The holiday season is a time of giving, and if you’ve got a golfer in your life, buying a great present can pretty difficult. For non-golfers, the challenge arises in not knowing even what to look for – it’s like a 12-year-old going car shopping. This often results in buying junk with some sort of vague tie to golf.
These purchases are made with the best intentions, however. Loved ones want to get their special golfer something unique; something they didn’t think they needed; something that they didn’t already have. Unfortunately, because they don’t know what to look for in the first place, they’re more likely to buy something that will be stuffed at the bottom of our golf bags to remain for all eternity rather than a truly great golf gift.
However, I am here to help steer you to great golf Christmas presents that will have your lovable golfer happier than back-to-back birdies.
Get Something They Will Actually Use
I think the biggest mistake non-golfers make when trying to buy a golf gift is buying something that they think is really helpful. If you see a product that promises to add 50 yards, don’t buy it. If it says it’s essential for golfers, it’s not. If you think, “Oh, he/ she doesn’t have this!” it’s probably because they don’t want it. I can’t tell you how many all-in-one divot tools and golf ball salt-and-pepper shakers I’ve gotten over the years, and I couldn’t tell you where any of them are now.
Stick to the basics – hats, shirts, and windbreakers are always a great call. Do you live somewhere with seasonal weather? Pick up an over-sized golf umbrella for rainy days. A couple lessons from the Pro at the course can also be a great gift, or a gift certificate for driving range balls (most courses offer discounts for the more you purchase upfront).
Don’t try to reinvent the wheel. Get them something simple, practical, and useful.
You Don’t Have to Spend A Lot Of Money
Sure, golf can be an expensive game, but you don’t have to break the bank to get a great gift. A couple sleeves of golf balls and a few hundred tees will cost less than $20, and you can be certain they’ll be put to use. If you plan on buying balls, ask them if they have a preference – this will help you go into the store knowing what to look for instead of being overwhelmed by options. Take it from me, I’ve gotten my Dad a box of golf balls and a large bag of tees every year that I can remember – he’s still stoked every Christmas.
If you decide that you are going to shell out some big bucks, perhaps for a new set of clubs, make sure you get some input from the person you’re buying for. Golf clubs and equipment are very specialized, and chances are that randomly purchasing something with a hefty price tag will result in a big waste of money.
When In Doubt, Buy Golf
The only thing better than playing golf, is playing golf for free! Buying a golf gift card from American Golf is a guaranteed great gift because the cards can be used for almost anything at golf courses across the country. Send your golfer to where they want to go – the golf course!