Doesn't the family dog need something under the Christmas tree? You can make your own unique dog gifts. What do they enjoy most? Playing, eating and sleeping. With that in mind, here's some homemade dog gift ideas.
Homemade dog toys
I have bought expensive dog toys that get shredded and de-squeakered within a day. Yet knotted-up t-shirts can provide weeks of tugging fun for my two dogs.
There are books and Web sites galore for homemade dog treats. I'm not much of a cook, but here's two of my really simple ideas. Dogs love them.
Beef or Pork Liver treats, great for training
Ice Cube Treats
To make a great gift for dog lovers and their dogs, put the treats in a pretty treat tin or a training bag.
After playing and eating, dogs need naptime. Have you seen the prices for basic dog beds? Yikes.
I actually made a dog bed myself out of a sleeveless, purple-faux-fur jacket that, in a moment of madness, I bought thinking I might actually wear it. I never did, but it made an awesome dog bed. I filled a pillowcase with plastic grocery sacks. If you are like me, you have tons of them. I stuffed the pillowcase into the zippered-up jacket so the closed bottom of the pillowcase was at the open end of the jacket. Fluff it up a little, and there you go.
Not haute decor, but the dogs (and cats) loved it.
More conventional dog beds are easy and cheap to make. Using anything from faux fleece, fur or flannel to clean old quilts, sew the fabric into the size and shape appropriate for your dog. Leave one end open for the stuffing material of your choice. The following all make great stuffing: dry cedar chips, Styrofoam, plastic grocery bags, quilt batting or any of the commercially available stuffing materials. Depending on your level of expertise, the opening can be fasted with a zipper, buttons, bow ties or duct tape. I'm kidding, sort of, about the duct tape. It will work though,
Old couch cushions can be covered with washable fabric for excellent dog beds. I have a friend with a Great Dane who made a really nice dog bed by covering a child's mattress with a heavy fleece slipcover. Perfect size for a large-breed dog, much cheaper than a huge dog bed from the store and machine-washable.
With a little creativity, and possibly some duct tape, you can make truly unique dog gifts for the canines in your life.
With a little planning, you can have a frugal Christmas and still enjoy the joy of the season.