The Dog Daily HolidayGift Guide
Man's best friend remains loyal to his people 365 days a year, and it would be a shame to forget Fido on the holidays. In fact, about 80 percent of dog owners say they buy gifts for their dogs. The number-one gift-giving holiday is Christmas (of course!), but it's not easy to find the special present that will put your pup in the holiday spirit, along with the rest of us. Check out these special, can't-miss gift suggestions. But don't forget that while gifts may be fun, but nothing is better than lots of tender love and care. Your dog's favorite toy is YOU.
Pendleton Dog Jacket
Your preppy puppy should be the most stylish (and warm) dog in the park. Forget corny plaid sweaters-let L.L. Bean outfit him. The Pendleton Dog Jacket is an adorable cover-up that features classic trapper stripes. Made of a super-warm wool material, it has a secure Velcro closure to keep it in place. It is available in small, medium and large. Choose from white or green.
L.L. Bean, (800) 221-4221
Retail price: $34.50
Protect your pup from the elements this holiday season. Although some dogs, especially large ones, love trekking through the snow, many absolutely dread going outside in a snowstorm to do their business. The Pet Umbrella is basically an umbrella on a leash that attaches to your pet's collar (it does not rest on his neck or head), enabling you to shield him from the rain, sleet, and snow with minimal effort. You can also get a matching people umbrella.
Global Pet Products, (877) 768-2059
Retail price: $16
D. Bauer Necklace
Most humans love to get jewelry for the holidays. Although your dog would look positively silly wearing a strand of pearls, and gold rings are out of the question, the Three Strand 10-inch Necklace by D. Bauer would be the perfect luxury gift for your little princess. This beautiful collar made of crystals may seem familiar: It was featured in the movie Legally Blond 2. You can choose from several different colors and metal finishes.
PawPrintz Pet Boutique, (713) 935-2162
Retail price: $75
Lil' Pup Bowl
Forget boring ceramic or plastic food bowls, your dog should dine in style. The stainless steel Lil' Pup Bowl is sure to stand out in your kitchen, as it resembles a work of modern sculpture. It is dishwasher safe and holds up to two cups of food. But best of all it has an easy-to-grip handle, so no matter how sloppy an eater Fido is you can pick up the bowl without getting dog food all over your hands. Choose from three colors: brio, moss, or haze.
Barker & Meowsky, (773) 868-0200
Retail price: $32.50
Wiggly Giggly Santa
The must-have stocking stuffer is the Wiggly Giggly Santa. The Wiggly Giggly ball has been a canine favorite for years and is given a Santa cover especially for this jolly time of year. Just give this rotund Santa a toss and listen to those silly Wiggly Giggly signature sounds. Of course, Wiggly Giggly Santa will still be in fashion after the holidays are over, because his cover can be easily removed.
DogToys, (877) 364-8697
Retail price: $9.95
Good Dog Bath Towels
Most pet owners pull out the old ripped, stained towels when it's time to give pup a bath. You know you do it too. Why not treat your pooch to his very own set of soft, luxurious towels? Good Dog Bath Towels are super-absorbent and have the words "good dog" woven in green. These 40-by-20-inch towels come in sets of two, tied with an ivory ribbon.
George, (877) 322-3232
Retail price: $29.50
And something for you...
Even if you have resisted filling up your home or your office cubicle with photos of your dog, little breed statues, mugs, and other goodies, you still need a calendar. Why not one that showcases your dog's breed? Willow Creek Press offers beautiful calendars in 35 different designs. Got a mutt at home? There are mutt calendars too. And if your 15-pound mixed breed seems to have the heart of a Rottweiler, you can get him a Rottweiler calendar as inspiration!
Willow Creek Press, (715) 358-7010
Retail price: $9