Last Minute Gift Ideas


Procrastinators take note! There are exactly 10 days until Christmas Day. And that means, if you haven\’t started your shopping yet – you better get crackin\’! Luckily, My Stable Life is here to help with some last minute gift ideas. According to Canada Post, December 19 is the latest suggested mailing date for Xpressposting a parcel to a loved one within Canada. So if you\’d prefer to stay out of the craziness of the malls, here are some wonderful suggestions for all of the horse people in your life.




Ranch Organics

The gift that keeps on giving! Send someone you love something truly pleasurable for the senses, each season from the ranch. Sweet Grass for Spring; Rose Geranium for Summer; Lavender for Fall and Cedar Wood for Winter. When the seasons change, the ranch hands at Ranch Organics will pack up your special gift and send it to your loved one – with only a one-time shipping fee!

Options include the Goat Milk Soap Set (1 Basin and 1 Tub size Goat Milk Soap) $64; the Wash/Lotion Duo (2- 8 oz pump bottles) $110; Ranch-size Gift Crate including Wash/Lotion Duo and Goat Milk Soap Set $175; or the set pictured above of Cedar Wood Lotions and soaps $64.



Charm Bridles

Jewelry for your trusty steed and best friend! There are charms for almost every special occasion, so why not also for your horse? These unique hand-made brow bands feature everything from turquoise gems, to flowers and everything in between. Gorgeous gemstones, sparkle, letters and even bullets to adorn your pal. All beautifully arranged to your preference.





Horsehair Mecate

Watch your man\’s eyes light up when he finds a beautiful set of mecate reins under the tree this year! This high quality horsehair mecate by Jose Ortez is available online from Frontier Western Shop and is made from tightly twisted mane hair. Available in different color combinations. $109.95



Fleece-Lined Jeans

Got a hard working guy? Make sure he stays warm outside this winter with fleece-lined jeans from Work-King! These jeans have a polyester fleece lining, making them better for cold weather than any other pair of denim pants. They are machine washable and come in a relaxed fit – making those winter chores a breeze. Available at Sears!




Play Teepees

What kid doesn\’t love their own little playhouse getaway? These teepees offer the \’fort\’ experience anywhere you want them to play. Made of 100% cotton, duck cloth (canvas-type) fabric. Available in black and white reiner, brown and cream longhorn and pink with a black buffalo. So cute and so western! With poles $199.99.

Growing Up Western


Harry the Horse, the official Calgary Stampede mascot, is always a hit with the kids!  If you visited the centennial celebration of the Stampede this year, this cuddly, plushy toy makes the perfect gift for a little one.  In another 100 years, they\’ll be a collector\’s item! But beware – once these are in the arms of your child, you\’ll never get it back! And if you\’re in need a gift in a real hurry, these are available at many Alberta Co-Op Gas station convenience stores.




Alberta Whisky Cake

This cake is sure to be the talk of the town! Alberta Whisky Cakes are made from the finest ingredients to provide a rich and savoring flavor, making it the ideal dessert. Each cake is baked with the perfect blend of Canadian Whisky and all natural flavors. Now available in two tantalizing flavors – Canadian Maple and Chocolate.


4 thoughts on “Last Minute Gift Ideas”

  1. Padi Worsfold

    This is truly a delightful dessert and a must try!!!!..I serve with whipped cream with mexican vanilla and fresh raspberries, and has been a hit every time…..I usually buy chocolate. yummy!!!

  2. This reference to the Whiskey Cake is likely American because in Canada, we spell Whiskey with an ‘e’. Must be a version of our traditional Rum Cake found in Auntie Jean Hoare’s Cookbook, Best Little Cookbook in the West.

    1. Actually, it is in Canada that we spell our WHISKY without the ‘e’, as this is the Scottish way of spelling it – more people from Scotland immigrated to Canada; whereas more Irish went to the USA (the reason both the Irish & Americans spell WHISKEY with the ‘e’).

      You had the right concept, Debbie, just the other way around.

      Thank you for your interest in the Alberta Whisky Cake – it took me almost 4 years of baking cakes every weekend to finalize the recipe & both flavours, Maple & Chocolate. I wanted to use whisky as my liquor as it is locally distilled using grain from nearby farms.

      Kamla McGonigal
      President & Founder
      Alberta Whisky Cake

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