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Ponies


How is this for convenient? I’m knocking off both my annual Chinese New Year post AND the next post in ‘My Favourite Things’ series in one fell swoop. That’s right kids, it’s my ‘Year of the Horse’ gift guide. As such, I’ve picked out five pony-themed gift ideas that work great for equine lovers, Chinese New Year celebrants, those born under the Horse year, or really, just about anyone.

Year of the Horse Estee Lauder CompactEstee Lauder Year of the Horse Compact – $138 @ Hudson’s Bay
Given that luxury cosmetics brand Estee Lauder already has a line of traditional zodiac compacts, it only makes sense they’d extend their reach into the Chinese Zodiac. This limited edition powder compact is embedded with multi-coloured crystals and embossed with a beautiful mint and navy horse design. Inside you’ll find a refillable pressed powder (making the initial hefty investment a tad more manageable) and a mirror to ensure you look beautiful no matter where your year takes you.

Clark Fit Garment-Dyed Horse Embroidered PantsClark Fit Garment-Dyed Horse Embroidered Pants – $128 @ Brooks Brothers
Admittedly there is something a little preppy (but never precious) about a horse print (case in point, my Ralph Lauren gift idea below). That may be why prepster brands like Brooks Brothers have adopted the animal for themselves, such as with these chili pepper red men’s pants, embroidered with tiny prancing ponies throughout. A hit on the golf course or for the quirky would-be choir boy, these showstoppers deliver on high quality and high style.

PBKids Nursery HorseNursery Horse Rocking Horse – $205 @ PBKids
This, I love. Simply because, a rocking horse is already a classic children’s toy. But if you have a new little arrival making a landing this year – the Year of the Horse – why not gift them with a dual-meaning gift meant for any baby and Horse babies alike? Apart from being cuddly soft and pretty freaking adorable, you can also customize this playful gift with the name of your new grandkid, niece, nephew, etc. Way too cute for words!

Equine By Me SkirtEquine By Me Skirt – $42 @ ModCloth
Unsurprisingly, ModCloth carries quite a few horse-themed items (I only mention this as they carry items related to literally every animal imaginable), including several cute dresses. However, I wanted to highlight the photo realism of this screenprinted skirt – for the true equine enthusiast, you can’t get much more ‘graphic’ than this. Pair it with a crisp white blouse for a play on preppy, or rock an oversized cardigan with a slim-fit tee for a more urban take.

New Gent; 2014 SpringSummer; 1401 Chinese New Year SpecialYear of the Horse Swatch – $90
Calling to mind traditional Chinese calligraphy, this limited edition Swatch is a perfect present for the ‘Horse’ in your household. Rendered in gender neutral red, white and black, this stylin’ silicon timepiece has a unique, almost gothic look to it that honestly makes it stand out from any other item on this list. Also neat? The packaging – something you may want to hang onto in fact. The entire concept behind the watch art is horses in motion. As such, the box features lenticular artwork that actually makes it appear as if a prancing pony is appearing as you move the box. Cool all around!

Ralph Lauren Collis Velvet Horse SlippersCollis Velvet Horse Slipper – $650 @ Ralph Lauren
Perhaps the most famous (sartorially speaking) horse of them all is Ralph Lauren’s signature polo pony. It’s no surprise then, that they’ve extended the look to a collection of velveteen flats, made in Italy with luxe materials such as leather and a hand-embroidered horse design. These snazzy slip-ons aren’t for everyone, naturally, but for the truly discerning gentleman they offer a touch of whimsy in sapphire blue, equestrian brown, or classic black.

YukonHorses.com Trail RidesMountain Horseback Riding Experience with Yukon Horses – $177 @ Walmart
Planning a trek up North? Be sure to book a special riding experience with YukonHorses.com (via Walmart, randomly, in order to score a discount). During a three-hour trail ride with lunch, you’ll enjoy panoramic views of the mountaintops and waterways below, plus bond with your new four-legged friend. A trip to the Yukon not in the cards? Not a worry. I’d say virtually every province has at least one public stable / trail ride. As someone that personally loves gifting ‘experiences’ in lieu of tangible items, consider this for any birthday boys and girls that also happen to be horse fans.

