This year has been tough, but our furry companions were there through it all showering us with unconditional love and endless affection. Now, it’s time to return the favor.
This curated, eco-friendly gift guide is sure to help you find the purrfect gift for all the pets on your list. Let’s make this the most paw-some holiday season yet!
Upcycle the perfect present for your pet.
It’s the most wonderful time of year to get creative! Roll up your sleeves and start crafting some of these pet-friendly gifts. The best part is you can make them all using items that are already lying around your house.
Handmade toys will help to keep your pets happy and active without spending lots of money. For puppies or light chewers, try an easy no-sew DIY, like fashioning denim scraps into a chew knot or braiding old dish towels into a roped tug toy. Bigger dogs will love to tug and gnaw on a toss toy made from an old tennis ball & t-shirt.
Use an empty toilet paper roll to create a little roll toy for your cat to bat around (be sure to fill it with some crunchy treats!). You can even turn empty Wellness Pet food packaging into a nifty treat holder for on-the-go use or a little cape for your favorite superpet.
Whip up some homemade treats.
Humans aren’t the only ones who love to enjoy home-baked goodies during the holidays. Surprise the pups in your life with these tasty, pooch-approved pumpkin dog treats you can make from scratch!
For a seasonal twist, use holiday-themed cookie cutters to cut the biscuits into fun shapes like gingerbread men or snowmen. After you’ve made a few batches, tie up the treats with a festive bow and voilà—you’ve got a great stocking stuffer for your furry friends.
Serve special pet-friendly meals.
As your family gathers around to share a holiday meal, invite your four-legged friends to indulge in their own delicious dinner. Serve a few crunchy carrot strips, add a bit of plain pumpkin puree, or top on some cut-up bananas and apples to add a pop of flavor to any doggie dish. Just remember to save all the holiday meal fixins for the humans and do your research, as most table food can cause stomach issues (or worse!) for cats and dogs.
You can also forgo “people food” altogether and serve your pet some nutritious Wellness wet and dry food in special flavors they’ll be sure to gobble right up, like turkey & oatmeal or whitefish & sweet potato. Plus, Wellness pet food bags are 100% recyclable through TerraCycle, so you’ll be treating your pet and the planet!
Make a donation to a pet charity.
We all know how much fun it is to spoil our furry family members, so why not show some love to pets who are still waiting for their forever homes. This year, spread some howliday cheer with a gift that will go right to work helping homeless pets in need.
You can donate bags of pet food, treats, toys, and gently used beds and blankets to your local rescue or redeem the TerraCycle points you earn from recycling Wellness pet food bags for donations to animal shelters and adoption organizations. No matter how you choose to give back, your donation is sure to be a big help during this holiday season.
One nonprofit near and dear to us is Best Friends Animal Society, a leading animal welfare organization dedicated to ending the killing of dogs and cats in America’s shelters. As their official pet food partner, Wellness is proud to provide natural pet food for the animals they rescue, so they have access to the healthiest nutrition possible.
Turn “people things” into pet things.
Our fur babies are so special to us, which is why we want them to have all the things. Whether you are trying to save money or just want to work with what you’ve got, repurposing your old “hooman” stuff into some pet projects is a great way to show you care. After all, upcycling + pet presents = purrfection!
Instead of throwing away used linens, cozy up your pet’s bed with blankets, pillows and even an old sweatshirt that has been in your drawer forever. The slight smell of you will provide comfort to your pet, even when you aren’t home.
Take a lone sock, whose match has been missing for ages and stuff it with an empty, plastic water bottle to make the ultimate crinkly chew toy. And don’t forget, your furry friends deserve to dine in style! Turn an old ceramic bowl from the cupboard into a fancy dish for your kitten or pooch.
Give the gift of time.
The perfect present for the pet who has everything! You don’t have to plan an extravagant outing to spend some quality one-on-one time with your cat or dog. Head to the local dog park, take a long stroll around the block or just cuddle up for a cozy afternoon indoors. At the end of the day, your four-legged pal just wants to have you around!