2019 gift guide: Great Christmas presents for pets and pet lovers
We think of our pets as four-legged family members, so this holiday season, why not give them something extra special under the Christmas tree?
A new survey from Rover found that 25% of Canadian pet parents say their animals will receive more gifts this year than other members of the family. And 60% said they would get a stocking for their pet too.
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This year’s roundup of fantastic presents for pets and pet lovers features something for everyone on your list. There are clothes (for animals and people alike), washable home decor, activities, pet services, and subscriptions that will keep the spirit of giving alive long after the holidays are done.
Matching people and pet PJs
Snuggle up on the couch for movie night with Fido and the whole family in these matching buffalo plaid pyjama suits ($59, Indigo). With sizes in adult, kids, baby, AND pet — complete with button-bum flaps — how perfect would these be for the annual howl-iday photos?
Personalized ID tags
Say “I ruv you” to your companion animal with personalized ID tags. With dozens of designs to choose from, you can personalize by your home province and pet’s unique personality — couch potato, diva, etc. — and there’s space for contact and medical info and vet’s contact. Comes in two sizes based on your pet’s weight.
Bonus: 35% of proceeds are donated to Vancouver Humane Society when you use this link.
The ultimate Canadian dog shirt
With a lightweight jersey lining and snap-front closure, the Beaver Canoe iconic red plaid shirt embraces Canadian style and is easy to put on Fido for the perfect fit — and holiday Instagram pics, obviously ($29.99 to $39.99, PetSmart).
A cozy couch throw
Perfect for layering on your bed, or cuddling up with your four-legged friend on the couch, a cozy blanket from Urban Barn is the ultimate indulgence for hanging at home during the holidays (From $39, Urban Barn).
Bonus: Until Dec. 15, $5 from the sale of each throw blanket benefits the Montreal SPCA through its Blanket the Country program.
Super comfy doggo gear
The most popular item in its “Dog Collection,” this Tell Your Dog I Say Hi crewneck is super cozy and fleecy inside ($58).
Bonus: Vancouver’s Big Wild Boutique donates 5% of profits to a different animal rescue organization each season.
Customizable pet socks
Upload your favourite photo of your pet and — BAM — get them on a pair of really comfy socks. Custom works from DivvyUp start at $24.
Bonus: For each pair bought, DivvyUp donates a pair of socks to a homeless shelter.
Flannel Christmas bow ties
Bow-wow! Make your doggo Instagram-ready for the holidays with these Christmas flannel bow ties from Vancouver’s Danes and Divas that attach to any collar. Available in 4- and 5-inch widths, based on the size of your four-legged friend (Etsy Canada, $19).
Cozy dog walking boots
Bye bye wet feet! With a water-repellent shell and ultra posh faux fur lining, the Lhotse boot (Native Shoes, $160) create an oasis for your feet on those soggy winter dog walks.
Bonus: 5% of holiday sales from every pair sold benefits the BC SPCA thanks to its “Kind to All Kinds” ambassador initiative.
Midnight floral dog towel
Make bath time more fun with a beautiful floral towel to dry your pup with (Big Wild Boutique, from $21). Comes in two sizes.
Bonus: Handmade in Bali, 25% of proceeds from these 100% cotton, washable towels goes to fund sterilizations and vaccinations of animals in developing countries.
Pet-friendly washable rug
Say goodbye to the classic dog owner equation of “Muddy dogs + rugs = disaster.” Ruggable Founder Jeneva Bell created a line of machine-washable rugs after her dog ruined her new rug because the odour from a pet accident wouldn’t come out. The two-piece rug systems (waterproof and stain-resistant rug cover, plus rug pad) are hypoallergenic and non-toxic, and they come in hundreds of cute designs for every decor (Rugs from $109).
Benefits: Ruggable supports A Sense of Home, a charity that creates homes for kids aging out of foster care.
For the toy-killing doggo
For the dog who likes to tear out the stuffing of their toys, they’re in for a surprise when they learn the OMG! Surprise Toy ($11.99, PetSmart) has a second toy inside.
The gift that keeps on giving. Vancouver-based Meowbox will send five to seven unique cat toys and goodies to your house every month through its handy subscription service ($29.95, free shipping). For every Meowbox sold, the company donates a can of cat food to a shelter through its One Box Can program.
Pet boarding and walking services
Rover is like the Airbnb of pet services, connecting owners with peer-reviewed, pre-approved providers in your area. That includes in-home boarding, pet sitting, dog walking, or daycare. Bonus: Use the code DAILYHIVE50 (until December 31) for $50 off your first cat or dog service.
A very stylish pet carrier
Carry your pet in style with this Matt and Nat carrier ($185, Indigo). Breathable side- and front-panel mesh with roll-up flaps and a padded bottom means your pup will be riding in comfort too.
Protect your pup from the elements
Keep Fido warm, dry and cozy with West Coast-inspired outerwear. At $28, the price point for this RC Pets coat is great and 100% of proceeds are donated to the BC SPCA over the holiday season.
Desert motif pet bed
With geometric motifs in rich hues straight from the desert sky, the subtle animal accents in this pet bed is a sweet reminder to love all animals big and small. With a super cozy fleece exterior and removable cover for easy cleaning, this custom bed comes in three sizes with proceeds benefitting Mercy For Animals (from $33).
Cozy winter layering pieces
This cozy fleece dog jacket is one of TeckleKlub’s bestselling items, and for good reason. Made in Canada, it comes in an easy-on, easy-off fit for doggos of all sizes, has a reflective collar and can be monogrammed with Fido’s initials ($34, TeckleKlub)
Benefit: 10% of proceeds benefit SAINTS, an end of life sanctuary for pets.
Plus pet stuffies
Part of PetSmart’s Philanthropic Collection, the holiday plushies Chance, Lucky, Hope, and Dream are back. With squeakers inside, naturally. A steal at $5 each. Have a harder-to-buy-for pet lover, you can also get a Chance, Lucky & Friends PetSmart gift card, with 10% of value supporting charity.
Benefit: 10% of sales support pet therapy programs at children’s hospitals.