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That time of year again: I need gift-giving suggestions

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  • That time of year again: I need gift-giving suggestions

    My Mom's into driving; I'm not and know nothing about it. Last year I got her a balanced whip on I think Thomas' suggestion, which she loves.

    I turn to thee again, o COTH.

    She mentioned "long cuff brown leather gloves" and something else that the number goes into (???). Good examples of those, and anything else you folks think she might like would be greatly appreciated.

    It's that or she gets a candle. I suck at gifts.
    COTH's official mini-donk enabler

    "I am all for reaching out, but in some situations it needs to be done with a rolled up news paper." Alagirl

  • #2
    The perfect gift:


    Great for your driving mom, great for the CANTER cuties!


    • #3
      Check out their gift selection - there has to be something here she'd like

      Number holder

      SSG long cuff gloves

      we like the SSG deerskin with velcro tab gloves too

      Not connected to the store except by checkbook


      • #4
        Don't forget that you need to get a size larger than she normally wears for driving. Personally speaking I like either pigskin or deerskin best.

        Or a subscription to the UK monthly magazine Carriage Driving? I've got that for a few of my friends in the USA and they love it.


        Or "In harness".


        (If you do decide to get one of those let me know and I can arrange for a discount for you)

        Or if she's showing what about a really nice spares kit. This is just to give you ideas as I'm sure you'll get a supplier recommendation from another member in the USA once you've decided what to get.


        Or a driving apron.

        Or a nice thin underbridle headcollar specifically for a driving horse?


        • Original Poster

          Thanks everyone. I think she just got her own apron, because she needed one for something. A clinic I think.
          COTH's official mini-donk enabler

          "I am all for reaching out, but in some situations it needs to be done with a rolled up news paper." Alagirl


          • #6
            If she has arthritic hands, consider Bionic gloves. I use them and they are awesome.


            I know this link says riding gloves, but I use them for driving. They are about half the price here that I have found them in driving cataloges.

            I don;t know how they work, but they do relieve the stress on the hands.

            SSG gloves will bleed color on your hands if they get wet.


            • #7
              ^ If she's showing though then those may well not be right.


              • #8
                My wish list was brown leather gloves
                and black magic
                Oh yes and a number holder


                • Original Poster

                  Originally posted by China Doll View Post
                  My wish list was brown leather gloves
                  and black magic
                  Oh yes and a number holder
                  I prefer white magic myself, seems nicer.

                  Thomas, why should the driving gloves be a size larger?
                  COTH's official mini-donk enabler

                  "I am all for reaching out, but in some situations it needs to be done with a rolled up news paper." Alagirl


                  • #10
                    For comfort when you're wearing them for prolonged periods


                    • #11
                      Originally posted by TheJenners View Post
                      I prefer white magic myself, seems nicer.

                      Thomas, why should the driving gloves be a size larger?
                      I meant black as night. I am not even sure what Bl magic is. LOL


                      • Original Poster

                        heh heh
                        COTH's official mini-donk enabler

                        "I am all for reaching out, but in some situations it needs to be done with a rolled up news paper." Alagirl


                        • #13
                          The lesson with Chester sounds amazing! I've ridden on the back of the carriage when one of my past boss' had a lesson - VERY informative!
                          P.S~ (I bidded!!)
                          LAURA De
                          **Don't underestimate the POWER OF PURPLE!**


                          • #14
                            How nice that you want to get her something special for her driving pursuits.

                            You've already gotten many great ideas, but if you are still looking:

                            A year's membership to ADS - $75 and she will get their WONDERFUL quarterly magazine.

                            A year's membership to CAA - $55 and includes their fabulous 5x per year magazine.

                            A year's subscription to Driving Digest - $28 for six issues
                            "My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we'll change the world." ~ Jack Layton


                            • Original Poster

                              Ooooooo, more good ideas!!

                              OK, she is a beginning driver, and I know she took some lessons (or a clinic rather) with some guy who was mega-big from Europe or something. I know she went to Tennessee for the clinic, and it lasted a weekend or three days, and he was impressed by her pony.

                              Other than that...heh...I know nada. But I bet she might like some of those subscriptions. I'm going to send some of these ideas to my Dad for her.
                              COTH's official mini-donk enabler

                              "I am all for reaching out, but in some situations it needs to be done with a rolled up news paper." Alagirl


                              • #16
                                I just bought this for myself. FUN!


                                I hope you can follow the link. It was my *win* page. He shipped the day after I won it, and it only took 12 days from Hong Kong. I was willing to chance it for under $10, incl. shipping! He sells the other 2 in other auctions. There are lots on ebay, some in the US too.


                                I got the heaviest duty Gorillapod, which will support up to a 6.5# camera. It's very strong and made well. The screw does fit in my little Canon digital. My plan is to affix it to the dashboard of my cart and hands-free video some pretty parts of my drives. If the cart is too bouncy, I can use it elsewhere, I'm sure. But my gig cart should be smooth enough.

                                Here is some info I found on the 3 different models:


                                Model Comparasion List

                                Gorillapod Original Compact (GP1)

                                Intended for: Compact digital cameras
                                Max weight load: 275g (9.7oz)
                                Adapter: Universal ¼-in tripod screw
                                Size: 15 x 3 x 3cm (5.9 x 1.2 x 1.2")
                                Weight: 45.3g (1.6oz)

                                Gorillapod SLR (GP2)

                                Intended for: Lightweight SLR cameras and camcorders
                                Max weight load: 800g (1.75 lbs)
                                Adapter: Universal ¼-in tripod screw
                                Size: 250 x 50 x 50mm (9.8 x 2 x 2")
                                Weight: 165g (5.8oz)

                                Gorillapod SLR-ZOOM (GP3)

                                Supports professional tripod heads and SLR cameras with zoom lenses.
                                Intended for: Tripod mountable cameras and professional tripod heads
                                Max weight load: 3000g (6.5 lbs)
                                Adapter: Universal 1/4-in tripod screw plus a 3/8-inch adapter screw
                                Size: 250 x 60 x 60mm (9.8 x 2.4 x 2.4in)
                                Weight: 241g (8.5 oz)

                                Last edited by Yip; Nov. 20, 2009, 06:48 PM.
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