Best Golf Gifts: 50+ Christmas Gift Ideas for Golfers (All Price Ranges!)
Updated in October 2022 to add the best products for this coming holiday season.
I get it, trying to find the best golf gift idea for your husband, father, or any other golfer in your family can be really difficult.
There are thousands of different golf products out there, and if you listen to the marketing, they’re all touting themselves as the “latest and greatest”.
But most of them? They aren’t very good.
Luckily I’ve used and reviewed dozens of the best golf products on the market. So whether you’re looking for a gift for Christmas, Father’s Day or a birthday, I’m going help you find the very best golf gifts for the golfer in your family – regardless of budget.
Being that it’s that time of year again, we’ve updated this post for September of 2022 to reflect all of the latest products heading into this year’s holiday season. We have something for every price point and type of golfer in year life.
And the good news? This year there are more great golfing gifts out there than ever before.
Check out: Best Golf Black Friday Deals (Updating Every Day!)
The Very Best Golf Gift: Arccos Caddie Smart Sensors ($199)
For the last four years, my best gift recommendation has come from Arccos Golf.
This isn’t just me picking a random product, either.
This is legitimately my most gifted golf product of the past few years – I’ve probably given a half dozen of them as gifts to different people in my life.
Their Arccos Caddie Sensors and Smart Grips are honestly some of the coolest and most useful golf products on the market.
Essentially they track every shot you hit so that you get statistics about your game that were previously only available to Tour players.
Whether you’re looking for a gift for a gadget lover, scratch golfer, or for the person just getting going – this will help all of them.
They have two products to choose from the Smart Sensors and Smart Grips.
For the diehard, better golfer, the Grips are more seamless and it’s what I personally use.
But as a gift or if you’re unsure of what to get, the sensors may be a better bet.
You can add them to any club without having to re-grip them.
Something to note is that after the first year, there is a $155/year subscription fee to use Arccos.
- Who is it for? The person who plays at least once a week and loves to geek out about stats and review every shot of every round they play.
- Who is it not for? The device is very simple to use, but I wouldn’t recommend it for people who are totally tech-illiterate.
- Our Review: Arccos Caddie Review – Game-Changing Golf Grips and Sensors
Ever wanted Tour left analytics on your game from every round you play? With Arccos Caddie, it's possible. This is one of our absolute favorite golf products. Use code "BE15" for 15% off (Final price $170).
Best Golf Clubs to Gift: Stix Golf
I was highly skeptical about Stix golf clubs. A complete set of 14 clubs, for under $1,000, that are actually good.
No way. Can’t be done.
But it can, and it has been done.
After multiple rounds with a full set of Stix, I’m legitimately impressed. They look good, they feel good, and they’re fantastic for the new golfer to mid-handicap that’s looking for a set of clubs to fix their slice and make them more consistent. In fact, I’d go as far to say as they’re the best golf clubs for beginners.
They have a great 30 day return policy as well. So if you’re looking to buy a new golfer in your life a set of clubs, and are overwhelmed with where to start? Look no further, Stix is probably your best answer.
- Who is it for? Anyone from a brand new golfer to a mid-handicap, that’s looking for a full set of clubs without breaking the bank
- Who isn’t it for? If you have a hook tendency or if you’re a strong single-digit or better, these aren’t for you.
- Our Score: 9.4
- Our Review: Stix Golf Clubs Review: Is it the Best Value in Golf?
Stix has what we believe is the best complete set of clubs for under $1k. If you're a new golfer up to a mid-handicap - you should absolutely consider Stix for you next set of clubs.
Best Golf Travel Gift: Club Glove Last Bag ($299)
Years ago when I started traveling for golf, I bought a cheap $100 travel bag. It lasted 4 trips before I had to stitch it together with duct tape just to make it home.
After that, I decided to invest in a bag that would (hopefully) last, and I got a Club Glove Last Bag.
That was 8 years ago.
My Last Bag has been on dozens of flights and to golf courses all over the world. It’s still going strong, and is hands down my recommendation for best golf bag, if you’re looking to find a travel gift for the golfer in your life.
- Who is it for? The traveling golfer who needs a safe way to take their clubs on flights.
- Who isn’t it for? The person who hates traveling with clubs and rents everywhere they go.
- Our review: The Club Glove Last Bag is Worth the Investment
- Solid Alternative? Holderness and Bourne Byers Duffel. I’ve had a Byers for over 5 years and it gets used all the time for short 2-3 day trips. Here’s the full review.
I bought a cheap travel bag and after 4 trips it was worthless. Then I bought a Club Glove Last Bag. I've had it for 8 years and it's still going strong. Hands down, this is the travel bag to get.
Best Golf Swing Training Gift: Blast Motion Golf Sensor ($149)
Have you ever watched the pros and wondered how their swing tempo looks so effortless? Or how they manage to hit the ball straight every time they want to?
Yeah, me too. And the Blast Motion Golf Swing Sensor may be the single best device I’ve tested to help you improve your tempo, square up your club at impact, and give you an obscene amount of club data for when you’re practicing on the range or putting green.
This will help not only hit straighter, more consistent shots, but it’ll help you drain more putts as well, leading to lower scores.
This is one of the best ways to improve your putting stroke or swing at home, and considering they just upgraded the Blast for 2022 with improved hardware? It’s a fantastic time to start practicing.
