What do we want for the holidays? New stuff. We’re horse people; we all have stuff we use every day that works just fine. Things like sets of pillow wraps that almost match, a faded halter that we can get by with for another year, grungy polos that we keep meaning to replace but never quite get around to actually replacing. Sure, we’ve all seen the holiday commercials with the giant red bow on top of the car and jewelry boxes full of sparkly diamonds, and who would complain about getting the latest and greatest most expensive, fanciest gifts? But there’s something to be said for fresh, new stuff that we get to use every day.
· How great is it to have a brand spanking new clean white set of leg quilt ?
· And bandages to match
· A fresh baby pad (or 6)
· Fluffy, pristine polo wraps, without bits and pieces stuck in the velcro.
· A schooling girth that doesn’t have one strand of horsehair embedded in it (yet).
· A bright nylon halter and matching lead, with shiny hardware.
· Spur straps that don’t have broken keepers and aren’t all stretched out.
Our friends and parents and significant other can get overwhelmed with all of the horsey gifts out there – they want to get us something we actually want and that’s actually useful – so let’s forward this list to them and look forward to enjoying new, fresh, shiny stuff to use in the new year!
It’s my favorite time of the year! The weather starts to cool down, the mornings and evenings are brisk and although for us Southern Californians we don’t get what the rest of the country calls “winter”, we do get what I like to call “sweater weather”! And soon enough it will be cold enough to justify wearing all the things I love so much. Sporty sweatshirts, stylish quilted jackets, and cozy sweaters (I’m actually wearing this sweater as I type this blog!) as well!
I think one of my favorite things about being the English Apparel buyer at Mary’s is that nearly half a year in advance, I get to look at some amazing clothing lines. When they arrive many months later, it’s always really exciting to see each new collection and to get inspired about the coming fall season.
Almost every year…ok every year without fail…I have bought one or two (or five or six) pieces of sportswear from our store for myself. And the coolest thing is so much of the sportswear we carry is durable enough for the barn but is totally relevant in mainstream fashion!
Let me tell you, when I wear my super sleek, cozy warm Goode Rider Down Parka (one of my absolute favorite pieces!) paired up with cute jeans and some boots out on a chilly evening walk to dinner in the city, I often times get complimented by a complete stranger telling me how cute, cool or gorgeous my jacket is and often times they ask me “what brand it that?” and “where did you get that?!” Of course I’m always happy to inform anyone that Mary’s Tack in Del Mar is an amazing place to get totally fashionable sportswear that you won’t find at the mall.
The fact that I can get affordable, fashionable sportswear which gives a sense of individuality yet is still on trend in today’s fashion, to me, is what wearing clothes is all about.
As the gift buyer at Mary’s, every season includes new ideas, some old favorites, and always a few items that we’re really excited about. This year’s new additions to the gift department at Mary’s include a new line which the manufacturer calls “Steeplechase” A Horse Bridle frame which has a unique equestrian bit-inspired decoration on cotton with faux leather trim. A Silver Tone Ice Bucket with horse head handles will declare your passion with your horse loving friends at your holiday gala.
Anyone with aches or strains will appreciate a Sabona magnetic bracelet to promote good health; a current favorite is Sabona ladies black gem Horseshoe bracelet. You’ll want to move fast to pick up Laurel Burch equine theme accessories – they always sell out and we’ve got a special price on Laurel Burch Rainbow Horses Tote with side pockets. For fun, new, stocking stuffers look at Horse D clips (a little story about Horse D Clips – we brought in a few and displayed them by our front cashiers. Literally, within days, we were out! A fun surprise to all of us, luckily, we have more in-stock now!), Eliquus horse magnet sets, and Effol lip balm!
For the young riders on your list: Enchantmints Musical Treasure boxes such as “Horse Fairy” are original and popular choices. With many drawers & compartments small treasures can be stored away. The top opens revealing a tiny horse whirling to a favorite horsey tune. The Classic line of Breyer horses fit into every budget. Breyer favorites with the young crowd are the mare & foal sets, especially the grey Thoroughbred Set! A new plush Pony “Goody” Bag has joined the Mary’s herd of lovable stuffed toys. It’s made of soft fleece, lined with smooth nylon & perfect for little horse lovers hands.