Pets, to pet owners, are no less than family members. The pandemic-ridden times of 2020 and 2021 in particular saw pet and pet parent bonds strengthen as they spent months on end indoors, keeping each other company. With the holiday season fast approaching, gift planning for our four-legged friends can scarcely wait. If you are a pet owner yourself, you know that your furry friend deserves something special. Even if you aren’t a pet owner, you may well be aware of how nothing makes a loving pet parent happier than a unique, useful gift for her pet. Whether it’s you looking to gift your canine companion or you planning a gift for a pet owner, here are 12 absolutely unique and absolutely delightful pet gift ideas:
- Dog Bandanas
Festivals call for cool new additions to the wardrobe. Make your canine companion the cynosure of all eyes at festive gatherings with doggie bandanas featuring funky colors and prints – floral, psychedelic, geometric, the works! Don’t forget to check the right size before buying!
- Dental Treats
Make sure those canine pearly whites remain as dazzling as ever with dog dental or cleaning treats. One, your dog is going to love these treats. Two, these help reduce plaque and tartar which essentially means better dental health and hygiene.
- Dog Bed
We all know that our four-legged friends love curling up in bed. Buy your pet the gift of better sleep this festive season! Get a super-comfy, faux fur dog bed or mattress that’ll ensure hours on end of terrific sleep. You could also take it to the next level with a nest-like donut bed with an attached blanket.
- A Backpack to Carry a Furry Friend
Are you are an adventure aficionado or have an adventure-thirsty dog loving friend? Get a good backpack in which the furry buddy can snuggle in and come along with her owner during activities like hiking, rock-climbing, and biking. Make sure the sides are ventilated and the safety features are foolproof.
- Doggie Sweater
Holiday celebrations are synonymous with winter and nothing can make for a better gift than a doggie sweater – preferably custom-knitted and with your dog’s face on it. A still better gift idea – for yourself or for a friend – is matching festive sweaters for both pet and pet owner.
- Plush Dog Toy
Who says plush toys are for human kids only? This season, gift your doggie baby a sense of comfort and well-being with a plush dog toy. Choose from a gamut of cutesy designs including dinosaur, tiger, monkey, unicorn, or soldier. Make sure to get a non-toxic model filled with high-quality padding and watch her cuddle up to it at all times of the day!
- Organic Dog Treats
Can a dog ever get enough treats? Let the upcoming holiday celebrations be truly sweet for the furry friend with organic treats including macaroons, cookies, cake, and protein nuggets. There are options galore these days, but the best ones are the ones with fresh, natural ingredients like figs, carrot, oats, and pumpkin.
- Bouncy Balls
Bouncy balls make for a particularly delightful gift for dogs. They can chase one, fit one in their mouths, and spot one with ease. Besides, rare is the canine buddy that does not enjoy the stupidly lively activity of playing fetch.
- Chew Toys
Chew toys, be they bone-shaped, ball-shaped or croissant-shaped, promote mental stimulation, dental hygiene, relieve anxiety, and help prevent destructive chewing. So, go right ahead and get your dog friend a meat-flavored chew toy to dig into this holiday season.
- Baking Molds
Festivals are a time for cakes and bakes. So why should sensitive canine friends be left out? Gift a pet-lover baking molds – preferably bone-shaped for the cutest-looking bakes – so she can get creative in the kitchen for her pet and her pet can enjoy delicious, healthy, homemade treats handmade by her parent!
- Cotton Rope Dog Leash
Unlike nylon leashes, cotton rope dog leashes are sturdy, durable, organic, breathable, and pet skin-friendly. Everything, in other words, a dog parent would like for her pet. Also, they are super-easy to wash and maintain. Need more reasons? Cotton rope dog leashes are uniquely stylish, sure to make your four-legged boy or girl the center of all attention!
- Dog Jacket
Since the time of winter and for holiday celebrations coincides, may as well give your fur baby the warmth and love of a jacket this festive season. Not only will she look super-cute in a jacket – fleece, denim, cotton, or wool – it is sure to give her comfort and protection from the elements while on walks on chilly winter mornings.
It must be noted that the aforementioned gift ideas cannot just be used during holiday celebrations but at any time of the year. Ultimately, the perfect gift for a pet – one’s own or another’s – is one that is a seamless combination of functionality, fashion, and health. Add a generous dollop of love to it and you have an unbeatable present. Unbridled joy, in other words, for both the giver and recipient of the gift.