Friday, 16 December 2016
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Last Minute Christmas Gifts for the Dogs + Their Humans

It's our final post of 2016!  We're wrapping up our December Barkmas bonanza and the blogging year with a double posting dose of festive inspiration. In this post we're sharing a round-up of DIY Christmas gifts for dogs from our archives and recent posts, a few of our tried-and-tested favourite pre-fab toys and products, and pet-themed gift ideas for dog loving humans. Check out the preceding post DIY Christmas Dog Treats + Gifts for Aspiring Pet Chefs for treat recipe ideas, a free holiday dog treat e-cookbook, and kitchen/cooking gift ideas for dog lovers.

DIY Christmas treats, toys, and presents for dogs and dog owners

As much as we love and spoil our pets, we still try to be somewhat practical about their holiday gift haul.  Santa Paws usually delivers a few fun new toys to refresh the discarded and worn (new rugby balls are an annual tradition) and I include a few fun finds along with some homemade toys.  The Christmas wreath tug and candy cane tug are currently tucked away along other goodies for holiday pressie play.  Humphrey's all time favourite store-bought toy is his Nerf Squeaky football. Based upon usual toy life, I didn't expect it to last (so I bought two) but they're still going strong after two years of vigorous squeaking.  I can only handle the squeaking in small doses so its often hidden from him, but he LOVES squeaking it and both dogs sing/howl along with the squeaking.  Not recommended before morning coffee.  Hehe...  Even as a slowing senior, Oli still can't resist a ball, although we're very gentle with the play these days.

On a more practical side, we usually swap out collars on birthdays and leads/leashes at Christmas if/as needed from wear-and-tear.  Normally I would also include some oh-so-practical poop bags in their stockings, but this year I think my dog poop bag Christmas wreath will last us quite a while.   

For the dog-loving humans on your list, doggy DIYs like treat jars, treat bags, etc are also great gifts for both pets and their owners.  Dog-care items that are suited to shared activity, like a new running lead for joggers, safety lights for early/late outings, etc make good gifts for dog owners too. Of course, there are plenty of practical, educational, silly, and fun options too!  Here are a few more last minute pressie ideas for pet lovers:

We'll be taking a blogging break for the next few weeks, but will check in on our comments, emails, and social media over the holidays as time allows.  Have a very Merry Barkmas and we'll see you again next year!

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