Holiday Gift Guide: For Your Furry Friends & Giveaway

One of the gift recipients that I didn’t touch on in my last gift guide about giving the gift of experience was for our pets. It’s pretty hard to give a pet a gift of an experience, unless you count walks and visits to the dog park as a gift. ;) I always like to give Rigby a Christmas gift, and fill his stocking with goodies, so today’s holiday gift guide is going to focus on just that!

Holiday Gift Guide: For Your Furry Friends & Fellow Animal Lovers / hellorigby!

Rigby is not the easiest to shop for though! He’s pretty smart, so a lot of dog toys are boring. He also has a love of chewing, and will destroy even the most “indestructible” toys, especially the plush stuffed kind if left to his own devices.

I have learned a few things over the years of owning him about what kind of toys do work, and don’t. And also, as a dog owner and animal lover, I feel like I may know a thing or two about what my fellow pet lovers wouldn’t mind seeing under the tree.

Gifts for your Furry Friends

Holiday Gift Gude: For Your Furry Friends (Dog/Cat) / hellorigby!

Jax & Bones Snowflake Rope Toy: How cute is this? This is one toy I wouldn’t mind seeing on my floor! (PetSwag, $14)

Bad Cuz:  This is pretty much indestructible and bounces all over the place, plus it makes a squeaking noise that is sure to drive your dog (and maybe you) crazy. (Amazon, $5.99)

Catit Design Senses Play Circuit: Okay, this looks pretty cool. You can set up the track in all sorts of configurations, and the ball is paw powered. Plus, look at that tiny cat’s face in the photo. Nailed it. (Amazon, $8.45)

Bergan Turbo Scratcher Cat Toy: The cats we had growing up had one of these, and it was one of those things that almost always got used by one of the cats. If they weren’t zooming the ball around, they were scratching the cardboard. (Amazon, $12.74)

iFetch Ball Launcher: Um, how cool is this? When you’re busy, now you don’t have to feel bad about not being able to play fetch with your dog. (PetFancy, $115)

Kyjen Holiday Hide-a-Squirrel: This is seriously so much fun. Squeak the squirrels, get your pup excited, then watch them tear into this to get to the little rodents. Fun for all. (Kyjen, $18)

Our Pets Smarter IQ Treat Ball: We got this in a Barkbox a long time ago (and unfortunately Rigby was left unattended and ended up breaking it…) but it was so worth it. On this one, you can set the size of the treat dispenser larger or smaller, so you have full control over how long the dog will be entertained. (Amazon, $9)

Barkbox: Speaking of Barkbox, why not just put a box under the tree? We loved Barkbox, and get it every few months when we’re running low on treats and toys. (Barkbox, Starting at $19/month. Use code CYBERMUTT for new subscribers for 3 free months when you sign up for a 3, 6, or 12 month plan. Previous subscribers, use code WOOF for 20% off.)

Kyjen Puzzle Toys: We got to try out the Spinning Star puzzle and let me tell you, it’s a lot of fun! Seeing a little puzzled look on Rigby’s face was priceless. It didn’t take him long to figure it out though! (Kyjen, $20)

Gifts for Animal Lovers

Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts or Animal Lovers & Pet Owners / hellorigby!

Mini Emergency Kit for Dogs: How ingenious is this? A tiny collection of essentials that you can keep in your car just in case of a doggie emergency. (Free People, $16)

Custom Pet Artwork: I love the idea of having a pet portrait commissioned, and there’s one that suits every budget on Etsy. For a small gift, try a pet portrait mug ($18). For a bigger splurge, have a pet immortalized in a piece of artwork like this comic style painting or this watercolor style!

Dogs with Glasses Art Print: Okay, seriously, how adorable is this print? I want it! (Hanna Melin, $36.75)

Nail Wraps: Put your pet’s face on your nails with NCLA’s MyNCLA app! See an example of custom pet portrait nail wraps on Racked here. (NCLA, $19) Jamberry also has this option, though you’ll have to do it through a consultant. (Jamberry, price varies)

PetziConnect: I funded this over a year ago and I can’t wait for it to arrive this month. This is more than just a pet camera, you can interact with your dog through their Petzilla app and even offer a treat for good behavior! (Indiegogo, $169)

Humorous Books: There’s nothing more fun than a dog poking fun at our interesting relationships with our pets. I love the concept behind How to Make Your Cat an Internet Celebrity, I Could Chew on This: And Other Poems by Dogs, and I Could Pee on This: And Other Poems by Cats. (Amazon, price varies.)

Our friends at Kyjen (well, more of  Rigby’s friends then mine… he does love their toys!) sent us an extra Holiday Hide-a-Squirrel Dog Puzzle to share with one lucky doggie, plus I’ll throw in some of Rigby’s favorite treats (uneaten, of course!) and a few other fun things. Get yourself entered below!

