If you’re planning on buying your pets gifts this holiday season, you aren’t alone. More than half of the pet owners in the country will be doing the same thing. If we’re honest, the gifts we buy our pets are often more for us than they are for our furry or scaly companions, but they’re still fun to give. Here are five gift boxes that you can put together for the pets in your life this year:
Let’s face it: our pets don’t really need a holiday to collect a special bounty of treats. Even though that may be the case, the holidays are a great time of year to put together a spectacular assortment of new, tasty goodies. You can find treats for your dog, cat, reptile or even pet fish at your local pet supply store. For a special treat, look for gourmet cookies or biscuits in fun shapes.
If you’ve ever thought about making your pets’ treats in your own kitchen, now is the perfect time of year. Make a few test batches to see how they turn out and consider putting gift boxes together for your friends. Once you’ve decided on your recipe, make a few dozen and put together a gift box for your special companion. If you want to share the recipe with friends, consider printing out the recipe and layering the ingredients in a mason jar. Add a bone shaped cookie cutter and you’ve got the perfect gift for any pet lover on your list.
Do you have a pet that loves to burrow deep in the covers? Maybe you have a ferret that lives in his hammock or a cat that snuggles into a favorite towel every night. A gift box filled with cozy blankets and fleece will make a great present for these cuddle bugs. If you’re crafty, buy a piece of fleece from your local fabric store and make a no-sew blanket for your pet.
4.Box O’ Toys
If you have a cat that loves to chase mice, a dog that’s crazy for balls or fish that can’t stop fighting with their plastic plants, chances are old toys are wearing out. Pack your gift box full of new toys for your pet and watch them have fun with their new goodies. Buy toys that your pet will love but make sure that they are species appropriate and safe. You don’t want the new toy you bought to end up being the reason your pet is in the vet’s office.
5.Boots Made for Walkin’
If you have a dog that loves to go for walks, being stuck inside all winter can wreak havoc on their attitude. Instead of giving your dog a case of cabin fever, make him a gift box with a new winter coat and set of boots. You may think dog boots are a bit over-the-top, but these boots can protect your dog’s sensitive pads from ice and road salt during the winter, allowing you to keep up with your daily walks.
Don’t leave the pets out when you’re passing out gifts this holiday season. Whether they have fur, feathers or scales, all pets enjoy a bit of special attention now and then. The holidays are a great excuse to spoil and pamper your pet, no matter what kind of pet you have.
Lisa Merritt writes for several pet blogs. Hide those special toys in gift boxes from Retail Packaging.