Holiday cheer is in the air! People are busy decorating their homes, baking cookies, picking out the perfect Christmas tree, and, of course, shopping for gifts. One of the most difficult family members to shop for is often a pet.
According to Statista, there are now more pet-owning households (84.6 million) than those with children (52.8 million). Millennials have officially overtaken the baby boomers as the biggest pet-owning generation. Since pets are millennial’s four-legged children, they feel they deserve the same treatment other family members get, including gifts.
You might be thinking—it can’t be that hard to make a dog happy. And you’re right. It’s not hard to find a gift they will enjoy. The real challenge is finding one that will last more than a few minutes before it is torn to shreds.
If you’re having a hard time thinking of the perfect gift to give your dog or furkid, here are a few suggestions:
- Interactive Pet Camera: Do you ever wonder what furkid does all day while you’re at work? Well now you can find out thanks to pet cameras like Pawbo, Furbo, and PetChatz. These interactive pet-cams allow you to connect with your furkids when you aren’t home. Some, such as PetChatz, even offer two-way video calling, a game mode, treat dispenser, and more. The price for interactive pet-cams ranges from $100-300, based on the type of features the device offers.
- Monthly Subscription Box: It’s the gift that keeps on giving. Every month, a new box filled with toys, treats, and other pet-friendly products will arrive on your door step for your furkid to enjoy!
- Pet Massager: Have you ever thought about giving your pet a massage for Christmas? It might sound kind of silly, but it can be very beneficial for your furkid—just like it is for humans. For less than $20, you can purchase a quality massager from PetWell and help your furkid relax all year long.
- Ball Launcher: If your dog loves to play fetch, then a ball launcher is the perfect gift to put under the tree. Keep things simple by purchasing a low-cost, hand-held launcher like Chuckit! Another option, which gives your dog a physical and mental workout, is an interactive ball launcher.
- Water Fountain: More often than not, when you set a bowl of water outside for your pet it gets warm, filled with debris, or knocked over. Pet water fountains, like The Pawcet, provide your pet with a clean, fresh water supply so they stay hydrated all year-round.
- Fence Window: If your furkid loves to see what’s happening beyond the backyard, consider a fence window like PetPeek. These fun, porthole-style windows allow curious dogs to see outside their fenced-in yard, which can help deter them from trying to escape.
By August Braun, Communications Intern