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Personalised Christmas Gifts for the Family

personalised christmas gifts for the family

Personalised gifts for the family will make them smile on Christmas day and beyond.

All handmade in the UK, these personalised jewellery gifts capture the love and affection of family members.

Fingerprints are a unique part of all of us but have you ever considered capturing those of someone you love?

Reasons to do this is to preserve a memory of them, remember a time when they were young or to ensure you have a special part of them, with you forever.

The process of capturing a Fingerprint is simple. A Fingerprint Kit is sent with your order. The instructions, clearly show how to capture your loved one’s prints. A quick ‘How To’ photo guide is incorporated too.

The prints are sent back to me and I’ll begin making your charm with any personalisation you’ve asked for. To find out more about this process, see my Fingerprint Kit Article.

large fingerprint personalised heart charm necklace
A heart fingerprint charm such as this is a Christmas gift a family member can continue to cherish for many years to come.

Fingerprint Charms for the whole family – Sentimental Christmas gifts

If you’re buying for a Mum who loves to wear necklaces, a heart fingeprint charm would be the perfect gift for her. She has the option to choose 1, 2 or 3 charms depending on the number of fingerprints she wishes to capture. 

This is an extremely sentimental charm necklace for Mum to wear, featuring the precious prints of her children. 

True Love Keepsakes Fingerprint Bead Charm
Fingerprint Heart Bead for Charm Bracelets – Perfect Christmas gift for a Mum who wears a charm bracelet.

Does Mum have a charm bracelet she likes to keep adding to?

A Fingerprint Heart, Bead Charm would be a special addition to her collection. She could incorporate an initial on the front or a name on  the reverse of the charm.

Something personalised for Dad

Dad would enjoy a Fingerprint Dog-tag charm or a identity bar, leather bracelet, Fingerprint charm. Both have the option to add a name to the front of the charm.

The bracelet can incorporate a short message on the back to make for a meaningful gift for Dad to wear beyond Christmas.

 Leather, Fingerprint Charm Bracelet
Leather Fingerprint Bracelet with Personalisation on the reverse – A thoughtful Christmas gift for Dad

Maybe Dad would love a keepsake keyring of a loved one to cherish. This Fingerprint Keyring is one he can keep as a sentimental piece in addition to his usual, everyday keyring.

Personalise this keyring with a name on the front or a short message on the reverse. It comes attached with a keyring ring chain and comes presented in a gift box.

Handmade Silver Fingerprint Keyring
Fingerprint Keyring. Add a name or short message on the reverse.

Personalised gifts for the rest of the family

Nan or grandad would love a hand-drawn picture their child has created and have it engraved onto a steel keyring for them to carry with pride. Add a message to the reverse of the charm to capture some precious words.

A card wallet would make for a lovely personalised gift that their nieces or nephews can contribute to by providing their handprint, footprint or drawing.

Stainless Steel Engraved Keepsake Card
Stainless steel card wallet.

The process for engraved Keepsakes is easy and a handprint/footprint kit is included should you need one.

Whatever personalised gift you decide on, whether a Fingerprint Charm Necklace, Fingerprint Bracelet or other, all items are lovely, meaningful Christmas gifts that are proudly handmade, here in the UK. 

Turnaround time for Fingerprint Keepsakes is 2-3 weeks from the date we receive your prints back and 2 weeks (from the date we receive your prints back) for all engraved Keepsakes.

Keeping you informed of the progress of your order is what we do best. In addition, your order will include free, (mainland) UK delivery.

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Mum Necklaces for Mother’s Day

personalised mum necklaces for mothers day

Buying a necklace for Mum is a special way to show your love on Mother’s Day.

We have a lovely range that can be personalised in different ways so there’s something for everyone.

A special Mum Necklace means that a Mum has something she can enjoy beyond Mother’s Day.

mum necklaces for mothers day

Family Birthstone Necklace

Our most recent addition to personalised necklaces is our birthday, charm necklaces.

For each month of the year, there are 12 coloured, Swarovski charms to choose from.

Create your family birthstone necklace by choosing the charms to represent the birthday’s of your family.

The charms come attached to a 24K gold plated cable chain. In addition, you get to choose your length of chain from the options available.

Your personalised chain comes presented in a gift box and includes free, UK delivery.

Handprint Charm imprinted with the actual handprint of a your child

Did you know you can capture the handprint of your child onto a piece of jewellery?

