The Best Gifts to Give a Basketball Fan

The Holidays are right around the corner, so you might as well think about what you are getting your friends and family members this year. It has to be a memorable gift that the other person can cherish for a long time, so if you are planning to give a basketball fan something for Christmas, it shouldn’t take you long to find a gift that’s related to their beloved sport.

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1. Custom basketballs

However, gift ideas like merchandise such as basketball jerseys from their favorite teams and personalities are overused. If you truly appreciate the person, you might as well give them items that capture their love for basketball.  It pays to go beyond the ordinary and give the person something special. Here are the top basketball gifts that any diehard fan will surely love.

Although it could belong to the list of cliche basketball gift ideas, a full-sized ball could light up any fan if it’s given a personal touch. For this, consider customizing a basketball by adding intricate designs or a personal message. You can also go further by giving a basketball that glows in the dark. The person can use it as decoration or break it in during a game of after-hours streetball. 

2. Rare memorabilia

If you don’t mind breaking the bank just to make the other person happy, consider looking for items that have been part of basketball history. From trading cards to autographed sneakers, there is rare memorabilia out there that basketball fans are desperate for. You can find most of them in antique shops, but it would take a great deal of luck to find something that’s worth giving.

In addition, you can also take part in auctions, although you could find yourself paying thousands of dollars just to afford such rare items. Still, if you have the money for it, then getting someone a piece of history is definitely a great way to show how much you value the person. 

3. New kicks

Basketball fans are always on the lookout for new sneakers. If you know someone who is an avid sneakerhead, consider giving them a pair of innovative kicks from brands such as Under Armor, Nike, and Adidas. In case the other person is a follower of His Royal Airness, order them a pair of the recently released Nike Air Jordan 1 that give off a vintage style. In addition to these, check out recommendations for signature shoes from the NBA website. Just be sure to get the right size without asking the receiver upfront. Reserve the suspense when they get to open it.

4. Pop-a-Shot arcade game

Want the other person to relive the times they practiced their free throws at the arcade? Give the other person their own basketball arcade machine they can put in their basement or backyard. The machine itself can be expensive and difficult to transport and assemble, but it’s a good thing that there’s a foldable version complete with a backboard, infrared scoring system, a set of mini-balls, and multiple game options. You can also have the game in different types, from indoor single shot to outdoor dual shot which is great if you are playing against each other.

5. Ask an NBA great for a shoutout  

In case the person’s birthday is also during the Holiday Season, you can get a basketball legend to greet them on their special day. From NBA Hall of Famers James Worthy and Alonzo Mourning to NBA World Champions like Pau Gasol, you can get the sport’s biggest names to mention your friend or loved ones in a three-minute personalized message. You can make the experience even more memorable by using Cameo Live. This gives the other person a chance to talk to their favorite superstar in a 10-minute Zoom call. It’s short, but it’s definitely an experience they wouldn’t want to forget!

6. Tickets to a live game

With the NBA now celebrating its 75th anniversary season, you will definitely want to tag the other person along during a live game. It may have been quite a while since your friend or loved one went to see their favorite team in person. You can make it up for them by getting a courtside ticket to one of the 2021-2022 Season’s 72 games. A single ticket could be a bank breaker, but if it means giving a basketball fan the experience of a lifetime, then you might as well take the opportunity.

If your goal is to do more than impress a basketball fanatic, then keep these gift ideas in mind.