Festive Gifts That Give Back

Festive Gifts That Give Back – Christmas Gifts All Dog Lovers Will Love.

Can you believe there are only 38 days until Christmas? I don’t know about you, but I can’t tell if this year feels like it has lasted for decades or if it has gone by in the blink of an eye. Some days I feel like it’s both!

With the festive season virtually upon us, I thought I’d share some great ideas for festive gifts that give back. I won’t waffle, I’ll get straight into it!

New Zealand Chihuahua Rescue 2021 Calendar

There is nothing I love more than supporting animal rescues, if you know me, you know I am a firm believer that a single picture can save a life. I’ve supported New Zealand Chihuahua Rescue for a few years volunteering as an adoption photographer.

This year, we’ve put together some of our favourite adoption images from the past year or so to produce a calendar. There is plenty of cuteness for small dog lovers that will brighten up whatever 2021 brings and all profits go directly to helping rescue chihuahuas all around New Zealand.

PRICE: $20
WHERE TO BUY: TradeMe or visit this page to see stockists.

The Barkery Rewards

Just over a week ago the team at The Barkery launched their crowdfunding campaign on PledgeMe. If you haven’t seen what The Barkery is all about, it’s a bloody fantastic initiative by founders Jack and Ally. Their Mission: to open a dog cafe working to better the life of all canines in Christchurch.

“The Barkery is a physical premises where you can bring your doggo to enjoy a puppacino and a playdate, work with dog trainers, and host events (like your pup’s next birthday!). Core to our cause, we’ll also host adoptable dogs (in partnership with Dogwatch & Christchurch Bull Breed Rescue), offer the community the chance to support the shelters, AND we’ll be returning a portion of our profits to those we’re working alongside.”

If you haven’t been to one of their ‘pup-up’ events in the past few months, I highly recommend looking out for their next one. SO. MUCH. FUN. And how amazing will it be to have such a fantastic dog-centric cafe here in Christchurch? I’d love to see it happen and hope you can contribute to their campaign.

There are some awesome rewards available through the PledgeMe campaign including coffee’s and puppacinos, Rocco & Co bandanas, t-shirts, Jackalope Treasures dog portraits and figurines, Ethique Dog shampoos. I’ve donated some Furtography sessions and you can even have your dogs name immortalised on the fenceposts at The Barkery.

PRICE: From $5 to $5000 depending on your reward
WHERE TO BUY: PledgeMe (before 6th December)

Furtography Santa Paws® Session

I couldn’t write a stocking filler list without including Santa Paws® now could I!

When this years Santa Paws® sessions sold out in record time, I just had to add an extra date. We can’t have any pets disappointed to miss the man in red! BUT the extra day is selling fast too and there are now only a handful of times left, just 6 vacant spots at my last count!

Santa Paws® sessions are so much fun and I love doing them every year. In 2020, the charity I am supporting is the Kotuku Foundation – Assistance Animals Aotearoa, who help train and place dogs with people who have conditions that can benefit from having some canine help.

PRICE: From $50

So, there’s a few ideas for any pet lovers Christmas gifts.

Here’s to a safe, healthy and joyful festive season, we all most certainly deserve it!


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