Why an Archery Gift Card is the Best Present You Can Give (and Receive)

Christmas is coming up quickly, and the pressure is on to find the perfect gift. If you have a loved one that’s interested in trying archery or is already hooked on the sport, a gift card to a nearby archery shop is an excellent gift idea.

Why a gift card?

Gift cards often get a bad rap for being the choice of last-minute shoppers, but they’re a practical solution to a common problem.

Archery equipment is very personal, so unless your archer is a pro at dropping hints, you can get left guessing what they want. We promise no archer will turn up their nose at this gift because they can use it buy whatever their heart desires.

Here are some of the items they can purchase with a gift card.

Archery Lessons

Archery is a sport of constant improvement, and there’s no better way to get improve than with the help of an instructor. Your gift can buy your archer a single lesson, lesson package or help them sign up for an archery program.

Range Time

A few hours spent on the range with a friend or loved one can create memories for a lifetime. What are you waiting for? Photo Credit: Georgia Southern University

In the winter, archers flock to shoot at their local indoor range. Most ranges charge by the hour so your gift card can easily pay for several hours of archery bliss.

Arrows

Archers will always need arrows. Be sure to ask for the length they need and any shop can easily set you up. Photo Credit: Shane Indrebo

Archers always need new arrows, but gifting them can be problematic because they need to be matched to the bow and the archer. If you give them a gift card, they can buy a custom set of arrows that will fit their bow and provide months of shooting pleasure.

Bow Accessories

Have you already gotten them the bow and arrows? Look no further, accessories are an essential part of any archer and they will always enjoy more of them. Photo Credit: Shane Indrebo.

Instead of guessing what bow, sight or arrow rest they want give them the gift that lets them buy exactly what they want. They can use it to upgrade their equipment or put together their first bow.

Bow

Instead of buying a bow and perhaps needing to return it, you can give them a gift card and set a date to take them to the archery shop. Photo Credit: Shane Indrebo

A new bow is the ultimate gift for an archer. Like many things in archery, bows need custom fitting. Instead of buying a bow and perhaps needing to return it, you can give them a gift card and set a date to take them to the archery shop.

An envelope with a gift card doesn’t quite capture the excitement of receiving a new bow. You can create that excitement by placing the gift card in a bow box. Archery shops usually have old bow boxes lying around, and they can give you one for your gift card presentation.

How much to give?

An archery shop employee can always assist in helping determine what every archer needs in terms of new gear and upgrades. Photo Credit: ATA

The hardest part about giving a gift card is determining the amount to give. Gift cards under $50 are great for small accessories, tuning services and range time. For around $100 an archer can buy arrows, bow accessories, bowstrings and archery lessons.

The cost to gift a bow or complete archery set varies widely based on the options. A beginner bow package can cost between $200 and $600 depending on the options selected.

The best thing to do is to talk to the shop about how you think your archer will use gift the card. Then the experts at the shop will suggest an appropriate amount based on the expected purchase.

The archer you’re shopping for can probably navigate to the archery shop with their eyes closed. If you aren’t as familiar, you can find the shop nearest you, here.

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5 Sweet Treats that Show Your Love of Archery

The holiday season brings to mind warm fires, festive decorations, and the scent of something baking in the kitchen. Celebrate with the ones you love, and remember to celebrate the things you love too. To treat yourself and the other archers in your life, whip up some archery-themed cookies this winter. Here are five baking ideas to try whether you’re baking just for fun or taking dessert to a holiday gathering.

1. Bow and Arrow Cookie Cutter

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A bow-and-arrow-shaped cookie is sure to be a hit with any archer. The design is versatile enough to stand alone or be used within a theme. Children would stare in awe if these were at a “Brave”-themed party – especially if Merida and Santa were in attendance!

Purchase it here.

2. Archery Themed Cookie Designs

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If you have some artistic chops, draw archery-themed designs on cookies for your next get together. You can be as simplistic or detailed as you want. Guests will appreciate the time and effort it took to create them and you just might help get some friends interested in trying your favorite sport.

