PugetPets Picks: Cool Holiday Gifts with a Warm, Fuzzy Feeling

The Three Little Kittens may have lost their mittens, but PugetPets can help! Whether you’re checking off items on your pet’s wish list (hint, hint: some delicious snacks?), searching for a unique gift for the pet lover who has everything, or seeking out a holiday project for some family fun, we’ve found the right ideas for every budget. And even without your mittens, you can get a warm, fuzzy feeling from knowing your purchases help pets, people, and the planet, so PugetPets has scoured Cyberspace in search of gifts with a conscience: the best gifts for pets and pet people from the most responsible companies. Narrowing our list down was tough, but here are our ten favorites:

  1. Adventure Days Treats. This Lynnwood-based company not only makes healthy handmade dog treats in a wide variety of flavors (including a lavender and chamomile “Calming Nugget”), but also toys and gear from recycled climbing rope and other recycled materials. They feature a gift pack with your choice of treat flavor and the right sized tug-toy for your dog, all in a colorful gift bag made from recycled fabric. In addition to online ordering, Adventure Days has a booth at the Pike Place Market and provides free delivery in the greater Lynnwood area. http://adventuredaystreats.com/

  2. West Paw Design. Based in Bozeman, Montana, West Paw designs and manufactures quality dog and cat toys and bedding, all made in the USA. The company prides itself on their refusal to outsource labor, use of eco-friendly practices and materials, charitable donations and volunteering. Check out their award-winning Zogoflex dog toys (“practically indestructible”), which can be infinitely recycled through the company’s recycling program, as well as their featured “20 Holiday Gifts for Under $20.00.” With tons of fun toys and comfortable, attractive beds, it’s hard not to find the perfect gift! https://www.westpawdesign.com/

  3. Joey’s Coat. Out of a small Vashon Island studio, grand visions emerge. Joey’s Coat Canine Couture produces “masterfully tailored coats for canines.” Each vintage-inspired coat is a handmade work of art, crafted using vintage textiles and re-purposed materials. Not for the dog park, these beautiful and one-of-a-kind garments are the perfect statement piece for the dog-doting diva on your list. http://www.joeyscoat.com/

  4. Chilly Dog Sweaters. As professional dog walkers, we at PugetPets know: dogs get cold! So if “canine couture” isn’t in your budget, check out Philadelphia-based Chilly Dog. Made by Inca artisans in South America, these dog sweaters come in loads of fun designs, from classic to hip, and are available in every conceivable size. Chilly Dog follows Fair Trade guidelines and all the sweaters are 100% wool and use only plant dyes. Whether she’s sporting a fox-head hoodie, a “mom tattoo” sweater, or the Union Jack, your dog will be both warm and cleverly stylish, and you’ll know you helped Inca villagers earn a fair wage. Chilly Dog has breed-specific holiday ornaments and cute knit catnip toys, too! http://chillydogsweaters.com/

  5. Imperial Cat. This family-owned and cat-operated (“20+ office cats”!) business out of Morrilton, Arkansas produces eco-friendly, all-natural cat products. Imperial Cat operates several donation programs, providing scratchers to cat adopters, making custom-sized scratch pads for shelter kennels, and offering spay and neuter vouchers for pet owners needing financial assistance. PugetPets likes their “Scratch’n Shapes” cat scratchers and “Scratch’n Nibble” play structures (for rabbits and small rodents). Made of recycled paper with soy-based inks, these come in a wide variety of fun and humorous shapes, sizes and designs, including hanging scratchers and seasonal themes! They are fully recyclable/compostable and made in the USA. http://www.imperialcat.com/

  6. Mountain Pet Products. PugetPets chose New England-based, woman-owned Mountain Pet Products’ handmade cat structures for their beautiful craftsmanship and eco-friendly, healthy carpet-free design. Products range from simple scratching posts to complete custom “catification” systems. These aren’t your grandma’s kitty condos! Mountain Pet hand-crafted wood cat furniture allows you to create the ultimate cat-friendly environment without sacrificing your home esthetic, and they offer custom solutions as well. They also have their own line of wand-style cat toys with replaceable parts. http://mountainpetproducts.com/

  7. Honest Pet Products. Wisconsin-based Honest Pet Products produces durable, eco-friendly dog and cat toys and healthy shampoos and grooming brushes. Products are made only of renewable wool and hemp materials. All the hemp products are made by disabled adults in the US. The wool products are made by women of nomadic herding tribes in Mongolia. Working through the Snow Leopard Trust’s Fair Trade cooperative, the women earn a living with their traditional wool-working skills and in exchange, the herders protect the endangered snow leopards that share their habitats. All that, plus a huge variety of chemical-free, durable and fun toys?! http://honestpetproducts.com/

  8. OoMaLoo Handmade Dog Toys. These handmade knit dog and cat toys are crafted by women in poor, multi-ethnic neighborhoods of Istanbul. Purchase of a Fair Trade OoMaLoo toy helps honor traditional skills while providing a degree of financial independence to Turkish women artisans. The toys come in an astonishing array of colorful designs that you won’t find anywhere else, including a cute crab, eggplant, flamingo, cupcake, hedgehog, ostrich, pelican, seahorse, and skull! The list goes on, and while OoMaLoo also offers a selection of cat toys, many of these plush, fuzzy dog toys look like the perfect entertainment for an “attack cat,” too! http://oomaloo.com/

  9. The Seattle Barkery. Because who doesn’t love a dog treat food truck (plus, coffee for you)? In addition to their mobile Treat Utility Vehicle, Seattle Barkery has a stationary treat bar located at the Dogwood Playpark in the Greenwood area, where they dish out fun and delicious-looking handmade, local dog snacks. Check out the Barkery’s fantastical celebration cakes, made to order and served on a Frisbee! You know “treats” is at the top of your dog’s wish list. (“Pretty please with a chicken foot on top?”) http://www.theseattlebarkery.com/

  10. You! Whether you’re on a tight budget or just looking for a fun family project, pet-related do-it-yourself opportunities abound. If you’re looking for a unique gift from the heart, why not give your favorite pet or pet-person a jar of homemade treats or a stocking full of DIY toys from the kids? PugetPets compiled just a few examples of the many dog and cat treat recipes (we looked for the healthiest) and DIY toy making instructions available on the Web:

http://acozykitchen.com/grain-free-dog-treats/

http://iheartcats.com/5-easy-diy-cat-treat-recipes/

http://prettyfluffy.com/diy-tutorials/recipes/15-homemade-healthy-dog-treat-recipes

https://pethelpful.com/cats/homemadecattoys

http://www.thriftyfun.com/Homemade-Dog-Toys-Guide.html

https://pethelpful.com/rabbits/homemade_rabbit_toys-2

From Adventure Days to Zogoflex, these responsible companies and their quality products are PugetPets Picks, and we think you’ll like them, too. With all these awesome gift ideas, there’s no reason to let your kittens go without mittens this holiday season! Kelly and the staff at PugetPets wish you happy holiday gift-giving and all the warm fuzzies your thoughtful purchases can buy!