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10 Basketball Gift Ideas

When you need gift ideas for the basketball player in your life, you’ll want to get a practical present that will help them improve their game. Whether you friend or family member plays on a school team, just joined a little league, or simply enjoys shooting hoops in the driveway, these basketball gift ideas are great for keeping a player fueled and energetic throughout any game. These ten basketball gift ideas are listed beginning with the most essential for a player.

Spalding NBA Street Basketball

Nothing is as essential to a basketball player’s performance as a high-quality basketball. Spalding is a renowned maker of sports equipment, and this basketball is identical to the ones used in official NBA games, so the recipient of your gift will feel like an all-star. This size 6 ball measures 28.5 inches in diameter and is made of durable material, fit for outdoor use. Its textured surface enables a good grip even in the midst of a sweaty, high-energy game of street basketball.

Spalding NBA Street Basketball

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Franklin Sports Ball Maintenance Kit

Ball maintenance kits make great basketball gift ideas for players who take their games on the go. This kit comes with a pressure gauge, a 7.5-inch inflating pump, an extension hose, and three metal needles for filling basketballs with the right amount of air. This ultra-portable kit comes in its own carrying case for convenience. You can find the storage for the needles right into the pump.

Franklin Sports Ball Maintenance Kit

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Nike Hoops Elite Max Air Team 2.0 Basketball Backpack

While duffel bags are a popular choice for sports bag, the backpack configuration of this bag makes gear even easier to carry while keeping the hands free. The entire bag and straps are made of a water-resistant polyester material, so the contents will be kept dry from sweat or any inclement weather. This large bag is available in a variety of colors and big enough to hold a basketball, shoes, water, and other gear. The unique Nike Quad Zip system makes it easy to access all a player’s essential gear.

Nike Basketball Backpack

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Nike Pro Fitted Short Sleeve Shirt

Available in a dozen vivid colors for visibility on the court, this sports shirt is perfect for helping a basketball player stay dry during an exciting game. Nike’s Dri-Fit technology helps wick sweat and moisture away from the skin, and the design is lightweight so that a player can keep his speed. The back panel of the shirt is made of mesh to allow more airflow and keep players cool. Made of 92 percent polyester and 8 percent spandex, it’s machine washable.

NIKE Men's Pro Fitted Short Sleeve Shirt

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Self-Pro Headband

Basketball players rely on sweatbands to keep loose hair and sweat out of their eyes during a tense game. This sports headband takes it to the next level by incorporating moisture wicking technology to keep sweat at bay. Due to its comfortable ultra-lightweight fabric players may not even notice that they’re wearing one. Once the game is over, the headband dries quickly while maintaining its shape. Its one-size-fits-all design means that it will stretch to fit children, women, and men.

UBand Men Headband

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GHB Pro Agility Ladder

Agility ladders make great basketball gifts for players who are serious about increasing and maintaining their fitness level. This agility ladder spans 20 feet of plastic rungs so that players can practice accelerated foot strike and lift frequency. Players will feel the burn as they run between the 12 runs, which are 15 inches apart. The rungs are made of durable, bright plastic, and they’re joined with a nylon cord that easily folds up for portability. This set includes a storage bag to easily bring the ladder anywhere for training and stay stowed away when not in use.

GHB Pro Agility Ladder

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Fitbit Charge 2

This piece of wristband technology helps athletes measure and improve their performance. The PurePulse feature constantly tracks a player’s heart rate, so they can measure their heart rate in the middle of a game, while taking a rest at half time, or while warming up before practice. Each Fitbit can sync with a smartphone to display and track vital stats like steps, calories, and even breathing. The long battery life of five days makes it a convenient and powerful tool for anyone trying to improve their athletic performance.

Fitbit Heart Rate Fitness Wristband

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Master of Muscle Massage Ball

This massage ball helps relax the muscles in the feet of basketball players after they’ve worked hard running back and forth across a basketball court. The ball has rubber spikes on it to deeply massage the muscles of the foot simply by rolling it along the floor. The receiver can carry this small ball into any gear bag to massage the foot and increase blood circulation before or after a game. It comes with a free e-book demonstrating the best massage techniques for relieving tension and improving the health of the feet.

Master of Muscle Massage Ball

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GlowCity Light Up Basketball

This light-up ball is one of the best basketball gift ideas for players who love a casual game in the yard or driveway. While it feels and performs similar to a high-quality basketball, it uses two LEDs to illuminate the entire ball for nighttime play. There’s no on or off switch, it gets activated by impact. Therefore, players can keep dribbling and shooting baskets to keep the ball illuminated. It only needs two batteries to operate. The ball is a standard size 7, and the lights will turn off automatically after 40 seconds of inactivity to conserve battery power.

GlowCity Light Up Basketball

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Spalding NBA Slam Jam Mini Basketball Hoop

For basketball players who can’t get enough of their favorite sport, this mini basketball hoop lets them play anywhere. The pre-assembled bracket easily installs above a door in a college dorm room, “man cave,” or other fun location. It’s ¼ the size of an official NBA basketball hoop with an 18-inch-by-10.5-inch polycarbonate backboard. Also, the board has a foam pad on one side to prevent damage. The set includes a 4-inch mini basketball for shooting hoops.

Spalding NBA Mini Basketball Hoop

Conclusion

Finally, from total beginners to professional athletes, these basketball gift ideas are appropriate for players of all ages and skill levels. What do you think of this list? Please feel free to share any other recommendations you have for gear or fun items that a basketball player would love to receive as a gift!

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