What to Get Pet Owners This Year

What to Get Pet Owners This Year

By Nina Wolf

Our favorite gifts for the dog or cat parent are pet approved; plastic free, natural, and healthy; and won’t look hideous when they inevitably end up strewn about the house. In fact, they’re practically display worthy.

Here are five small gifts—or stocking stuffers—for the pet owner in your life:

1. Hemp Dog Bone Toy ($14)

Give the gift of a good-looking—and eco-friendly—toy. Each cloth bone is made in the US of all-natural materials (cotton thread included), without any toxic dyes, and is completely biodegradable. It’s also squeaker-free, so it’s comforting, not jarring, to pups and blissfully quiet for their cohabitants. Perhaps best of all, it comes in three sizes (and two colors) for every shape, size, and breed.


2. Rope Toy (from $10.50)

For the person on your list with a new puppy or an extra energetic companion: This simple rope toy is made from organic cotton grown in the US, comes with two knots or three (depending on dog size and tug-of-war preference), and will even gently clean pups’ teeth and gums as they play.


3. Snake Cat Toys ($18)

Give the cat lover the gift of minimalist, sustainably made cat toys. The Snake Toy is entirely plastic free and compostable; each small toy is filled with organically grown catnip and buckwheat hulls for extra crinkly appeal.


4. Farm Dog Bowl (from $65)

Farmhouse Pottery, a favorite of humans all over, has now created handmade dinnerware for canines and felines alike. The bowls come in three sizes and are wheel-thrown in Vermont, sure to delight pets who appreciate good design.


5. Dog Poop Bag Holder ($10) + Compostable Poop Bags ($2.60)

This might not seem like the most glamorous gift, but every dog owner knows that it’s essential to have a supply of waste pickup bags handy on walks. This neutral holder is made from 100 percent cotton canvas, fits any leash (or your wrist or belt loop), and has room for a few treats, too. Pair it with earth-friendly compostable waste bags for a practical gift every dog owner will appreciate.