Valentine’s Day gift ideas are notoriously hard to think about. Chances are, you’ll want to treat your loved one to something special to show them how much you care, but haven’t a clue on where to start. Throw in the fact your other half is an equestrian, then you’ll really get confused.
Depending on your budget, there’s a huge variety of expensive and inexpensive gifts for equestrians that are not only much needed but can also show your love and affection. They don’t have to be directly related to a horse, but a thoughtful gift can help go a long way in showing you really do care. The easy go-to gifts, such as grooming brushes, gloves, breeches and leggings, and matchy-matchy sets, are all good and well, but if you want something a little different, it’s time to get your thinking cap on!
Sometimes, a bunch of flowers and a box of chocolates just won’t cut the mustard in the gift department. So naturally, as horse owners and enthusiasts ourselves, we decided to gather up a selection of products that we think your equestrian fuelled loved one will love!
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One of horse owners’ biggest woes, especially during the long cold winter months, is how dried out our hands can become. Despite wearing gloves, the weather continues to dry out hard-working hands. With this in mind, a gentle exfoliator can help remove dead skin, while a moisturiser can revitalise and soften the skin.
Boost Exfoliating Hand Wash from The Body Shop
Vegan and enriched with 100% natural essential oils.
Suitable for all skin types, the Boost Exfoliating Hand Wash will leave hands feeling clean and rejuvenated.
Features 100% natural and biodegradable mandarin and bergamot essential oils and Community Fair Trade organic olive oil.
100ml £11, shop now at The Body Shop.
Boost Happy Hand Cream from The Body Shop
Vegan and enriched with 100% natural essential oils
Perfect for use after the exfoliating hand wash. Use a small amount to rub into hands, nails, and cuticles to nourish, relieve and moisturise.
Contains Bergamot and Mandarin essential oils.
30ml £9, shop now at The Body Shop.
You can never go wrong with jewellery. Whether it be a pair of equine-themed earrings, necklace or ring, it’s a gift that’s sure to light up anyone’s face this Valentine’s day.
Pandora ME Lucky Horseshoe Ring Set
A collection of two rings held together by a horseshoe pendant from Pandora. Sterling silver from the Pandora ME collection. Featuring the Pandora ME Ring, Pandora ME Pavé Ring, Pandora ME Lucky Horseshoe Dangle Charm and Pandora ME Styling Ring Connector.
Was £84, now £69, shop now at Pandora Online.
Crystal Bracelet from Swarovski
A unique-looking bracelet crafted from grey square cut crystals, finished with an adjustable waxed cotton cord. The horseshoe print symbolises protection and good luck.
Was £55, now £33, shop now at Swarovski online.
From travelling to horse events to competing at shows, you can guarantee an equestrian will spend more than one night away from home each year thanks to our four-legged friends. When it comes to travel accessories, you can bet your bottom dollar the horse will have the most up to date gear while the equestrian will grab a worn-out bag for themselves. Valentine’s Day offers a great excuse to alleviate this problem by opting to gift with some quality travel accessories to help keep them going!
Holland Cooper Equestrian Kit/Travel Bag
Perfect for weekends away, the Holland Cooper faux leather holdall comes with internal pockets large enough to keep a riding hat, sealed and breathable compartments for smaller items, and a monogram-printed lining. Hand-held or use the shoulder strap to carry.
One size £199, shop now at Holland Cooper online.
Warm Wool Blanket from LeMieux
Picnic perfect! If the equestrian in your life enjoys a picnic while soaking up the atmosphere of the cross country course at Burghley OR gets cold standing around in between classes, this 100% wool blanket from LeMieux may be the answer. Great to keep at the stables, in the wagon or in the car boot. Leather handle straps also make it easy to carry and store.
Thinking outside the box here (and we’ve purposely stayed away from socks, scarves and gloves for this feature), what if you were able to give your loved one something they were not expecting but would definitely thank you for? As mentioned above, equestrians consistently put their horse first, while often they go without, whether it be for time or money reasons. The below item they may not know they need, but they will definitely thank you for.
Pivo Auto Tracking Camera Pod
An essential item for any horse rider to help improve riding and their horse’s way of going. This handy accessory enables you to record an entire schooling session without having to have a family member stand and hold the phone. This clever, intelligent technology tracks the horse around the arena, even during each pace and when jumping. Recording as it goes, it enables riders to watch the lesson back to see where things can be improved, including assessing the horse’s way of going. We’ve even done a review on the Pivo Pod Active, which you can read here.