We know what you’re thinking, “Oh geez – another run-of-the-mill holiday gift guide with stuff I don’t want.”
Well, you’d be wrong.
Think of this as a small gift to you: a collection of stuff that you would actually buy or would enjoy receiving from a friend, parent, or awkward family member you only see randomly at mutual cousins’ weddings and/or bar mitzvahs.
As the holidays approach, most of the country prepares for or is already settling in for winter. Where every venture outside requires ample time to bundle up, there are a few Imperial hats that are perfect gifts for the winter golfer who has everything.
Top Gifts for Golfers Under $50
One of the best gifts for golfers under $50 is none other than our best-selling Hat Caddie ($50). It’s a better, smarter way to store hats/visors. Worry no longer about perfectly curved brims getting crushed by TSA or that old guy haphazardly stuffing his jacket in the overhead bin. This is your chance to solve all your headwear storage problems with a sleek modern carrying case. You have a friend with more hats or visors than they know what to do with? We all do. Guilty as charged. This hat caddie is uniquely designed to store hats in a sleek manner, so they still retain their shape. And did we mention the four back ventilation holes to let those puppies breathe? Thank us later.
Who doesn’t like to board the Whiskey Train when the temperatures dip out on the course, so with that in mind, let us introduce you to Whiskey Golf Ball Chillers ($25). Seriously, how cool are these? These cheeky themed whiskey balls are perfect for chilling your whiskey to the perfect sipping temperature. When the whiskey is chilled to the perfect temperature, the cooler temperature really lets all the notes the whiskey has to offer shine. Sure, ice cubes are great at cooling down your whiskey to the perfect sipping temperature, but as soon as your ice cubes start melting, your whiskey becomes diluted. HOT TIP: These also act as a great wine chiller. Just pop them in your glass of white or rose on a hot summer day.
If none of these items speak to your senses just buy some socks. But not just any socks. Buy the honest-to-God most comfortable golf socks ever made. Kentwool’s Classic Ankle ($20) socks come in a wide variety of colors to match any polo and are literally like walking on freshly fluffed five-star hotel pillows. Do some feet a favor and snag a few pairs as gifts for golfers under $50.
Buy More, Save More
Now through the end of the year when you spend $100 or more, you’ll receive a free hat caddie with promo code Caddie100. It’s up to you if you keep it for yourself or give it as a gift. In addition, when you buy any bag from the Carry Collection you’ll get a free dopp kit. And as a bonus, every order will come with an Imperial sticker kit.
Gifts for the Golfer who Has Everything
If you’re like most people you’re also getting ready to travel over the holidays. You will need want to travel with ease with the Imperial Carry Collection. New to Imperial this fall/winter, the Imperial Carry Collection features five new luxury products to complement your future travels. The collection includes an all-premium leather duffel bag, a garment-washed cotton canvas duffel bag with leather accents, a garment-washed cotton canvas dopp kit and two premium leather headcovers.
Everyone needs to stay warm on the course and the only thing better than layers is the occasional nip of whiskey from a flask. We highly recommend picking one up that is classy but also starts a conversation like this Aloha Hibiscus Needlepoint Flask ($95) from our friends at Brewster Belt Co. With free monogramming it’s a great choice for you or that golfer in your life who epitomizes the golfer who has everything.
But don’t just keep your body warm this winter, consider your friends too. Like your driver. It may not be your friend during every round, but don’t neglect it with one of those generic headcovers. Step up your game and stand out from the crowd when you dress up your golf bag with Imperial’s Gunslinger Leather Driver Cover or low-key cool Gauntlet Leather & Canvas Driver Cover. These fleece-lined covers fit drivers up to 460cc and feature premium leather with garment washed cotton canvas stripes.
