BY HEATHER DOWDY
Holiday shopping can be stressful. Does dad really need another tie? Does grandma really want that fruitcake? Fortunately, at least buying for the furry friends and pet lovers in your life is easy with our annual Holiday Gift Guide! I've dug up a plethora of purrfect holiday gifts, from handcrafted dog and cat mugs to tempting treats and sweaters made just for bully breeds.
You'll find the complete round-up in our Holiday Issue, hitting stands December 1st... but you can find a few of our favorite things below to get you started!
falsa blanket beds
When I came across these fashionable pet beds on Instagram, it was love at first sight. When creator Mindy Lamont couldn’t seem to find a pet bed that was both comfy and stylish, she set out to create her own. She starts with a beautiful Mexican Falsa blanket, and it comes a pillow bed or bed cover that makes you just as happy as it does Fido. Available in a variety of gorgeous colors and designs. Bed pillow inserts are filled with a washable polyester that is spun to hold its shape, then covered with cotton. The Falsa blanket covers feature zippers for easy removal. fiandmimimakeadogbed.com
Sojos has long been one of our favorite pet food brands, and I was excited to see their organic catnip come to market! Harvested by hand in Washington state and carefully dried to preserve its maximum effect on feline friends, Sojos Catnip is certified organic and induces a harmless, euphoric state in cats that can last from five to fifteen minutes. Sprinkle out a pinch once or twice a week onto cat toys or a scratching post. Available via online retailers such as Amazon, Chewy and others. sojos.com
handmade dog sweaters
If, like me, you share your life with a pit bull breed, then you know two things to be true: pitties get cold quite easily, and it’s nearly impossible to find clothing that fits their bodies while also accommodating their large noggins! Well, the search is over. When I found Tooth & Honey on Instagram, I squealed for joy and immediately ordered our rescued pittie, Briley, a t-shirt a fleece hoodie and a custom fleece sweatshirt (pictured here, as Briley frolics through the Oregon forest). Not only are they super soft and snug against her sensitive skin, but they keep her warm on chilly days and fit her perfectly. I especially love the built-in “scarf” that keeps her neck warm as well. The perfect winter gift for the beautiful bully in your life! toothandhoney.com
Hand-painted tree ornament
These beautiful hand-painted ornaments make great stocking stuffers or host gifts, and you’ll want to order one for yourself, too! Submit a pet photo with your order and let Pink Wisteria Designs create a gorgeous acrylic portrait on a 4” wood slice. Ornament is varnished for durability. pinkwisteriadesigns.etsy.com
pottery pet mugs
These gorgeous pottery mugs are hand painted by artist Susan Altenau using high fire, food safe glazes that are both dishwasher and microwave safe. Available in dozens of adorable dog, cat, bunny and bird designs—or, request a custom order for a personalized pet portrait mug. An incredibly thoughtful and unique holiday gift for a special animal lover in your life. susanaltenaupottery.etsy.com
winter kitty pillow
The purrfect gift for those with feline friends, this 18x18” decorative pillow features a cute grey kitty who may or may not be slightly annoyed about robins resting on his ears! This exclusive design illustrated by Kelly Stevens-McLaughlan is available only through the FabFunky shoppe on Etsy. It features red piping, cream backing and a zipper fastener for cover removal. fabfunkypillows.etsy.com
puppy photo book
If you’re on Instagram or Facebook, chances are you’ve run across @thedogist—the account of photographer Elias Weiss Friedman. (He was a special guest contest judge at Barktoberfest!) His adorable pup photos are a viral phenomenan, with 2.8 million followers on Instagram alone. His new book, The Dogist Puppies, presents documentary-style portraits of puppies, with each telling a story about each pup’s distinct character and spirit. The book presents a gallery of puppy portraits arranged into themes including Breeds, Ears, Big Paws, Cones of Shame, Learning to Walk, Fancy Outfits and more, giving every dog lover something to squeal over. It makes a doggone great gift for any pup lover on your “nice” list! Want a chance to win a FREE copy? Follow our Instagram page at @nashvillepaw during December for contest details! thedogist.com/book
WANT MORE IDEAS? You'll find the complete gift round-up in our Holiday Issue, hitting stands December 1st.