Christmas is approaching, and it’s coming fast! With less than seven weeks until the big day (that’s only six shopping weekends left), I thought I’d share my ultimate guide to gifts for dog and pet lovers.
From photography and paintings, to treats galore, I’ll introduce you to some of my friends in the dog world. So read on…I think you’ll find some exceptional presents for your loved ones.
Mucky Pup Photography
Treat your loved one and their pet to their very own photography session. Whether on the beach, or in the studio, Mucky Pup Photography is dedicated to capturing the perfect image of your dog, letting their personality shine through. My photography sessions (especially on location) are all about enjoying the moments with you dogs; I aim for the session itself to be a complete experience for dog and human to enjoy together – see it as an adventure…and the bonus is the beautiful artwork at the end.
Mucky Pup Photography is based in Swansea, but takes bookings UK wide.
Get in touch to order your Christmas Gift Certificates.
Where to find Mucky Pup Photography:
Website: www.muckypupphotography.co.uk, or visit my Facebook or Instagram
Amy Spittle ArtAmy Spittle is an illustrator and portraitist with a modern, stylish and contemporary edge. I love Amy’s work so much that I’ve commissioned two pieces from her so far – one as a gift, and one of my very own Dexter, which is hanging in pride of place on my living room wall. Amy has such an obvious passion, not only for art but for dogs too, and her style is beautifully unique.
You can purchase Gift Vouchers for a commissioned piece, or check our Amy’s Esty store for some beautiful prints and distinctive products. Amy is very kindly giving 10% off to anybody who quotes MUCKYPUP when they order.
Where to find Amy:
Website: www.amyspittleart.co.uk, or check out her Facebook, Instagram and Etsy
Coco Loco Boutique
Custom made dog bandanas & gifts designed and handmade with love, available direct from the Coco Loco Etsy Store. The perfect gift for any dog lover – Coco Loco’s products are eye-catching, unique and super trendy. And what’s more, they’re all lovingly designed and made by hand by Rhianna. If you want a dapper dog this Christmas, then look not further than Coco Loco.
Where to find Coco Loco:
Shop: www.etsy.com/uk/shop/CocoLocoBoutique, or find them on Facebook and Instagram
Treat your canine companion to delicious cakes and treats baked with love by Lee and the Team. Doggy Desserts are a fully licensed, dedicated doggy bakery based in Llanelli. They may be local, but they supply their delicious treats and cakes throughout the UK. Dexter loves their biscuits and a lot of my clients have thoroughly enjoyed the cakes too (you may have seen them feature in my Cake Smash sessions).
Order your cakes and treats well in time for Christmas – you don’t want a disappointed doggy on Christmas morning.
Where to find Doggy Desserts:
Website: www.doggydesserts.co.uk, or find them on Facebook and Instagram
The Dog & I
If it’s pampering your after, then look no further that The Dog & I. They create a variety of bathing and grooming products with the aim of keeping dogs fit and healthy, as naturally and holistically as possible. With a sound eco friendly mission and a passion for all things dog, you really cannot go wrong. The balms and soap bar are top of my list for Dexter this year.
Where to find The Dog & I:
Website: www.thedogandi.co.uk, or check them out on Facebook and Instagram
Paw Casting – The Retreat
For a truly personal gift, The Retreat offer paw casting sessions for your dog. Your dog’s paw will be immortalised in clay, painted and presented in a classic glass bell jar with wooden base. Casting sessions are run monthly, but gift vouchers are available for those who want to gift the full experience.
This truly is a one of a kind gift for dog lovers.
Where to find The Retreat:
Website: www.theretreatswansea.co.uk, or find them on Facebook
Silver Pet Prints
If it’s jewellery for a loved one that you’re after, then you can’t go wrong with Silver Pet Prints. Your pet’s exact paw print is imprinted onto a silver pendant to be affixed to a necklace, bracelet or keychain; it’s a beautiful, unique gift and something to treasure forever.
Get in touch with Natalie at Silver Pet Prints Services South Wales.
Where to find them:
You can find Silver Pet Prints on Facebook
Ginger Ted are designers and suppliers of high quality doggy apparel and accessories. From collars and leads to coats and jumpers, Ginger Ted has it all. Their passion is to improve the lives of dogs and their humans by offering high quality products that enable dogs to be dogs. Check them out for all your hound’s outdoor wear needs.
Where to find Ginger Ted:
Website: www.gingerted.co.uk, or check them out on Facebook and Instagram
If you choose, as some people do, not to give Christmas gifts then maybe consider making a donation to a local animal charity instead. This way you give the gift of warmth, food and love to an animal in need.
Well, there you go – the list is complete. Hopefully it’s a good bit of inspiration for those of you shopping for crazy pet people. And the added joy here is that each of these businesses are real people, not large, faceless high street brands. So I can guarantee you that if you do buy from any of them, then a real person will do an actual happy dance.
Happy shopping & Merry Christmas!