3. Cookie Topper

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Spice up pre-made cookies or cupcakes by adorning them with a bow-and-arrow topper. Toppers are perfect when you want to add elements of fun and whimsy to last-minute dessert duty.

Purchase it here.

4. Archery Cookie Cutter/Design Combo

treats

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If you like the ease of a cookie cutter, but still want to handmake something, use an archery-themed cookie cutter as a base, and decorate on top of it. Place an arrow-shaped cookie on top of a circular cookie to easily create an arrow hitting a target. This dessert is – shall we say – a perfect 10.

5. Target Cookie Cutter

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Use a cookie cutter that’s already in the shape of an arrow hitting a bull’s-eye if ease and speed are your thing. Impress your guests with this intricate design, and only you’ll know how easy they were to make.

Purchase it here.

Baking brings comfort and joy to both the baker and the person noshing on the baked treats. It’s a pastime many families enjoy during the holiday season, just like they can enjoy shooting archery together year-round. So, sprinkle in a little archery with your love when you bake this season.

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Need a Halloween Costume? Show Your Love for Archery!

Struggling to find that perfect costume this year? Be an original in a gutter full of Pennywise imitations with these fun archery-inspired looks. Whether you’re looking to score mounds of candy, or first place at the costume contest, archery costumes are the way to go.

1. Lara Croft

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She’s a badass, and she’s here to raid your candy. The upcoming release of the new Tomb Raider movie calls for a resurgence of this costume in all its archery warrior glory. Trading in the Angelina Jolie booty shorts for pants makes this costume a great option for all ages.

2. The Green Arrow/Oliver Queen

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Watch over your party this Halloween as this masked archer vigilante. Oliver Queen is bringing back the recurve bow on this season of “Arrow,” giving you the chance to don your favorite equipment for a prop. Arrow just kicked off its sixth season on the CW, so it seems appropriate to set our sights on these characters this Halloween.

3. Artemis/Evelyn Sharp

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We’ve suggested Artemis the Greek Goddess as a costume before, but this year we’re going with Artemis from “Arrow” or the “Young Justice” comic books. The midriff-baring black tank will make you more recognizable if you attach a felt green arrow. Maybe if enough people wear her costume, she’ll appear in this season of “Arrow” after all.

4. Malcom Merlyn

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Also known as The Dark Archer in the Green Arrow storyline, Merlyn is a cool way to rep an archery character without doing the obvious. He’s got Wolverine hair combined with archery flair. Rock any of these Green Arrow characters solo or combine them for a group costume.

5. Susan Pevensie

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The first “Chronicles of Narnia” book may have hit the shelves way back in 1955, but the characters C.S. Lewis created live on to this day. Susan’s costume can be matched with a bow, a flower crown and any Renaissance-style dress.

6. Wonder Woman

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Archery has been in Wonder Woman’s wheelhouse for decades, and fans caught a glimpse of those skills in her recent movie. Switch it up this Halloween by mixing modern Wonder Woman with classic. No matter which one you’re sporting, kick it up a notch by incorporating archery equipment. (See what I did there?)

7. Apollo

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Turn your Halloween party into Mount Olympus by walking in as the Greek God of archery. Pair any Greek God costume with a bow and arrow for an epic outcome.

With any of these costumes you have the option of carrying your own bow, or making your own simple recurve.

If you’re stuck in a Halloween rut and can’t get the creative costume juices flowing, look to our archery-inspired suggestions for some Halloween gold.

Need some official gear for your costume? Check out your local archery range to get started.

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Quotes are Great: Archery Quotes are Better

Good quotes inspire readers and connect with them on a deep and meaningful level. A great quote does all the above, and more: It includes archery. Check out our Top 5 archery quotes, and let us know which ones are on target.

