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        11-02-2013, 02:13 PM
      #11
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by Missy May    
    Honestly, I prefer to receive as a gift a certificate of donation made in my name to one of my favorite non-profit fellow creature protection organizations. I think it really captures the "essence" of Christmas. But....I don't think others feel the same, although they might. So, I agonize over what to get them. Ugh.

    I am w slide, I will only give gifts I deem "practical". If I am completely at a loss as to what to get someone - I get well made, super soft cotton towels. No bathing experience is complete w/o really nice bath towels. It might be a "boring" gift, but it is totally "practical".

    I have no idea what I am getting anyone at this point. :( Except, I will get DH some Dark Obsession...I love that cologne!

    Some of my most cherished gifts were hand made by friends. I don't have any such talents - I wish I did.
    My mother got me a set of the nicest towels at Kohls for my birthday. My previous towels were about Hotel towel sized, and as thin as one too. So we went out and she let me pick the color. These were 30 dollar towels (on sale for 15) and MASSIVE and they are the best thing in the whole world.

    Boring? Heck no. I love those things. So much. I could just stay wrapped in them forever. One does not understand how awesome towels can be until they have a super nice set.

    As for gift ideas: I do many, many crafty things, so that's always a good option. Even a basic knit scarf/hat set with soft yarn is always appreciated. Will update as I think of ideas!
         
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        11-02-2013, 09:25 PM
      #12
    Foal
    I am serious about towels. At 6'5 tiny towels judt don't cut it. Great suggestion.
         
        11-08-2013, 03:49 PM
      #13
    Started
    OMG I LOVE this thread! I am going to blog a favorite horsey things gift thread for the holidays soon, and this is giving me some great ideas to include non-horsey stuff as well!

    Here's a few of my faves!
    For horses, everyone at my barn is getting treats from Nicker Bait bc they do these super cute treats that are holiday themed and it's great gift for everyone here with horses.

    My one friend that works in the music industry is getting the iphone case from Dapplebay that I posted in the XC section (Eventing Phone Cover / 99 Problems / Dapplebay) bc I know she'll LOL at the 99 problems reference haha.

    And I'm getting my sister who loves scarves and is home visiting from New Zealand this month (YAY!) the infinity scarf from Draper Therapies bc they help circulation and keep you warm and she hates the cold (it's summer there right now so she's leaving beach weather to come to NJ chills haha). Draper Body Therapy Infinity Scarf I got the blue one for her and they have a gray one I got for me bc I have an obsession with scarves and I've used the DT stuff before and love love love it (even more so than Back on Track which I'm a fan of as well).

    I've got more stuff to add to my list, like a new biothane bridle for my OT Arab who I trail ride. I posted somewhere else on here about Two Horse Tack, and may just order that for myself rather than wait because we trail ride a lot to keep from getting bored now that we have 2 mos off from our shows. We'll see. Oh, yeah I was looking at the Day Glo stuff since we ride at night and all. Two Horse Tack - WESTERN BRIDLE made with REFLECTIVE DAY GLO Biothane Thoughts? Too much?

    And hmm... I am sure I'll think of more stuff. Can I get a new horse trailer too please? And an F350. YES! ;)

    I also need new show breeches as I only have one decent pair - what do you guys recommend? And for my other horsey friends, I like giving an engraved flask for those who trail ride/fox hunt/hunter pace since it's tradition to carry sherry or brandy or bailey's with you to keep you warm. I got one from a student a few years ago and love it. I think Things Remembered does them at the local mall, but I'm sure Amazon has ones too. Amazon rocks.

    Okay I'm rambling haha! Looking forward to reading more great gift ideas!
         
        11-09-2013, 01:35 AM
      #14
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by CJ82Sky    
    OMG I LOVE this thread! I am going to blog a favorite horsey things gift thread for the holidays soon, and this is giving me some great ideas to include non-horsey stuff as well!

    Here's a few of my faves!
    For horses, everyone at my barn is getting treats from Nicker Bait bc they do these super cute treats that are holiday themed and it's great gift for everyone here with horses.

    My one friend that works in the music industry is getting the iphone case from Dapplebay that I posted in the XC section (Eventing Phone Cover / 99 Problems / Dapplebay) bc I know she'll LOL at the 99 problems reference haha.

    And I'm getting my sister who loves scarves and is home visiting from New Zealand this month (YAY!) the infinity scarf from Draper Therapies bc they help circulation and keep you warm and she hates the cold (it's summer there right now so she's leaving beach weather to come to NJ chills haha). Draper Body Therapy Infinity Scarf I got the blue one for her and they have a gray one I got for me bc I have an obsession with scarves and I've used the DT stuff before and love love love it (even more so than Back on Track which I'm a fan of as well).

    I've got more stuff to add to my list, like a new biothane bridle for my OT Arab who I trail ride. I posted somewhere else on here about Two Horse Tack, and may just order that for myself rather than wait because we trail ride a lot to keep from getting bored now that we have 2 mos off from our shows. We'll see. Oh, yeah I was looking at the Day Glo stuff since we ride at night and all. Two Horse Tack - WESTERN BRIDLE made with REFLECTIVE DAY GLO Biothane Thoughts? Too much?

    And hmm... I am sure I'll think of more stuff. Can I get a new horse trailer too please? And an F350. YES! ;)

    I also need new show breeches as I only have one decent pair - what do you guys recommend? And for my other horsey friends, I like giving an engraved flask for those who trail ride/fox hunt/hunter pace since it's tradition to carry sherry or brandy or bailey's with you to keep you warm. I got one from a student a few years ago and love it. I think Things Remembered does them at the local mall, but I'm sure Amazon has ones too. Amazon rocks.

