15 Best Gifts for Basketball Lovers

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The types of gifts for basketball lovers can be thoughtful and useful. This holiday season, whether the people on your list play on the neighborhood basketball court, coach a local team, or simply love to watch their favorite NBA team, there are presents for every type of basketball lover. 

With a house full of NBA fans myself (Golden State Warriors fans, to be specific) I took some time to look for some awesome gifts to help you grab the best presents this holiday season. 

Ready to see what type of gifts for basketball lovers made the list? Keep reading…

Why trust Gift Brilliant’s gift recommendations? We won’t overwhelm you with a huge list of gift ideas that people don’t really want. We share gift options that we have personally gifted or received, gifts that others have told us they loved, and a few gift ideas that we would love to have ourselves!

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The Best Basketball Gifts for Sports Lovers

O2COOL Mist 'N Sip Water Bottle

A basketball themed water bottle is the perfect way to keep your basketball star hydrated all year long. This water bottle will keep water cold and has a misting feature to help keep any players cool on the court. 

Another win? It's one of the easiest water bottles to clean. It's designed to be able to easily disassemble for deep cleaning, helping reduce the spread of nasty bacteria. My daughter had one of these and loved it!

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adidas Stadium II Backpack

This adidas backpack is a useful gift for any basketball enthusiast! 

Not only can you get it in different colors (to show your school spirit), but it has a spot to hold a basketball. 

Even better, the ratings on this specific basketball backpack are really good - thousands of 5 star ratings makes this backpack an excellent investment. 

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Funko POP! Lebron James

Whether you are looking for a lifelong LeBron James fan or a new convert from the Space Jam movies, this Funko POP! Action figure is an adorable gift for any basketball lover.

The adorable Lakers jersey won’t be around forever, so make sure you grab it now as it becomes a valuable collectors item for Lebron James all over the world! Plus, we're pretty sure this little guy won't fall down as much as Lebron does on the court.

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NBA 2K24 Kobe Bryant Edition

For any basketball lover and avid sports fan, the video game NBA 2K24 is an awesome gift this holiday season. 

Whether they are looking for a way to pass the time on the away game bus or they want to play basketball all night long, this is one of those video games that is always a great idea. 

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Basketball Woven Mid-Calf Socks

These ChalkTalk basketball socks are some of the best socks around. From their strong arch support to their awesome design, any basketball fan would love to open this present. 

I like to give these in the school colors for anyone that supports the Basketball team. From the players to their parents to the coaches! This is a thoughtful gift that any basketball lover will love. 

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Kobe Bryant Backpack 

Anyone looking to honor Kobe Bryant’s legacy this year will love this student bag this holiday season. 

This bag will hold laptops, books, even Basketballs all while sporting one of the greatest players of all time. Decorated with his Lakers number, this bag is an excellent choice for any basketball lovers!

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Yes4All Ultimate Agility Ladder

For any player looking to improve his game, an agility ladder is an excellent gift. 

This ladder is a great tool for athletes to help them become quicker and lighter on their feet so that they can be the best on the court. 

All they need to do is lay it out on the court, the driveway, even the basement floor and get moving with the included workouts.

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Pop-A-Shot Official Dual Shot Arcade Basketball Game

A super cool gift for basketball lovers is this arcade game! Set it up in their room, in the coach’s office, or outside by the pool for hours of fun. 

This Pop-A-Shot is the official dual shot arcade game and is a dream to own. Whether you are looking to keep your teen and their friends occupied or they need a mental break at work, this gift is awesome. 

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Beyond Basketball: Coach K's Keywords for Success

I love to get this basketball book for any basketball coach on my holiday gift list. 

Beyond Basketball goes beyond how to train basic basketball skills and goes into motivating keywords to help players be their absolute best. It's a wonderful gift idea for basketball coaches, no matter how long they've been at it.

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Dribble Stick 2.0

If the basketball lovers in your house are hoping to better their skills this year, check out the dribble sticks 2.0 for a gift this holiday season! 

Dribble sticks 2.0 are a great training tool to help any player dribble the ball more efficiently and improve their ball-handling skills.

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Sonic Boom Speed Jump Rope

Any new or experienced athlete looking to increase their endurance and strength will love this Sonic Boom speed rope this holiday season. The added weight adds some extra challenge and will push them to train in a unique way that will help any basketball player be successful come game time. 

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WILSON Evolution Game Basketball

Ask any basketball fan - the WILSON evolution basketball is the best basketball out there. Not only is it what the pros use, but it is what every single basketball player is hoping for this Holiday season. 

Give them what they really want with the WILSON Evolution Game Basketball.  

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Portable Height-Adjustable Basketball Hoop

Looking for a portable basketball hoop that's great quality but won’t break the bank? Here it is. Future NBA players can practice their free throws, jump shots, and have practice sessions anywhere they like.

With thousands of 5 star reviews and positive comments, it really is a no brainer that this hoop is the perfect gift for basketball lovers this year. You could even say... it's a SLAM DUNK!

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There are plenty of gifts for basketball lovers. Whether the people on your list are avid fans, players, or coaches, you can give some thoughtful presents this holiday season. 

So tell me… what did I miss? What must have gift for basketball players do you think should have made the list? Let me know in the comments!

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Amanda is a mom of four kids, two dogs, some chickens, and a few hundred composting worms. As a former teacher and fitness instructor, and the oldest of a houseful of kids, she has quite a bit of experience educating others – which she now does via writing! Gift giving isn’t her main love language, but she loves shopping for the perfect gifts for others.

You can find her on her main blog at amandaseghetti.com and on all social media @amandaseghetti <3

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