When an arrow misses, it didn’t suddenly turn. The archer caused the arrow to follow that path.  Photo Credit manchuarchery.org

“In archery we have something like the way of the superior man. When the archer misses the center of the target, he turns around and seeks for the cause of his failure in himself.”

Confucius

Every subject seems to inspire a Confucius quote, and archery is no exception. When something goes wrong, we need to look inside ourselves and reflect on whether we helped cause it. Humans are quick to assign blame when things go astray, but we must consider what we can do to fix things.

When an arrow misses, it didn’t suddenly turn. The archer caused the arrow to follow that path. The same is true in life. Daily choices we make often determine how our future plays out. It’s up to us to correct our failures. An arrow won’t fly straight unless you shoot it straight, and our lives will not go the way we want until we live them that way.

When you stop overthinking and simply act naturally, things usually fall into place. Archery follows the same principle. The perfect angle for one archer might trigger a catastrophic shot for another. Photo Credit: azquotes.com

“The more obstinately you try to learn how to shoot the arrow for the sake of hitting the goal, the less you will succeed in the one and the further the other will recede.”

Eugen Herrigel

German philosopher Eugen Herrigel uses archery as a metaphor for life’s great questions in “Zen in the Art of Archery.” One could argue that the accomplishments that make a successful life are completely objective. What some view as great achievements might seem minor to others. It serves no purpose to do something just because you think you should.

Nobody’s paths are the same, and nobody takes the same steps to reach the same goal. Likewise, forcing matters seldom gets us to the goal faster. When you stop overthinking and simply act naturally, things usually fall into place. Archery follows the same principle. The perfect angle for one archer might trigger a catastrophic shot for another.

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As wild as arrows can be, they rely on the bow and the archer for consistency. Life guides us to try new things and take exciting adventures, but afterward we still want something to return to.  Photo Credit: Shutterstock

“Even as the archer loves the arrow that flies, so too he loves the bow that remains constant in his hands.”

Nigerian Proverb

Archery provides a sense of stability, even though each shot’s outcome depends on the archer’s draw and release. Though arrows are unpredictable and independent from the bow, archers can count on the bow they hold to be the unchanging factor in an otherwise calculated sport. Your aim, draw or stance can differ each shot, but the bow never changes. As wild as arrows can be, they rely on the bow and the archer for consistency.

Life guides us to try new things and take exciting adventures, but afterward we still want something to return to. Everyone needs a bow they can count on to be consistent, literally and figuratively.

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Missteps and malfunctions can teach us what to do differently. Once you figure out what works for you, you can only get better, at the range and in life. Photo Credit: styleblazer.com

“The main thing about archery is a battle with yourself. You can ruin it all. Once you have learned the technique, the point is to re-create the perfect technique over and over and over.”

Geena Davis

Geena Davis is as wise as she is a talented archer and actress. We’re our own best friends and worst enemies. You – and you alone – determine how well you do in life or on the archery range. When things go wrong, you can repeat the same mistakes or pinpoint the problem and solve it. Missteps and malfunctions can teach us what to do differently. Once you figure out what works for you, you can only get better, at the range and in life.

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Archers are at their best when they can feel the bow rather than just shoot it. Fundamentals are essential tools, but at some point you must use those tools to build something greater. Photo Credit: outdoorhub.com

“In piano, if you try to force hitting this key and that key, it’s very broken. It’s not pretty. When you’re in archery, you can’t try to force it step-by-step-by-step. Then the shot doesn’t flow and it’s not a good shot. If you just let the performance flow, it’s really beautiful.”

Miranda Leek

Olympic archer Miranda Leek knows talent should be organic. Music comes from the soul, just as archery does. Great musicians know how to play instruments, and how to feel them. Archers are at their best when they can feel the bow rather than just shoot it. Fundamentals are essential tools, but at some point you must use those tools to build something greater. Trusting your abilities enough to relax and go with the flow is difficult. Most people spend their life trying to achieve such confidence, but once there you can create a symphony from any shot you take.