Using a safe inkless wipe and special printing paper, you can capture the true details of your child’s handprint.

Handprints of children, no matter how small can be captured this way.

The unique lines and shape of their fingers will then be imprinted onto a pure silver charm. This charm is then attached to a chain for you to wear with pride.

To make the charm extra special, personalise it with the name of your child on the front. Depending on the options you choose, you can personalise the charm further by adding a short message or date on the reverse.

Your charm comes gift boxed so is the perfect present for a Mum.

Fingerprint Heart Charm Chain

Fingerprints are as unique as the individual they belong to. Capturing your child’s fingerprint means you can always have a piece of them close to you at all times.

A fingerprint necklace is a beautiful way of showing who means the most to you.

Again, adding their name to the front makes for a truly customised piece of keepsake jewellery.

A fingerprint kit is sent out with your order, it’s a simple and easy way to capture your loved one’s fingerprint.

To create family necklace for mum, two or three charms can be added to feature the fingerprints of each child.

The fingerprint of anyone, any age can be captured but we advise to wait until your child is at least a year old to take their fingerprint. This is because it can take this long for their fingerprints to fully develop.

Paw Print Charm for a Dog Mum

Not forgetting Mums who’s baby is a four-legged friend with a tail, we capture paw prints onto charms too!

Our best selling charm from the range is this, pure silver Teadrop Paw Print Charm. The charm features the cute paw print of your pet as well as their name on the front.

An inkless paw print kit is sent with your order, with instructions on how to capture your pet’s paws.

Once completed, you can send a photo of the print via email: loretta@truelovekeepsakes.co.uk, Instagram DM or Facebook Messenger.

To find out more about how a pawprint is captured to make a charm, read our post here.

Cute handprints/footprint Keepsakes to print and use

There’s something about the handprint and footprints of children that look extremely cute.

A fun way to capture their prints is in the form of these fun pictures (see below.)

10 handprint designs true love keepsakes

Enjoy capturing your child’s hand or footprint and turn it into a fun picture that can be gifted.

Print and frame it as a lasting keepsake to display proudly in the home.

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Christmas Gift Guide 2021 Gemstone & Personalised Jewellery

True Love Keepsakes Christmas Gift Guide 2021

We have a selection of beautiful gemstone & personalised jewellery for Christmas. Our 2021 Christmas Gift Guide features some of the best sellers from our keepsake and gemstone range.

All personalised jewellery gifts below include free (mainland) UK delivery.

Christmas gift guide 2021 Gemstone & Personalised Jewellery. True Love Keepsakes

Once more, my jewellery is handmade here in the UK and can be bought from my online shop. Alternatively, a selection of my gemstone jewellery and personalised jewellery can be brought from our Etsy shop.

As I’m a small business, everything is created by hand meaning if you love something you see, order when well ahead of time for Christmas.

With this in mind, we have some Early Bird offers, running throughout October and Early November. Simply click on the items listed below to see what’s on offer.

Personalised Keepsake Jewellery Gifts – That last beyond Christmas

Make someone’s day by giving them a beautiful piece of personalised jewellery. Fingerprints are unique, there are no two prints alike. Having a loved one’s fingerprint imprinted onto a pure silver heart charm necklace is something they will treasure forever.

A short message or date can be captured on the reverse of the charm and the necklace comes attached to a stunning, modern, snake chain.

fingerprint heart charm attached to sterling silver snake chain. Personalised with name on front of charm. Made from pure silver. A gorgeous personalised gift for Christmas 2021

You can capture someone’s fingerprint by purchasing a Fingerprint Kit separately. This works well if you’re wanting to preserve a memory of a loved one who you have recently lost. Alternatively, a Fingerprint kit is sent automatically when you place an order for a charm.

Handprint and Footprint Jewelllery – Perfect Gift for a Mum

When it comes to babies and small children, what do you find the cutest, Handprints or Footprints? Depending on your preference, you can capture the cute prints of a child onto one of two necklaces I offer.

A Footprint Charm, medium in size is big enough to fit two gorgeous footprints from one child. A Handprint Charm, again, medium in size is big enough to fit one precious handprint. Both charms can be personalised with a name on the front of the charm.

Paw Print Jewellery Gifts for Pet Owners

Are you the proud owner of a lovable cat or dog? Or do you know someone who has recently become a pet owner?

