Christmas time has finally come. Regent’s street lights are on, Harrod’s and Selfridges’s windows are decorated, shops have all christmassy bric-a-brac that you can possibly imagine. This also means that it is time to start looking for presents. And what best way to do it than finding some awesome products which also give back? Being passionate about dogs, of course you can go for the ones supporting a dog charity.
Three brands which give part of their profits from certain collections to dog charities caught my attention. I am sure that you will gain some good ideas for your Christmas shopping from this post, just as I did!
#1. Fenella Smith | Dogs Trust collection
25% of net profits to the Dogs Trust
I have always loved Fenella Smith’s design and I was very excited when I learnt that her company supports the Dogs Trust. Fenella, who has two rescue dogs, Bramble – a Labrador Collie Cross – and Fox – a Border Collie -, said in a press release “It was a natural decision to work with Dogs Trust. Their rehoming centres do a wonderful job of finding new homes for dogs who have been abandoned, found stray or handed in by their owners. I wanted to help raise awareness of the work they do as it’s a cause very close to my heart.”
Fenella gives 25% of her net sales of products labelled with the Dogs Trust logo – which include a selection of pottery, tableware, stationery, fabrics and dog bowls – to the Dogs Trust.
I have already ordered a dog bowl and a set of dog themed mugs, which will make great Chistmas gifts! You can browse Fenella Smith’s products which support the Dogs Trust here (link to Fenella’s collection on her website).
#2. French Sole | “Little Dax” slippers
£25 from each sold pair of slippers to the Battersea Dogs & Cats Home
Also French Sole, a brand by designer Jane Winkworth, supports a dog charity. Namely, French Sole gives Battersea Dogs & Cats Home £25 from each sold pair of black suede “Little Dax” slippers, embroided – of course – with a little dachtshound (price: £180).
If you want to purchase the slippers and support the cause, you can find them here (link to French Sole’s website).
#3. Radley London | Limited edition canvas tote
15% of profits from each bag to the Dogs Trust
Radley London created a limited edition canvas shopper bag, featuring the six dogs from their Christmas video (including Radley the Scottie!). Of the profits of the sale of each bag, the 15% will be given to the Dogs Trust (price £12).
“This collaboration has been born out of the popularity of Radley’s mascot Scottie dog, which is much loved by its customers worldwide”, they said in a press release. “Radley’s employees have got behind the campaign to help Dogs Trust by planning a host of in-store activities to promote the charity’s work. VIPs (Very Important Pooches) from nearby Dogs Trust Rehoming Centres will also be dropping into select stores to meet and greet customers in the hope of scoring a cuddle, or even a new home.”
The bags are available online at this link. But you can pop by one of their stores and also take part to their activities: they are very dog-friendly, and you can bring your dog along!
#Extra. Bird and Beast | Staffie fine art print
10% of sale price to All Dogs Matter
Bird and Beast, by London illustrator Laura McKendry, decided to donate 10% of the sale price of her fine art print of a black and white Staffordshire Bull Terrier to All Dogs Matter (price: £30-£75). The Giclée print reproduces an original illustration in ink, charcoal and pastel and is being sold to raise awareness and funds for the ‘Don’t Judge a Staffie’ campaign. You can purchase it online at this link.
Dog charity shops
If you are looking for some other goods, you have the chance to go and have a look at a dog charity shop. There are a host of them around London.
For example, you can find All Dogs Matter’s one at 243 Muswell Hill Broadway, (Muswell Hill, London N10 1DE), have a sneak peek at Dogs Trust Charity Shop, just around the corner, at 164 Fortis Green Road (Muswell Hill, N10 3DU London), or pay a visit to PSDA Charity Shop at 249 Kentish Town Road (Kentish Town, London NW5 2JT).
In case you don’t stand the weather of the day and prefer to shop online, you can find a wide selection of products on dog charites’ websites (some of which you can find at the follwing links: Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, PDSA, All Dogs Matter, RSPCA, Wood Green, Blue Cross, Dogs Trust). That you are looking for Christmas cards, calendars, dog products, or else, you will surely be able to find them there and help dogs in need!
Enjoy your Christmas shopping with a thought to the dogs spending holidays in dog shelters:
you can do much for them with very little!
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