Best Golf Gifts: 19 can't-miss Christmas gift ideas for a golfer
With the holidays right around the corner, you might be struggling to find the perfect gift for the golf lover in your life.
Fear not. We're here to help.
With everything from clubs to gadgets to shoes, apparel and more, we promise that anyone who loves golf would be delighted to receive any of these gifts.
Want to ace your gift? Here are 19 items to consider.
Best 2018 Ryder Cup gear
From hats, to polos, to jackets and more, you can already purchase your gear for the 2018 Ryder Cup in Paris, where the U.S. is looking to win on foreign soil for the first time since 1993.
Get your Ryder Cup gear early and show it off on the course. Visit shop.pga.com.
Best new golf iron sets
Mizuno's MP-18 family
The MP-18 family of irons released by Mizuno were made for players to mix and match.
With four models -- the MP-18 SC, the MP-18 MMC, the MP-18 FLI HI and the MP-18 forged blades -- players have the chance to choose a unique make-up for their set. Golfers can take advantage of the forgiving nature on the FLI HI and MMC offerings for long irons, step into the SC for a smaller cavity player's iron for workability and feel and then lean on the MP-18 blades with the shorter irons for ultimate feel. The blades, by the way. are much more forgiving than what you might envision with a traditional blade.
Blended iron sets are the way to get the most out of your game.
Mizuno also offers loads of great shaft and grip options at no additional cost.
The irons are priced at $150 apiece. You can learn more at www.mizunousa.com.
Honma TW737 P Irons
Once only available in Asia, the Honma golf brand has expanded into the U.S. And with it's TW737 P irons, Honma is giving golfers everything they could ask for -- a game-improvement iron with the looks and feel of a players iron.
The compact head is loaded with technology. The precision, cast pocket cavity ensures high trajectory and overwhelming carry distance performance thanks to a low center of gravirty and a strong loft design.
It's just a beautiful, playable game-improvement club that aesthetically looks like anything but.
Price: $780 for a 5 iron-PW set. Learn more at www.honmagolf.co.
Best new wedges
Cleveland CBX Wedge
Typically, gap, sand and lob wedges have been of the blade-style variety. They give incredible feedback, but they're not very forgiving.
Cleveland Golf has changed that with its latest CBX wedges.
Made for golfers who play cavity-back irons, the CBX wedge is meant to be more forgiving with a cavity back of its own, without sacrificing tour-level spin and control. This means consistent feel throughout your set.
Price: $129.99-$139.99. Learn more at www.clevelandgolf.com.
Best golf shoes
ECCO's S-Drive is like no golf shoe you've ever seen before.
This lightweight offering features an asymmetrical closure system that provides a revolutionary, snug fit, resulting in astounding support, stability and comfort.
With its bold colors, the S-Drive looks more like an athletic shoe, while also possessing all the fantastic technology you expect on the golf course from ECCO.
Price: $160. us.shop.ecco.com.
True Linkswear TRUE Original
True Linkswear has always been a golf shoe company that thinks outside the box. With their new offering -- the TRUE Original -- there's no need to change shoes from the office to the course to the restaurant.
The TRUE Original has a comfy toe box, on and off course traction and minimalistic style made for any endeavor.
With the Original, the company went back to its roots. The feel in the Originals is meant to give golfers a barefoot experience on the course, while protecting your feet from the elements, of course.
The Original is priced at $149. You can learn more at www.truelinkswear.com.
Best golf GPS Watch
Garmin Approach S60
The Garmin Approach S60 is so much more than a golf GPS.
Preloaded with more than 41,000 courses from around the world, the S60 can provide the user with precise yardages to greens, hazards and doglegs with the help of a full-color course map. The display is a 1.2-inch, sunlight readable color touchscreen.
Paired with Garmin's TruSwing golf swing analyzer, the Approach S60 can also track your swing speed and club path angles.
Along with all its golf features, you can also get smart notifications on your S60 for incoming calls, texts, emails and other alerts.
The Garmin S60 retails for $399.99, Learn more at buy.garmin.com.
Best golf grips
Golf Pride MCC Align and MCC Plus4 Align
For years, Golf Pride has been the preferred brand of grips for golfers around the world.