- Who is it for? The person who likes to dissect every part of their golf swing in order to improve it based on real data.
- Who isn’t it for? The person doesn’t like to practice and who just wants to hit a few balls, and head straight out to the course.
- Review: Blast Motion Golf Review: A Ton of Tech in a Tiny Package
- Solid Alternative: Voice Caddie T9 Golf Watch – This is the only golf watch I know of that has built-in tempo functions. So if you want something even more full-featured to give as a gift? This is an excellent choice.
Blast Motion is one of the best ways to track the intricacies of your golf swing. It works especially well for getting your putting stroke on plane, and is a fantastic way to practice on the range, on the putting green, or even better, at home.
Best Golf Launch Monitor Under $1,000: Garmin Approach R10
The Garmin Approach R10 gets my nod for the best new golf product of the year.
It’s really good. It combines the feature set I love from the Rapsodo MLM with the accuracy and ease of use of the FlightScope Mevo to create a very well-executed and very compelling consumer launch monitor.
It’s a joy to use, and when you throw in some of the simulator features on top of its standard driving range statistics, it truly sets itself apart in an increasingly crowded market.
The downside? They’re tough to get your hands on right now, so order early if you’re looking to give it as a holiday gift.
- Who is it for? The person who loves the idea of turning their practice sessions into a more serious competition. Or wants a budget simulator setup for their garage.
- Who isn’t it for? The person who has no interest in practicing.
- Review: Garmin Approach R10 Review: The Best Launch Monitor Under $1k?
- Solid Alternative: FlightScope Mevo or Rapsodo MLM
The Garmin Approach R10 is hands down one of the very best launch monitors you'll find for under $1,000. Highly recommend.
Best Golf Launch Monitor Under $500: FlightScope Mevo ($499)
The portable launch monitor market has heated up over the last couple of years, and there are a lot of great options.
The two biggest players at this price range are FlightScope and Rapsodo.
In my testing I found the FlightScope to be more accurate and easier to use, but the Rapsodo has recently updated its device to make it perform better as well.
This is honestly a toss-up, and it comes down a bit to what the golfer in your life values more: better accuracy or more features.
Both devices allow you to record video of your shots, and both are wonderful tools to use on the driving range and improve your game.
- Who is it for? The person who wants to practice more, but usually gets too bored to make any progress.
- Who isn’t it for? Once again, the person who has no interest in practicing.
- Discount: Use code BreakingEighty for 15% off!
- Review: FlightScope Mevo Review: A Very Worth Investment
- Solid Alternative: Rapsodo MLM. Review: Rapsodo Launch Monitor Review: Is it Worth $500?
- Comparison: Want to know more about the features of both? Here’s a Mevo vs. Rapsodo comparison.
A fantastic launch monitor at a great price. If you're looking to dial in your distances, but not spend thousands on a Pro-Level Flightscope or Trackman? This is for you. And you can save 15% using the code "BreakingEighty"
Best Premium Golf Simulator: FlightScope Mevo+
Ok, this could have also fallen under the category of “best golf launch monitor” but the fact is, the FlightScope Mevo+ is the best product for most people who want a high-end simulator or launch monitor experience.
The Mevo Plus isn’t cheap.
But it’s also far less than competitors, while being more user-friendly and feature heavy.
If you’re looking for a splurge gift for a significant other that has been wanting to practice more, or build a golf simulator for home. This is a gift that anyone would love to receive.
- Who it’s for? Someone who is serious about golf and wants one of the best pieces of tech for improving their game and making practice more enjoyable and productive.
- Who isn’t it for? People who don’t want to practice, or aren’t into dealing with technology.
- Discount: Use code “BREAKINGEIGHTYPLUS” for 10% off.
- Review: FlightScope Mevo+ Review: Our Pick for Best Overall Launch Monitor
- Solid Alternative: Bushnell Launch Pro. Want an even more accurate launch monitor to give as a gift? Try this. The downside here is the annual subscription fee can make it a tricky option to gift if you don’t share finances.
Simply put this is the closet you're going to get to a "pro" level launch monitor at a budget price. Granted $2k isn't exactly budget, but for what you get? This is a fantastic value. Use code "BREAKINGEIGHTYPLUS" to get 10% off!
Best Golf Rangefinder: Bushnell
Pro X3 ($599)
I’ve found that a rangefinder is one of the most asked for golf gifts you can find. Why? Because to know exactly how far away you are from the pin on any given spot on the golf course will give you a huge advantage.
This is an absolute must for any regular golfer.
And the king of rangefinders? It’s Bushnell.
There’s a reason 98% of tour players use the devices – because they’re well built, feature heavy, and extremely reliable.
And after making us a wait a few years, Bushnell has finally released their new flagship rangefinder: the X3.
For years their top-of-the-line Pro XE was my recommendation for “best rangefinder.”
But they’ve improved upon it in nearly every way with the release of the Pro X3.
While there are a lot of fantastic rangefinders for less money, if you truly want the best of the best?
It’s hard to argue against the Bushnell Pro X3.
It isn’t cheap, but if you want a product that will last for years – this is it.
My personal favorite is far and away the Bushnell Pro XE.
- Who is it for? The regular golfer who wants a rangefinder that will last for many seasons to come.
