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Make DIY Christmas Gifts for Your Pet

Cane Bay Summerville - Dog at ChristmasDo you want to get something totally awesome for your pet this Christmas but are on a budget? If you’re at all crafty (and even if you’re not) you may enjoy trying a hand at making easy, DIY Christmas gifts for your pet this year that your pooch or feline will love.

Check out our list of toys and gifts that you can create for dogs, cats and bunnies.

Hay Dispenser For Rabbits

If any of your Christmas shopping this year included cardboard packaging tubes, you’re in luck. One user Christmas gifts for your peton BinkyBunny.com suggested sawing a packaging tube in half (while leaving the lids on), then cutting anywhere from two to three rectangular holes in the tube. Drill holes in the back of the tube then use zip ties to tie the new dispenser to a sturdy piece of Coroplast board. Stuff the tube with hay, place the board in your rabbit’s cage and you’ve got yourself a new feeding dispenser for your tiny friend.

Tennis Ball And T-Shirt Dog Toy

Does your dog like to play tug-of-war? How about fetch? This creative invention from YesMissy.comChristmas gifts for your pet combines the two into one toy. You can cut two strips from an old t-shirt to wrap a tennis ball, braid the ends of the t-shirt and create a toy that doubles as a ball for fetch and a tug-of-war toy. All that’s needed for this creation is a t-shirt, a tennis ball and scissors. Click on the link for step-by-step instructions with pictures about how to create this for your dog this holiday season.

Catnip-Filled Felt Gingerbread Man For Cats

Do you know how to sew or stitch? This cat toy from DreamALittleBigger.com involves felt, embroidery Christmas gifts for your petthread, an embroidery needle and Catnip. Find a gingerbread man pattern or simply draw a gingerbread man onto a piece of felt. When you cut out the felt, double it up so you cut out two pieces. If you would like to add decorations, make sure not to use decorations that your cat could choke on like beads. Instead, try using more felt and stitching it on. Stitch most of the gingerbread man together, but leave an opening at the head to be able to insert Catnip. Use a piece of paper as a funnel if needed to get Catnip into the opening. Once it is in there, simply finish stitching the gingerbread man, and allow your cat to play with his new, soft, furry companion. Click the link here to get step-by-step instructions.

Gingerbread Dog Cookies

Are you more into cooking than crafting? This recipe from Cesar’s Way is perfect for the dog that is a foodie at heart. If you decide to put your baked goods under the tree as a gift, just be sure not to put it under the tree until Christmas morning, or your dog may sniff it out and eat it before it’s time to open presents. According to Cesar’s Way, you will need:

  • 3 cups (360 g) whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 tbsp (0.3 g) ground ginger
  • 3/4 tsp (0.15 g) ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp (0.1 g) ground cloves
  • 1/2 cup (118 ml) molasses
  • 1/2 cup (118 ml) water
  • 1/4 cup (59 ml) canola oil


  • Preheat your oven to 325° F (163° C.)
  • Mix flour, ginger, cinnamon, and cloves together. In a separate bowl, combine the molasses, water, and oil.
  • Pour the molasses mix into the flour, and stir until well combined.
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough until it’s about 1/2 inch (13 mm) thick.
  • Cut the dough into holiday or dog-related shapes using cookie cutters.
  • Use non-stick cooking spray to lightly cover a baking sheet.
  • Put your cut-out dough on the sheet, spacing cookies about 1/2 inch (13 mm) apart.
  • Let them bake 20 minutes, then cool them on a wire rack and serve!

Food Laundry Lines For Rabbits

Are you having guests over during the holidays and need to keep your rabbit entertained while you Christmas gifts for your petentertain? BunnyApproved.com suggests taking thick string and making a clothesline out of it by tying it to two objects that are relatively low to the ground so your bunny can reach it. Hang clothespins on the line and use them to hold lettuce, carrots and other vegetables. Now you’re ready to let your rabbit spend time enjoying this holiday gift while you enjoy your holiday party.

We hope you found some unique Christmas gift ideas to make for your pet this holiday season.

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