Seven out of ten pets in Britain receive gifts from their owners. It’s big business. So don’t make your pets one of the unlucky three out of ten. Get inspired by some of our suggestions to create all manner of pet pleasure.
Mutts & Hounds: Every lovable dog deserves a Christmas stocking full of treats – and every dog lover wants to treat their pup. So why not invest in a tasteful and exclusive Mutts & Hounds dog print Christmas stocking. There are choices in a natural colour and green. Dimensions: 47 x 20cm and machine washable at 30 degrees.
Mutts & Hounds also produce Luxury Donut Beds in three sizes and luxury British fabrics, like Yorkshire tweed. The Somerset-made beds are machine washable at 30 degrees and are stylish enough to sit comfortably in even the most sumptuous home. Matching toys and neckerchiefs are also available. We love Mutt & Hounds. Check out their products at muttsandhounds.co.uk or through notonthehighstreet.com.
Houndworthy: Is your hound worthy of practical, fashionable or delicious treats this Christmas? Yes? Then Houndworthy is a great one-stop shop. How about “Beautiful Joe’s Ethical Dog Treats”. A guaranteed lick of the chops every time. Houndworthy is most worthy of your attention. Check out houndworthy.com.
Borrow My Doggy: This wonderful site matches dog owners with local borrowers for “walkies, playdays, sleepovers and happy holidays”. Memberships are available for this trusted community of dog lovers and will make perfect gifts. It’s a present for pooches, too, because they make new canine and human pals. Membership fees and details at borrowmydoggy.com.
Winning Works: An engraved dog lead hanger makes a practical gift for you or a friend – and is sure to be welcomed by the dog. After all, it’s important they know where their lead is for walkies. Designed and made in Winning Work’s workshop in Derbyshire, the hangers come in a choice of wood and finish. Our favourite is their homage to Engelbert Humperdink. The engraving on the hanger reads: “Please re-leash me and let’s go”. We like a bit of humour with our walks. Lots of personalised engraved goods for humans as well at winningworks.co.uk.
Equafleece: This is the place to find water repellent Polartec fleeces for dogs. They are useful for walks in the rain – but even if you get caught out by the weather, put a fleece on your dog when you get home and they’ll be dry in minutes. There are 10 colour choices and the fleeces are machine-washable. Check out equafleece.co.uk.
Sweet William: Designer dog-themed gifts and homeware with a lovely family touch. We have purchased a wonderful Westie in a Santa Hat decoration for the tree – and have our eyes on other dog deccy designs we adore. They can be purchased through notonthehighstreet.com or visit sweetwilliamdesigns.com. There, you can see William himself: a splendid Black Labrador and the mascot of Sweet William.
Creature Clothes: Handmade leather collars crafted from Spanish saddle leather are studded with funky star, bone, heart or dog studs in nickel or brass finish. The black with silver bones design will make any dog the coolest on the block. Black, chocolate or tan leather collars are recommended for active dogs. Visit creatureclothes.com.
Pets Pyjamas: A tremendous selection of dog bandanas can be found at Pets Pyjamas. Design choices include union flag, patchwork hearts and skull & crossbones. There are some suitably festive red and white snowflake bandanas too. Go to petspyjamas.co.uk. As they say on their website, it’s “where smart pet lovers go”.
dfordog.co.uk: Personalised dog bowls get no more personal than to carry the name of your pet and their portrait as well. There are excellent choices at dfordog.co.uk – where you will also find personalised dog bowls on feet, with a tail.
pet365.co.uk: Rather cleverly, pet365.co.uk has a separate Christmas gifts section to view all year round – including cable knit festive jumpers for dogs, as well as Christmas dog collars by Dublin Dog.
notonthehighstreet.com: Christmas Dog Wrapping Paper by Heather Alstead Design from £2.50 is a winner. We also love the Christmas Bauble Dog Tag Decoration by Auntie Mims for £55. There’s a wealth of pet perfect merchandise at Not on the High Street.
Pets Pyjamas: Christmas is a time for a touch of decadence and that is certainly provided for the cat in your life by the sumptuous Snuggle cat. It deserves a big meow! Visit petspyjamas.com.
Cheshire & Wain: A gift selection box to welcome a new cat home this Christmas or for a friend who has recently acquired a feline companion, this thoughtful set is available through notonthehighstreet.com. The box contains a book “Incomplete Book of Cat Names”, a 20g bag of loose organic catnip and the company’s most popular catnip toy – The Prawn.
Pets at Home: Cat grass – it’s so much better for your feline friends than cow grass. You can buy a packet of cat grass and grow your own for as little as a few pounds. Cat grass aids digestion, helps prevent fur balls and provides cats with essential minerals and vitamins. Try petsathome.com, among other stockists.
The Letter Room: How about a special personalised food or water bowl for the significant animal in your life? The Letter Room has the most charming rabbit bowl, complete with paw prints and a fabulous bunny design. The company also makes dishes for cats and dogs. The ceramic bowls can be personalised on the front edge and the inside as well. Now if you think rabbits are difficult to buy for, then men in your life might be worse. The Letter Room can help here as well. Check them out at theletteroom.com.
Petlife: Hotties are microwavable heat pads for pets from Petlife. They are claw and chew resistant and stay warm for hours. Soft or wipe clean materials available at petlifeonline.co.uk.
Lily’s Kitchen: Fine dining for your cats and dogs, straight from Lily’s kitchen. This is no ordinary pet food. Indeed, it is billed as “proper food for pets”. That even means a proper Christmas dinner in a tin for your lucky cat or dog. The Lily’s Kitchen introduction reads: “We create natural, delicious, wholesome food for dogs and cats because we believe our pets deserve to eat proper food that’s full of nourishing ingredients. ” Explore lilyskitchen.co.uk.
Din Dins: Keep your pets in prime condition with Din Dins supplements, made of 100 percent natural ingredients like cranberry, flaxseed and seagreens. These “wickedly raw super-foods” are full of vitamins and minerals. Try out dindins.co.uk.
Personalised Gifts Shop: Have your own message to your beloved pet etched on a Christmas decoration at personalisedgiftsshop.co.uk. This website offers a wide range of pet-friendly gifts. All you need to do is add the personal touch.
Precious Little Plum: Personalised “Paws Off” sacks in a variety of sizes and coloured print combinations for the pets in your life from this East Sussex-based company through notonthehighstreet.com. Look out also for Precious Little Plum’s “Paws Off” gift tags and more.
The Christmas Home: Look for enchanting felt Westie and Scottie Dog Decorations at The Christmas Home – the festive arm of The Contemporary Home. They hang from a pretty ribbon and could conceivably be kept out to adorn a room all year long. A way to honour your own dog or to give as a gift to a Westie/Scottie dog owner. Check tch.net or notonthehighstreet.com.
Elf Helper: Time to talk bird feeders. Do you own any odd teacups that are no longer part of a set? Maybe you’ve picked up the odd decorative cup at a flea market or antique fair. Fill them with a mixture of melted lard and birdseed, then leave to set. Hang outside with twine or ribbon, adding a sprig of festive foliage if you wish. Happy birds!