Merry Christmas everyone!!! I hope everyone had a great holiday and you got some great horsey gifts!
I love horsey gift shopping for my friends because it's so easy to do. Simply find something that I think is awesome and buy it for someone else. Not for me. Ok, maybe also for me.
Over the last few years I've had a few things that have grown legs and walked at horse shows, things like brushes and whips often look just like your neighbor's brushes and whips and get picked up. Sometimes they come back, sometimes they don't. I've been thinking of unique and permanent ways to mark every day items to prevent this from happening, and to make them a little more special.
I started my hunt for personalized brushes for a friend, I found several sources but some of them were way out of my budget, or the seller didn't have very good communication so I was worried about the transaction. Finally I found what looked like just the right match on Etsy.
Etsy is a great place to find personalized items from small business owners, I've been looking at browbands and bonnets recently, although I do wish they had an "equestrian" section to make it easier to look at all the options in one spot. One of my favorite small businesses, Higher Standards Leather Care started out on Etsy as well.
Spotted Gecko Designs had exactly what I wanted. They were crazy fast answering my questions, sometimes replying back in less than 2 minutes! They were super patient with me when I realized I could have ANYTHING EVER engraved on my gift brushes! I literally spent hours looking at horsey clipart trying to to decide on the perfect one. THEN I had to pick out the font. I'm not even getting to what happened when she mentioned that she could do different types of brushes as well. I finally settled on colored brushes that matched my friend's colors.
During the entire process Olivia was both patient and helpful, working with me on the entire design process.
She double checked on what I wanted and how I wanted it engraved, and she sent me pictures of how it would look on the brushes before she began the process.
Then she sent me pictures of the finished brush before she shipped them out to make sure she got it totally right.
Due to a delay in shipping that wasn't her fault in any way, she didn't get one of the brushes in time to send it out. She let me know it was a possibility, updated me during the entire process, and even included an extra gift to make up for the delay, a stock pin done to match the color of the brush.
Isn't that pretty? I think my friend liked it more than the brush!
The brush and pin arrived just in time for Christmas and the second brush is on its way as we speak. I can't recommend Spotted Gecko Designs more for their customer service and attention to detail. I will definitely be back to buy brushes for my friends, brushes for me, and maybe a nice browband for Stella.
Be sure to check them out and give them your business!