- Who isn’t it for? The person who already has one they love. While small things have been improved with newer models, the chances are if they’ve bought one in the last few years, it will still do the trick.
- Solid alternative? Bushnell Tour V5. The V5 is one step down from the
Pro XE, but I found myself falling in love with it. It’s fast, accurate, and lightweight. And if you go with the non-slope version? It’s only $300. Here’s my full Bushnell Tour V5 Review.
- Review: Coming soon.
- Other Rangefinders: This one not the right fit? Here’s our list of the best golf rangefinders on the market.
It's not cheap, but if you want the most durable, best-performing rangefinder from the most reliable name in golf? Look no further than the flagship Pro X3 from Bushnell.
Best Budget Rangefinder: Precision Pro NX10 ($259)
Use the code BREAKINGEIGHTY for $20 off any Precision Pro Product.
The Bushnell I listed above has been my number one recommendation for rangefinders for 3 years.
But with the recently released Precision Pro NX10, it finally has some stiff competition. Both perform similarly, but the kicker is that the Precision Pro costs nearly half as much!
Not only is this one of the best rangefinders on the market, but the ability to personalize it via a removable faceplate makes the NX10 one of the hottest products in golf right now.
- Who is it for? The person who wants a high-quality rangefinder at a great price and is one of the most hyped products of 2022.
- Who isn’t it for? The golfer who doesn’t use a rangefinder and prefers a GPS.
- Solid alternative? The Blue Tees Series 3 Max. Blue Tees is stepping up their game, and this latest release is closing on Precision Pro in terms of quality.
- Our Review: Precision Pro NX10 Review: A Bushnell Killer?
- Discount: Use code “Breakingeighty” for $20 off.
The Precision Pro NX10 is one of the very best rangefinders we've reviewed, and comes in at a price that makes it a smart choice for just about anyone.
Best Rangefinder Alternative: Bushnell Phantom 2 Golf GPS
Looking for a gift around $100 that will be incredibly useful for the golfer in your life?
Then look no further than the Bushnell Phantom 2 GPS. This is for the golfer who generally rides in a cart, and its ease of use is very impressive.
It automatically detects the course you’re on, and then you just attach it to any metal surface on the cart (it’s magnetic), and away you go.
There’s also a clip that allows you to attach it to a golf bag or belt, but this is primarily for cart riders.
- Who is it for? The golfer who predominantly rides in a cart and who doesn’t need distances down to the centimeter, but is happy with front, back, and center of the green.
- Who isn’t it for? Golfers that carry their bags, and are good enough to go truly flag hunting and need rangefinder level accuracy.
- Solid Alternative? Garmin Approach G12. A fantastic GPS, that is a better fit for your pocket, than the cart.
- Review: See our Review of the Bushnell Phantom 2 Here
Do you normally ride in a cart? Don't need the pinpoint accuracy of a rangefinder, but want green distances? Go buy the Phantom 2 right now. You won't be disappointed.
Best Gift Golf Bag: Stitch Golf SL2
We picked the Stitch SL2 as the best-looking golf bag of the year, and for good reason.
The thing is beautiful.
Everything about it feels high-end, and when you throw in the personalized nameplate you can get with your initials? It feels like the ultimate bag to give as a gift.
It’s not the cheapest bag on the market, but if the golfer in your life is someone who likes to carry their clubs and has an appreciation for style? This is the gift for you.
- Who is it for? A golfer that wants something a little more unique than your typical golf bag.
- Who isn’t it for? People who only ride in carts and never walk
- Solid Alternative: Jones Utility Trouper 2. We chose this as our overall best golf bag of the year, and would also make an excellent gift for the golfer in your life.
- Discount: Use code BE20 for 20% anything at Stitch.
- Review: Is the Stitch SL2 the best looking golf bag out there?
- Other Golf Bags: These aren’t for you? See our full list of the best golf bags out there.
If you're a walking golfer that has an appreciation for good style, then the SL2 is one of the best golf bags you can buy. It looks good, is extremely comfortable, and also makes an excellent gift if you're looking to give someone a high-end bag. Use code "BE20" for 20% off orders over $150.
Best Golf Gift for the Partier: Chippo Golf Set
Who doesn’t love a game of cornhole with a red solo cup in hand, during a summer night’s BBQ?
The only thing missing? Golf, duh.
Chippo is the answer for that.
It’s cornhole, but it’s golf – and it’s awesome.
- Who is it for? If you’re someone who ever has BBQs, parties, tailgaters, or any other gathering of golfers, this is one game you’re going to want to have in your arsenal.
- Who isn’t it for? People without friends. Sorry, just callin’ it like it is.
- Our Review: Chippo Golf Review: Yep, It’s Golf Cornhole at Its Finest.
Love to throw parties, bbqs, and play golf? This is the ultimate backyard game for golf lovers.
Best Gift for a Hot (or Cold Day): SIC Cups ($20)
SIC stands for “Seriously Ice Cold” and I’ve gotta say – they live up to the name.
The founder hit me up a while back asking if I wanted to check one of his “golf ball coolers” out.
And I gotta say, I was skeptical – on a lot of levels.
But after receiving a few, and using them, I gotta say I’m impressed!
The cups keep drinks hot or cold just as well as my Yeti tumblers do, and do it for less money.