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112 thoughts on “Holiday Gift Guide: For Your Furry Friends & Giveaway

  1. Mai Tran

    I’m giving my Weimaraner a new coat since the current one is worn out. I hope she likes the new one we bought her.

  2. Kristine

    Our dogs always get the .99 cent ropes from Target and they LOVE them! And I don’t feel as bad when they tear them to shreds because Target practically gives them away. And now every year at Christmas they get a puppachino from Sbux :)

  3. V

    I bought one of those puzzles for Chewie. It’s made of solid wood. She loves it. The only problem is that when she paws at it it scoots around the floor. I usually have to lay it in the grass outside. :o)


  4. Hnou

    These are great gift ideas. I’m glad you included some cat toys. I think I already said this but your dog is so cute. He looks like he’s smiling all the time.

  5. Olya

    I have the same problem that you do, where my dog doesn’t really like normal toys and rarely plays with them. She LOVES puzzle toys though so I am going to pick up another one for her as a Christmas gift. :)

  6. Kim Pincombe Cole

    Every year we replace our dogs’ tug toys. Tugga brand seems to last the longest with our dogs (a miniature Goldendoodle & a Bichon rescue) – we’ve bought toys that they’ve destroyed in less than a day before! And of course we get them biscuits/treats (which they LOVE)…

  7. Natalie

    I’m pretty much the worst dog owner ever because I’ve forgotten to get our dog something for Christmas for the last few years. Happily, she hasn’t complained, and I treated her to a new collar or treats when I remembered! :)

  8. Kenzie Smith

    We plan on giving our pups two new dog beds — theirs are awfully flat and lifeless. Bailey keeps hopping up on our bed and because hers isn’t comfortable enough ha ha!

  9. Erin

    We have that Hide-a-Squirrel thing and my dog LOVES IT. She will play with that for a solid 30 minutes, and I’m always impressed with how she knows when there are more squirrels in there, lol!

  10. Cassie

    Looks like that rope snowflake was popular, it’s already sold out on their website! :( I’ll definitely have to keep my eye out for something similar though, I think our dog would love it :)

  11. Victoria Talia

    I absolutely loved this post! I did a post just like this last year and it was one of the most fun to write. My dog Djinn Djinn has had both the treat ball and the hide-a-squirrel toy. The hide-a-squirrel toy lasted, hmm, about 3 days before he tore all the little guys apart and so I bought him the one with the birds and the house- lasted another 3 days. He goes crazy insane with toys like that haha.

    As for the treat ball, it’s his favorite toy ever. I’ve bought him about 4 in the last 3 years- he goes through them pretty fast because he has the habit of holding them in his mouth which causes it to crack or else it’ll just break because he plays with it so much. I cannot recommend those treat balls enough- they keep Djinn Djinn entertained forever! This year, I have no idea what I’ll get him but I always enjoy wrapping his presents and watching him tear the paper off :)


    1. Jenn Post author

      Haha, I can’t blame him! I have to take away the hide-a-squirrel toy when Rigby gets a little too chew happy on the little squirrels!

      Yep, that’s exactly how Rigby broke the IQ ball. He wanted those treats so bad he was going to crunch right on through ;) We have a different one now, but it’s too easy for him because the hole is so large. Djinn Djinn sounds a lot like Rigby! :)

  12. Nancy

    I am definitely getting our little Pomeranian something for Christmas. He’s actually flying home with us (10+ hour flight), and will be going in the cabin. He’s a frequent flyer lol.

  13. Paige Pierog

    For christmas I am giving my puppies homemade dog treats:) They love them! They only get the homemade ones around the holidays though, so it is special.

  14. Katie Matthews

    My dogs don’t live with me, since I moved away from the family home but I can’t wait to get a smaller dog that’s more city appropriate! These are such cute ideas!

    Katie <3

  15. Yaitza

    Great idea! You rarely see posts about gift guide for pets. I have been a member of Barkbox and it does feel like Christmas every time for her.

  16. Stacy

    Great ideas! We always get little Morgan a stocking filled with treats and toys, can’t forget our furry friends at Christmas! Thanks for the suggestions

  17. Sandy

    Hi Jenn, our little rescue dog loves soft toys but I think she would love a challenge like the IQ toy #spoiledrotten

  18. Crystal F

    So far our Bella has gotten a ball that my youngest daughter got for her and a stuffed dino. The dino is suppose to be hard to tear up but we will see. Thank you!

  19. Laurie Emerson

    We have 3 of them. I admit that they are all spoiled and have their own Christmas stockings. They are each getting some new chew toys, chew treats and a sweater.


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