Want to know how you should record your golf scores? Not just in your GHIN app, but in a far classier way for your great-great-grandchildren to flip through when you’re long gone. The Golf Notes Panama Notebook ($80) pocket notebook is handcrafted in England using the finest cross-grain leather. Inspired by the Panama Agena invented in 1908, this notebook is lightweight, portable and will make the perfect gift or travel companion.
Our Best-Selling Golf Hats in 2019
If you’re worried about buying something that might be too unique, our best sellers for 2019 will ensure you stay on-trend through the holiday season and beyond. There’s no better place to start than our Original Performance Cap ($30) with its combination of lightweight breathable fabric and soft structured profile it’ll have you focusing on your next shot and not battling the heat.
But maybe you or your buddies aren’t hat folks and are into the resurgent Tour Visor ($30). It doesn’t get more traditional than this visor. Our made in the USA, cotton, high-profile Tour Visor is a timeless look that is often imitated but never duplicated. The terry cloth sweatband on the Imperial Tour Visor™ tells you it’s the real deal. Worn by many touring professionals and even more parking lot pros.
U.S. Open Championship 2020 Hats and Apparel
Who isn’t excited about the U.S. Open returning to Winged Foot in 2020 for the first time since 2006? Everyone recalls the exciting finish where standing on the 18th tee, Phil Mickelson needed just a par to win or a bogey to tie, but sliced a driver so far left that it rattled through the trees and bounced off a hospitality tent. From there he settled for double bogey tying Sam Snead for the most second-place finishes by a player who has never won the U.S. Open, with four. Well, it’s time to keep your head a bit warmer than our Original Performance cap with our U.S. Open Winged Foot – The 1923 Lightweight Flannel Cap ($35). This golf hat is perfect for chilly autumn or spring days with its lightweight wool flannel fabric, unstructured low-profile “dad cap” look, and classy suede adjustable backstrap with antiqued metal slider. Not to mention one of the best logos in golf featuring the iconic literal winged foot and crossed golf clubs of Winged Foot Golf Club.
In addition, there’s still time to relive one of the best U.S. Open’s in recent memory contested at Pebble Beach with either a dope rope hat in the form of our Carmel Custom Performance Rope Cap which features a Custom Lt. Blue-Red-White braided rope and adjustable snapback closure. If the rope hat isn’t your jam, consider picking up The Bird Rock Bucket hat ($40) with a retro ribbon. With a floppy, bendable brim you can style it anyway you wish.
Gift Just for Her
It’s imperative not to forget the lady golfers in our lives which is why we can’t recommend our Cable Knit Winter Hat with Pom ($35) enough. This brand-new ladies winter hat is designed with a cable knit feature, faux pom, and soft acrylic confetti flecked yarn. These cute ladies knit cap can easily be worn on the course or off all winter long.
And for all the Puppy Moms out there, can you even be a “real” dog mom if you don’t have a hat with your dog on it? Dubious, at best. From golden retrievers to english bulldogs, black labs to beagles, the Canine Collection features some of (wo)man’s best friends. Looking for a different style? Head to our Design Your Own tool to put your favorite dog on a Tour Visor, Rope Hat, Bucket Hat or other selection of Imperial hat.
Extra Credit Golf Gift
The last number of years has seen a steady rise in golfers’ interest in golf course architecture. But with all the fancy terminology (Biarritz this, and centerline bunker that), where would a student of the game turn if they really wanted to dive headfirst and be a great gift for a golfer that has everything? Consider The Evolution of Golf Course Design ($68) by architect Keith Cutten which encompasses material that has only scantily been covered in golfing literature previously. Unlike much of what has previously been written about the discipline of golf course architecture, Evolution examines the subject-matter through a broader lens. Specifically, the effects of world history, economics, prevailing artistic trends, social movements, and the inter-personal relationships of key designers, are illuminated and contrasted to reveal a more complete history. Act quickly as you can snag a signed copy (less than 100 remain) before Cutten starts selling the second printing on Amazon at a higher price. Cutten’s tome will fascinate and be a centerpiece for your coffee table for years to come.