We cite quotes to spark hope and put words to thoughts and ideas we can’t express as clearly or eloquently. Finding a quote that speaks to you is like making a new friend. It’s comforting and lets us know we’re not alone. Archery instills that feeling, too. Let’s hope these quotes resonate with you the next time you’re at your local range.

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Do You Name Your Bow and Arrows? These People Do.

We name our cars, boats and motorcycles because they feel like our babies. Likewise, many people treat their bows as if they’re beloved children. So it only makes sense to name bows, too, right?

To confirm those suspicions, Archery360 reached out to fellow archers on Facebook and Instagram, and asked them to share the names and photos of their “babies.” The archers responded, submitting creative names with great family photos of their customized, color-coordinated bows. Considering this enthusiastic response, maybe you should follow these archers’ lead by christening and customizing your bow, and adopting your archery gear into your family.

Red Scorpion

Owner: BudoSiast Kvdb

When this piercing red recurve bow curls back its tail, it can sting any target with its arrows. The blue and yellow arrows, named after the U.S. Navy’s flight demonstration squadron’s jets, soar through the air with the speed and precision of their namesake. “I call them my Blue Angels because of the same color scheme as the stunt fighters,” Kvdb said.

Striker Eureka and Phoenix Inferno

Owner: Zena Ross

Don’t let the bright colors fool you. These twins are as powerful as they are majestic. Take one look at the yellow and orange on these beauties and you know that naming one of them after the phoenix, which rises from fiery ashes, was the right choice. Ross admits “the hardest part is always naming them.”

Loki

Owner: Oriana Ashlyn

This sly, stealthy bow is aptly named after Thor’s villainous adopted brother, and looks like it could give Hawkeye and the rest of the Avengers a run for their money. Ashlyn admits that “some days he gives me trouble.” It sounds as if Loki is living up to its namesake.

Gangster Gina and Ruby

Owner: Martin Hewett

Big sister and little sister are pictured in this family photo. According to Hewett, Gangster Gina got her name because “she has a Cartel riser. Get it?” Yes Martin, we get it, and we appreciate you, your pun and your bow-child.

The Mutant

Owner: Marissa Rabalais Turner

Famous mutants preceded this tricked-out bow, including Mystique from the “X-Men,” and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.” Now we can add this bow to the list. Turner said this green beauty got its name because its creator “sourced parts from several makers and put it together himself.” That’s a creation story fit for the big screen.

Dracarys

Owner: Manish Devadiga

Inspired by “Game of Thrones,” the power of a bow meets the power of a dragon. It’s indeed a song of fire and ice. Just whisper the High Valyrian word for dragon fire as you release your arrow, and this icy-gray bow “spouts fire arrows,” as Devadiga says. Maybe Ygritte should have tried that with her bow.

Beth

Owner: Jojo Adongo

As Kiss would sing, “Beth, I hear you calling, but I can’t come home right now.” This beautiful bow is pictured while taking a family vacation at the beach. What a lucky girl.

Stringbean

Owner: Melissa Valliere

This small but mighty recurve bow is taking a ride with its horse brother. And this photo sends some serious Merida vibes. We hope Stringbean and its family had a wonderful day with their hair flowing in the wind and firing arrows into the sunset.

Beauty

Owner: Danielle Rose

Mother and bow-daughter are beauties in this cool costumed shot. Move over Robin Hood. A new archery power duo stalks these woods.

Stardust

Owner: Sadie Hickerson

Stardust is seen here with her dog-sibling Sandy Beaches and their mom. The vivid colors bring to mind the aesthetic of David Bowie/Ziggy Stardust and the cool tones of the galaxy. That bow is definitely out of this world.

Conclusion

When you shoot a bow, it becomes part of you. It’s an extension of your arm. Something with such a personal connection should represent you and your personality. That’s why naming and customizing bows can bring you closer to your craft.

As humans, we feel most comfortable when being ourselves. Hit up your local archery shop, personalize your archery gear, and achieve that feeling every time you step onto the range.

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