Your 2020 Christmas Gift Guide
It's been a crappy year. I think we can all agree the pandemic has thrown everything out of whack, and so many of our plans, both personal and professional, have fallen by the wayside. I have some wonderful friends with their own businesses, all of whom have been affected in some way by the pandemic, and it seems that small businesses in particular have been the ones to feel the brunt of the situation.
But I'm looking forward to the festive season! I am such a Little Miss Christmas - I'm in full on Mariah Carey / The Pogues / get your tinsel on Christmas mode. This year I am ALL about supporting local businesses, and as far as possible I'll be buying small and local when I'm doing my Christmas shopping.
So this year's Christmas Gift Guide is filled with suggestions from local and small businesses for your dog-loving friends and family! There are some fab ideas here so settle down with a cuppa and enjoy a browse......
QUICK LIST OF GIFT IDEAS & BUSINESSES
Santa Sacks & Other Gifts from Dozy Dog the Eco Pet Shop
Handmade Dog Accessories from Charlie and Boo
Pet Friendly Home Fragrances by Zara Candles
The Pupcake Princess Dog Bakery
Ink Drawings from Anya's Studio
Christmas Gifts & Crafts from Ianthe Galleria
Christmas Gift Boxes from Pet Nanny Boutique
Handmade Wooden Crafts from JS Crafts
Grooming Packages & Gifts from The Dog House Canine Spa
Gift Vouchers & Treat Subscription Boxes from Potter Paws Dog Training
Embroidery Art from Karen Ann's
Usborne Books from Rutland Book Nook
Taking the Grrr Out of Grooming Your Dog by Sue Williamson
Photo Shoot Vouchers from Sandie Powner Photography
SANTA SACKS AND OTHER GIFTS
From: Dozy Dog Eco Pet Shop
We have filled Santa sacks for cats & dogs in a variety of prices, but all with an eco friendly approach.
There’s quite a list... let’s start with Tonka, our Leopard Tortoise. He’s a mini rock star
Let it snow.... there’s a paragraph in it that says “and I’ve bought some corn for popping”, but I always get it in a muddle and swap the c & p over.... just makes me giggle.
The love, gratitude, kindness, giving and thoughtfulness.....
About Dozy Dog: Stockist of pet products that are environmentally conscious as well as being greatly practical and value for money.
How to order? Visit www.dozy.dog
HANDMADE DOG ACCESSORIES
From: Charlie & Boo
We have six Christmas fabrics available in collars, leads, bandanas and bow ties
Two Spanish water dogs called Indie and Willow
Jingle bells, because everyone knows it
A family Christmas
Don’t like either!
About Charlie and Boo: We offer handmade dog accessories made from beautiful fabrics
How to order? Visit Charlieandboo.co.uk
Share & support local business: Follow Charlie and Boo on Facebook
PET FRIENDLY HOME FRAGRANCES
From: Partylite by Zara Candles
Our Fresh Home range is perfect for pet owners. Many home fragrance products just mask odours, our Fresh Home range actually eliminates them by using neofresh technology - a natural process using essential oils.
This range includes tealights, SmartScents and Smartblends (an alternative to reed diffusers and wax melts which are rolled paper sticks and pellets impregnated with essential oils) and Aroma pure, another paper and essential oil product that fits into a car air freshener. All products are safe to use around pets. I use the SmartScent sticks near my cat litter trays and they work a treat, also in my teenage kids' bedrooms too, but don't tell them I said that publicly!!!!!
I have two cats, domestic short hairs, a ginger and tortoiseshell called Tinkerbell and Scribbles.
Silent Night. It's just so peaceful and makes me feel all Christmassy.
To be able to see my Dad at Christmas. He didn't form a bubble with us as I have 2 siblings and he couldn't choose. Hoping we can have him over on Christmas Day.
Spending time with family. I know it sounds corny, but that's what it should be all about.