The ones I received also have a golf ball design on them, that is more subtle than it sounds and is a perfect nod to golf for the golfer in your life.
They have a variety of sizes and styles to choose from as well.
SIC Water Bottle Review: It’s my favorite water bottle ever.
No joke, this is my favorite water bottle ever. I use it every single day, and it comes in a bunch of different sizes and styles. But this 27oz is my personal favorite.
Best Take on a Boring Gift: Bn3th Underwear ($30)
You know how you’d usually groan when your mom or significant other buys you underwear for Christmas?
Bn3th Underwear is hands down the best I’ve used, and now that their latest models (finally) have a built-in fly, they’re perfect for the golf course.
The material is super comfortable, you’ve got plenty of mobility, and they have some fun prints as well.
- Who is it for? The active man who wants high-quality layers that is durable, comfortable, and convenient.
- Who isn’t it for? The person who thinks spending $30 on a single pair of underwear is a waste of money.
- Solid Alternative? Kentwool Tour Standard Golf Socks. For socks, they aren’t cheap, but they’re the single best pair of socks (not just for golf, for anything) I’ve ever owned. And this is a gift, so you can afford to spend a few bucks more 🙂
- Review: Underwear So Good, I Had to Do a Review of It
I've tried out a few different pairs of Bn3th over the last few years, and these latest boxer briefs? My favorite underwear ever. Great for working out, golfing, or everyday. Highly recommend.
Best Golf Pants: Bluffworks Ascender Chinos ($125)
These are a bit left field, because they aren’t technically golf pants – but rather, travel pants.
And they’re my favorite travel pants.
Because they’re incredibly versatile, comfortable, and durable. You can dress them up and wear them to dinner, they’re perfect on the golf course, or you can take them on a hike (like I did in the Dolomites above).
I wear these for at least half of my golf rounds when I’m on the road, and like them more than any of my pants from actual golf brands.
Who is it for? The traveling golfer who wants versatile clothes that also look good.
Who isn’t it for? Honestly, I’m not sure. These pants are GREAT. And they come in a variety of different cuts and styles for all body types.
Solid Alternative? Nike Flex Slim Golf Pants. These pants from Nike are my other go to these days. A little bit slimmer than a traditional golf pant, and look great.
Review: Bluffworks Review: The Best Travel Clothes Ever
These may not technically marketed as golf pants, but they're my favorite golf pants. I wear them all the time, and they work great off the course as well.
Best Golf Gift for the Arccos User: Arccos Link ($129)
I mentioned above how I think Arccos Caddie is the best overall golf gift for the year.
But what about the person who already has Arccos and loves it?
Well this year, get them Arccos Link.
Arccos Link is an accessory that you clip to your belt that allows you to use the system, without having to keep your phone in your pocket. This has historically been one of the dealbreakers that have kept people from trying out the system.
And the feature that I might like even more? When you use Arccos Link, you’re able to use Arccos and a Bluetooth speaker at the same time. So you don’t have to sacrifice your tunes in the name of stats.
- Who is it for? The person who already has Arccos Sensors and uses them on a regular basis.
- Who isn’t it for? People without Arccos, or golfers who don’t mind having their phone in their pocket while they play.
- Our Review: Arccos Link Review: Golf’s Best Stat Tracker Just Got Better
- Discount: Use code “BE15” for 15% off
Do you use Arccos, but love listening to music and hate having your phone in your pocket? Then Arccos Link is the answer to all your prayers!
Best Gift for the Home Course: GolfLogix Green Books ($30-50)
GolfLogix Green and Yardage Books were a surprising new product last year. For a company that made a name for itself with a mobile phone app, to create an analog yardage book was an interesting move.
But these books are incredibly detailed, and if the golfer in your life has a home course they play day in and day out, one of these books will make a fantastic gift that will help them shave a few strokes off each round.
They aren’t exactly cheap at $30-50, but that’s why it can make a great gift for someone who might not ordinarily buy one for themselves.
My review of GolfLogix Green Books
Solid Alternative? PuttView Books – Very similar to the Golf Logix Books, with even more detail.
Want a leg up on your golf buddies? These green and yardage books from GolfLogix will give you more information than you've ever had before about greens, breaks, and yardages. Definitely worth it for a course you play frequently.
Best Golf Glove: North Coast Golf Gloves ($25)
I love supporting smaller and lesser-known companies, and North Coast is one of my favorites.
They make leather golf gloves that fit well, look good, and are durable. I’ve been using the same glove for going on 20 rounds now and it has continued to hold up better than gloves from many of the name brands that I’ve had.
This is one of those gifts that is great because the golfer in your life may not be familiar with North Coast, but they’ll be glad you did your research when they find their new favorite golf accessory.
- Who is it for? Any golfer who wears a glove when they golf.
- Who isn’t it for? The person who is already married to a particular brand and isn’t open to something new.
- Review: My review of North Coast Golf Gloves
- Solid Alternative? Red Rooster Golf Gloves.
Looking for the best golf gloves out there, and want to support an awesome small business? Check out North Coast Golf Co. They're gloves are super high quality, durable, and what I use for 90% of my rounds.
Best Golf Polo: Holderness and Bourne Maxwell ($90)
There’s more competition than ever these days in the golf polo market, and many of them are VERY good options.
But of all the polos I have, the one I find myself reaching for most often is the Maxwell by Holderness and Bourne.