This Teardrop Paw Print Charm Necklace is our bestseller-shaped charm for Paw Print jewellery. Your cat or dog’s actual paw print is captured onto the charm which is then personalised with your pet’s name.

Pure silver teardrop charm imprinted with the actual pawprint of a pet. Attached to an elegant sterling silver chain. Presented in a gift box.

You’ll receive a free Paw Print Kit to capture your pet’s paws when you place an order. It will come with full instructions and is safe to use on your pet.

Another lovely gift for a pet owner is a gorgeous pair of dainty Heart, Paw Print Earrings. Again, these earrings are imprinted with your pet’s true paw print. Furthermore, the studs are made from sterling silver and come presented in a gorgeous gift box.

pure silver paw print earrings imprinted with the real paw print of your dog or cat. Silver stud heart shaped earrings presented in a grey gift box.

Why not pair them up with a Heart, Paw Print Bead Charm, made from Pure Silver that fits onto many of the popular charm bracelets on the market and thus would be a beautiful addition to an existing charm bracelet. You have the option to add a snake chain charm bracelet can be added to your order make this a complete gift set.

Gorgeous Gemstone Jewellery – Earrings and Necklace Gifts

If your looking for a little bit of sparkle for your Christmas gifts this year then gemstone jewellery might be the perfect gift for you.

This year, I’ve teamed up my gemstone necklaces with earrings to give you a gorgeous set that would wow the recipient. Deep orange, blue and deep green as well as amber yellow gemstones make these pieces of jewellery a perfect addition to any wardrobe.

Carnelian, Blue Chalcedony, Citrine and Green Onyx are used to create stunning necklaces and pretty dangly earrings. Save £10 when buying them as a set.

With the festive season approaching, the resuming of Christmas dinners and parties with family, friends or work colleagues will once again begin. This also brings the prospect of dressing up for a night out. A pair of champagne coloured, crystal earrings really adds a bit of sparkle to your outfit. Furthermore, these Teal Crystal Earrings will add a sophisticated look to whatever you’re wearing.

Birthstone Jewellery -Crystal Necklace Sets

We mustn’t forget those who have birthdays in the coming months leading up to Christmas! Our Birthstone Necklaces offer a modern take as two necklaces sets to give an on-trend look. Perfect for anyone who loves crystals, is interested in birthstones and loves to wear necklaces.

Festive jewellery

If you enjoy getting into the festive spirit of Christmas these Spiral Christmas Tree earrings are very fitting. Made from Sterling Silver wire and finished off with a sparkly Swarovski crystal.

Being under £15, These festive earrings are also a lovely gift for stocking fillers. Alternatively, these fun Reindeer earrings are perfect for this time of year.

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How To Preserve A Memory When Losing A Pet

Losing a beloved pet, whether a cat or dog is one of the hardest things to go through.

Sometimes that loss is sudden, due to ill health or an accident. The thought of no longer seeing them is heartbreaking.

My Own Experience – Losing Miffy

In 2018 I lost my cat, Miffy. It was all very sudden having not seeing him for a few days. That worry started to set in as the New Year was fast approaching and I wanted him home. He’d gone for a few days before and just turned up to get his food in the evening. This time, it just felt different.

I checked online lost pet sites and checked with local vets but no luck. Unfortunately, I had to see with my very own eyes. He was laid out on my high road, he had been knocked down and it’s a sight I’ll never forget.

It hurt so bad to know he was in pain and none of his family was with him. To see that where his body was found, it was clear he was trying to make his way back home. It was a very sad time for us all.

I never got to say goodbye or stroke him one last time and it hit all of us really hard. At home, we still had all his things and it took a long time to let go of his belongings.

Ways of Coping – Keeping A Memory Alive

Over the years, since making keepsake jewellery, I have come to understand the great job Veterinary clinics do.

There are many that will take an imprint of a pet that has lost it’s life. Some Vets will take a paint impression – a paw print captured on paper using paint. Furthermore, some have the means to take a simple clay impression for you to cherish. Others have an Inkless Wipe Kit that’s quick and easy for taking a print and easily framed afterwards.

It’s a case of asking to see if they provide this kind of service. If not, ask if it’s possible for them to do so just so they can preserve a memory for you.

Having an imprint of your pet’s paw is one way of remembering them and coping with the grief.