Square Braided Horsehair BraceletSquare Braided Horsehair Bracelet – $117.65 @ My Horse My Heart
I like the idea of horsehair jewellery – if you can get past the slight weird factor – if only because it’s a subtle way to show your horsey pride. The owner of this Etsy shop has braided, twisted and woven all different shades of horsehair into a variety of elegant necklaces, bracelets, earrings and more – including this earthy turquoise-embellished piece. Horsehair is both silky feeling and strong, so you can rest assured this stylish wrist decor will have a lasting appeal in your wardrobe.

Royal Canadian Mint Year of the Horse CollectionRoyal Canadian Mint ‘Year of the Horse’ Coin Collection – From $39.95
The Royal Canadian Mint’s perennially popular Chinese Zodiac coins are back in full force, with not one but six options to round out your collection. Each coin has a unique special feature – from embossed designs to curved edges to 18-karat gold. Whether you’re a diehard collector or simply looking to gift someone born under the Year of the Horse, you better stock up fast: many of these limited-edition coins are already getting close to sold out (and in past years, indeed they have disappeared from the shelves altogether). What’s particularly awesome is the range of price points and designs. With four unique coin designs to choose from and a great range of price points, you can definitely find a shiny piece of Zodiac history for the giftee on your list this year.

It’s also definitely worth noting that the Royal Canadian Mint will be hosting some exclusive Year of the Horse events at their boutiques. Peruse the full line of Year of the Horse coins and if you’re one of the first guests, you’ll also take home a limited edition collector’s medallion to give you good luck all year long and beyond. For details on the events, visit the Royal Canadian Mint’s Facebook Page.

1:2 Oz Fine Silver CoinDid I mention that I’ve actually got a 1/2 oz Fine Silver Coin from the Royal Canadian Mint to give away? Because I do. If you’d like this collectible keepsake, here’s how to enter for your chance to win:

1) Leave a comment below by February 7, 2014 telling me which of these Year of the Horse gift ideas you’d most like to give or receive. Do you know what your Chinese Zodiac symbol is?

2) Entries are limited to one per person / per email address / per household (or more if you score bonus entries). A random draw will be conducted on or around February 8th, 2014 to select the winners, who will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen in their place.

3) Entries are limited to Canadians that have reached the age of majority in their province. Quebec is not eligible for this promotion.

4) Bonus Entry: Follow the Royal Canadian Mint on Twitter (or their French account), tag them and me (@cdngiftguide) in up to three Tweets over the contest period, sharing with the world why you want this coin! Leave links back to your Tweets to earn up to 3 bonus entries. Limited to one Tweet per day please.

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169 Responses to “Ponies”
  1. Debbie Bashford says:

    There are a few items that I would love to get but I think my favourite are the Collis Velvet Horse Slippers. I am a monkey

  2. Debbie Bashford says:

    I already follow you both on twitter and tweeted https://twitter.com/skeetersden/status/425952542866939904

  3. Katie says:

    I would definitely want to receive the Collis velvet horse slippers! I am the year of the dragon.

  4. Annette West says:

    My husband just missed out being born in the year of the horse but my brother was! I’d like the horse coin set – I have a collection of coins and especially like these special editions

  5. Joan G. says:

    I would love to give the Royal Canadian Mint Horse of the Year Coin Collection to my granddaughter as a keepsake. She’s loves horses.

  6. Erika E says:

    I’d like to receive the Mountain Horseback Riding Experience with Yukon Horses.

  7. Victoria Ess says:

    I love the Estee Lauder Year of the Horse Compact — it’s so eye-catching! I’m a tiger.

  8. Cairine says:

    I like the horse compact. I am a dog and this is not a reflection on my behavior!

  9. May says:

    I would love to gift the Year of the Horse Swatch to my aunt! I am a monkey!

  10. kittypride says:

    I like unique jewelry and the Square Braided Horsehair Bracelet from My Horse My Heart is my favourite 😀

  11. cookie3 says:

    Of all the things I love the Estee Lauder compact & the coin the best. I’m a rat,lol.

