For the fur babies: Pet-perfect holiday gifts by Black-owned brands
Looking for a holiday present for your pet? We’ve rounded up 12 top gifts from Black-owned pet brands.
Got a fur baby at home? We hope you’ve saved room on your holiday shopping lists for the four-legged members of your life because we have gathered 12 gifts any furry friend would be delighted to receive.
For both cats and dogs, we’ve rounded up some of the best in pet treats, skin and fur care, wellness, toys, and accessories, all by Black-owned pet brands. We’ve even thought of you folks who may not have a fur baby of your own but want to support the beloved pet owners in your lives.
For the good boys and good girls
A gift guaranteed to induce a happy tail wag or a sweet kitty’s purr is a delectable treat. Pet treats come in so many varieties these days but we are especially excited about the selection offered by Ava’s Pet Palace. Founded by a young Black business owner, the brand offers two variety packs for dogs with savory, sweet, and fish options—and a salmon flavor for cats.
For their wellness
When we are feeling achy or low-energy, we may reach for the hemp oil or CBD cream, or take something to give us a boost. Likewise, our pets may enjoy the same treatment for their aches and fatigue. For those pets that may need some help sleeping, moving, or generally being in a better mood, we recommend the Wellness Sample Set by Homescape Pets. The set includes a bottle of the brand’s Daily Thrive Oil, a bottle of its Restful Pet Oil, and its Muscle Mobility Food Supplement.
For their skin—and fur
From dry paws to irritated noses to inflamed skin, our pets could use a little TLC every once in a while. Spoil them this holiday season with a little skincare. Containing olive oil, shea butter, and coconut oil, Bark & Tumble’s Restore Pet Balm was created to help repair and hydrate damaged and dry paws, noses, and irritated skin.
For their sense of style
Pets can be an extension of our own personalities and style. Understanding this, the folks over at Trill Paws have created a collection of pet accessories that will have any dog or cat in drip rivaled only by their owner. Our personal favorite, the Cuban Link collar, is perfect for a stylish fun-loving pet.
For odor control
Perhaps you know someone who loves having their pet in the house but does not love the smells that can come with it. Help them fight pet odor this holiday season with a candle specifically devised for the task. We recommend the Happy Jasmine Pet Odor Eliminator candle by Gerrard Larriet, which not only fights pet odor but also promotes cleansing energy in the air.
For poppin’ their collar
Why have a generic pet tag when you can have a slice of pizza, a sneaker, or even a crying Drake dangling from your pet’s collar? Update their pet tag this holiday season with a standout design. The selection at Trill Paws spans culture, phrases, food, and even the holidays, but a personal favorite is the Drake Tears Tag.
For the warm and fuzzies
With the exception of a few certain breeds, our pets are typically covered in fur, but that doesn’t mean they don’t get chilly when the temperature drops. It also doesn’t mean they don’t appreciate dressing cozy, just like we do. Wrap them up in a pet sweater this holiday season to keep them feeling all the warm and fuzzies.
For pets that jet set
If they’re are always on the go with their pet in tow, this holiday season, get them something for both: A new pet carrier. The curated selection over at Sir Dogwood keeps the style-conscious in mind; top of our list is the Air Travel Carrier by Wild One, currently sold at Sir Dogwood in tan, green, and black.
For your dogg
Snoop Dogg, along with his wife Shante, recently launched Snoop Doggie Doggs so other pets could have a taste of the lush life he affords his own pooches. If you also think “a dog’s life” should actually mean luxury, treat your dog to a new deluxe chew toy. Some of our favorites from the new line include the Deluxe Doggie Doobie and the Deluxe Boom Box.
For your feline
Nothing thrills some cats more than playing “soccer.” It doesn’t matter what they have on hand for a ball; they will kick a crumpled-up receipt or a straw wrapper if they have to. Next time they get the urge, make sure they have a toy meant to be kicked and caught. SciPaws has a collection of irresistible cat kickers that include a catnip-filled pillow attached to a teaser tail and come in a variety of colors and patterns.
For the dog mom
Some pet owners are passionate about their pets. No pet kitsch is too kitschy for them. For the dog parent you know is proud and not afraid to show it, gift them an apparel item that helps them say it with their chest. We think the “Dog Mom AF” crewneck by Brixxy & Co will help them get the point across.
For the shelter savior
Most pet parents are supportive of initiatives that help other housepets, as millions land in shelters each year. For that friend who loves their shelter cats, it may be really meaningful to gift them something that supports rescue initiatives. TrapKing, a former rapper-turned-cat-rescuer, is passionate about diversifying the pet rescue industry and helping cats, in particular. Support his efforts by buying the cat lovers in your life some TrapKing Merch.
Kay Wicker is a lifestyle writer for theGrio covering health, wellness, travel, beauty, fashion, and the myriad ways Black people live and enjoy their lives. She has previously created content for magazines, newspapers, and digital brands.
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