December 9, 2015
DogWatch’s 2015 Holiday Gift Guide – 10 Gifts For Dog-Crazy People
So you’ve tackled the all important pet gifts thanks to Part One of our annual Holiday Gift Guide. Now you need to find the perfect gifts for your two-legged friends. Never fear, DogWatch is here!
In Part Two of our 2015 Holiday Gift Guide, we’ve tracked down 10 eye-catching, adorable, useful and irresistible presents sure to delight the dog-crazy people in your life. Check ’em out below, and maybe pick up a few things for yourself while you’re at it!
This year, consider a gift that gives back, like these adorable handcrafted felt tree ornaments from hip furniture and housewares store West Elm. For each ornament purchased, West Elm will donate $1 to the ASPCA to support their many worthy animal welfare initiatives. The ornaments depict a handful of Instagram’s most famous pet celebrities, including fluffy dog sisters Kokoro and Chibi, Nala the sweet, blue-eyed Siamese/Tabby cat and Cookie the super-stylish toy poodle from NYC. Buy one, and it’s sure to wind up on Instagram with the hashtag #bestgiftigotthisyear! $6-$8 each on sale, Available from West Elm.
You know how they say pets and their owners often look alike? Make the saying even more true by buying your favorite dog and human duo some matching duds from Hello Apparel! The Arizona-based company is known for their super-cool t-shirts, sweatshirts and kids clothes emblazoned with their signature logo, as well as their commitment to supporting a variety of humane and no-kill animal organizations. Recently, Hello Apparel, in partnership with dog e-tailer Lucy & Co., expanded their line to include clothes for dogs. Our favorite item is the Red Hoodie, complete with a kangaroo pocket, white front zipper, and a helpful opening in the back for the dog’s leash. It pairs perfectly with the Adult Red Champ Pullover and the Kids Raglan Pullover. Because nothing says “I’m crazy about my dog” like matching tops! Dog Hoodie $40, Adult Pullover $50, Kids Pullover $40, Available from Hello Apparel and Lucy & Co.
Take Martin Handford’s classic “Where’s Waldo” books, replace illustrations with stunning landscape photography and add one energetic Border Collie and you have Andrew Knapp’s best-selling 2014 book Find Momo and its 2015 sequel Find Momo: Coast to Coast. The project, which began as photo presents for Knapp’s nieces and nephews, blossomed with the help of Instagram into a phenomenon, with 400,000 Instagram followers and counting. Knapp, a graphic designer by trade, told Dogster that he credits Momo’s smarts and herding instincts with his ability to find hiding spots in their many locations and his ability to stay still for his camera. Knapp’s books are a perfect present for the whole family. Once it’s unwrapped, everyone will enjoy searching for the elusive Momo, while at the same time dreaming of a summer road trip with their own four-legged travel buddy! Find Momo, $13.46 and Find Momo: Coast to Coast, $12.75 on Amazon. Also available at your local independent bookseller.
We all love our dogs, but we don’t always love all their behaviors. If you know a dog owner who struggles with their dog’s excessive barking, consider gifting the BarkCollar No-Bark Trainer from DogWatch. The BarkCollar is designed to change a dog’s barking behavior smartly, gently and effectively. When dog barking moves from occasional to excessive, the BarkCollar delivers a vibration or a stimulation at a level that is just enough to distract the dog and break the barking cycle. “Our dog Remi is part Beagle, so he definitely makes a lot of noise at home,” says Elyse Blanda about her eight year-old Puggle. After using the BarkCollar, Remi’s barking reduced significantly. “He used to bark loudly and consistently when, for example, he spotted a deer in the backyard. With the BarkCollar, he knows the limits and after a few barks he’ll stop. It’s great because Remi can still be himself, but I don’t have to worry that his barking will interfere with work, annoy the neighbors or wake up the baby.” Restore the peace and reduce the tension this holiday season – the whole family will be grateful. Available from your local DogWatch Dealer today!