  12. Annie Demill says:

    I collect coins so I love all the coins but I also think that horse hair bracelet is amazing. My Chinese Zodiac symbol is the dog.

    following on twitter and tweeted :https://twitter.com/anniebalanie/status/426067928748802048

  13. Juliee Fitze says:

    I would like to receive the Year of the Horse Swatch

  14. Emilia says:

    I would like to receive The Collis Velvet Horse Slippers, I am the tiger.

  15. linnett says:

    Love the Year of the Horse Swatch for me of course, I am goat.

  16. Julie G. says:

    I like the Estee Lauder compact for myself. I’m a rat.

  17. Erin McSweeney says:

    Well as well as a trip to the Yukon I would love the get the Mountain Horseback Riding Experience with Yukon Horses – $177 @ Walmart

  18. Susan says:

    I’d love to give new parents the rocking horse.

  19. Dave Leschasin says:

    How do you always come up with such interesting products and the words to make this the most interesting shopping site ever?

  20. Victoria Ess says:

  21. Lori P says:

    I most like the coin set. The other items really aren’t me but maybe that’s because my Chinese zodiac sign is the monkey.

  22. mousecat says:

    I’d pick the Mountain Horseback Riding Experience with Yukon Horses

  23. ikkinlala says:

    I like the horsehair bracelet. My Chinese zodiac symbol is the tiger.

  24. Tmos says:

    I’d love the Swatch Horse watch. Had a funky pastel colors one as a kid. I’m the year of the dragon.

  25. Victoria Ess says:

  26. Victoria Ess says:

  27. Jeanette Jackson says:

    I’d like the Nursery Rocking Horse for my grandson. I was born in the Year of the Pig.

  28. I’d love to recieve the Equine By Me Skirt!

  29. Evan says:

    The Estee Lauder Year of the Horse Compact looks like a great gift idea to share. Unsure what my Zodiac symbol is. Thanks.

  30. Richard Thompson says:

    I like the coin Year of the horse.

  31. I’d love to receive the horsehair bracelet. I’d give the rocking horse to my 2 little nieces. They have a riding stable as a neighbour, and would love to have a horsie of their own.

  32. Jill McDowell says:

    I would love the coin collection! I’m having my first baby this year and I think it would be a perfect keepsake!

  33. William Mills says:

    I’d like to receive the Mountain Horseback Riding Experience with Yukon Horses

  34. Kim Tanti says:

    I think I would like the Ralph Lauren slippers. FANCY.

  35. Kim Tanti says:

    I THINK I WOULD LIKE THE RALPH LAUREN SLIPPERS. I AM YEAR OF THE PIG.

  36. Vivian D. says:

    The horse compact is beautiful to give and receive. I was born in the year of the Snake.

  37. Audrey Skinner says:

    I would love to have the awesome compact. I do not know my Chinese zodiac sign.

  38. Joyce says:

    I love the Estee Lauder Year of the Horse compact!

  39. alan parker says:

    i like the swatch. i am an OX

  40. Jessica Lord says:

    i love the rocking horse

  41. Angela Erickson says:

    WOW, I adore the Nursery Horse Rocking Horse! I’d love one for my best friend who’s having a baby.

  42. sean pynaert says:

    I would give the horse coin set to my son.

  43. Sarah Stickney says:

    I like the Year of the Horse Estee Lauder CompactEstee Lauder Year of the Horse Compact. I’m a pig.

  44. i would pick the Nursery rocking horse it’s adorable and also the Horse coins they are very collectable and you don’t see them around and would love to have one

  45. Krista Embertson says:

    My son is in love with the Brooks Brothers pants. Year of the Horse coin is forever though.

  46. alphadeita says:

    I like the Estee Lauder Year of the Horse Compact, it’ll be a real beaut to whip out and catch an onlooker’s attention, it’s pretty, I was born in the year of the horse, and i want it to show!

  47. Tina L. says:

    I like the Royal Canadian Mint ‘Year of the Horse’ Coin Collection. My Chinese Zodiac symbol is an ox.

  48. Donna L. says:

    I’d love to receive the compact as a gift.

  49. tfraser23 says:

    The Estee Lauder compact is really pretty

  50. Pam says:

    Beautiful coins to add to my collection

  51. Lillea says:

    Coins for me, they look great! I’m a metal dog.

