These past couple years have made me realise how lucky all of us are that are able to ride, own horses, etc. Rather than the standard giftcards, etc. this year I would love to make donations to different charities in the name of others. Looking for ideas on how to do this/names of reputable charities to look into.
Another vote for Heifer International. For more horse-specific ones, a donation to a well-respected local rescue would be a good idea. One of my clients two years ago gave a gift in my name to an international charity that works to help animals in the tourist industry (like donkeys that carry tourists to the Pyramids in Egypt or whatever), but I cannot for the life of me remember the name of it and all the stuff I got from them is packed up thanks to our recent move. Googling didn't bring up anything familiar. I thought it was a really good charity that focused on providing veterinary services and education rather than blaming (usually poor) owners.
I've had a couple of clients donate in my name and I think it's really nice. I'd rather have that than a generic bottle of wine or whatever. Usually larger charities have a welcome-type packet or a "membership" package so the gift recipient will get the welcome stuff and maybe a monthly newsletter for a year or something like that. My clients just gave me an envelope with the thank-you letter from the charity and all that in it as well as a nice card from the client.