Winter really only means two things to basketball fans—an ongoing NBA season and the holidays. Treat your favourite fan to a holiday they won’t soon forget with these baller gift ideas.
For the fashionable fan: Dwayne Wade x The Tie Bar
Appearing on the cover of GQ may have been one of the best things to happen to Dwade, and it looks like his dapper dressing is catching on. Wade’s new collaboration with The Tie Bar dropped mid-November, and it’s chock full of stylish, silk stocking stuffers that are perfect for any dude, including bow-ties, neckties, cufflinks and pocket squares. What more, they all come in street style-friendly patterns such as camouflage, animal prints and the like. Wrap up something in a larger texture—such as a plaid tie—with a tighter-patterned, complimentary pocket square and you’ve got a perfect set. ($25 tie, $15 pocket square/The Tie Bar).
For the guy who wants to up his game: 94Fifty Basketball
The holiday season isn’t just about watching basketball, it’s also about getting out to the local Y and upping your game. Bringing the digital sports stats revolution home, InfoMotionSports dropped a BlueTooth-enabled basketball dubbed the 94Fifty that records your shots, passes and ballhandling, then tells you what you can do to improve your game. Using accelerometers, a gyroscope and sensors, the information is then relayed from the indoor/outdoor ball to a companion smartphone app. Make this a gift for the guy who is serious about balling, or, you know, that guy you play with that could stand to get a little better ($295, InfoMotionSports).
For the fan that wears his team on his sleeve: Christmas Day jerseys
Every year, the NBA and Adidas release a run of Christmas Day jerseys to change things up a bit on the court, and this holiday season marks the first time that these jerseys will feature the new, controversial short-sleeve design. Although they represent a departure from the traditional NBA tank, the first run of publicly-available jerseys are destined to become collector’s items. so feel free to give them an “I remember when” moment years down the road ($109.95, NBA Store).
For the couch coach: NBA 2K14
If you’re loved one is a little late to the game, NBA 2K14 is the newest edition in the highly-popular franchise. It features updated stats, an immersive MyGM mode that lets you control an upstart franchise and more responsive shooting controls thanks to its new Shot Stick feature. Even more impressive is a game mode that allows you to play out not only LeBron’s rise to greatness, but also his hypothetical future, giving you choices such as switching teams and even becoming a free agent. This one got critical acclaim from even the most hardcore of videogame purists, making it a must-have stocking stuffer ($59.99, GameStop).
For the intellectual baller: Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success
Trust us: he’s already got Bill Simmons’ The Book of Basketball on his shelf (and if he doesn’t, well, there you go). This year’s hot basketball book release is Eleven Rings, which chronicles Phil Jackson’s storied coaching career at the head of the Bulls and the Lakers and winning more championships than any other coach in history. Jackson’s lessons translate off the court as a recipe for success, mindful living and good leadership, making this a gift as good for your career-minded dad as it is for your NBA-loving son ($16.77, Amazon).
For those in the holiday spirit: BALLnROLL Couture
If giving back is your idea of a great holiday, consider giving them a unique, hand-crafted T-shirt created by a group of talented artists from our own collection. Each purchase supports international children’s shoe charity Soles4Soles to ensure that kids around the world have a meaningful holiday season ($20, BALLnROLL Store).