Brands that give back, independent makers and icons from our childhood: here are seven wonderful gifts for dog people
1. Tatty Divine Snoopy necklace
If you are in London until 3 March 2019, make sure to visit the Good Grief, Charlie Brown! exhibition at Somerset House. The all-encompassing show chronicles the cultural phenomenon The Peanuts became – from creator Charles M. Schulz’s first drawings to a series of letters that would lead to the introduction of the first African-American Peanut character, Franklin.
Iconic jeweller and Wunderdog favourite Tatty Devine created special necklaces for the exhibition. Happiness is a warm puppy (and a cute necklace). £60, TattyDivine.com
2. Rescued Wine pine candle
The clever people at Rescued Wine clean and cut recycled wine bottles before filling them with soy wax in comforting scents such as pine. But it gets better: Rescued Wine donates 10% of annual profits to US-wide animal rescue organisations, such as the Nevada Humane Society (the state’s only no-kill shelter), Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe and the Carolina Coonhound Rescue. $25, barkshop.com
3. Grounds & Hounds Rescue Brew Diner Mug
One of the greatest American inventions in the diner mug: they are as comforting to hold as they are thick to keep your coffee warm while scoffing an obscene amount of pancakes. Grounds & Hounds is a firm Wunderdog favourite for giving 20% of the profits from its fair-trade organic coffee to dog rescue organisations.
The mug is the smaller option when it comes Grounds & Hounds’ gift selection: to go all in, Wunderdog recommends the Rescue Fuel Starter Kit ($75) with three coffee blends and a travel mug. Rescue dogs and coffee – is that not the most perfect combination? $13, groundsandcoffee.com
4. Growlmama London Carry messanger bag
There is a reason why it took Growlmama Caroline Denyer four years to develop her line of polished, timeless accessories for dogs and their humans. The London carry-all is handmade in Spain from softest vegetable-tanned leather with hand-painted edges, cotton interior and Growlmama’s bespoke gunmetal hardware. The bag is roughly the same length as a dachshund, so you get all your – and your dog’s – personal belongings for a day about town in there. Also available also in black, as are the matching dog collar, leash and poo bag holder, £595, Growlmama.com
5. Tom Bingham custom dog brooch
You probably recognised that style: Tom Bingham does a lot of illustrations for Wunderdog (including our marvellous Christmas logo). Tom fits so well into the Wunderdog family – after all, he also runs an Etsy shop called TomDrawsDogs. Apart from customised cards you can also order custom brooches. Wear your dog-love proud! To ensure you get your brooch before Christmas, please order by 12 December. £30, etsy.com/uk/shop/TomDrawsDogs
6. Artisans & Adventurers x Hiro + Wolf knitted Eyes scarf
That’s a lot of names in one brand collab, but here is the simple version: Amy Fleuriot and Bee Friedman met in 2011 through their dogs, Hiro and Wolf (read the full story here). Amy is a designer, and Bee curated events and worked with tribeswomen in Kenya on basket collections. When they launched dog brand Hiro + Wolf, featuring brightly coloured prints finished with sturdy leather, it represented only half of Amy and Bee’s world. Artisans & Adventurers is the duo’s second brand and offers beautiful jewellery, home accessories and the occasional item of clothing. For this winter, the two businesses come together for one glorious collection of matching pooch and people knits: jumpers for dogs and scarves and bobble hats for their humans. Twinning has never been prettier. Also available in green Combs print and red Paisley (pictured above), scarf £55, hiro-and-wolf.com
7. Patagonia Lightweight Travel Mini Hip Pack
A brand that needs no introduction, Patagonia’s little hip pack is a neat little walkies companion. Deep enough for the doggy trilogy (tennis ball, poo bags, treats), we just leave ours packed by the door, ready for action. We love the new patchwork colourway in autumnal grass green, coral and burgundy. It’s tear- and water-resistant with an internal zipper compartment for a credit card. Available in six colours, £25, Patagonia.com
Wunderdog is not responsible for the accuracy of prices given here. Growlmama product shot by Rachel Oates.