Naughty or nice, sugar and spice, it’s time to decide whether your pup has made this year’s gift list! Of course they have, but with so many gifts for dogs and dog lovers, it’s hard to decide what kind of gift will better their comfort, be their next favourite game, improve their catching skills or be the ultimate good dog reward. We’ve scoured Lapland and some of today’s best pet-entrepreneurs to give you Chrimbo-spiration for however you want to treat pup this year.
Let pup feel pampered
First up, we’re fully advocating self-care. For the pup that needs to kick back a little this festive season, start by treating pooch to a little spa session at Purple Bone in Notting Hill. The treatment comes complete with grooming, deep cleaning, trimming and blow drying.
If pup loves a home-style pampering, they’ll adore Malin+Goetz’s Dog Shampoo. Formulated with kind-to-skin botanicals, this shampoo has a mild foam that doesn’t irritate eyes and a lovely scent that won’t overpower those chestnuts roasting on an open fire. Once they look and smell gorgeous, treat Santa’s little helper to some spritz. If countryside chic is pup’s usual style, choose Barbour’s Dog Cologne, which promises to refresh and soothe skin while ensuring pup smells as good as a fluffy but debonair Christmas pud.
Step out in style with pooch
If you’re planning on travelling with pup this year, a travel-related gift could work. Christmas is the ideal time to update pup’s travel wardrobe, so they can trot into the New Year in this season’s latest threads. Every pup wants to look the part, so treat them to a new handbag. Teddy Maximus’ elegant dog carriers come in a variety of prints and unzip all the way to double as cozy travel beds for a night away. You could pair it with a purse or handbag for the dog mum featuring an adorable puppy logo. Perfect for days out and trips away, their offering includes stylish leads, neck ties, collars and even poop bags.
Alternatively, say bon voyage to tricky towel rub downs after a wet and muddy walk and get tails wagging with a new wearable robe. Practical pups will be dry and warm in no time in a shapely Dog Robe from Scottish brand, Dog Robes. Dog Robes come in a variety of cool colours to dry, warm and comfort your pampered pooch. Added bonus: they prevent that wet and muddy shake off in your hallway. Easy to wear and care for, they are all canine tested and handmade in the UK by the Dog Robes team, with proceeds often going to one of the many dog charities the team support.
Load up on fun and creature comforts
For some festive fun in the lead up to Christmas, why not count down to Christmas with fido’s own advent calendar from Lily’s Kitchen. Playful pups love playing even more when on holidays – and we love Barc London’s tennis ball. Pretend it’s a snowball! Available in five fabulous colours – we love the grey – this toy will take pride of place in pup’s stocking.
If you want to snuggle up by the fire with your pooch during the festive season then choose a gift that exudes cosiness, comfort and the finer things in life. We love trendy East London brand, Fetch and Follow, who have teamed up with London-based artist, Kana, to produce a beautiful range of ceramic dog bowls that are one of a kind. Each bowl is beautiful, heavy to restrict movement, and will be the talk of the Christmas dinner table.
After dinner, provide pup with even more comfort with a dog bed from bedding specialists, Charley Chau. We love their Ducky Donut Dog Bed that’s perfect for pups who love a bit of extra comfort with their nap. Filled with duck-feathers with a deep interior, this bed is seriously deluxe, and will be pup’s perfect manger for Christmas and beyond.
Try not to forget paws less fortunate this Christmas. We love brands that donate a portion of proceeds to dog welfare charities. Treat pup to a pair of Dog Trousers from The Dog Trouser Company. These nifty trousers effortlessly protect pup from mud, wet and cold. The Dog Trouser Company donates £2 from every sale to 1 Dog at a Time Rescue, that helps Romanian street dogs have a better chance in life.
Ultimately, all year-round happiness is the best Christmas present any pup could receive. But a little something extra helps remind them they’re loved. Happy holidogs!
For more ways to donate to unlucky pups, check out our article on how to help paws in need this Christmas.
And if you’re looking for things to do with fido during this holiday season, look no further than our guide to festive pet-friendly adventures.