3rd Annual Pet Stylists Fair (13 photos), by Chris Sertzel
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Whether They've Been Naughty or Nice...!

Each year for my clients at Christmas time, I always take the time to do something special for them to show that I am thankful for their year spent with me, and all they do to assure the continuation of my thriving business.  I set aside a day or two just to work on a special project for all clients to receive.  And I make all of their gifts, then pack them up for easy access during the grooming day. If it is a fabric gift or a handmade gift, I use a plastic covered tub or drawer organizer to be sure that they stay hair free and organized.
This year I am doing homemade Christmas stockings for all of my clients who do not celebrate Hanukkah. For those that do, I will be making a separate handmade gift for them.  But for all clients, this is my chance to say a special thank you and to reward them for their patronage.
Below is a VERY simple template for a very pretty stocking that they can reuse year after year for their pet at home, and every time they see it, they will remember who gave it to them!
Remember that personal flair or adornments are an extra special touch to this basic template, so feel free to sew or paste on anything that pretties it up, adds a soft touch and doesn't take up too much time!  Things like adding their name with glitter glue (be sure it has a full 24 hours to dry!!), buttons, fancy fringe, gems or patches make each sock one of a kind!  The pocket on this front of each stocking can hold a pretty photo of their pet (my clients' personal favorite), or a business card, etc.  Or you can take that feature off and add a different one instead!
This year I have 500 of these babies to make, so I am glad they go so fast!  Along with the handmade doggie Christmas cookies I will make to put inside, I will likely spend a nice small chunk of time getting this project done, but think of all the time they have spent with you, building a long lasting relationship, and it doesn't seem like much time at all for all they do for you.  It also helps assure they know you appreciate them, and they will remember that!
Here is the very simple sewing template. And if you don't have a machine or cannot sew to save your life, Liquid Stitch or iron on hem will work just fine (only it won't last year after year!!).

This year I will be stuffing the stockings, and you can use your imagination on what treasure to put inside, just be sure to put in SOMETHING that is beneficial to your grooming business; a coupon, business card magnet, calendar, etc. so that this gift serves a multiple purpose!
Download Christmas Stocking Template For Grooming Clients



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