Okay, so it’s just a few days until Christmas and you still haven’t found the perfect gift for your co-worker, or an affordable stocking stuffer your teenager won’t think is lame. Have no fear! We have a great selection of authentic sheepskin gifts at The Sheepherder that will fit the bill but won’t break the bank. Here are some great ideas for last-minute Christmas gifts ringing in at just $25 or less.
1. Genuine sheepskin bunnies – Surprise your little one with an authentic sheepskin bunny that is both adorable and incredibly soft. Our stuffed animals feature genuine sheepskin on the outside and are filled with soft shearling shavings, so they make the coziest of friends. Even better, they include no plastic parts, which means they are completely safe and kid-friendly. At just $25, a sweet sheepskin bunny will make the perfect Christmas gift for a child, grandchild, niece or nephew.
2. Sheepskin steering wheel and seat belt covers – For the new driver in the family, give the gift of warmth this Christmas with a genuine sheepskin seat belt cover or steering wheel cover. At just $20, our shearling steering wheel covers will make any wintertime drive a treat, and at just $16, a cool seat belt cover is a great way to encourage your teen driver to buckle up behind the wheel!
3. Shearling baby mittens – Keep your little one’s hands warm this winter with a pair of sweet sheepskin mittens for babies. Handmade with soft, toasty sheepskin on the inside and durable suede on the outside, these shearling mittens are the perfect baby gift to put under the Christmas tree. They feature no thumbs, so they are easier to get on and off, velcro closures keep them securely fastened, and a connected cord prevents them from getting lost. Plus, they ring in at only $23!
4. Children’s shearling earband – Match your child’s winter jacket and mittens with this adorable sheepskin earband that will keep their ears nice and warm without messing up their hair. At just $20, our shearling earband is a great last-minute gift for both girls and boys, and is custom-made to order, so you can choose from a variety of colors to match their personality, like pink, black, ivory, grey or tan.
5. Shearling eyeglass or iPhone cases – They say if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em. So if you’re having a hard time getting your teenager to put down that new iPhone, you can at least keep the phone free from scratches with a sheepskin phone case, which also doubles as an eyeglass case. Our shearling iPhone cases are only $8.50 and make a great stocking stuffer for any tech-savvy teen (or adult, for that matter), so buy one or buy a few and check some names off your list this Christmas.
6. Children’s sheepskin slippers – There is nothing cuter than sheepskin slippers for kids, and authentic shearling, unlike synthetic materials, naturally wicks moisture away from the skin, which means our slippers will keep your child’s feet warm in the winter and cool in the summer too. At just $24 for a gift that comes in handy year-round, these children’s sheepskin slippers are a steal!
Wondering what to get that special someone in your life this holiday season? The answer is sheepskin! Whether the person at the top of your Christmas list is a family member, friend or co-worker, sheepskin is one of the best Christmas gifts you can give this year. From sheepskin slippers to shearling boots, jackets and hats, there are plenty of options out there for sheepskin gifts this holiday season, no matter who you’re shopping for. Not only are sheepskin boots and other shearling products completely practical, they are very comfortable, durable and stylish as well, and there are plenty of great options that fall well within the typical Christmas gift budget. Here are our picks for the top five sheepskin Christmas gifts for 2013:
Minnetonka Men’s Soft- or Hard-Sole Moccasins – Does dear old Dad spend a typical Sunday morning lounging by the fire with a cup of coffee in hand? Add to the mix a cozy pair of sheepskin slippers and you’ll definitely make his day. Our men’s Minnetonka moccasins are made with 100% sheepskin wool to keep his feet warm in the winter and cool in the summer, making these shearling slippers the gift that keeps on giving all year-round!
Ladies’ Sheepskin Mittens or Designer Gloves – If there’s a lady in your life who spends a lot of time outdoors in the winter or has a long commute to work, our ladies’ sheepskin mittens or designer shearling gloves make great Christmas gifts. The mittens have toasty warm sheepskin on the inside and durable suede on the outside that keeps away the wintertime chill, while the designer gloves make even long drives in the cold winter weather a breeze.
