I have an easy and practical idea for you for either a Teacher Appreciation Gift/ Coach Gift or consider this one for Father’s Day too.
This year we have a male teacher that loves golf plus we usually get something golf related for my Father in Law for Father’s Day. I often get golf gift certificates or other items like towels and gloves for gifts but this year I thought I’d go with something easy that every single golfer can for sure use.
My Father in Law is a big golfer and over the years I have seen him get just about everything under the sun as a gift and to be very honest the majority of it is never used- and gets stuffed into bags and “donated” to my husband 😉 I wanted to be sure to give gifts of items people would really use and not something that would wind up in a donation bin or a closet somewhere.
So golf balls are always a safe bet and if you are not a golfer, you might be surprised at how expensive they can be! The better quality balls are $1.00 or more each- so don’t worry you won’t look like a cheapskate giving a basket of golf balls to your favorite golfer. Here are the two ideas I came up with- the first is this little berry basket I picked up at Michael’s for $5.
I have been told that golfers will get a real golf basket filled with balls when they go to a driving range so this is very practical. I asked Grandpa Joe (my authority on all things golf related as mentioned above) if it was necessary to spend the money on the fancy basket specifically for golf balls and he said “absolutely not- most golfers aren’t carrying a little Easter basket around the course and just use what the club gives them.” Ha! Ha! I told you most of the stuff he gets winds up in the donation bin 🙂
You might have a different situation but I thought this basket was cute and practical and cheap and it can be used for lots of other purposes not just golf balls. Next I picked up 24 Callaway balls- again these can be expensive but I found them for $29 at Costco in a box.
I stuffed a bunch of green tissue paper into the bottom of the basket and then filled the top with the balls. This particular gift is for a Kindergarten teacher so I used my little girl’s footprint to create a fun little card to attach to the front of the basket. She did the footprint and signed her name and I just used some paints and a Sharpie and finished off the card. Pretty simple to make something like this- I’d say it took me about 10 minutes to do. For a teacher you might say “Thanks fore a great year.” “Thanks fore everything!” “You are a tee-riffic teacher” and so on. I put his name on the little flag there. These cards are perfect for Dad or Grandpa for Father;s Day as well!
Here is another option if you don’t want to use a basket. I found a 64oz Ball Jar at Target for $5– this is also practical as the jar can be reused for tea or lemonade or iced coffee or whatever later.
The jar is a smaller size too so if your budget is tighter and you want to include fewer balls or if you’d like to give a golf gift certificate as well, this is a great option.
I stuffed a little green tissue at the bottom of the jar, filled it with balls and then I made a little flag using a skewer I had on hand and one sheet of green scrapbook paper. I printed “You are a Tee-rific” Grandpa! Happy Father’s Day!” on the flag, cut it and just used tape to hold it onto the skewer. I tied the flag on with a blue ribbon and traced the jar lid on the remaining scrapbook paper and just popped the paper on top to create a little more finished look.
And that is it! Simple and easy and very practical for the golfer in your life. If you want to do a gift card to a course in your area, simply tuck that inside the balls in an envelope. And here are some other ideas Dad might like:
Homemade Burger Seasoning (add this to a grilling gift basket) Free Printable Father’s Day Card (there is a version for Grandpa too)