Three Father's Day gifts that will make Dad smile
My Father’s Day gift guide last year was dedicated to my own father. Although he had never played golf in his life, he enjoyed reading my blogs and stories, and told me it was the best Father’s Day gift he could have asked for.
Dad died this past December, and I had told myself (and others) that I wouldn’t be doing a gift guide this for this Father’s Day. My heart just wasn’t in it.
But as the day approaches, I realize I have indeed come across three outstanding gift ideas that really deserve a shout-out. These are all products that I’ve tested myself multiple times under different conditions and have been very impressed with. I bet the father in your life will be, too.
Sidekick Golf Caddy
The Sidekick Golf Caddy (MSRP $79; $10 off coupon currently on the company Web site) is one of those things you never knew you needed until you try it. It is a light-weight (2.7 lbs.) but virtually indestructible plastic club holder that holds 4-5 clubs. It has three turf-friendly spikes on the bottom to stand it up anywhere on the course, along with a 2-ball holder, detachable alignment rod, and a cigar/towel holder molded into the handle.
So, why would you need something like this? Here are all the uses I’ve found: (1) After a heavy rain and an unwalkable course is “cart path only,” the Sidekick keeps you from losing clubs as you’re traipsing back and forth from the cart. (2) On the practice range, when you don’t want to schlep your entire bag from the car. (3) A few quick holes after work, when you just want to take a few clubs and a putter and work on some shots. (4, and the best one for Dads) At the local par-3 course, when you’re playing with your son or daughter; you only need a wedge or two and a putter, and you’re going to spend a good bit of the round carrying your kids’ clubs, too.
The Sidekick is a really handy accessory to keep in the trunk for occasions like these. The only improvement I would make is to tighten up the ball holder a bit, as balls can roll out if you carry it too level. Another bonus for Father’s Day gift-giving is that for every Sidekick purchased in June, the company will donate $20 to The First Tee Program.
Headcovers can be fun, and sometimes they’re just goofy. Usually, they’re simply advertisements for the club manufacturers. But very few headcovers are truly cool. Stitch headcovers are Cool with a capital C. The company’s leather and knit headcovers ($35-$55) are made in America out of only the best materials.
The leather driver covers, with stitched racing stripes and retro numerals, exude a Rat Pack sort of vibe that Dad will absolutely love. Stitch also makes a number of excellent accessories, including leather tablet and laptop cases ($55-$70) to match the headcovers. Now that’s cool.
The Cuban E-Cigar
I enjoy a nice cigar now and then on the golf course. I don’t inhale the smoke (when I accidentally do, I’m dizzy for the next several shots); but I like the flavor, smell, and taste. Nevertheless, I know cigars aren’t necessarily good for me. And for my friends who do inhale, it’s even worse. On top of the health concerns, several major municipalities are banning smoking even outdoors on public land, such as municipal golf courses.
The new Cuban E-Cigar from Logic addresses all of these issues. The Cuban E-Cigar ($20) delivers 1.8% nicotine by volume (if you do inhale) and lasts for 1500 puffs, the equivalent of 10-13 traditional cigars. There’s no smoke, no CO2, no tar, just water vapor that, much to my surprise, tastes, looks, and smells very similar to a real cigar. So similar, in fact, that I recently was chastised for “smoking” one in a state park cabin in Tennessee by a long-time smoker who swore it was real.
One of my regular golfing buddies is trying to cut back on his cigar smoking. He was so impressed with The Cuban E-Cigar that he’s trying to wean himself off of the real cigars (of which he smokes several in a day) and “smoke” the E-Cigar regularly. What could be a better gift for Dad than to break him of a dangerous habit?
There you have it, my three top Father’s Day gifts this year. My own Dad wouldn’t have had any use for them at all, but he still would have enjoyed hearing about them, and reading this little blog. I hope that all of you out there still lucky enough to have your father around get a chance to spend some time with him this year. Wish him a Happy Father’s Day from me.
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