In my last post I gave you 10 ideas for gifts you can buy for equestrians, but what if you don’t have a lot of money? Does that mean you can’t give your favorite horse person a gift? Nope! That just means you need to get a little creative in your planning. And you still have enough time to make a lot of theses gifts in order to have them ready just in time for gift giving!
So to keep up with the theme of 10 gift ideas, like my last post, I am going to share with you 10 gift ideas for equestrians that you can make yourself. And if you are a more visual learner, I have videos showing you how to do some of these projects.
1. Homemade Horse Treats
Making homemade horse treats are really easy, and inexpensive. And they are great being homemade, because then you know what ingredients were put into the treats. You can go simple, or fancy, that’s up to you.
And to go along with your homemade horse treats, you could make a personalized treat canister to complete the package.
I found a set of plastic containers at Walmart for around $7.00 for a set of 5 containers. Then I just took some puffy pain ($.94 at Walmart) and painted horses on the containers.
This is a really cost effective way to make a special gift for your favorite horse person.
Homemade Horse Treat Video
2. Personalized Stall Plaque
How about making a fancy name plate for your favorite horse? You can make a stall name plate for less than $5.00 if you have to buy the wood, or you could find wood around your property that would work great. If you have horses, I am pretty sure you have some excess lumber around.
When I make these, I buy a 1 x 3″ piece of pine, and cut it into 12″ long sections. Then I sand it, and paint it. Once it is dried, I sand the painted surface again to give it a worn appearance. Then I cut some letters out with my cricut machine and glue them on with Mod Podge.
It takes a couple of hours to make one, but this can easily be done in a weekend.
3. Custom Bridle Rack
This one is another project that I made using scraps of lumber that I had. For the first version I made, I used triangle pieces from 2 x 4 lumber I had cut making feet for horse jumps. The second (and more recent) version I made using scraps from landscaping timbers that I had from making horse jump standards.
I sanded them down smooth, and attached them to spare 2 x 6 lumber I had lying around. Then I stained it with poly stain and once that was dry, I added some hooks and presto! I had created an incredible bridle rack for about $8.00 (the cost of the hooks)
4. Handcrafted Wooden Grooming Tote
I had always wanted to have a wooden grooming tote, but I didn’t like the price tag that they came with. So I decided to try and make one.
If I would have known how easy it was to make one of these, I would have done it years ago! I bought 2 pieces of pine, 1 x 6 x 6, and a 3/4″ wooden dowel. I did use a drill, jig saw and a brad nailer gun to make sure it would stay together, and not break the wood.
I sanded all of the pieces of wood before assembling them, and I used gorilla glue on all of the seams to make sure the tote was strong.
Once the glue was dry, I stained it with poly stain, and I did 2 coats of this, and once it was dry it was ready for use.
You could paint it, or add little extras to make it special.
This would be an incredible gift, and I know I would have LOVED one of these for Christmas, if I hadn’t made one for myself.
5. Boot Fillers with Boot Socks
So this one is mostly diy, with the exception of the boot socks. You will have to buy the boot socks, but these can be found very inexpensively. But the boot fillers are easy, and all you need is a large pool noodle. I found the larger size ones at Dick’s sporting goods for about $3.00.
6. Horse Boot Hanger
This is another fun fast and easy diy project. I took some scrap pieces of 1 x 6 pine lumber I had (the scraps were actually from making my grooming tote!) and I painted the board, and once dry, I sanded the edges to give it a worn appearance.
Then I added some Velcro strips, and secured the Velcro with giant upholstery nails. And to make it extra special, I added my horses names to each one of these I made, so I would know who’s boots were hanging up.
It is a really nice addition to my tack room, because I always know where my boots are, and they are within easy reach when I need them.
7. Horse Ornaments
These are so much fun to make, and they are simple! I have found the very best recipe for salt dough that will make your ornaments sturdy, and beautiful. You simply make the salt dough, and cut out the ornaments using equestrian themed cookie cutters. I found a horse cookie cutter, and also a Dala horse cookie cutter which made beautiful ornaments. And then I got a little artsy and just made some round ornaments, and painted horses on them.
You could personalize the ornaments, or paint them to look like your horses. You are only limited by your own creativity! These are really fun and fast to make, and I even have a video showing you how I did it.
How to Make Horse Christmas Ornaments Video
8. Horse Head Christmas Wreath
This project is so much fun! Imagine what it would be like for your barn owner or favorite horse person to have this to hang up at their barn, or even house! This is a great decoration that will last for years, so in a way, this is a gift that keeps on giving, year after year!
How to Make a Horse Head Christmas Wreath Video
9. Sheepskin Grooming Rub Rag
This is a really great gift for your favorite horse person. You can make a grooming mitt, or round rub rag with a hand strap on the back for just a few dollars. It is very simple. You just buy authentic sheepskin, cut it out into a large circle, and stitch on a hand strap. If you want to get really fancy and you have a sewing machine, you can make a sheepskin mitt. Sheepskin is super soft, and distributes the natural oils when used for grooming. This would be a great gift for your favorite equestrian that they will have for a very long time!
10. Homemade Horse Jumps
It might be getting a little close to Christmas to make a set of horse jumps, but trust me, their is still time to pull this incredible gift off! This is the most expensive project to make, but if you have someone who would love some jumps for Christmas, it would be totally worth it! You can make a jump for around $30.00, so for less than $100.00 you could build 3 horse jumps, which would be a great start for someone just getting into jumping. If you need ideas of how to pull this gift off, I have lots of videos on my YouTube channel showing you how to do it.
How to Make Homemade Horse Jumps for less than $30.00 Video
And there you have it, 10 ideas for homemade gifts for your favorite equestrian! You can still do this! There is time to pull off a memorable gift that will put a smile on a horse lovers face. And if you found this post after Christmas, well then you have a great head start on next year!
I wish you a very happy holiday season, and wish for you all of your dreams to come true!