Treat Fido (or his owner) to a holiday surprise with these perfect pet-themed presents. Check out more great gift ideas for everyone on your list.
It's no secret that pets crave warmth; keep his bed toasty this winter (and keep him off of your bed) with this warming pad from the American Kennel Club and Cat Fanciers Association. It heats to the vet-recommended temperature of 102 degrees when he steps on, has a chew-resistant cord, fits almost any bed, and is water resistant for easy cleaning ($19.99, petzzzpad.com).
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CFA Mouse Doorknob Dangler
Hang this soft plush mouse over your doorknob, and your cat will entertain herself playing with the four bungee-style legs with bells at the ends ($9.99, petco.com).
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Planet Dog Naughty & Nice Lil' Buds
Your kids aren't the only ones who want new toys this holiday season. Treat your pooch to these soft and squeaky toys, sold as a pair and designed for small to medium dogs ($9.95, planetdog.com).
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L.L Bean Holiday Gift Set for Dogs #JYK8
Treat your dog right with this delicious treat bag from L.L. Bean. Includes a mint-shaped holiday chew toy, all natural peanut butter treats, and more, all packaged in a bowl that can be used for food and water ($29.95, llbean.com).
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Polo Ralph Lauren Big Pony Dog Polo
Preppy dogs deserve their own Ralph Lauren polos. Personalize it for $10 extra ($40, ralphlauren.com).
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Bambeco Meow Placemat
Mark your cat's territory without making a mess with this creative placemat. Made from recycled rubber, this mat is also available in "woof" and "fetch" ($12, bambeco.com).
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Molly Mutt Dog Bed Duvet (small)
Durable, washable, and pre-shrunk, this duvet cover will give your dog's bed an attractive makeover ($20, mollymutt.com).
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DIY Dog Treats
Show a four-legged friend (or pet-loving pal) some puppy love this season with homemade gingerbread dog treats. Get the recipe (courtesy of Brooklyn Dog Bites bakery), make the dough, then create the candy-cane shape - or whatever festive design you like - with a cookie cutter. Ice with melted carob or yogurt chips; pop in the freezer to set the icing.
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Smithsonian National Zoo Adopt-a-Species
For the animal-lover who can't have a pet, sponsor a species through the Smithsonian in her honor. Your recipient will receive an adorable stuffed animal, photo of the adoptee, and more, delivered in an animal carrier box. Proceeds support animal care, medicine, and habitat improvement ($65+, nationalzoo.si.edu).
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