- homemade dog cookies
- a Christmas-theme bandanna
- a new toy
- an attractive ceramic water dish
- a hand-made doggy quilt or fleece throw
- a Christmas-theme leash
- a ceramic dog cookie jar (filled, of course)
Okay, I can hear you already....."What about dogs with allergies?" "I only let my dog play with certain toys." "I have enough cookie jars." "My dog hates scarves." "I wouldn't allow my dog to chew rawhide."
Hush! You may not really need or want that bottle of horrid wine or another batch of fudge either...but you accept them graciously. Your hostess will accept a gift for her dog just as graciously, and probably with much more appreciation because of the special thought you put into it. After all, a fruitcake is pretty impersonal....but a rawhide holiday card will touch the hearts of any dog owner! If you don't like the item, you can always donate it to an animal shelter or re-gift it later. It is, after all, the thought that counts.
If you'd rather not take a chance on something "just right" for the dog of the house, then scents make great hostess gifts for dog-owners. Pretty scented candles, scent diffusers, and aromatherapy items score big as "usable" in just about any home shared by animals. Just don't present them with a candle that says it "Eliminates Pet Odors." That's a bit too blatant.