Christmas is on the way and we can’t wait! While it’s our busiest month of the year, it’s also the most fun for us. We love seeing Arizona’s local wildlife (like javelina and coyotes) staring at your front yard holiday lights, watching your cats climbing the Christmas tree, and your dogs sniffing through every single gift you place underneath it.

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But, first, let’s take a quick look at gift ideas for pet parents! If you’re looking for a gift for a dog or cat owner, we hope you’ll think about one of these from local Arizona small businesses.

For Pet Parents

1. Gift Certificate for Pampered Pets & Plants!

Give your favorite person the gift of time with a gift card for housesitting and pet sitting services! They can redeem it for everything from a family vacation to an emergency situation. Remind them that we will need to meet them and their pets before they need us!

2. AZ Soapworks

Looking for the perfect cat or dog lover gift? These handmade soaps from AZ Soapworks are so much fun! While there are many styles available, the dog and cat designs are some of our favorites! Order the gift kit, which comes with a lip balm, to fend off the dry cold winds that make Arizona a true desert.

And now, for our pets!

1. Cooling Outdoor Pet Beds

These cooling beds are IDEAL for Arizona! They are also the favored gift for animal rescue groups. These elevated beds help keep pets off the ground and away from ants, dirt (which can cause Valley Fever), and are very easy to clean. They also keep pets cool and comfortable by promoting increased airflow and reducing pressure on joints.

Not sure it’s in the budget? You can make your own out of PVC pipe and fabric! This is a great holiday project for the kids while they’re out of school and they can be donated to dozens of very grateful rescue associations! Here’s a video that shows you how to do it step-by-step.

2. Interactive Feeding Puzzles

Feeding puzzles are ideal for helping anxious dogs cope with life. The line of toys from Nina Ottosson are some of our favorites. Help stimulate your dog’s thinking and give them an outlet from boredom. When they’re done, pop the puzzle into the dishwasher!

3. Water Fountain

Pet fountains are one of the easiest ways to keep your pets healthy. We’ve found over the years that providing a running water source for pets not only improves their mental health, it improves their physical health. The surest way to decrease vet bills is to provide your pets an ongoing source of clean, filtered, running water. There are many to choose from, but the fountain we have linked to above holds 108 ozs and we know your pets will love it!

4. Monthly Subscription Box

Not sure what to get the dog that has everything? We’ve got something that will keep their attention! Subscription boxes are fun ways to get your pets engaging new toys and treats each month at a cost that can’t be beat. Our favorites are:

5. Chase N Pull Toy

The Chase N Pull toy is one of our favorite toys for dogs who love to chase, pull, and lunge! This pole is sturdy, contains a replacement toy, and will keep even the most docile dog active! Engage their instincts and let loose the dogs of fun!

6. Leash and Collar

Every pet needs a new leash and collar! These matching leash and collar sets are fun for pets of all sizes!

Matching collar and leash for pets

7. Harness and Walking Jacket

Make sure your pets are secure when you go on a walk. These mesh travel jackets for cats are ideal for a walk through the snow.

No matter which walking jacket you choose, be certain it fits your pet (especially cats) correctly and doesn’t allow them to escape. Some jackets say they are escape proof, but you’ll need to ensure that’s true with some trial walks in the safety of your home.

8. Holiday Sweater for Pets and People!

(get a matching human holiday sweater here! )
What better way is there to show off you and your pet’s love of Christmas than the “ugly christmas sweater”?  But, these aren’t ugly at all (although you can select that option). We’re happy selecting the sweater that offers a classic holiday feel!

9. Plush Dragon Chew Toy

These adorable dragon toys feature ChewGuard technology – which helps keep your pet’s toys perfect for weeks! These tough toys have reinforced seams and come in variety of colors and styles, but we love this adorable dragon!

10. Plush Calming Dog or Cat Beds

These plush donut dog beds are the cat’s meow and the barkers best option for sleeping! The oversized plush bed will give your pets a feeling of security and comfort during the holiday season. Make sure you get the proper size for your pets to share – everyone will want to pile into this cozy bed!