Using Your Favorite Photos to Create Simple, Yet Meaningful Gifts To and From Equestrians

BY ASHLEY SHAW

The holiday season is approaching quickly, and while we hope to find the perfect gift for each friend and family member, this task is not always easy. I love to give gifts and watch my friends’ faces light up with joy. I’m definitely a person who will search endlessly for a personal and meaningful gift.

Over the years, I have found that my family loves to receive photos of me with my horses, and there are several creative ways to do this. If you use a photo of your friend and their horse, you have a perfect gift to give them as well! Here are a few simple ways you can create amazing presents with only a few photos:

A few of my past mug projects! Vistaprint and Zazzle are the sites I’ve used the most.

Mug

Cold weather means drinking hot chocolate! And what better way to enjoy a wintery day than sipping a warm drink from a mug with a photo of you and your horse.

Walgreens is a great place to make custom calendars in various sizes! It’s super easy and affordable.

Calendar

Although many of us have come to use the calendar on our phone, wall calendars are a great way to stay visually organized and add some pizazz to your office. Add photos of you and your horse, or a friend and their horse, and you have a helpful and special gift.

My sister keeps this beautiful blanket with her at college so that her horse, Legs, is always with her.

Photo blanket

Snuggle up with your horse! Although we can’t take our horses home with us, just the sight of their cute faces is comforting.

I created this canvas for my dad for his birthday! He absolutely loved it.

Canvas

Picture frames are great, but you can step up your photo game by ordering a canvas. I love ordering canvases from Walgreens because there are many size options for great prices.

Moments from the Kentucky Horse Park that we’ll cherish forever.

Photo Book

Although these can take a little more time, nothing is more special than flipping through photos that chronicle another great year of spending time with horses. The extra work of this project is definitely worth the wide smile it receives.

Choosing the perfect gift can be tricky, but hopefully these ideas sparked some creativity! Because our time spent with horses is so special, a gift that captures a piece of this magic is bound to bring a heartwarming smile. Spread happiness this holiday season with these unique presents, and don’t forget to buy treats for your horse too!


About the Author: Ashley Shaw is a senior at Lafayette High School in St. Louis, MO. She trains with Shannon Hicks and competes in the Junior Hunters and Junior Jumpers, and her goal is to qualify for the Devon Horse Show next year. Outside of riding, she enjoys photography, cooking, and hanging out with her retired horses.

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