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Welcome to the 12 Days of Giftmas by Inside Track Eventing – the ultimate Equestrian Christmas Gift Guide!
Each day for the next 12 days, I will be bringing you a range of Christmas gift ideas for the horse lovers in your life, each day centred around a specific theme – that will hopefully provide some inspiration for your Christmas gift shopping, or your own Santa list!
Given the year we’ve had, there’s never been a more important time to help our economy by shopping small and shopping local. I have tried to ensure that as many of the gifts and businesses featured are small and local businesses (across the UK and Ireland) – and if you have any other recommendations for businesses that you think deserve to be included, please get in touch.
This year has also been difficult for many financially – from furlough, to job losses, reduced hours, etc. With this in mind, I have tried to cater for all budgets in each guide.
The theme for Day One of the 12 Days of Giftmas is Gifts that Keeps on Giving. Are you trying to think of something for that person who has it all? Do you want to give them something that they can enjoy after the gift-giving moment has passed? Something that they can enjoy time and time again, that reminds them of you each time they use it? Or maybe something you can experience together?
Then check out these 10 ideas for Gifts that Keep on Giving:
Lessons on a Dressage Schoolmaster
Buying for a dressage diva? Want to give them the experience of a lifetime? Why not give them the gift of experiencing the feeling of dancing on horseback – a lesson on a Dressage Schoolmaster? Ultimate Dressage Experience by Sandra Blake Farrell in Emerald Equestrian, Kildare, allows you to experience just this. I have personally ridden with Sandra on her schoolmasters and on my own horse, and her teaching style really helps you break down a movement and understand how to ride it. I found her very beneficial for my own riding (she did wonders for my position!) but also the horse’s way of going. You can buy lessons individually, or UDE are offering Christmas packages – 4 lessons for €350 or 6 lessons for €500.
- Online Lessons
If there’s one good thing that COVID has done, it has enabled us all to do more of the things we would typically do in person, online – and that includes getting lessons! Now that we can have virtual and online lessons, we have so much more flexibility in who we get lessons from (even overseas!) and when we get them – as often all it takes is a video submission and a review on your own schedule! Equicoach Online, run by Sarah Elebert (an international eventer based in Meath, Ireland) allows you to get remote feedback on an uploaded video, with a follow up phone call and further guidance if needed. Equicoach are offering a voucher for 3x feedback sessions for 50euro – in what other world would you get a lesson for less than 17euro?!
- Equestrian Subscription Box
Imagine being able to give someone the joy, surprise and excitement that they get when opening up their Christmas present, unsure of what might be in it – but instead of a once off, you could give it to them once a month for a few months after Christmas?! Well that’s exactly what gifting someone a subscription to an Equestrian subscription box will do – like their birthday or Christmas every month.
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- Subscription to a magazine or Horse & Country TV
For the person who loves reading horsey articles, watching masterclasses, or finding new exercises to try out at home, why not gift them a subscription to a magazine like Horse & Rider, or to Horse & Country TV? Maybe they’ll even let you watch H&C TV or borrow the magazine when they’re done 🙂
- Pay for their membership fees
For anyone looking to splash out and really get into your loved ones’ good books, why not pay for their membership fees to the affiliated body of their choice for the year? Whether they’re a dressage diva, an eventing enthusiast, or a passionate pony clubber, the gift of a membership will no doubt be a well used gift when we all (hopefully) get back to competing again!
- A voucher for arena or XC course hire
With lockdown keeping us all at home for the foreseeable, we are all positively chomping at the bit to get back out as soon as we are allowed – so why not gift someone a voucher for arena or XC course hire so they can have fun with their horse as soon as things open up again? Bonus is it supports a small business who likely has suffered an income loss from being closed during lockdown, when they need it most.
- A date in the diary for a ‘horsey date’ together
With COVID preventing so many of us from seeing our friends and spending quality time together, there is no gift more valuable than the gift of quality time with those we love. Why not ‘book’ a future day out for a ‘horsey date’ for you and your bestie whenever restrictions allow, to take your ponies out together and have a day of fun?!
- A “voucher” for a favour or chores
Thoughtful gifts don’t have to cost the earth – or anything at all, in fact. Sometimes, the most thoughtful gifts are the ones that have the most personal meaning to the receiver, or help them in some way. Maybe your friend doesn’t have their own transport, and you can gift them a day out to a show or schooling venue, where you bring them. Maybe you gift a really busy friend a full weekend off from their horses, and you do them instead. Or maybe you offer to come and groom for a friend who often has to compete alone, at their next two shows. Think of what would mean the most to someone, and use an app like Canva to make up a nice little ‘voucher’ to include with your Christmas card.
- A gift card
When you truly don’t know what to get someone, but you know they’ll know just what to get for themselves, why not get them a gift card for their favourite local retailer or small business? Just like the arena hire, this will also likely give a much needed boost of cash flow to a business who has had to close its doors during COVID.
- A donation to charity
For the gift that truly keeps on giving, consider donating to charity or ‘adopting’ an animal on behalf of your recipient. COVID has put a halt to many fundraising activities that charities would traditionally rely on to ensure they have sufficient funding – a donation or purchase of a charity christmas card would mean the world to them. To make it horsey, you can donate to charities like IHWT, The Brooke, or whichever local charity means most to you.
So that’s 10 gift ideas for the first day of the 12 Days of Giftmas – I hope this has given you some inspiration, and if you have any other ideas for amazing Christmas Gifts for Equestrians, please do let me know!
Stay tuned for Day Two tomorrow!