Is all of your holiday shopping for pets and people done? If so, tuck these ideas away for another time (dare we say Valentine’s Day is just around the corner).
And if there are still names on your gift list to cross off, get your paws on these last minute gifts. They’re practical, require minimal shopping, and they’re fit for a pup’s budget.
- The Gift of Time. What pet person wouldn’t appreciate the gift of your time? Wrap up a custom-made coupon for dog walking, washing a furry friend or even an overnight stay at your personal dog hotel. Free Gift with Your Purchase: extra doggie love.
- A Gift that Gives Back. Your dog, pets in need, and your gift recipient will appreciate your holiday donation or the gift of membership to a shelter or rescue organization. Donate online or with a simple phone call, then share the news with a card with your best wishes for the holidays.
- Pup Pic. Celebrate the love of a dog when you give a framed photo of a friend or family member with his or her pup. If you don’t have a photo, a hand drawn placeholder works in a pinch, and will get a smile.
- A Personalized Gift of Your Creation. Present a pet person with a gift coupon to offer your artistic skills to create a pet portrait, create a personalized dog towel or blanket or hand knit a doggie sweater or sew a quilt in whatever colors the dog chooses.
- From Your Kitchen to a Dog’s Mouth. Who can resist homemade cookies? Nobody, and definitely not your dog. Bake a batch of Peanut Butter Dog Biscuits with a simple recipe that uses ingredients you likely have on hand. Present them to your dog, or wrap them up in cellophane bags and tie them with festive bows for friends or family with dogs.
- Dog Talk. Give a gift subscription to a dog magazine that will educate, entertain, and be enjoyed all year long. Woof Report favorites include Bark Magazine, Modern Dog Magazine and Fido Friendly. Order a gift online and print out an image of the latest cover to include with your card.
- Treat a Dog. Pick up a pretty ceramic jar, a glass canister with a clamp lid, or even a simple Mason jar from your grocery store. Fill it with store bought or homemade dog biscuits or treats, add a holiday bow, and you’re set! See Woof Report’s past tip for more details.
- Plan a Pup Photo Shoot. Sure taking and printing photos with a digital camera or even the camera on your phone is a snap for you, but maybe not for the dog-lover on your list. Plan a quick pup photo shoot (or the handy stand-by, provide a coupon for one after the busy holiday season), then crop and touch it up and provide a nice big glossy printed copy for your gift receipient.
- The Gift is in the Mail. What happens when you find the perfect dog-lover gift online and it won’t arrive until after Christmas? That’s easy – place your order, print out a photo of the gift and include it with a festive bag of dog treats, so at least you-know-who will get some instant gratification.
- The Best Gift for Your Dog. If you think people appreciate the gift of time (see #1), you haven’t talked to your dog lately. Give your dog the gift at the very top of his wish list – your time. Spend quality time together and play, go for a walk and let him stop and sniff everything, and join him in his other favorite activities.
See more gift ideas in Woof Report’s Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide! You’ll find 80+ gift ideas for pets and pet people on your list.
Happy Holidays to you and your dogs – we wish you all the best in 2012!
Thank you to pensacolawinterfest on flickr for the photo.