Are you looking for a gift for your basketball-crazy kid, partner, or husband/wife? Or are you searching for something for your wish list to avoid getting a pair of warm socks from your grandma again? Don’t worry, I am here to help you out!
In this article, I have compiled a list of the best gift ideas that will make any basketball player happy. These gifts are roughly sorted by price, starting with inexpensive ideas like books and going all the way to a premium portable basketball hoop for your driveway. Let’s go!
1. Books about Basketball
Is the gift meant for a basketball fan who is also a bookworm? Then, why don’t you get something that combines both passions!
Check out “Basketball: A Love Story” where acclaimed journalists Jackie MacMullan, Rafe Bartholomew, and Dan Klores embarked on a mission to interview a staggering lineup of basketball legends.
Or take a look the modern basketball bible “The Book of Basketball” by well-known podcaster and media personality Bill Simmons, or the teen-targeted coming-of-age “This Was Never About Basketball” story .
2. Performance Basketball Socks
Socks used to be a boring present you got from your grandma. Not anymore!
High-performance basketball socks like the Nike Elites come in hundreds of different colorways and are a must-have for every style-conscious basketball player! They improve traction and comfort of your feet, provide additional arch support, and wick away sweat much better than average socks. And to some basketball freaks, they are even collector items!
My Tip: Especially younger basketball players will be very happy about a pair of new and stylish Nike Elites!
3. Professional Coaching Clipboard
My Tip: Another great accompanying gift is the book “Blackboard Strategies – Over 200 Plays from successful coaches”, the receiver of this present will never run out of plays again!
4. Mini Basketball Hoop
My Tip: For its size, the SKLZ Pro Mini Basketball is surprisingly sturdy and will last many games and dunking sessions!
5. The Mug with a Hoop
It also has a charming back story as it was created when 8-year-old Max had the ingenious idea to put a basketball hoop on a mug during art class.
His parents saw the potential and started the family business “Maxis’s Creations” which has sold over 800.000 mugs to date!
6. Agility Ladder for Better Foot Speed
An agility ladder like the SKLZ ladder is a great tool for ambitious basketball players who want to improve their footwork and coordination. Almost every good basketball coach will do some type of agility work during pre-season, so working at it at home is also a great way to attract the attention of the coach.
My Tip: Check out this Youtube video for the best agility ladder drills for basketball players.
7. Shooting Sleeves
This particular arm sleeve is designed to warm up your arm quickly. It’s a great option for cold gyms or outdoor sessions and keeps your arms warm enough so that shooting is fun!
8. Reversible Basketball Jerseys
Reversible Jerseys are very popular among basketball players for a simple reason: It’s very easy to switch teams by just turning the jersey inside out! As a player who wears one of these jerseys you are almost guaranteed to be the coach’s favorite 🙂
My tip: I like the Nike standard Issue reversible jersey shown here which comes in a lot of different colors and is very comfortable to wear.
9. Compression Gear
And there are many reasons why: Compression pants keep muscles warm and the blood flowing, they reduce the injury risk and they are also just simply fashionable right now! If you want to find out more about compression pants read my article here.
10. NBA 2k21
My Tip: Make sure that you get the most current version for the right console. Nothing is more annoying than receiving a game for the XBOX when you only possess a PS4!
11. Vertical Jump Training Program
Every basketball player wants to be able to dunk! But not a lot of players are actually able to do it…
If you are looking for a gift for a disciplined basketball player who wants to work on his game, why don’t you get him the tool that will make him jump higher and improve his athleticism?
I did the 8-week Vert Shock program myself and improved my vertical from 29 to 37 inches and became a consistent dunker for the first time in my life!
My Tip: Find out more about why I think that Vert Shock is the best vertical jump training program, especially for young and motivated high school players!
12. A Basketball Backpack
To bring all the stuff you need for basketball practice you need a big backpack. If you ever tried to squeeze shoes, a basketball, a bottle of water and all the other stuff into a regular backpack you know how that can be impossible…
My Tip: The
Nike Elite Pro backpack
is a great basketball gift idea for high school kids who can also use it as a (very stylish) bookbag! Also, check my article about the best basketball backpacks to get more info.
13. Steph Curry’s Masterclass
In this collection of 17 online video lessons (over 4 hours of video), they will learn how to shoot, dribble and score the basketball like the 2x NBA MVP and 3x Champ.
The masterclass also comes with a 54-page workbook, shot-tracking worksheets, and the chance to ask Steph Curry questions during the “office hours”. It’s a unique opportunity to learn basketball from one of the best players of all time!
My Tip: Want to learn more? Check out my thorough review of the masterclass!
14. Dribble Up Smart Basketball
This is a great gift for every basketball player who is serious about improving their game and loves to geek out on the latest tech and mobile apps.
15. Jersey of the Favorite Team/Player
There are many different versions of basketball jerseys: From affordable replicas which are great for kids to the regular swingman edition for the more knowledgeable fan to the much more expensive authentic jerseys which are perfect for complete basketball nuts.
My Tip: Don’t know which player’s jersey to get? Check out this list of the most popular and best-selling NBA jerseys.
16. The Official NBA Basketball (or a cheaper alternative)
Every basketball player needs at least one good basketball, and for many advanced dribbling drills, it doesn’t hurt to have two! Unfortunately, basketballs don’t last forever. That’s why gifting a new basketball is always a great idea!
If you are looking for something special, consider the official Spalding leather NBA ball , it’s not cheap, but playing with the same ball as your heroes in the NBA is a very special treat!
17. Basketball Shoes
Try to find out which size, brand and type of shoe (low cut, high top?) he or she regularly wears and get something similar.
My Tip: Don’t know which shoe is fashionable right now? Check out my list of the best basketball shoes.
18. Tickets to a Game
My Tip: Make sure to get tickets to an interesting match up or his/her favorite team.
19. NBA League Pass
My Tip: Thanks, to online streaming you don’t even need a cable provider, you can easily watch on your favorite device like the Xbox, Playstation, Chromecast, Apple TV and many more
20. (Portable) Basketball Hoop
There is a wide variety of baskets on the market: there are very affordable portable basketball hoops like the Lifetime 1221 that are perfect for kids and more professional hoops that can endure long dunking sessions like the Silverback NXT .
21. Basketball Ball Return System
This is something I wish I had as a kid. I used to spend hours shooting free throws, and if you don’t have a rebounder you spend most of the time chasing the ball down the driveway. A ball return system not only allows you to do a lot more shooting in the same time period, but it also lets you practice catch and shoot situations you couldn’t simulate otherwise.
I’m out of ideas!
These were my gift ideas for the basketball player in your life. If you have another great idea that should be on the list, please let me know in the comments!