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SPY Guide: The 8 Best Gifts for Athletes

* Buying a gift for an athlete? Here’s what to get them
* Avoid gifts they already have or don’t need
* Gifts at different price points for athletes of all levels

Shopping for your basketball-star niece or footballer brother can be tricky. Many people end up differing to generic sports gifts that the giftee already has, or doesn’t need (i.e. another basketball). This year, get the athlete in your life something fun, unique or useful that they’ll genuinely thank you for. Below are eight items that fit the bill and are sure to put a smile on any athletes face.

1. Forever Collectibles NBA Fidget Spinner

A fidget spinner from their favorite basketball team will allow your giftee to rep their team and de-stress before the game at the same time. If you’re on a tight budget or just want some stocking stuffers, this is a great option.

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2. Adidas Alliance II Sackpack

Drawstring backpacks have recently become the standard for compact gym bags, and it’s no mystery why. They’re super minimal, easy to wash and they match any athleisure look.

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3. MAX’IS Creations Mug With A Hoop

No rest days – even when you’re cozied up on a stormy winter day. Granted, this mug might not get your giftee to the NBA, it’s still a fun gift for a family member, white elephant, or secret Santa party.


4. Hydro Flask Water Bottle

Hydro Flask has exploded in the past couple years as the best water bottle maker on the market. Their TempShield technology effectively keeps drinks hot for up to six hours, and cold for a full 24 hours.


5. TriggerPoint GRID Foam Roller

Foam rollers have recently become a must have for anyone that exercises regularly. Fitness pros and gym newbies alike swear by it’s powers to loosen tight muscles and help with recovery. This one form TriggerPoint come very highly rated and features a grid pattern to make it extra effective.


6. Nike Pullover Hoodie

Especially in the cold months, athletes will always be happy to have another hoodie. Nike’s classic black pullover is great for warming up and cooling down, but can also be worn casually with jeans and boots.


7. Fitbit Flex 2

Fitness trackers are slowly becoming a gifting staple. They’re an essential for anyone who plays sports, runs or goes to the gym regularly. We recommend the new Fitbit 2 because it’s super slim, easy to use and focused on upping your game.

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8. Nike NBA Connected Jersey

Nike’s new NBA Connected jerseys have been getting a lot of hype lately. Along with being a typical premium jersey, they have a sensor on the label that you can tap with your phone to bring up highlights, tickets exclusive gear and more. For NBA geeks and techies, this is a great gift.

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