Welcome to Day Seven of the 12 Days of Giftmas by Inside Track Eventing – the ultimate Equestrian Christmas Gift Guide! Each day for the 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!
You can find the entire gift guide for every day here – why not bookmark it so you can come back to it each day, or use it as your inspiration when doing your Christmas shopping?
The theme for Day Seven of the 12 Days of Giftmas is From Field to Fab. While our horses consume most of our waking (and sometimes sleeping) hours, us equestrians do also, on occasion, go places that aren’t the barn, and we like to look nice doing it! And no matter where or how we choose to spend our time, we deserve to have nice things for ourselves, special items that make us feel good, or statement accessories that we can wear time and time again, that give us a boost and set off any outfit (even if it’s got hay and horsehair on it). Today’s gift guide is all about helping you find those statement pieces – and each recommendation is either sustainably sourced/made, locally crafted – and always made with love and care from a small/local business owner. And maybe, this list might even inspire your Christmas shopping list for the non-horsey folk in your life?!
Read on for some gift ideas that will make anyone feel fab, no matter their interests, taste or style – and no matter your budget.
A Piece of Equestrian-Inspired Jewellery
[AD-PR PRODUCT] What better way to be able to carry what you love so much with you, beyond the time you spend with your horses, than with a statement piece of equestrian- inspired jewellery? Whether you love necklaces, are a fan of bangles and bracelets, or are more of a ring kind of person, The Silver Stable has a piece of jewellery for you. The Silver Stable was founded this year by Camilla Cottle, a passionate Equestrian from Lancashire – who designs and creates every piece to order and by hand in her own workshop, using sustainable materials.
All items in the collection are designed to last, and are completely customisable – you get to choose exactly how you want your piece to look, and you can even have your piece personalised for free if you wish. The fact that each item is made to order, and by hand, means that no two items will every truly be 100% the same, and that in itself makes the pieces pretty unique and special in my eyes. To see how Camilla styles some of the pieces and get some inspiration, check out The Silver Stable on Instagram.
Jewellery is available in either sterling silver or 9ct gold, and while a piece that will last you for life is certainly an investment piece, the prices are still very reasonable in my eyes, with pieces starting from just £25.
The Silver Stable will also be running a Black Friday sale, with 20% off the whole collection and free delivery starting on Friday 27th November – but if you can’t wait until then and want to beat the rush of the orders, you can take 10% off now with the code NATALIE10.
A Vintage Handcrafted Leather Bag, Belt or Wallet
There is something about the smell, feel and look of a good quality, well made leather bag, wallet or belt that just adds to any outfit. Even better when the items are crafted by someone who has years of experience in leatherwork, that you can trust to make an item that is designed to last. And even better again (in my opinion anyway) if that item has some connection to our equestrian world!
Well look no further than BUAN Crafts, 100% handcrafted leather goods using a traditional leather craftsmanship that has been passed through previous generations, to its founder Tom Berney Jr. Anyone in the equestrian world (particularly those of us in Ireland) will recognise the name Berney, as the Berneys Bros Master Saddlers are well known for designing high quality saddles and other leather items for our beloved horses. Tom Berney Jr. learned his trade with his grandfather and father, and proceeded to set up BUAN crafts as a means to putting his love of working with leather to new and creative uses. BUAN in Irish means lasting, which is the ethos for Tom’s business – where he makes items that can be passed down through generations.
There are a range of stunning items for all budgets available from BUAN crafts, with prices starting as low as 5euro, and the highest price point being 110euro.
A Unique and Colourful Piece of Hand-Crafted Enamel Jewellery
Are you more into colourful pieces that make your outfit ‘pop’, or are you looking for something a little bit different to gift someone this Christmas? Meab Enamels in Westmeath, Ireland, are a small business (a mother-daughter duo) who hand-craft timeless enamel piece of jewellery in range of designs, to suit a range of styles and budgets. Each piece in their collection is made from recycled copper, and is enamelled using Meab’s ‘Open Fire’ method (which you can read about here). Meab Enamels make a range of items, from earrings, pendants, brooches, rings and bracelets. Clair of Meab Enamels has kindly offered a discount code which can be used across the site (except for silk pillowcases) – use the code IRISH10 for 10% off.
A Luxurious Silk Scarf (or Pillow Case!)
And while you’re using that discount code on Meab Enamels, why not check out some of their other items? They also have stunning silk scarves, which come in a range of beautiful colours and start from just 39.95 euro. And if you really love the feel of silk against your skin, or you know someone who really goes to great lengths to protect their hair, you just might want to take a look at their Silk Pillowcase* – a must have item to take care of those luscious locks!
*Silk pillowcase not part of 10% off discount code.
A Cosy Scarf (and maybe even a matching Throw)
Last year I received the gift of a beautiful hand-crafted herringbone lambswool scarf from my partner’s mother, in a gorgeous gift box. It was so well presented, the design was impeccable, and the scarf itself was soft, cosy and such beautiful colours. That scarf was made by McNutt of Donegal, who have been handweaving stunning scarves, throws and other accessories in Donegal, Ireland, since 1953. They also make lovely throws and other accessories, if you fancy adding other items to your basket while you’re there!
Another company well worth having a look at in the realm of scarves, throws and country clothing, are Foxford Woollen Mills. Based in Foxford, Co Mayo, Ireland, they have been weaving since 1892 (can you just imagine how much has been woven in that time?!), and produce a range of beautiful items for both humans and home from their base in the West of Ireland.
So that’s five Field to Fab gift ideas for your Christmas gift list this year – I have ourposefully kept this list shorter than others, because I wanted to highlight some ideas for pieces that are unique, sustainably made where possible, and made to last. A fellow blogger, Jessica of Gee Gee and Me, often says “Buy Well, Buy Once” and I believe she is right. Buying well doesn’t always mean spending a fortune, as you will see in today’s gift guide – but if it costs a little more than a ‘fast fashion’ item, and is unique and lasts for a long time, then that little extra was worth spending in my opinion.