A cat or dog is more than just a pet, they are a big part of the family. They bring years of happiness and joy to their humans.

Pet Keepsakes To Cherish

It takes many months, if not years to get used to not having your pet around. Learning to cope take’s time and it’s a new adjustment for all the family. Do you love wearing jewellery? Their paw print captured on a charm to wear could be perfect for you.

Putting up photos of them around the house, when you’re mentally ready is a great way of remembering their life.

Other ways you can preserve a memory of your pet.
  1. Have a Pet Portrait completed either digital or drawn by hand.
  2. Their name, date of birth printed and framed.
  3. Have a poem or quote (like the one below) printed and framed with their picture.
  4. Your Dog’s lead and photo put into a deep framed box and displayed.
  5. Capture piece of their fur in a locket or preserved in a resin charm for you to wear.

If you’d like to find more ideas for Pet Keepsakes, visit my Pinterest Paw Print Keepsake Board, there are lots of ideas!

I’ve always loved this quote and think it sums up the magnitude of love our pets create in our lives.

To find out how to order a Memorial Keepsake including taking your pet’s prints, you can read more here. In addition, learning how a Paw Print ring is made, can be found here.

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Inkless Baby Handprint Kit

inkless baby handprint kit safe way to capture baby's handprint using inkless wipe and paper

Having a baby is such a special time, capturing their handprint using inkless our Inkless Baby Handprint Kit is easy to do.

inkless baby handprint kit with handprint

What does the Baby Handprint kit consist of?

The handprint kit consists of an inkless wipe that is safe to use on babies and adults alike.

It is dry to the touch and so perfect for a mess free way of capturing your baby’s handprint.

Included in the kit is an A4 size white paper, specially made to use with the inkless wipe and full instructions for capturing the perfect print.

Capture your baby’s footprint using the inkless wipe

The kit can be used for handprints, footprints or both! The wipe can be used multiple times in one go, depending on the size of your child’s hand and feet.

As you continue to use the wipe, the print will become more faded nevertheless, you should have some good prints to use and cherish.

After taking your child’s prints, you can simply wipe their hands/feet with a damp cloth or baby wipe.

inkless footprint kit for babies and adults capture their actual footprint using safe inkless wipe and special paper

A kit not just for baby handprints!

This inkless baby handprint kit is also great for using on older children and adults. Therefore, it’s a great gift for anyone seeking to capture the prints of someone they dearly love.

Furthermore, if you have a loved one who has recently passed and you wish to capture their prints, we can send a kit straight to the funeral directors. If you’d like to do this, simply add the address of the funeral directors at the checkout. Alternatively, you can contact us here.

Top tips for capturing your baby or child’s prints

  • Make sure your child is comfortable, for example, they have just had a feed or have just woken from a nap.
  • Ensure you have help especially for babies
  • Make sure you wipe the entire hands, including fingertips. For feet, ensure you wipe the entire foot, including the toes.
  • For handprints, unravel the baby’s fingers, and press firmly on the paper, hold for a few seconds.
  • For footprints, have the paper on a flat surface, holding the baby upright, press the foot firmly on the paper and hold for a few seconds.
  • These are just some of our tips, our full instructions can be read here.
inkless handprint kit to use to capture the actual handprint of a loved one.
Ordering your baby handprint kit

You can order a full print kit, consisting of 1 inkless wipe and 1 paper for £7 including free UK (mainland) Postage from our online shop.

This print kit works as a lovely gift for a new Mum or Mum to be and can brought in a presentation box, with 1 inkless wipe, 1 paper, full instructions and a 10% off voucher to use on their first order.

How can I use the prints?

The prints act as a lasting keepsake and work beautifully framed with a name, date and other special information. Alternatively, you can use the actual handprint/footprint captured and have it turned into a beautiful piece of, pure silver jewellery.

Our handprint/footprint range, uses your precious prints to make a special piece of keepsake jewellery for you to wear. We do not take your prints, we only need a copy to use to make a special stamp to imprint into silver. You can view our entire range by clicking on the link above or if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

If you’re on social media, and would like to send us a message please follow us on Facebook or Instagram. We regularly check our messages.

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Ordering A Memorial Paw Print Necklace

memorial paw print jewellery heart paw print charm attached to silver necklace

You’ll have a lasting memory of your pet when you order a memorial, paw print necklace.

Saying goodbye to a pet, who you’ve spent months or years loving, is one of the hardest things to do.

