Western-themed gifts, large and small, suit the cattle rancher that makes this lifestyle her profession. An original painting, an antique saddle or a vintage movie poster evokes the bold, tough character required for a rancher's lifestyle, while themed apparel offers a less expensive but equally appreciated gift option.
Give your friend or loved one a print from a painting by a famous Western artist, such as Charles Marion Russell or Frederick Remington, depicting cowboys at work. Choose a small bronze sculpture of a cowboy on horseback or a longhorn steer for his desk. Give her a work of textile art, such as an original wall hanging depicting a herd of cattle against a backdrop of the Rocky Mountains, the Rio Grande or the Big Sky Country of Montana.
Give your friend a bolo tie with a clasp shaped like the head of a longhorn steer; a ring with his brand etched in gold or on the face of the central gem; or a silver belt buckle with a ranching scene etched on the surface. Emboss a leather bracelet or cuff with the name or the map of the ranch. Purchase tie tacks or cuff links shaped like a steer's skull or hoof prints, or have a pendant for a necklace custom made, displaying your friend's ranch name or logo.
Movies and Music
There's no shortage of famous movies or even TV shows depicting cattle ranchers in prominent roles. An old movie poster from a famous western makes a thoughtful gift. If you can get them, movie props such as a costume watch John Wayne once wore, are sure to delight. If your friend loves such movies, you might also add in the theme music from "The Cowboys," "The Big Country" or "How the West was Won" -- some of which are instantly recognizable and sure to keep your friend humming for days.
If your friend is more moved by the real West than by Hollywood, give her the gift of an antique saddle, ranching implements or other memorabilia from the Golden Age of ranching. An antique branding iron bearing a famous brand, a gun that once belonged to a cattle baron or a deed or other document recording the business side of ranching 100 years ago is a meaningful bit of history and an appropriate decoration for her office or home.
Small, Simple Gifts
A cowboy hat or a t-shirt with an interesting bull-themed design serve as gifts he can wear on the job or while relaxing on the ranch. Small trinkets such as horseshoe-shaped key chains or a gift basket featuring assorted lotions designed for hard-working hands are also welcome gifts. Drink coasters featuring images of cattle help protect the furniture from beverage glasses. A pair of quality sunglasses offers much-needed eye protection while working outdoors.
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