One of my favourite things about the holidays is spending time with family—whether it’s sharing a meal, snuggling on the couch watching Elf, or simply relaxing together while gazing at the falling snow. My most immediate family consists of my husband and my basset hound who is my best friend. [My basset is actually sitting right next to me while I write this.] Given how much I love my dog, the ornaments on our Christmas tree are probably 50% basset- or dog-related, and this cute ornament would make a wonderful addition. Cast from an original, hand-carved wood master and then hand-painted, this basset ornament is available in tri-colour, red & white, or black & white.
Earlier this season, Mary wrote about holiday tea towels from Spoonflower and showcased some of her favourite designs. Well, while searching for Christmassy basset items on Etsy, I came across this pattern from Spoonflower. Oh my goodness—LOOK AT THE CUTENESS. Featuring tri-colour basset hounds, Christmas puddings, mistletoe, and more festive goodies, this fabric is amazingly adorable. If I knew how to sew, I’d be making myself a dress out of this fabric stat. Purchase this fabric from Spoonflower’s Etsy shop or directly from their website.
As I’ve made abundantly clear over the years, I LOVE basset hounds. Due to my floppy-eared fascination, I’m always on the look out for basset hound holiday decor, and boy do I adore this ornament. The porcelain ornament features an original illustration of a rather happy basset looking adorable in his ugly Christmas sweater. Too cute!
Since Amazon sold 1 billion items last holiday season, it’s safe to assume that many of you will be doing some of your Christmas shopping with the online retailer. But did you know that you can do some good for charity while buying gifts from Amazon?
With AmazonSmile, you can easily and automatically support your favourite charitable organization whenever you shop—for no additional cost. By visiting smile.amazon.com to make your purchases, you’ll find the same products, prices, and shopping experience, but with the extra benefit that Amazon will donate half a percent of your purchase price to the charity of your choice. When it comes to charitable giving, it really doesn’t get any easier!
Using your existing Amazon account, simply visit AmazonSmile and then select the charity that will receive the donations from your purchases. There are nearly one million organizations participating in the program, including the vast majority of charities that we have featured here on the Elf Blog, such as St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. There are also plenty of small and regional organizations to choose from, such as Basset Hound Rescue of Georgia or the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.
In total so far all charities have received more than $62 million (!) just from folks shopping on Amazon, which they would be doing anyways. And if you want to start using AmazonSmile, but you’re worried you won’t remember to start at smile.amazon.com, you can add a bookmark to your browser or you could install the Amazon Assistant.
Whether you’re finishing up with your Christmas purchases or just getting started, consider shopping at smile.amazon.com to effortlessly give a little something extra [for free!] this holiday season.
After the adorable, festive videos and photos I posted earlier today, I have bassets on the brain. Although—let’s be honest—when do I not? Of course I adore this sweet Christmas card featuring two basset hounds under the mistletoe. This card does leave me wondering one thing: When doggies meet up under the mistletoe, do they slurp or sniff each other?