Pet groomers and stylists are always gleaning the catalogs, websites, and trade show floors for the latest and newest equipment and supplies our industry has to offer. Most groomers are on a constant look out for things that are time saving, that help with the physical labor of grooming, that improve their efficiency, or are unique and trendy. Aside from a gift card or gift certificate for them to spend as they choose, how about some gifts that might take a little more time to order and wrap, but also have a bit more thought and sentiment in them? We work hard for our careers every day, and any of these gifts will be greatly appreciated! No re-gifting, guaranteed!
Here is a list of some of the best gift ideas for your pet grooming friends and family members!
Books! Any number of groomers are always looking to keep up on the most up to date information, tips, tricks and trends, so here are a few of the latest wonderful books our industry has available!
For your mobile grooming friend, the best and ONLY truly encompassing title available for all of the answers to their questions, Go Mobile And Succeed, by Ellen Ehrlich.
For the pet stylist or groomer who is curious about getting into competition grooming, or for the groomer who wants a leg up on their competition in the ring, the ONLY book available for them to draw a wealth of knowledge from is, The Competition Grooming Guidebook, by Christein Sertzel. This book is designed to serve as both a reference guide covering all aspects of grooming competitions, but also as a journal for the reader to write in notes and tips along the way.
And there's always the all encompassing guide that EVERY groomer should always have on hand, Notes From the Grooming Table, by Melissa Verplank.
For the cat grooming stylist, the only encompassing cat grooming guide and an all in one reference guide as well, The Ultimate Cat Groomer Encyclopedia, is a must have!
And for the creative stylist, A Creative Collection, by Angela Kumpe is the most wonderfully written, explanatory and multiple use reference guide--actually the ONLY written guide out there!
Remember that many of these books can be found on line at Amazon.com, as well as the wonderful related grooming sites like the ones I have listed below:
Go Mobile And Succeed can be found at Groomer's Mall: http://www.groomersmall.com/instructional_media.htm#notesbook
Daryl Connor's website: http://darylconner.com/Book1.htm
Chris Sertzel's website: http://www.wisconsinpetstylists.org/contact.html
~the Competition Grooming Guidebook is also available from Groomer's Mall!
The Professional Creative Groomer's Association site: http://www.thenapcg.com/
Groomer's Choice: http://www.groomerschoice.com/Grooming-Guides/products/24/
DVDs! Groomers are in constant need of keeping up their education and this is the second best way to do it next to getting out there and going to classes. the DVDs available these days are well priced, excellently produced, and they share the best knowledge from the top stylists in our industry for us all to use at our disposal? What's better than that?
Here are a few of the BEST titles and collections currently available:
Melissa Verplank's newest directional DVDs for the beginner groomer, or those that want to brush up on their bathing and prep work skills--available at: http://shop.melissaverplank.com/product.sc;jsessionid=6D5EEF5AFAD349104E9004CA0C97B95B.qscstrfrnt04?productId=85&categoryId=1
Jodi Murphy's growing collection of both breed specific DVDs as well as skills DVDs like her Thinner Techniques and Scissoring Theory & Techniques-- available at: http://www.groomersmall.com/instructional_media.htm#jodimurphydvds or directly from her site at www.jodimurphy.net
Along with this site there is also offered Jay Scruggs & Sue Zecco Super Styling Sessions DVDs as well, you can also find this entire series of wonderful DVDs at: www.http://www.caninegroomingsecrets.com/html/groomer_skills.html
Their handstripping and carding DVD as well as their Scissoring DVD are two of my personal favorites!
Brushes and Combs! A BEAUTIFULLY made, and excellent quality, all purpose, and unique brush that can be personalized with beautiful artwork and a name or title can be found at:
These brushes are one of my personal favorites!
There is also the most wonderful brush on earth for time saving and easing the job of brushing and dematting-- the Les Poochs brush system, available at http://www.lespoochs.com/brush-red.asp
They are costly, but they are well made and well worth it, and a TREAT for any groomer to receive!!
Right in line with tools that are created to have longevity, ergonomics, beauty and true benefit of design, any of the combs and brushes available from Chris Christensen are a wonderful gift to have and use in the salon. Their tail teaser comb is one of my personal favorites!
I could go on & on about what gifts I'D secretly like to receive this year, but for those looking to give a great gift that will be enjoyed, appreciated, and put to very good use, these are a few of my favorites! Happy shopping!