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Holiday Gifts that Give Back

By Michele C. Hollow of Pet News and Views

If you haven’t finished your holiday shopping, and are looking for great gifts that help others—both two and four legged—check out my holiday gift guide.


Great Holiday Gifts for Women

On the top of my list are bags and accessories from The Tiniest Tiger. I take the Hipster bag (it is cool) everywhere I go. And I just got the tote, which is roomier. Both bags are quilted with an outline of cats. And due to popular demand, the company just designed one with an outline of dogs. So, for the female cat and dog lover in your life (or if you want to be extra good to yourself), check out the website with all the goodies by clicking here.  A portion of the proceeds benefits the Lion Guardians. Pet News and Views is actually giving away a bag from The Tiniest Tiger. Click here for more details.


  Make A Sale, Save A Tail was started by Melissa France and her two daughters (at ages 4 and 6). “We make holiday scented lotions and soaps (professionally labeled at our skin care facility) and our entire product line benefits animal welfare organizations across the country,” says Melissa.  “What started as an idea to help rescue animals has turned into a small business. We do this October through January every year (this is our third year) and we give 100 percent of our profits to charitable, non-profit animal organizations.  We are not large, but we do donate a large percentage. We don’t make any money on the project. All of our profits are donated from our website.  “Our love filled project was started in 2010 by Maria, age 6  and her sister Sophia, age 4.  After a tough decision led to having their 12-year old pug Rocky put to sleep, the girls were moved to help animals in shelters find new homes. Working together, the girls came up with the idea to have a product line that would be Christmas-oriented and practical to use.. (Rocky loved Christmas!) The Holiday lotion line was the beginning. The line has grown to include lotions, soaps and small fabric bags. With plans in the works for new summer scents, room sprays, hand soaps & essential oils, the girls have quickly become entrepreneurs for the love of animals!”  Check out their site by clicking here.


Holiday Sweets

For the chocolate lover on your list, check out Frangelico Holiday Truffles.  When it comes to food, the one area I am well versed in is chocolate. I know good chocolate, and have sampled a large variety in my lifetime. These truly are exceptionally good. Made by celebrity chocolatier, MarieBelle, these truffles with Bideawee’s logo are flavored with Frangelico Hazelnut Liqueur.  What makes them taste even better is that a portion of the sales go towards Bideawee.   To order, click here.



 Cookies with a Cause

Each tin is filled with 18 Scottie Dog-shaped pure butter shortbread cookies made using an original recipe and all-natural ingredients. In addition to being irresistibly cute, the Scottie Dog Tin is part of a greater initiative started by a collaboration between Walkers Shortbread and the ASPCA (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals). Throughout 2012, Walkers Shortbread will donate 10 cents from the sale of each ‘Scottie Dog” product sold in the U.S. to the ASPCA with a minimum guaranteed donation of $25,000. To order or for more information, click here.



Pet Books

 One of the best dog books I’ve read this year is “Little Boy Blue” by Kim Kavin. This important book (I say it’s important because as a result of this book, the gassing at the shelter were Blue was adopted no longer occurs) tells the story of Blue’s adoption and how rescues from up north foster and re-home dogs from down south. You can read my review here and you can order the book by clicking here.  A portion of the sale benefits Petfinder.com.




For the House  

Artist Stacey Lamothe creates beautiful animal-inspired jewelry and household gifts . One of my favorites is her cat door knocker. Made of powder coated steel, this cat and mouse door knocker will dress up any door! Click on the link to see the larger version and to see other items in her collection.  A portion of the sales from Stacey’s art benefits Born Free USA. When you purchase any of Stacey’s art pieces from her website, simply enter “BFUSA” in the comments section, and Stacey will donate 15 percent of each sale (minus shipping and taxes) to Born Free USA.




 For Your Cat 

Each reuseable coconut shell pot contains: a Hemp Catnip Carrot, a cotton Happy Carrot, and a Kitten Mitten plus 3 soft and chase worthy cotton dust bunnies. Wrapped in brown paper and tied with a ribbon, Purrfect Play attaches a grass seed tag to each gift. When the pot is emptied of its toys– as it will so quickly be– it can be sown with seed for green munching. Purrfect Play donates also sells great gifts for Fido and for pet parents, and a portion of the proceeds benefit a number of animal shelters and rescues. Check out this and their other gifts by clicking here.



Two readers can win a bag of these yummy looking treats for their dogs. See tomorrow’s post.


For Fido

Looks scrumptious, right? Well, these yummy looking cookies are from Treat Me Right, a human-grade gourmet dog treat manufacturer. They are partnering with PAWS NY, a nonprofit that provides services for people with terminal illness, physical limitations due to disability and age, or other crises so that they will be able to keep their pets with them.  Treat Me Right designed a unique, human-grade, gourmet dog treat made specifically for PAWS NY that will only be available until Dec. 20th.  For every bag of treats that is ordered, regardless of where the customers are from, PAWS NY will receive $3. Check out tomorrow’s (Thursday, Dec. 13)  Pet News and Views’ post for a free giveaway.


 Stocking Stuffers and Teacher Gifts

I found these great pet couture stocking stuffers online. The company is Hot Joe Jackett®.  “In July we launched our newest Joe Jacket® collection called “Pet Couture,” says Kara Wahlstrom, owner of the company.  The collection features fun and whimsical canine, feline and paw print neoprene beverage insulator sleeves for hot and cold beverages.  A portion of from the sale of these eco-friendly decorative sleeves benefit the ASPCA and other animal-welfare nonprofits. What I also like about them is that these sleeves can be used over and over again, instead of the plastic ones which find their way in landfills. To order click here.



For Nature Lovers

You’re not going to gift that smartphone or tablet empty, are you? Please the nature enthusiast on your list by preloading the device with “MyRefuge,” a free app to help explore national wildlife refuges, such as Charles M. Russell Refuge in Montana or Canaan Valley Refuge in West Virginia. Introduced a year ago, the expanded app now features searchable maps of 300 of the country’s 560 national wildlife refuges.  Find instant information on bird watching, hiking and biking trails and historic sites in places renowned for their wildlife spectacles.  Estimate travel times and distances. Free through December, MyRefuge can be downloaded from iTunes:http://bit.ly/v3diSJ and appshopper: http://bit.ly/uKh1jg 


A Heads Up for Pet News and Views’ Readers: Please check back on December 18 & 19, when I partner with World’s Best Cat Litter to host a giveaway to 3 animal shelters. First place winner can receive 1,000 pounds of litter with your help.


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