As the holiday season approaches, we thought you might appreciate some gift suggestions with a twist, appropriate for those on your list who aren't satisfied with the same old, same old.

I'm sure I'm not the only one surrounded by people who lose their minds every time they see 18 holes of grass, sand and men in circus-like outfits. If you have a golf-addicted gift obligation, you could take the safe route by taking out a loan to buy them a box of Titleist golf balls, or a handkerchief with Tiger Wood's logo on it ($100, probably).

Unfortunately, those gifts usually don't last long. Your dozen golf balls might see me through the first six holes, if there aren't any water hazards. Why not give your golfer friend a gift they'll appreciate every time they sit down to catch up on paperwork?

I'm referring, of course, to the Potty Putter. The kit comes with a miniature green that is placed strategically at the player's feet, a ball, and a putter that one can use while seated. An added benefit is that it reminds the player that in golf, too, a loose grip brings better results. And a hacker like me would be pleased to get a fore on #2.

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