6 holiday gifts for the pets in your life

While you’re finishing up your holiday shopping over the next few weeks, don’t forget your furry friends. Pets deserve to be pampered, too. After all, they’re the family members that always love unconditionally. And even if you’re not a pet owner, chances are you know someone whose animal would welcome a new toy or tasty treat. Show the fur babies some love this holiday season with one of our picks.

Kruuse BUSTER Dog Maze Bowl

Know a dog that tends to scarf its food down? This bowl helps animals slow their eating pace which prevents overeating, plus having to work the food through the maze gives the pooch a bit of a brain workout. Big or small, all dogs could use more stimulation during the winter. Grab a bowl for the canine lovers in your life.


Just like us humans, pets love a good subscription box. This gift is perfect for both dog owners and non-dog owners who want to do something special for a friend or family member’s pooch. Barkbox has different options for gift plans, including one-month, three-month, six-month or 12-month, all with free shipping. The boxes are chock full of curated toys and treat with a monthly theme. Each product is unique and fun, making Barkbox something your favorite dog will look forward to each month.

Pet Hammock

All furry friends deserve to live in comfort, including small animals like ferrets, guinea pigs, rabbits and hamsters. This hammock is the perfect place for little creatures to curl up in their cage and take a snooze. The hammock is fleece-lined on one side and nylon on the other, so it can easily be flipped depending on the weather. Kittens would also enjoy lounging in this cozy bed.

Petcube Bites HD Pet Camera

This one is a little bit of a splurge, but worth it for those that worry about the wellbeing of their pets while they are away. This camera has two-way audio, motion and sound detection, and comes with a free trial of Petcube Care, which records video history. Not only can you see and interact with your pet wherever you go through an app on your phone, but the Petcube can also remotely dispense treats to your animal, helping quell any separation anxiety they might experience. The camera gives peace of mind to both pets and owners.

Metal pet ID tags

I recently experienced the terror of my indoor cat going missing for over a week. Knowing that he wasn’t wearing an ID tag made the situation even more heart-wrenching. Don’t take the risk—if you own a pet who doesn’t have a collar or tag, it’s time to get one. This shop has cute, custom-made tags in a variety of metals. Keep your fur babies stylish and safe this winter by purchasing one.

2-In-1 Pet Glove

Most pets are a bit wary of being combed or brushed, but this product helps make grooming a bit more relaxing. The glove not only serves as a brush and de-shedding tool for both cats and dogs, but the rubber tips also give your pet a gentle massage. That should stop the hisses and whines at grooming time. Happy pet (plus a less hairy household) makes the 2-In-1 Pet Glove a winner.

Pet Holiday Pop-Up Cat Tent

If you’ve ever had a cat in your life, you know how much they love to sit inside things, whether it’s a cardboard box or a pile of fresh laundry. Stop getting your clean clothes covered in fur and buy this cat tent for your little nester. The tent provides their own little space, plus it features a dangling ball for when they’re in the mood to play. And best of all, it’s foldable, so you can move the tent around the house without having to worry about it taking up too much extra space or being an eyesore.

Microfiber Fleece Pet Blanket

Midwestern winters can be brutally cold. Help keep your favorite companions warm and cozy with this soft sherpa blanket. If your animals are known for stealing your favorite throw, give them their own special blanket to curl up on. They’ll love how soft and comfy it is and you’ll be happy your couch is no longer covered in animal hair (but let’s be honest, that will never happen).

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