The holidays are still a few snowfalls away but here at Release the Hounds we thought we’d get into the giving spirit a little early this year, after-all it’s never too early to get started on gift shopping! We’ve put together some of our most exciting gift ideas for the pet lover in your family, from useful trinkets to make pet parenting a little easier – to gifts that will just downright spoil your pup. Check out our favourites below!
1. Customize a cute food dish with their pet’s name on it, or a special message from you! You can DIY at a local Paint-Your-Own Ceramics shop or order online. There are many Paint-Your-Own shops in West Vancouver, but we’ve picked out https://bellaceramicastudio.com/ and http://www.upaintifire.ca/ to name a few. Call ahead to check if they have any dog dish style ceramics in stock!
2. Have a custom-made sterling silver keychain made of their pet! Many shops on etsy take custom orders using a photograph to create an imprinted image keychain, you can check them out at the link before or ask your local engraving shop.
3. DIY Paw-Print Dough Ornament! Take 1 cup of flour, ½ water, 1 cup of salt and mix together in a bowl. Knead the dough once mixes and press down onto a foil sheet. From here you can use a round glass to cut a circle shape, or use a custom cookie-cutter if you have one! Press your pets paw gently into the dough ornament and once finished bake on low heat (About 200 degrees F) for 1 to 2 hours (oven depending). If you’re unsure and want to wash a step-by-step, there are many tutorials on YouTube or you can purchase an ornament making kit. Many retailers sell them during the holidays, or check out amazon.ca.
4. Car Seat Cover
These can be quite expensive, but with the right sale, car seat covers can be a great gift for someone who loves taking their pup to the dog park. Some are built like hammocks that keep your dog safely in the back seat. We recommend investing in a decent quality one, as some of the cheaper covers aren’t waterproof or fitted properly to cover the entire back seat. They usually come with adjustable straps for easy installation and quick disassembly for passengers. A good cover should also have slots for seat belts if you want to secure your dog with a dog harness/safety belt.
Click here for an example of one such product on available on amazon.ca.
Many pet lovers will be excited to know they can have their favourite movie, tv show or comic book themed patterns customized into a collar or leash for their pet. One of our favourite designers, Peachy Keen Pets, has tons of pop-culture splashed gear available online or in retailers across Canada.
For the cat lover, check out meowingtons for tons of cat themed apparel and accessories. One of our favourites is this white gold-plated cat ring!
- For the adventurer, consider a collapsible pet dish to easily accompany pet parents on hikes and long walks, ensuring a quick dish for their pup to keep hydrated!
- Classic Kong Toy – because you know you want to spoil their pup silly.
- Kong Keychain – because humans love Kong too!
10. Adventure hikes from Release the Hounds – We offer a variety of on-leash or off-leash daily adventures for your pup! We will pick them up from your place, take them on a magical adventure, play with them, love them, exercise them, tell them they’re pretty, and more, all while you’re at work. Check out all of our services here.
BONUS: The Essentials
Don’t forget the essentials! While these items are certainly the “socks” of pet gifts for your pet loving friend, you can’t deny the convenience and usefulness of these kinds of gifts. There are so many daily essentials that come with owning a pet, certainly an addition of any of the following as a stocking stuffer would be greatly appreciated:
-Dog Waste Bags (Consider buying in bulk, retailers like Amazon.ca or Costco sell these in up to 400 piece packages!)
-Lint Rollers. If your pet parent owns a thick-coated breed, these are a last minute lifesaver!
-Why limit the possibilities? Consider gifting a gift card from your local pet store.
Written By: Rachelle Biever CPDT-KA