As the holiday season draws near, so does the fear most of us feel when we try to buy a “unique” gift for the male golfers in our lives. Here are a few of the Gorilla’s recommendations for 2010:
Original Rules of Golf – Framed
Another indispensible trophy-wall item. It comes in an attractive frame and includes the 13 original rules of Golf. Retailed via Amazon.com, the 14” X 20” wall hanging is double matted, featuring gold texture highlights throughout the frame.
- $91.95 USD (Amazon.com)
Personalized Shoe Bag
Is your Gorilla Golfer still carying his shoes in a plastic shopping bag? Then consider the Nike Shoe Bag, which can be personalized to include your golfer’s initials. The bag itself is made from nylon rather than leather, which gives it durability and keeps it scratch-free during use.
- $29 USD, with up to three monogrammed characters included (Personalizationsmall.com)
Autographed Master’s Flag
For the man-cave that has (almost) everything, there is the 1999 Master’s golf pin flag. This one is signed by 15 tour pros, including the likes of Vijay Singh, Larry Mize and Jim Furyk, among others. It’s available at FansEdge.com and comes with a certificate of authenticity.
- $379.99 USD (FansEdge.com)
The One-Step Folding Golf Cart
Hammacher Schlemmer is the original unique gift store. This push golf cart has a one-step process for folding into a compact little package that’s easily stored in the trunk of a car or even behind the driver’s seat on the floor. Watch a demo by clicking here.
- $199.95 USD (Hammacher Schlemmer)
Electric Golf Caddy
Then there’s always the option of a self-propelled golf cart. From Sharper Image, this sturdy unit comes with a remote control activation button and it’s easily foldable for storage. The manufacturer claims the cart will carry your bag for up to 27 holes before it needs recharged.
- $399.99 USD (SharperImage.com)
- Alternative: Hawk Belair Electro Powered Caddy Golf Cart, $267.75 USD (Amazon.com)
- Alternative: Bat Caddy X2 Pro – Battery Powered Golf Bag Caddy, $394.50 USD (Amazon.com)
Even if the male golfer on your list hates to ask for directions, he’ll appreciate the Sharper Image Golf GPS unit for sure. This particular version comes pre-loaded with over 16,000 courses (in the USA). It features pinpoint distancing to the front, center and back of the green as well as hazards. The unit is compact for easy portability, and it comes with scorekeeping and personalized golf course mapping as well.
- $399.00 USD (SharperImage.com)
- Alternative: Garmin Approach G3 Golf GPS Navigator, $435.89 USD (Amazon.com)
Antique Golfer’s Pen
For the sophisticated golfer, this attractive pen from Fairway Collections is worthy of autograph signing at the Open. It comes in a polished rosewood display case and retails for $25.00 USD.
- $25.00 USD (Fairway Collections)
Harvey Penick’s Two Golf Classics
Every aspiring golfer should read the classic Harvey Penick’s Little Red Book and its sequel, And if You Play Golf, You’re My Friend. Both are available in an attractive, one-book box set from Google Products for $41 USD.
- Alternative: Harvey Penick’s Little Red Book: Lessons and Teachings from a Lifetime in Golf, $9.15 USD
- Alternative: And If You Play Golf, You’re My Friend: Furthur Reflections of a Grown Caddie, $10.39
Customer Golf – The Short Game
A must-read for business golfers, this book tells the story of a man who is seeking a promotion at work but must improve at the game of golf before he can climb the corporate ladder. The 410-page novel is available in hardcover or via PDF download at Golf Book Outlet.com for $26.95 USD (hardcover) or $13.99 USD (download).
- $26.95 USD (Golf Book Outlet.com)
Dave Pelz’s Golf Without Fear
Authored by one of the most respected teaching pros in the game, this Dave Pelz book focuses on playing golf’s toughest shots with confidence. Pelz’s methodology will help even the most nervous golfers overcome their fears so they can approach every shot with the same conviction, whether they’re holding a driver or a putter. Sold by Amazon.com for $26.40.
- $26.40 USD (Amazon.com)