They have close to a dozen other styles, but for me, this hits the right balance of fit, look, and performance – while still maintaining its roots in golf tradition.
You can’t go wrong with any of their polos though.
- Who it’s for? Someone who loves the tradition of golf, but still likes a little modern flare.
- Who isn’t it for? The person who is happy buying a polo from a big box store.
- Solid Alternatives? Looking for a consistent fit and a ton of print options? Rhoback. Want bolder styling? Redvanly.
Not only do Holderness and Bourne make some of the best golf polos in the world, they're run by two of the best people in the world. Great style, great comfort, great performance.
Best Lifestyle Apparel: Redvanly
I knew Redvanly was branching out into some more lifestyle-oriented styles for 2022, but I didn’t realize just how good they’d be.
I personally wear the Larkin Hoodie all the time (in fact, I’m wearing it as I write this). It’s comfortable, fits perfectly, and the performance material just feels high-end.
I have a feeling any golfer in your like will enjoy this as much as I do, whether on the course or off.
Check out my review of the Redvanly Lifestyle line of Clothes
I live in the Larkin hoodie from Redvanly. It's comfortable, feels very high end, and fits great.
Best Golf Shoes Under $100: Nike Roshe G
Time and time I’ve again I’ve heard friends say it: the Nike Roshe G is the best golf shoe under $100.
Half the golfers I know (including myself) have a pair. They’re super comfortable, perform well, and are a fraction of the price of many popular golf shoes out there.
This is a perfect for just about any golfer out there, as it’s one of those shoes everyone should have in their locker.
The Footjoy Flex have so much going for them. They’re incredibly comfortable, you can wear them off the course easily if necessary, and the best part? They’re really affordable coming in at under $100 – which is tough to do for golf shoes these days.
The only drawback is they aren’t waterproof, so if you’re looking for a golf gift for the golfer who plays a lot in inclement weather, these may not be the best fit.
But if you want a solid fair-weather golf shoe, you won’t find many better options than this.
- Who it’s for? Golfers who want to be comfortable on the course.
- Who isn’t it for? Golfers who play a lot in the rain or early morning dew swept rounds.
- Our Review: Why the Nike Roshe G is the Best Golf Shoe Under $100
- Solid Alternative? Footjoy Flex. Our Footjoy Flex Review
The Nike Roshe G is a good looking, super comfortable golf shoe with better traction than you'd expect. For under $100, this is one shoe every golfer should consider.
Best Golf Shoes Under $150: Payntr X 003
I’ve reviewed countless golf shoes on this site, and I’m not sure I’ve been more pleasantly surprised by a pair of shoes than the Payntr X 003.
I’d never heard of Payntr before I got the shoes. But apparently, I was in the minority. I got asked no less than six times about them while wearing the shoes at a golf tournament over the Summer.
They’re new and unique, which gives them a legitimate cool factor.
But the best part? They’re incredibly comfortable and perform even better than I’d expected.
The shoes are packed with high-end features, and at $140, they feel like a downright bargain in a world of inflation and ever-increasing prices.
- Who it’s for? Style-conscious golfers who want something different than everyone else.
- Who isn’t it for? Those looking for a traditional spiked golf shoe.
- Our Review: Payntr Golf Shoes Review: Do they live up to the hype?
- Solid Alternative? True Linkswear All Day Knit ii
Some of the most comfortable shoes we've ever worn, and they look good to boot. This is one startup footwear brand that's doing things right.
Best Golf Shoes Under $200: TRUE Linkswear Lux Sport
After playing half a dozen rounds in the TRUE Linkswear Lux Sport on a recent trip to Reynolds Lake Oconee, I’m sold. These shoes are fantastic.
Not only are they comfortable, but I felt like they had better traction than some other soft spikes I’ve tried.
Throw in the fact that they’re fully waterproof, and you have a shoe that is pretty tough to beat.
- Who it’s for? Golfers who want a shoe that can be worn all day both on and off the course.
- Who isn’t it for? Purists who like traditional golf spikes.
- Solid Alternative? Payntr X 003 – Even cheaper at $140, this is one of my favorite value shoes. It’s also my biggest surprise of 2022, it’s a fantastic shoe.
- Review: TRUE Linkswear Lux Sport Review: My New Favorite Golf Shoe
I'm loving the Lux Sport right now. It's incredibly comfortable and despite the mesh uppers, is actually waterproof. A fantastic shoe.
Best Sleep Gift: Ooler Sleep System by ChiliPad ($699+)
How do I know this is a good gift for golfers? Because this is what I asked my wife to get me, for my birthday last year.
And honestly? I love it.
Essentially it’s a water-regulated mattress pad that you can set to the specific temperature that is most desirable for you. You can set it anywhere from 55 degrees to 115 degrees.
For me, I’m a solid 55-degree person, and I’ve found lowering my body temperature a bit has led to faster recovery after workouts, deeper sleep, and generally a better sense of restfulness.
The standard version is called a ChiliPad and doesn’t include the app, sleeker design, and scheduling features of the newer Ooler. But either will do the job just fine.
It ain’t cheap, but it’s worth it.
- Who is it for? The person who wants the absolute best sleep possible and isn’t worried about the price.
- Who isn’t it for? The budget-conscious sleeper
- Solid Alternative? Rather than the Ooler, the ChiliPad gives you the same sleep benefit, without having some of the fancier features.
