Wednesday, October 2, 2013

DIY Holiday Gifts For Dogs

We know. We're only into the first week of October and when the "C" or "H" words are mentioned, people tend to shudder.  Christmas. Holiday. It's early, however, there is evidence people are already stocking up for the season. White chocolate chips have disappeared from the shelves. Holiday treat bags are picked over at retailer locations that have put them out early. Plain white mugs are hard to find. Etc.

With that being said, we thought it was the perfect time to bring up gift ideas for dogs. We have a lot of friends who are pet parents and we're not the type to forget their furbaby during the Holiday season. Over the past few years, the availability of pet gifts have soared through the roof.  There's everything from prepackaged holiday dog cookies to Christmas stockings filled with treats and toys.

Often, these holiday gifts come with a hefty price tag. Last year I spotted a small container of holiday dog cookies for $15.  A small stocking filled with generic treats and toys was $19.99.  I even stumbled on a few items that were a few pennies shy of $100.  Novelty items often come with a price and when you have several furbabies to buy can add up.

More and more people are turning to DIY gifts whether it's for humans or 4 legged pals.  Whipping up a batch of homemade dog treats, putting a dozen or so in a treat bag, and tying with a festive ribbon is one of the many DIY gift ideas for the holidays.  How about a DIY dog bed?  Or how about a hand painted personalized treat jar?  The possibilities are endless!

Here's a few sites to check out to get you started!

DIY Projects at Modern Dog Magazine
25 DIY Gifts for Pet Lovers at Sniff Design Studio
19 DIY Projects for Dog Lovers at Bark Post

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