  52. I would love the horse coin set.

  53. Robert says:

    horse back riding in mountains of BC

  54. Lorri says:

    I would like the Estee Lauder year of the horse compact. My sign is sheep.

  55. ming says:

    I wouild love to give this coin to my Chinese friend

  56. Jessica P says:

    I would love the Nursery Horse Rocking Horse. Would make a lovely gift for my pregnant bridesmaid.

  57. aclily19 says:

    I’d like the Equine By Me Skirt – $42 @ ModCloth

  58. Pam says:

    I would love the Square Braided Horsehair Bracelet but horseback riding in the mountains would be amazing, too! I am a monkey!

  59. joyce s. says:

    I like the swatch watch – cute and different. I have no idea what my chinese year is.

  60. Melissa Avey says:

    I love the Nursery Horse Rocking Horse from Pottery Barn Kids

  61. Heather A says:

    The Year of the Horse coins although those jeans with the horses on them are pretty cool.

  62. Linda B. says:

    These are all spectacular. I would love Equine By Me Skirt – $42 @ ModCloth for my teenage daughter!

  63. jm says:

    I’d like the-
    Royal Canadian Mint Year of the Horse CollectionRoyal Canadian Mint ‘Year of the Horse’ Coin Collection – From $39.95
    I don’t know what my sign is.

  64. l p says:

    the Swatch. thanks

  65. nicolthepickle says:

    I’d love to gift the Nursery Rocking Horse to my daughter. I don’t know what my Zodiac Symbol is.

  66. Patricia says:

    We have a baby grandson due any day and I would love to have the Nursery Horse Rocking Horse for him. I am a dragon!

  67. The Nursery Rocking Horse reminds me of the rocking horse I had as a kid. I’m a tiger.

  68. I follow you and the mint.

  69. mcmc says:

    Nursery Rocking Horse would be a wonderful gift for one of my small grandchildren

  70. Kuo says:

    My symbol is Tiger and I would like to receive a gold coin.

  71. I would to win the Estee Lauder Year of the Horse Compact – it’s beautiful!
    I’ve tweeted! > https://twitter.com/charmedchickJG/status/428216649636802560

  72. thomas rusinak says:

    this coin is not going into the vending machine!

  73. BTW, my chinese zodiac is the Dog. @charmedchickJG

  74. Sunshine G says:

    The rocking horse is adorable – my daughter would love it.

  75. Sandi Tymchuk says:

    I love the equine experience, or a coin, best. I was born in the year of the dog.

  76. Stephanie N says:

    Love the Estee Lauder Year of the Horse Compact. I have never looked in to what my sign is.

  77. Frank S says:

    I like Royal Canadian Mint Year of the Horse CollectionRoyal Canadian Mint ‘Year of the Horse’ Coin Collection – From $39.95 My Sign is Monkey

  78. Anne Derkat says:

    I would like the Swatch watch. Have no idea what my sign is

  79. I loved the horsehair bracelet,and I think I am a goat

  80. marcusbarnes says:

    My favourite is the Year of the Horse coins from the RCM. Thank you!

  81. Deanna Barkley says:

    I love the nursery horse rocking horse. It would make a wonderful gift for my grandson.

  82. i love the estee lauder year of the horse compact. i would gift this to my sis who has everything. my zodiac sign is the rooster

  83. Susan says:

    I like the Estee Lauder compact. Very colourful and sparkly. My Chinese Zodiac sign is the snake if I go by the actual date of my birthday (Jan 3). Books that show the signs based on birth year indicate that my sign is the horse.

  84. Corry VanHooft says:

    like the horse coin ,I’m a Ram

  85. sonya says:

    i born in the year of the Horse! This would be perfect. Hope I win!
    Royal Canadian Mint ‘Year of the Horse’ Coin Collection – From $39.95
    The Royal Canadian Mint’s perennially popular Chinese Zodiac coins are back in full force, with not one but six options to round out your collection. Each coin has a unique special feature – from embossed designs to curved edges to 18-karat gold. Whether you’re a diehard collector or simply looking to gift someone born under the Year of the Horse, you better stock up fast: many of these limited-edition coins are already getting close to sold out (and in past years, indeed they have disappeared from the shelves altogether). What’s particularly awesome is the range of price points and designs. With four unique coin designs to choose from and a great range of price points, you can definitely find a shiny piece of Zodiac history for the giftee on your list this year.

