Shopping for loved ones can be a real drag. They're the people you know better than anyone else, yet they can also be the toughest to shop for.
If the person you're shopping for is a golfer, we can assure you that any of the items you see on this list would make for a perfect gift.
Covering a wide-range of products at a variety of price points, here is the ultimate golfer gift list for this holiday season.
For the first time since 2008, Ryder Cup USA defeated Europe in the biennial matches at Hazeltine in October. If you have a loved one who just loves the Ryder Cup, there's loads of great gear to choose from in the PGA Shop, including but certainly not limited to, hats, jackets, polos, sweaters and more. You can find the gear that Ryder Cup USA team members actually wore at Hazeltine, or you can go with the special "Champions" gear.
Along with its beautiful needlepoint belts, which we highly recommend, Smathers & Branson also makes plenty of other great accessories at a variety of prices. The ones we love the most? Golf-themed flasks ($65), leather can coolers ($29.95), bi-fold wallets ($115) and hats ($35). All items feature the gorgeous needlepoint Smathers & Branson is known for.
Do you have a family member or friend who loves Caddyshack? The movie is portrayed on many of the Smathers & Branson accessories, including a "Bushwood Country Club" hat -- the fictional course used in the classic motion picture.
Over the last several years, boutique putters have really made their presence felt. One of those boutique putter makers is Strokes Gained out of Valdosta, Ga. These high-end, custom putters will separate you or your loved one from everyone else in the foursome. They're not just putters -- they're keepsakes.
With a variety of head styles and finishes to choose from -- along with personalized stamping -- your Strokes Gained putter will truly be one of a kind.
As if the putter itself weren't special enough, the staff at Strokes Gained includes a special, custom-made ball marker with each putter purchase. Visit their site for pricing details.
When it comes to bags -- both for travel and golf -- Ogio produces among the best. Here are three options sure to please those on your holiday shopping list...
For the traveler: Ogio offers the Renegade RSS Laptop Backpack for $149.99. That might seem steep for a laptop bag, but don't let the name fool you -- it's so much more than that. Along with its laptop compartment that features the innovative RSS (reactive suspension system), which cradles your laptop against damage if you happen to drop your bag, this bag also boasts the following: a crush-resistant Tech Vault pocket, padded mouse/camera pocket, zippered side utility pockets, expandable phone pocket, deluxe panel pocket with zippered stash, and dual side water bottle/accessory pockets. You can even stuff clothes in there for a weekend getaway.
For the weekend warrior: Going somewhere (perhaps the golf course?) that will require you to bring along beverages? For $35.99, Ogio offers a Chill 18-24 Can Cooler -- perfect for snacks and drinks. The leak-proof lining makes this bag easy to clean, and it compacts for simple storage when empty.
For the course: Golf clubs are a big investment. You need to take care of them. People routinely spend over $1,000 on a set of clubs only to toss them in a cheap bag where they clank around and get banged up. Ogio has the solution for that with its Silencer bag ($249.99 with stand).
Available in both stand and cart bag options the Silencer technology features 14 individual compartments that allow for a variety of club configurations. Each compartment has a protective membrane at the top that centers and gently holds the club shaft. The compression fit bottom securely holds the club grip and keeps it from moving and spinning. Bottom line -- your clubs won't clank when you walk or ride a cart. There are also plenty of pockets to store whatever it is you want to bring to the course.
Custom. We love custom. That's what you get from the gentlemen at Sunfish Sales in the form of beautiful leather or knitted headcovers, cash covers, yardage book/scorecard holders and wallets.
Sunfish specializes in customizing its products to suit, and gives you the opportunity to build your custom piece on the Sunfish site, and see a realistic rendering of what it will look like, right as you build it, before you buy it. It's also a great tool for green grass and tournament customers, to create immediate mock-ups as they plan their next order.
In terms of quality and customization, Sunfish Sales is about the most affordable we've found in this category, with prices starting as low as $29.99. That's almost impossible to beat for a one-of-a-kind golf gift that's sure to turn heads.
If you or someone you know is a frequent traveler, there has been a time or two that they've been envious of another passenger sporting the Bose noise-cancelling headphones. Trust us. We know.
Give a gift that will make them envious no more in the brand new QuietComfort 35 Wireless Noise-cancelling headphones ($349.95). What's better on a long plane ride than being able to block out all the noise except for your favorite music? Doing it without wires, thanks to the Bluetooth technology used in these over-the-ear headphones designed for optimum comfort.
