Each year, we delight in bringing you the best of the best for the holiday season. We combed through dozens of treats, toys, and other (sometimes super-duper random) pet supplies and ultimately landed on these 10. Half the list is treats because, let’s be real here, treats are probably the only things our pets realllllyyyyyy want to see in their stocking! Plus, I’ve been on a mission to find healthy, wholesome treat options for Coop now that we have his allergy test done, and I lucked out with some awesome options. You’ll also find some goodies for kitties and–coming soon–gifts for you, the pet parent! Be sure to come back on Saturday and Monday for more recommendations!
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The 10 Best Gifts for Pets in 2018
Without further ado! Here’s the list, and stay tuned until the very end where YOU have a chance to win all these amazing holiday gifts!
Henry & Penny Breakfast Buffet
I’m such a sucker for cute packaging and a fun theme. Henry & Penny’s Breakfast Buffet did not disappoint! Three flavors–Banana Bread, Penny Pancakes, and Henry Home Fries–make up the assortment, and I’m not sure Cooper had a favorite! He truly liked them all. In fact, Henry Home Fries aren’t pictured because we went through them so quickly… As I said, I’ve been looking for wholesome treats, and these are spot-on: all-natural ingredients, grain free, no artificial colors or flavors, no chemicals or preservatives, AND the packaging is both BPA-free and recyclable. These are now one of my go-to treat recommendations and a definite winner for Cooper and his sensitive little system! Since they’re so adorably packaged with such a darling theme, these would make a wonderful stocking stuffer or hostess gift! Pick up the set here. (They’re on sale!!)
On Point Pupcakes
Described as “the Betty Crocker” of dog treats, On Point Pupcakes is a mix that whips up a batch of cupcakes or brownies with minimal effort. Seriously, all you have to do is stir the pre-measured ingredients into two mashed bananas (or applesauce or pumpkin puree!) and pour into your muffin tin or pan. It’s seriously that simple. This would make such an adorable gift packaged with a mini muffin tin and spatula for your favorite dog mama to whip up at home. Cooper literally drooled when these came out of the oven. Bonus: The whole house smelled like fresh-baked banana bread. This weekend only: Buy one get one free! Pick yours up here.
Grandma Lucy’s Limited Edition Holiday Treats
We’ve been big fans of Grandma Lucy’s for a long while and have even featured them in the gift guide in the past. These treats tick all the boxes: non-GMO, all-natural, organic, no preservatives, even Kosher certified. On the brand’s website, you can even see where all the ingredients are sourced. I love the holiday-themed bag with the little To/From tag at the top–perfect for giving or stuffing in your pup’s stocking! Also, their gingerbread holiday treats smell SO GOOD! Be warned: You might want to nibble on them yourself.
Get your limited edition treats here. (No longer available.)
Nature Gnaws Bully Sticks
When it comes to bully sticks, I’m one who always erred on the side of caution and avoided. I was leery of the ingredients, tbh. Then, I learned about Nature Gnaws, a small biz in the States committed to making all-natural, single-ingredient chews. The processing with multiple ingredients is what always got me with chews, so I was excited to learn that there could be a healthy alternative. I would love for Coop to be able to have a chew that helps keep his teeth clean and keeps him busy without the risk. So, we gave these a whirl, and both of us were super happy! Bonus: Since they’re available on Amazon, I can easily reorder. Pick up a bag for your pup’s stocking!
West Paw Leash
We’ve always been big fans of West Paw. They make a great toy, and the brand sets the standard for environmentally-responsible manufacturers. I always love the chance to support them. Earlier this year we had a chance to test a new release: They launched leashes and collars! There are two different lines available, the Jaunts for adventures and the Strolls for, well, strolls. We’ve used both, and they’re what you would expect from West Paw. I know the early prototypes had an issue with the hardware, but that’s been rectified in these final versions. I love how you can wear the Jaunts around your waist for a jog or just for hands-free walking. Plus, like everything else they make, the leashes and collars are made with the utmost care to the environment! Grab your own leash here.
Fat Cat Food Toys
When these arrived, John declared them his favorite! They’re hilarious and fun. A durable canvas with witty designs, these toys are definitely for an average chewer. I can’t think of a single dog who wouldn’t want to find one of these under the tree. Each one has fun, floppy parts to keep your pup engaged, and they’re all squeakers. There are four unique characters for every personality–or get them all for a fun gift set! As you can see from the pic, they’re good-sized toys, too. Big enough for big dogs! (My favorite is Chicken N Waffles!!) Available in Chicken N Waffles, Taco Gato, Puppy-Roni, and Donut Cat.
Messy Cats Cat Bed & House
Holy moly. This one is a winner. Maybe THE winner of the holiday season, at least around here. The only problem? Which cat gets to claim this one for snuggles! Every cat is different, and this bed and house combo allows you to either smoosh the top down to create a cozy bed–preferred by cats like Ripley–or pop the top up so it creates a little cave–preferred by cats like Newt. It’s soft and cozy, a chic gray, and made with probiotic technology called EVERFRESH that provides natural, non-toxic odor control. Cats are notoriously finicky about their sleeping quarters, but I don’t think there’s a cat anywhere who wouldn’t fall in love with this bed! Pick one up for your cat this holiday season!
Jackson Galaxy Constellation Convertible Scratcher
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Just when you think the scratcher can’t be innovated any further… Made from dense corrugate to last longer, this scratcher comes with two distinct pieces. You can use the pieces together or separately to create new configurations and keep cats engaged. We tried it in all three recommended ways, and the cats loved ’em all. Honestly, we didn’t even need to use the organic catnip that came with it (to entice cats to use the scratcher) because both girls were instantly drawn to the scratcher and both started using it and exploring all the sides and nooks the second we put it together. In fact, I couldn’t get a clear pic (hence the video) because they were moving and scratching and exploring too much! Pick up one for your cat!
Jackson Galaxy Ground Prey Wand
Just like with bedding preferences, some cats like to play up high (there’s an Air Prey Wand for that) and others love to chase on the ground. Some like both! Ripley is definitely a both! This ground prey wand is sturdily built, which I appreciate because it makes me nuts when parts break off of wands. I worry about my girls choking! Anyway, according to Jackson Galaxy, daily play with the Ground Prey Wand will engage raw cat instincts and build a stronger bond. If your cat is the kind who likes to swipe at toys–or your ankles–from underneath the couch, this one’s for you! Stuff your cat’s stocking with this fun wand!
Johnny Knitsville Custom Snood and Hat
Yah, I might be playing favorites with this one. 🙂 But, what dog doesn’t look dashing in a custom-knit snood? Plus, a matching ear warmer or hat for you?! Can’t be beat in terms of the awwwwwww factor! Snoods work so well for all kinds of dogs. For Coop, he needs the added warmth. The guy refuses to go outside without a sweater when it’s below 40. Any colder? Add a snood, too! For dogs with long, droopy ears, they work to keep the ears out of food and water dishes or when working outside. And when you match your pup, there’s nothing sweeter! Snag a set for you and yours! (BTW, John can customize size and color for any order… just send him a message via Etsy!)
There you have it! My top 10 gifts for pets for this holiday season!
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