About Partylite by Zara Candles: I offer home fragrance solutions. A range of products to suit all including candles, car fragrance, wax melts and warmers, scented sticks, scented paper pellets, essential oils, diffusers, home and linen sprays and beautiful decor to display it all.
How to order? Visit zaracandles.partylite.co.uk or email firstname.lastname@example.org
CHRISTMAS DOG TREATS
From: The Pupcake Princess Dog Bakery
I make luxury hamper filled with my treats, doggy advent calendars, dog mince pies, Christmas treat bags, treat filled baubles, edible tree decorations, doggy crackers, and any of them can be personalised to a specific dog.
Yes, a horse called Paint- he is a Cob
White Christmas- it's a great one to singalong to- even if you sing badly 🙂
A jigsaw to do at Christmas with my mum
Time with family
About The Pupcake Princess Dog Bakery: Wheat-free, dairy free, natural, homebaked dog treats and beautiful handmade doggy Christmas gifts
How to order? www.pupcakeprincess.co.uk, or email email@example.com
INK DRAWINGS OF YOUR PETS
From: Anya's Studio
Whilst all of my slots for painted pet portraits are already full, I can still fit in some beautiful ink drawings of your animal pals. I also offer gift vouchers if you would like to treat a friend or yourself to a colourful painted pet portrait next year.
Peri the working type cocker spaniel.
Carol of the Bells. I used to love singing it in a choir.
To be able to see my parents for Christmas Day. We've only seen them twice this year and not since July.
Family, food, mulled wine and Mince Pies from Lily and Honey bakery in Oakham.
About Anya's Studio: Anya is an award winning, colourful artist, working in Rutland, creating vibrant and expressive portraits, pet portraits and large scale wall murals. Anya specialises in watercolour and acrylic portraiture and is inspired by people, animals and their personalities and stories, working mainly on bespoke commissions. She has worked with businesses to create murals in cafes and dance studios, has collaborated on painted cakes and photoshoots and has had work featured in various magazines.
How to order? Gift vouchers and drawings can be ordered via Anya's website or by contacting her directly on firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also DM on Facebook or Instagram
Share & support local business: Follow Anya on Instagram
CHRISTMAS GIFTS & CRAFTS
From: Ianthe Galleria
Tree decorations, single sided wooden bones and fish with a burnt design to give the effect of a wrapped gift with name tag ready to be personalised. Sterling silver earrings both Christmas themed and for everyday wear.
Various Christmas Tree decorations from needle felted snowmen to hand painted Santa on wood. Bookmarks & Keyrings and lots more to choose from.
Pelucchi the tripawd Yorkshire Terrier, Mosca the Spanish Podenca and Bobby the Ring-Necked Parakeet.
For me, Zoe, I always have to listen to Adam Faith's Lonely Pup (In a Christmas Shop) This holds memories from a Christmas working at Battersea in Old Windsor, I was working "Trumpton" block with a colleague for the festive period. Trumpton was the block used for the pups up to around 5 months and the really old stray dogs awaiting rehoming assessments along with dogs that had undergone surgery. As we were off limits to the Public we decided to put some decorations up to add a little cheer along with some Christmas music, we had over 30 pups under 8 weeks old to entertain! The last day of normal hours before everyone had time off we decided to play "Lonely Pup" across the site phone tannoy for all to hear and enjoy at the end of the day.
For me, Augie, some peace and quiet... away from family!
For me, Maria, being with family... whichever family will have me!
Mulled Pies and Mince Wine, does that count? With being a fulltime carer it is very difficult to have a day out for just the three of us but we do manage a day out to a Christmas Market (under usual circumstances) and always buy a cup of Mulled Wine for the obligatory photo to commemorate our day out together, so Mulled Wine would come just above Mince Pies but only just!
About Ianthe Galleria: Augie, Maria and Zoe are a family of Crafters who have been creating hand crafted gifts for friends and family over a number of years. Our little shop currently offers needle felted brooches; handmade sterling silver jewellery; bookmarks, keyrings, bag charms, pyrography decorations & original artwork printed on a variety of items including greeting cards & tote bags.
