Archers love gear. We’re always thinking about new bows, arrows, release aids and other accessories, and all those items make excellent gifts.
If you’re shopping for the archer in your life, you might be struggling to understand all the options. Below are 10 items to consider and how to buy each. If you’re an archer and want any of these products, forward this article to your generous loved ones.
Archers always need arrows, but you can’t just grab any arrows off the shelf. They come in different sizes and must match an archer’s draw length and draw weight. If you want to buy someone new arrows, borrow one of their arrows and bring it to the archery shop. That lone arrow contains all the information pro shops need to build new ones.
Bowstrings are like car tires: They must be replaced after a certain amount of use. Most people replace their strings every year, so your favorite archer could likely use a new set.
To buy bowstrings you must know their exact length. Compound bows usually list the proper length on the bow, or you can just tell your archery pro the bow’s make and model. For recurves and longbows, measure the bowstring or bring it to the shop. You can also order bowstrings in any color combination for a unique look.
Sights, Releases, Arrow Rests
Archery never lacks the latest and greatest accessory to improve accuracy and the archer’s experience. However, it might take some tactful prodding to find out what cool accessory your archer desires. Once you know, head to the archery store. Its staff can handle the rest.
Quivers hold arrows and shooting gear. They’re an important piece of gear that comes in many colors and styles to match each archer’s taste. To help choose a quiver for your favorite archer, note their favorite color or their bow’s color scheme. You can also match the quiver to their style. For example, a traditionalist might enjoy a leather back quiver.
Whether your special archer is a beginner or a top competitor, everyone needs archery lessons. Give the gift of better shooting with a lesson or lesson package.
Christmas season is also indoor season, which means archers flocking to nearby indoor ranges. Buy your archer a range pass so they can practice for free. Find out their preferred practice range, and stop in to buy some range credit.
A backyard range is fun and convenient. If your archer has a large backyard, a plastic-foam target makes an excellent gift to help them build a home range. Bit if they mostly practice at a range elsewhere, buy them paper targets.
A bow stand makes a great gift for archers who leave their bow in the grass while retrieving arrows. A bow stand holds the bow upright and off the ground during practice and for storage.
Binoculars, Rangefinders, Spotting Scopes
Optics are a high-end gift every archer appreciates. A laser rangefinder is especially useful for 3-D archers and bowhunters who must judge the distance to their target or quarry. Binoculars and spotting scopes, meanwhile, help archers spot their arrows in the target. Talk to the shop’s pro about the archer in your life, and follow the pro’s recommendations.
Can’t decide what to get? A gift card to your archer’s favorite archery store lets them pick out exactly what they need.
Christmas is right around the corner, so don’t forget about Small Business Saturday on Nov. 25. Support your local archery shop while making your archer’s dreams come true. To find the nearest archery store, use our store finder here.