The post is for those who love pets and the people who know them (me too, hello!) I can totally relate to those who have no idea what to buy their pet-loving family members or friends. Below, you’ll find a list of 15 fun ideas and tried-and-true recommendations for everything from hamster sofas (not a joke) to design-forward toy storage and heirloom-quality ceramic dishware for the furry companion in your life.
You can find similar items at your local pet shop! I’m hoping to serve as a jumping off point – even our four-legged friends deserve a little holiday cheer, you know? Let’s start with a classic recommendation…
1. A New Updated Pet Bed
Warm Cat Bed | Warm Cat Bed | Classic Pendleton Bed | Vintage-Inspired Pet Bed
We’re long-time fans of the Tuft & Needle dog bed (seen here in this punchy makeover and here in Orlando’s gym!), but I’m enamored with this timeless Pendleton blanket bed! It’s such a classic motif – it’s the kind of bed that says “I know design, but I’m not snobby about it.” Speaking of design – if you’re looking for something It is a good idea to use unique, you can’t go wrong with the selection at Funny Fuzzy. What do you think of this vintage-inspired flower bed? (That’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to their inventory, too. Can you imagine bringing out a tent shaped like a gingerbread home for your dog? Incredible.) Finally, I have to recommend this splurge-y cat bed – I’ve been through a few cheaper options, but this is the only bed I’ve found that can REALLY hold its shape. My bed still looks brand new after two years of constant usage!
2. Toy Storage Stylish
Seagrass Pet Storage | Seagrass Pet Storage
What makes cleaning up a lot simpler? A dedicated spot for all your pet’s toys. I love these bins because they have a laundry-cart look. They are also available in different sizes and colours.), but I’m really charmed by the shape and texture of this seagrass bone-shaped basket. That being said, there are tons of affordable bins and baskets out there – find one you love, toss in a few toys, and you’ve created a slam dunk gift.
3. Custom Necklace
Custom Pet Necklace
There are a lot of custom pet gift options out there – socks with your pet’s face on them, hand-drawn illustrations, sweet ornaments, etc. – but I love this necklace as a fresh and modern alternative! Choose from 50 different styles of earring and finishes, and choose the chain length and finish that you want. (The $22 price tag doesn’t hurt, either!)
4. A Modern & Easy-To-Schlep Carrier
Modern Cat Carrier | Rolling Pet Carrier
Do you know a frequent traveler? Upgrade their pet’s accommodations with a fresh and clean travel carrier. This thoughtfully-designed modern option easily slides onto suitcases and can fold open into a comfortable bed, while this rolling version is a LIFESAVER for heavier pets or for long-distance walking. (PS. My cat’s done 10 flights with me this year – I’m asking for the roller bag for Christmas. It’s a far smoother ride for her and WAY more comfortable for me.)
5. Keep-Forever Bowls And Dishes
Bright Pet Sets | Bright Pet Set | Glazed Stoneware Bowls
Dennis, my boyfriend, gave me this ceramic pet set for Christmas last year and it was a perfect gift (it’s available in 2 sizes and a variety of colors). I never would have spent that much on pet dishes – the simple ones I’d grabbed at the pet store had been fine – but I Enjoy the love of your life Interacting with them each day. It is of unrivalled quality! There are tons of great styles out there – why not grab a pair of bowls that remind you of your loved one?
6. Chic Pet Furniture
Spiced Mahogany console | Litter Box Furniture
If you love your pet but aren’t too crazy about the aesthetics of their necessities, might I suggest investing in some specialty furniture? The mahogany cabinet can be used to store aquariums, terrariums or small pet habitats. Your guests will not guess that the Scandi-style blonde cabinet contains a cat litter box.
7. You can also add some tiny additions
Small Animal Couch | Fish & Reptile Tower | Swim-Thru Pottery
Speaking of aquariums and terrariums, you can’t go wrong with any of the pieces from Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent’s Petsmart collection. They’ve designed a curated assortment of accessories and decor for reptiles, fish, and other small pets. (You’ll have the chicest hamster home that the world’s ever seen!)
