byCatie Staszak| Dec 5, 2016
After sharing our ten best gift ideas under $100 with you on Cyber Monday, this week we’re back with more—this time with our five best gift ideas under $500. Catering to needs from head to toe, both in and out of the saddle, these items are sure to bring a smile to your favorite equestrian’s face this holiday season. They’ll also get you the best bang for your buck (no pun, intended).
Nothing says, “holiday splurge” quite like a pair of Gucci shoes, and these sandals are drool-worthy. Made in Italy, the thongs come in Hibiscus red or black leather and feature either blue or green webbing with an elegant red stripe and a gold Eggbutt snaffle ornament at its center.
At $495, they are some of the most affordable Gucci footwear that you will find, and you’ll get plenty of use out of them, as they’ll go equally well with a pair of jeans or dressier attire. After a long day at the horse show, they’ll be perfect to wear out to the week’s night class or Sunday afternoon grand prix without exhausting your feet in a pair of heels.
The iconic Hermes “H” belt has become a mainstay in horse show fashion this year. So why not pair that with a matching bangle? The Hermes narrow coaching bracelet comes in a variety of colors, featuring equestrian-themed patterns with horses, reins, bits and leather.
Upgraded and expanded over the years, the bangles now also come in different sizes to fit wrists of all kinds. (Thank you Hermes, from the tiny-wristed girl!) If you’re willing to spend a little more, you can mix and match the bracelets with different patterns and widths. The narrow bracelet is 0.5-inch wide, but they also come in widths of 1-inch ($550) and 1.5-inches ($700)—and they look great stacked. The bangles come in silver, gold and rose gold finishes. They are the perfect accessories to any outfit.
I’m more than confident that HH Azur and Voyeur are not only unavailable for sale, but if they were, they would also be more than slightly above this $500 price point. So, here’s a realistic and affordable alternative: dress your own mount up like these two Olympians with a pair of custom D-Teq Front Boots by Equifit.
Both “Annie” and “Froggy” wore these boots while competing at Rio—truly the ultimate endorsement. The boots feature top-of-the-line protection with their “ImpacTeq” lining, which molds to your horse’s leg for a custom fit. Give the boots a personalized look by customizing them with your barn’s colors or logo or your initials. Better yet, match them to the ones worn by your favorite show jumping superstar.
Equiline Gait Show Coat, $350 (was $795)
Equiline show coats are works of art. Innovative but not too flashy for the hunter or equitation rings, they have become, as the company’s slogan states, “The Dress Code.” To celebrate the launch of their new website, EquilineAmerica.com, the company is offering incredible savings on their overstock web shop, “Equiline Extra.”
Here, you can find Equiline’s ladies’ “Gait” show coat for just $350. Normally $795, that’s good enough for savings of $445! The Gait show coat features “X-Cool Evo,” Equiline’s own fabric with enhanced breathability and elasticity. The jacket is also impeccably tailored for a sleek fit that still allows the rider plenty of freedom to move, and it is water repellent and machine washable.
Samshield IconPack, 190€
Samshield helmets are quickly dominating the market, and while the Samshield Shadow Matte helmet makes a great under-$500 gift at $439—most riders already have one! To get creative, gift a Samshield rider with the Samshield IconPack, a backpack essential that is made for ringside action.
Stylish and durable, this backpack checks all the boxes: in addition to two large compartments—a “suitcase-type” section and a zipped mesh section for shoes—it boasts a side pocket for your drink, an additional large side pocket with a waterproof zip closure for a laptop or tablet, elastic straps to hold your crop; an eyewear pocket, a removable case for your phone, and, most importantly, a front mesh flap to hold your helmet. The IconPack is available in brown/beige and black/green and can be custom embroidered for an additional 30€.
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