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36 of the Best Basketball Gifts for Teen Boys

Basketball gifts for teen boys are a great option if you have an athletic teenage boy on your gift list. I always find it is a good idea to look at teens’ hobbies and interests when you are trying to come up with a gift that they will enjoy. It’s important when doing this to take your gift ideas a little farther than just the standard equipment needed for that hobby. Because chances are good he will already have a lot of basketball products. I have a teen basketball player at my house and I’ve come up with a list of 36 of the Best Gift Ideas for Teen Boys: Basketball Edition. Most of these have been tested and enjoyed by my son…your basketball player will love them too!

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Basketball Gifts for Teen Boys to Help With Shooting

This Off Hand Shooting Aid Smooth Shooter helps stop bad habits with your non shooting hand. Make sure you choose right or left handed! A Flick Glove applies resistance to help teen basketball players have a better follow through. The Dr. Dish iC3 Shot Trainer Increases shooting reps by 300% with up to 16 shots per minute with correct form and arc to maximize performance.

Basketball Gifts for Teen Boys to Help With Ball Handling/Dribbling

Ball handling is what often distinguishes a great player from one that is mediocre. Help your teen athlete develop better ball handling skills with these great basketball gift ideas. 

Basketball Dribble Trainer– This highly rated trainer comes with sticks to create multiple heights for basketball dribbling practice. Improving ball handling can make a HUGE difference in a player’s game. This weighted basketball increases players’ strength and helps improve their dribbling and passing games. Help improve your teen basketball players’ speed and ball handling with these weighted anti-grip gloves. They will have to compensate for their heavier/slipperier hands and improve their ball handling skills. 

Basketball Gifts for Teen Boys to Help With Defense

The XTRAMAN dummy defender simulates another player to help your teen basketball player work on his both his moves and shots..Defensive Slide Trainer Stresses proper slide technique by not allowing players to cross their feet and Improves his/her explosivenes. If you are planning to work with your teen basketball player on defense,  these Heavy-duty padded poles simulate defenders for a variety of drills.

Two Teen basketball players struggling for the ball

Basketball Gifts for Teen Boys to Help With Strength

A strong basketball player is a GREAT basketball player. Help your teen get stronger with these great basketball gifts. 

A resistance band set is a great for at-home  strength training. A strong grip is a huge advantage in ball handling. Kettlebells are small enough to store but can provide a great workout for strength training. Help your teen basketball player get strong forearms and hands with this grip strength trainer. 

Basketball Gifts for Teen Boys to Help With Jumping

A great vertical jump is essential for both defense and offense. Help your teen basketball player improve his vert with these gift ideas. 

We bought my son this exact vertical trainer resistance band. It has helped so much with his explosiveness and vertical jump. A plyo box goes right along with the band. You can use it without the band for box jumps or in tandem to get even stronger jumping training in. This plyo box can be turned on different sides to make it different heights. Last, this jump measurement trainer is pricey but fun for teens to see their improvement in vertical jumping. 

Basketball Gifts for Teen Boys to Help With Agility

Agility is a key component for basketball players for both offense and defense. Fortunately, there are a ton of great products that can help teen boy basketball players work on their quick moves. 

These agility training rings do double duty as both a ladder and mini hurdles to add difficulty to agility training. This agility kit includes a Ladder, 10 Cones with Holder, Running Parachute, Jump Rope and Resistance Band. Core Strength is a huge part of agility, and this balance board comes with a mat and an exercise chart so your teen basketball player will know how to use it. 

General Basketball Equipment Gifts for Teen Boys

When they are working out on their own, this FitDeck will give them an easy way to have drills and workouts that will help your teen basketball player improve. This Nike Elite Basketball Bag is sure to be a big hit for your teen basketball player.  Mini basketball pump– My son got this as a gift from his buddy. He loves having it in his basketball bag so he can keep his ball perfectly inflated.

Basketball players ALWAYS need a new ball! Grab a fun Patterned outdoor ball for your teen. There are some balls that you can customize with your players name. This is a Custom Spalding Basketball . Hydration is important for your teen basketball player. This waterbottle also has a mister!