How to order? Visit the website at www.ianthegalleria.co.uk
CHRISTMAS GIFT BOXES
From: Pet Nanny Boutique
We have a few Christmas options to choose from. For your dogs we have ‘The Dog Toy Box’ which has some amazing Christmas themed toys. ‘Christmas Treat Box’ full of natural healthy treats plus toys.
Our ‘Dog Treat Cones’ are a great budget friendly stocking filler! Of course not forgetting our kitty cats - we have a box full of toys & treats.
I have a few! 3 cats, 2 dogs & 2 rabbits! I have a very special cat called Arya - she is a silver Bengal and is absolutely stunning!
It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas! Always gets me in the Christmassy mood!
Nothing this year! So long as my children get what they wished for will be everything I need!
Spending that special time with my family and of course enjoying all the food and drink guilt free!
Neither! I’m a fussy one!
About Pet Nanny Boutique: We have a huge range of natural treats & toys for your pets. You can create your own box of goodies whether it be for a treat, birthday or Christmas!
How to order? Visit the website at boutique.therutlandpetnanny.co.uk
HANDMADE WOODEN CRAFTS
From: J's Crafts
We have lots of different products available, all personalised to you. From Christmas tree decorations, to dog signs, to dream catchers and much more
3 dogs, Bentley a cocker cross, Mini and Codie American bulldogs
We wish you a merry Christmas, nice and cheery
The family time
About J's Crafts: Handmade wooden crafts, Everything painted in colours of choice and can personalised too
How to order? Via Facebook or Etsy Store
Share & support local business: Follow JS Crafts on Facebook
GROOMING PACKAGES & GIFTS
From: The Dog House Canine Spa
We have two grooming packages Tinsel Toes and Snowy and Bright which clients can add on to their December grooms. We can also do gift vouchers of any amount.
We also have our gifts for under the tree:
Ulti-Mutt Pamper Hamper with a matching slicker brush and comb, paw balm, eco soap, lickimat, pate sausage, tie on Christmas dickie bow. £35 (pre-order only)
3 Bird Roast Festive treat hamper £10.99
Turkey Sticks 50g £3.50
Driving home for Christmas I just love it and that Leona Lewis one and Feliz Navidad and all the carols! Love Christmas songs!
A house with a garden for my dogs .....I have been a really really really good girl I promise! And if not then a new set of pans (exciting!)
The run up to it, everyone getting excited all the Christmas markets and mulled wine and mulled cider and baileys
Both! They're the perfect combo
About The Dog House Canine Spa: The Dog House was established in 2017 by Selina West and Anna Pollard, a luxury canine spa prodiving tailored grooming packages and specialising in introducing puppies to the grooming process.
How to order? Email email@example.com
Share & support local business: Follow the Dog House on Facebook
GIFT VOUCHERS & TREAT BOXES
From: Potter Paws Dog Training
A selection of Gift Vouchers available for a specific course or workshop, OR a set value
Pawsome Parcel Treat Box with Christmas wrapping/tag and gift message, available as a one-off box or by subscription
Dave & Remus - Labradors
Hmmm.... I have too many - I like Oh Holy Night and All I want for Christmas is YOU! Because both a good to sing along to but if different ways
Spending time with and cooking for family!
Mince Pies -homemade of course
About Potter Paws Dog Training: Potter Paws is an independent Dog Training and Canine Companion Coaching business based in Aylesbury, owned by Debbie & Sam Potter. Our dog training school offers classes, workshops and 121 training designed to help your dog become a treasured member of your family through puppy and general training classes.
How to order? Visit Potter Paws Website: www.potterpaws.co.uk/shop/
From: Karen Ann's
Our most Christmassy gift would be our red-nosed reindeer! We have 37 dog breed designs and 9 wildlife designs with 11 different colours to choose from.
They are a lovely handmade item for a unique gift for anyone or great to treat yourself too!
