or kitchen table.
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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.
32. Personalized basketball Sign
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.
33. Personalized water bottle
Encourage kids of all ages to drink up in style with this custom water bottle. It’s a 24 ounce water bottle customized with a basketball and a name. The bottles are made of BPA-free Tritan and have a flip top spout. 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: Match the color you select, from pink, clear, smoke, aqua, blue, and purple, to your player’s team colors.
34. Personalized basketball towel
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 white lightweight 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: A number can also be added.
35. Personalized basketball wall decor gift
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
Bonus: Personalized basketball bracelet
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.
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