A pet cat or dog is undoubtedly an extension of your family. You remember the day they came into our life s a puppy or kitten or perhaps as a rescue pet. They immediately filled your life with love and affection.

Sometimes, our pets dying can be sudden. Not getting the chance to have that one last stroke and a proper goodbye is devastating. Luckily, as long as you have their paw print, you can order a memorial in the form of a necklace.

memorial paw print necklace

Capturing An Actual Paw Print

Capturing your pet’s actual Paw Print is an important thing to do to keep a part of them. It’s the first step to ordering a memorial Paw Print Necklace.

If you require just a print, a Paw Print Kit can be ordered separately. Alternatively, a free kit is sent when you place an order for a piece of jewellery.

Vets can capture your pet’s paw print in clay or on special paper to capture the print as seen in the picture below.

Once a print is captured on paper, it’s easy to turn it into a piece of memorial jewellery for you.

Your pet’s actual paw print is reduced to make a special stamp. Then it’s used to create a paw print charm necklace of your choosing.

Heart charms are my most popular shape my customers tend to order. However, most recently, I have introduced a teardrop-shaped charm which is also proving to be popular.

capturing your pet's actual paw print

Personalising Your charm

When you place an order, your cat or dog’s name can be inscribed on the front of the charm. In addition, depending on the size of the charm, a special date can be added on the reverse. Also, a short message can also be added to the reverse to make for a truly sentimental piece. This will incur an extra charge. To discuss any extra personalisation to your charm, please contact me.

paw print jewellery range

Placing your order

After ordering, you can expect to receive your memorial paw print necklace within 2-3 weeks. This is from the date I receive your prints back. I’ll keep you up to date on the progress of your order. Finally, your finished Paw Print Necklace is presented in a lovely gift box. Your order is sent via 1st Class Recorded Post and free UK (mainland) is included.

You can view my entire Paw Print range here.

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Custom Paw Print Ring Handmade in the UK

custom paw print ring handmade in the uk

A meaningful way of preserving the love you have for your pet lies in the form of a Custom made, Paw Print Ring, handmade, here in the UK.

Your pet’s actual paw print is captured onto a pure silver charm attached to a sterling silver ring for you to cherish and wear.

Personalise the ring to your requirements by choosing a traditional band ring or a contemporary beaded ring, the choice is yours.

Can my dog or cat’s real paw print be used?

Yes it can! Cat’s, dogs, rabbits and almost any four-legged friend’s precious paws can be captured using the method explained below.

custom paw print ring handmade in the uk
Beaded Paw Print Ring

How is my pet’s paw print is captured?

An easy, safe method is used to capture your pet’s paw print. Using an inkless wipe and special paper, sent with your order, your pet’s paw print is captured by following our instructions included with the kit.

Next, you send me a picture of the print via True Love Keepsakes’ Instagram or Facebook Page. Then, I’ll let you know straight away if you captured a good enough print to use. Most often than not, I can use a least 1 print from the multiple prints you have captured.

How long does it take to make the ring?

Turnaround time typically takes 14-21 days from the date I receive your prints. However, I endeavour to make your order sooner than this window. Furthermore, you’re kept informed of the progress.

Will my Paw Print ring be presented in a gift box?

Yes, unless otherwise stated at the time of placing your order, your Paw Print charm ring, comes presented in a lovely gift box. In addition, the ring is placed inside a velvet pouch to protect it further. Also, included with your order, is a reference guide on how to best care for your jewellery.

How big is the charm?

The charm, measures approximately 1cm in length and 1cm in width. Your pet’s Paw Print will be imprinted in the middle of the charm, whether you choose a circle or heart shape.

How do I choose my ring size?

For the beaded ring, with a 2mm width, I currently offer UK sizes:

K, M, N, O, P, S

For the band, ‘Halo’ ring with a 2mm width, I currently offer UK sizes:

I, K, L, M, O, Q, T

I send out a UK, ring size guide for you to choose the correct size.

Paw Print Ring
Round, ‘Halo’ Paw Print Ring

The sizes are subject to availability and you’ll receive confirmation that I have your size in stock together with your order confirmation. If a size is not in stock, you’ll be notified and made aware of any waiting times.

Why choose a Paw Print Ring?

