I'm always adding new articles because I have found so much good stuff to share that you will surely find of great use to you and your family and friends. Much of what I share involves getting back to the basics and doing for ourselves. Simply click the above image to see the latest of the greatest finds.

I'm big into DIY projects and finding ways to improve things, saving time and money. Quite frankly, I'm tired of paying for overpriced junk and for other people's mistakes. If I'm going to pay for anyone's mistakes, they should be my own. If you agree, then click the above image for all sorts of ingenious ideas.

There's a plethora of stuff and information that I've found to share and I like to feature my favorites for quick and easy future reference -- for myself as well as all of you. Some I've already tried myself and will do again; some I am looking forward to trying. Just click the above image to see what I've added to my faves list.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

30+ Great Gift Ideas for Your Dog

Since dogs are people, too, it only makes sense that we'd want to include them at Christmas time by treating them to their very own gifts. There are many creative ways you could gift your beloved dogs -- like wrap a hot dog for them to tear into, making sure to open one end to help get them started without actually eating any wrapping paper. LOL There are many ways to pamper your pet to ensure their comfort and well-being.

So I have located 30+ great gift ideas for your fur babies. I believe in supporting small sellers, so I have included a handful of handmade products from some of my fellow Etsians (those who sell on Etsy) in the following list. I've also tried to cover a wide range of products as well as prices, so some gifts are simple and practical, some are purely for their enjoyment, and some are for pet parents who like to pamper their pups.

I've even thrown in a few ideas for pet parents as well as their feline friends. Please note that the prices included were current as of December 4th and may change before the holiday shopping season is over. To help get us in the holiday spirit, let's begin with a few...

Christmas-Themed Gifts

Kyjen Christmas Paw Stocking
Kyjen Christmas Paw Stocking
Luxuriously soft plush stockings for your dog or cat that would look great hanging next to the rest of the family's stockings. These premium quality stockings have plenty of room to fill with toys and treats for your fur babies. Amazon: $6.67

Reusable Handmade Dog Countdown Calendar by Our Mom's Touch
Reusable Handmade Dog Countdown Calendar by Our Mom's Touch
This special garland advent calendar is made just for your fur baby! Any dog will love getting a daily treat from this durable burlap bag advent calendar. There is plenty of room in each bag for one or more treats. You could even fill each with dog food or small toys. Etsy: $45.00

Dog Biscuit Treat Wreath Handmade by Tile Art Studio
Dog Biscuit Treat Wreath Handmade by Tile Art Studio
This festive treat wreath is embellished with a big red bow and has 8 large and 7 small dog treats (milkbones) tied to a green felt wreath with red and white paw print ribbon. There are four varieties available in Tile Art Studio's Etsy shop and prices range from $8.00 to $15.00.


Comfy Dog Bedding

The Easy Clean Artemis Dog Sofa
Enchanted Home Pet: The Easy Clean Artemis Dog Sofa
This classic sofa is designed specifically for a larger pet, but may also be used for a pair or trio of smaller dogs. The wood feet lift the bed off the ground to keep your pet draft free. Tufting on the cushions make this bed a perfect complement to any home. Fits pets up to 35 lbs. AllModern.com: $94.99

Dreamcatcher Dog Sofa Bed
Enchanted Home Pet: Dreamcatcher Dog Sofa Bed
The full loft cushion on this luxurious sofa bed eases your pet into dreamland, engulfing them in complete comfort and warmth. The footed bed is elevated well off the ground to ensure draft-free comfort. Fits pets up to 30 lbs. AllModern.com: $123.99

Quicksilver Dog Sofa Bed
Enchanted Home Pet: Quicksilver Dog Sofa Bed
This stylish sofa bed would be perfect for up to three small dogs or one big dog. With the full loft cushion, your pets are sure to feel like they're sleeping on a cloud. The bed is also elevated to ensure draft-free sleeping and will fit pets up to 30 lbs. AllModern.com: $129.99

Fleece Comfy Pet Couch by Frontgate
Fleece Comfy Pet Couch by Frontgate
This pet couch offers the ultimate in comforting warmth for your canine companions. Covered in extremely soft polyester fleece, this pet couch offers unsurpassed support that ordinary dog beds cannot match. They even toss in a matching personalized bone pillow. Frontgate: $143.50

Handmade Silky Faux Fur Dog Blanket by Bella Mia
Handmade Silky Faux Fur Dog Blanket by Bella Mia
These super soft and fluffy blankets are handmade by Bella Mia and available in a variety of colors and sizes. Your dogs will surely love these warm and fuzzy blankets and you'll love them because they are machine washable. Etsy: Prices start at $30.00 for a 30x32" blanket.

