Think Small for the Holidays
The 2010 Tails Holiday Gift Guide
One-, Two-, or a Few-of-a-Kind Gifts for those you love on your list this season
By the Tails Staff
For just a little green, you can get big smiles from your animals and animal-loving friends.
Scrabble Cat or Dog Pendant ($9)
Where do retired Scrabble tiles go when the game is over? Many of them receive makeovers as cute cat, dog, turtle, horse or other animal charm pendants. And at less than $10 a pop, they won’t mean you have to make over your gift-giving budget. EF
Crunch Card ($4)
Your dog will drool with delight when she receives this treat from Crunchkins. These edible greeting cards are made from flat rawhide and feature vibrant images designed with nontoxic water-based ink. Yum!
Silly Dog Magnets ($9 for set of six)
Add a little flair to your fridge with these supercute, handmade magnets sporting images of a variety of dog breeds.
Dog Silhouette Address Labels ($11 for set of 30)
With a variety of images and colors available, these custom-designed labels will tickle your pet-loving friend.
Holiday Onesies ($5)
These treats are made with love by the Polka Dog Bakery from a gingerbread recipe free of wheat, corn, and soy. So, you’ll rest easy knowing your pooch is eating healthy – and really enjoying it! HM
Dreidel Cat Nip Toy ($10)
Dreidel, dreidel, dreidel, I made it out of – catnip?! Yes, it’s true. This traditional Hanukkah spinning top is sure to launch your cat into some crazy run-arounds, because it’s stuffed with 100 percent organic catnip. EF
Butt Covers ($6)
Did it ever occur to you that your cat or dog might enjoy a little modesty? Or that humans may not enjoy the view “back there?” These handmade, customizable accessories keep your pet’s privates private when their tails fail to do so. EF, HM
Cotton Candy Dog Collar ($14)
Handmade? Only $14? Really? Yes, really. This adorable crocheted Cotton Candy Collar from Beantown is as soft around your doggie’s neck as it is pretty. And at such a reasonable price, you can get a couple to match your pup’s mood. HM
SPOIL (up to $100)
Show you really put some thought into your holiday gift list with these unusual (even one-of-a-kind) offerings.
Wine from Mutt Lynch Winery ($14-30 a bottle)
Wine always makes for a great holiday gift–even greater when proceeds from the sale go right to the dogs. When you purchase a bottle (or case) from Mutt Lynch Winery, a percentage of all sales benefit animal-welfare organizations. That truly is a reason to drink and be merry. GB
Flower Power Dog Collar ($20)
Do you wear the same jewelry every day? Of course not. So why should your dog have to wear the same collar every day? Check out this hip neckwear from Chloe’sColllars. If floral doesn’t fit Fluffy’s fashion sense, choose from a variety of other styles, from functional to funky or paisley to practical. HM
Dachshund necklace ($62)
So you need to buy a gift for Susie, your friend who lives with eight dachshunds. Look no further than this handmade doxie necklace outlined in silver and inlaid with tinted concrete from Lulu Bug Jewelry. You can also find the perfect gift at Lulu Bug for your friends who share homes with foxes, hedgehogs, raccoons, or elephants. HM
Rudolph Sweater ($30)
Sure, antlers may be a fun holiday accessory to put on your dog – but they won’t keep him warm. The Chilly Dog Rudolph sweater will not only show your dog’s holiday enthusiasm, it will also keep your pooch nice and toasty during those brisk winter walks. Each sweater is made from 100 percent wool and follows fair-trade guidelines. How cool (well, really, how warm!) is that?! HM
Pet Portrait Mosaic Stepping Stones ($50)
Each of these handcrafted stepping-stones is designed from a photograph of your choice, and a portion of monthly sales benefits Best Friends Animal Society. GB
Mini Blue & Tan Cat Fountain ($55)
It’s a game. It’s life sustaining. It’s both! Introducing the Blue & Tan Cat Fountain, a one-of-a-kind handmade stoneware fountain that continually bubbles with cool, clean water to keep your cat amused – and hydrated! HM
Upcycled Pet Beds ($75)
Where do all good sweaters go when they don’t make it into people’s closets? Several apparel companies donate unsold sweaters to MODify/d, who then turn those sweaters into soft, comfortable beds for cats and dogs. MODify/d also turns over a portion of proceeds to a variety of charities involved with helping animals. EF, GB
Cardboard Scratching Tower ($95)
Your feline friend will claw away with joy on the ModernCat scratch tower made from corrugated cardboard. You’ll like it because it’s stylish and recyclable. Whiskers will like it because it feels soooo good. And many other cats will like it because five percent of ModernCat’s monthly sales benefit kitty-welfare organizations. EF, GB
When only the best will do!
MEDIUM Bamboo Designer Pet Bed ($120.00)
Don’t just give your cat or dog a place to sleep; give your pet a sanctuary–and give yourself a terrific home accessory with this bamboo trunk-turned-pet bed from CoolFUNKYGifts. EF, HM
A Tail of Two Custom Photo Cufflinks ($150)
You’re not bothered by the fact that your husband has more photos on his desk of your dog, Rufus, than he does of you. You get it: He loves that crazy dog. Why not show him you “get him” with a pair of sterling-silver photo cufflinks sporting snapshots of Rufus? He just might be inspired to put on that tux and take you out for a night on the town. And while dancing with you cheek-to-cheek, he can sneak a peek at his beloved pooch with a flick of the wrist. HM
Dog Wedding Cake Toppers ($150)
Do you know a dog-loving couple planning to tie the knot? Send them a wedding gift they’ll treasure long after the “I Dos”: a custom-made dog wedding-cake topper. Made from professional doll-making clay with handmade armatures, each piece is one-of-a-kind — just like the couple getting married. HM
Jewelry Box Robot Dog ($350)
Your best friend, Julie, finally threw away her music jewelry box with the dancing ballerina she’s had since she was 5 years old. We bet she’d be delighted to receive this eco-friendly upgrade from Reclaim2Fame, crafted from vintage tins, binocular parts, and other recycled items. It’s the perfect place for Julie to stow her new jewels and old keepsakes. HM
Orwell Penguin Purse ($125)
Looking for the perfect accessory for that little black dress? We found it–the little black (and white) Orwell Penguin clutch. Named in honor of George Orwell, the author of Animal Farm, this evening bag is custom made from metallic leather. Have penguin, will travel — and will turn heads, too.
North American Wildlife Chess Set ($425)
Owls and eagles and bears, oh my! And foxes and lions and other creatures, all exquisitely represented as the playing pieces for this North American wildlife-themed chess set. This lovely board game is handmade and sold by special order only. HM
Doggie Bobbi Coat ($298)
Keep Bella warm and belle-of-the-ball beautiful in an Eco-Couture Bobbi Coat from Roving Woolens. Each garment is made from products that are renewable, sustainable, or recyclable. And every purchase also “pays it forward” as a percentage of all sales benefits Pets for the Planet. EF, GB
Chihuahua Quilt ($140)
What could be cuter on a little quilt than a little dog?