Christmas is just two short days away. Hopefully you’ve been able to buy gifts for the family. Yes, that includes your furry friends as well. Even if you haven’t, there are some awesome last minute Christmas gift ideas in here. Now, I know many of us have had a hard year. With COVID looming, many are still out of work.
There are a ton of gift ideas that don’t cost a lot of money. Regardless if you’re buying for humans, or for your dog. Don’t let the terrible year of 2020 bring you down and ruin your spirit! I’ve heard from countless people that they’re not feeling very festive. I totally get it, I do. It’s been rough for us all. So how can you buy or make Christmas gifts without breaking the bank?
To Buy, Or Not To Buy?
So many of our loved ones and friends don’t really worry about whether we buy them gifts. There’s a lot of crafty people out there these days. Making people something from the heart can mean so much more than just buying a gift.
When I was younger, I would always make my parents key chains. I would go to a bead store, get some larger beads, good leather and a key ring. Simply threading the leather over the key ring, making 8 strands of leather (only need 4 long ones) would make a nice key chain. (I know this doesn’t work for dogs. Just an idea if you need a last minute gift for a friend too.)
I remember one year, I made one for my Dad out of his favorite colors. He used that thing for over a decade before it finally died from so much use.
Dogs don’t care if the gift is bought, like some humans. They just want to feel loved by you and others. Making a gift will even have it smelling like you, which they’ll love! Dogs love the smell of their owners. They will often cuddle in our clothes because of it.
Above, I gave an example of making a key chain, but I’ve seen a lot of people crochet blankets. Even hats. I used to crochet as a child, but I don’t have a lot of time for that anymore. Now, I type away all day, helping others with ideas. If you have a dog and you’re able to crochet, make them a nice cozy blanket.
Something they can cuddle up to all day while you’re away at work. Maybe you work from home and they like to lie around. Make them a blanket they can lay on. Even if you don’t crochet, buy two soft pieces of material. Big enough for a doggie blanket. Then, along the edges, cut 4 inch slits all the way around. Around both pieces. Next, lay one on top of the other, and tie each piece to the other.
Voila, you have a doggie blanket. I know you might think dogs don’t care about Christmas. However, if you have a dog half as smart as mine, Atlas, they know. She’s been watching me put toys in her stocking, staring up at it. I know she’s silently saying, “Um, that’s for me. Why is it not in my mouth right now?”
The Gift Of Bones.
Maybe you’ve bought a roast lately, the bone-in kind. Now, dogs have a tendency to not digest cooked bones very well. Raw though, they can eat raw the best. I don’t give Atlas bones often, I will say. But as a special treat, of course! And what better time than the Holidays for me to give her a bone?
Stores right now have bones on sale as well. Please don’t buy the raw hides. They’re really bad for dogs. But the natural ones are on sale right now as well. Also, in the freezer section you can usually find bones as well. Ask the butcher behind the counter for those bones. They’ll direct you to the right spot.
Whatever you do, don’t leave them out of Christmas. They do know, and they understand the emotions that kids feel on Christmas morning. I couldn’t stand for Atlas to give me those sad eyes come Friday.
Toys Are On Sale For Christmas.
No, not kids toys I’m afraid. Dog toys. Kids toys have actually increased in price. That’s right, they go slightly higher before Christmas. It’s actually very sad. I’ve never noticed this before until this year. Only because, I’ll admit, I was done shopping long ago.
Standing in Target over a month ago, I saw a toy that was only $59.99. Then, I went back last weekend looking for something. I saw the same toy, now $69.99. What a jip!
Dog toys though, they’re all marked down right now, especially the Christmas themed ones. So, if you didn’t get your doggie some toys a while back, now’s your time! Every retailer I’ve been to, I see the Clearance bins with dog toys.
In fact, at Fred Meyers yesterday, I saw they had the Christmas themed ones for only $2 each. I already shopped for my dogs, but I figured, why not? So, I bought a cute little sheep squeaker with a Santa Hat on.
Getting home, Atlas knew right away when I pulled it from the bag. She came over sniffing around, looked at her stocking. Probably thinking, “Oh great, another toy that’s going in that thing I can’t get to.” No, I gave it to her and she was happy as a clam!
Final Words on Last Minute Christmas Gift Ideas.
No matter your budget ending this year, don’t leave your other family members out. Dogs are very good at smelling emotions. They know that come Christmas morning, when the kids are all excited, something’s going on. Maybe they like to try to eat the wrapping paper. Or, see what fluffy awesomeness you got the kids. Well, don’t them eat their new slippers. Give them a toy to keep them preoccupied.
My dogs just love to eat fluffy things. Now, I’ve trained them to leave things when I say it. But all dogs love fluffy. It’s why so many of their toys are fluffy! They can’t help it. I make sure to buy extra fluffy toys for Atlas. She loves to tear them apart and rip out their guts. Poor toys. Good thing Toy Story was just a cartoon!
Balls, bones and toys. All on sale. I know Petco is having a huge sale right now for Christmas items. PetSmart as well. So stop in there and browse for something they’ll like. No need to splurge by the way. One is more than enough to keep them distracted from those fuzzy slippers.
What other Christmas gift ideas do you have? Share with us!