‘Tis the season for everyone, including dogs and cats. It’s common to find yourself in a bind when picking out Christmas presents for them or their parents. A tip is to tailor your search based on their favorites or what the family enjoys doing together. To make shopping easier for you, we did some of our own digging for gift ideas that are fun, thoughtful, and unique.

Sporty Gift Ideas

Besides a fitness smartwatch or team merch, what else can you give a pet parent who loves sports? Think outside the box and pick a gift that promotes active fun—even at home. This also goes for the pet who either lives for exercise or needs to be lured off the couch.

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Spikeball Standard 3 Ball Kit

Spikeball is a great way to give the phone a break and get competitive juices flowing. Rules are like two-on-two volleyball and people play pretty much anywhere: backyard, driveway, and basement.

people playing spikeball
Credit: Spikeball

Why they’ll love it:

  • Great game to get people off the couch
  • Four players recommended but play with as few as two or as many as six
  • Play casually or for keeps, your call
  • Like volleyball, but spike the ball onto the net instead of over it

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iFetch Too

The perfect present for the pup that can’t get enough of playing fetch (and the pet parents who have their hands full). The iFetch Too is a nifty gadget that launches tennis balls for dogs to retrieve. They get to drop the ball into the device (instead of a hand) to trigger another round of their favorite game.

Why they’ll love it:

  • Has three distance settings: 10, 25, or 40 feet
  • Comes with three tennis balls (standard size)
  • Rechargeable battery lets you take it anywhere
  • Comes with an AC charger

Drink & Bark Merry Gift Ideas

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Cabernet Sauvignon by Bar Dog

Sorry, but this is strictly for humans. But parents can share it with fellow dog lovers—if they’re feeling generous. This Cabernet Sauvignon is made by award-winning winemaker Bar Dog who describes it as “polished and silky in texture. Beautiful blueberry aromas combine with ripe plum and cocoa flavors, mingling throughout the long, expressive finish.” Available on Wine Sisterhood.

Why they’ll love it:

  • Vintage year 2016; aged with French oak
  • Region: California
  • 13.5% alcohol content (merrymaking level unlocked)
  • About five glasses of wine in a 750 ml bottle
  • A cute label sure to spark instant doggie affinity

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Zinfantail Dog Wine by Pet Wine Shop

Being man’s best friend also means having a glass with them, too. This is the perfect pick for a pet whose parents love vino. PetWineShop calls it a “faux wine” made with peppermint leaf that puts any canine on relax mode. They can kick back while spending some quality time with their folks, and cheers to that! By the way, they have wine for kitties, too.   

Why they’ll love it:

  • Freshens breath
  • Non-addictive and relaxing
  • Helps eases tummy aches
  • Made from non-toxic ingredients

Deck Their Halls with These Gift Ideas

Cliché or not, giving holiday-themed décor as gifts is fun and thoughtful. Plus, dog photos or selfies with these in the foreground are Instagram-worthy and make great Christmas cards! Have pet parents open their presents in advance if it’s décor they can use for their celebrations. These will get them in the Christmas spirit. Remember to play fair and let the pets do the same.  

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Pretty in Pink Wreath

Let’s face it. Pets think a Christmas tree is their toy from Santa. Many parents either fork out extra for protective barriers or spend time cleaning up a mess of needles. Gift them with décor they can hang in a bright and unique shade like the Treetopia Pretty in Pink Wreath. If they want even more oomph, a colorful 4-foot tree on a sturdy, elevated surface does the trick.    

Why they’ll love it:

  • Vibrant and flame-retardant needles made from 100% PVC
  • Pre-lit with hand-strung lights that match the foliage
  • Sturdy frame and mounting hooks
  • Battery-operated (Buh-bye, messy wires!)

