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29Gift Ideas For Basketball Players

There is always that person in your life that’s not only amazing as a human being, but is also good at sports.

Basketball players are a hard group of people to give gift because of the wide variety of goods and equipment they use, and brands add another layer to that special gift.

Here, you will find 29 recommendations for the best gift to your favorite basketball player, be it a family member, a friend or even that special someone.

Each of these pieces has been selected for different occasions, so go on and keep an eye for that special gift you want to share!

#1 Basket Ball

You can’t go wrong with one of these. Being the most classic (and traditional) item on this list, if the person you’re giving the gift needs a new ball, or another one for their collection, this is the best option to choose from. Wilson and Spalding are known as the best brands of basketballs around the globe, and their prices may vary from one to another so you have plenty of options to choose from.

#2 Nike Elites Socks

Nike might be most known for its shoes, but any basketball player knows there’s nothing more comfortable than the Nike Elites socks. And it’s not just that they’re comfortable: there are so many designs, colors and teams to choose from that the perfect match to give away is more certainly there. Prices may vary.

#3 Wooden: a Book by Seth Davis

If the player you want to give a gift to wants to know all the gits and bits of the basketball world, you can’t go better than with “Wooden” by Seth Davis. One of the best coaches of the world, this biography details not only his personal life but also his coaching style, which is something any sportsman will find useful to learn. Its price is $17.48.

#4 Dribble Stick

An excellent tool for perfecting the dribbling skills of any basketball player. The dribbling stick can be placed on any hard-flat surface, which makes it easy to install and switch from place to place. Ball control, grip and overall handle; any sills needed for dribbling is covered by the Dribble Stick. It stands at $99.99.

#5 Dribbling Goggles

An excellent complement to the last gift are the Dribbling Goggles. These special glasses prevent players from looking down on the ball while dribbling – an awful habit younger players tend to do very often. As fixing this problem as quickly as possible is important, the Dribbling Goggles are a very on-point gifts for kids. They are $3.99.

#6 Ball Hog Gloves

Continuing the trend of ball-handling, the Ball Hog Gloves help with this kind of training. These gloves are special because they make it difficult to dribble balls, and are better used while training before the games. Once removed, it’s much easier to maintain the grip on the ball, so the players become even better without them. Prices range along the $29.99.

#7 Weighted Basketball Trainer

This basketball looks and bounces exactly like any other, with one difference: it’s heavier, making it harder to dribble and pass it. Training with one of these ensures that the players puts more and more strength with every dribble and pass, so that when they are playing with normal balls these actions are performed easily. It comes at $45.

#8 Ball Return Net

Shooting is an ability every basketball player should aim to perfect, and saving time in this kind of practices is key for the sake of stamina The Ball Return Net allows every ball shot to the hop to automatically return to the shooter, which helps them both on their recovery time and their catching reflexes. They come across the $45 mark.

#9 The Nike Hoops Elite Backpack

Let’s be honest: all basketball players want to be stylish, and with the Nike Hoops Elite Backpack, this is easily achieved. But this backpack is not only pretty, it’s also designed specifically for baseball players, so they can fit shoes, clothes and even basketballs in a more efficient way than normal sport backpacks. The prices may vary according to each model.

#10 Speed Rope

Back to the basics is the way to go. Jump ropes have been an important part of all sports training since the invention due to their ability to train footwork, quickness and general athleticism with easy exercises. With good duration and quality, the speed rope is an amazing gift. Only for $29.99.

#11 Stuff Good Players Should Know

Another book that deserves a place on this list is “Stuff Good Players Should Know”. Focused on all rules, important moves and all kinds of info related to the game in easy and understandable chapters, any player will learn to strengthen and perfect their play style using this book as their companion. Available at $49.99.

#12 The D Man

A tool designed to train the offense ability of any player, The D Man is an excellent gift. With it, players will be able to work on their shoots or finish as if the hand of a real defender were blocking them. After some time, the player will learn to handle opponents even while facing an actual contender on the court. It’s available at $69.99.

#13 Weighted Speed Vest

Weighted work may be a trend in basketball players training. The Weighted Speed Vest is a clear example of this, as this wearable vest weights more than a regular one. When players use it while training, their body will work harder and harder to compensate the extra weight, so when they enter the court without it, the body keeps working as if the vest was present, granting the players some extra punch in every movement. The Weighted Speed Vest stands at $90.

#14 Portable Basketball Hoop

Most kids want to keep on training even when they’re not at home. And with the Portable Basketball Hoop, they can, as this hoop can be installed on every driveway or backyard. As easy as it is to install it, it can provide every kid which dream is to be a professional basketball player with that boost it needs to keep working on their dream. The price of this product varies depending on it’s size.

