Globally 57% of consumers around the world own pets (according
to 27,000 online consumers whom GfK surveyed in 22 countries) .
Dogs are the most popular pets owned by 33% and cat owners make
up 23% of pet owners.
Even hard to buy for family, friends, and dog owners like
personalized gifts. And, what could be more personalized that
gifts for those who have a special bond with their pet?
Gift cards to their favorite pet store is always a good go to
when it comes to gift giving; however I think we can help you find
a gift that might be enjoyed a bit more by your favorite pet owner
who has the perfect dog (or cat).
Homemade Gifts can make great gifts and save you money all while
showing how much you care about the gift recipient and his/her
Homemade Dog Food
In today’s day and age, many people make their owner dog food
which can be a tasty treat. Why not add some value to your
friend’s best friend’s meal by adding some value to it? You
can cook up some fresh chicken, beef, liver or even some select
veggies to make his meal more palatable to him.
Thankfully cooking large amounts of dog food can be easy. All
you need is an oven or a slow cooker to add value to the dog’s
meal. And, the nice thing is that pets don’t need added spices,
salt or any additives. Salt, garlic and onions can actually be
toxic to pets! Stick with whole foods and no seasonings to make
Homemade Dog Treats
Everyone likes treats, cookies or “snacks” as I like to call
Homemade dog treats can also be a fun holiday gift idea for any
holiday, and make a great gift!
All pet owner like a well thought out personalized gift that
they can share with their best four-legged friend.
I wrote an article 8 years ago about making dog treats, even
prescription dog treats for your pet or your friend’s or
family’s pet! Yes, even if they are on a prescription diet.
For more on that click here
And, Chet wrote an article and posted great, simple recipes for
great tasty treats a year earlier. For those click here
Just a few months ago, even “Good House Keeping” got
involved in helping pet owners and their friends find just the
right mixture of great tasting items to make any dog happy!
As you can clearly see, homemade dog treats can be a great way
to save a little “dough” while adding a personalized touch to
your gift giving, this holiday season.
Homemade Dog Toys
It is pretty easy to make a dog toy that your best friend’s
adorable dog will love! Not only will this save you some cold
hard cash, you can personalize some of these gifts by adding the
dog’s name or countenance.
Grab a few tennis balls from your local sporting store, cut
holes in the middle and thread them on a large piece of rope or a
small piece of rope (dependent on the size of the dog owner’s
dog). Dogs love both tennis balls and rope toys so this can be a
win-win for the dog and something that not all dogs have at their
Want something DIY dog and machine washable? Grab some fleece
or felt scraps and braid them together. Tightly braided, colorful
felt can make great tug toys and will also please the eye. Want
to customize it? Add the dog’s name to make it extra
*Take it to the next level (because pet gifts are the best) and
make a simple chew resistant, machine washable, amazing dog bed.
This article will show you how truly simple it is to make a chew
resistant (nothing is indestructible or chew proof) dog bed.
Great Holiday Pet DIY and Pet Buys
Life is short and the life of the average pet, is unfortunately
shorter. Get your friends and family gifts that can be
personalized with their pet’s face or countenance.
Do It Yourself
There are lots of things you can do yourself if you are
I, personally, spent my high school and younger years drawing
and selling pet portraits. I used to have quite the booming
business, until I realized I wanted to get out of the house to work
with people. Staying inside working at home all day, every day
wasn’t great for my psyche! But, I still occasionally find time
to draw my friends and family’s pets for them. It is cheap,
only requires a piece of high quality paper and some pens or
pencils. If I want to take it to the next level I can even get it
framed for presentation.
Even if you aren’t the budding artist you can do some great
“make it yourself” adorable dog, dog themed, high quality
Sneak a fun photo of the chosen furry pet or group of pets.
These can make great gifts of cat owners too, by the way!
Photos can now easily be transferred to almost any kind of cloth
Do you have a friend that loves quirky T-shirts, socks,
underwear, or totes? It is fairly simple to buy the materials,
print the photo and iron on the image to the chosen gift item.
And, the good news is that today’s “iron on” prints are of
much higher quality than years ago. Most have vibrant colors and
print and transfer easily!
Like painting, but maybe you aren’t going to be nominated for
painting of the year? Have fun with it! Get the supplies and
give it a try. A gift made with love is far better to most than a
gift card or something that had no deep meaning. Wine nights and
painting nights have become the new craze all over the country!
Why not grab your other best friend and try your hand at some
relaxing painting while sipping some amazing wine. I think this
is a win, win idea!
Ceramics are another fun gift idea! I don’t know any self
respecting pet owner who wouldn’t enjoy another doggy or kitty
cookie jar. Ceramics classes are another great idea to bond with
your favorite people while crafting the perfect holiday, wedding,
mother’s day, or any reason gift!
