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Our Gift Guide for the beloved equines on your list!

SHOW-STOPPING Pads
Show-stopping style is always a wise choice when it comes to gift giving and horse lovers. You will find a huge selection of cutting edge show pads, show shirts and other accoutrement at the Ranch by Design shop near Lacombe, Alberta. Luxx show pads are beautiful premium quality blankets made with 100% New Zealand wool. Oversized and just under nine pounds, these saddle pads come in a wide variety of colours and designs. $236. Online at: www.ranchbydesign.com

FOR YOUR HERD

The Equistro line of products is specifically designed to serve the needs of the equine athlete. With a range of supplements, their goal is to help your horse deal with the challenges of heavy training, frequent travelling and staying on top of the game. Use the promo code CLAY10 for savings on online purchases. www.equistro.ca

Use the promo code CLAY10 for savings on online Equistro purchases.

MAKE PAY DIRT
Not all gifts are meant to be under a tree! Put a big red bow on Conterra’s EquiGroomer-TR and watch them run (or drive) in circles with excitement! www.conterraindustries.com

EQUI-NUTRITION BOOST
Warm the bellies of your equine friends during colder days with locally-owned and operated. Equiboost Feed and Oil. Flax-based and made with zero soy products, this feed will have your furever friends feeling, looking and performing their best! $55 for a 30-day supply. Find them on Facebook @equiboost

FEELIN’ GOOD

Spread good cheer and good feels in every way, with Cavallo Pulse Therapy, based out of Cochrane, Alberta. Owner and practitioner, Keely Gibb, travels to her clients to help them feel their best. Specializing in equine bodywork and PEMF for the performance athlete. Gibb also offers massage therapy, K-Taping, myofascial release as well as stretching and mobilization services for your equine and canine companions. Find her on Facebook @cavallopulsetherapy

BARN DANCE
Why put gifts under a tree when you can put them in a barn? Make dreams come true with Affordable Barns, a company who has been building high quality barns for affordable prices for years! With base pricing starting at only $20,695, all barns come complete with finished 12×12 stalls, and many options to choose from. www.affordablebarns.com

Gifts Out of the Ordinary

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A unique selection of curated gifts, for the hard-to-buy-for. As it is more important than ever to shop local, many of the amazing gift ideas on this list are from local, small businesses.

HEART OF THE HOME
Unique western style area rugs that convey your western style within your home, are like artwork for the floor. Find a number of interesting shapes and designs at Cody & Sioux. Inquire for pricing. www.codyandsioux.com

FOR THEIR TUMMY
A gift that embodies the best of Alberta: solid, bold, rich, authentic, and spirited. Alberta Whisky Cakes come heat-sealed and most elegantly packaged, ready for gift giving, and with a lithographed ‘Artist Card’ promoting the work of a local emerging artist. True local spirit and taste in every sense. $40. albertawhiskycake.com

FOR THE TIME-STRAPPED RANCHER
The greatest gift you can give someone is time. Better Than Home Coin Laundry located in Okotoks, Alberta is a drop-off dry cleaner depot that caters to customers with western roots! Custom ironing and alterations for cowboys, cowgirls and cowpokes alike. They have designated machines for your pet and horse blankets, saddle pads, Navajo blankets and heavily soiled attire – perfect for those hectic days on the ranch! Leave the heavy cleaning to them. (403) 938-7788

Better Than Home Coin Laundry can handle the toughest laundry jobs, including heavy winter horse blankets.

IMPRESSIVE AMBIENCE
Just in time for the holidays, the all new ROMAL RAIN candles from Shannon Lawlor Galleries are ready for the giving! This thoughtful pairing of leather and Cuban cigars will offer you memories of the West through a luxurious scent, as the candle burns with great ambiance. Snuggle up and appreciate the sensory delight curated by one of Alberta’s foremost western virtuosos. $45-$70 www.shannonlawlor.com

THE WINE IS SO DELIGHTFUL
It may be frightful outside, but wine is always delightful! Toast your host or the ones you love most with horse themed wines this holiday season. Everyone will be trotting up to the bar for another glass of these fun and naturally festive selections of holiday cheer! Find them at your favourite local liquor purveyor.

FOR THOSE WHO HAVE EVERYTHING
Don’t know what to get the people who have everything? Memberships and subscriptions make wonderful gifts that keep on giving throughout the year and come with a host of benefits for all the people on your gift list. Alberta Equestrian Federation? Reining Alberta? American Quarter Horse Association? Subscription to Western Horse Review Magazine? Support local clubs, publications and your loved one’s passions all with one thoughtful gesture.

www.westernhorsereview.com

Gifts for Him

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A wonderful collection of gift ideas for him!! For under the tree, under the saddle, in the barn or in his belly. All are amazing presents from local vendors.

OUTDOOR COVER
This Powder River Outfitters collection fleece bonded softshell jacket from Panhandle features a full zipper front, interior wind flap, adjustable cuffs and is water and wind resistant. Perfect for the man who lives in the outdoors. $139.95. www.lammles.com

Powder River Outfitters jacket from Lammle’s Western Wear.

