Golf Gift Buying Guide
In this guide we highlight the best golf gifts to buy family, friends, and share many different ideas you can request as gifts for your birthday or holidays. Picking out the right gift for a golfer can be a challenge, especially if you’re not too familiar with the sport of golf. We hope this guide aides you in learn which items are best so you can surprise a fellow golfer and seem like you know what you’re doing when you picked them out a golf gift. Let’s dive in!
Gifts for golfers under $50
If you hop on Amazon or a local golf shop there will be many golf accessories you can buy that are priced under $50. The most popular low cost golf items include:
However, you should check with the golfer first to see if these items are in need as they may already have a large supply of golf accessories, tees, ball markers, and may already have a golf glove and towel they use regularly.
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Funny Golf Gifts
You can also find funny golf gifts like exploding golf balls, coffee mugs that say funny quotes a golfer would understand, or even fun golf t-shirts. It really depends on the person you are buying a gift for.
Older players and seniors would likely be happy with simple coffee mugs or kitchenware that has golf content stamped on it. This gives them an item they use weekly and they’ll think of you when using it.
Gifts For Golfers Who Have Everything?
Some golfers seemingly have all the gear and accessories already but with a bit of research, you can find a perfect gift that will make the occasion extra special. Some quality gifts for golfers with everything would be a top notch Golf Rangefinder or a golf GPS watch. If you really wanted to push the boat out, you could get them an electric follow golf push cart that would make all their golf buddies jealous.
Golf Rangefinders allow golfers to check their distance to the green so they can pick the right club and play the perfect shot. Tec Tec Tec make some of the best golf rangefinder and if they are due an upgrade, this could be the perfect gift. Some rangefinders have slope and you will definitely want to get this feature for that to maximise the effect of the gift.
A Golf GPS watch can be a lot more than a golf gift but something that your significant other can wear all the time. Golfwise, these GPS watches let them know the exact distance to the pin so they can select the right club and play the correct shot. Garmin currently make probably the best Golf GPS watches with the S10, S20 and the S60. These quality watches come with 100’s of pre-loaded courses and we would recommend Garmin if you are going the GPS watch route.
Electric Golf Push Carts have become more technologically advanced in keeping with the times recently and we have have some great ones on the market to choose from.
Follow push carts:
Certain Electric Golf Carts can now follow you around the course. Your golf friend will hit their shot and their cart will follow them up the fairway(hopefully). The Stewart X9 is a quality follow push cart if you are in the market and have a more forgiving budget for the occasion.
Robotic Electric Golf Push Carts:
Controlling a golf trolley with a remote control can bring immense pleasure to the golfer in your life. Electric push carts are becoming more and more popular in recent times and the Spin It GC1R Easy Trek Electric Golf Push Cart is one that comes highly recommended from us and won’t let you down.
What Do You Buy A Golf Lover?
There are lots of expensive golf gifts you could purchase that a golf lover would absolutely love. For example, purchasing tickets to a Major PGA Tournament like the U.S. Open of PGA Championship. These can run $60 to $200 depending on the week day or weekend rate.
If you believe they like playing golf more so than watching golf, you could get them passes to golf courses in your city or at a vacation destination so they can play rounds of golf in new locations and courses.
Golf shirts from popular brands are also an option as well. Popular brands can include Nike, Greg Norman, Puma, Adidas, and more.
Another idea is golf balls. Golfers always love golf balls. Let’s jump to that in the next section to help you understand which golf balls are ideal as gifts.
Amazon Gifts for golfers
Amazon is home to hundreds of possible golf gifts and a wide range of prices depending on your budget for gift giving season. It’s also easy for them to return if you happen to pick the wrong gift! But don’t worry about that.
Here are some top suggestions for gifts from Amazon:
Golf Gifts For Dad?
One gift that dad’s would love to receive related to golf are range gift cards or range passes. It’s a great way for dad to decompress after working by heading to the driving range to hit some golf balls. It’s also a fun activity he can go do on weekends and something he can take the kids along for as well.
Another idea would be buying him a golf swing lesson or package of lessons if he’s been complaining about his golf game and swing. Most golfers are reluctant to take lessons from a swing instructor because of the cost, but if it’s gifted, then it would be a great resource to have on hand when dad needs to fix his swing.
Dad’s also enjoy getting new golf shirts and golf pants so they can change up their outfits time to time on the course. If he likes to drink you can also get him a beer cooler for the golf course so him and the guys can have a good time playing.
Golf Gift Ideas For Her
If you’re picking out golf gifts for a female / lady golfer, there are a lot of cool options she should love. Here’s our suggestions:
- Travel Suitcase for her golf clubs
- Fun head covers (animals) for woods and driver
- Or keep it classy with pink / purple professional looking head covers
- New golf shirts
- New golf skorts
Christmas Golf Gift Ideas
With holiday season, there are many Christmas themed golf gifts you can buy online or at a local golf shop. For example:
- Christmas themed golf shirts
- Christmas themed golf balls
- Coffee mugs, water bottles, drinking glasses
- Cooler for beers on the golf course
Since Christmas is usually the season when gift budgets are higher and you’re thinking of spending more money, this could be a good time for picking one of several electronics a golfer may need.
These can include golf rangefinders, golf GPS watches, wireless speakers that attach to the golf cart, or possibly high end like an Apple watch (which pairs with many golf apps to act like a golf watch too).
Unusual Golf Gifts
An avid may have all the gear and you have to think outside the box for the perfect stocking filler. This can make gift buying a challenge as you’ll have to come up with an unusual idea.