    It’s also definitely worth noting that the Royal Canadian Mint will be hosting some exclusive Year of the Horse events at their boutiques. Peruse the full line of Year of the Horse coins and if you’re one of the first guests, you’ll also take home a limited edition collector’s medallion to give you good luck all year long and beyond. For details on the events, visit the Royal Canadian Mint’s Facebook Page.

  86. M Gibb says:

    That is the coolest skirt I have ever seen…I so want one

  87. Edmond says:

    Love the Coin Collection. I am a monkey. Followed & tweeted. Pick me, pick me! Your next winner!!! Show me the money!!! It would be a dream come true & means more to me than anyone else to win. 😦 Starving artist here desperately needs the prize to be lucky to have fun, feel alive & inspired again. A life changing experience. Top of my bucket list. Thanks for the awesomeness, the contest, & generosity. Dear Santa: I’ve been nice. My X-Mas wish this year is to win this contest!

  88. CLC says:

    I really like the coin collection. The detail is fantastic.

  89. Royal Canadian Mint ‘Year of the Horse’ Coin Collection –I have a small coin collection I would love to add to it! I happen to have been born in the yr of the rooster, myself 🙂

  90. darlene boyle says:

    coin collection as I collect coins

  91. BobbiJo Pentney says:

    I really like the coin collection. Beautiful

  92. I would most like to receive the Estée Lauder Year of the Horse Compact. I was born in the year of the Dragon!

  93. I love the rocking horse so cute!! I think my symbol is a dragon

  94. Emilia says:

  95. Wanda Bergman says:

    I would most like to win the Equine By Me Skirt – $42 @ ModCloth. I don’t know what my symbol is.

  96. Rekha says:

    I’d love the Yukon trail ride – or any ride, really. It’s one of my goals to do a ride in the Rockies with an overnight portion at some point in my life. As for my sign, I’m a monkey.

  97. nina murray says:

    I like the coin the best. Not sure what animal I am

  98. lucy says:

    The Collis Velvet Horse Slippers are just beautiful.

  99. babysquirrel says:

    I like the year of the horse coin collection – I am a Boar

  100. Chris Bartlett says:

    I would love the Year of the horse coins. I was born in the year of the horse also as well as my daughter.

  101. mrdisco1 says:

  102. mrdisco1 says:

    I would rock that Swatch watch!

  103. I’d want the coin collection and I believe I aman ox when it comes to Chinese Zodiac but I could be remembering incorrectly.

  104. S. A. Miller says:

    The ‘Year of the Horse’ Coin Collection, we celebrate Chinese New Year and I do collect the coins when I can. I am a Dog and my wife is a Rat

  105. intensev5 says:

    I like the coin best and would love to win it for myself. I am a tiger!

  106. Regan Alford says:

    would Love to give my Dad the Coin, because he collects coins. And I’m a Rooster!!

  107. Elizabeth says:

    I love the Estee Lauder compact! I think it’s colours are beautiful,especially,the tourquoise blue and the multi-coloured crystals. I am born under the Chinese sign of the Dragon!

  108. Maggie says:

    I’d love to give my brother those Brooks Brothers red horse pants.

  109. Emilia says:

  110. Maegan Morin says:

    I would most like to receive the horse compact! Its just so cute, I would love to carry it around in my purse 😀

  111. cindywww says:

    the coin is just beautiful, love to win it for my granson

  112. Gizele says:

    I like the Royal Canadian Mint Horse of the Year Coin Collection. My Chinese Zodiac symbol is the monkey.

  113. louise says:

    I love The Royal Canadian Mint’s and the compact I am a snake.

  114. louise says:

    I follow Royal Canadian Mint on Twitter -twitter name louise gilbert https://twitter.com/wildcardacehigh/status/428659125552046080

  115. Surso S. says:

    my wide would probably like the Horse Compact and im a Rat

  116. mrdisco1 says:

  117. Carol Oddy says:

    I really like the Year of the Horse compact, very nice peace of work, gorgeous! If I won I think I would keep the prize, my sign is the Monkey. Thank you for this great contest!!

