Whether it’s bespoke, a piece you don’t see every day or just something for fun, gifts for the ‘person who has everything’ can be as inexpensive or priceless as you choose!
Go one step further for a raceday outfit! Karen Quinn is a Modern-day Alchemist. Combining her professional skills as a Clinical Aromatherapist and Perfumer and her life-long natural abilities as a healer she works with the fields of perception, fragrance and energy.
Karen will work with you over several months on a 1:1 basis to create an exclusive custom blended fine perfume that captures and embodies the essence of YOU. It’s an absorbing and enlightening experience that includes consultancy, creation, review and analysis.
WE SAY: We think the process is almost as exciting as the result. A special treat for a special person.
PRICE: £2,500, then reorder your fragrance for £250 (50ml), from Karen Quinn.
24-PAIR SOCKSHOP WILD FEET CHRISTMAS ADVENT CALENDAR SOCKS BOX
This is a seriously big box of festive fun for feet — an adult’s advent treat for men, with one pair of brand new novelty socks for every day of December up to the big day itself!
The half calf length socks all come from the popular Wild Feet range of soft, cotton rich, themed socks including styles such as cartoon animals, fun festive designs and enough patterns to save his ankles from ever being boring again!
ECLIPSE TIP: Remember to give this on 1st December!
PRICE: £79.99 from SockShop.
Is there a big racing festival in the calendar for 2019? Commissioning a bespoke outfit will ensure that no-one else will be wearing the same, as well as matching perhaps a favourite hat or pair of shoes. It will also fit perfectly and working with a couturier means you can go back again and again for different tweaks and updates.
WE SAY: Don’t be scared: our couturier Coral Turner is based in London and is exceptionally warm and friendly!
PRICE: Up to you, from Coral Turner Couture.
If your loved one already has the outfit and needs a hat to match, how about a carte blanche to visit a milliner and have a special piece made? Sharper Millinery, for example, will work with you to create a bespoke hat or headpiece that matches your outfit perfectly, whether for winter or summer racing. You may be thinking simple and stylish or bold and outrageous, so with their bespoke consultation service, you will be able to determine which works with your outfit. We can then start creating your chosen design: tying in colours, fabrics and trims from your outfit.
WE SAY: Many of her clients have won Best Dressed Competitions at racecourses all over the country.
PRICE: Up to you, from Sharper Millinery. Pictured: Aniseed Twist, £155.
If the lucky person in your life loves to go racing regularly, why not buy them an annual membership to their local (or favourite) racecourse? For example, full annual membership at Sandown Park Racecourse for 2019 includes Premier entry to all 15 Flat race and nine Jump meetings, including feature days – bet365 Jump Finale, Coral-Eclipse and the Betfair Tingle Creek Christmas Festival. Plus Members Lounge, racecard, tea and coffee, Members Car Park, reciprocal visits to other UK racecourses, 50% discount on extra tickets, 10% discount on hospitality and more.
ECLIPSE TIP: This is for full Flat and Jumps membership (combined), you can get Jumps Only for less, and many courses only offer either Flat or Jumps, so this sample is chosen for those who want the full monty!
PRICE: £325 for Single person, or £585 for a Pair, from Sandown Park Racecourse.
This magnificent bronze Stallion sculpture by Elliot Channer is one of a limited edition of just 12 in the world. A stunning example of several equine sculptures by the artist, this piece focuses on the grace and energy of the horse, concentrating on key features and allowing spontaneity to make up the body of the sculpture.
Elliot Channer has been described as one of the ‘young stars’ of the international art fair circuit by Belgravia magazine.
WE SAY: A lovely gift and possibly an investment piece too?
PRICE: £1,900 from Elliot Channer.
GONE RACING WOOD OR METAL SIGN
Leave a colourful message with this hanging plaque. Made of light aluminium or wood, it is a fun way to leave a message to the rest of your household.
A perfect present for people who enjoy the odd flutter on our four legged friends.
You can select the standard wording which simply says ‘Gone Racing’ OR you can add a name e.g. ‘Lester’s Gone Racing’ or change the text entirely.
WE SAY: Makes a great thank you gift for your host if you are invited for a racing day out as well!
PRICE: £6.99+ from HoneyMellows on Etsy.
Karen can usually be found glued to her computer or at the stables. Having edited several national magazines she co-founded Eclipse Magazine in 2008 after realising that many of her friends were nervous about going racing due to lack of information – what to wear, how to bet etc.
She absolutely loves her job (how many people can say that?!) and is truly grateful to all supporters of and contributors to Eclipse Magazine.
If you are reading this she would like to say THANK YOU! (And please spread the word about Eclipse…!!)