As a nation of pet lovers, a growing number of Australians are choosing to include pets in their Christmas shopping plans. With online stores stocking some of the best pet gifts available on the market, savvy shoppers are now trading in the stress of trying to find a spot at a shopping mall carpark for buying pet gifts online from the comfort of their own home.
Whether shopping for your precious pure-bred cat, loveable rescue hound, or cute-as-a-button rabbit, here are some of the season’s best pet gifts:
Gone are the days of simply hosing down your pet dog in the backyard every now and then. Dogs these days are more likely to be bathed in scented shampoo and misted with antibacterial spray containing essential oils. A top Christmas gift for a pampered pooch is a dog wash and conditioner duo from Australian brand, Bondi Wash or a mild, calming cleansing wash perfect for sensitive skin from cult beauty brand Aesop. For the ultimate in pet grooming, the Dyson Pet Groom Tool for $89.95 is the ideal gift for dogs prone to shedding. Owners of pets who leave their winter coats on the floor, in the bed, on the couch and on clothing will love this nifty tool that sucks loose dog hair straight from pets into the vacuum cleaner.
During Christmas time, food gifts are just as popular with pets as they are with humans. As a time of the year associated with indulgence, pets deserve an extra treat or two from Santa. Farmhouse Direct stocks a range of quality, low-cost pet food and snack items made by passionate Australian producers, perfect for putting under the tree or in Fido’s Christmas stocking. Perhaps Scruffy might like a packet of gourmet dog biscuits for $6.50 each containing salmon? Or delectable treats made from organic pumpkin and peanut butter? Thankfully cats aren’t left out of the yuletide snack game, with healthy treats made from dried fish available to be delivered to your door thanks to the team from Farmhouse Direct. Made from natural ingredients, a bottle of Pinot Meow cat wine (containing organic catnip and beets) for $9.95 could just be the best Christmas present a cat has ever received. Brighten up meal time with a bright new bowl, just in time for Christmas lunch leftovers.
Clever, active dogs with energy to burn will love Petstock’s range of durable, interactive toys well-suited to high octane pups, while cats will love chasing their new favourite feathered, furry friends. It can be tough to keep pets cool during summer, so a pet pool for $69.99 (no inflation required) is a top gift idea heading into the warmer months. For hours of entertainment though, you can’t go wrong with a Kong. This dumbbell-shaped squeaky toy is perfect for playing fetch or chewing.
It’s not all about cats and dogs though. Other pets deserve a Christmas gift or two also. Curious birds will love playing in a brand new activity centre, fish will enjoy hiding out in cool new additions to their tank, and rabbits will go crazy for toys to chew on.
Whether you’re dressing your dog up for a special occasion or trying to turn your pet into a social media star, costumes and clothing for animals have taken off in the last few years. From hilarious superhero outfits to adorable hoodies for dogs and cute raincoats to keep pooches dry during walk time, there are many fashion options for your furry friends available to buy online.
Once upon a time, collars and leashes were simple accessories made from plain materials. Nowadays, collars and leads come in a variety of colours, styles and materials. A brand new lead crafted in Brooklyn, New York is the ideal gift for a fashion-forward pup who wants to look the goods while cruising around the block, while a luxury designer leather dog collar in a unique hue will set tails wagging. And remember, if you’re shopping at online stores based in the USA that don’t ship to Australia, you can get a USA address with ShopMate, so it’s no problem to get what you want.
Interiors fans with cash to splash don’t have to sacrifice the look of their home in order to accommodate their pets. These days, if you have money to burn then pet bedding, accessories and containment solutions can be as beautiful as they are functional. From contemporary cat scratching posts to luxury dog beds made from organic fabric and a futuristic dream pod for cat nappers, there are many deluxe options created by forward-thinking pet furniture and accessory brands. Even rabbits get a look-in with a lavish, double storey hutch complete with sleeping area and foldable ramp. And don’t forget your two-legged animal-loving friends either. Homewares are a great gift option, particularly if they’re as cute as this puppy portrait or Australian coffee table book full of beautiful doggy photography.