Here are some recommendations:
- Putter Ball Golf Game
- Chippo Back Yard Chipping Game
- Gift Cards to Play a Round at Special Golf Courses
The Putter Ball Golf Game is a simple golf putting mat they can set out on the floor at home or in the backyard. It comes with 12 hole covers (6 for each side) and you play competitively against a friend. The goal is to putt the ball trying to get it in one of the 6 holes on the opposite end of you. Once you make it, that hole gets covered. The first player to make all 6 of the different putts wins.
Chippo is a fun backyard chipping game similar to cornhole. The difference is a golfer uses his wedge or chipping club to hit a golf ball at the box, trying to make it in the hole, similar to cornhole throwing a sand bag at the box trying to get into the hole.
Gift cards are ideal for golfers who like to get out and play other courses besides their home course. Find a special course that person has been wanting to go play that is nearby (30 miles or less) and buy a gift card to it so they can play a round of golf there for free.
When shopping for golf balls, it’s important to pick out the right balls to impress the golfer that you knew what you were doing when gift buying. It can also work opposite as the gift opener could be quietly disappointed inside when they open a box of golf balls to find out they aren’t a very good brand.
To avoid this fear of picking the wrong type of golf balls, here are the most common brands golfers love to receive and that make a perfect gift:
- Titleist Pro V1 & Pro V1 X
- TaylorMade TP5 & TP5 X
- Callaway Chrome Soft
- Titleist Tour Soft
- Srixon Z Star
Another gift idea is picking out a golf swing analyzer device that the golfer can use to practice their golf swing. A swing analyzer is usually a small, compact device that looks similar to a phone. The golfer can set it down on the ground to measure different data about their swing as the laser / sensors capture the swing motion.
Some golf swing analyzer devices attach to the golf club so that they are in motion with the golf club during the swing to gather data like how fast the club is swinging.
If you go this route for gift buying we recommend the Arccos 360 Swing Technology. It’s a golf club tracking system where the golfer can plug sensors into the ends of their golf clubs and they’ll track how far the golfer hits the ball with each club.
This can help the player work on improving distance with specific clubs as well as learn more about their tendencies so they can score lower. It really is an awesome technology that any golfer should love having access to if you elect to buy it as a gift.
You can find the Arccos 360 technology on their website or on Amazon.
What Should A Beginner Golfer Have In His Bag?
Every beginner should have staple items in their golf bag they’ll need during a golf round. These staple items include:
- golf balls,
- a golf towel,
- golf tees,
- golf clubs,
- ball markers,
- divot fixers
- rangefinder / GPS watch
- golf shoes
Golf Balls – what the golfer will hit during a round of golf. One golf ball is used during the round of play but should the golfer hit the ball out of bounds or lose it in water, they’ll need to carry extra golf balls to replace it with.
Golf Towel – important to have for wiping off clubs to keep them clean especially on muddy, wet days.
Golf Tees – golfers will break tees and go through several during a round of play so it’s great to have many tees on hand. They’re cheap and easy to buy a pack at a local golf shop.
Golf Clubs – self explanatory, but to play golf a beginner will need a set of clubs. This includes a driver, woods, irons, chipping wedge, and putter.
Ball Markers – used for marking the golf ball on a putting green when it’s not your turn to putt.
Divot Fixers – used to fix ball divot marks on the green to smooth the surface out
GPS Watch / Rangefinder – distance devices a golfer can use to learn the accurate yardage between themselves and the hole. This is important for picking the right golf club to hit the shot and playing the correct distance.
Golf Shoes – comfortable shoes with good traction are a must for helping the golfer play his/her golf round. Golf shoes are special shoes with spikes on the bottoms to help grip the ground during the swing.
What Every Golfer Needs?
Every golfer needs a great driver. This is the one golf club in the bag you cannot go wrong with. Most golfers shop for new drivers annually and bi-annually if they aren’t content with their current driver.
Every year drivers are upgraded with new technology and this is beneficial because it lowers the prices on previous years models. This leaves you opportunity to purchase a great golf driver at a more affordable price tag.
For example, TaylorMade M4 is an amazing driver as well as the M2. But these drivers are outdated now that TaylorMade has released the M6.
Whether you go with the absolute newest driver or an older version from a few years prior, I’m sure the golfer you are buying gifts for will still appreciate the gift very highly. Drivers are a huge deal to golfers and many golfers hold back buying themselves quality because of the price. But as a gift, it makes sense to get a newer driver.
Hopefully you’ve found some inspiration from today’s golf gift buying guide. These are several ideas we compiled that we believe golfers love most and make great gift ideas. Picking out the perfect gift will really depend on budget and any tips or clues you got from the golfer.
If you notice they need a new driver and have the budget, this could be a great option. Or you can stick towards mid-budget items like golf balls and golf shirts. On the cheaper end of the budget spectrum you can always get them a restocking supply of golf tees or other smaller golf accessories; towels, hat, club cleaner tools, etc.
Mike Guillen, AKA “The Golf Author” is a former professional golfer turned freelance writer and self-published author. His books include Professional Golf for the Rest of Us, Stitched: A Novel, and The Ultimate Guide to Playing “Money” Golf, all of which are available on Amazon. His goal is to provide golfers with an entertaining and unique perspective on the game he loves most. You can learn more about Mike Guillen at his website: www.thegolfauthor.com. Check Out Mike’s books on Amazon: www.amazon.com/author/mikeguillen