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Father’s Day Gift Ideas Especially for Golf Widows

Gifts for Dads and Father-in-Laws

Yikes, is it Father’s Day so soon?! Why am I never prepared? I racked my brain for gifts that I would give my husband and father-in-law for father’s day. My husband likes to play golf, so I have a good assortment of ideas for men who like golf. I hope this helps.

My kids also gave me ideas — the Swiss Army Knife is from PickyKidPix who noticed that her dad kept getting his confiscated at airport security and was in need of a replacement.

Toys for Boys

Go Pro Video Camera, $300

Kindle Fire, $200

swiss army knife for key chainSwiss Army Knife for key chain $12

ipod nanoiPod Nano, $118 (can wear as watch too!)


Golf Books

My husband collects them. He wrote a post of his favorites here (and he’s a zero handicapper!).

Zen Golf: Mastering The Mental Game by Joseph Parent

The best players know that golf is a game of confidence, and most important, concentration–the ability to focus and block out distraction. The goal of achieving clear thought is also at the heart of Buddhist teachings. In his highly original and groundbreaking book, noted PGA coach and Buddhist instructor, Dr. Joseph Parent, draws on this natural connection and teaches golfers how to clear their minds, achieve ultimate focus, and play in the moment for each shot.

Zen Golf presents a simple system for building “mental game mastery.” Dr Parent’s unique PAR Approach (focusing on Preparation, Action, and Response to Results) guides golfers with specific techniques for each aspect of their games. In chapters such as “How to Get From the Practice Tee to the First Tee”, “You Produce What You Fear”, and “How to Enjoy a Bad Round of Golf”, the author shares a personal teaching regimen that has helped improve the games of professionals and amateurs alike. By combining classic insights and stories from Zen tradition, Zen Golf helps eliminate the mental distractions that routinely cause poor shots and loss of concentration, allowing golfers to feel in “the zone” that professionals have learned to master.

Clear, concise, and enlightening, Zen Golf shows golfers how to prepare for, execute, and equally important, respond the results of any golf shot. A different approach to golf instruction, this book shapes ancient philosophies into new teachings.

Fifty Places to Play Golf Before You Die: Golf Experts Share the World’s Greatest Destinations by Chris Santella

There’s an incredible similarity between the mechanics of a fly cast and the swing of a golf club. Perhaps that’s why Chris Santella, author of Fifty Places to Fly Fish Before You Die, can be found on the links when he’s not on the stream. With Fifty Places to Play Golf Before You Die, Santella gives voice to his other sporting passion, interviewing 50 people intimately connected to the sport about some of their favorite courses around the world.

For both passionate golfers and armchair travelers, this gorgeous full-color book presents the world’s greatest golf venues, the personal favorites of renowned players, course architects, and other experts in the sport. From Ballyliffin, Ireland’s northernmost course, whose rumpled fairways wander along the North Sea in the shadows of Glashedy Rock, to New Zealand’s Cape Kidnappers, perched atop dramatic cliffs some 500 feet above the ocean, the book’s beautiful photographs capture the architecture, noteworthy holes, location, and ambiance that make these courses standouts for ardent golfers. A brief history of each course, an experiential account-filled with local color-from the person recommending the venue, and trip-planning advice provide adventurous readers with all the information they need to chip and putt their way around the globe.

A close-up look at golf’s top courses around the world, recommended by such experts as Nick Faldo and Christie Kerr (pro golfers), Pete Dye and Tom Doak (course architects), Brian McCallen (editor and author), and Donald Trump 

With breathtaking color photographs of each site, this is a great gift for avid golfers and armchair travelers alike

The Match: The Day the Game of Golf Changed Forever by Mark Frost
“It’s difficult to beat a good golf book, be it a good yarn or a picture book . . . The golf is spectacular, the course more so, the descriptions luminous.”
USA Today
“The untold story of golf’s greatest money match, featuring Hogan and Nelson at Cypress Point, comes to life in . . . Mark Frost’s gripping new book, The Match.”
Golf magazine

Red Sox Nation
Fenway Park:The Centennial: 100 Years of Red Sox Baseball by Saul Wisnia
Honoring the 100th anniversary of Fenway Park, this is a nostalgic and reverent look at America’s # 1 baseball shrine–the national treasure that has been home to more than 600 straight sellouts and some of baseball’s greatest games and players over the last century

Relive 100 years of memories in Fenway Park with this monumental book-with an original DVD documentary hosted by Carlton Fisk.

With supreme photography, a wealth of memorabilia, and original commentary by three generations of Boston Red Sox players and fans, this book celebrates the stadium in style. It also includes treasures from the Sports Museum of New England—rarely seen photographs and artifacts—that enhance the nostalgic experience.FENWAY PARK: THE CENTENNIAL is a visually stunning and thoroughly engaging celebration of this great monument and its 100 year history.

Golf Gear

Retro Golf Shirts for Surfer Golfing Dads

Johnnie O golf shirtsMy husband’s latest discovery is these 100% cotton retro inspired golf shirts by start up Johnnie-O. I like that they hold up after many washings. This is Surfer Meets Golfer, and as a Southern Cali girl, I LIKE!


Maui Jim sunglassesMy husband likes these lightweight sunglasses by Maui Jim. You have to be able to see where your ball lands when you are squinting into the sun!

Custom Logo’d Titleist Golf Balls

custom golf ballsMy husband will only play with Titleist golf balls of a certain and expensive type that I can’t remember. He likes to gift custom logo’d balls to friends with their golf nickname. It’s also useful as a way to identify an errant ball.

College Logo’d Flip Flops

rainbow flip flopsAfter a round of golf, your dogs are barking even with soft spikes. He changes to flip-flops for the sometimes long drive home. These flip-flops from Rainbow Sandals are comfortable AND come in your man’s alma mater colors with logo.  It’s strange what they like, isn’t it? 

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By Mia Wenjen, PragmaticMom


  1. Ann

    All great picks! My husband would be happy with any of these! Thanks for the ideas!!!
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    • Hi Ann,
      Thanks for reminder that I need to actually order some of this stuff so that it arrives in time! You are so welcome. What are you thinking of getting or doing for Father’s Day?

  2. vanita

    these are wonderful ideas. i love that little ipod. i didn’t even know the nanos had touch screens now. sheesh.
    thanks for the awesome list!
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  3. Crystal

    Thanks for the ideas!!!All of them are great picks..Thanks for sharing..
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  4. Artchoo

    These are good- I really like the Zen of Golfing book. But my husband probably would be happy with any of these- especially the knife.
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  5. claude pope

    Hey love these Ideas, Don’t forget to think about golf. I usually go to

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