Christmas gifts for cats and dogs are really for us, their owners. Fido, festive in a red-and-green bow tie, or Miss Kitty, playing will her new toy stuffed with that feline fetish — catnip — could never feel the joy we experience at seeing our beloved ones at their silliest. If you're still looking for that unique holiday gift for your cat or dog, read on!
The hand-stamped metal pet ornament featured above offers a little bark spark to your holiday decor. The inch-and-a-quarter ornament features a copper bone that can be personalized with your pet's name. White Lilie Designs,
A handmade stoneware clay bowl offers a nontoxic alternative to a cat's food dish, and is even dishwasher safe.
A single piece of cardboard is transformed into a rustic retreat, complete with a door bell / exercise equipment and an excellent view (the roof can support up to 30 pounds of perched pet). Uncommon Goods,
What will an almost $200 cat litter box get you? An Ikea-like design, which takes up less floor space; an ergonomic poop scoop; and a reusable tarpaulin liner, which means you'll never have to buy another liner again. Snazzy?Uncommon Goods,
These felted wool stockings made by fair trade artisans in Nepal can hide small sweets and treats. Uncommon Goods,
Like a Puppy with a New Toy
Vegetable-dyed amigurumi offer a safe alternative to the traditional cat and dog chew toys, often gob-smacked with toxics. Even better, the rope-made toys will floss your chowhound's choppers while you play. Uncommon Goods,
A copper collar tag imprinted with the phrase Santa's Little Helper is an adorable albeit temporary decor for your dog or cat's collar. Windshine,
Hot (and Festive) Under the Collar
Speaking of collars, this unique neck accessory made from plaid flannel and green nylon webbing can be used all year, thanks to its subtly colored fabrics. Clementine Collars,
Land of Milk and Cedar
For those dogs with sensitive skin, this pet soap made from goat's milk offers a gentle alternative to harsh shampoos, while the cedar essential oil is a natural flea repellent. Mary's Milk Monsters,
Knock on Wood
Ergnomically-designed food and water bowls allow for Goliath dog breeds to eat in comfort, and now, thanks to this pine stand, in style, too. Woodin' You,
Image credits (from top): White Lilie Designs, Uncommon Goods, Uncommon Goods, Uncommon Goods, Uncommon Goods, Uncommon Goods, Windshine, Clementine Collars, Mary's Milk Monsters and Woodin' You
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