The first in our series of posts bringing you interesting and alternative ideas for Christmas presents, today we look at a subject after my own heart – dogs.
If like me, you are ridiculously soppy and treat your dog like a child, you will be wondering what to buy him/her for Christmas. Or you may have a dog mad friend or relative to buy for.
Dogs are a lot like small children on Christmas day and are only really interested in presents if they have either a food, or paper ripping element. My friend Louise who owns The Darling Dog Company, made some great Christmas crackers for dogs last year, that incorporated both and were a big hit in our house.
I am really hoping (MAD if you are reading) to get one of Gez Gethings wonderful photographs of my dog for Christmas and have been dropping some heavy hints for weeks.
Gez walks his border terrier in our local park and is one of my favourite dog Instagrammers (yes there are lots of people who only Instagram pictures of their dog, I’m looking at you Steffi). His portraits of dogs capture their trusting nature and individual personalities and give them an almost human quality.
Other nice ideas for dogs and dog lovers include hand knitted dog jumpers in a variety of great colours, vintage dog book ends, a double lined waxed Hunter coat and of course the essential dog of the day advent calendar.
If you really want to indulge (perhaps for your gay best friends dog) you could try this cashmere sweater from the new collaboration between Markus Lupfer and Whistles.
And finally if you have a friend who doesn’t actually own a dog but just likes things with ears, check out the Marc Jacobs, Pickle dog phone case. Again a little pricey at £40, but there are sure to be “versions” coming soon, to a market stall near you.