Children’s Shearling or Deerskin Slippers – Don’t forget that brand-new little niece or nephew! Besides being incredibly adorable, our children’s sheepskin and deerskin slippers are warm and comfortable, and will help protect that little one’s feet from the cold winter weather. Check out our children’s shearling mittens and aviator hat for a perfect match!
Ladies’ Sheepskin Vest – A winter coat is a great Christmas gift idea, but try changing it up this year with a handcrafted ladies’ Silverheels or Wrangler sheepskin vest. Both of our shearling vests are feminine, sleek and versatile garments that can be worn with either dressy or casual outfits, which makes them a go-to option for fall or winter wear. All of our vests feature genuine antler toggles for closure and are custom-made to order for a perfect fit.
Men’s Shearling Aviator Hat – Let’s face it, what guy wouldn’t love a genuine sheepskin aviator hat under the Christmas tree? Our classic men’s bomber hat features an incredibly soft and warm sheepskin interior with durable suede on the outside to keep the heat in and the cold out. Secure the velcro on the chin strap to stay extra warm, or velcro the straps on the top of the hat to keep them out of the way. Either way, this unique gift is guaranteed to put a smile on his face this Christmas!
Sheepskin Boots Topped Black Friday Online Searches for Fashion Items
Whether you look forward to or absolutely dread the annual holiday shopping event that is Black Friday, you probably couldn’t resist hopping online the day after Thanksgiving to see what sort of crazy deals were out there. And if you happened to search for “sheepskin boots” while perusing the web, you were among the group of savvy shoppers who helped launch the item to the top spot for Black Friday shopping searches for fashion items. That’s right, tried-and-true sheepskin boots beat out other long-time fashion favorites for Black Friday and Christmas shopping in general, like North Face jackets and Nike Air Jordan sneakers, and even must-haves in the electronics department, like computer tablets and video game consoles.
Women’s Sheepskin Boots and Slippers
UGG sheepskin boots in particular were the most searched-for fashion item on Black Friday, but with prices ranging from $130 to $700 for a pair of UGG-brand shearling boots, the cozy footwear is simply out of reach for the average shopper. That’s where we come in. Here at The Sheepherder, we offer a wide range of comfortable and durable sheepskin boots and slippers at incredibly affordable prices. On Black Friday, sheepskin boots were the most popular product in the “Women’s Shopping” category, and were also ranked third in the “Best Gifts for Adults” category. We have a number of different styles of shearling boots for women, including the classic Minnetonka Ladies Pug boot, the Ladies Tramper shearling boot and the Ankle Hi Pug boot for women.
Shearling Boots for Men and Children
Sheepskin boots aren’t just for women though. Since the footwear exploded on the fashion scene more than a decade ago, they have been hailed as one of the best Christmas gifts for men and children too. If you’re looking for a pair of shearling boots for men, check out our Men’s Short Pug boot by Minnetonka, or our large selection of sheepskin slippers and moccasins for men and children. The Men’s hardsole shearling slipper is one of our most popular items, with its classic design and an indoor/outdoor rubber sole providing excellent traction and durability, and our children’s shearling slippers are simply adorable.
Best Christmas Gifts for 2013
Our sheepskin slippers and boots come in all sizes and styles, making them a great gift idea for the whole family. If you’re looking for a comfortable, warm and affordable pair of sheepskin footwear for yourself or a loved one this holiday season, check out our authentic Minnetonka sheepskin boots and shearling slippers at The Sheepherder, and you won’t be disappointed!
Pick a Style: How to Choose the Right Sheepskin Jacket
A winter coat is the biggest purchase of the year for most people in cooler climates, and now is the time to start looking for that perfect jacket, before the weather gets any colder and the best items sell out. On the other hand, it’s important to spend some time deciding exactly what you’re looking for before you make the purchase. That way, you don’t end up with a floor-length velvet coat that is beautiful but completely impractical for picking up groceries and traveling to and from work. When it comes to purchasing a men’s or women’s sheepskin coat, there are a number of factors you must consider before you make your choice, including the color, size and style of the jacket. Consider the following suggestions to find the coat that’s right for you:
It may be tempting to splurge on a brightly-colored jacket during these cold, dreary winter months, but if you consider your sheepskin coat a long-term investment, it would probably be better to stick with classic colors like black, brown, cream or beige that won’t end up looking dated down the road. For some people, it may make sense to purchase two jackets – one in a light color and one in a dark color – for different occasions. Some of our most popular colors for men’s and women’s shearling coats include Gold Misty, Sahara, Ranch and Ivory, although some people prefer different colors like Pink White or Grey.