It’s a gorgeous way of wearing a part of your pet and keeping a precious memory captured in time. Love wearing rings? Then this will be a very special addition! You’ll get lots of compliments and such a ring will tell a very special story relating to your pet.

If you’d like to contact me to find out more about this gorgeous keepsake, send me a message via Instagram or Facebook.

Loretta

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Paw Print Necklace for Marly’s Mum

teardrop paw print necklace modelled by marlin

Back in August 2020, I created a Paw Print, Teardrop Necklace for Marly’s Mum. Marlin (Marly for short) is a Red Fox Labrador who, at the time of going to press, is adored by almost 15k followers on Instagram. Marly’s account has the most gorgeous photos featuring Marly and her Mum’s adventures.

Having a Paw Print Charm is the best way of capturing a special memory of your dog. Your dog’s real paw print is used to make the charm. When Marly’s Mum placed her order for a Pure Silver, Paw Print, Teardrop Necklace, I sent her a Paw Print Kit, consisting of an Inkless Wipe and Special Paper.

Capturing Marlin’s Paw Print

At the time, Marlin’s Mum was one of my ambassadors and she did a fantastic job of taking a short video of her using the Inkless wipe to capture Marlin’s paw print which you can see below.

Marly’s Mum captured her paw print perfectly using the inkless wipe and paper

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Once this was achieved, she sent me a DM of the prints to check that they were suitable for use. The prints were gorgeous! I chose the best paw print and got straight to work with making the charm.

marly's paw print captured using the inkless wipe on special paper
Mary’s Mum captured her paw print using the kit sent with her order

A special technique is used to create a negative of the paw print which is then transferred onto a rubber stamp. This rubber stamp is then used to imprint onto silver clay.

Next, Marlin’s name is added to the front of the charm and the charm is then left to dry for 24 hours.

sanding to finished polished silver paw print charm
Once the silver clay has been imprinted with the paw print and name, it is left to dry for 24 hours

Final Stages of Making the Paw Print Charm

Once the silver clay has hardened, it is hand-polished, then hand-fired using a blow torch to reveal a Pure Silver charm. I’ve captured a short video for you to see this process.

Firing the silver clay charm using a blow torch

My favourite part has to be the final stages of polishing! I love seeing the transformation. A high shine is achieved using three grains of special sanding paper. A polishing solution is also used to highlight the paw print detail and personalisation.

highly polished silver teardrop paw print charm featuring marly the Labrador's paw
Final Stage of sanding to produce a high shine

Once the charm is finished, it’s attached to a Sterling Silver chain. For this particular charm, I used a beautiful, fine diamond-cut, belcher chain at 18 inches long. This length allows the chain to sit elegantly, just below the collar bone.

Finally, the Paw Print Charm Necklace is ready to be sent to Marly’s Mum. It’s placed in a lovely, grey gift box and is packaged safely, to be delivered by post.

Marly’s Mum was so happy to receive this gorgeous charm and months later she was still enjoying wearing her necklace, Marly reported:

“The human still says this is the best thing she has ever gotten, has pride of place round her neck everyday.”

I love hearing this kind of feedback from my customers! Now Marlin’s Mum will always have a special part of Marlin with her. Wherever she is, an imprint of Marly’s Paw Print will always be with her.

marlin the red fox labrador proudly posing with the teardrop silver paw print charm made for her mum
Marlin perfectly posing with her Mummy’s Paw Print Necklace!

If you’d like to create a memory like Marly’s Mum has and have your very own, pure silver, paw print necklace, you can see the product details for the Teardrop Necklace which is currently part of our January sale!

Follow the adventures of Marly and her hooman on their Instagram account: marlin_the_red_fox_labrador. You’ll discover featured dog products, exclusive discount codes for Marlin’s followers, and an insight into the life of this gorgeous Labrador. From, ‘Tongue out Tuesday’ Posts, to beautiful sunset pictures, Marly really is living her best life!

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7 Great Independent UK Dog Accessory Brands

7 great independent dog accessory brands

I’ve found 7 great, independent, Dog Accessory brands all based here in the UK. They all have online shops and sell across the country.

Choosing handmade products to buy from independent brands is a fantastic way to support our economy plus buying from a UK brand means your supporting home-grown talent.

7 great independent brands for dog accessories

Your dog would look dapper in any accessory from these 7 brands!

Each shop sells something unique in terms of beautifully handmade dog accessories such as bandanas, bows, collars, leads and dog tags.