A NIGHT OUT
A night out is a sweet surprise for anyone. Give a gift that includes great service, a spacious western atmosphere, a fantastic steak and a house-specialty mashed potato wrap. Silver Slate Steak house by Stavely, Alberta offers high fashion dining in a home-style way. Gift Certificates available at www.silverslatearena.com

A hearty meal at Silver Slate Steakhouse is exactly what he wants this year!

Sole Mates
He’ll get a kick out of a Christmas gift from Alberta Boot Company! Outfitting royalty, movie stars, athletes, public figures, and most importantly – ordinary people from all over the world! Alberta Boot Company has a wide selection of ready-made boots and can also help you create the perfect pair for your sole mate this holiday season. www.albertaboot.com

Alberta Boots carries a wide variety of boots for him.

SOLAR PROTECTION
BEX sunglasses are engineered to stay comfortably on your favourite wrangler’s face. Complementing active lifestyles, every pair is lightweight, polarized durable and designed to look great on everyone. The company understands that an active lifestyle causes normal wear and tear on the nose pads, which is why each pair of sunglasses comes with a replaceable set. bexsunglasses.com

Bex Suglasses and a wild rag by Brown Creek Wild Rags. Photo by BAR XP PHOTO.

GRAND TOPPER
The holidays just aren’t the same without a great topper, whether you choose a star, a tree and angel or a gorgeous hat from Prairie Wind Hatworks! Located in Pincher Creek, Alberta, they can make a custom hat from the band up or give a current hat a little bit of TLC. Find them on Facebook @prairiewindhatworks2018

Prairie Wind Hatworks will make the custom lid your guy is looking for.

Western-Styled Gift Guide

Our gift for you is this wonderful collection of gift ideas! As always, we are all for spreading some local cheer with amazing gifts for you and yours.

By MONIQUE NOBLE

PUT A RING IN IT
What’s a gift without a box to put it in? For a little extra western flair this holiday season, wrap your special someone’s gift in this extra special jewelry case available at Classic Rodeo Boutique (DeWinton, Alberta). It’s the store that has a little bit of everything for everyone! $250.

@classicrodeo on Facebook

TOWEL SETS
These amazing towel sets are a great way to add some western flair to any décor, a set of three towels includes one bath towel, one hand towel and one face cloth. Deliciously soft and fully washable, these medium thick towels are a quick and easy way to change up a bathroom and add a splash of on point style. Find them on Facebook at Starbound Horses and Western gifts – you won’t be disappointed in their huge selection of locally handcrafted baby blankets, jewelry, décor and more. $50 for a set. www.Starboundhorses.ca

ICING FOR HER
Add a little extra sparkle to the tree with treasures from Sweet Iron Silver located in Didsbury, Alberta. Using Canadian sourced precious metals, Shawna Whiteside handcrafts every piece with artistic western elegance. Gorgeous pre-created items are available, however if you have something more personal in mind, one-of-a-kind heritage pieces that include designs such as a family brand, meaningful designs or nicknames, or even a company logo can be lovingly rendered.  sweetiron.com

SAY WHAT
Gift your bohemian babe this Stellar military jacket emblazoned with a quote from Z. Stardust himself. No gift is ever boring when it comes from Cody & Sioux, one of our favourite local purveyors of all thing’s new west. $144.95. www.codyandsioux.com

Custom Wine Glasses
Wassailing festivities mean so much more when done with a personal touch. Customized glassware is a thoughtful and sweet way to honour your loved ones, loved ones. Award-winning Airdrie, Alberta artist and fellow horse lover Marni Koelln can produce your pets on washable glassware, tree ornaments or canvas with photorealistic detail and/or heartwarming humour. Inquire for pricing. Share your ideas with her at www.marnikoelln.com

FESTIVE CHARCUTERIE
Nothing says Christmas like Charcuterie! These amazing, locally made boards are almost too pretty to cover up with your favourite delicious delights. But who are we kidding? They will be emptied quick enough for everyone to marvel at the artistry below! Below the Bark Designs and Brand it Designs can both be found on Facebook.

TRULY UNIQUE
Looking for something that is truly special? She’ll love anything from renowned silversmith, Scott Hardy. From custom-made buckles, to jewelry, to flasks or saddle silver, Hardy has the perfect signature piece for your one of a kind. Inquire for pricing.
www.scotthardy.com

Photo by Twisted Tree Photography

STAY COZY
WILD RAGS – Wrap yourself or a loved one in the warmth of a 100% silk wild rag from Brown Creek this winter. Starting at $55
www.browncreekwildrags.com

TEE TIME
These tees and tanks from Saskatchewan entrepreneur, Prairie Girl Couture are the staple she wants this year. Designed in a variety of colours and sizes, all are super soft and comfy. $30-$40 each. prairiegirlcouture.com