Christmas is almost upon us and I’m sure that despite the pandemic, many of us will still try and have as enjoyable a Christmas as possible even if we can’t see all the friends and family we would like. If we’re lucky, flakes of snow will fall and turn the landscape into a serene white blanket. The smell of mulled wine and eggnog will fill the air and children won’t be able to sleep anticipating the arrival of Santa.
However, Christmas is not only for us humans. It can also be made a special time for our dogs. They are faithful companions all year long, so they deserve to have gifts as well as us. You might even want friends and family to give you dog-related gifts. So, what do you get?
There are a lot of choices out there for both dogs and dog lovers so you will be spoilt for choice. Perhaps your dogs don’t mind dressing up. If so, get them a Christmassy outfit. Toys are always popular, especially with younger dogs. Then what about when you’re taking them for a walk? Wouldn’t they look smart with a new leash and harness? And don’t forget yourself. Perhaps you want a dog-related gift like a framed photo of your pooch.
1. Christmas Outfits
Not all dogs like being dressed up and of course, we must respect their decision. If you are keen to dress them up, the best time to start is when they are puppies. They’ll get used to it much more easily than if we try to dress them up when they’re older.
There are so many cute Christmas outfits out there. You could choose a dog sweater which lights up. How cool is that? It’ll match the Christmas tree and is sure to bring smiles to even the grumpiest of Scrooges. Why not get a sweater with a Christmas tree on it? Being all lit up, it will go well with the actual tree. I also love Santa and Snowman designs. If you can knit, you could even make sweaters for your dogs' yourselves. Imagine the sighs of appreciation you’ll get from your family and friends.
What’s popular nowadays is a hoodie with a Santa riding on top of the dog's back. Now, not all dogs will enjoy this, so don’t start with this costume. Try a sweater first and then if they like it, move it up a notch with a Santa. Your dogs will look super cute and the kids will love it.
You can even get tutus and skirts with Christmas designs so if you have female dogs, why not try this out. In the evening you can put festive pajamas on your dogs. Just like sweaters, you can get them in all sorts of Christmassy designs. Just choose your favorite.
If your pups don’t much like dressing up, there are minimal decorations that you can put on them. Antlers are a good choice and will give everyone a laugh. From this, you might be able to progress onto a hat and scarf. The hats fit right over the ears, so they won’t go flying off as soon as you put them on. As always, if your dog looks distressed, take them off. I know that all of you out there want your dogs to be comfortable.
Yes, toys are more appropriate for younger dogs, but there are still some seniors out there that don’t mind a gentle game of fetch. Now, however, there are lots more extravagant toys out there that can address the mental health of your dogs, not only their physical health.
To start at the easy end, you can buy a tennis ball or frisbee for you and your pups to have some fun with out in the yard. However, balls can be more exciting than this. If you have to go to work, why not leave your pooches with treat dispenser balls. They play with the ball and try to work out how to get the treats out. It can keep them occupied for hours and they won’t miss you as much.
Treat dispensers don’t end at balls. You can get interactive puzzle toys that will exercise the mind of your dogs while giving them a little snack while you’re out. Quite often these come in a round shape with different compartments. You put the treats in the compartments and lock them. Your pups will have to work out how to open the compartments and get the tasty treats out. Again, it will keep them busy for hours.
If you’re a bit tired, but your dogs want to play fetch, a great Christmas gift is an automatic tennis ball launcher. I bet you’ve seen these for tennis stars when they’re practicing. With the touch of a button, the tennis balls are launched, and you have nothing to do. Your dogs will love it and you can imagine what fun it will be for them with one ball coming out after the other. You can set the balls to be launched at different distances so if it’s winter and you’re indoors, you can set it at a closer distance. You can then play with it all year long.
Another great Christmas present is a dog licking mat. These mats have suction cups that help them to stick on a wall or bathtub. All you have to do is spread your dogs favorite food on the mat and let them lick it off. It’s not so easy to get the food off the mat so it will keep them occupied for a long time while you groom or bathe them.
There are lots of other toys out there and I like the puzzle cube. It has two squeaker balls inside, and your dogs will thoroughly enjoy trying to get them out. You can relax while they are doing this and then it will be your turn to play fetch with them.
3. Leads and Collars
Perhaps you just have a plain leash and collar for your dog. Why not crank it up a notch and get brightly colored ones. There’s plenty of choices out there and they will certainly make your dog stand out in a crowd. While your pup may not notice the difference, he will still get excited going out for a walk. If your dog wears a harness, there are plenty of patterned ones to be sourced.
4. Other Christmas Presents for Dogs
There are lots of other gifts you can get for your pooch. Why not get him a new bed so that he can get all cozy once nighttime arrives? He might like a blanket as well if the nights get cold. He can nuzzle in and even hide if there is a thunderstorm or someone is letting off fireworks.
What do dogs love most? I think it’s food so why not give them an extra special treat on Christmas Day or perhaps a little of your turkey even if you don’t usually give them human food. Don’t make it a habit otherwise they might not want to eat their normal food, but a treat now and then isn’t so bad.
5. Gifts for the Person in Your Dog’s Life
If you want to brighten up a dog lover's Christmas Day, you can give them gifts that aren’t specifically for the dog but are things that will make them smile.
If money is no problem, the best gift you can give is a dog camera with Wi-Fi. This way your friend can see their dogs while they are out for the evening or at work. It’s a fantastic device as you can even hear your dog. It's wired up to tell you when your dogs are barking so that you can check up on them. As well as you hearing them, they can also hear you so will be comforted if they are in any way stressed out. You can even send treats remotely as the camera comes with a treat dispenser.
A dog seat with a safety harness is also a great gift. You may want to take your dogs out for a walk at a different location, but you also want them to be safe on the journey just as people are with seat belts.
If the dog lover is female, a necklace is a great idea. It can come with a figure of a dog or a bone, but if you want it to be really special, get a chain with a locket so they can put in a picture of their favorite pooches.
If you get your friend an appointment with a pet photographer, they will find it cool. What’s better than having your pooch’s photo hanging up on the wall? You can even put the picture in frames for different rooms in your house.
If you’re on a tight budget, there are still some cool gifts out there for dog lovers. Why not get a calendar with pictures of dogs, dog socks, T-towels, mugs, or T shirts? You could even get a T-shirt with a picture of their dog emblazoned on it.
6. Final Thoughts
I hope that this blog has inspired you to get the perfect gift for your dog or your dog lover friend. The list of possible gifts is long and there is bound to be something suitable. Your dog will love a toy or a treat while you will get pleasure out of a portrait of your dog.