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I need HELP for Christmas!!!!!!!!!............

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  • I need HELP for Christmas!!!!!!!!!............

    ............in coming up with some great (inexpensive) ideas for presents for my students!!!!

    Last year I only had a couple students, so I was able to afford to get them all nice things, like saddle pads. But this year I have acquired so many students that i just can't afford to spend $10-15 per kid.

    Do any of you have any ideas? Or maybe if you're a trainer you can share with me what you've done for your students in the past? Or if you're a student, did your trainer do anything special for you for Xmas??

    Thanks guys!!

  • #2
    i dont know if this would work for you but wat you could do is if you have a course of jumps let the kids each or in pairs/teams create a design for a jump
    you get a lovely new course and they get to all get together have fun and do something creative


    • #3
      My trainers always gave me a free riding lesson, and I do the same with my kids. All I'm spending is my time. Now, I only have 4 students, so I'm not sure if that is feasible for you.


      • #4
        Save a shoe from each of there horses and make picture frames out of them, cheap,easy and if you dont want to do it yourself make it a barn party and provide the things.

        also your can pre-snap a pic of everyones pony so they have a pic for it and then can wait till they get one they love to replace it with !!

        ETA -For the little ones at least !! For the big ones, Ill would always take a free lesson Make up a nice little home made Gift Certificate, They can use it whenever and if its homemade its personal. I wouldnt just say you get a free lesson, Merry Christmas. hahaha
        Last edited by CanTango1; Nov. 4, 2008, 12:25 PM.
        Ride it like you stole it....ohhh sh*t


        • #5
          I had an instructor who gave all her students homemade fudge....yyyuuuummmm.


          • #6
            Last year, my trainer found little horse calendars (about 6" square) for $1.50 a piece at AC Moore. We had to drive to 3 or 4 AC Moore stores to find enough of them but they made great little gifts to each of the weekly students. We put labels on them that said "Happy Holidays from" and then listed all of the lesson horses' names. The little kids like the pictures and the adults liked calendars.


            • #7
              The easy way is to buy something with a "bulk" discount that usually starts from 15 items and up. You can print something creative with your logo or name on it and give it away to your students - and that would be a good advertising as well - so money well spend. Like a magnet with a horse photo and the name of your business "Greetings from ...."

              If you want to go the easy route - go to Big Lots and buy a tree ornament for a $1. Wrap it and hang it on the stalls with a carrot and saying "to horse-name"


              • #8
                Bake cookies. I did roll-out cookies once and decorated them like the kids' horses.


                • #9
                  Congrats on a growing business!
                  First step is to figure out what is your max budget per student (plan on at least 10-20% additional for uh-ohs, etc).
                  Now that you've got a price base, logo item is the way to go. There is no end to the number of useful, fun things that can be customized:
                  Mugs (filled w cocoa or horse treats), fuzzy gloves or headbands (the 1-sz for all stretchy kind), tote bags, journals, and so on...
                  Depending on time and budget, you can "one-stop shop" online at places like Oriental Trading Company or find a screaming deal on a bulk buy + arrange for embroidery/printing locally.

                  One year we were *really really really* strapped...I hunted down a collection of horse-themed music online, organized it in a warm-up/work-out/cool-down fashion, burned to cd, used the fancy labels & gem cases with our logo in Xmas theme. Total outlay for 100+ gifts was around $100 or so. Time intensive, but I just kept burning & flipping while doing other tasks. Recipients didn't just like this gift--they went gaga for it. About three months after Xmas though, I was getting verrrry tired of the 8 millionth rendition of the cd coming from the arena speakers...!!

                  Hope this helps. Happy Santa-planning!
                  (Don't forget to itemize the expense as advertising/promotion for your taxes).
                  To have a right to do a thing is not at all the same as to be right in doing it. - GK Chesterton


                  • #10
                    I have always had success with those one size fits all knit gloves from Wally World..$1 a pair, and they come in enough different colors to do a different one for everybody
                    "You can't really debate with someone who has a prescient invisible friend"


                    • Original Poster

                      Thanks everyone!