One of the top reasons to purchase a sheepskin jacket is that the classic style of the garment will transcend current fashion trends and last you several years. That being said, there are a number of different options for style when it comes to choosing a shearling coat, especially for women. Our Ladies Columbine jacket, for instance, boasts a waist-hugging style with feminine lines, a notched collar and attractive wool trim down the front and around the bottom. On the other side of the spectrum, our Ladies Classic sheepskin coat features a shawl collar, oversized pockets and a mid-thigh length that is a little more formal. Similar to our suggestion for color, women may want to consider purchasing two shearling jackets, depending on where they will be most often worn. For example, a shorter coat goes great with laid-back weekend outfits, like jeans and a sweater, while a thigh-length shearling jacket is a better choice for a dressy evening on the town.
The appropriate size can be one of the most difficult things to determine when picking out a shearling jacket for yourself or another person. Fortunately, here at The Sheepherder, we use a simple and convenient fitting sheet for each customer to determine the proper size of his or her garment. When filling out your fitting sheet, which is submitted with each purchase, you’ll be asked for information about your height, weight, dress or suit size, shoulder measurement, chest/bust, arm length, waist/belly measurement and hips, so that we can ensure your sheepskin coat will be a perfect fit. All of our shearling garments are custom-made to order, so you can look forward to receiving a sheepskin jacket that was made specifically for you!
Five Stylish Sheepskin Accessories for Winter
It’s easy to throw fashion sense to the wind when it’s cold and gloomy outside, but just because there’s a chill in the air doesn’t mean you have to hibernate under the covers all winter long, nor do you have to sacrifice style to keep warm when you do decide to venture outside the house. The great thing about cold weather is that it gives you the opportunity to experiment with layers, colors and prints, turning just a few everyday pieces and some carefully selected accessories into days of warm, stylish outfits. So in the spirit of making a wintertime style statement, we have compiled a list of the top five sheepskin accessories that will make you look and feel great during the upcoming winter season.
1. The Sheepskin Boot – A quality pair of sheepskin boots should be a part of everyone’s winter wardrobe; one, because they will keep you exceptionally warm in even the coldest weather, and two, because they can help expand your clothing options. For example, if you’re just dying to wear your favorite skirt and a pair of tights, but you woke up to a cold frost, pair the outfit with a high Minnetonka sheepskin boot and it won’t matter how chilly it is outside. Or, if you’re planning to stay around the house, try out a pair of luxurious shearling slippers and your toasty feet will thank you!
2. The Sheepskin Coat or Jacket – If you want to don a dressy outfit in winter and sheepskin boots aren’t an option, consider trading out your flimsy trench coat for a long shearling coat or jacket that is just as stylish and will keep you even warmer. There are a variety of style options when it comes to sheepskin jackets, including the Ladies Classic Sheepskin Coat and the Ladies Cattleman Sheepskin Coat, both of which hit below the hips and are appropriate for a casual evening or a night out on the town.
3. The Shearling Hat or Earband – When the weather outside is frightful, a beautiful, cozy sheepskin hat or earband is a delightful addition to any outfit. If you’re out running errands or picking the kids up from school, our Ladies Sheepskin Aviator Hat is the perfect solution for a chilly winter day. The classic design of the shearling bomber hat is timeless, and extra details like the Velcro chin strap help keep the heat in and the cold out. For outings that require dressier attire, check out our Ladies Sheepskin Earband, a more subtle, fashionable accessory guaranteed to keep your ears toasty warm.
