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Gift Ideas for the Basketball Enthusiast

Finding the perfect gift for the basketball enthusiast in your life when you know nothing about sports might seem a little overwhelming. You might not know all the players’ or teams’ names, but you can still get an amazing gift for your friend or loved one. Here are some gift ideas for the one who lives and breathes basketball.

1. Autographed Basketball

Does the basketball enthusiast in your life have a favorite team or player? An autographed ball signed by their favorite player is a great gift for any occasion, whether it’s for the holidays or their birthday.

2. A Pair of Basketball Sneakers

A pair of Jordans or a sneaker by another famous player that your loved one just can’t get enough of would be a great way to surprise them for an upcoming special event. Consider a pair of team-honoring shoes or athlete-honoring textured shoes (like the Mamba Fury shoes honoring Kobe Bryant).

3. A Fitted Hat or Snapback

A fitted hat or snapback hat featuring their favorite team or player is another great gift idea that they’ll cherish for years. While fitted hats were popular about 10 to 15 years ago, snapbacks have made a comeback in recent years. So you can really go either way.

4. A Copy of Sports Illustrated’s Basketball’s Greatest

A special-edition “Sports Illustrated” with a glossy cover allows your basketball lover to read about the history of the game and its players. What NBA fan wouldn’t want a treasure like this on their coffee table?

5. Kobe Bryant’s Book

“The Mamba Mentality: How I Play” book could be a good stocking stuffer this holiday season. After the sudden passing of the late great NBA star, this book can offer basketball fans from all walks of life a little insight and practical advice for the game and for real life.

6. A Customized Mini Hoop

Do they like to shoot hoops as much as they like watching the game? A customized mini hoop is a great gift no matter what age. Add their name and the names of some of their favorite players to the backboard as a special touch.

7. A Collector’s Jersey

A collector’s jersey (whether they wear it or frame it) can make a great holiday gift for the basketball lover in your life. While on the expensive side of the gift spectrum, it’s a gift they’ll love you for.

8. NBA 2K21 Video Game

A great gift for anyone who watches the game and likes to play as their favorite character just as much, the NBA 2K21 video game can be a great way to put them in their favorite player’s shoes — even if it’s just in a game.

9. A Subscription to NBA TV

If your friend or loved one doesn’t subscribe to cable, like a lot of people these days, get them a subscription to NBA TV. With an NBA TV subscription, they can watch unlimited games anytime they want for just $6.99 a month or $59.99 annually.

10. A Trip to a Sports-Bar Branded Bed and Breakfast

Buffalo Wild Wings launched a hotel room just for sports fans in March 2020. Your friend or loved one would no doubt like to kick back and relax in this one-of-a-kind bar that lets you fall asleep safely in the bar. 

11. Tickets to a Future Game

Know someone who can’t get enough of March Madness? Get them tickets to the next game (which might be in 2021) so they can see their favorite players up close and personal.

12. A Champion Sweatsuit

Perfect for working out or just lounging around the house, Champion clothing is a brand well recognized by fans of the NBA. Get them a Champion sweatsuit and throw in a pair of matching slides or a hat to complete the look.

Finding the Perfect Gift

Finding the perfect gift for the basketball enthusiast in your life shouldn’t be hard with the above suggestions in mind. Choose which gift(s) you think your friend or loved one would cherish the most and start shopping while you still have time.