You know what it’s like when you’re a pet lover. Your friends take it upon themselves to buy you animal-inspired crap at any given opportunity – Scotty dog egg cup anyone? Let’s face it, there’s a lot of well, um, questionable gifts for pet lovers around. It’s time to fight back people. End crap pet gifts for forever. Here’s our Top 10 favourite gifts you might actually WANT to receive (or give).
1. Paul & Joe Blusher Sticks
Designed by Paul & Joe founder Sophie Albou to celebrate the French brand’s 10th anniversary, these silky smooth blusher sticks add a warm flush of colour to the cheeks. Plus, look at their little top hats – LOOK! Purrrrrfection
Paul & Joe Kitty Blusher Sticks come in Catfight and Glamour Puss, £17.99 from www.beautybay.com
2. Graham Greyhound and Peter Pug Table Lamps by Graham & Green
Dogs are the lights of our lives (see what we did there?). We love these brown resin dog inspired lamps with raw linen lamp shade by Graham & Green. Contemporary canine cool.
3. Porcelain Bunny Necklace by Made By Mememe
It’s no secret that we’re obsessed with bunnies so this is 100% on our wishlist for Christmas. Designed and made in East London, this cute-as-a-button glazed porcelain bunny necklace comes in pink, white and grey.
Bunny Necklace, £40, available from Made by mememe
4. MUTE: The Silence of Dogs in Cars by Martin Usborne
We love this dogs in cars series from Martin Usborne. At first glance it might seem like a campaign to alert people to the dangers of leaving dogs in cars (which is obviously a very silly thing to do), however it is actually a series of images captured by the photographer to recreate the loneliness he once felt being left in a car as a child. OK, a little bit sombre, but beautifully powerful images which would look great on any pet lover’s wall.
Martin Usborne prints, £970 – £2,175 from Growler London (10% of the sale of all Martin Usborne Prints is donated to the Dogs Trust).
5. Marc by Marc Jacobs iphone Cases
Phones are boring. Transform your telephonical (made up word) device into a cute pet with these Marc by Marc Jacobs iphone cases. Choose from Javier the owl, Pickles and Shorty the dogs, Katie the bunny or Julio the Zebra. We’ll have one of each, thanks.
Marc by marc Jacobs iphone cases, £40 from www.selfridges.com
6. Boston Terrier Silk Scarf by Lisa Bliss
Silk scarves have the tendency to venture into flight hostess territory if you’re not careful. Not these bad boys. Created by designer Lisa Bliss, these whimsical silk scarves feature a hand drawn Boston Terrier, printed on 100% silk twill.
Boston Terrier Scarf in Pink by Lisa Bliss, £90 from www.graduatecollection.co.uk
9. DIY Balloon Animals
Take the skill and guesswork out of creating balloon animals for the festive season. Cheat your way to social stardom with these Balloon Animals form Suck UK. They come ready printed with step by step instructions on where to twist and turn, and hey PRESTO!
Balloon Animals, £10, from Suck UK (includes mini pump and 15 balloons)
7. Black Lace Kitty Ears Headband by Talulah Blue
If it’s good enough for Poppy Delevigne and Sarah Jessica Parker, it’s good enough for your pet loving pals. These pretty kitty ears are made from lace and felt by Talulah Blue in their Cotswolds studio.
Black Lace Kitty Headband by Talulah Blue, £15 at http://folksy.com
8. Bunny T Shirt by Simeon Farrar for Asos
More bunny love. London based designer Simeon Farer uses his fine art background to create this collection of woodland animal illustrations which are hand finished and screen-printed onto jersey t-shirts, meaning every piece is a one-off design.
Simeon Farrar Bunny T shirt, £55, at asos.com
10. DIY Cat Head Paper Lampshade
Much more interesting than your usual flat-pack experience, these DIY cat lampshades are perfect for pet lovers who like to get hands-on. Created with 3D computer modelling and then printed onto heavy duty paper, you then cut out, fold and glue the parts together yourself to create this little beauty.
The DIY Cat Paper Lampshade is £24.95 from www.etsy.com
Now get shopping people…….