Last year as a Christmas gift, my dog gave me a professional studio portrait of herself. I mean, it was kind of a vain gift, but whatever – she is very beautiful! However, I didn’t know this exchange was going down, so there I was, empty-handed with no gift for my pet. Major holiday faux-pas on my part.
This year, I have taken the time to seek out a great gift for my dog to make up for the oversight of last year. I need to get back on her good side! But I had no idea: what are good gifts for dogs? And with that, I quickly turned to the Internet in search of holiday gifts. I have a long list of holiday shopping to do (mostly for humans), so I also needed some cheap gift ideas. There’s nothing like finding a great gift at a low price, and I think even my dog can appreciate that.
So if you need to buy a dog present, a cat present, or something for your other furry/feathered/scaly-skinned friend, we’ve turned up a whole variety of cheap gift ideas in our collection of pet gifts. All for less than twenty dollars! Take a look at the finds we’ve dug up here for holiday gift inspiration!
For The Playful BuddySometimes the best gift is just spending time with you, and something simple like a tennis ball is a great way for pet and pet lover to bond. These Air KONG Squeaker Tennis Balls combine the simplicity of a tennis ball with a fun squeak toy surprise. They are available at Petco, and depending on the size or if you want a single or multiple pack, they range in price from $1.59 to $5.59. Source: Petco
For The Sporty CrabMaybe when you're at school, your loyal crab admires your sports trophies, or when you're just sitting there watching ESPN, he or she is actually watching too. Who knows! This holiday season, these sports-themed crab shells from Conceptual Creations will give your crab the opportunity to make his or her sports love known. They're available at Petco for $4.67. Source: Petco
For The Cool CatI love getting new hair accessories, so I'm sure your cat will feel the same way. The KONG Cat Zoom Groom Brush's bristles both gives a massage and gets rid of dead hair. And I dig the purple color and cool cat design on the back! Very trendy. It's available for $4.50 from Petco, and on top of that awesome price, it also has some great customer reviews and ratings. Source: Petco
For The Basketball-Loving BirdGot a winged friend who needs a little more activity in his or her day? Let your bird showcase some basketball skills with Activitoys Birdie Basketball. This sweet cage hoop is only $5.49 at PetSmart. I have to say, I just think this is so cool. I kind of want one for my desk so I can slam dunk all day. Source: PetSmart
For The Reindeer WannabeHalloween isn't the only season for dressing up. Get in the festive holiday spirit with these Aria Yuletide Tartan Pet Antlers. They are $5.97 for a small pair and $7.97 for a large pair at BaxterBoo.com. Source: BaxterBoo.com
For The Beauty ConsciousDavis Holiday Shampoos come in a variety of yummy, and seasonally appropriate scents. The 12 oz. bottles of pet shampoo are available for $5.99 each from JeffersPet.com and the scents include sugar cookie, mulled cider, pumpkin pie, chocolate mint and peppermint twist. Yum, yum, yum. Source: Jeffers
For The Chilly PawsI loved getting cool socks as gifts, so let's assume your pet feels the same way. I mean, how could he or she not with these adorable Top Paw Winter Checker Socks?! The four socks (complete with little grips on the bottom) are available at PetSmart for $7.19. Source: PetSmart
For The Thirsty Lil GuyYes, you could have your pet drink out of a boring dish, but this Super Pet Vege-T-Bowl is awesomely quirky and cool with its lettuce design. It's made for small pets (like guinea pigs) and it costs $7.99 at Wag.com. Also, this ceramic bowl is basically nicer than any bowl that I own, so feel free to tell your pet that for an extra boost of holiday cheer. Source: Wag.com
For Your Wild Winged FriendsDon't have a pet living in your house? Show your animal love with a gift for those that live just outside in your yard. This Cedar Works Sipper Hummingbird Feeder is only $8.48 at Home Depot and has some pretty solid reviews on the site. Plus, with its flowers all around the bottom, it's pretty darn cute. Source: Home Depot