Dog moms are dedicated, loving, patient and kind. Honor the great dog moms you know with a gift of a Dog Mom T-Shirt from Etsy store Mill and Grace. The heart design is simple and stunning, and the soft, vintage feel and cool dark gray color will make her never want to take it off. (And don’t worry, there’s one for Cat Moms, too!) What’s more, 25% of the profits from Mill & Grace t-shirts go directly to the Meriden Humane Society, a no-kill, non-profit, privately owned/operated animal shelter in Meriden, CT. Great style for a great cause – what’s not to love? $25, Available from Etsy.
The long-awaited Star Wars: The Force Awakens is almost certain to be the runaway hit of the holiday movie season. Star Wars-themed presents are also destined to be a big hit this year. For the dog-crazy AND Star Wars-crazy people on your list, we suggest this hilarious Chewbacca-inspired harness! Let your dog channel his or her inner Wookie with this faux-fur harness with Chewie’s signature bandolier strap. The Force beckons, and Fido will be ready to join Han, Leia, Rey, Finn, R2D2, BB-8 and the rest of the crew in their battle against the Dark Side. $24.99-27.99, Available at Petco stores and at Petco.com.
Looking for good stocking-stuffer ideas? Try these Grooming Wipes from PL360. Perfectly portable, these wipes are a quick way to freshen up your pup in between baths. You can bring them along in the car for a quick clean up after the dog park or before going into Grandma’s house for holiday dinner. We love the fresh Mandarin scent and the fact that PL360 is committed to making their products with natural ingredients that are safe for pets. These grooming wipes are a must-have item to make sure the mud from outside doesn’t ruin the holiday cheer inside! $6.49 for 40 pack on sale, Available from HealthyPets.com.
We love to treat our dogs like kings and queens. Now, thanks to the Bear and Bunny shop on Etsy, you can commission your own custom pet portrait fit for royalty! Artist Stacy Farias will digitally paint your pet into one of 18 classic 15th-to-19th century portrait templates. The finished portrait will then be printed on high quality canvas suitable for framing. The truly dog-crazy people in your life will treasure this opportunity to show the world just how remarkable and unique their special buddy truly is. Just be warned, all this grandeur may go to the dog’s head. Digital Print only $60, 8×10 without frame inches $70, 8×10 with frame inches $78, 11×14 with frame inches $88, Available from Etsy.
Don’t know what to buy for your office Secret Santa? How about this adorable Dog Walker Mug from BarkShop, part of the Bark & Co. family that includes subscription service BarkBox and dog blog BarkPost. The lovely, quirky design features a collection of dogs of all shapes in sizes, so there’s something for everyone. Add a smile and dose of doggie charm to your coworker’s morning cup o’ joe. The whole office will thank you for it. $20, Available from BarkShop.
Rainy days will be filled with smiles thanks to these irresistibly cute booties from British clothier Boden. The bright pink and green design is festooned with tiny terrier illustrations. These high quality, practical rain boots are a perfect gift for a girl who loves to show off her love for dogs. She’ll love them so much, she’ll want to wear them even when it’s not raining! For Girls 1 1/2 to 12 years, $35.20, Available at Boden.
And one more for the stylish cat ladies!
You don’t think we’d leave out our cat friends, do you? Our favorite kitty item of the season is this pair of “cat flats” from retro-chic clothing website ModCloth. These bright, graphic and oh-so-adorable shoes are even made with vegan faux-leather, so it’s a perfect fit for animals lovers. The candy cane colors are eye-catching and the design – with the cute ears at the top, whiskers at the toes and tail at the heel – is wonderfully whimsical. Plus, they’re flats, so they are comfy and appropriate for cat ladies of all ages. Women sizes 5-11 (including wide sizes) $59.99, Available at ModCloth.
Click on the images to find out more about all these items, and feel free to add your own gift ideas in the comments. And from all of us at DogWatch, we wish you, your family and your beloved pets a very merry holiday season and a happy and healthy new year!