As the year winds down and the calendar begins its inevitable shift to a new year, holidays like Christmas and Hanukkah give us the chance to celebrate the bounty of the year and share it with friends and family. This year’s celebration may be socially distanced, but don’t let it deter you from finding that special something for the special someone in your life. If you’re of the horsey sort or know someone who is, here are my choices for finding fabulous goodies to gift in 2020.
Amie’s Horse Racing Gifts offers a large array of items for horse fans of all stripes. Whether you’re a diehard Chromie or you want to honor your favorite OTTB, Amie has something for you. She can personalize everything from Christmas ornaments to car decals to coffee mugs and more. I always put her at the top of my gift guide because I have bought decals, shirts, and an entire set of Triple Crown winner ornaments for my tree. She is the ultimate in gifting for horse racing fans.
Of course, if you’re looking for something to comfy and horsey to wear, look to the guys at Old Smoke Clothing for the right hat or shirt for your racing fan. They have shirts that celebrate all aspects of the racing industry from jockeys to trainers to horses to the places we find all three. Check out my favorite shirt of all, honoring my special guy. If you like subscription boxes, Old Smoke has those too! Join their Clubhouse to access exclusive items and more.
Odds & Hind Ends offers pins and stickers that celebrate some of our favorite Thoroughbreds, including Frosted, Tiz the Law, and the immortal A.P. Indy. These would make fantastic stocking stuffers for any fan.
Grey Horse Candle Company offers a number of soy wax candles and melts that bring your favorite barn scents to your home. Find candles in scents like Fresh Cut Hay and Peppermints for Ponies and more. What better way to make your home feel extra horsey than a candle?
Robert Clark’s artwork celebrates the beauty and grace of our favorite Thoroughbreds, his photo realistic style making his portraits of horses like American Pharoah and Zenyatta must-haves in your home. Check out his store to see all of the famous names he’s captured. I don’t think I could stop at just one!
For fans of international racing, I hear that Darren Bird makes all sorts of goodies that would make fantastic gifts. His shop includes calendar, coffee mugs, and more, all featuring familiar names: Enable, Tiger Roll, Frankel, and a long list of others.
Does your OTTB need a new halter or bridle? Would you like to support a business that features Made in Kentucky items? Look no further than Two Horse Tack! Find equipment in a variety of colors to personalize your tack or start a kit for a new rider.
My office is four walls of racing artwork, including photographs like the ones you’ll find at Bob Coglianese Photos, Inc. You can find photos from both American Pharoah’s and Justify’s Triple Crowns as well as images dating back to the 1930s and 1940s. Order a print or two for your home and bring these iconic champions into your home for all to see.
Born to Rein chronicles the careers of Jack Van Berg and John Nerud, exploring their connection to the Nebraska horse industry and their contributions to horse racing. Find the DVD and more at the Born to Rein shop. Sir Barton makes a special appearance as well!
Feel like a kid again with some Breyer models on your shelves. Their store has a section just for racehorses, featuring icons like Secretariat and newer legends like Winx. Perfect for any horse lover, young or old.
Now, shirts and photos and other horsey goodness are all well and good, but curling up with a good book, nay a good horse book, is a gift that keeps on giving. Why not find a great new horse story — fiction or non — at the Bookstore for Horse Lovers. Find a sweet romance set against the backdrop of Maryland’s horse country or a thrilling exploration of the career of a great horse like Spectacular Bid. How many stories will you add to cart this year?
The gift shop at the Kentucky Derby Museum has all things Derby for any racing fan. Find shirts, mint julep glasses, pins, and much, much more. I may need to add some old school mint julep glasses to my collection…
If you’d like to couple your charitable giving with some great gifts for the horsey person in your life, check out the Old Friends eBay store! Find horseshoes, halters, and more from your favorite Old Friends resident.
Finally, visit the ultimate Saratoga stop for gift giving this year: Impressions of Saratoga. There, you can find Brien Bouyea & Michael Veitch’s book on the Travers Stakes or a cozy Saratoga hoodie for these cold weather months. For the kids on your list, find adorable books on some iconic Saratoga underdogs like Jim Dandy and Upset. Celebrate all things Saratoga with gifts from this local source.
That’s it, folks. I hope I’ve helped you find some great gifts for those horsey folks on your list (and maybe a few for you too). Did you buy something from one of these retailers? Let me know if the comments!