The Ooler is a total game-changer. You can easily make your mattress as hot or as cold as you want. I sleep with it at 55 degrees every night, and it's made a noticeable difference in my sleep quality. It's not cheap, but it's worth it.
Best Recovery Tool: Theragun Mini
Is the golfer in your life getting a little bit older this year? It’s time to start helping them take care of themselves off the course, so that they can spend more time on it.
The Theragun Mini is a massage gun that packs a huge punch in a small package. It’s the entry-level Theragun product, but for most people? This is the one to get. It’s very powerful, and more portable than the more professional models. This makes it easy to travel with, or use around the house.
- Who is it for? The person who is always complaining about aches and pains
- Who isn’t it for? Someone young enough not to recognize the benefits of recovery
- Our Review: Theragun Mini Review: A Must for Any Golfer
- Solid Alternative? Theragun Elite. If you’re looking for a gift for someone who takes their recovery really seriously? This is the one for you.
I wasn't sure I believed the hype of the Theragun until I used it for a few weeks myself. For the price of a single massage at a fancy resort, you get nearly all the benefits, in a portable package that will last you for years.
Best Biohack: Lumen Metabolism
Yes, this isn’t a golf gift per say – but it is one a lot of my golfing friends are interested in.
As you get older and your metabolism changes, it can be tough to know what you need to do in order to actually lose weight and get back in shape.
A huge part of that comes down to simply knowing when your body is burning fat and when it’s burning carbs – and then being able to act accordingly.
I’ve been using Lumen for a few weeks now (review forthcoming), and I’ve been super impressed by it.
If the golfer in your life is also looking to change some habits and get back in shape in the new year? This little device might be their secret weapon.
- Who is it for? The golfer who wants to take their fitness beyond just a typical gym session
- Who isn’t it for? Those who won’t stay consistent with it.
- Solid Alternative? Whoop Strap. If you’re looking for a more all-encompassing fitness gift, the Whoop is excellent.
Looking to take your fitness and weight loss more seriously? This device will help you hack your metabolism to do just that. Seriously, we were blown away by how well it works.
Best Golf Books for a Gift
Let’s face it, in terms of something that’s easy and affordable, there probably isn’t a better golf gift than a golf book.
Here are a few of my favorites that I’d recommend:
- PGA Tour: Slaying the Tiger – A Year Inside the Ropes of the New PGA Tour
- Biography: Phil: The Unauthorized Biography of Golf’s Most Colorful Superstar
- Architecture: The Anatomy of a Golf Course
- Exclusive Courses: How to Play the World’s Most Exclusive Golf Clubs
- Travel: A Course Called Ireland
- Coffee Table: 1001 Courses to Play Before You Die
- Non Fiction: The Match
Need more? Check out my recommendation for the best golf books on the market in 2022.
Best Golf Video Game: Golf+ ($30)
I’ve played a lot of golf video games over the years, but not a single one has been as good as Golf+ for the Oculus Quest.
Formerly called “Top Golf Pro Putt” Golf+ is hands down the most realistic golf video game short of actually playing a round on a course or simulator.
You can play full courses like Valhalla or Wolf Creek, play at a Top Golf range with your friends, or my personal favorite, play the Pro Putt mini golf courses – which are one of the most realistic experiences I’ve ever had playing VR.
The Golf+ game itself is only 30 bucks, but the golfer in your life will need a Meta Quest 2 to play it.
So it depends on how much you like this person if you want to give them the $330 gift of golf.
But if you do? They’ll love you for life.
- Who is it for? People who are excited about the prospects of VR.
- Who isn’t it for? People who have zero interest in playing a virtual reality game.
- Solid Alternative? PGA Tour 2k23
Best Tour Golf Balls: Titleist ProV1 or ProV1x
In previous year’s gift guides, I’ve had either Vice or Tayormade as my recommended “Tour Ball Gift.”
They perform well and often cost less than ProV1s.
But the reality is?
There’s no better golf ball to receive as a gift than a box of Titleist ProV1s. They’ve long been considered the gold standard in golf balls. And whenever you find one on the course? It’s like a little slice of Christmas morning.
So while there are balls that have performance on par with the ProV1s and may actually cost less, when it comes to giving a premium golf ball as a gift, just go with the ProV1s. No one is ever bummed about receiving them.
- Who is it for? Any golfer. Whether it’s the best ball for them or not, they’ll be excited about opening up a pack of golf’s best ball.
- Who is it not for? The absolute beginner.
- Solid Alternative? Vice Pro Plus Balls – Performance that is similar to the ProV1s at a fraction of the price.
- Review: Vice Pro Plus Review: How do they compare to ProV1s?
- Best Golf Balls: Want some more golf recommendations? Here’s our take on the best golf balls.
There's a reason the ProV1 and ProV1x are the most well-known balls in golf, they're just that good. Not much more you need to say here. If they're in your budget? Buy em.
Best Cheap Golf Balls: Noodle Long & Soft ($22 for 24 balls)
Sometimes you just need a casual gift for the casual golfer, that won’t break the bank.
For so many of us, the most useful gift like that is a box of balls.
And our favorite golf balls for the average golfer who doesn’t need anything special, but doesn’t want to be hitting rocks either?
