Holiday Gift Ideas for Pets: Super Tough Dog Toys We LOVE!

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Got a dog on your list that’s super hard on their toys or just super hard to buy for? Here are 5 extremely tough dog toys that are also tons of fun! These durable and long-lasting toys make great gifts for the holidays and are sure still be going strong well after the tree and lights come down!

tough dog toys gift guide for pets

1) Varsity Ball: 110% Guaranteed Indestructible and tons of fun! Daisy and her boyfriend Fin have tested hers repeatedly and it wears them out each time! Comes in 4 color choices including a special Limited Edition Pink with $2 going to Chase Away K9 Cancer. Made in USA, the Varsity Ball is a generous 12″ in diameter at $39.

2) KONG Classic: Daisy’s very first toy was a KONG and this brand has never let us down. This super bouncy rubber chew toy is Made in the USA and is designed to be stuffed with any kind of treat (Daisy likes peanut butter in hers) to keep dogs busy and entertained while they work for their snack. You can freeze them, too! S-XXL starting from $5.58.

3) Bionic Bone: Made from FDA-approved bionic rubber, this fun toy floats and can be stuffed with treats, frozen, and put in the dishwasher, too! Similar to the KONG, but always fun to have different shapes, sizes and colors to play with! Daisy got one a few months ago and it still looks brand new even with daily use. S-L from $9.99.

4) Planet Dog Orbee-Tuff Cosmos Dog Toy: We think these 5″ ball toys look like they’d make a great addition to Daisy’s toy box and are on our wish list this Christmas! VENUS is pink, MARS is swirly silver, SOL is orange and LUNA, representing the moon, glows in the dark. Each has a spot for hiding treats and are designed with big dogs in mind.  Cosmos are made in the USA, are buoyant, bouncy, minty, recyclable, non-toxic and 100-Percent guaranteed. $10-$15 each.

5) Nylabone Proaction Dog Dental Chew: A very long-time favorite of Daisy’s, we actually lost her first one recently (she even used to sleep with it). It was 2 years old and still in great shape, so I’m still hoping it will turn up eventually. Not to be confused with Nylabone edible chew treats, this is a hard chew toy with a specially-textured design to stimulate gums and reduce tartar as well as help satisfy your dog’s natural urge to chew. Several design styles and sizes are available from $6-$18 each.

For safety, it’s very important to inspect dog toys frequently and watch for wear and tear or broken pieces that could create a choking hazard or injury. Not all dog toys are right for every dog, and you should never leave your dog unattended with a new toy if he or she is an extreme chewer or has a history of destroying tough toys.

Gift Ideas for Pet Lovers: 2013 Cat and Dog Calendars

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There’s nothing better than a cute kitty or puppy calendar, and the holiday season is the perfect time to snag a new wall or desk calendar with a funny or adorable pet theme! They make a great gift idea for pet lovers and are inexpensive, too. Here’s a roundup of some of our favorite 2013 pet calendars, plus suggestions for breed-specific pet calendars and how to make your own pet photo calendar this year!

2013 dog and cat calendars

Awkward Family Pet Photos 2013 Wall Calendar $12.59 ($13.99 list price)

Awkward Family Photos Pet Edition 2013 Day-to-Day Calendar $13.49 ($14.99 list price)

A Dog’s Life 2013 Deluxe Wall Calendar $15.99

I Can Has Cheezburger? 2013 Day-to-Day Calendar: A LOLcat Kalendar $13.49 ($14.99 list price)

Dogs 2013 Wall Calendar $12.59 ($13.99 list price)

How to Tell if Your Cat is Plotting to Kill You 2013 Calendar $11.19 ($13.99 list price)

Pups in Blooms 2013 Calendar $12.59 ($13.99 list price)

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The biggest selection of breed-specific calendars and gifts for dog and cat lovers can be found at and their sister site Be sure to check there for hard to find breeds and gift ideas!

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Stocking Stuffers, Party and Hostess Gifts for Dog Lovers!

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holiday gift guideLooking for cute and inexpensive gift ideas for the dog lovers on your list? I found these super fun and affordable wine accessories at! Great ideas for office gift exchange, stocking stuffers or to take as a hostess gift when you drop in on folks this holiday party season!

party gifts  and wine accessories for dog lovers

PetHoliday Wine Glass  $9.97 each

Dog Wine Bottle Topper $4.97 each

PetHoliday Wine Towel $4.97 each


Holiday Gift Ideas for Cats: Litter Box Edition!

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Wondering what to get the cat that has everything? Why not upgrade their litter box or get them a fancy new cover for their existing one. Your cat is probably the King or Queen of the castle anyway, so why not give your refined feline a throne worthy of their station in life! The links and prices shown are lowest available at time of publication and include special offers, sales and include free shipping whenever possible!

litter box holiday gift guide for cats

1) CitiKitty Cat Toilet Training Kit: Works with all sizes and shapes of toilets, includes training seat and insert, guide, tip card, and catnip. $29.99

2) Chateau Looey Malibu Beach House Litter Box Cover: Shipped flat w/ easy assembly, dimensions are 21″ H x 16″ W x 20″ D. Also available in 5 other designs. $26 ($51 reg.)

3) Litter Genie Cat Litter Disposal Odor Free Pail System: Helps lock in odors and germs, holds up to two weeks of waste. Includes scoop, scoop holder, and built-in bag cutter. $11.99 (after $5 instant coupon)

4) Booda Dome Cleanstep Cat Box: Available in 3 colors. Designed for cleanliness and privacy, 99% odor-free box blends nicely with any home décor and large enough to easily accommodate 2 cats. No assembly required, includes built-in elevated ramp and large-capacity air filter. $26.99 ($50 reg.)

5) Le Dresser Litter Box Cover: Litter box slip cover is machine washable & dryer safe. Designed to fit all hooded litter boxes.  $39 ($54 reg.)

6) Merry Pet Cat Washroom / Night Stand Pet House: Cute in the bathroom, on the patio or as a nightstand. Use as either a cat/small dog retreat, or to hide the litter box in style. Comes in 3 color choices. $80 ($130 reg.)

7) ScoopFree Self-Cleaning Automatic Litter Box: Automatically sweeps waste into a covered compartment, locking odor & waste away. Replace disposable tray every few weeks. Special promo price with FREE FroliCat Laser Toy and free shipping. $120 ($195 value)


Win 5 Great Gift Books for Dog Lovers! {Ends 12/6}

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