Take a look and show your support. These 7 great brands have been listed in no particular order.

Accessories for your Dog: Bandanas, Bows, Leads and Collars

  1. The Collar & Lead
7 great independent uk dog accessory brands

The Collar and Lead produce colourful, fabric dog leads and collars. In addtion, their bright coloured bows come in two different sizes so you can choose the right size for your dog.

Handmade in Staffordshire, the owner, Sabrina, initially started making dog collars for family and friends, eventually extending the range to include leads and bows and so The Collar and Lead was born!

Sabrina’s shop can be found here on Etsy and prices range from £5.00 for a Dog bow to £9.00 for a ‘Dog Bow and Collar Set.’ Furthermore, all prices include free UK Delivery.

For Social Media, follow The Collar and Lead on Instagram.

2. Raise The Woof Designs

raise the woof logo 7 great dog accessory brands

Raise The Woof Designs is an independent business that came about when the owner’s son helped her with a difficult time of coping with anxiety.

All profits go towards Holly’s son as She wanted to give something back to him as a way of showing how grateful she was that he helped pull her out of a dark time.

Accessories for your dog includes funky bandanas and bows which can be further personalised by add-ons such as pom-poms, buttons, gems and tassels. All accessories can be customised to your requirements.

Prices start from £4.50 for a bow and £5 for a bandana. To customise yours, go visit Holly’s Etsy shop. Follow Raise the Woof Designs on Instagram and give the furry CEO, Elsa a follow also!

3. Kiki & Jakx

Kiki&Jackx 7 great UK based dog accessory brands

Beautiful Bandanas, Bows and Leads is what Kiki and Jakx make! Your Dog’s Bandana can be personalised with their name to make for an extra special accessory.

The owner, Sarah-Jane, also creates scrunchies that can be made in the same fabric as your dog’s accessory to make a perfect match!

Why not go one step further and create a matching scrunchie for you and your dog for the ultimate matching duo look for your dog walks?

Prices start from £3.60 for a bandana which can be personalised with your dog’s name for an additional £3.

Visit Sarah-Jane’s Etsy shop to see her full range of dog accessories. Also give Kiki and Jakx, a follow on Instagram

4. C&I Collars

C&I Collars UK Dog Accessories 7 Great Brands

Based in the North East, one year old Siberian Huskies, Cairo and Indie are the inspiration behind this brand of uniquely made braided collars, rope collars and rope leads.

Visit C&I Collar’s online shop and you will see the array of colourful combinations of braided collars with quirky names such as ‘Bubblegum’, ‘Rhubarb and Custard’ and ‘Peach Bellini!!’

Select the size and attachment (Nickel or Rose Gold) to customise your collar or lead for the perfect style.

Prices start from £8 for a braided collar, £9 for a rope collar and £14-18 for a lead.

To see how gorgeous your dog could look wearing one of their designs following C&I Collars on Instagram and give CEO’s Cairo and Indie a follow too!

5. Doxie Threads

Doxie Threads 7 of the best uk dog accessory brands

A fellow, Birmingham based small business is Doxie Threads. The owner, Libby, creates handmade dog bows using retro and vintage inspired fabrics. 

Your dog will look gorgeous wearing a bow made from fabrics such as Tartan, Pinstripe, Polka Dot, Tweed and Floral. Other fabric designs include, Ladybird, Stars, Camper Van and my favourite, Glitter Ball!

There’s plenty of fabric choices to choose from so visit Libby’s Etsy shop to view all possible fabric options and treat your dog to a new accessory!

Prices start at £5 for a bow. Give Doxie Threads a follow on Instagram to keep up to date with their latest creations.

UK Brands – Dog Accessories: Tags And Keyrings

6. Happy Penguin Designs

One of a kind, hand stamped, personalised Dog-tags and Keyrings is what Happy Penguins Design offer here for Dog owners.

Whether it be a tag for your dog’s collar or a keyring, you can personalise the words and design to suit your needs.

Go for a dog-related message such as ‘Serial Licker’, ‘Chief Sock Hunter’ or my personal favourite, ‘Excuse The Drool!’ Alternatively, have your dog’s name stamped and decorated with a charm or hand-stamped motif ranging from paws, stars, flowers or a dog bone.

Prices start from £4 for a custom pet keyring to £6 for a custom made dog tag.