For under $25 you get a box of 8 sleeves (24 balls), and they were good enough to have me shooting an 86 at TPC Sawgrass recently. I was shocked at the quality of the ball for the price, and it’s my number one recommendation for golfers who don’t need anything fancy.
- Who is it for? The person who wants a good golf ball at a rock bottom price. We ranked it as both our best golf ball for beginners, as well as our best cheap golf ball.
- Who is it not for? The person who has too much of an ego to play Noodle Golf balls
- Solid Alternative? Bridgestone e6. For the same price (but 12 fewer balls), the E6 is my go-to mid-range ball, with a name and reputation that most people shouldn’t be embarrassed gaming in their Sunday foursome. Buy Bridgestone e6 Golf Balls on Amazon
- Review: Noodle Long & Soft Golf Ball Review
I was surprised by how good these balls were. Now, it's all relative, they're no Tour-level ball. But at this price, for the average golfer who isn't a single-digit handicap, these will serve you just fine.
Best Golf Gift Under $20: Golfing Gizmos Club Brush ($14)
Sometimes you don’t want to spend a ton of money on a gift, and you just need a little golf stocking stuffer. While a bag of tees is always a good stocking stuffer, I’d recommend checking out the Golfing Gizmos Club Brush.
It’s built extremely well, has a retractable cord for easy access from the bag, and even comes with a bonus divot tool and ball marker.
Who it is for? The person who wants to give a golf gift, not spend a fortune, and has no idea what else to get.
Who is it not for? The person who has zero interest in cleaning their clubs. Ever.
Solid Alternative? Greens Towel (Pack of 3). Every golfer needs a good towel to attach to their bag to clean clubs, balls, and whatever else gets dirty out on the course. These microfiber towels are an incredible deal and are the perfect gift or stocking stuffer for the casual golfer. And at $13 for the three-pack? You can’t go wrong.
Everyone needs a club brush. And when you throw in a divot tool, and ball marker? This is a great, low cost stocking stuffer for the golfer in your life.
Best Golf Rain Gear: Sun Mountain Cirque
When it comes to high-end, bulletproof rain gear Galvin Green is usually the first name that comes to mind.
But recently I reviewed the Cirque jacket and pants from Sun Mountain and was extremely impressed.
At a much lower price point, they’ve created a product that’s very waterproof, comfortable to wear, and isn’t quite as hard on your wallet as their European counterpart.
- Who is it for? Anyone who isn’t just a fairweather golfer.
- Who isn’t it for? Only play when the sun is shining bright? You won’t need this.
- Solid Alternative? Anything from Galvin Green. Just be ready to pay more.
- Our Review: We gave it an 8.8. Check out the Sun Mountain Cirque Review here.
Sun Mountain has created an extremely comfortable and waterproof rain jacket at a very reasonable price for the quality you're getting. Highly recommended.
Best Golf Magazine: The Golfers Journal
I’m not sure there is anyone out there pushing golf content and community forward more than The Golfers Journal.
They’ve taken their passion for the game and not only created a beautiful magazine, but they’ve expanded into merchandise and events, with a fiercely loyal following.
The stories are great. The photos are beautiful. And whether you’re looking for a piece of Broken Tee merch, or want to read the quarterly physical magazine. This would make an excellent gift to the diehard golfer in your life.
There’s been a rising trend lately premium magazines. Most of them are in the $30-40 an issue range and come out 2-4 times a year.
In the golf space, Golfers Journal is probably my favorite. They do an awesome job with their photography, writing – and it simply makes you want to go out and golf.
They aren’t cheap, but unlike your typical issue Golf Digest it’s something you’ll collect and return to on a regular basis.
- Who it is for? The golfer who is sick of the traditional golf magazines and looking for something new
- Who isn’t it for? The people who think spending a premium price on a “magazine” is stupid
- Solid Alternative? Caddie Mag. Very similar to TGJ and equally as enjoyable to read.
- Another Alternative? Hodinkee Magazine. Same concept, but covering the world of horology and watches. If the golfer in your life also has a thing for nice timepieces, this is a MUST have.
Right now I think The Golfers Journal is the best in the industry when it comes to combining fascinating stories, beautiful photography and a sense of community. Their quarterly magazine is excellent and would make a great gift.
Best Gift for Pool Owners: Aquashot Golf
We’ve seen all kinds of ways that people have modified golf to work in environments outside the golf course.
But one of the most fun? Aquashot Golf.
Its unique design essentially turns any pool into a driving range that’s perfect for realistic chipping practice.
The innertube targets catch balls making it very easy to see if you were on target, as well as making it easy to collect the balls after the
pool party practice sesh, is over.
This is basically a must-have for any golfer who owns a pool.
Don’t have a pool of your own? What better way to get invited back to your friend’s pool than to bring this along as a gift?
- Who is it for? Golfers with a pool (duh)
- Who isn’t it for? Golfers without a pool (duh, again.)
- Solid alternative? Chippo Golf. If you’re looking for a party gift for the non-pool owner, Chippo is our pick.
Pretty much everyone who 1) a golfer and 2) has a pool should have Aquashot Golf. Simple as that.
Best Thoughtful Gift: Seamus Golf Headcovers
I love Seamus Golf. When you see other people who have their head covers, you’re in the “club” – and it almost always leads to a good conversation.