For the golfer who likes to listen to his or her music on the practice green or driving range, the Bose SoundSport wireless headphones ($149.95) fit the bill. No more having to figure out the perfect way to place the wire from your old headphones so that it doesn't interfere with your swing.
These in-ear headphones stay secure and comfortable no matter the activity.
Do you wish you could bottle up the smells of the golf course -- like morning dew, the ocean, leather grips, fescue, pine and more? You can do just that with these golf-inspired candles created by 12-year-old Lily Green. Individual candles are priced at $20 and gift packages that include multiple candles are available as well.
Want to add some instant flare to your golf bag? Get rid of that boring, old, dirty golf towel and replace it with one of these beauties from MitholoG. Starting at $34.99, these next generation golf towels are equal parts fashionable and functional.
The awesome patterns on the top sides of these towels distinguish them from anything else you've seen on the course, while the underside does everything you want your towel to do: clean your golf ball, rid your grooves of buildup, wipe away the grime that ends up on your grips, clean off your shoes, soak up sweat and more.
The only problem we see with the MitholoG towels? It's a towel that's so pretty you're not going to want to get it dirty.
With all the advances in technology through the years -- both in equipment and apparel -- it's almost hard to believe that there was once a time where most golfers wore stiff, uncomfortable, wing-tipped dress shoes with spikes on the bottom to the course, isn't it? Don't get us wrong -- they looked sharp, but they sure didn't look comfortable.
Thankfully, things have changed. The latest offering from adidas -- the newest TOUR360 BOOST ($200) -- might just be as comfortable a golf shoe as you'll ever slip your pups into.
Featuring a premium leather upper with climaproof technology for a rich look, soft, comfortable feel and long-lasting protection and durability, the TOUR360 boost helps you perform at your best while maintaining a sharp look on the course.
There's virtually no "break-in" period with these golf shoes. They're like walking on pillows.
There are golf-specific sunglasses and then there are glasses you can where to the course, to the beach, to lunch with friends and everything in between. The new Tail Slide sunglasses from Maui Jim ($249) fall into the latter category. The timeless design makes these sunglasses perfect for any occasion.
The lens on these glasses are arguably their greatest selling point. SuperThin glass
provides the absolute crispest optics available. They're 20 percent thinner and lighter than standard glass, and offer the best scratch and solvent resistance.
With PolarizedPlus2 technology, every pair of Maui Jims includes a patented, color-infused lens technology that wipes out 99.9percent of glare, 100 percent harmful UV and boosts color via specially designed lens treatments so your view is clearer, with crisper contrast and amazing brilliance.
Comfort. Style. Performance. The Maui Jim Tail Slide checks off all three.
Warmth. It's what all of us in the northeast are looking for on the golf course this time of year. While we want warmth, we don't want the bulk that typically comes along with it.
The Galvin Green Windstopper Bart Jacket ($155) keeps you warm with its soft-shell fabric, keeps out windchill and sustains a core body temperature, which allows you to focus on what's most important -- the next shot.
It might just be the perfect golf jacket too, one to keep in your bag at all times for use in any season when the wind, or the weather, kicks up.
Are you or someone you know looking for/hoping for a new driver this holiday season?
There's no shortage of options out there at the moment, but here's one you may not have considered that you probably should: the JPX-900 from Mizuno.
You should expect a lot from a driver with a price tag of $500. With the JPX-900, you won't be disappointed. This adjustable driver with a beautiful blue crown and a stock Fujikura Speeder EVO II and custom grip (no upcharge for either, by the way) delivers in performance.
By manipulating the two, 8-gram tungsten-steel weights on the sole of the driver, you can fine-tune launch angle and spin rate and create fade or draw bias. The 450cc head has an adjustable hosel for additional launch and spin control.
Forgiveness -- both in length and accuracy -- is what makes the JPX-900 driver a hot item for the holidays.
If you're a serious golfer and you've never experienced what it feels like to hit a Mizuno iron, do yourself a favor and run to your nearest Mizuno fitter. It's amazing.
One of the company's latest offerings is the JPX-900 Forged irons ($1,199.99). With the integration of Boron, these Mizuno irons have a thinner, hotter face. The reshaped pocket cavity allows for more ball speed across the clubface -- in other words, you won't be losing much distance at all on your misses.
The JPX-900 forged irons offer the look of a player's iron (smaller head, thinner top line) with the foregiveness of a game-improvement iron.
If you're the type of golfer who is looking for an iron upgrade to a set of the "player" variety, but don't think you're ready for blades, this is the set for you. You'll get all the benefits of a blade -- primarily feel and workability -- without sacrificing on your mishits.