With the holidays less than a month away, many pet parents are already planning on ways to celebrate with their pups.
In fact, most dog owners think of their pooches as children, who deserve gifts, cookies, and festive attire just like any other member of the family. Not only that, they want their dogs to be able to join in the festivities as they open presents on Christmas morning or on each night of Hanukkah.
This is great news for pups. Because whether they’ve been naughty or nice, there’s a pretty good chance that they’re going to get spoiled this holiday season! So, which dog toys, treats, and accessories will be big for 2018?
Here’s everything pet parents need to know as they begin shopping for dog gifts and puppy presents.
Holiday-Themed Dog Toys
One of the biggest trends pet parents can expect to see this Christmas are holiday-themed dog toys, and we’re not just talking stuffed Santa’s and reindeers.
Due to the increasing humanization of pups, there’s been a tremendous demand for plush toys that resemble foods that people usually enjoy over the holidays. With these stuffed seasonal- favorites, dogs can join everyone around the fire with a cup of eggnog, help with building/eating a gingerbread house, and even indulge in a limited-edition drink from Starbucks.
These toys not only help spread cheer, but they also make for unique dog gifts that pet parents can’t find at any other time of the year. However, this exclusivity also means that some items will be so popular that they’ll sell-out quickly and early-on in the season.
Consequently, while some moms and dads will be on the hunt for a certain doll or video game for their children, others will be searching for llamas in Santa hats or alpacas carrying a stack of presents for their canine kids.
Festive Threads for Pups
For many families, holiday dress-up starts with Halloween and goes all the way through the new year. That being said, there are a number of ways to outfit your dog in a coordinating Christmas sweater, Hanukkah bandana, or a pair of winter wonderland pjs.
All of these accessories add some festive flair, so pups look picture-perfect in their holiday cards. Whether taken as part of a family shot or a solo session, pawmail with dogs dressed in their Christmas-best makes everyone feel warm and fuzzy.
Adorable, Funny, and Instagramable Gifts
Let’s not forget that the holidays are about giving, and what’s more generous than sending a friend a special puppy care package filled with adorable and funny dog gifts.
Pups love to rip open all their holiday mail and share their excitement with an Instagramable pic, featuring their new toy, treat, accessory, or card. In fact, many pet parents look for unique dog toys and decorations especially for the purpose of spreading joy on their pup’s social media feed. And we have to admit that we can’t help but smile every time we see a dog with a pair of reindeer antlers or a fluffy Jewdle!
Presents Keep Pups Engaged and Calm During the Hectic Holidays
With so many things to celebrate, the holidays can also be stressful for humans and dogs alike. Between parties, shopping for gifts, cooking, and travel, many pet parents are not able to spend as much time with their dogs as usual. In addition, holiday guests can also make some pups a little anxious.
Therefore, an interactive toy, cuddly stuffed animal, or a power chew can help keep them calm and occupied in the midst of the holiday hustle and bustle.
Do you make a holiday list for your dog? If so, what kinds of dog gifts are you hoping to find? Let us know in the comments below.
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