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  • Christmas Ideas for Trainer and BO

    I know there's still over a month until Christmas but I still have no idea what to get my trainer and the BO. Last year, I was new to the barn and gave my trainer then, (also the BO), a Starbucks gift card since I didn't know her well. I've been training with my new trainer, (the upper level one at the same barn), for about 6 months and she's still a tough person, at least for me, to buy for. I don't have a lot of money to spend, (I'd like to keep it under $50 for each person), and I need good gift ideas! So what are you getting your h/j trainer and BO for Christmas this year?

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    I'm making a jump for mine...

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    • #3
      I like to give cash or a horsey gift card - in the past I've worked with the other customers to try to encourage them to give cash for Christmas because I've found most horse trainers don't have a large bank account and have a hard time buying some of the more expensive items (like one year my trainer got enough from her customers to purchase most of her custom made suit and another year the money went towards new stall curtains). My trainer loved it - all of the food baskets and body care sets were nice but not necessarily "needed" (especially the food! )

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      • #4
        FRUITCAKE!*

        The underage grooms got non-alcoholic cookies + a tip.

        * This year's batch has been marinating since September.
        Visit my Spoonflower shop

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        • #5
          Massage gift certificates. I think every trainer I know could use "me" time.

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          • #6
            Oohh great thread! As a BM, one of the nicest things you can do is (assuming you are on full board) is to clean your own stall once in a while on the days you have time. ( As long as you are reasonable and don't throw away more shavings than necessary and don't put 16 wheelbarrows of shaving back in it!). Its thoughtful, cheap and fairly easy, although not particularly Christmasey. That would sure float my boat though. Not that I expect my boarders to do this (they Don't). Also, chocolate, a tack store or dover gift card, starbucks is good too, a new set of polos or a new halter or something like that would be nice too. I would say fiftly dollars is a generous gift!
            http://www.facebook.com/pages/Fentre...24774504235082

            http://fentressfieldsequestriancenter.com/

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            • #7
              trainer gifts

              Best things I get are WARM ! IE winter gloves, smart wool socks, last year got a nice down vest from client w monogram, love the massage idea, chocolate, alcohol and money are always good as are saddle shop gift certificates, a nicely framed pic of student and horse competing...hope my clients read this thread !

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              • #8
                I think restaurant gift certificates are always appreciated. I did a wine of the month club once which went over well. Sometimes you can overhear or see something they need - like I got my trainer a nice pair of rubber reins - the same brand she had, but they were falling apart. So that was appreciated and used.

                Love the massage idea or cold weather items like gloves! Who can't use an extra pair of winter riding gloves or warm socks?

                You can also get photos printed on canvas and they look really nice - Maybe a candid shot of their horse or a nice show photo. They are a bit over $50, but a cool gift - http://www.shutterfly.com/home-decor...c=10196&p=2864

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                • #9
                  I once got the BO a photo of their horse blown up into canvas art. It looked really great and they appreciated it. Hodges Badge does them and I think you can order online.

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                  • #10
                    There is a company here that does restaurant gift cards that are good at a number of restaurants and can be used over and over again. You pay for one meal and the second is free. So got these gift cards for barn owner and trainer. Not sure if they are in all areas but go to www.passportdining.com and see.

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                    • #11
                      As a BO the most appreciated gifts are the most pratical ones. Personally I prefer cash or gift cards to Smartpak, Dover, or any of the local tack shops. Things like chocolates, giftcards for massages, and resturant gift cards are nice, but honestly, for me, the gift cards wouldn't get used and I don't need the extra calories from chocolates. Halters are usually a bad idea to get a BO or trainer, chances are they have 50 lying around in the tack room, car, and even house. So unless you're planning on spending big bucks for a leather halter with nameplate, I would pass.
                      Anything pratical you can use around the barn is also good. Extra pitchforks, buckets, etc. Warm clothing is a great gift too if you have correct sizes.
                      come what may

                      Rest in peace great mare, 1987-2013

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                      • #12
                        Haven't even thought about it, although gift cards for restaurants and massages are out, she never has the time. Frequently a group of us pool our money and buy a big gift, tack trunk, curtains for the tack stall, a high end show bridle for her new jumper.

