Holiday Gift Ideas: Smarter Gift-Giving from SmartPak

‘Tis the season to have absolutely no idea what to get any of your friends or family, for the umpteenth year in a row. Every once in a while you find the perfect present, but especially for horsey friends, the pressure is on. Obviously you’ll be purchasing something horse-related, but does it have to be pink and have a fat pony on it? We here at Eventing Nation say NAY! That’s why this holiday season each one of our impressive staff writers is picking one unique, amazing, thoughtful and clever horsey gift to help you along during this time of stress. Happy holidays!


We are supposed to be sharing gift ideas that are “unique, amazing, thoughtful and clever,” but let’s be real here: Ain’t nobody got time for that. Between work and the barn, I have approximately seven minutes of me time at the end of day, and I’m not going to use it trying to decide between a horse shoe wine rack and a horse shoe toilet paper holder for the farrier. (That IS a real toss-up.) And then you have to wrap it, and remember to bring it to the barn, and play it cool while wondering if he secretly thinks it’s dumb, etc.

Here’s the better way to roll: SmartPak gift cards. Not only are they quick and easy (click here, fill out a few details and … voila!), but you can choose between having the card mailed to you in a sweet-looking custom box or emailed straight to the recipient’s inbox. Emailed gift cards arrive the same day, which is handy in the event that it’s Dec. 25 at 10 p.m. and you suddenly realize you forgot someone on your horsey gift-giving list. You can even add a thoughtful message, like, “Of course I didn’t forget your Christmas present! You’re the best farrier in the world! (p.s. Esprit lost a shoe if you wouldn’t mind tacking that back on tomorrow.)”

Also, you know this is what horse people really want anyway. Nine out of 10 EN readers agree that they’d rather have a SmartPak gift card than some crappy horse ornament you found on Etsy.

Need some ideas beyond my one-trick pony gift card scheme? Sign up for SmartPak’s 12 Deals of Christmas. Every day for 12 days, beginning Dec. 4, SmartPak will send you an email with an exclusive one-day offer on a product.

Here’s one more hot tip from EN, the eventing website that cares: Worried that family and friends will gift you something lame again this year?

I own 54 scarves and I'm pretty sure they were all Christmas presents.

Take out the guesswork by dropping them a link to your SmartPak Wishlist. It’s so easy! First, create an account if you don’t already have one. Then, simply peruse the site and click “Add to Wishlist” on items you’d like to find under the tree. Here, I’ll show you my wishlist, in case there are any filthy rich secret Santas out there:


When you’re ready to drop a subtle hint, copy and paste your code into an email.


Boom! SmartPak, you really get it. Go SmartPak, and Go Eventing.


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