    Okay I'm rambling haha! Looking forward to reading more great gift ideas!
    Love the ideas! Love the engraved flask idea too. Just a bit about that- alcohol does not physically warm you (raise body temp, etc), it only makes you feel like you're warmer. Which can actually be dangerous sometimes- cold people drink alcohol, feel warmer, and as they get drunk they shed layers and since they aren't actually warm, get hypothermia. Fun tidbit ;)

    I like the idea of personalized things, for horse people. Everyone would appreciate a leather halter with a nameplate. Or handmade treat baggies. Tie some nifty colored rope halters- can't have too many.

    I also lurk on pinterest for handmade gift ideas, I won't lie. Some great stuff on there.
         
        11-12-2013, 12:07 PM
      #15
    Started
    Haha yeah to the alcohol - we know that but there's something about sipping baileys in the woods when trail riding in the snow ;)

    I also thought of another site I love - Collegiate Glamour. While I'm long since in college, they have two shirts that I love - my horse is cuter than your boyfriend, and eat / sleep / ride. They're adorable! EAT - SLEEP - RIDE - Collegiate Glamour
         
        11-12-2013, 12:50 PM
      #16
    Foal
    I'm thinking of doing some home-made candles for everyone this year.. fun to make, won't cost me a ton of money (that's the big thing), and hopefully fun to receive for those folks I know.
         
        11-12-2013, 01:12 PM
      #17
    Green Broke
    Alcohol always makes useful and inexpensive gift!! Espically those flavored vodkas! I gave a few bottles out last year.
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        11-12-2013, 01:26 PM
      #18
    Super Moderator
    For those older folks who already have THINGS, apps for the iPad , Kindle books, a custom created playlist from Itunes, or even just one on a custom cut CD . Turn the older folks onto some good contemporary music.

    These things bring enjoyment without a physical thing that occupies space and needs to be gotten rid of eventually . This is a problem as you get older and you have too much "stuff".

    I make granola. Really good stuff, with dried fruit and chipped coconut. I make huge amounts of it, then bag it in colored cellophane, with raffia ribbons and give it. For Christmas day breakfast!

    Or , give bags of bird feed. It is a tradition to feed the birds on Christmas morning, as St. Francis did. By attaching some fake holly and a ribbon, the presentation is what it's all about. You can also print off a blurb about St. Francis, and this tradition.

    Or do this with Coca mix., and attach a small bottle of Kahlua.

    Socks. Warm wool socks. You can never have too many of them! I gave everyone in my family a pair of Possum fur/wool blend socks. They are not cheap, but really any nice pair of wool socks is so much appreciated.

    Cooking ware. A really good vegetable peeler. A nonstick pan, a silicon baking sheet or muffin pan, or spatula. Look at Pampered Chef.

    Spices! Man, I love to get a new spice, such as a curry mix.

    Bag of homemade horse treats. Kind of like the granola idea.

    Flavored vinegars . Get small bottles from Joann's. Put herbs in with vinegar. Wrap and give.
    Shoebox and pbeebs like this.
         
        11-12-2013, 01:56 PM
      #19
    Yearling
    I love homemade gifts.

    Some of the nicest I've received is the "Cookie in a Jar" that's done up to look like a snowman. All the dry ingredients for the cookies are layered in the jar with the recipe attached.

    My girlfriend bought a lovely western motif frame, downloaded a picture of me riding Chip, put it in the frame and it's a cherished gift that sits in a place of honour above my computer.

    I gave another horsey friend a framed pic of her horse with a poem I wrote about him, written in calligraphy on the picture. She loves it.

    Years ago when we were boarding, I made up Christmas Stockings for each horse, glued felt letters on them with their stable name and hung them up. Everyone loved it and had fun tucking little treasures into the stockings for later.
         
        11-12-2013, 03:29 PM
      #20
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by tinyliny    
    for those older folks who already have THINGS, apps for the iPad , Kindle books, a custom created playlist from Itunes, or even just one on a custom cut CD . Turn the older folks onto some good contemporary music.

    These things bring enjoyment without a physical thing that occupies space and needs to be gotten rid of eventually . This is a problem as you get older and you have too much "stuff".

    I make granola. Really good stuff, with dried fruit and chipped coconut. I make huge amounts of it, then bag it in colored cellophane, with raffia ribbons and give it. For Christmas day breakfast!

    Or , give bags of bird feed. It is a tradition to feed the birds on Christmas morning, as St. Francis did. By attaching some fake holly and a ribbon, the presentation is what it's all about. You can also print off a blurb about St. Francis, and this tradition.

    Or do this with Coca mix., and attach a small bottle of Kahlua.

    Socks. Warm wool socks. You can never have too many of them! I gave everyone in my family a pair of Possum fur/wool blend socks. They are not cheap, but really any nice pair of wool socks is so much appreciated.

    Cooking ware. A really good vegetable peeler. A nonstick pan, a silicon baking sheet or muffin pan, or spatula. Look at Pampered Chef.

    Spices! Man, I love to get a new spice, such as a curry mix.

    Bag of homemade horse treats. Kind of like the granola idea.

    Flavored vinegars . Get small bottles from Joann's. Put herbs in with vinegar. Wrap and give.
    Love these!

    One question - what is flavored vinegar used for? I have to say, I bought a little bottle of vinegar for cooking now that I actually have to cook for myself and my housemates, and I have yet to use it!
         

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