Christmas tiiiime is heeeeere *sung in the tune of A Charlie Brown Christmas*. Every year my gift list seems to get longer, and well, it actually did this year. Since the addition of Leila to our family, I now have six animals. As a dog mom it’s important that I present my dogs and cats with gifts on Christmas. I know they don’t know the difference, but I know how special it is, so that’s why I do it! Plus I love excuse to buy my kids treats and toys. As my gift to you, I’ve concocted a list of inexpensive Christmas gifts for your pet that you can buy or make without breaking the bank.
Inexpensive Christmas Gifts For Your Pet
Toys from PetSmart: PetSmart always seems to have good sales on dog toys. I was there recently and they had $12 Rudolph toys for around $3! You can get good deals on Black Friday, and in general sales get better after Thanksgiving. You can typically expect discounts up to 40% on toys!
Fleece blankets: There are several places you can buy inexpensive fleece blankets for your dogs and cats. I’ve even seen them for as low as $1 at the Dollar Store. Walmart and Target also sell them for about $2.50-$3.00. That’s still a great price! You may also consider purchasing extra blankets so you can donate them to your local animal shelter.
Homemade treats: I thoroughly enjoy making treats for my dogs. It’s much more cost effective to make dog treats rather than buy them. Homemade dog treats are also most likely healthier. I have several limited ingredient dog treat recipes that you can bake this year using items from your pantry!
Homemade toys: I bet that you have materials around your house that you could use to make some fun toys for your pets. Does your dog like water bottles? Put an empty water bottle into an old sock and tie the top of it. Dog toy for days! Have cats? Put some catnip in an old sock and tie the top! Pinterest has endless ideas for homemade dog toys (and other homemade items).
Toy box: Keeping my dog toys organized is a must! You can most definitely purchase dog toy boxes almost anywhere, but how about making a personalized one? Create it to match your home or make one as a gift for a dog loving friend! Check out the DIY dog toy box that I made below!
Remember that it doesn’t matter how much money you spend on your pets or how many gifts you give them. Dogs are eternally grateful for pretty much everything! In fact, I bet you they’d be happy with a walk or game of fetch in lieu of presents!
Do you have plans to buy gifts for any of your pets this year? What’s on your list? Merry Christmas to all!