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Holiday Gift Giving For Your Friends Pets
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Holiday Gift Giving for Your Friends Pets

The gifts that I most remember and cherish are those that are given by friends or relatives both for my family and our dog Muffin. I have a friend who mails me two boxed gifts during Christmas.One for me, another one for Muffin. Another friend who lives in another country never fails to send a Christmas card with a " Dear Jay, Amy, Kyle and Muffin" written on it. Our traditional family Christmas card that we give to friends and relatives always has Muffin in the shot with us! It doesn't really matter what the gift is, what warms my heart is that they acknowledge the importance of Muffin to us and that they know that she is part of our family. If you have friends or relatives who has a pet, add their pets to your gift list. It doesn't have to be an expensive or extravagant gift. The simple fact that you remembered would mean a lot to them.

Here are some simple guides on what to get for your friends and relatives' special family members:

1. Safety comes first. If you are giving toys, make sure to get pet safe, non- toxic toys. If it is going to be for a large dog, don't give very small toys that might be swallowed.

2. Consider the kind of lifestyle your friend and his pet has. If they are the outdoor type, maybe you can give something that would be useful when they take their walks like a portable drinking bowl or a retractable leash. If they are more of the stay at home type, why not a bed or a comfy pillow.

3. Treats are also a perfect gift specially during Christmas. You can buy from pet shops or at the mall some dog or cat treats that are already packaged in pretty gift boxes. Check from your friend though if his pet has any allergies or diet restrictions before giving pet treats or any other food.

4. It might be really fun to shop for those cute pet dresses and costumes and your friend might be thrilled if you give his pet a bumblebee or a basketball outfit but to be sure that your gift will not be wasted, ask for the size of the pet. Most dresses would be for extra small, medium, large and extra large breeds.Check which category your friends pet belong to. Also, you might want to be sure that your friend dresses up his pet. Some pet owners don't like putting clothes on their pets.

5. Last year, my brother sent Muffin a card for Christmas saying that a donation was made to our local humane society under her name. That was so unique and awesome! It was not only a gift for Muffin but also for animals at the shelter who will be spending their Christmas without a family. Check your local humane society's website and see whether you can make any donation under your friends pets name.

5. If you cannot still make up your mind on what to give, a gift card to any pet store is a fool proof gift. In that way your friend can just shop for what his pet wants or needs.

6. Lastly, it's the thought that counts. If you don't have any budget for a gift, including their pets name in the Christmas card that you will be sending would mean a lot to them. Even a simple greeting through email or a phone call with a mention of their pet is a simple gesture that would be greatly appreciated by any pet lover.

The Christmas season is not just for people. It is an occasion that is for all that is loved and cared for. Pets are family members too. Share the spirit of the season with them! Have a blessed Christmas to you and your dear pets!


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