Cool Basketball Gear Gifts for Teen Boys

My son prefers these Nike Basketball shorts for practice. Grab your teen basketballer this long sleeve t-shirt with his  favorite NBA team on it. You can’t go wrong with basketball socks

Teen basketball player dunking a basketball

Inspiring Basketball Gifts for Teen Boys

Inspirational Book– Steph Curry is a player that is hard NOT to like. Kids love his amazing shots, and parents love that he is an awesome role model. This book talks about all of the hard work Curry has done to become the player he is today. Of course one of the most inspirational players, Kobe Bryant is a great role model. His book talks about his Mamba Mentality. If your teen likes Kyrie Irving (or is a point guard) here is another great book!

Fun Basketball Gifts for Teen Boys

Don’t forget about some FUN basketball gifts for your teen basketball player! There are lots of great choices for fun basketball gifts. 

LED Basketball– This basketball is SO much fun! My son loves to take his outside for night basketball games. The light turns on when you dribble and then off when you aren’t using it. You could also choose a LED Basketball Rim (this one changes colors!)  Dirty Dunk Laundry Hamper– We got this for my son (and I’ll admit kind of for me!) for his birthday and he has loved it! First off, this thing is HUGE. Seriously, it can hold a ton of laundry. It also has a drawstring at the bottom to empty the dirty clothes out which is helpful. It has helped immensely with my son putting his dirty clothes INTO the hamper. All of my kids like to try and make a basket so this hamper would be a great gift for lots of different ages and kids!

Basketball Arcade Game If you have a basketball player you know that they pretty much always feel like shooting! My son and his friends (teenagers) will come to our house after a 3-hour basketball practice AND PLAY BASKETBALL! We got this indoor “arcade game” a few years ago and the kids big and small love it. A super fun gift for your basketball playing teen!  Here is another great indoor option. Socks are one way for players to express their individuality. There are some fun crazy socks to choose from and these sweet Lightning Elite socks are pretty funny.

There you have it..36 “epic, money” gifts for teen boys: basketball edition. (My son’s suggested words for this title). Haha!

I hope you find something that will work for your boy! Check out these other posts for more great gift ideas. 

Happy Gifting!


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Saturday 6th of March 2021

Why is this directed at teenage boys? I’m a little surprised actually that this isn’t geared at girls as well! That’s very gender prejudiced.

The Gifty Girl

Saturday 6th of March 2021

Hi Susan, The main reason this is directed at boys is because of Search Engine Optimization. In order for people to find the things I post, I have to specifically gear the posts to contain certain keywords or phrases. More people are searching for basketball gifts for teen boys than teen girls so to get people to my site I need to make two separate posts. Also, a lot of the gift guides I do are specific to things I have knowledge of. I have a teen boy basketball player and a teen girl who loves making movies. So my posts reflect my knowledge in those two areas. You are correct that many of these products for basketball could be used by both boys and girls. I do actually have plans to write a post specific to girls basketball, but as a mom with young kids there aren't enough hours in the day to get all the things done that I need to for this blog. I'm working on it though! :) Thanks for stopping by.

Derek McDoogle

Monday 25th of November 2019

My cousin's birthday is coming and all I know is that he loves basketball. I like how you said that a basketball bag would be the perfect way for a kid to transport a ball without the bulk of a whole bag. It would be also nice to find a nice basketball so that he could collect it.


Tuesday 7th of November 2017

Wonderful post. I always have such a hard time buying for people.

The Gifty Girl

Tuesday 14th of November 2017

Thanks Magen!


Sunday 5th of November 2017

I love this post! It's so great to see gift guides for ages other than toddler and little kids! Great ideas.

The Gifty Girl

Tuesday 14th of November 2017

Thank you Devon! I try to gift ideas for #allthepeople. ;)

Tosha Ornelas

Sunday 5th of November 2017

Love the glowing basketball 🏀 so cool and the fun out there socks are great! That’s so true it’s the only way they can show their true colors!

The Gifty Girl

Sunday 5th of November 2017

It is super cool in person too! Thanks Tosha!!

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