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Regardless of the specific team you call yours, if you’re an avid—or even average— basketball fan, 2020 has been quite an interesting year to say the least—and frankly, both a tragic and stellar year if you’re a fan of the Los Angeles Lakers with the death of Kobe Bryant in January and the team’s championship win in November. With two partial seasons behind us (the original NBA season was halted due to the pandemic in mid-March and resumed with stricter restrictions back in July), the 2021 NBA season officially starts once again on Dec. 22, giving basketball fans a little extra excitement to ring in the new year.
While opening presents under the tree and drinking copious amounts of eggnog with loved ones are surely two solid holiday traditions to take part in each Christmas, for NBA lovers, watching basketball games all day long is yet another holiday gift to look forward to each year. While the holiday season may look a bit different due to tight social distancing practices in place in much of the country, it appears that the traditional NBA schedule will continue, and whether you’re looking to celebrate with some new merch or find the perfect gift for the super-fan on your list this year, we’ve rounded up some of the best gifts for NBA fans that you’ll definitely want to add to your basket.
Stephen Curry Teaches Shooting, Ball Handling & Scoring on MasterClass
For NBA fans who also like to shoot hoops themselves (or at least would like to), MasterClass offers an online course taught by Golden State Warriors point guard Steph Curry. This class is the perfect last minute present, no need to worry about delivery.
WNBA Orange Hoodie
Fashion and basketball have always been synonymous, so there’s no excuse to not look fabulous, even on your couch. In the year of sweats, show some love to the WNBA. This now iconic orange hoodie has been seen sported by our WNBA heroes (naturally), but also LeBron James, Chris Paul, Damian Lillard and all your favs.
Nike Blazer Mid ’77 Vintage
Mix it up in the new year. Instead of another pair of the ever classic Stan Smiths, try something fresh. The Nike Blazer Mid’ 77 Vintage was an early prototype they tested out long before Nike became the giant it is today. The leather shoe also comes in black and with an assortment of rainbow hued swooshes.
Behold the LeBron 18. Any questions?
‘Playing For Keeps’
If you’re a fan of ESPN’s “The Last Dance” docuseries, pick up David Halberstam’s “Playing for Keeps” which chronicles Michael Jordan’s colossal career with the six-time champions the Chicago Bulls. Capped by the 1998 NBA finals and the team’s second three-peat, the insider coverage from Halberstam’s experience on the road with the team is like no other. And if you’re looking for another option, may we recommend the author’s additional basketball tome following the ’79 Portland Trail Blazers, “The Breaks of the Game.” And additional Bulls merchandise check out the this vintage Jordan jersey from ’97 -’98.
NBA Jam Arcade Machine
We all love “NBA2K”, but sometimes you just want a little bit of nostalgia. This four-player recreation of the classic “NBA Jam” arcade game can also link up to wifi.
The perfect home decor item for any basketball fan, this hoop wastebasket is sure to be a hit.
FOCO Lakers Championship Face Mask
You can never have too many face masks in your lineup, especially when they bear the logo of 2020’s NBA champions.
FOCO NBA Pajamas
Who doesn’t love getting the gift of a cozy set of pj’s to snuggle up in during winter nights? Regardless of the team the giftee in question roots for, FOCO’s selection of NBA branded loungewear has got you covered.
A beautiful Mitchell & Ness jersey is an excellent tribute to any of your favorite players. For example, this jersey is from the late Kobe Bryant’s rookie season.
Pop-A-Shot Basketball Game
Relive your Chuck E. Cheese glory days and show your kids who’s still the boss. This is the ultimate arcade game for the basketball connoisseur. The official “Dual Shot Sport Basketball Arcade Game” has 10 different games, 6 audio options and can easily fold up and be tucked away.
Celtics Nike Full-Zip Hoodie
We’re not going to claim that NBA athletes invented athleisure, but they certainly perfected it. From shooting shirts to tearaway warm ups, these pros have been at the forefront of court side couture and pregame fits. This zip-up hoodies (available in every team style) keeps you body warm but your arms free should they need you on the court.
A Year of Basketball Trivia Game 2020
This basketball trivia game is chock-full of team history stats, hall of fame achievements, fun facts and immortal records trivia questions from 2020’s NBA season.
Basketball Hoop Coffee Mug
This unbranded basketball coffee mug will please any NBA fan—regardless of the team they support.
Seems obvious, but isn’t it time to toss the deflated ball in your garage and upgrade to something a little nicer? This indoor/outdoor composite leather basketball is the official NBA size and weight.