The company's latest offerings are the MCC Align and MCC Plus4 Align. These innovative hybrid grips combine rubber and cord for all-weather performance and ALIGN Technology for consistent hand placement every time.
The ALIGN Technology is basically a raised, red ridge on the back of the grip, helping the golfer with consistent hand placement and a heightened awareness throughout the swing to promote a square clubface at address and impact.
Price: $10.99-$12.99 per grip. Learn more at www.golfpride.com.
Arnold Palmer Monte Carlo Headcover Set by Stitch Golf
If the golfer in your life loved Arnold Palmer -- and who didn't? -- this is the ultimate gift.
Featuring Palmer's legendary umbrella logo, these headcovers -- available in limited quantities -- are the perfect tribute to the King.
The headcovers are 100 percent leather, hand-crafted, water and stain resistant and engineered to ensure a snug fit on all modern clubs. The set inclides driver, fairway and hybrid covers.
Price: $240. Available only at www.stitchgolfonline.com.
Best golf bags
The Stitch Golf SL1
If you're a walker, you will not find a higher quality, lightweight bag than this one. The "Superleggera" bag weighs in at just 57 ounces and is described as "The Perfect Caddie Bag."
This single strap bag -- a bit of a throwback -- offers a single divider that fits 14 clubs and two side saddle pockets with two top vent pockets. One is lined with felt for your valuables and the other is insulated for the beverage of your choice.
You can add a personal touch to your SL1 bag too. Stitch offers a 1.5" x 1.5" signature ingot for your initials. It's clean and classy.
If you want to take the Stitch Golf experience a step further, the company also offers a "Dressing Your Game" program, which gives you the chance to find the perfect leather, knit -- or both -- headcovers from Stitch to complement your bag with defined color schemes.
"Dressing Your Game is at the core of what we do at Stitch," said founder Charlie Burgwyn. "We believe at Stitch we can dress your game as you travel through life with innovative new products for business and leisure. This can be seen in handcrafted custom headcovers, golf bags, travel accessories and more. Dress Your Game is rooted in apparel design. The golf bag is the foundation of a great wardrobe like a navy suit or khaki pants. The headcovers are the fun details like your necktie or socks."
The SL1 retails for $328 and headcovers range in price, starting at $68. Learn more at www.stitchgolfonline.com.
Wilson NFL Cart Bags
Does the golfer in your life prefer to ride? Wilson has you covered with a nice, roomy golf bag that makes accessing your clubs and other items a breeze.
Even better, these bags are available with the logos of any NFL team. So, along with a great bag to strap to the back of that golf cart, the owner can also show his or her pride for their favorite NFL team.
The 14-way top means you'll never have a problem with clubs tangling and the addition of an external putter well that fits oversized grips is also a fantastic feature.
The bag is priced at $159.99 -- great value for a bag that has anything and everything a golfer would need. You can learn more at www.wilson.com.
Linksouldier Golf Bag by Linksoul
Linksoul makes some of the coolest, hippest apparel and gear in golf. And it's no surprise that they knocked the Linkssouldier bag out of the park.
One thing about Linksoul -- its products are never overdone. They're just right. The Linksouldier bag is no exception. A simple, clean look that gives off the "cool vibe" the bag offers dual straps for comfort while walking, has a wide stand mechanism that provides stability and balance and also offers loads of pockets for plenty of storage.
The side of the bag has a beverage sleeve and the zippers are designed for inclement weather.
There are two types of golf bag people -- those who love loads of pockets and those who don't.
If you fall into the "I love pockets" category, this is most certainly the bag for you.
The bag costs $225. Learn more at www.linksoul.com.
Best new golf apparel
Lululemon ABC Pant slim
Lululemon might not be the brand you traditionally think of when you think "golf" since they've been more of a yoga brand for years.
Well, we're here to tell you it's time to start rethinking.
The ABC pant might be the most comfortable on the market today. Made with Warpstreme fabric which is four-way stretch and sweat-wicking, the pants also include anti-gape pockets and hidden reflectivity.
The pants are perfect for the course, for work, or for a night on the town.
Price: $128. Learn more at shop.lululemon.com.
Bad Birdie polos
Are you tired of the same, old, solid-colored, boring polo for the golf course?
Let me introduce you to Bad Birdie Golf -- a bold, new company that puts an awesome spin on polos and is sure to turn heads on the course.
