Our 2017 Gift Guide
Once you have a dog, do you really need anymore gifts? Best present in the world amirite? Well, besides more dogs (obviously), we thought we would share our list of the coolest gifts for that dog lover in your life - who has everything but would love these as much as Duke loves bacon! Perfect for Christmas, birthdays .... or because 2018 IS THE YEAR OF THE DOGGO... and that needs some celebrating yo!
Hattie is the founder and designer of the quirky and fab Faced. This company will take your chosen photo and make the perfect personalised present for the person who has everything. You can choose from a selection of products or prints that will jazz up any wall in your home or workspace. We chose a framed, family portrait which gets complimented from everyone that walks past it.
Isn't it the dogs?! We just love it . The deadline for Christmas delivery has passed, but you can still get vouchers to give on the day!
These pillows are just the most thoughtful and fun gift idea. Founded by artist, Mia and her Dog Boss Milo the Labrador, Mia loves Jay designs create mini works of art. Born out of a passion for design, dogs and Liberty London Art prints, Mia lovingly creates a handcrafted pillow that compliments your interior design.
Your dog's character is imagined, designed and brought to life in the studio. Designs are discussed, sketched, exact fabric pieces cut out, then appliquéd against a backdrop of carefully selected Liberty London fabrics that both compliments and captures the personality of your dog, and lastly finished with a sketching style stitching. We've orderer one for our cheeky Duke and we cant wait to share with you the final product! Click on the link to see a few of Mia's awesome pieces.
Anna Gavryliuk is an illustrator based in Kyiv, Ukraine, who has two passions - drawing and bull terriers. Her business is named after her bull terrier Alabama. Anna creates jewellery, cards, prints, stationery and home decor. We bought the limited edition silkscreen poster "PERSONAL UNIVERSE." The perfect piece of artwork that depicts your dog as your whole world - cos if you know, you know.
Each poster is screen printed to ensure quality, while retaining the occasional little imperfections that makes each print uniquely beautiful. Illustrated and hand printed by Anna and entitled by calligrapher Irina Zelenko. You can choose to order this print without lettering or with your own text (up to 7 words).
If you don't follow @Growlmama, London-based, Aussie-born design-hound, and her dog muse Frida on the socials.... Do it. Do it now. Following the success of her Growlees charms, Growlmama collaborated with French illustrator, Walter Glassof to design a collection of statement t-shirts based on the most popular styles in her collar charm collection.
Our favourite - we have one in white and grey marle- is the LOVER NOT A BITER UNISEX T-SHIRT. Made from 100% combed organic cotton by a member of the Fair Wear Foundation. Super soft, loose style, fits large to size. Choose a slogan too much your personality!
£24 for an annual subscription
DOG is a modern lifestyle magazine exploring the presence and influence of dogs and their owners in society. Each issue centres on a common topic and explores the meaningful interactions and love of individuals and their dogs -through BEAUTIFUL photographic portfolios, interviews, personal essays, informative material on breeds and creative content. This magazine comes out twice a year, printed in London, and looks just beautiful on your coffee table. Issue 3 is all about the Dalmatian. DOG travelled to the beautiful Dalmatian Coast where they did some island hopping in the search for some local dogs and compiled a photoessay documenting their favourite spots (geddit?), amongst other beautiful photo essays.
£4 a month or £20 fro a 6 month gift subscription
When we received our Hygge box in the post, we were so pleased! It was filled with mindfully curated goodies for Duke and I that would help us carve out some space for ourselves; to enjoy nature, each other and take a break from the stress that is living and working in London.
Hygge and hound have evolved from a monthly box subscription to an online Hygge community - a space where you can get mindfulness rituals and exercises and hygge inspiration, and each season Hygge & Hound will host a Houndspace box exchange. You will be linked up with another member and will send and receive a beautifully curated Houndspace boxes to each other.
Your boxes will be designed with human and hound in mind and will be inspired by the love for hygge, the simple life, nature, mindfulness and of course our dogs. So not only do you get the benefits of a seasonal surprise, you also get the feel good feeling of giving and hopefully you'll make some friends along the way. Who doesn't want a pen & paw friend?
We came across this quirky brand, where else, on Instagram. Soft Heads is a creative business that creates objects (or soft heads!) which put a pacifistic and humorous spin on the once fashionable practice of displaying taxidermic hunting trophies. All pieces are textile-based, soft, hand-made and produced in Barcelona. We just love it! Particularly the deers but you can have one made personalised to your pooch too. Here's a picture of our friend Brixton the Frenchie and his 'soft head.' Seriously go check out their website, you just need to see these!
It would be remiss of us not to mention our collection of Human Gear. We love dogs. We love people that love dogs. We've put together a collection of gear we think they will like... cute but not cutesy, funny and fun. Did you know you can also personalise any hoodie, tee, jumper or sweatshirt with your favourite saying or doggo related quote. Use code "woof2017' for 20% off your next purchase.
Good idea: buy a gorgeous navy blue velvet couch. Bad idea: forget your ginger Frenchie malts like its going out of fashion. Solution? A beautiful, lustre velvet sofa topper from the talented sisters at The Lounging Hound. The perfect way to protect your sofa, whilst adding colour and style to your living space! Designed from stain resistant velvets and wools, with a water-resistant microsuede reverse and finished with a double layer of super-soft filling,. Toppers are both practical and luxurious and perfect for thwarting spiky ginger hairs that get everywhere! Available in twenty colours.
Dog friendly Cliveden house is hands down one of our best days out. If the beautiful grounds, striking house, relaxing spa, don't impress, the luxurious afternoon tea most definitely will! Sitting in the grand salon with an almost floor to ceiling fireplace, views of the glorious surrounds, you and your dog will enjoy being pampered in style. Duke and I felt like royalty - if anyone reading this (*hint hint Sheldon*), this is the top of my gift list! Why not make a weekend of it to truly enjoy Cliveden and take along the next item on out gift list....
Been on the hunt for a great bag to take with you on a weekend adventure with the pooch? We think we found it! The Forestbound ESCAPE Canvas Utility Bag is made from sturdy beige canvas. Features split leather handles and buckle straps with metal hardware. Also features metal feet on the base of the bag, a water resistant fiber board interior bottom panel (perfect for doggo bowls and towels), and 12 gauge rivet secured steel dowels at the top opening of the bag to provide a wide opening as well as a secure closure. It comes in a bunch of colours and we've gone for the striking natural version. Made in the USA, but you can get yours form the House of Hygge. They offer 5% off your first order.
Goldsheep is a vibrant, one-of-a-kind, legging brand that loves to transfer art onto the legs of the world to wear. Goldsheep hand makes each piece in their Orange County warehouse, inspired by the special uniqueness people have inside. One such person is actress Kaley Cuoco who is super passionate about animals and in particular raising funds for abandoned or injured dogs. She has recently collaborated with the charity Paw Works and Goldsheep, to create these exclusive leggings that benefit this nonprofit animal shelter. So important now with the current wildfires decimating the area. Look fashion forward on your dog walk whilst helping a good cause! All their leggings are amazing, we want every single one!
We hope you liked our curated gift list. If you have anything you think we would like - share the love - we wanna know about it!
We want to wish you a wonderful holiday break and here's to 2018 - year of the dog!
xx Muffy and the team at DLF