If you really want to treat your groom (and yourself) this Christmas then why not organise a spa day for the two of you at The Sanctuary in Covent Garden. This ladies-only spa offers a range of fabulous gift packages, which include use of spa facilities and a choice of treatments, a meal from Leith’s Restaurant at The Sanctuary and a gift from the divine Sanctuary beauty range. Packages range from around £100 to £350 per person and are available during the day, evening and at weekends. For more details visit www.thesanctuary.co.uk or (tel: 0870 770 3350).
Grooms typically spend much of their time on their feet while working so a gift of performance footwear may prove a winner this Christmas. Saddlecraft’s Aquacat Boots have a stylish nubuck upper, leather lining and insole, lightweight rubber sole and a built-in waterproof and breathable Aquatex membrane to keep feet dry. Choose from the pull-on Cheetah or paddock style Jaguar to suit the individual. Both styles are available in a choice of black or brown in ladies and gents sizes. Cost around £55 to £60. Contact (tel: 01303 875242) for stockists.
Alternatively help keep your groom warm with a stylish fleece and chaps from Equenox. The unisex Boucle Fleece is a warm 300gm top with a bold Equenox logo displayed down the left sleeve. It is available in a choice of tomato with ecru or navy with tomato in a range of sizes for around £45. The unisex waterproof Equenox Chaps have a warm fleece lining and reflective Equenox branding down the sides. They are perfect for riding in all weathers and come in a choice of black, red or electric blue in a range of sizes. The chaps costs around £40. Contact (tel: 01786 822282) or visit: www.equenox.com
Check out Equestrian Vision’s Christmas range of DVDs to relax with once your groom is back in the warm. Depending on their preferred sport, choose from the double DVD European dressage championships (£30) or watch Britain retain the European Eventing crown (£20) on DVD. Alternatively don’t miss the chance to celebrate the career of Best Mate with a special tribute DVD to the infamous chaser for £20, with 10% of proceeds being donated to charities chosen by Best Mate’s owner, Jim Lewis. Visit www.equestrianvision.co.uk
Bring a smile to your groom’s face all year round with the UNICEF dressage calendar. The calendar features sexy black and white photos of top dressage riders including Carl Hester, Spencer Wilson and Kate Atlee, along with a host of others, to help raise £10,000 for UNICEF. To order send your name, address and contact details plus a cheque for £11.50 made payable to ‘UNICEF Dressage Calendar’ to: UNICEF Dressage Calendar, 2 Cloth Hall Gardensm Biddenden, Kent, TN27 8AT