                      Thanks for all the ideas. I should've mentioned, some of the crafty ideas won't work--like horseshoe picture frames, horsehair bracelets, painting jumps, etc because do those things all the time at Summer Camp and Horse Club. So those things wouldn't really be special because they kids make them all the time.

                      Originally posted by KaraAD View Post
                      Last year, my trainer found little horse calendars (about 6" square) for $1.50 a piece at AC Moore. We had to drive to 3 or 4 AC Moore stores to find enough of them but they made great little gifts to each of the weekly students. We put labels on them that said "Happy Holidays from" and then listed all of the lesson horses' names. The little kids like the pictures and the adults liked calendars.
                      This is a GREAT idea KaraAD! Our AC Moore opened in June, and CLOSED in August!! But maybe I can go to Michaels or JoAnns to find some horsey calendars........

                      Originally posted by Dressage Art View Post
                      The easy way is to buy something with a "bulk" discount that usually starts from 15 items and up. You can print something creative with your logo or name on it and give it away to your students - and that would be a good advertising as well - so money well spend. Like a magnet with a horse photo and the name of your business "Greetings from ...."
                      Ohhhh that's a good idea too. Didn't think of that either. I JUST (today actually!) went in and paid for the digitalizing of my logo so I can now order hats and t-shirts, polos etc. I am talking about 15-20 kids that I would like to get something for so a $20 shirt is out of the question for everyone, but maybe I can get some sort of little something with our logo on it. Like something they can use in school.....like a pencil holder or a keychain with our logo on it. Hmm........

                      Awesome guys, THANKS!!


                      • #12
                        You could look online and see if you could get water bottles or something like that so each kid could use them at the barn. It you had older kids/adults I would say coffee mugs I knwo you can get them for under $3 with shipping. I think I found them at discountmugs.com or somthing like that
                        www.gypsystoychest.com Adult Toys and Home partys


                        • #13
                          I get a lot of orders from barns who are wanting the same thing. I custom make inexpensive things like little trinket boxes, ornaments, mugs, etc. Most are $4 and up each with your choice of horse design. If you e-mail me I am known to cut good deals, too!

                          Check out my web site for more info www.equestriannes.com for photos
                          "The sea was angry that day, my friends - like an old man trying to send back soup in a deli"


                          • #14
                            You could do something like a homemade fleece scarf fairly cheaply. Or buy inexpensive fleece throws (like $5 at Walgreens) and add your logo.

                            If you're handy with software, you could probably make a custom 12 month type calendar fairly cheaply.

                            For the kids in our 4-H club, I am thinking of laminating a blank monthly calendar and attaching a dry erase pen - it would be something they could keep in the barn for daily recordkeeping that would later be transfered to their record books (poor person's portable white board). Either that or a custom horse show checklist - nicely formatted and printed - again laminated with a dry erase pen attached - to keep in their tack trunks, trailers, etc.



                            • #15
                              Some of the gifts my trainer gave in the past were lucite clear plastic frames with holiday trim painted on them and a picture of our horse. She also gave small tote bags with a horse picture stenciled on them, towels with a hook to attach to grooming bag with a horse pic stenciled. Most of the gifts she gave were more on the pricey side(got a little nicer each year). How about a little goodie bag with some lip balm, a little tube of bag balm or similar hand cream, some hot hands(4 pack about $1.25), maybe some horse treats. You can get little gift bags at Walmart or Dollar Tree. As for the goodies you can find some of the stuff in the "Trial/Travel Size" section of drug store or Walmart.


                              • #16
                                Going for the traditional sense of things.... Ornaments.......
                                I loved nothing better then when my instructer gave me a personalized cheapie ornament . Something horse... cheap. And she wrote my name, Merry Christmas from the Guys( aka horses), and the year.
                                I still have them. And I enjoy the tradition of putting on the ornaments and remembering the past years.! Not that kids enjoy that now... I sure did.

                                Go to a local tack store, tell them your idea, and I am sure they could work something out with you to order in bulk! for a discount.... at least our store would. Then just get a Permanent Black Gold or Silver Liquid Pen... shake it up and PERSONALIZE!
                                I promise they will love it!
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