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Holiday Crinkle Reindeer by Zippy Paws

It crinkles! It squeaks! It’s so darn cute. This reindeer stuffed toy by ZippyPaws will make any pup’s Christmas and give them hours of playtime. Pet parents can set it by their dog’s favorite spot to spruce things up for the holidays. The downside? Human kids are going to want one for themselves.

Why they’ll love it:

  • Comes in three sizes to suit your pet (S, L, XL)
  • Has a squeaker
  • Arms and legs are stuffed with crinkly paper

Gift Ideas for Cat Parents & Finicky Felines

Cats know exactly what they want, and most of the time, so do their humans. On the hunt for a gift that a cat won’t push aside with its paws? Or, one that’s sure to please your cat mom or dad? Keep on reading for purr-fect gift ideas.

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For pet parents there’s only one thing almost as adorable as their kids: cat-themed accessories. The KitTea Kit features items designed by fellow kitty lovers. Cat moms and dads can wear their love proud. The monthly box is curated by KitTea Cat Café in San Francisco, where people can sip tea and interact with rescued felines.

KitTea Kit

Why they’ll love it:

  • Includes items like stickers, pins, patches, and more
  • New themed stuff every month
  • Tip: score fun merch from their online shop, too

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meowbox

Cut out the guesswork and let the experts do the picking for you! Cats love playing in boxes. Imagine that plus a bunch of treats inside. Pamper puss with this subscription box from meowbox. It’s filled with kitty goodies to make the pickiest feline purr. The extra element of surprise makes this present hard to beat. That and it’s a gift that keeps on giving.

Why they’ll love it:

  • Yummy and healthy treats inside
  • Includes cute and engaging toys, some artisan-made
  • Choose from monthly to bi-monthly subscriptions

Totes Amaze Gift Ideas

What do you give to a pet or pet parent who has everything? A bag to stow it all in. Small or big, give them one that isn’t just pretty, but also handy. We saw tons of amazing products online but in our opinion, these bags from Mobile Dog Gear stole the show.

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The Day/Night Walking Bag

This bag is the ideal present for the dog parent who enjoys daily walks as much as their pups! It straps at the waist and is roomy enough to carry essentials, including a mobile phone and treats.

Why they’ll love it:

  • Has mesh pockets to stow drinks
  • Comes with a LED flashlight
  • Keeps things neat with a built-in waste bag dispenser
  • Comes with 2 reflective wristbands for safer night strolls; strap is also reflective

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Week Away Bag

A great gift for the pet who tags along with their parents for outdoor adventures, this tote pretty much packs everything except the kitchen sink. It’s durable, compact, and has convenience and pet comfort top-of-mind.

Bark-worthy Bling

Customizable accessories let you add an extra personal touch to your Christmas present. These are great options for the pet parent who loves their dog, jewelry, and fashion in that order. For your pet friend, accessories serve a dual purpose: they’re pretty to look at and serve as ID. Check out these gift ideas.

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Custom Paw Print Ring by Caitlyn Minimalist

This beautiful piece of jewelry comes in three finishes. We saw similar products, but this one is our favorite. It’s a simple, well-made, and personalized disc ring that features the paw print of your pet parent’s fur baby. Send in a photo of the paw print and let Kate Kim of Caitlyn Minimalist work her magic.

Why they’ll love it:

  • Available in solid 925 sterling silver, 18K gold, and rose gold
  • Available in US ring sizes 3.5 to 11.5
  • Disc measure 0.3 inches for a dainty yet eye-catching look
  • A meaningful gift that’s sure to be treasured

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Dog Tag – Adventure by Goodpup Co.

We’re pretty sure the pet who finds this dog tag in their stocking is going to wear it with pride. Made by Goodpup Co. (they also offer other gorgeous dog accessories), this piece features a compass with the pup’s name etched above. It’s a meaningful gift that your pet friend’s parent will appreciate as well.


We hope this guide helps you make Christmas extra special for the pet or pet parent in your life. Share this post with fellow animal lovers to spread the cheer. Happy Paw-lidays to you all!

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