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The 2018 Gift Guide for Dogs & Dog Lovers

By December 16, 2018 March 28th, 2019 No Comments
Malamute dog with Christmas lights

Christmas is fast approaching, with the last shopping to be sorted. Last week we gave you many suggestions for where to shop in town with your dog in our guide about dog-friendly stores in Central London. If heading to the crowded streets in London does not appeal to you though, there is much you can do online from the warm of your home. With a bit of delay, today we bring you some inspiration for presents for dog lovers and their dogs to help you sort out the last gifts.

Gifts for dogs and dog lovers

dogs shopping covent garden

Hi five to who has already sorted all Christmas presents (and thank you to all the dogs who got in touch to let us know that they had been to some of the shops we suggested in our dog-friendly stores guide). Chances are that, if you are reading this post, like me, you haven’t gone through all your list. We hope this guide will help you get it sorted and free next weekend for some dog adventures.

This year we collected some of our favourite presents for dog lovers and dogs alike, thinking about their interests/style, to include the adventure hound and partner, the office dog, the design-led pooch and human, and presents that help dogs in need, as well as considering the budget you may want to spend.We also tried to include as many local shops as possible, so your present will have a smaller carbon (paw) print. Please note that this post features some affiliate links.

Presents for every buget:

  • £1-£15: Growlees collar charm, Pup Tart bow tie, “Kala” the book, Dog Eat Dog 2019 calendar, treats jar, Rum + Hide dog collar
  • £16-25: Haute Dog 2019 calendar, Petweighter dog bowl
  • £25-50: Fetch & Follow dog collar, Pupnik Leather Design leash
  • £50-80: Oonalfie matching collar and bracelet, Fetch & Follow walk kit , Hiro + Wolf matching scarf and dog walking set
  • £80+: Furbo dog camera, Growlmama carrier bag and dog collar, Canicross starter kit

All details and links below in the guide!

Human and dog’s favourite gifts

For the Adventure Human & Hound

Mutt at Hollow Ponds

1. Swimming | Floating jacket

dog at the beach wearing Ruffwear floating jacket

Your friend or loved one is planning water-based adventures with their dog in the new year? We bought and tested Ruffwear’s floating jacket for our pedalo adventure at Verdon Gorge in France, and found it a sturdy and well-built piece of gear, super functional and with some lovely colours too.

Various prices, the M size is currently on offer for £66.99

2. Hiking | Dog harness with handle

Dog on the edge of the swimming pool for a Dog Swim Day at a UK lido

For the adventure type, who loves hiking with their dog on the mountains or on the coast, a very useful item is a dog harness with a handle, so they can lift up their dog easily where necessary. We bought a Ruffwear one for the Saltdean Lido dog swim day, foreseen it would have been handy for lifting Argo out of the swimming pool and it was indeed! (more about our dog swim adventure in this post).

Available on Amazon, various prices, M size currently on offer for £55.60

3. Running | Canicross starter kit

New year new resolutions. So if the person you are looking to make a present to is thinking about some new exercising, why not getting them a canicross starter kit. It comes with harness, canicross belt, bungee line and kit bag. Cost £95, on Dog Fit, website chosen because: being a canicross dedicated website they will probably know better than Amazon.

For the Office Dog

 Office dog on a chair

1. Staying Hydrated | PetWeighter dog bowl

PetWeighter was designed to be functional: it comprises a base that can be filled with water, sand and water, or ice, to give it a weight of up to 13kg, and a bowl that locks onto and removes easily from the base for filling and cleaning. Hygienic (no cracks and dishwasher safe at 60C), elevated feeding position. So the office dog’s bowl won’t be sliding around the office, probably for the joy of your H&S officer on duty. Update: following the publishing of this post PetWeighter sent us a dog bowl (pictured).

Available on Amazon for £24.99

petweighter dog bowl

2. Office bribery | Dog Treats Jar

Dog treats jar

Photo: Harrow & Green

What cannot be missing from an office is a treat jar, that you can stuff with all the best treats for the office dog, so they will not have any excuse left for stealing team mates’ lunches, and on the other hand team mates won’t have any excuse to keep feeding them nibs from their meals. We found a really lovely personalised one designed by Harrow & Green, a London-based design studio (so you can shop local too!), which comes with dog treats included. | £20 on Etsy.

…or non-office dog

Furbo dog camera near the window

Furbo dog camera*

If your loved one is not among the lucky ones who bring their dog to work, the perfect present is Furbo dog camera, to stay connected while out. We were given one to test and worked with Furbo on some *sponsored content earlier this year: you can find our latest review in this post; alternatively you can learn more about it on their official page here. I must say that for me Furbo has become a very much valued connected device and my husband always remembers (and looks forward) to switch it on when out too.

