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It’s Time for This Year’s Tacky Holiday Gifts Guide!

It’s that time of year again when we’re overwhelmed with the holiday “feel-good” ads, designed to get us to pull out the bank card and buy! buy! buy!

As I did last year, I’m going to profile a few animal-themed items that are being marketed to the public. And if you see something that’s tacky, horrid, or downright weird, send it on, and I may put it up on the blog as well.

The first item I want to profile this year is called the SpiritHood. It’s a gimmicky product that is little more than a hat/scarf/mittens one-piece combo, designed to make you look like an animal. Here’s the Siberian Husky SpiritHood from their website:

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photo from Sprithoods.com

Now before you get all upset, these are NOT made of real fur. This is 100% acrylic.

SpiritHoods website says it donates 10% of net profits to the conservation of endangered animals. That means that after everyone has gotten paid, THEN 10% will go to conservation efforts. And who are these non-profits they support? None that are large enough to be rated by Charity Navigator.

So let’s get back to the hood itself.

Granted, it’s cute for young partygoers. But the ads are of young women in sensual poses, some naked but for the hood. This despite the website’s claim that these are equally as hip for men as for women. It always bothers me that animals are combined with sex to sell stuff.

There are some knock-0ffs out there, but to have “the real deal,” you’re gonna fork out $119 bucks American.

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This knock-off from iheartraves.com sells for under $20

So, does buying a SpiritHood harm animals? No. Does buying this help animals? The jury is out on that one.

But….. really? You want that? 

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Discussion

25 thoughts on “It’s Time for This Year’s Tacky Holiday Gifts Guide!

  1. I’m too old for parties, but I noticed that faux fur looks really great, so there is no reason to kill animals just for the fur, acrylic is as fashionable as real fur and it’s much better to clean :o)

    Posted by easyweimaraner | November 14, 2014, 4:51 AM
  2. Perhaps $110 could be better spent elsewhere.

    Posted by Charles Huss | November 14, 2014, 5:05 AM
  3. Gah! That’s just plain weird!

    Posted by Genevieve Petrillo | November 14, 2014, 5:32 AM
  4. Oh I saw these guys on Shark Tank. Interesting how the knock off one went a bit “Halloween themed”! Can’t say I’d be wearing one… not to mention it just doesn’t get cold enough round here!

    Posted by DOGthusiast (@dogthusiast) | November 14, 2014, 8:52 AM
  5. I wouldn’t wear it.

    Posted by Hi folks. It's BJ Pup | November 14, 2014, 9:18 AM
  6. Hmmm whee can’t see our hooman wanting one. Whee think she will stick to buying from the local charities in the Christmas Fayres!

    xxxx

    Posted by hutchagoodlife | November 14, 2014, 9:37 AM
  7. Sex sells. It is awful in my opinion.

    Posted by cgw629 | November 14, 2014, 9:57 AM
  8. Reblogged this on cgw629 and commented:
    How awful is this?

    Posted by cgw629 | November 14, 2014, 9:58 AM
  9. Clearly this is the latest piece of tat that we simply MUST HAVE in time for Christmas. Ugh!

    Posted by annabellefranklinauthor | November 14, 2014, 12:17 PM
  10. Um … no, thank you!

    Posted by meowmeowmans | November 14, 2014, 2:02 PM
  11. BOL!!! I actually have to be honest here and say that I SO want one of these haha!!!
    I have been looking at them for a while but they are so super expensive. I can’t say I would wear it in public but I want one just to have one! BOL!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

    Posted by Jenna,Mark “HuskyCrazed” Drady | November 14, 2014, 3:59 PM
  12. We’ll pass on this one!

    Posted by The Island Cats | November 14, 2014, 4:20 PM
  13. They have different sections on their website for men women and kids. I want the black cat men one. And as others say at least its not tacky because its real fur.

    Posted by Jenn Sweeney | November 14, 2014, 6:05 PM
  14. Lord, what idiots us fools be, th paraphrase Shakespeare. Spirit??? Spirit of tacky.

    Posted by kanzensakura | November 15, 2014, 6:13 AM
  15. Yeah, I’m sure the 10% donation really helps animals enough to make up for the damage caused by the factories creating chemical fibers (acrylic) and the environmental costs of shipping junk across the country by trucks.

    It’s not fun being cynical.

    Posted by somethingwagging | November 16, 2014, 2:09 PM
  16. I think they look ridiculous and your neck is still exposed to the elements.

    Posted by Hi folks. It's BJ Pup | November 17, 2014, 5:51 AM
  17. I think they are Adorable!! Remember everyone has different tastes, I think they are fun and cute. And at least they are donating some of the money, most companies don’t donate anything. I think they are a great idea.

    Posted by DD | February 3, 2015, 7:57 PM

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