With Christmas sneaking up on us, there are a dizzying array of products out there to give to your dog loving friends, or, in fact gifts to buy to treat yourself! I have put together my personal top 10 products which definitely won't be re-wrapped and given to someone else next year.
I follow Dapper Maximus on Instagram and was instantly taken when these leads started showing up on my feed but I couldn't possibly need any more leads....then the option of putting your hounds name on the handle came up and I was sold! These leads are all made by hand and you have a multitude of options for colours of handles, different rope charms to add and then the size & length of rope - this truly is a very personalised gift. Check out the etsy store for the most gorgeous dip dying options.
Prices from 23.00
I think we are, as a nation of dog lovers, becoming more aware of the foods we are feeding our hounds, which is why I love The Innocent Hound. They have a very high percentage of meat & only use British meat from sustainable farming. Oh, and their menu sounds good enough for humans! For Christmas they have brought out this fabulous gift box with a yummy new addition of Gravlax sprinkle for your hounds dinner made from air dried salmon, great for a shiny coat. You can choose between three sizes which have a combination of their lush sausages, deer antler & the gravlax in varying sizes. It comes already beautiful wrapped which means you don't have to try and find the end of the celotape to wrap this gift.
Prices from 10.00
If you are a bit soft like I am, there is no way we could ever keep the hounds off the sofa so I can't quite believe no-one has thought about this genius idea of a sofa topper before! You can see my full review from earlier on in the year here but I am very excited by their seasonal addition of this really quite stunning & vibrant red. It will automatically make a space feel festive & warm - as well as standard sizes, they can be custom made, be warned though that their cut off date is 1st December!
Prices from 130.00
These are no ordinary coasters, each has a hand finished glazed moziac effect which means it is completely unique so you are putting your glasses on a mini piece of art work! They have a gorgeous gold edging to add an extra bit of glamour and are only available from The Whippet Company. I know hound lovers would love to find a few of these under the tree. Choose from 'Sand' or 'Duck Egg' as a background & four design of whippet prints.
I am a big fan of supporting small businesses & also using natural products as much as I can on my hounds. If you are the same, you will be pleased you have found The Dog & I - they only use three ingredients in their soaps and why should they need any more? It is exactly what you need to get your hounds clean and smells amazing too. Their absolutely fantastic Spa kit is really reasonably priced and if you have friends dogs who love bog snorkling (like my crazy spaniel friend) this would be perfect. Both the soaps and the spa kit would be brilliant as stocking fillers (because everyone gets stockings for their hounds right??).
Prices from 2.50
For hounds who need to be kept warm; Redhound for Dogs are an amazing company who always go out of their way to make sure their coats are not only practical but super stylish. They are in a very unique position that they design in house which means they can create coats like this gorgeous Dorset (shown in Plum). It'd be a hard choice but I have included the Dorset as it's the first one they have designed that is washable. The cross over design gives easy movement while the padding keeps your hound super warm.
They should come with a warning though - you will get stopped constantly by people admiring your hound when they wear this! And you will also feel the need to upgrade your own wardrobe to keep up.
Prices from 49.95
These sheepskins are of the highest quality, sumptiously thick with beautiful colours, you can use them to pop in front of the fire, drape over an old dog bed to bring it back to life or we have even popped ours on a bean bag which the hounds adore!! These fleeces are naturally dirt resistant and are a really good size and washable. The thing I love about these is that whether you have a country style cottage or a cool chic apartment, these will look great anywhere.
Okay, how amazing are these?? You can send an image of your hound to Wildflower Illustration and they will add it to your card with a personalised message. They can add a few more for a small fee and you get a high quality card, great service & something completely unique to send out this Christmas. (P.s their instagram account is gorgeous!)
Prices from 24.50
For those of you who would love a dog bed which looks gorgeous in your home, and also is built to last, you can't go wrong with Charley Chau. The snuggle beds are a firm favourite in this household & when I read how much time and effort they have put into designing their Ducky Donut bed, I knew that it was going to be pretty special. One of the great things about this brand is that they really pride themselves in making beautiful quality that lasts, so an investment, and one that your hounds will thank you for!
This is the first dog bed that I have come across (apart from the 'cushion' ones) where you can take off the entire covers to wash, if that wasn't great enough, you can also wash the individual side pads & the removable mattress from the bottom. The sides are super plump & filled with duck feather pads and keep their shape amazingly well. Available in 5 colours.
Prices from 180.00
Vouchers from Whippet Snippets Dog Photographer
For people who love being outdoors in our beautiful country with their hounds you can give them a gift, a memory, of their walks through the woods, running along the beach or hiking in the hills. I offer products that they can see every day of their lives - a sleek metal print above the fireplace or a rustic wood panel of their favourite walk in the hall. The vouchers come boxed and ready to give to your favourite dog lover. In case you were wondering, I photograph all breeds!
Prices from 150.00
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You are crazy about your dog and want beautiful portraits for your home, I'm a professional photographer who is also known as crazy dog lady. It's a match made in heaven! Think your dog won’t perform for the camera? Won’t sit still, not great off lead, too excitable? I work on a dog by dog basis, we have a chat to figure out how to get the best from your furry friend.
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