If you receive a coveted invitation to shoot somewhere very special, you'll want to show your host how appreciative you are.
The best invitations to shoot are really those that can’t be bought. Maybe you’ve been asked to a select private shoot? (Read our tips on what to expect on your first shoot day.)
If so you’re going to want to bring a gift that nobody else has thought of. Here are a few ideas for best gifts for shoot hosts that will be well received.
Best gifts for shoot hosts
Best for personalisation
Styles: Six different styles of map
Size: 29 x 23cm
These table maps (matching coasters are available too) are created from vintage maps. You simply put in the postcode of the shoot when you order them and they will be created in the style of your choice with the relevant area featured. You can order six minimum or more as you wish.
Best for serving water or wine
- Material: Handmade, mouthblown glass
- Capacity; 1.75L
- Care: Handwash
- Size: Height: 22.5cm, width: 13cm
This hand engraved carafe is an ideal way of serving tap water at a shoot lunch or decanting wine so it can ‘breathe’. For £15 you can personalise the carafe with the name of the shoot. This is a gift as decorative as it is useful.
Best for chilled drinks
- Material: Metal with a mirror-polished nickel plated finish
- Care: Handwash
- Size: H28 x W49 x D36.5cm
Perfect for chilling bottles on a hot day, either soft drinks for elevenses or something strong later on at the shoot lunch. This wine cooler is robust and roomy and will hold several bottles on ice.
Best small gift
- Material: 350gsm textured stock
- Colour: Grey, mustard yellow
- Size: A6 size (148x105mm)
It’s part of shooting etiquette to send a thank-you note after shooting. We think these cards are perfect – and would also make a perfect gift. The envelopes are beautifully lined with a rural scene and the stationery, 10 notecards and matching envelopes, comes packed in a decorative mustard yellow box. If the host is a friend and you want to make a gesture, we think these cards would make the perfect small gift.
Best for reviving espressos
- Material: Fine bone china
- Colour: White with green design
- Capacity: 110ml
- Dimensions: 6 x 5.5cm
After the shoot lunch many Guns are in need of a reviving coffee before they venture back out onto the field or drive home. These cups mark the occasion of the day perfectly with a partridge design which is why they’re on our list of best gifts for shoot hosts. Why not buy your host a set of six, eight or twelve?
Best for robust use
- Material: Stainless steel, calf leather case
- Colour: Brown leather
- Capacity: 70ml
- Dimensions: 10 x 7 x 7cm
- Care: Wipe with damp cloth
These cups are perfect for handing around a nip of bullshot, damson vodka or sloe gin. They pack up easily (so can be kept in a large pocket) and won’t shatter if they are dropped on the ground. We think every shoot should have a set (or two, or three).
Best for natural lustre
- Material: Sustainably sourced horn
- Size: 12cm
- Care: Handwash only
In keeping with the theme, these natural horn beakers will hold wine, soft drinks or wee nips of something warming. They are charming to look at, timeless in design, will play their part during elevenses and would also look good laid out on a table.
Best for protecting the table from watermarks
- Material: Feathers, glass, brass-nickel alloy rim
- Size: 2.5cm, 11.5cm, 3.5cm.
- Care: Wipe with a damp cloth
When compiling this list of the best gifts for shoot hosts we were keen to find things that were original and different. (Which is why we haven’t included game books as your shoot host will almost certainly have one already.) So we think this pheasant feather design wine coaster is ideal – the feathers are protected by a strengthened glass insert, which can be wiped after use.
Best for slicing crusty loaves
- Material: Deer antler, stainless steel.
- Size: 30mm by 130mm.
- Care: Handwash only
Put this knife on the lunch table by the bread and it will almost certainly be admired. (If you’d like to know how to make an antler handle knife see our instructions here.) Superstitious types think that giving a knife as a gift is unlucky, but you can get around this by taping a penny to the knife, which apparently takes the bad luck away.