Outdoor Essentials

Heightened Brights Corduroy Jacket
Heightened Brights Corduroy Jacket
Dapper doggies won't mind cold weather when they're sporting these stylish jackets! Fashion and function come together nicely in these color-blocked jackets that are sure to keep them nice and warm so they can enjoy the outdoors. Funnyfur: $30.00

3-in-1 Eskimo Jacket
3-in-1 Eskimo Jacket
Stay on trend with the 3-in-1 Eskimo Dog Jacket. Super-warm, fashionable, and multi-functional, this jacket allows pets a layered look that can be separated into three distinctive looks. The undergarment can even be worn around the house to keep them warm since they're low to the ground where cold air collects. Funnyfur: $35.00

Tartan Wrap Coat
Tartan Wrap Coat
The Tartan Wrap is a great jacket for your pup to wear between seasons. This lightly padded fleece jacket was constructed in a wrap design to make any anxious dog feel comfortable. Adjustable nylon straps and leg loops let you customize the perfect fit. Funnyfur: $37.00

Kong 3-in-1 Jacket
Kong 3-in-1 Jacket
This jacket is adaptable for changing seasons and temperatures with a ripstop shell and attached hood, plus removable fleece lining. Each piece can be worn separately or combined for maximum protection. Adjustable Velcro front closures. Funnyfur: $32.00

Rainy Day Poncho
Rainy Day Poncho
Rain, rain, go away! Brighten up any gloomy day with this ensemble. This lightweight nylon poncho folds into its own pocket for super easy storage. Includes reflective piping to keep your pup visible at all times and has a breathable mesh interior. Funnyfur: $37.00

Dog Umbrella
Dog Umbrella
This pet umbrella with built-in chain leash will keep your pet happy and dry while on a walk in the rain! Now you can protect your pet from the storm with a uniquely designed umbrella especially made for pets. Salebreaker: $29.99

Happy Trails Stroller by Pet Gear
Happy Trails Stroller by Pet Gear
Strollers are a great way to take your pet with you on a long walk through the park, a walk around the block, or maybe even shopping at the mall; especially for an older, disabled, anxious, or easy-to-tire pet. They safely contain and protect your pet wherever you go. The Happy Trails Plus stroller has a fashionable Euro-Canopy, removable weather guard, mesh windows to keep insects away while providing cool ventilation, large storage basket, parent tray, waterproof interior pad, front swivel wheels, shock absorbers, and rear brakes. It also folds in 5 seconds for convenient flat storage. Ideal for pets up to 30 lbs. Amazon: $78.99

Pet Accessories

Handmade Reversible Dog Christmas Bandana by Bea Dazzled and Beyond
Handmade Reversible Dog Christmas Bandana by Bea Dazzled & Beyond
This stylish bandana will look great on your dog. This reversible bandana has a Santa pattern on one side and snowflakes on the other. This allows your furry friend to wear it not only at Christmas, but through the winter season as well. Etsy: $8.00

Custom Leather Dog Collars Handmade by Mareziedotes
Custom Leather Dog Collars Handmade by Mareziedotes
I'm providing a link to the page full of collars offered by this shop as there is a wide variety of beautifully handcrafted leather collars. The shop owner also takes custom orders. Just click on a collar's listing and you'll see the option to request a custom order under the image. Etsy: Prices range from $28.00-36.00

Large Handmade Hemp Leash from Thread Designs by Liv
Large Handmade Hemp Leash from Thread Designs by Liv
A large pet hemp leash with your selection of style and length. Choose from either a flat or spiral style and either a four- or six-foot length. The end of the handle features a super comfy wrap for your hand to grasp. Esty: $20.00+


Feeding Fido

Canine Canteen Outdoor Dog Water Fountain
Canine Canteen Outdoor Dog Water Fountain
Keep your pet happy and refreshed while outside with this clever water fountain that provides fresh, clean water for your dog or cat -- and maybe a neighborhood squirrel or two! The basin attaches to your garden hose and you just turn the spigot to fill the water bowl. The stone-look resin fountain has a larger capacity and is sturdier than a standard water dish -- and you no longer have to worry about the bowl being knocked over. Plus the paw-print design, weathered verdigris finish, and bronze accents make this dog fountain a charming addition to your outdoor decor! Kaboodle: $59.99

Nostalgia Electrics Doggie Biscuit Treat Maker Kit
Nostalgia Electrics Doggie Biscuit Treat Maker Kit
Make mouth-watering homemade treats for your beloved pooch with this easy-to-use treat maker kit. With the proper cookbook (a link to one provided below), you can even make sure your dog is getting healthy treats that won't upset his tummy. The kit whips up six different shaped dog biscuits per batch in just 5 minutes! Amazon: $52.95

Bake-A-Bone: The Original Dog Treat Maker
Bake-A-Bone: The Original Dog Treat Maker
The original dog treat maker makes healthy, delicious preservative-free treats in minutes and is perfect for small, medium and large dogs. Features allergy-sensitive recipes, including wheat-free, corn-free, low-glucose, lactose-free, gluten-free and soy-free recipes for every taste: chicken, beef, liver, peanut butter, cheese, vegetarian, vegan organic and much more. Amazon: $23.00