For the Stylish Duo

crossbreed rescue dog wearing fetch and follow collar and leash

Partying

1. Party pup | Pup Tart Glitter party bow tie

pup tart bow tie

Photo: Pup Tart

A small gift which can do a big impression. For party hounds. On Etsy we discovered Pup Tart, a London-based brand producing lovely glitter party bow ties. They cost £7, one size and are available in a range of colours. Also, you shop local.

2. Growlees collar charms

We love Growlees, designed by Caroline and Frida the Grenchie. Brilliant idea, super fun statements for mutts (and purebred of course), to style and strutt on their collars. Great present for really any dog lover. £10 each, £15 if you customise them, on Growlees.

growlees dog tags

Twinning

1. Growlmama dog collar and London carrier bag

bag and collar Growlmama-RachelOates

Photo: Growlmama

The finest crafts and leather, combined with attention to every detail for newly launched Growlmama’s capsule collection. A luxury large London carrier bag to fit all you can think of and an elegant collar and leash to match. Available in camel or black. Perfect for the fashion-aware and design-minded human and dog. £125 collar, £145 leash, £595 carrier bag on Growlmama.

3. Hiro + Wolf leash and scarf

hiro wolf paisely

Photo: Hiro+Wolf

We assisted to Hiro + Wolf fashion show, earlier this month, presenting their new collection, and we were impressed by their ‘Paisley’ collection, with colourful matching human scarf (£55) and hat (£25) and dog accessories (leash, collar, bandana, bow tie, harness, dog jumper). Lovely concept, beautiful design, only pity for me is that scarf and hat are 100% acrylic.

2. Oonalfie collar and human bracelet

Oonalfie does rope dog collars and matching woman (and man) bracelets. Black rope with different thread colours. Our favourite is the ‘African Safari’ version. If you want to go full on there is the rope leash too. | £38 woman bracelet, from £59.50 collar

Walking

1. Walk in style | Fetch & Follow dog walker gift sets

Fetch and follow gift set

Photo: Fetch & Follow

Fetch & Follow is a big favourite. You can shop stylish collar and leash sets, dog coats and much more. The also have the perfect gift set for the dog walker (pictured). £70

pupnik collar2. Handmade in London | Pupnik Leather Design

Another local brand for some dapper collar and leash. Pupnik Leather Design has some beautiful gear which reminds of Paul Smith lined fabric designs. Collars from £33, matching leashes available.

3. Without breaking the bank | Rum and Hide dog collar

Another local shop. Rum and Hide’s creator is based in Harrow and his ethos is about providing good quality leather collar (with solid brass buckle, D-ring and rivets) that don’t break the bank. | £15 on Etsy

For helping dogs in need

wolfdog and rescue dog in covent garden at Christmas time

In the last two years, our gift guides we proposed a number of presents that give back to charity, including Radley’s collections with the Dogs Trust, the previous Fenella Smith’s one and more. This year we bring you three different ones (apart from the immancable Dog Eat Dog calendar).

Book cover of Kala

“Kala: The Indian Street Dog Who Travelled the World” book

Rochelle and rescue mutt Kala live in London and they have a very interesting and inspirational story. Rochelle used to work in Bangalore and every day Kala, at the time a street dog, would hang around out of her office. When Kala got pregnant and she was at risk of being put down, Rochelle decided to adopt her, and their story of sacrifice and travels began. Rochelle wrote this book about Kala to raise money to help dogs like her and all proceeds will go to pet rescue.

If you want to learn more, we hosted a Facebook live with Rochelle and Kala, yesterday, discussing their story, and you can watch it here (switch off auto-rotate for a better user experience).

£ 5.49 Kindle edition, £9.99 paperback

Dog Eat Dog 2019 Calendar page of dog eat dog calendar 2019

The Gourmand … again with its 2019 Dog Eat Dog calendar, which proceeds this year go to the Mayhew. We have had their 2017 and 2018 Dog Eat Dog calendar on the wall for the last two years, and have just purchased this year’s one. Absolutely love it! Photographed by Jess Bonham. | £15

ADM Haute Dog Calendar 2019

haute dog calendarAll Dogs Matter About rescue dogs in hats. Photographed by photographer Rachel Oates Awon Golding Millinery

£20

 

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H A P P Y  S H O P P I N G !

 

In the cover photo: Zeus the Malamute. In the post also: Vulric the Wolfdog and Gustavito, who all featured in our dog-friendly stores guide

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