This will be the last in the series, since by now deadlines to get your gifts in time is rapidly approaching! For this post, I wanted to give you a few fun little extras. Just like the other two posts in this series, I looked for things that were nice, but still budget friendly, and seemingly not as well known around the blogosphere. Unlike in my other posts, I have items from most of these small businesses that I already love.
You guys have heard me rave about Ecolicious Equestrian before, but I really can’t say enough good things about them. The customer service is fantastic and the products are effective and smell so lovely (I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had someone ask what I was washing my horse with just because they smelled oranges). Last year I gave my mama a minis combo pack, and though she was skeptical at first, she too loved them. After using Orvus for years–probably the same container for the last 20 if I’m being honest–she was pleasantly surprised to find that she really did love the results. You can read my full review here if you’re curious–be warned though, it’s from the early blogging days!
The mini combo pack Is pretty inexpensive, but fair warning: shipping is an additional $10-15 from Canada so might as well order a few for everyone you know, along with some “lip silk.” No, really, I had a freebie in my last order, and it’s actually wat more effective than my normal ChapStick brand stuff, and even in the wind and cold one application did the trick
Next up is a custom name plate or tack monogram from Swanky Saddle. I will fully admit that I dropped the ball here, and it’s a little too late to order custom gifts and have them arrive by Christmas. But, I’ve been known to give IOUs for Christmas, and there are definitely non-custom and cute items you can get in time for the holidays from Swanky Saddle as well.
When you order your item, you get to choose from a multitude of colors and metal finishes, and they really just class up a wooden trunk so nicely, while the saddle plates are a really cute alternative to the standard plates you see.
You may remember Spiced Eq from the last post (no, I don’t have an obsession, shh.), but in addition to the cute clothes they offer, they also have a bunch of cute, miscellaneous goodies. Just like the sweater, I’ve been eyeballing this case for forever, and I just haven’t pulled the trigger. They have a bunch of other cases for a variety of phone types, and in varying degrees of horsey-ness.
I love the little touch of horsey-ness with the braided rein on this one that isn’t quite as loud as say a pony head. I should note that this is the one company I don’t have personal experience with, so I can’t speak to their customer service.
Finally, we have a custom set of spur straps from Spur of the Moment. Now I know what you’re thinking. Custom spur straps are expensive, and if they aren’t it shows. But! I was given a pair of these by my mama for my birthday back in February, and they are still going strong. They’re the one blingy indulgence I allow myself, and I really love them. They’re so affordable I’ve been thinking about getting a second pair just for fun.
The leather shows only minimal signs of wear, and the buckle hasn’t given me any issues ever. Unlike my previous straps, these are a relatively normal length, and I actually don’t have 6 inches of spur strap flapping around which is great.
There are 109 different stock options to choose from when customizing, but if that’s somehow still not enough, Sasha also offers several premium options And fancy straps other than the standard black or brown. Yes, brown, for all your brown boot loving friends who bemoan their local tack store’s black only offerings.
And that’s all I’ve got! I hope this helps a little bit with your holiday shopping, and I hope you’ll support small businesses this season so they can do their own holiday shopping! Do you have any other go to shops for a more creative gift that I missed?