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                        • #13
                          I was thinking about gettting my trainer a horsehair bracelet made from her hunter's tailhair. I'm just worried that she's not going to be really happy about some hair out of his tail. He has a really thick tail and if I plucked hair out of various places I don't think you would be able to notice, but idk. What do you all think??

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                          • #14
                            What I've gotten my trainer in the past:

                            Ariat Lined Tall boots--she is ALWAYS cold (okay--Im jumping into the hunter/jumper forum from the Foxhunter/eventer/dressage land)

                            Mountain Horse Snow/Riding Pants (they look like snow pants but are riding pants) got her that one year, she loved them so much she asked for them for her bday and the following xmass

                            a "I'll groom for you for however long you need a groom" coupon. that she loved! Along with "I'll braid your horse" "Clip your horse" "Load up trailer for hunting/show" coupons. Those were educational for me, and she loved them bc she didnt have to do it

                            scrapbook + money

                            we would make dinner for her all the time when we had left overs, so we gave her coupons for her fav homemade dinners


                            Barn Manager:

                            Cash...$50

                            cookies and money


                            Barn Owner:

                            Barn shaped Cookie Jar

                            Book of Amazing Barns (i dont remember if thats the actual name but its a book of awesome barns)

                            Painting of his horses in the field that I did

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Aerial View Post
                              I was thinking about gettting my trainer a horsehair bracelet made from her hunter's tailhair. I'm just worried that she's not going to be really happy about some hair out of his tail. He has a really thick tail and if I plucked hair out of various places I don't think you would be able to notice, but idk. What do you all think??
                              I think that is a great gift, but before you take any hair be sure to go to some of the websites (www.twistedtails.com) and read the directions, they are very specific about how much hair they need, how to remove it, wash it and ship it, etc. Its not just a few strands to be pulled out. And if you want it for Christmas you need to do it soon, it can take several weeks or more.

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                              • #16
                                Visa giftcard. Can't go wrong, he/she can use it anywhere!
                                My CANTER cutie Chip and IHSA shows!
                                http://www.youtube.com/kheit86

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                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by Aerial View Post
                                  I was thinking about gettting my trainer a horsehair bracelet made from her hunter's tailhair. I'm just worried that she's not going to be really happy about some hair out of his tail. He has a really thick tail and if I plucked hair out of various places I don't think you would be able to notice, but idk. What do you all think??
                                  I could be wrong, but isnt that something you do when the horse passes?

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                                  • #18
                                    In the past I've done: tin of homemade goodies (x2), Starbucks gift card, handmade saddle pad with trainer's initials (she kept saying how much she loved the one I made for myself).

                                    This year, I might try a collage/scrapbook if I can get enough photos taken at Turkey Day and in the two days I'll be home before X-Mas. If not, something else handmade. That and a gift card to our local tack shop and some more of my homemade goodies. (is it too obvious that I really owe her this year? )

                                    Edit: I agree with H/Jmom. Horse-hair stuff is more of a remembrance thing.

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                                    • #19
                                      When flying the other day found heated vest (rechargeable) in sky mall magazine, got me thinking that heated paddock boots (rechargeable) would be a nifty invention, so I googled "heated paddock boots" and didn't find those exactly, but found heated (rechargeable) insoles, which seems like pretty much the same thing. They were closer to $100, but maybe you could find someone else to split it with you? Personally I find that I can get most of my body parts warm enough when riding, but feet are tough, in winter in Boston, especially when trail riding for example.
                                      http://www.verseo.com/thermosoles.ht...FctL5QodWWq4Gg

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                                      • #20
                                        I am kicking myself b/c TOTD had this adorable set of crops for sale in a cute container and I thought it would be a fun gift for a trainer to use for the schoolies. All the crops were different bright colors that wouldn't walk away or get lost easily. Seems like we are always looking around for them! But I forgot to buy it

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