8. An Easy-to-Clean Litter Box
Litter Robot | Cove Litter Box
A litter box is it a sexy present? Absolutelly not. These are the exceptions: They make sweeping up litter so much simpler! It’s like a gift and an act of service all in one. I’ve had the Cove litter box for about 3.5 years now – I don’t know what kind of magic they did to this lining, but it’s still You can also see our other articles. The construction of the litter box makes it easy to clean, and prevents litter from spreading. The litter box will never be my favorite chore, but it’s painless now! (But for the record, I’d happily swap to a Litter Robot…you know, in case any of my friends are feeling particularly generous this year. :))
9. Classic Collars And Leashes
Novelty Pet Collar| Marine Rope Leash
There’s something so refined You can also find out more about the following: polished about the “woven collar + rope leash” combo, isn’t there? These are both incredibly sturdy (seriously – the leash is made from marine rope, which is durable and soft. It can also hold your dog if it is strong enough to hold a boat. It is designed to last a long time. I’m a fan of this L.L. Bean collar and Foggy dog leash, because I can attest to their quality. But there are many other great options available in local pet shops.
10. A Few Special Toys
Dog & Cat Lick Mat | Foraging Tray | Barkbox Subscription
Although I love stuffed toys, I prefer to give pieces that are more unique. won’t The mats can be ripped apart in a matter of seconds. I’m especially partial to these lick mats (they’re great for dogs You can also find out more about cats, FYI!) Foraging trays and other toys will keep your pet both challenged AND entertained. Beyond that, a Barkbox subscription is a gift that’ll keep on giving all year (and they have some AWESOME Holiday-themed boxes right now).
11. A Scratching Post (That Isn’t An Eyesore!)
Mountable Scratching post
Here’s a sentence I never thought I’d write: I love this scratching post. Sure, it’s inoffensive and sleek (a far cry from the scratching posts of yore!You can mount it on a wall. This is brilliant. It can be left on the ground to encourage cats to make biscuits. You can also hang it up if your cat prefers a higher perch. Biiiiiig stretch.
12. On-the-Go Essentials
Non-Scratch Back Seat Cover | Waste Bag Holder | Travel Water Bottle
My recommendations are always guaranteed to work. You will never regret buying an extra set of dog poo bags. (Pro tip: keep one of these holders on every leash.), a travel water bottle (I like this one because any water that isn’t consumed goes back into the reservoir – it’s not wasteful AND it comes in sizes up to 44oz, which is perfect for hiking!), or an under-$40 seat protector that’ll keep the back seat clean and safe (and it makes it a bit more roomy and comfortable for dogs, too!).
13. A Festive Top
Matching Dog Pajamas| Matching Dog Pajamas
Oh my God. This sweater! The sweater is available in 32 different styles (!!!) and runs from size XS through XL, so you’re guaranteed to find a fit that’s perfect for your pup. (I’m obsessed with the ski styles, which are hilarious and endearing.) On that note: how stinkin’ cute are these pajamas? You can grab the matching (human) PJs here – they’d be perfect for family photos or for Christmas Eve. Kids, especially, will love these. Enjoy the love of your life these – can you imagine how much fun you would have had wearing matching PJs with your beloved childhood pet?)
14. Or An Adorable Accessory
Bow Tie Collar | Hanukkah Bandana
I am done. Stick a fork in me. What kind of Frenchie is this? (He means business.) What a sweet treat these sweetie pies with bandanas are! (They’re ready to play when you are!) Here’s a fact: everyone loves a pet in a bowtie or a relaxed bandana – doubly so when those accessories have a festive spin. It’s a simple way to bring some instant cheer to a cold winter night, don’t you think?
15. Pet Stockings
Stockings in the shape of a paw
…because You can find out more about it here. Every member of your family should have their own stocking. It’s a tradition I learned as a child (complete with paw-shaped stockings). and it’s one I cherish. 🙂 My mom, Brenda, will pack a stocking for each pet – she’ll include toys, treats, catnip, a laser pointer, etc. – and she lets me, her 32 year old grown daughter, open them on Christmas morning and distribute the trappings to each pet in our home. We have a really small family – just the two of us! – so it’s nice to share the love, you know? Highly recommended.
You are now where I will leave you. What other ideas do you have? You know where to drop them… xx
Open Image Credit: Photo by Kaitlin green