I'm looking to order something for the barn family group for Christmas with the barn logo on it. Has anyone received a logo gift that was unique, useful, tasteful but not a small fortune? I did nice big stoneware logo mugs a few years ago. I was looking into stainless water bottles since everyone seems to have those in hand now at lessons, but I was hoping for something more original. I looked through several websites, but nothing is jumping out.
We're a small lesson/training barn, some have their own horses, some ride schoolies, some show, some do not.
I won a toaster one year. Don't hand out toasters.
It all depends on your price range. I got a set of coasters one year that were really nice. I love having them around the house! You could possibly do nice wooden picture frames as well, but that could get pricey.
I'm a big fan of polo shirts, embroidered with farm logo. A quick search turned up this place for color polos around $10 each- shirt for about $6, embroidery for about $4. I didn't read the fine print, so for smaller quantities price may be a bit higher.
Polo shirts are classic, long sleeve ones are really nice too. A friend of mine got us bridesmaids embroidered soft sided coolers that looked like purses for a bridesmaid gift. They aren't big but hold a few beers... err sodas.
MrB's attempt at talking like a horse person, "We'll be entering in the amateur hunter-gatherer division...."
One year I had the barn logo embroidered on nice hand towels and then had a grommet put in one end so they were hang-able. People loved their personalized rub rags for showing and they got lots of compliments on them at shows.
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6 pack cooler. They end up going everywhere and are definitely enjoyed and noticed. 'The 6 pack size is perfect for a lunch or just some drinks. We usually use Embroidme but I've also done some with Frog hollow.
In the years I rode/boarded with my trainer(smallish barn- max 20ish horses) we had a variety of items as Christmas gifts. I have several different schooling pads, a nice towel that I use in my grooming bag, a nice plastic mesh carry all bag that is big enough for me to throw my helmet, chaps, bridle, saddle pads, horse boots in if I trailer with someone else(vs using my trailer), picture frame, a soft side cooler, a wind breaker-ish pull over golf shirt, baseball cap, a grooming halter with horse name plate on it, a sweatshirt.
My trainer gives out Lands End shirts embroidered with her farm logo to boarders every Christmas. The styles vary year to year.
I would have thought if you are giving out logo-ed gifts you'd want them to do double duty: be a kind of thank you to your clients and also marketing. For the marketing angle I'd pick something, like the shirts or the grooming rag, that other horsepeople would see.
Grooming rag sounds great!!!! I personally would love one if I had a horse, and boarded at a place like that. I would wear it with pride on my belt at a show.
I have a friend who does embroidery, not a full on business, but just a hobby from home, she is really good, and may be reasonably priced. I can ask her, if you would be interested. She just embroidered personalized towels for me for my birthday. They are beautiful!!!