Bad Birdie doesn't sell a solid-colored shirt. Instead, they all feature funky patterns from flowers to lightening bolts to flamingos and more. And don't be fooled. While the patterns are no doubt wild, the polos are of fine quality.
The polos are hand-sewn with premium moisture-wicking and anti-odor fabric that's made in the USA.
Price: $72. Check them out at www.badbirdiegolf.com.
Chase54 -- a play on the ultimate score of "54" which would require birdies on every hole on a par-72 course -- is made with the golfer in mind.
All Chase54 gear -- polos, pants, shorts, outerwear and more -- feature performance-enhancing technology to keep you cool, dry and flexible.
Some Chase54 polos, like the Hamlet featured above, include UPF 40+ material for extreme protection on the course.
Prices vary. Learn more at www.chase54.com.
Best at-home 19th hole gift
There's nothing like a nice, cold, draft beer after a day on the links. Maybe instead of heading into the clubhouse, you went to get comfortable at home on the couch or in your favorite chair.
If that's the case, Fizzics can bring the 19th hole to you.
The company's Waytap can turn any can or bottled beer (12-25 oz) into a draft beer thanks to its Fizzics Micro-Foam Technology.
You simply place the can or bottle into the Waytap and then -- just like at the bar -- you pull down on the tap. Once your glass is 2/3 of the way full, you pull back on the tap and begin the "sonication process," applying sound waves to control the process of converting the beer's natural carbonation into an ideal Micro-Foam, comprised of uniformed sized bubbles with the perfect density that delivers enhanced aroma, flavor and mouth-feel.
The Waytap enhances the flavor and aroma of all beer styles, including IPAs, Pilsners, Stouts, Porters, Lagers, etc.
The Waytap can be purchased for $129.99 at store.fizzics.com.
Best gifts for the traveling golfer
Waterfield's Air Porter Carry-On Bag with Air Caddy
Let's face it -- there's never enough room when you're on a plan, right? How about when the overhead is full and you're forced to stuff your belongings under the seat in front of you, leaving your legs and feet crunched up for the duration of your travels?
Well, guess what? Waterfield has developed the absolute perfect solution with its latest offering -- the Air Porter Carry-On Bag and Air Caddy.
Designed with the input of frequent travelers, the Air Porter -- a compact, messenger-style bag -- fits comfortably under the seat in front of you without sacrificing that all-important legroom.
The Air Caddy, meanwhile, is a smaller bag that can store your tablet and other essentials like your phone, mp3 player, headphones notepad and more -- the things you would need to reach during your flight -- and fits in the seat back in front of you.
With the Air Porter and Air Caddy, everything you need is within reach... comfortably.
If that weren't enough, the bag is high quality, featuring your choice of a black nylon or waxed canvas base. It's TSA friendly and can slip over the handle of a rolling suitcase.
A padded laptop sleeve with corner cutouts allows laptop charging without even having to remove it from the case. The slim design means you can stand the bag up under the seat in front of you -- again -- without giving up legroom.
It's the most non-evasive bag you'll find without having to leave behind any travel essentials.
The Air Porter with the Air Caddy sells for $379. You can learn more at www.sfbags.com.
Braun Series 5 5190cc Men's Electric Foil Shaver Wet & Dry
Whether it's to keep in a locker or duffle bag when you go to the country club, to leave at home, or to take on the road, any dad who plays golf can use a good electric shaver.
The Braun 5 Series is specifically designed to be safe to use under the shower and with foam or gel. This gives you a refreshing and moisturizing shaving experience without the slightest compromise in shaving performance.
It includes the world's only 3-action alcohol-based Clean & Charge station that automatically cleans, lubricates, dries and charges your shaver.
Braun shaving foils have 899 unique apertures, that shave as close as 0.058mm and perfectly protect your skin for lasting smoothness.
The Braun Series 5 5190cc sells for $149.99. Learn more at us.braun.com.
Hydroflask 16 oz coffee flask
Hydroflask is a great companion for the golf course, the ride to work, a long day at the office, or to fill up after you've checked through security at the airport.
The Hydroflask features TempShield insulation to keep beverages cold up to 24 hours and hot for up to six hours.
Price: $24.95. You can learn more at www.hydroflask.com.