4. Sheepskin Mittens or Designer Gloves – Nothing keeps your hands warmer in winter than a pair of authentic sheepskin mittens, made with soft wool on the inside and durable suede on the outside that blocks the chilly wind. For a more trendy and practical option, try our designer sheepskin gloves, available in a variety of colors to match virtually any outfit. These simple but sleek driving gloves are made from authentic sheepskin, so they are guaranteed to be exceptionally warm, comfortable and stylish, whether you’re going for a drive or talking a walk around town.
5. The Shearling Vest – Before the snow really starts to fall, you might be able to get away with just a sheepskin vest, which is custom-made to order and is guaranteed to be a perfect fit. The shearling vest is a versatile garment that can be worn year-round regardless of the weather, keeping you cool in the summer and warm in the winter. With shawl collars, slim feminine lines and genuine antler toggle closures, both our Ladies Silverheels and Ladies Wrangler Shearling Vests are stylish outerwear options for winter.
Get the Look for Less: Celebrity Sheepskin Jackets for Women
Ever see your favorite celebrities sporting beautiful sheepskin outerwear in magazines or online and wish you could own a similar shearling coat or pair of boots? Well, now you can, and at a price that won’t max out your credit card. Check out the fashionable sheepskin garments favored by Keira Knightley, Kate Middleton and other style-conscious celebrities and then peruse our selection of shearling products at The Sheepherder to get the look for less.
One of Keira Knightley’s favorite jackets to wear with a dressy outfit or casual top and pair of jeans is her tan sheepskin coat from Burberry’s 2009 collection. A similar shearling jacket from the 2011 Burberry collection carries a price tag of close to $4,500, but you can get the same look for less with our Ladies Cattleman Sheepskin Coat at The Sheepherder. This beautiful shearling jacket is stylish and versatile, and with the coat’s shawl collar and 3” rolled cuffs, you’ll stay warm all winter long!
A true queen of fashion, Kate Middleton looks great in everything from evening wear to a comfy pair of jeans and boots. In 2012, the Duchess of Cambridge was spotted walking her dog dressed in a short dark brown sheepskin jacket by LK Bennett, along with skinnny jeans, Le Chameau boots and a wool hat. Kate’s shearling coat probably cost around $1,200, but you can get the look for less with our Ladies Columbine Sheepskin Coat at The Sheepherder. The short, waist-hugging cut of the jacket is feminine, and the wool trim down the front and around the bottom are stylish and attractive.
Alexa Chung looks beautiful in this on-trend Emu sheepskin coat, which she has paired with a pretty beige dress for a finished, fashionable look. If you were to get your hands on a shearling coat identical to the British model’s, it would set you back a cool $1,500. Lucky for you, we have a similar women’s sheepskin jacket at The Sheepherder, so you can get the look for less! Check out our Ladies Highcountry Sheepskin Coat, which features a hip-length design perfect for wearing over a cocktail dress, jeans or leggings alike. The coat’s attractive wool trim and 3” roll cuffs are feminine, sophisticated and warm, for a garment that is both attractive and practical.
Sheepskin for the Home
The temperature outside is beginning to drop, but with our selection of cozy sheepskin quilts and pillows at The Sheepherder, there’s no reason why your home can’t be a place of ultimate warmth and comfort this fall and winter. Once this beautiful fall weather comes to an end and the temperature turns brisk, most of us will trade in our lightweight coats for something more substantial, like a luxurious sheepskin jacket. By incorporating just one shearling coat or a pair of sheepskin boots into your wardrobe, you can increase your warmth and comfort tenfold, so it makes sense to give your home the same wintertime treatment, right?
Warm and Cozy Shearling Home Goods
Besides adding an elegant but rustic element to your home décor, a sheepskin blanket, quilt or pillow can also provide some extra warmth, comfort, color and texture to any room. For living rooms with dark colors, hardwood floors and leather furniture, a thick sheepskin throw or set of shearling pillows incorporate a subtle softness to what may otherwise seem like a cold environment. All of our sheepskin home goods at The Sheepherder are handcrafted using authentic hides from domestic sheep raised commercially in the Rocky Mountain states. The wool skins are a valuable by-product, and are tanned and processed 100% in the United States.