#15 Basketball Medal Holder

Any basketball player has more than a few medals of their past seasons and games. Why not give them a place to hang all of them? A Basketball Medal Holder is a great idea because it allows them to store all their medals in one place, avoiding any on them becoming lost around the house or end up used as a cup holder. And the best part is that every time they look at their medals, they’ll think of you. Prices may vary according to each model.

#16 Light-Up Rim Hoop Net

Want to have a night game with your family and friends? Using the Light-Up Rim Hoop Net is ideal for kids or players who like training until very late. No matter who plays, they’ll be able to spot the net and at least be able to shoot at it. Prices vary on their brand or model.

#17 Glowcity Glowing Basketball

These special basketballs make playing all the more thrilling. All you need to do is inflate them and, voilà! A basketball-nightlight will be in your hands. This doesn’t only make games more interesting (Specially at nighttime), but it can help any player keep on practicing even in the middle of the night. Pair it with the Light-Up Rim Hoop Net and you will have a light show in your own driveway.

#18 Basketball-themed Tumbler

Say your friend is usually using water bottles or glasses to drink their favorite energy drink while training or even in games. Why not give them something more custom? These tumblers can hold up to 30oz (1.13 kg) of any hot or cold fluid, they are made with stainless steel and will preserve their contents in the correct temperatures for hours! The prices may vary between each model.

#19 Surviveware Small First Aid Kit for Backpacking

A busy basketball player might be moving from time to time between places; the gym, the training center, their houses, etc. But what if, while traveling between these places, the player gets hurt? Or maybe he’s just practicing alone in his house and no one is there when they fall awkwardly on their foot? The Surviveware Small First Aid Kit for Backpacking is the straight up solution for that. It can be attached to their car or bike, or simply stored in a safe place and allows for easy storage and organization of first-aid product.

#20 Agility Ladder

This one here is a basketball product mainly focused in footwork and agility. The Agility Ladder allows for an incredibly high number of footwork combinations to match every player’s play style, and it can become a challenge for even the most veteran players. Add great value to any exercise routines for only $19.99.

#21 Elevation Training Mask

Another product for pro players, the Elevation Training Mask is designed to simulate a high altitude environment without actually having to go up a mountain or building. What these mask do is help the players improve their own breathing habits, a key element in building stamina and resistance for long games. Once removed, the player will be able to breathe normally, but with all the training it’ll feel easier to do it, thus impacting their overall stamina. They come at $39.97

#22 The Big Cone

Usually, players need to put big things around their backyards to work as their opponents. There’s no more of that with the Big Cone, an item which, as it’s name suggest, is a big cone used to work around as if they were players from the other team. These “stationary” defenders might not be as responsive as The D Man, but they will still prove useful when trying new passing or shooting tactics. $29.99.

#23 PowerHandz

PowerHandz work like the Ball Hog Gloves, but they have different features that make them useful for different kinds of training. First off: they’re weighted, which means the player will need to put more effort on dribbling and passing the ball, and second, they have an anti-friction material that makes it harder to handle basketballs with them on. That being said, they are a bit more expensive than the Ball Hog Gloves at $69.99.

#24 Multipurpose Resistance Bands

These Multipurpose Resistance Bands might appear completely focused on stretching sessions, but the truth is they can be used on any kind of flexibility training. Any player can use them in their stretching or vertical training, or tie them between their hands to work on their endurance and grip. Besides, they are only $19.99 each, an economic investment for a gift.

#25 Pro Shot Finger Spacer

A tool designed specifically for basketball players, the Pro Shot Finger Spacer forces its wearer to keep proper finger spacing while shooting and dribbling. This is specially useful for younger players, as this is one of those habits that become problematic in the future. $19.99 for each of them.

#Solo Assist

Many players that train at home don’t have the advantage of having someone train with them, so practicing passes becomes a hard or even impossible task. The Solo Assist tool is designed to cover for that passer in your training, allowing any player to strengthen every aspect of the game without the need of a physical teammate. It comes at $129.99.

#27 Double Double

The Double Double is a 2-in-1 tool for basketball training. First, it helps players become more efficient in their shoots by making the rim smaller, which makes it harder yet more rewarding every time they make a point. Second, it works as a cap for the rim with different raised grooves to work on the player’s rebound abilities. The Double Double is $39.99.

#28 The Control Basketball Set

The Control Basketball Set is a simple tool that comes with three different basketball with varying sizes and weights. Depending on which ball the players uses, they’ll train either their quickness, touch or hand and finger strength. An excellent gift for all kind of players at only $44.99.

#The Air Relax Leg Recovery System

This one is the most expensive item on this list, but it’s also the most important for building a better recovery from injures. 

The Air Relax Leg Recovery System allows players to maximize their recovery time using air to squeeze their legs, which in turn removes lactic acid from them, along with muscle stiffness and soreness. 

They stand at $545 each, but are the prime gift for professionals basketball players.

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