For The Adventure PupIt's important to keep your dog hydrated if you're going out for a long hike or walk. This Dexas Collapsible Travel Cup is great to take on-the-go and can go right in the dishwasher for a cleaning. It's available at Petco for only $8.49. Now you and your pet can get going to explore the outdoors together! Source: Petco
For The Fashionable FelineAll the trendy cats have been saying, "Gray mice are so five years ago." Now your cat can be up to date on style with this array of mice toys that come in cute colors. You get 18 toy mice in the Grreat Choice Crazy Up Set, available at PetSmart for $10.49. Plus, reviews on the site say they are durable, so they should hold up well to kitty's wear and tear. Source: PetSmart
For The Hungry HoundThis is a great gift for a pet lover that ends up being a (literal) treat for their dog. The "Organic Dog Biscuit Cookbook" is from the Bubba Rose Biscuit Company and the book contains more than one hundred recipes for you to make in your own home. It's great for the culinary pet-lover or the dog with a picky palate! Order a copy from Barnes & Noble for $11.10. Source: Barnes & Noble
For The Seasonal StylistMy mom loves buying things for my dog, so she has a collar for every season. That's up to you if you want to take it that far, but this winter themed collar is pretty cute. According to other pictures it even comes with a little bell! This one is from the PetHoliday line by Top Paw and is only $11.99 at PetSmart. There's other PetHoliday designs available as well. Source: PetSmart
For The Careful CanineIt's important to be safe when taking your dog out for walks, and wearing reflective clothing when out in the dark is really important. Show your dog how much you love his or her safety with the gift of a Brite Reflective Safety Dog Vest. You can order one from DoggieVogue.com, where the vests range in price from $11.99 to $19.99. Source: DoggieVogue.com
For The Energetic KittyI don't know a ton about cat toys, but this one is called Cheese Chase and I can't imagine anyone (human or animal) not smiling at a name like that. It's a three-in-one cat toy to keep your inquisitive feline friend occupied and having fun. It's available for $13.59 at PetSmart.com, and it has a high customer rating, as well! Source: PetSmart.com
For The Dapper DogI can't get over how cute the dogs look in ties on The Posh Puppy Boutique website where I found this peppermint-pattern bow tie for only $15. It attaches onto the collar with the velcro strip, so it seems like a breeze to dress up your pet for the more serious moments in his or her life. Source: The Posh Puppy Boutique
For The Silly WandererPlaying off the name tags which are a staple at every awkward social function you may ever attend, the Hello My Name Is Dog Tag will show people your pet has both an owner and a cool personality. Available from dogIDs.com for $15, you have your choice of circle or square and a whole bunch of colors so you can tailor it to your pet's tastes. Source: dogIDs.com
For The Film-Buff FishYour fish can relive the hilarious "My Bubbles!" moment from Finding Nemo with this treasure chest (yup, the one from the movie) that actually does emit bubbles. It's $15.29 at Petco. Your fish now doesn't have to endure the ocean peril of Nemo to still feel like he's living in an awesome movie. Sounds like a win-win for everyone. Source: Petco
For The Fun-Loving FerretNot going to lie - I kind of wish that the Marshall Pop N Play Ferret Ball Pit Toy came in a human size that I could have in my apartment. Alas, it does not, but for only $19.19 at Petco, this is a pretty sweet gift. More than one ferret can use it at a time, so basically your pet is going to be the most popular one on the block with everyone wanting to get in on the fun. Source: Petco
For The Territorial PetA Drymate Personalized Pet Placemat from Petco is a cute way for your pet to make a clear statement: "That water dish is MINE!" Plus, it's designed so any spills won't soak down through. Now I'll be honest: I only saw a couple designs for $17.59 and some for $19.99, but there are options if you have a couple extra bucks to go over our $20 limit. These just seemed too cute (and useful!) to pass up. Source: Petco
Do you have any pets? Do you get your pet a gift for the holidays? Has your pet ever given you a gift? What cheap gift ideas do you have for pet lovers? Let us know in the comments!