Custom Sheepskin Accents for the Home
One of the great things about our shearling garments and home goods is that each product is one of a kind and can be custom-made based on your specifications. For example, take a look at our sheepskin pillows and you’ll see a variety of color options to choose from, allowing you to coordinate them with your home décor as accent pieces. Like all of the products we offer at The Sheepherder, our pillows are made from 100% sheepskin, inside and out. One side of the pillow features fleecy shearling in a unique color pattern, while the other side features leather or suede, and inside is soft wool batting, making these pillows a comfy place to rest your head after a long day.
Add Some Chic to Your Sanctuary
Sheepskin is a durable, natural material that is easy to care for and is minimalistic in design while also being extremely stylish and luxurious. In short, shearling is really on-trend right now, so incorporating a few subtle elements of sheepskin to your home is a great way to instantly update certain aspects of your décor without transforming the overall feel of your space. Other options for a touch of warmth in the home include sheepskin rugs, throws and cushions. And for the kids’ bedrooms, check out our adorable sheepskin bunnies and teddy bears, as always, made from authentic shearling.
Celebrate Wool Week With the Best Sheepskin Garments and Footwear
October 14 marks the beginning of the UK’s annual Wool Week event – a week-long national celebration of all things wool – and we thought this would be a great time to talk about the many benefits of a particular type of wool product – sheepskin. In the UK, Wool Week is hosted by The Campaign for Wool, a global endeavor initiated by the Prince of Wales in an effort to raise awareness about the unique, natural, sustainable benefits of wool garments and products. Here at The Sheepherder, we offer a variety of beautiful, durable sheepskin garments, footwear and accessories custom-made using genuine shearling hides, which feature smooth suede or leather on one side and soft, silky wool on the other.
The Campaign for Wool encourages collaboration between wool growers, fashion designers, manufacturers and retailers like The Sheepherder around the world, in order to help consumers see wool for what it really is: a beautiful, versatile product that is both renewable and biodegradable. According to the Campaign for Wool’s website, “Wool is a protein fibre formed in the skin of sheep, and is thus one hundred percent natural, not man-made. Since the Stone Age, it has been appreciated as one of the most effective forms of all-weather protection known to man, and science is yet to produce a fibre which matches its unique properties.”
At the end of its life, authentic wool is easily decomposed, whereas most synthetics degrade very slowly, and, because sheep produce a new fleece every year, wool is also considered to be renewable. In addition to these beneficial properties, wool is also a natural insulator, it is breathable, elastic and resilient, it is easily cared for and odor-resistant, and it is even appropriate for year-round wear, since wool constantly reacts to changes in body temperature and can maintain the wearer’s comfort in both warm and cold weather. It is for these reasons that the Prince of Wales launched The Campaign for Wool and continues to promote the use of wool both in garments and in the home.
Since 2010, the Campaign for Wool and its annual Wool Week initiative have helped bring about a renewed demand for wool around the world, and have seen a three-fold increase in the price farmers receive for their wool. This, in turn, helps wool manufacturers and retailers like us bring you the highest-quality sheepskin slippers, shearing jackets and more, for a price that will have you ordering something for the whole family. Check out our shearling garments, home goods and accessories, and celebrate Wool Week with a custom, hand-crafted sheepskin product today!
Top Five Sheepskin Jackets for Fall and Winter
The chilly weather we have had so far this month signals an end to summer and hints at a cold winter ahead. There’s no better time than now to add a genuine sheepskin jacket to your wardrobe, and here at The Sheepherder, we have a wide selection of shearling coats to suit any style. All of our shearling products are made from genuine sheepskin and are handmade to order, which means you receive a beautiful garment tailored to your specific size and color specifications. To better prepare you for the brisk weather that is just around the corner, we have compiled a list of our top five picks for shearling coats during fall and winter:
Cattleman Sheepskin Coat for Men and Women
Our Men’s Cattleman shearling jacket is a handsome coat custom-tailored for a masculine look and all-over protection from the winter chill. Our ladies’ version is a beautiful and versatile coat, appropriate for a day on the ranch or about town, keeping you toasty warm in fall or winter weather alike. The shawl collar and 3” roll cuffs on both sheepskin jackets work double duty – stylish accents that keep you warm all day and night.
