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Christmas with a heart: our ethical 2019 Christmas gift guide

11th December
For the enviable few who are so organised that they seem to have all presents bought, wrapped and ready for Christmas before the clocks go back, the Christmas gifting panic is unlikely to be a familiar feeling. But for the rest of us mere mortals, December dawns with a startling suddenness, and we're left with the difficult question: "what on earth am I going to get my friends and family this year?!"

Whilst a quick browse on Instagram shows you that there are more brands than ever vying for your precious festive pound, we wanted to draw your attention to a selection of gifts with a heart of gold. All of the items featured in our 2019 ethical Christmas gift guide donate some or all of their profits to Wild at Heart Foundation, allowing us to continue our international mission, rescuing stray dogs from overseas.

From stocking fillers to all-out decadence (for the goodest girls and boys!), there’s something for every budget and taste. Please consider supporting a brand whose commitment to giving back sits at the core of what they do.

1. Wild at Heart Foundation mug – £14 (or £50 for a set of 4)

100% of profits donated to Wild at Heart Foundation

It’s no surprise that the very first item on our list is from our very own shop! We have an excellent range of T-shirts, sweatshirts and kids clothing that’s perfect for the Christmas season, but we felt our newest addition to the WAHF collection deserved a special mention.

Available in four styles, each designed by our incredible artist friend Simeon Farrar, these porcelain mugs fit snugly in your hand, and are amply big enough for a proper cup of whatever mulled beverage most takes your fancy this Christmas.

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2. Hoop n Loop embroidered cushion cover – £85

£5 from every sale donated to Wild at Heart Foundation

As if your dog didn’t spend enough time on the sofa already, there’s now away to crown their place as “ruler of the couch” that also gives back to dogs in need. These stunning, utterly bespoke creations from our friends at Hoop n Loop feature a beautiful hand-embroidered portrait of your pet at the heart of a sumptuous velvet cushion in the colour of your choice.

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3. Death By Tea ‘Dog-Lover’s’ pin badge – £7

£2 from every sale donated to Wild at Heart Foundation

After adopting Irma, a Cyprus stray from Wild at Heart Foundation, wonderful adopter Holly (@deathbytea) was inspired to create a range of adorable pin badges. Not only do these pins look good, they also do good! They also make the perfect stocking filler for dog-lovers of all ages.

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4. Butternut Box subscription – price tailored to you

75% off for our supporters, £20 donated to Wild at Heart Foundation

Because, as for as we’re concerned, Christmas is ALL about the dogs! Treat your beloved furry companion to the a delicious treat this Christmas and they’ll thank you later. Butternut Box food is freshly cooked using human-grade ingredients and is known to convert even the fussiest eaters to “lick-the-bowl-clean” foodies.

Why not take out a trial subscription and enjoy 75% off for you, and 2 weeks worth of food for your dog? What’s more, you can feel warm and fuzzy in the knowledge that by doing so – whether you remain a Butternutter or not (and if your dog has their way, you will!) – you’ll have donated £20 to help dogs in need.

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5. Astley Clarke flower and jewellery gift set – £180

10% donated to Wild at Heart Foundation

Created just in time for Christmas, this stunning gift set is the perfect treat for that special someone in your life. In collaboration with our founder Nikki’s floristry company, Wild At Heart, Astley Clarke present a bouquet inspired by the signature Gold Cosmos Kula Bracelet. And if that’s not enough, 10% from every sale are donated back to the Foundation, ensuring that this stunning gifting combination not only looks good, it does good too.

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6. Noah Fay ‘Wild at Heart Bracelet’ – £10

£4 from every sale donated to Wild at Heart Foundation

If your budget is a little more modest this Christmas, you can still treat your loved-ones to a beautiful piece of hand-crafted jewellery that gives back to dogs in need. Noah Fay created this gorgeous bracelet for the Foundation in its early days of founding, and we’ve been grateful for her support ever since.

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6. Bird + Wolf ‘Wild at Heart’ jacket – £195

10% donated to Wild at Heart Foundation

The statement piece for 2019 packs heart as well as fashion, with 1o% from their ‘Wild at Heart’ studded camo jacket going to support our dog rescue efforts. Stylish and compassionate – our favourite!

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7. Wunderdog magazine subscription – £22 for a year

Our friends at Wunderdog have been incredible supporters of the charity from Day One of the magazine’s inception – so much so that our very own Nikki Tibbles (and the GORGEOUS Peggy from Romania!) featured on the first ever front cover. Not only is this magazine a gorgeous, must-have staple for any stylish coffee table, it also highlights the work of a whole host of wonderful individuals and organisations around the world who are working towards giving dogs (especially rescue dogs!) a better life.

Treat a loved one to an annual subscription of this beautiful creation and we know they’ll thank you for it as soon as that first un-put-downable issue lands on their doormat.

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8. Sophie Lis ‘Love’ pendant – £250 / £325

10% donated to Wild at Heart Foundation

Car, vois-tu, chaque jour je t’aime davantage, Aujourd’hui plus qu’hier et bien moins que demain. This pendant is inspired by an extract taken from the poem “The Eternal Song” by 19thcentury French poet Rosemonde Gerard; and it’s certainly got love at it’s heart. 10% of sales from both the gold and diamond editions of the beautiful gift are donated to help stray dogs in need.

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9. Adalise silver dog earrings – £39

£5 from every sale donated to Wild at Heart Foundation

For those that want to wear their love of dogs for all to see, these adorable sterling silver drop earrings are the perfect way to show your appreciation. Handmade with love in the UK and beautifully gift-wrapped, they’ll make the perfect present this Christmas.

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10. Anabela Chan ‘puppy ring’ – from £960

25% donated to Wild at Heart Foundation

Whilst we know that these would likely be the ultimate splurge this Christmas (is there someone in your life who’s been really really good?!), we can’t get over the incredible support shown to us by Anabela Chan. These iconic rings are not only the ultimate in style and luxury, they also sport a generous soul: each and every puppy or kitten ring sold sees a huge donation of 25% made to the Foundation.

For each and every person who invests in a piece of jewellery that both last a lifetime and change a life, we are so very grateful!

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If you’d like to collaborate with us in 2020 by donating a portion of your sales to our international dog rescue mission, we’d love to hear from you! Drop us an email to let us know a little more about who you are and what you do, and we’ll be in touch soon.

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