For the first time, Battersea Dogs & Cats Home has put together a definitive list of its must-have Christmas gifts, that will not only put a smile on the face of any animal lover but also help the dogs and cats currently in the Home’s temporary care.
From stylish accessories to puzzles and pens, there’s something for everyone’s stocking to be found at the Battersea shop. And, with the whole amount or a percentage of the proceeds from all items going directly towards supporting the animals calling Battersea home, doing a spot of Christmas shopping at the much-loved charity this year ensures you’re choosing gifts that give in more ways than one.
Alternatively, why not purchase a gift directly for a Battersea dog or cat via our online shop (battersea.org.uk/shop), to help spread a little cheer to the animals that aren’t lucky enough to spend Christmas with their own loving family? Whether it’s a dog chew, a squeaky toy, a fluffy mouse or a cat tunnel, let the animals spending winter in the warmth of Battersea’s care know that somebody’s thinking of them with a gift of their very own to open this Christmas morning.
For the Dog/Cat
Animal-friendly Advent Calendars, £5
Why should the excitement of the Christmas build-up be limited to only the humans in the household? With Battersea’s animal-friendly advent calendars, each day of December up until Christmas Eve holds a tasty treat behind each door that your dog or cat will love.
Dog/cat toy, £4 (cat) / £7 (dog)
The perfect way to spoil your furry friend on Christmas morning is with a new toy, so why not give them one that also helps to give something back to the dogs and cats that will be spending the festive season in Battersea’s kennels?
Pink Dog scarf, £10
This beautifully embroidered long pink scarf features an elegant dog print design to add a touch of canine cool to any wardrobe. Guaranteed to make any dog loving lady smile on Christmas morning, this lightweight scarf will see wearers through winter to spring without having to lose any style points.
Battersea Dogs & Cats Home Tote Bag, £10
Battersea’s premium cotton Tote Bag features blue retro-print images of dogs and cats, letting everyone know you support style as well as substance. This everyday companion will not only ensure that your belongings can be carried around easily, but its effortlessly cool design makes sure you stand out from the pack.
This delightful range of silver cufflinks are the perfect pairing for any gentleman to show off a hint of his doggy dedication. All cufflinks come in a gorgeous presentation box and there’s a range of breeds to choose from – Staffies, Dachshunds, Black Labradors and Lurchers are all ready to get suited and booted.
For anyone with an appointment list longer than their arm, this fun and eye-catching diary will slip easily into any laptop bag or briefcase to help keep tabs on your to-do list. Banish the boring leather-bound stocking filler diary for an illustrated Battersea one this year – a guaranteed talking point when you pull it out in any meeting.
For the Kids
Battersea star-shaped highlighter, £3
This colourful multi-tipped pen makes the ideal stocking filler for kids of all ages, perfect for popping in their pencil case when school starts again for the New Year.
I Want a Dog / I Want a Cat, £12.99
Battersea’s brand-new story books, I Want a Dog/I Want a Cat, are designed to help guide children on the important things to think about before becoming a dog or cat owner. Written by Ben Hubbard and featuring the lively illustrations of Jason Chapman, the books look at how a dog or cat affects a family's life day-to-day in a charming and fun way.
Also available to buy at amazon.co.uk
Battersea Dogs & Cats Home Jigsaw Puzzles, £7.50
Comprising of 40 puzzle pieces each with a long lasting wooden back, these high quality micro puzzles make the ideal present for any puppy or kitten lover out there which, let’s face it, is basically all of us!
All about the Dog, £9.99
Battersea’s brand-new colouring book for adults features a variety of breeds – perfect for any dog devotee who needs to take a mindful moment every now and then. The beautifully-designed patterns throughout the book offer an intricate and satisfying way for any artistic types to while away the winter nights.
For the Home
Black Labrador Decoration, £8
Crafted from wood with a beautiful design on both sides, this doggy decoration will make a lovely touch in any home this Christmas.
Family Calendar, £10
Keep your family organised next year with Battersea’s eye-catching calendar. Featuring instantly-recognisable illustrations from Jason Chapman, the whole family will enjoy popping their important dates onto the wall for everyone to see alongside a host of cute characters.
Christmas Cards, £10
Spread the word about Battersea along with your festive cheer this year, with this quality Christmas Card box. Containing a selection of cards illustrated with fun and festive designs, each box contains 20 cards with five different dog and cat themed designs.
All the above items and much more can be purchased easily online at battersea.org.uk/shop or in person at any of the Home’s three centres – Battersea London, Battersea Old Windsor, and Battersea Brands Hatch.