Men’s and Ladies’ Classic Shearling Coat
The more traditional Classic sheepskin jacket is designed to be worn for either dressy or casual occasions, with oversized pockets and a leather-trimmed collar on the men’s version, and a shawl collar and 3” roll cuffs for the ladies. Our ladies’ Classic sheepskin coat is slightly longer than our other designs, which makes it a good choice for taller women. The jackets are finished off with genuine deer antler buttons that give them a natural and stylish appearance.
Rancher Sheepskin Jacket for Men and Women
Attractive wool-out seams make our Rancher shearling coat a popular jacket for both men and women, and western accents in the front and back yokes complete the rugged outdoorsy look. The Rancher sheepskin jacket features patch pockets, a notched collar and 3” roll cuffs on both versions, which will keep you cozy and provide some serious protection from the fall and winter weather.
Men’s Colorado Shearling Jacket
One of our favorite sheepskin jackets is the Colorado shearling coat for men, which features three panels on the front with wool-trimmed seams and genuine deer antler buttons for an attractive, natural look. Patch pockets, 3” roll cuffs and a shawl collar will keep you warm day and night, and, with a custom, hand-crafted design and a variety of color choices, the Colorado sheepskin jacket will be a perfect fit!
Columbine Sheepskin Coat for Women
Our Columbine shearling jacket for women boasts a feminine, waist-hugging design that makes the coat an elegant addition to any outfit. The sheepskin jacket features wool trim down the front and around the bottom, real deer antler buttons, and princess seams on the front and back, all of which add to the coat’s style and authenticity. A notched collar and 3” roll cuffs complete the look and ensure that you will stay comfortable and warm throughout the fall and winter.
Leather Biker Vests From the Sheepherder
Summer is the best time of year for hopping on the back of a motorcycle and hitting the open road, but with September already in full swing, cool fall temperatures may convince many otherwise adventurous people to enjoy the warmth of their homes instead. Fortunately, here at The Sheepherder, we offer a wide selection of attractive leather biker vests and other cozy skeepskin products that will keep you warm, comfortable and stylish, whether you actually own a motorcycle or just want to look like you do!
Custom-Made Sheepskin Garments
Genuine sheepskin is naturally a warm and luxurious material, and we dedicate as much time and energy necessary to preserve these qualities in all of our handmade shearling products at The Sheepherder. Each sheepskin jacket, vest and pair of slippers is custom-made to order using the highest-quality sheepskin, which features silky wool on one side and smooth suede or leather on the other side. As opposed to imitation shearling garments, the shearling we use at The Sheepherder naturally wicks away moisture from the body, keeping you cool in hot temperatures and warm in cold weather. As a result, our custom shearling jackets can be worn year-round, and our leather and sheepskin vests are popular choices for everyone from ranchers to motorcycle riders.
Genuine Elkskin Vests for Men
Take our men’s Rocky Mountain elkskin vest for example; its beautiful leather construction catches the eye, and its cotton fabric lining and attractive elk antler toggles with loop closures help keep the chill out, even on the back of a motorcycle in September. Pair this leather biker vest with your favorite jeans and a long-sleeve shirt and you’re ready to ride off into the sunset. For a more classic garment, check out our men’s Gambler leather vest with a sheepskin collar that adds plenty of extra warmth and a little pop of style as well. This sheepskin vest for men also features attractive antler buttons, and the small pockets sewn into the side seams are perfect for carrying a small wallet or set of keys when you’ve got your hands full.
Give the Gift of Sheepskin!
When it comes to warmth, style and durability, it’s hard to beat a genuine elkskin or sheepskin vest handcrafted to fit your individual specifications for fit and color. Check out our collection of genuine shearling garments for the whole family, and don’t forget, December is just a few months away, and our men’s sheepskins jackets and vests make great Christmas gifts for that lucky man in your life!