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At a loss for what to get that special lady in your life? How about stocking her golf bag full of goodies?
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updated 12/19/2006 1:45:23 PM ET 2006-12-19T18:45:23

Winter is rolling around, as it tends to do, and you're next round of golf seems as far away as the pin on an uphill par 5. You may find yourself wondering how you'll survive that prolonged cold spell between late November and mid-March.

But take heart — along with negatives of winter come the biggest positive of all: Christmas. What better time to stock up on golf stuff?

Of course, if you're one of those people who actually believes that business about it being better to give than to receive, you probably need some help figuring out what it is you should give.

I'm here to tell you the good news. If there's a female golfer in your life, figuring out what to get is the easy part. Your Christmas gifts will practically shop for themselves.

Why is it so easy? Because I've already done the work for you. I asked around — every woman golfer I know, plus a few more — and compiled this handy gift guide, with options for every budget. Enjoy.

If you’re on a budget

  • A dozen golf balls, but only if you know her favorite brand. If you show up with Top-Flites and she's a Titleist girl, she'll know you're cheap and lazy. Probably not the message you're trying to get across.

If you can spend a little bit more

For everyone, regardless of budget
A round of golf with you.

I know, I keep harping on this point. But it was the most sought-after item among the women I asked. Clear the calendar, arrange for a babysitter, set a tee time. It really is that simple.

Word to the wise: I probably don't need to tell you this, but just in case you find yourself tempted, resist the urge to buy anything that could be described as "golf crap." Golf doormats. Figurines. Sno-globes. Guys don't like them, and neither do women. Follow golf's golden rule and buy no doo-dad you wouldn't want yourself.

Even with this cornucopia of options, some of you may still find yourselves confused about what to buy your favorite golf chick. Well, here's a crazy idea: Ask her. If she's got her eye on something special, she'll let you know.

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