I know you are all super busy at Christmas, everyone wants their dogs floofed as close to the big day as possible and many people are working extra hours to pay for Christmas and may need extra doggy day care.
I also know you like to treat your gorgeous canine clients in the crazy season but finding something relevant, useful, cost effective and not a piece of 'plastic crap' (sorry but I use that phrase quite a lot) can be hard so I have cobbled together a few ideas to try and take the strain away.
So, you are asking yourself, 'What can I give my dog customers for Christmas that is not too expensive but is a lovely gift?'
These are all other fellow small businesses who work really hard to bring a great product to the industry but it does mean they may need a little advance notice to produce the numbers - but you know it will be worth the wait :)
First up is La La and Belle Taster Treats, Rebecca makes all her treats by hand and they have a 1 month shelf life. They come in a fabulous little box and are £1.99 each. You can find out more at https://lalaandbelle.co.uk/collections/products/products/taster-box
The Dog and I Nose, skin & paw balm is always a great option for dog related businesses. I offer wholesale rates on these for orders of just 10 and above at Christmas as I really want to make them accessible to everyone. They come labelled as The Dog and I but you may not realise that I can also arrange to have them labelled with your logo for larger orders of 100 plus which is a truly awesome way to spread the word about your business, you can even have a little Christmas touch of some kind on them. The art work fee is a one off £25 charge and the balms are at wholesale price. I do all the work for you and nothing is payable until you have approved your artwork. If this interests you then just drop me an email for more details firstname.lastname@example.org This option also available for the Soothing Salve and you can find out more information about both products here
If you would like lower numbers of balms but still with your own brand have you checked out House of Henry? We work closely with the fabulous Alison and she can provide you with batches of our nose, skin and paw balm with your own labels on in batches starting from just 10. This is a great way to offer a small gift to your clients that is practical, eco-friendly and also spreads the word about your business. You can find out more about that here
Whilst you are on the House of Henry website did you know they also offer Christmas themed ribbons, personalised wrapping paper, bags and more? All these items can be personalised to include a Christmas theme and would really set you apart from the crowd and make your clients feel valued. You can see the entire range of branded products here If you do require branded products you really need to be thinking about this now as it does take time to design, prepare and print your artwork, If you are looking to take delivery of products in November that really is only a few short weeks away. Just saying!!
And finally, our own boxes of 50 sample soaps, complete with soap stickers and labels, these were flying out, it was absolutely crazy. I ended up calling time on them as I just could not keep up. This year I would like to be more organised, I will be doing my very best to keep them stocked on the website from the first week or so of October. Alternatively, if you do not want to remember to keep checking and would like me to do everything for you just drop me an email or social media message with your name, email, address, how many boxes of sample soaps and when you would like them. I will email you an invoice out a week before you would like them and post them within 24/48 hours of payment, this really takes the pressure off you at this busy time and slightly selfishly helps me too as I have advance notice of demand. Just bear in mind these are not all wrapped for you but are supplied with sticky labels. Most people purchase some pretty tissue paper (gold or silver is good at that time of year) and spend an evening with a glass of Baileys getting in the Christmas spirit whilst wrapping their little bars of loveliness ! Christmas music or films are optional!
Whatever you decide, just remember that it is the thought that counts. And also that whilst some of these gorgeous dog related gifts may not be the cheapest out there, they are all lovely quality, will not end up in landfill and are eco-friendly plus you will save time and money trying to decide what to do as we will do all the hard work for you.
Merry Christmas!! Keri and co at The Dog and I