One of my mother-in-law's closest friends started the tradition of Peaches Presents. I'm guessing we've all experienced this phenomenon at the holidays- when shopping for gifts for others, invariably we see gifts we'd love for ourselves. Well Mrs. S. had the brilliant idea to go ahead and buy those gifts, wrap them, and then sign them "To Mommy Love, Peaches." Peaches- of course- was her dog. I have fully embraced the Peaches Presents idea. So without further adieu, here's the first part of my Peaches list... gifts for the Canines and the Chef.
We've all seen the standard (and affordable) dog crate but how about a little upgrade? Unfortunately, none of my kids would fit into this (though Kaylee might) but how cool is this dog crate? Madison, the fraidy cat of the crew, would love a little hideaway in the great room, I'm sure.
Den House, Allmodern.com
To keep the smart dog entertained (in our house, it's Samantha), try of Nina Ottoson's Dog Smart toys. They involve puzzles and treats- your dog does some problem solving (i.e., finds the food) and is rewarded with the treat.
Nina Ottoson Dog Smart toy, Best Friends General Store
Dog beds have come a long way! No longer must we settle for the boring brown square. There is a type and style for everyone's Home Decor! Tilghman is a big fan of dog beds, especially after our recent training class when he learned that it was his "place."
Stylish Dog Beds from Henry Barker and Madison Mutt, Pawdigs
Call me crazy but I have long been a fan of dressing my dogs up. Yep, you know I am "one of those." But some dogs actually do need a sweater if they don't grow a thick undercoat. Make sure to get one with style. Love this one.
Argyle sweater (and other clothing items for big dogs), Hands n paws
Since the toys always end up all over the house, opt for cute ones. I love these colors!
West Paw Toys, Nimli
And for the stressed out furry friend, try these. (I have no idea if they work, but it's playing Classical music, so why not give it a shot?)
Music for calming, Through a Dog's Ears
And last but absolutely not least, one of the most important items to buy for your pet is a nametag with up-to-date contact information in case he/she were to take a stroll... And fun stylish options do exist!
Designer ID Tags, Heart of My Heart Pets
And now... gifts for the chef. Not a direhard chef, mind you... the social entertainer chef. There are SO MANY options from which to choose, but here are a few.
set of 6 glasses, Stonewall Kitchen
With all of the "I Love Edwards" (and I still haven't read the series!) perhaps a cute garlic pot is in order?
Hearts Garlic Pot, Coastal Gifts
Indispensable kitchen timer, why not make it cute?
Chicken Timer, Aldea Home
A little measuring action...
Tin Woodsman Measuring Cups and Spoons, Bonfetti
We all need a good set of plates- for the wall or for the table.
Sarah Cihat, Lisa Neimeth, Horne
Of course, an apron is helpful if you're as
messy creative as I am. And while I love the ever-popular Jessie Steele, may I suggest a Smock?
Amara Designer Smock, Smocks Design
One of my favorite tea towels are from Hammocks and High Tea and I was thrilled to learn that Reverie carries them!
Wild Ginger Tea Towel, Reverie
Everyone should have a few cakestands.... either for serving cakes or decorating. And these are my favorite.
Flirt Ruffle Cakestand, Pot Luck Studios
And to serve it all up, I'd love anything Mariposa, the recycled aluminum, easy-breezy care line.
Snowflake Platter, Pineapple Post
I hope that some of these gifts have resonated with you- and perhaps introduced you to a few new sources!
Have a great day!