DIY pet giftsThe holiday shopping season is well under way, and if you’re like most American pet owners you’ve probably decided to get your pet at least one gift this year. If you just can’t bear to add another item to your (real or virtual) shopping cart, consider using your hands to craft something special for your furry best pal. Your friends at Animal Kind Veterinary Hospital have put together a list of our favorite DIY pet gifts that are sure to please even the pickiest pet (and owner)!

DIY Pet Gifts…Why Bother?

The DIY craze is still going strong, and websites like Pinterest are bursting with projects suited to all skill levels and budgets. For the most part, however, DIY pet gifts are simple to construct and considerably less expensive than store bought items.

Besides being economical, homemade gifts can be more environmentally friendly than store bought items, especially if you repurpose items you already have around the home. Most DIY pet gifts are also easily customizable to your pet’s personality and preferences.

Something Yummy Under The Tree

It’s the rare pet that will turn down a tasty treat, and the best part is that they don’t care whether you bought it or made it! Homemade pet treats make great stocking stuffers or gifts for the pets of friends and family members as well.

Try one or more of the following recipes for healthy goodies made without artificial flavorings, colors, or preservatives:

Simple Yet Effective

Why fight the crowds at the big box stores when you can craft simple, low-cost gifts that will keep your pet busy for hours?

  • Challenge their brain with a homemade cat and dog food puzzles
  • Use up old t-shirts to make this rope toy
  • Put an Amazon box to good use by making some cardboard mice for your kitty

Let’s Go Crazy

If “go big or go home” is your motto, you’ll love these DIY pet gifts, suitable for those of us with carpentry/crafting skills and extra time on our hands:

From all of us at Animal Kind Veterinary Hospital, have a wonderful holiday season, and don’t hesitate to contact us with any concerns you have about your sweet pet!