Visit Happy Penguins Design online shop, follow them on Instagram and to keep up do date on what their CEO, Willow’s been up to, give this Malticockapoo a follow too!

7. Twiggy Tags

made in the uk 7 best accessory dog brands

A luxury, dog-tag company created by Lo and Rich, inspired by their miniature Labradoodle, Twiggy.

Their dog tags come in three different sizes for you to pick the right size for your dog.

Dog tags are hand-stamped from Brass or Aluminium, are 2mm thick, making the tags durable for your dog to wear. They also produce keyrings – see the matching set in the picture below!

Design your choice of tag to include your dog’s name, add a charm and hand-stamped motif to personalise your order.

In addition, Twiggy Tags are 100% compliant with UK Law (Control of Dogs Order 1992) meaning their tags can include your address, postcode, number and name (dependent on the size of the tag.) A perfect way to keep your dog safe when they’re outside in public spaces.

Prices start from £10.50 for a personalised ‘Pawrents’ Keyring to £13.50 for a personalised slogan tag.

To get 10% off, use code TRUE10 when ordering from Twiggy Tags!

To choose a customisation for your dog tag visit their online shop plus give them a follow on Instagram. Their CEO, Twiggy also has an insta page!

I’ve hope you’ve enjoyed finding out about each of these 7 great Dog accessory brands here in the UK, all providing you with the opportunity to buy unique accessories for your precious dog.

Further reading: Dog Health and Behaviour – Why Do Dogs Eat Grass?

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Why do dogs eat grass?

why does my dog eat grass

There are many reasons why dog owners believe their dogs eat grass.

One of the most common reasons believed is that they eat grass to induce vomiting when they are not well.

Another common belief is that dogs eat grass when they are lacking nutrients such as fibre as grass is largely freely available, it’s an easy quick fix for dogs.

Seeing your dog regularly eat grass could pose many unanswered questions so let’s find out what those answers could be and what you could do about this behaviour.

why do dogs eat grass

1. Does my dog eat grass because they are unwell?

Many dog owners have observed their dogs eating grass only then to vomit it up moments later increasing the belief that this is a dog’s way of self-medicating an upset stomach.

This has not been scientifically proven and in one study it was shown that less than 25% of dogs actually vomit after eating grass. Therefore, dogs are more likely to eat grass because they enjoy the taste and texture of it, especially in the morning during Summer months when the grass has higher stores of sugar due to photosynthesis.

2. Does my dog eat grass to get rid of worms?

Some vets actually believe this is another reason why dogs resort to eating grass. Again, although not scientifically proven, it’s believed they eat grass to purge any worms they may have. Nevertheless, to avoid the growth of intestinal parasites, ensure your dog receive a regular worm treatment.

3. Does my dog eat grass because they lack fibre?

Another common belief is that dogs eat grass because they are lacking a vital nutrient such as fibre. Some vets do advise putting a dog on a fibre rich diet if excessive grass eating is observed. If you think this might be the case with your dog, seek the advice of your vet.

4. Does my dog eat grass out of boredom?

Some believe this to be the case with some dogs that they resort to eating grass because they are not getting enough outdoor stimulus. Introduce throw and catch games and hide and find games with your dog to keep them stimulated.

throw and fetch games

5. Does my dog eat grass because it’s their natural instinctive behaviour?

It is widely agreed that before dogs were domesticated they would have ingested grass as a natural part of their diet due to consuming small animals such as rodents and birds.

Should I be worried about my dog eating grass?

If this is not a normal behaviour, then in short yes. Observe whether they are excessively gulping down the grass as opposed to grazing. If this is a change in behaviour seek advice from your vet.

Also, consider the type of grass your dog regularly eats and has access to. Is it sprayed with pesticides? If so be wary as pesticides such as glyphosate (a pesticide commonly used in weed killer) which can be toxic to dogs and lead to lethargy, vomiting and diarrhoea.

teach the leave command

What can I do to stop my dog from eating grass?

You could try to distract your dog from this behaviour using the Leave Command technique.

You also try a more enriched fibre diet and observe if there is a reduction in this behaviour.

Alternatively, if your dog is happy and in good health, then there’s no real cause for concern. Instead you could ensure the type of grass they are eating is at least safe for them by making a grazing patch in your garden or grow special pet grass, using non-pesticide grass.

Suggested further reading: A study published in 2008 on this subject

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