I think this is a great, thoughtful gift. Because it’s something your golfer might not buy themselves, but will totally appreciate once they have them. For instance, I bought both my dad and my father-in-law driver covers for our wedding day. They also have a lot of other cool golf accessories, and most of them can be personalized.
- Who is it for? The person who wants to give something a little bit more sentimental than just a box of golf balls.
- Who isn’t it for? The diehard brand fanatic, that doesn’t want to see anything other than a big logo on their clubs
- Review: Seamus Golf: The Best Headcovers in the Business
Not only do they have the best headcovers in the business, but they've expanded far beyond that. Seamus is quite simply the coolest accessory brand in golf. Everyone should have at least one Seamus piece in their bag.
Best Bluetooth Speaker: BlueTees Player Speaker
More people than ever are listening to music on the golf course these days.
This means more brands than ever are releasing speakers specifically for the golf crowd.
We’ve reviewed quite a few golf Bluetooth speakers, and there’s one that stood above all the others.
The BlueTees Player Series speaker.
Now, it doesn’t have some of the GPS tech features as the Wingman or Ace, and it isn’t as small as the JBL Clip.
But it’s the loudest, has the best Bluetooth range, and the strongest magnet. It’s easy to use, and was the one that allowed us to most easily do what a Bluetooth speaker is meant to do: listen to music.
- Who is it for? The golfer who is also a music lover
- Who isn’t it for? Traditionalists who don’t think music belongs on the course
- Solid Alternative? The Bushnell Wingman. It’s a bit bigger, a bit louder, and a bit more expensive than the Player. But it has built-in yardages for whatever course you’re playing. And that is truly pretty cool. Buy the Bushnell Wingman on Amazon
- Review: Why the BlueTees Player is Our Favorite Speaker in Golf.
- Also check out: 4 Best Golf Cart Bluetooth Speakers
Looking for a versatile golf speaker that won't break the bank? The new Player Speaker is our favorite golf Bluetooth speaker - especially if you ride in a cart.
Best Gift for the Lady in Your Life: Chrysmela Earring Locks
Any of us who does anything active with women on a regular basis has probably found themselves scouring the ground looking for that one lost earring.
For lady golfers, this can happen all too often – but it doesn’t need to!
Chrysmela earring locks help keep earrings secure and definitely gets my pick for one of the best golf gifts your wife didn’t know she needed.
Does the lady in your life love golfing, but hate losing her earrings while out on the course? This solves that problem, and makes a fantastic gift.
Want Even More Golf Gift Ideas?
- Need more golf gift ideas for your wife or girlfriend? Check out our list here.
- Looking for gifts less focused on golf, but still great for the traveler in your life? Check out the 45 best gifts for travelers.
- Are you a fan of cocktails with your golf? Check out this list of 25+ of the best cocktail gifts you can buy.
- Best Gifts for Writers – Have someone in your life who loves to blog, journal, or share their thoughts? Check out these gifts.
I put together an entire book on my favorite golf resources. It’s called the Breaking Eighty Arsenal, and guess what? It’s absolutely free!
So if you haven’t found the perfect gift idea in this list, then I’ve got dozens more in the book.
This page contains affiliate links. This means that if you click a link and buy one of the products on this page, I may receive a commission (at no extra cost to you!) This doesn’t affect our opinions or our reviews. Everything we do is to benefit you as the reader, so all of our reviews are as honest and unbiased as possible.
Great list. I would add Callaway Truvis yellow and black chrome soft, I like it better putting and chipping.
Hey Sean, I love the Arccos set, but for anyone looking, Arccos has a drastically improved hardware lineup being released soon. It’s up for preorder at their site.
Much smaller design, better battery life, better bluetooth connectivity, etc.
Thanks Matt! I actually have one on the way as we speak and will be getting a review up in the next couple weeks. Will update this accordingly!
Just read the review. Loved it.
I’m having such a hard time justifying the upgrade for now. I’ll probably grab it mid 2017.
Your final thoughts on the 360 product were identical to what I was thinking:
Nothing mind-blowing from a current-Arccos golfer perspective; having said that – 9/10. 🙂
I like the more social aspects of GameGolf, and wish Arccos would start thinking along those lines.
Love the list. I have the Zepp 2. It is a fantastic piece of equipment. Word to anyone thinking of using it: Grab a pro first, tell them about what the zepp does, then tailor your lessons and what to work on based on the results.
Cheers brother. Happy Holidays.
This list is awesome. Great job with the variety and details. Now I’ve got a few things to ask my wife to get me for Christmas!
Great List. Definitely a few things I want. I also 100% agree with the Bushnell and Golf Odyssey recommendations.
Side note – I was wondering the other day why there isn’t an app for an iPhone that uses the Doppler radar technology. The Swing Caddie looks great, but it also looks like an iPhone. If someone could create an app that is reliable, the app would sell a ton.
Keep up the good work.
Well done Sean….for the uber gift a membership to the World Amateur Tour and entry into next year’s USA stop at Liberty National. Like a pro-am but YOU are the pro. I’ve played in 3 of them. http://www.worldamateurtour.com
thanks for the list. this will definitely help me buy my boyfriend his birthday gift he is obsessed with golf
Hi what’s a good set of golf clubs to buy for my husband for Xmas. He practically has been going every chance he gets.