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What Should You Buy a Golfer For Christmas

By: Golfshake Editor | Thu 08 Dec 2022 | Comments


It’s the season for giving, and if you’re looking to treat a golfer this Christmas, there’s plenty of options to make their holiday truly special. However, us golfers can be a rather particular bunch, and with so much choice, there’s a plethora of gift-buying pitfalls to avoid! So, before you head to the shops, why not check out our handy gift guide for golfers this Christmas - and make sure to check out our ‘what to avoid’ section at the bottom!

Top of The Tree

Clubs

It’s the gift that every golfer wants to unwrap on Christmas morning - no matter their age. Whether it’s a single wedge or putter, or a whole set of shiny new bats, nothing gets a golfer quite as excited as getting some new golf clubs. However, this is one present that certainly shouldn’t come as a surprise, and should be purchased in consultation with the recipient. It’s simply not worth trying to guess at a club that they might want, no matter how well intentioned! Forgo the surprise in favour of the delight when they see the club they’ve had their eye on for the past few months nestled under the tree on Christmas morning.

Shoes

Shoe sales rocket in December, with men in particular taking the opportunity to get some new work shoes or trainers (for the fitness regime they’re definitely going to start in the new year …). However, it’s also the perfect time to give your golfing footwear a refresh. And with plenty of affordable options too, they needn’t break the bank. But, if you are looking for something that the golfer in your life will cherish, now might be the time to indulge. For something magnificently splendid, have a look at the Grenson x Sounder Collaboration brogues!

Rangefinders

Rangefinder

Another present for which the golfer in your life will be truly thankful, particularly if they play a decent amount of golf away from their home course. A rangefinder is an ideal present (and is also super easy to wrap, thanks to their rectangular boxes!). We’ve got reviews of all the latest models of rangefinders to help you make your selection, with options to suit all price points. If you are looking for something a little different in this category, might we suggest the Pinned Prism rangefinder. It comes in a myriad of colours, and is USB charged, making it super convenient for charging before a round. 

Something Special

Bag

Pencil Golf Bag

Golf bags can be hugely personal items, and this is yet another present that we’d suggest selecting in conjunction with the recipient. However a good golf bag will stick by their side for years, and will be a nice reminder of your generosity every time they leave for the course! One of the more recent trends in this area is the rise of the single-strap pencil bag. We’ve got a whole article on the benefits of using one of these, and they can be the perfect Christmas gift, often coming in at under £100.  

Polo Shirt

But what if you do want to surprise them with something on Christmas morning? A polo shirt can be a great option. You’ll likely already know their sizing and tastes, and it’s something that many golfers are hesitant to splash out on themselves. Brands such as Hugo Boss, Peter Millar, and Galvin Green offer options for something a little special. However, the likes of FootJoy, PING, adidas, and Nike also have hundreds of styles, with something guaranteed to suit your golfer

Golf Break / Trip

Here’s something that they’ll really remember … why not give them the gift of golf?! Our friends at Golfbreaks can have options starting from as little at £49, with venues across the planet to choose from. However, why not buy them a UK stay & play package? These can often be found for under £100, and any non-golfers can tag along too, perhaps making use of the many on-site Spa options at Golfbreaks’ venues …

Something Useful

Custom Fitting

A voucher for a custom fitting is a great way to encourage golfers to take their game more seriously in the new year. Plus, if they’re going to spend their hard-earned cash on golf (rather than their Christmas presents for the rest of the family!), then it makes sense for them to buy something suited for their game. The majority of custom fitting locations will offer a gift-voucher service, and with many manufacturers bringing new products to market in February, the timing couldn’t be better for this gift!

Lessons

And speaking of getting the new year off to a good start, how about gifting a series of lessons. How often have you heard the golfer in your family come home and bemoan their poor play? Why not do everybody a favour by helping them improve in 2023 with a series of lessons. However, do make sure to scope out who they would like to have lessons with. As we talk about in this article, it’s important to ensure a good fit for both parties if real progression is to be seen!

Golf Balls

Golf Balls

Relatively self-explanatory this one. Golf balls are really useful, and are guaranteed to be needed next year. A word of caution though. Your golfing recipient will likely not thank you too kindly for several dozen of Sports Direct’s cheapest option! Instead, why not gift them a single box of premium Tour quality golf balls from the likes of Titleist, TaylorMade, Srixon, or Callaway? That way, you’ll know their smile will be genuine when they remove the wrapping paper.

Gloves

We have included gloves here solely to make this point. Right handed golfers, wear a glove on their left hand. Left handed golfers wear a glove on their right hand. BE CAREFUL when purchasing - we understand that this is confusing for non-golfers! If you’d like to treat your golfer to something a little different to what they can find in their own pro shop, why not try these North Coast Golf Gloves; helping to give them a little on-course style too!

What to Avoid

Toilet Putting

Far be it from us to be ungrateful, but we’re yet to meet a golfer who enjoys a novelty game of putting whilst on the loo! These sorts of gifts can often be found in places like Tesco or Boots and whilst slightly amusing, are destined to stay in the wrapper - perhaps to be regifted next year! Plus, these can often be £10+ … and we GUARANTEE the majority of golfers would just prefer a sleeve of Pro V1s!

Novelty Balls / Tees

Finally, the scourge of the Christmas gift. Novelty tee pegs and golf balls. You know the sorts; naked lady tee pegs, or golf balls that look like Magic 8 balls or Basketballs. These will never see the golf course, and instead, will end up solely being used for putting around the spare room (if they’re lucky). Save everybody the awkwardness and give these a miss this year.

And as for ‘exploding golf balls’ and the like. Simply, no thank you.


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