  118. carrie says:

    Square Braided Horsehair Bracelet is my fav for my daughter

  119. Doris Calvert says:

    I Love the coin set and we have been purchasing them for a few years and also the Olympic coins! In the Chinese zodiac I am a rat.. ugg

  120. Doris Calvert says:

    Tweeted

  121. Margie says:

    I would like the coin set

  122. Mike Gismondi says:

    i’d like the Nursery Horse Rocking Horse – $205 @ PBKids
    I’m a dog!

  123. Dreena says:

    I love that Swatch watch!!! I’d love to get that. I am a Rat on the Chinese Horoscope.
    Cheers.

  124. MrDisco says:

  125. Nick Tefoglou says:

    I would like Year of the Horse coin collection from the Canadian Mint

  126. Jeannette Laframboise says:

    I was born in the year of the Horse, (fire horse) and I would love the coin set! 😉

  127. Pat B says:

    I like the horsehair bracelet. I was born in the year of the (wood) horse.

  128. Jacquie Hess says:

    The coin collection for my husband.
    I think I am a sheep.

  129. truckerofbc says:

    I like the year of the Horse Swatch and I am a Year of the Rat

  130. Kathy Sand says:

    I would love to win the coin

  131. The horse compact is beautiful

  132. dustin coombs says:

    the coin collection

  133. Amy S says:

    Horses are one of my favorite animals. And i think this coin is absolutely beautiful and one i would treasure and save.

  134. Debbie Petch says:

    I was born in the year of the Tiger.I love the Estee Lauder compact!

  135. Brenda says:

    The Equine By Me Skirt is super cute!

  136. Leah says:

    I like the Clark Fit Garment-Dyed Horse Embroidered Pants. My zodiac sign is the horse!

  137. Alison K says:

    Of these Year of the Horse gift ideas I’d most like to give the “Nursery Horse Rocking Horse – $205 @ PBKids” – it’s adorable & would actually like one for myself ;). My Chinese Zodiac symbol is Monkey.

    Bonus entry #1: Followed the Royal Canadian Mint on Twitter & tweeted https://twitter.com/SoulSeeker0/status/429724953118650368

  138. Emilia says:

  139. Branka says:

    I love them all… I would love to give or receive the Royal Canadian Mint ‘Year of the Horse’ Coin Collection – From $39.95. It’s my year and it’s going to be the best one yet!! win or not 🙂 Thnx for the great opportunity 🙂

  140. Athena says:

    I like Estee Lauder Year of the Horse Compact – $138 @ Hudson’s Bay

  141. Dorothy Y says:

    Year of the horse coin.

  142. Vicki says:

    The year of the horse coins are the gift I’d most like. Second behind that is the Swatch watch. I’m born in the year of the snake.

  143. sheila says:

    compact…..beautiful

  144. peterK says:

    I’m in intrigued by the horsehair bracelet – I think I’m drawn in by the slightly weirdness of it.

  145. loridee says:

    really like the looks of the horsehair bracelet

  146. Burcu says:

    Mountain Horseback Riding Experience with Yukon Horses. I don’t know what my sign is

  147. GARRY S says:

    HORSEHAIR BRACELET

  148. I would love to get that Equine by me skirt and I don’t know my zodiac symbol

  149. julia g says:

    I love the Year of the Horse stamps Canada Post issued, especially the international one. I am year of the Rabbit.

  150. I’m a Horse in the Chinese Zodiac (Earth Horse to be REALLY specific). I’ve always loved collecting coins, so I would probably get myself the coin set as the best gift for the year of the Horse!

  151. Cindy Martin says:

    I really like the horsehair bracelet. I am a monkey!

  152. Nicole B says:

    I love the rocking horse! I’m a tiger!

  153. wai man says:

    Collis Velvet Horse. entry for the coin plx

  154. aimee says:

    I like the slippers for myself. I am not sure what my animal is?

  155. I like the square braided horsehair bracelet. I think I’m a monkey (Chinese zodiac) though I can’t remember to be honest! (beautiful dot dreamer at gmail dot com)

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