The Artefact Holiday Gift Guide: Pets
While pets may not understand the true meaning of the holiday season, we’re pretty sure they like getting new stuff just as much as us people do. From wearable trackers to cookbooks, to kitty convict duds, our designers picked out the best gifts for the furball in your life.
Filson ReadyDog k-9 First Aid Kit – $90.00
Filson is well-known for it’s tough, built to last gear and recently the company partnered up with ReadyDog to create a comprehensive K-9 first aid kit for field treatment. The bag is built to take a beating on the road, with organized interior pouches that hold a first aid book, gauze, safe medications, tools and more. While you always hope you never need to use it, kits like these can mean a world of difference in unexpected emergency situations. The ReadyDog K-9 first aid kit will ensure that your rugged pooch is as prepared for the elements as you are.
Pet Teepees $63.00-$168.00
While we don’t recommend you take these teepees on the same adventures as your K-9 first aid kit, we can’t help but love the rustic and quirky update to the typical pet bed. From left to right, the Free People Cat Tipi ($88.88), the Pipolli Tee Pee ($63.00-$85.00) and the Free People Fireside Plaid Tipi ($168.00).
Ohhio Cat Bed – 137.74 CAD
In the spirit of full disclosure, we probably could have written an entire guide dedicated to all the adorable, weird and wonderful pet beds out there, but we’ll stop at just two. These crocheted beds are handmade and come in five sizes from 18″-36″ (unfortunately no human sizes. Yet.)
This book features 12 beautifully illustrated dog treat recipes based on seasonal, plant-based ingredients. It’s a great gift for the DIY pet lover with an eye for good design or the pooch with a picky diet. Join the community and be part of the #fortheloveofdogbiscuits conversation to see your creations on their site.
Kitty Convict Orange Cat Collar – $10.00-14.00
Seattle cartoonist The Oatmeal is known for 1) his hilarious cartoons and 2) his love of cats. His latest comic combines his two passions in a campaign aimed at lowering the number of domestic cats that go missing each year. A seemingly odd gift at first, people will quickly appreciate the sentiment. Pick up one of these orange collars to let neighbors know that your cat is an escaped convict if seen roaming the great outdoors.
The Odin – $23.00
Leave it to designers to find the most modern and stylish dog toy out there. The Odin is a modular puzzle toy that is easy on the eyes and challenging for dogs. When your pup gets the hang of things, simply attach another module and it becomes an entirely different beast. We love this gift for anyone who has an energetic pup and the most sophisticated taste.
Whistle Activity Tracker – $129.99
If you don’t have a dog, you probably think this sounds ridiculous. If you do have a dog, you know the Whistle Activity Tracker is actually a godsend. Slide the tracker onto your dog’s collar, hook up the companion app and thanks to GPS tracking you’ve got a window into your pet’s activity all day long. For people who have dog walkers or sitters, you can also add them to the app where they are able to log important information about your dog’s eating, drinking and sleep schedules while you’re away. It’s the next best thing to being able to ask your dog how his day was.
U-pet Pet Carriers – $69.00-129.00
U-pet carriers are some of the most unique pet carriers out there right now. Their signature ‘window to the world’ semi-sphere bubble design gives pets a better vantage point while on-the-go. These bags are the go-to for the quirky but sensible friend who can’t leave the house without their furry companion.
Purina Just Right Personalized Dog Food – 24.99/6lbs for a medium sized dog
What says ‘I love you’ more than personalized food? Nothing, that’s what. Purina now lets you create a personalized blend of dog food designed just for your pet. Simply go online and answer a few questions about your dog’s size, age and activity level, upload a photo of your pooch and have their personalized dog food blend delivered. While not exactly the most cost-effective diet, we love that it’s tailored specifically to the needs of your pet and your pup-sessed friends will, too.
If you or someone you know has a cat, this collection of poems is essential reading. These insightful and curious works help explain the odd behavior of cats, with photos of their feline authors throughout. It’s not Virginia Wolfe, but in this case, we think that’s a good thing.
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