Pets can be a little like toddlers in that they’re known to play with (or in) the box the present comes in. But that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be indulged at the holidays with really great stuff. Cashmere sweater? French-style pet macarons? Nothing’s too good for the other pea in your quarantine pod. They haven’t left your side. Ever. So it’s time to lay on the holiday love. On a tight budget this year? Lots of folks are this year, so we have fun ideas for as little as $3.99.
Whether your heart belongs to a gentle giant of a dog or a tiny fluffball kitten, celebrate the interspecies bond you share with a token of your gratitude for their unconditional love. Oh, and we have really fun picks for the other pet lovers in your life too. If these gifts don’t strike your fancy, check out our roundups of gifts for her, gifts for him, practical gifts, Amazon 5-star gifts, top-rated Nordstrom gifts and gifts for everyone else.
Gifts for dog lovers
Blueberry Pet Puffer Jacket (starting at $26.99; amazon.com)
Keep your dog warm in one of these sleek toppers. It’s available in four colors, including season-worthy deep rouge (pictured) and hunter green.
Custom Mini Cereal Boxes of Food, 2-Pack ($29; sundaysfordogs.com)
Unfamiliar with Sundays food? It’s a chewy, air-dried alternative to kibble your pup will surely gobble up. When that tasty fare comes in boxes adorned with their name and face, gifting your pup just got as easy as…yes, Sunday morning.
Haute Diggity Dog Lick Croix Barkling Water Plush Dog Toy ($15.95; nordstrom.com)
With this plush toy, now your dog can have a La Croix addiction too.
Durable Dog Leash ($58; wildone.com)
Upgrade your everyday adventures with this gold-standard leash. Its length adjusts in a snap. Unlike fabric leashes, it’s odor-resistant and wipes clean. It comes in eight chic shades.
Casper Dog Bed (starting at $113, originally starting at $125; casper.com)
OK, sure, maybe this bed seems expensive, but doesn’t your pooch deserve just as good a mattress as you do? Made by the same minds behind your favorite Casper mattress, you know this thing is plush and built to last.
The Game ($55; fablepets.com)
Perfect for keeping a stir-crazy pupper occupied on cold, gray days, this toy-feeder hybrid will be as fascinating as that squirrel outside the window. It lays down physical and mental challenges that will entice them to keep moving (and unlock tasty tidbits).
Rocco & Roxie Bandana ($15.97; amazon.com)
Your dog will strut through the neighborhood proudly in their new bandana. Tie it in front, in the back Western-style or twisted to the side like a fashionista. It comes in tons of patterns, but this red-and-green flannel one has extra holiday oomph.
Portland Pet Food Holiday Treats ($10; uncommongoods.com)
These crumbly good handmade biscuits will give your fur baby a taste of the holidays without starting a table scraps habit. Both the pumpkin bones and gingerbread people are grain-free and human-grade.
The Cold Snap Snood ($15.99; etsy.com)
Calling all dapper doggos! These hand-knit snoods come in scads of colors. The golden yellow one, shown, will add a pop of cheer (besides keeping them nice and toasty) on gray-day walks.
Bonne et Filou Dog Macarons ($23.99; amazon.com)
For the really spoiled pet (no judgment here), may we suggest handcrafted French-style macarons made of honey and yogurt? Pick from naturally flavored strawberry, lavender, rose, vanilla or mint (for a sweet dog with less-than-sweet breath) or a combination.
Soapy Tails Dog Shampoo Bar ($8; amazon.com)
Pick a bar, any bar! Pamper your pooch in a bath that will work wonders for their coat type, from wiry or smooth to corded or silky. There’s even one for puppy fur. All of these editor-approved bars are made with natural ingredients, and they suds up nice and frothy.
Christmas Pom-Pom Dog Hat (starting at $14.90; amazon.com)
Your dog is pretty darn cute already, but just imagine! Aside from being beyond adorable, this cozy head covering will keep their ears warm on nippy nighttime walks.
Walkee Paws (starting at $32.99; amazon.com)
Essentially snazzy dog leggings with grippy boots, these will protect their feet from snow, ice and salt or chemicals on sidewalks. They also help elderly dogs or other dogs who are unsteady on their feet from slipping on wet pavement. When you return from your walk, just toss them in the washing machine. Your floors will stay cleaner too.
HolidayTails The Magical Sleigh Ride ($29.99; petco.com)
Hello, holiday card photo. This sumptuously soft plush bed will get oohs and aahs from everyone. The high, bolstered sides make it easy for small and medium-size dogs to curl up for a long winter’s nap.
Gifts for cat lovers
PetFusion Jumbo Cat Scratcher Lounge ($79.95; amazon.com)
Here we have an eye-catcher that checks three boxes. For one, it saves your furniture by giving your cat plenty of scratchable cardboard surface. It’s also a lounger, big enough for two cats to laze and play on. And last, it saves space in your living room, since you don’t need both a scratching post and a cat tree. It’s a win-win-win.
Organic Catnip Garden-in-a-Bag ($17; etsy.com)
Cats are a fussy lot, but if there’s one thing they all like, it’s catnip. Keep a fresh supply of it on hand and save a bit of money by growing your own indoors. It’s easy with this complete kit. Your cat will repay you with hysterical displays of the catnip crazies.
Petmate Jackson Galaxy Dumpling Bed ($25.99, originally $29.99; wayfair.com)
It’s a squishy pink dumpling! That should be more than enough, but just so you know, it has a self-warming layer on one side to keep kitties cozy. That’s especially nice for older or arthritic cats. (In the summer, just flip the bed over.) And the cover zips off for washing.
Bacon or Egg Cat Toy ($6.99 for either one, or $11.99 for one of each; amazon.com)
Tuck one or two of these hand-cut, -stuffed and -stitched toys in their stocking. They’re made of wool felt and filled with organic catnip. These will make for funny Insta snaps for sure.
Goody Box Holiday Toys and Treats ($27.99, originally $39.39; chewy.com)
Can’t decide what to give your favorite feline this year? Make it easy on yourself (and your budget) by ordering up this treasure chest of cat love. Kitty will get an assortment of top toys and treats, six in total. Bonus: The sturdy, decorative box is reusable.
Leaps & Bounds Teacup Toy ($3.99; petco.com)
Spot of tea? This toy may look dainty, but it brings lots of play power for the price. The tea bags are stuffed with organic catnip, and the saucer crinkles. Plus, it’s made of the lightest felt you can imagine so it can be tossed high and chased far.
Christmas Cloak ($12.99; amazon.com)
Just look at the photo. What else do you need to know?!
Laptop Scratching Pad ($35; uncommongoods.com)
If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em, right? Many cats have a thing for sitting on our laptops while we’re trying to work. Channel their obsession -— and keep their claws in shape while you’re at it — with this clever scratching pad. It even has a mouse (the furry kind) attached!
Petsafe Drinkwell Butterfly Fountain ($24.45, originally $29.99; amazon.com)
It’s the rare cat who enthusiastically laps up water from a bowl. Can’t you just hear them? Drinking mindlessly from a common bowl is so…dog. They may be more likely to lick water from a dripping faucet or the toilet. Enter the splashy freshness of this fountain. It comes with filters, and the flow is adjustable.
Fish Christmas Stocking ($27.99, originally $34.99; personalizationmall.com)
After keeping you faithful company all this time in quarantine, your cat deserves their own stocking this year. This fish-shaped one will hold plenty of swag from Santa. Kitty’s name is embroidered in your choice of fonts.
Catit Lickable Treats Variety Pack ($10.39, originally $12.99; amazon.com)