Know a coffee, tea, or hot chocolate lover? Why not make them
a new coffee mug with some adorably placed paw prints and their
pet’s names. These can also make great house warming gifts.
I love, love, love to braid leashes. All you need is a clip
and some strips of leather and you can search online how to make
I love a good homemade, soft, dog leash.
iphone cases can literally be personalized with any picture you
send them! What a fun gift that will be and that will bless their
life daily and keep on giving all year long!
Imagine seeing your favorite face every time you touch your cell
phone! After all, we are a society that is ruled by technology,
cell phones and social media; why not
I must admit, I am not a big fan of jewelry, which is not like
most women! But I LOVE jewelry that has pictures or likenesses of
my dogs (and cats).
One of my favorite pieces is a necklace and pendant that was
made from the actual impression from my actual dog’s nose!
Did you know that dog noses are like fingerprints, no two are
alike! All I had to do was take a bit of non-toxic waxy
impression material, mix it and press it to my dog’s nose, twice
(to make sure you get a good impression). Next, I just sent the
impression to the artist who cast it in sterling silver and sent me
my necklace in a few weeks. It can also be customized with the
dog’s name on the back! It is something I will cherish for the
rest of my life and might make the day of your favorite pet
owner. For more information, click here
I also like some of the dog breed specific gold and silver
sterling pendants I have collected over the years. Check out this
or search through hundreds that might better fit your needs listed
on google, amazon, or Etsy! You can also get several artists to
customize actual pictures of the exact pet!
These are definitely fun but high end holiday or just regular
gift ideas. I wouldn’t care if it was Mother’s Day, Wedding
Gift, or sympathy after a dog died or losing a pet. This
wonderful gift idea will stun its recipient, bring a smile and last
Quilts and Blankets
Another one of my personal favorites are quilts and blankets
that have been customized to the pet.
A few years ago my family compiled a group of photos from the
year that included my dog and their kids throughout the year and
experiences we had shared together and put them on a nice fleece
blanket. It was one of those moments that make you want to cry
because the sentiment was so very heartfelt.
I cherish that blanket and have it hung up on the wall in my
bedroom. It is a constant reminder of good times shared with
family member and the bond they have with my furry best friend.
These picture blankets can be found offered around the internet.
Walmart photo, collage dot com, and Shutterfly are just a few who
can offer high quality, well executed picture blankets.
Special Gift for the Competitor
I also like to compete in dog sports and in many dog sports the
item you win, when you place first, second or third, or if you
qualify; is a ribbon.
I probably have close to 100 ribbons around my house. Many are
displayed, but many get pushed into drawers or filed or even
Years, ago when I was working for a friend at her doggy day care
and taking agility classes (she was also a competitor in many dog
sports, especially agility) I noticed she had a home made quilt
full of ribbons that she and her dog had won, over the years.
It was beautiful!
I have had envy of this quilt since and continue to have
aspirations to have my own made one day. It will totally
declutter the home of your favorite doggy sport competitor and it
is a cherished, customized gift. And, even though most of us are
crazy competitors, I am guessing most of us also won’t notice if
a few special ribbons go missing to make this one of a kind
Want to get one of these made for your favorite dog
competitor? Click here
Or, if you are a quilter I see a fun hobby in your future!
Cat Gift Ideas
Ahhhhh yes, the crazy cat lovers! Actually, I certainly am
one! I have often recognized myself as more cat lover than dog
lover, (don’t worry I love them both) but you can’t really make
a good living training domestic cats!
Thankfully, I have had the opportunity to work with big cats and
cheetahs, but again, it is slightly more difficult making a living
But, long story short, I LOVE cats!
Ironically, even though the numbers of pet ownership fall on the
side of dog owners, the ability to find cat related items are
probably 3 times as easy.
I suppose it is because the average cat owner is easily pleased
by “any” cat, while many times dog owners are seeking specific
breeds. And, trust me, as a Dutch Shepherd owner it is nearly
impossible for me to find great dog breed related items.
But it is pretty simple to find big orange cats or even cartoon
cats that will bring a smile.
Meowington’s is one of my favorite websites. You can decide
if you want to buy the cat a gift, buy the cat lover a gift, or
even choose from wonderful gifts that are under $10!
They also have great customer service.
Uncommon Goods, and etsy also have great cat holiday or anytime
I have a good friend, who is also a veterinary technician where
I work and she has 12 cats. Don’t worry, she has a spacious
house, makes sure they are all vetted, and cleans up after them at
least twice a day. I love going on websites and finding her
interesting items like: cat coloring books, cat wine stoppers, and
cat light guards. After all anything CAT is more fun!
Let’s face it, the sky is the limit for your favorite pet
owner, just put a little thought and love into your gift and your
friend will adore you forever.
Don’t forget to share this with your dog lover friends so they
can pick their faves!!
Source: FS – TheDogTrainingSecret
Best Holiday Gift Ideas for Dog Lovers