If you've ever met me in the wild, chances are pretty good I was wearing BOTORIs. Friends call them my "uniform" because I quite literally wear them every day. I have almost 30 pairs. I'm not obsessed, I'm passionate.
I'm also that person who will be a brand's best salesman if I find something I like. If someone as much as glances at my BOTORIs I go into full-blown gush mode.
"Oh, they're BOTORI! Made in the USA and the fabric is dust repellent and so soft! Here, touch my leg...Go ahead, touch the fabric!" Not weird at all, right?
When I have the chance to give someone I care about a special gift...A pair of BOTORIs are high on my list. Maybe I'll convert another super-fan who will ask strangers to touch their leg with me!
It's the thought that counts, they say...So when I gift loved ones, I like to go the extra mile and do something creative with the gift wrapping. Sometimes it's the effort you put into something that can mean more than the gift itself.
If you're stuck on creative ways to gift equestrian apparel besides the boring old garment box and tissue paper, I gotchu. Here are some of my favorite ways to jazz up that gift wrap so you can give the gift of BOTORI in style!
1. Use a Belt
BOTORI makes some pretty spectacular riding tights. The Taylors are my forever love. But they also make everything you need to complete the look, from shirts, hats, bags and belts! Their 2" stretch belts are my favorite and come in lots of different patterns. They also have a 1.5" version, and a slide belt with a unique buckle.
Instead of using ribbon, use a belt instead! Not only is it super cute, but it also adds to the gift. A belt is probably the most perfect accessory to go with a new pair of pants! We paired our favorite checker belt with our Cream Bits Gift Wrapping Paper and think it looks pretty sharp.
2. Color Coordinate
Just like you would match your sunshirt to your saddle pad with complementary colors and patterns...Do the same with your gift wrap! Do you have a theme? What is your gift-recipient's discipline? If they're a foxhunter, we suggest pairing the BOTORI Adler Breech in Copper with our new Holiday Fox Gift Wrap. Or if they're a Hunter/Jumper, try their Tan Adler Breeches with our Holiday Horse Show Gift Wrapping paper. Dressage? Go for the White Taylors with our Party Ponies Gift Wrap. I promise, matching the gift wrap with your gift really goes a long way in presentation points and makes your gift look that much more memorable.
3. Think Outside the Box
Similar to the belt being part of the gift AND the gift wrap...We are loving the new trend of wrapping gifts with tea towels. Tea Towels are a great gift in themselves, but using them to wrap an even better gift will really wow whoever you're gifting. Give them a memorable experience...Because one of the best parts of life is making memories, right?
4. Don't Wrap It!
Take the guess work out, but still make it special. BOTORIs are beautifully crafted with smooth compressive fabrics and velvety soft vegan suede patches. They're so pretty on their own and feel great in your hand...So don't cover them up, make them shine! We just rolled them up and made a band and bow out of our gift wrapping paper (See the tutorial here!) Garnish it with one of our new Christmas tree ornaments, write a meaningful greeting card, and you're set for some top-notch gift giving.
5. Give a gift card
Apparel can be difficult to gift. What size are they? Going too big or too small could be disappointing and possibly hurtful...So if you're on the fence, just get a BOTORI gift card! Of course, you could always put a gift card in a greeting card with a thoughtful message. But there are lots of ways to package a gift certificate (and maybe we should do another post just about that!) For our 2023 Equestrian Holiday Collection, we hand-sewed an assortment of horse-themed Christmas stockings, and made them small for stall doors. We designed these Christmas stockings specifically to fit a bag of horse cookies, and added a gift card-sized pocket to the front! It's kind of the perfect gift to leave on your barn bestie's stall door. wink wink...
Bonus Content: How to Gift BOTORIs in a Tea Towel
Lay your tea towel out flat and place your rolled up BOTORIs in the center. Fold the bottom half of the Tea Towel over the BOTORIs, leaving the top end open. Then fold the right side over and begin rolling everything tightly together.
Now that you've rolled everything up, the top end of the roll should be open while the bottom is neatly folded under like a burrito. Cut some ribbon to length and pinch the open top of your roll.
Tie a bow around the cinched up fabric and you should have a pretty little gift in a neat little package. If you rolled everything up tight and even, it should be able to stand up like a bottle of wine, which always looks great to me!