Special offers and free delivery ready for Christmas! Each embroidery is made by using a combined technique, with machining and hand embroidery to finish the finer details, and to capture the character and features of each subject. Machine washable at 30°. Cushion is 50x50cm and is 100% cotton 100% polyester inner 100% polyester embroidery thread. Special offer ends 31st December 2020!
Sniff, a black and white cat. Sally the Springer Spaniel, sadly no longer with us
What's your favourite Christmas carol/song and why? "We wish you a Merry Christmas" because I think the lyrics are funny and jolly.
I will be happy with whatever Santa brings me
Being with friends and family.
About Karen Ann's: Karen Ann's started in 2016. I'm an embroidery artist that gets inspiration from nature and pets. I create the embroidery art for cushions by using photos of a dog/pet or a wildlife subject, and turn them into a digital sketch, where I then create the detailed embroidery - encapsulating all their features and characteristics.
How to order? Visit the website at www.karenanns.co.uk
From: Rutland Book Nook
We have access to all sorts of gifts from fiction titles to activity books and everything in between. Some of our popular Christmas gifts are our jigsaws, embroidery sets and toy and book sets.
We deliver for free in Rutland anyway but for November we're offering free delivery to the whole of the UK for orders over £10 so your gift can be delivered straight from our warehouse to your recipient.
The Pogues, never fails to cheer me up
Bright, colourful leggings and skincare
Getting together with family
About Rutland Book Nook: Mother and daughter duo, Hanan and Caroline, sell award winning Usborne books in and around Rutland. We love finding the perfect book for our customers! We are also able to work with individuals, schools and nurseries to provide them with free books, just ask us how.
How to order? Via Facebook or email firstname.lastname@example.org, or via the website
Share & support local business: Follow Rutland Book Nook on Facebook
TAKING THE GRRR OUT OF GROOMING YOUR DOG
From: Happy Paws with Sue
A book on trust based techniques for a calmer grooming experience
Four dogs Cocker spaniels Taz and Talis, Miniature poodles Chic & Ritzi, And Meesha the Tabby cat
O’ Holy Night - it’s so melodic and moving
Some Paint By Number kits. A newly discovered hobby during lockdown which I have found to be very relaxing,
Cooking Christmas dinner
About Happy Paws with Sue: Dog grooming specialising in dogs with grooming anxieties, combining my grooming skills with my diploma in dog behaviour, Tellington TTouch Training, Reiki, Low Stress Handling Silver Certification(R) and Animal Centred Education. 1-2-1 dog training and behaviour consultations Group puppy training (pre covid)
How to order? Contact Info@happypawswithsue.co.uk
Share & support local business: Follow Happy Paws with Sue on Facebook
PHOTO SHOOT GIFT VOUCHERS
From: Sandie Powner Photography
The Pawfect way to say "I Wuff You" at Christmas! Give your dog loving friends and family the gift of memories with a photo shoot gift voucher, presented in a festive box with a yummy treat included for the dog
Gift vouchers are available for both Pawfect Moments Experience and Me & My Dog Packages, and start from £99
We have a "timeshare" dog called Charlie - actually he's my Mum's but he comes to us about once a year if she goes on a no-dog holiday, so we call him our timeshare dog
I actually have two! I love O Come All Ye Faithful - it's just completely beautiful - and I love the Calypso Carol, which is fun, but it doesn't seem to be sung very often. Check it out if you don't know it!
Nothing specific - I'm easily pleased!
About Sandie Powner Photography: Sandie is a professional photographer specialising in dog portraiture. She grew up with several different family dogs, and loves nothing better than a good puppy cuddle or canine kiss during the photo shoot! She loves to capture the character and personality of your pets as well as those special moments you share together, and offers a personalised service with the choice of Outdoor Location or At Home Studio Style photo shoots.
Sandie is a Qualified member of the Guild of Professional Photographers and has Level 2 VTQ in both Canine Body Language and Canine Pet First Aid.
How to order? Vouchers can be ordered via my website, with a selection of different package options available