The Healthy Hound Cookbook
The Healthy Hound Cookbook
Over 125 easy recipes for healthy, homemade dog food and treats, including grain-free, Paleo, and raw recipes! Your best friend deserves the best, and the simple, all-natural recipes in this book will make it easy to create healthy treats and meals for your beloved pooch. The recipes use healthy, fresh ingredients from your kitchen, so your dog will start living a more natural, happier and flavorful life. Amazon: $10.38

Custom Made Fido Feeder by Timber and Trimmings
Custom Made Fido Feeder by Timber and Trimmings
This fun pet feeder is something you'll be proud to have around. The handcrafted feeder is elevated, which is great for your pet's digestion, and comes with two stainless steel bowls. Made of solid oak, the top is finished and stained to show off the gorgeous wood grains, and is completely water resistant. You can even have the height and color customized. Etsy: $75.00

Handmade Dog Snoods by Bisket Baskets
Handmade Dog Snoods by Bisket Baskets
These handmade snoods are designed to cover and maintain your dog's ears to keep them clean and out of their food and water bowls. Known and used for many years in dog show circles, these snoods are a real lifesaver when it comes to feeding and watering a dog and trying to maintain that clean, fresh look. These could even be used to keep your dog's ears and neck warm during the winter. 100% cotton, machine washable, and handmade right here in the USA! Bisket Baskets: $19.99

Oh, Boy! Can't Forget the Toys!

GoDogGo Fetch Machine
GoDogGo Fetch Machine
Ball-crazy dogs love fetching with this interactive automatic ball launcher -- a favorite of both dogs and their owners for 15 years. This fetch machine is designed just for dogs to play fetch and will soon become your dog's next best friend. The machine is designed for small, medium and large dogs and works with many ball styles and sizes (tennis balls, racquet balls, Chuckit balls, squeaker balls, rubber balls, etc.). It has 3 distance settings, works on both AC and battery power, comes with a remote that has a range of 75 feet, and has an auto stop safety sensor. $139.99

Wireless Remote Control Mouse Toy
Wireless Remote Control Mouse Toy
This cute, electronic mouse toy would be a great gift for either your dog or cat friends. It has two modes -- forward and backward -- and will surely keep your pet entertained while also amusing everyone watching! Amazon: $14.14

Talk to the Paw Dog Bone Squeak Toy Handmade by Canine Struts
Talk to the Paw Dog Bone Squeak Toy Handmade by Canine Struts
This adorable toy is handmade of fleece and filled with fiberfill and one squeaker. All seams are double-stitched, it is then filled with hypo-allergenic fiberfill and stitched closed. Great for small to medium dogs. Etsy: $10.00

2 Handmade Braided Fleece Dog Pull Toys by Jody's Handmade Creations
2 Handmade Braided Fleece Dog Pull Toys by Jody's Handmade Creations
These braided fleece dog toys are handmade by two girls, ages 13 and 17, and won't hurt your dog's teeth. Colors vary as they are made from recycled fleece. You get two 12-18" toys per order and shipping is free. Machine washable. Etsy: $7.00

Kyjen Hide-a-Squirrel Puzzle Toy
Kyjen Hide-a-Squirrel Puzzle Toy
This dog toy offers dog owners an innovative approach to playtime as this engaging toy works as a reverse puzzle. You hide the squeaky squirrels inside the plush tree trunk and your dogs must use their problem-solving skills to sniff them out. By encouraging them to seek and stalk their squeaky prey, your pooches have an outlet for their instinctual behaviors. Amazon: $7.79

For Pet Parents

Bissell Pet Hair Eraser Handheld Corded Vacuum
Bissell Pet Hair Eraser Handheld Corded Vacuum
Designed especially for pet hair pick-up around the house, this handheld vacuum cleaner delivers the power needed for fast results and effectively picks up dry messes on many surfaces. The unit comes equipped with a flexible rubber contour nozzle that effectively removes dirt and pet hair from upholstery and stairs, plus a hard nozzle for cleaning dry messes even inside your car. The unit is lightweight, has a comfortable, easy-grip handle, and has multi-level filtration. Amazon: $24.49

Litter Cabinet Pet Bench
Litter Cabinet Pet Bench
Attractive, multi-tiered, multi-functional cat furniture with private litter cabinet and storage. The unique design is great for multi-cat households and could even be used as an indoor cat or doghouse by placing a bed inside the cabinet rather than a litter box. Features tufted cushion on bench seat, large privacy door with pet access, two storage areas with internal shelf and faux-front drawers/doors, and water resistant painted fiberboard. Kaboodle: $175.00

Decorative Wood & Metal 5-Foot Pressure Mounted Gate
Decorative Wood & Metal 5-Foot Pressure Mounted Gate
Coral your dogs without sacrificing style or making your dog feel pinned up in a closed room with this expansion walk-thru gate. Made from quality wood and metal, this stylish oak and slate pressure mounted gate adjusts up to 5 feet wide, allowing for added security without damaging walls. Amazon: $65.59

21 Reasons You Should Be Thankful for Your Dog
21 Reasons You Should Be Thankful for Your Dog
Dogs are the best kind of friends and this picture article will remind you why. =)

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!