Whether you are looking for practical or just plain silly presents for your best friends, we bring you a selection of festive gift ideas (some are for people too!).
Prices correct at time of writing.
These bright and cheerful Burlington Rider Girl Knee High Riding Socks will certainly put you in the mood for stepping into the stirrups! With an extra long leg, colourful, contemporary argyle design and a comfortable plush cushioned sole that is also moisture regulating, you’ll stay dry and protected.
These breathable, blended cotton rich Burlington socks even bring a little glitz to the party with dayglo details and Lurex glitter detail stripe cuffs, which top snug, stretchy fabric legs that prevents the socks from slipping.
Was £18.99, now £12.72 from SOCKSHOP
These technical riding tops from Holland Cooper (£79) are expertly crafted with practicality and form in mind – the base layer offers warmth and comfort hand in hand. Perfect for keeping cool in whilst training, and providing an insulating layer during the winter. Designed for a super soft feel against the skin and finished with sports-inspired graphics and embroidered logos.
Jade founded the Holland Cooper label in 2008. It has since become a classic British luxury brand for heritage and equestrian style. In 2018, through Jade’s love of the equine world, Holland Cooper Equestrian was launched. The carefully curated range features luxury performance-tested equestrian wear with a sports-luxe aesthetic, celebrated in a design collaboration with British eventing gold-medal Olympian, Carl Hester.
Looking for a base layer for men? This thermo-regulating Tech Wool top is engineered to warm your core and wick away moisture during technical pursuits. The blend of merino wool and synthetic fibres offer natural odour control and an exceptionally soft hand-feel.
Available from Regatta for £70.
The Ariat Belford GTX is as waterproof as a boot can get! It is fully lined from top to bottom with GORE-TEX® making it fully waterproof and breathable, and offering you maximum water and mud protection – ideal for any country, equestrian or outdoor pursuit.
It features a full-grain leather upper with elasticated side gusset and buckle detail. The Belfor also boasts ATS® sole technology for superior stability as well as comfort.
Price £300 from Philip Morris & Son.
Made with a wide fitting calf in premium leather and featuring Michelin soles and exclusive LCX technology, the Jameson boot is waterproof, resistant and comfortable. The leathers will naturally age to make them look even better over time. Featuring a removable, stiffened memory foam moulded insole, the Jameson is easy to get on and off thanks to a heel pocket engineered into the calf, giving you enough room to easily slip your foot in and out of the boot.
Standard calf fit also available.
Price £385 from Le Chameau.
Together with celebrated photographer Aurélie Four, Awon and 11 other dog-loving milliners have collaborated to create this fun and adorable calendar that features Wild at Heart Foundation rescue dogs modelling couture hats, designed by some of the world’s most famous and loved names in millinery including Stephen Jones OBE and Philip Treacy OBE.
Price £15 from Wild at Heart Foundation.
Don’t let the Christmas walk spoil the day with a soggy dog story. This Fleece dog dry bag is perfect for drying wet/muddy dogs – simply put them in the bag and zip it up! Great to keep in the car for the journey home from your country pursuits too. Machine washable. Available in a range of colours, and sizes XS to XL.
Handmade by Rhapsody Rugs and available via Etsy from £13.99.
This Christmas advent calendar (£7.99) contains health-led and tasty dog treats for your favourite four legged friends to enjoy over the Christmas season.
You can also buy the Christmas Dinner Mini-Bone Treats separately (£15.99) or the treats plus calendar are bundled to make the Christmas Treat Collection For Dogs (£22.49).
Give your dog some super-sparkle for your festive family photos. Available in Gold, Chrystal White and Party Sparkle (£11.66 each) they not only make coats shimmer and shine but they smell great too!
Made with water-based formula for use on dogs, simply spray onto dry coats or, for a longer lasting finish, brush through and finish with a grooming spray.
Available from Christies Direct.
Your cat will love this soft and woolly cat cave where they will feel snug and warm.
Hand felted from soft pure merino wool using the wet felted process with just water and olive soap.
A removable insert pad is also available, which will not support bacterial growth, is resistant of permanent staining and machine washable.
The cat caves are available in a range of different colours and sizes and custom orders can also be taken.
Available from LoveCatCaves via Etsy, from £42.50.
As well as making dinnerware for humans, Emma Bridgewater offers a selection of ceramic pet bowls for dogs and cats that can be personalised with your pet’s name. Available in a choice of Emma Bridgewater designs and in sizes Small or Large.
Prices from £20.95 + £1 per letter.
These one-of-a-kind name signs are custom made just for you. Made from oak veneer wood and a variety of different coloured acrylics – these signs will be sure to rock your stable yard.
Choose from Hearts, Horseshoes, or Horse heads to be laser cut in to either end of the plaque, which also comes with pre-cut holes in each corner for attaching the plaque to the door or wall. Each order includes a clear acrylic cover to go on top of the plaque for protection from the rain.
Hand made by The Bespoke Workshop 1 via Etsy, from £25.
Have you ever wondered where to buy a Santa outfit for your horse? Equus is the answer! With a selection of garments for horse, tack and rider, in Santa’s trademark red with white trimming, there is no excuse not to get in the festive spirit.
- Hy Christmas Santa Over Reach Boots, £15
- QHP Christmas Reindeer Hat, £12.50
- ShowQuest Christmas Leg Wraps, £15
- ShowQuest Christmas Exercise Sheet, £20
There’s also a matching coat for your dog (£11), Christmas stocking treats for horses (from £6) and plenty of other equine Christmas gift ideas.
BRAVE rhythm beads combine the benefits of rhythm beads with the safety features of a sturdy neck strap. Made from high quality paracord and pony beads, BRAVE comes in one size and is fully adjustable, so you can use it on different sized horses.
The braided paracord strap is comfortable to hold and will keep you feeling secure in those spooky moments we all have, now and then.
BRAVE comes in three colourways: black/red/silver; black/turquoise/silver; and black/purple/silver. All three colourways have silver bells, so that you will hear a gentle jingle as you ride in rhythm with your horse.
The Cheltenham & South West Syndicate is for Jump racing fans who share the dream of a Festival winner and have a love for horseracing. This is an opportunity to experience racehorse ownership for a one-off fee, and become part owners of three fantastic Jump racehorses.
The Syndicate features a host of benefits including:
- Three top trainers including Nicky Henderson, Harry Whittington, and Kim Bailey
- For the 2020-21 and 2021-22 Jumps season (finishing on 31 July 2022)
- Complimentary two-year membership for Cheltenham, Exeter, Warwick and Wincanton Racecourses including 65 racedays per season, including The Cheltenham Festival
- An exclusive facility at The Cheltenham Festival 2021 and 2022
- A share in any of the prize money won by the club’s three horses
- Organised stable visits, trips, and discounted hospitality at racedays around the South West region courses
A two-year membership costs £3,250.
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