Get your paws on these last-minute gift ideas for dogs, cats, and those who love them. They’re practical, require minimal shopping, and most are fit for a pup’s budget.
If there are still names on your gift list to cross off, read on to find the best last-minute gift ideas for dogs, cats, and those that love them.
#1. Masterclass Magic
Gift an annual subscription to Masterclass to the dog lover in your life and they’ll get access to “Lucky Dog” host and expert dog trainer Brandon McMillan’s 3-hour dog training course. That’s not all, subscribers can access the entire library of courses taught by the best in food, music, sports, entertainment, art, and more. This one’s a splurge, but a gift that keeps giving all year long, and 2-for-1 memberships are available now through December 28, 2020.
#2. Keep it Local
Your local independent pet store needs your support now more than ever and is a great place to purchase gift cards and other goodies. Online shopping is easy, but it’s the local stores that offer unique specialty items and where dogs get to choose their favorite toys all by themselves!
#3. Custom Pup Portraits
Send a gift card from our store Pawfect Prints and let your gift recipient design a custom pet portrait precisely to their liking. He or she can choose their favorite dog photo from which the portrait will be created, the portrait background color, frame size, and frame color. Gift cards never expire and can be used for anything in the store.
#4. 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 fur friend or even an overnight stay at your personal dog hotel. Give a Gift, Get a Gift: You’ll enjoy a dog’s company! We also love this idea to gift your elderly neighbors that could especially use help during this time — offer to pick up any needed pet supplies or walk their dog.
#5. 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. If you’re not sure which to choose, consider our favorites, Best Friends Animal Sanctuary or The Grey Muzzle Organization, which funds programs to improve the lives of at-risk senior dogs in animal shelters and rescue organizations.
#6. Make it Monthly
What’s better than a single gift — a gift each month! Present a dog person with a 3- or 6-month subscription to BarkBox, and their dog will receive a surprise box with a selection of full-size toys and treats each month. Find other monthly subscription boxes customized for all types of dogs, like BullyMake for so-called Power Chewers, or DapperDog, which includes a dog bandana in each box.
#7. A Personalized Gift of Your Creation
Present a pet person with a gift coupon to offer your creative or artistic skills to create a pet portrait, a personalized dog blanket or quilt, or a hand-knit a dog sweater in whatever colors the dog chooses.
#8. 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 and Banana Dog Biscuits with a simple recipe that uses ingredients you likely have on hand. Present them to your dog or wrap them up with festive bows for friends or family with dogs.
#9. Dog Insight
Give a gift subscription to a dog magazine that will educate, entertain, and be enjoyed all year long. Woof Report favorites include Modern Dog Magazine and Whole Dog Journal. Order a gift online and wrap up an announcement in a box.
#10. A Personalized Gift Card for the Dog
With Amazon.com’s huge selection of pet products, who wouldn’t love a gift card. Better yet, make it personal — send a gift card in any amount, and include your own or their dog’s photo the print-at-home card or “ecard.” Learn more about customizing your gift card and cross another name off your list. Check out the Woof Report store for gift ideas from Amazon if you want to share gift ideas.
#11. 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 treats or even tennis balls or toys, add a festive holiday bow, and you’re set!
#12. Make them Bake
Just like the ‘mix-in-a-jar’ gifts you’ve seen for cookies and muffins for people, this is the same idea — but for a dog! Simply layer the dog treat ingredients in a mason jar or glass container, add a bow, baking instructions, and optionally, a cookie-cutter. Find instructions and the recipe for this easy and inexpensive do-it-yourself gift in Woof Report’s past tip.
#13. DNA Discovery
Any pet parent would love to know more about her furry sweetheart with a DNA test and Embark offers the most comprehensive results. Find it at Amazon.com/embark.
#14. Plan a Pup Photo Shoot
Sure taking and printing photos with your phone is a snap for you, but maybe not for the dog lover on your list. Plan a quick pup photoshoot (or the handy stand-by, provide a coupon for one after the busy holiday season), then choose the best, edit them and provide printed copies for your gift recipient.
#15. The Best Gift for Your Dog
If you think people appreciate the gift of time (see #4), 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.
Happy Holidays to you and your dogs!