Summer is brilliant for so many reasons (hello, ‘alfresco desko’ and being able to work in the gorgeous sunshine!). One of which is the plethora of rural events that are on offer. From agricultural shows and fairs to championship-level competition in all the different equestrian sports, there’s something on every weekend. Now I’m sure I’m not alone here, but I look forward to the shopping area as much as I do the rest of the exhibitors and competition!
Anyone who has observed the contents of the thousands shopping bags being transported from the trade stands to the carpark at Badminton Horse Trials will know that equestrians are brilliant at finding things to buy for horses. From matching headcollars, lead ropes, rugs and bandages. To supple, rich new tack the majority of the bags will be stuffed with anything a horse could possibly need.
But what about when we need to buy something for a horse-mad friend or family member? Unless they too need a new rug or matching bucket for their four-legged friend, buying for fellow equestrians can present a bit of a headache. Luckily someone has already thought of the ideal solution – Hooves & Love founder Emma. As someone who adores searching high and low for that perfect gift and is obsessed with all things equestrian, Emma has combined the two to create this innovative online gift box company. Gathering a wide range of gorgeous items that you won’t find on the high street. And curating them into themed gift boxes, Emma personally hand-packs each branded box with a personalised card.
Here are my 5 favourite gorgeous gift boxes from Hooves & Love that I just know will solve all your present-buying problems for horsey loved ones!
A COLLECTION OF SHOW DAY ESSENTIALS
First up is the Show Essentials Gift Box, perfect for those little essentials on competition days. There’s a coin purse (that holds a debit card too), as well as leather balm for last minute tack cleaning. And shampoo to ensure a perfectly clean and shiny pony!
NEVER LOSE A HOOF PICK AGAIN!
We all have a friend who loves to spend hours fussing over their horse. Often spending just as long grooming as they do in the saddle. The Ultimate Finish Gift Box will be the perfect present, containing a range of high-quality grooming tools which can be personalised with a horse or person name for an extra special touch. Plus, who’s going to nick your hoof pick if it has your name on it?!
SIT BACK AND RELAX WITH A NICE CUP OF TEA
There’s nothing better after a long day spent in the saddle or faffing around the yard than a nice cup of tea! The Time for a Cuppa Gift Box contains a branded mug and ceramic coaster so is perfect for those looking for an equestrian-inspired gift without breaking the bank.
FEND OFF AN AUTUMNAL CHILL IN THE AIR… WITH A HUG!
Autumn is not far away. And I can’t quite get my head round the fact the evenings are already drawing in a bit! It won’t be long until there’s a distinct nip in the air early in the morning and at night. The Hug & Snuggle Gift Box contains a cosy scarf to wrap around shoulders on a cool day as well as cosy scented candle and some gorgeous organic smellies for evening pampering.
FEELING CREATIVE? BUILD YOUR OWN HOOVES & LOVE GIFT BOX
If you’ve seen gorgeous gifts in several different boxes that you think a friend would adore, did you know that Hooves & Love have recently unveiled a ‘Create Your Own’ gift box? This allows you to choose from a range of beautiful items and combine them in a branded Hooves & Love gift box. Take a look at the Create Your Own box here.